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Care through a practice offering pediatric dentistry in Green Bay, WI, should start around a child’s first birthday. Some children display fear of the dental office before or during that first visit while others may develop fear later after an intense dental procedure. Regardless of the reason or time of onset for dental fear or phobia, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve are prepared to help all children work through the fear to a place of comfort at Green Bay Family Dental.
It’s often easier to prevent fear in children than to overcome it after it has set in, so we want to share a few dental fear prevention tips. These tips aren’t guaranteed to stop a child from feeling afraid at the dentist, but they will help.
Don’t Skip Early Dental Visits
Start with the one-year visit, and then go on schedule as recommended by your dentist. Prioritize dental appointments for the whole family. That allows your child to enjoy pleasurable experiences early in life and makes dental visits a normal occurrence or life routine.
What if a child starts to show signs of dental fear prior to the first visit? You can read books related to the dentist and talk about your own experiences with your child. Make it an exciting adventure or reward for getting “big enough” to see the dentist.
Aim for Consistency at the Office
Allow your children to get familiar with the staff, dentists, office setting, and procedure at a dental office offering pediatric dentistry in Green Bay, WI. Then stick with that location as long as possible. Fear is often the result of uncertainty or not knowing what to expect. It only makes sense to introduce the dentist and then keep everything predictable.
Aim for Consistency at Home, Too
Dental care at home should become a daily routine that gets your child accustomed to touching and cleaning their teeth and gums. Young children can “help” brush their teeth before they even have teeth. Open the bathroom door and allow them to at least see other members of the family taking care of their dental needs.
Consult with Your Dentist Before Major Procedures
If your child must go through a procedure beyond basic cleaning and x-rays, work with your dentist to set expectations on the child’s level of comprehension. Manage pain effectively. Don’t allow a long gap between the procedure and a more pleasant dental office experience.
Do you have a child ready for pediatric dentistry in Green Bay, WI? If so, contact Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve at Green Bay Family Dental. Call (921) 432-2961 to schedule an appointment or discuss ways to overcome your child’s fear of the dentist.
Baby teeth are important teeth, forming a foundation for good oral health and smile aesthetics that last a life time. Green Bay Family Dental loves serving our youngest patients through innovative and gentle pediatric dentistry. We carefully evaluate and treat teeth, gums and even developing bone structure for best functioning and best-looking young smiles.
Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve at Green Bay Family Dental and our dedicated team like to see children when that first little tooth erupts, or by their first birthday at the latest. This first dental appointment is a fun, get acquainted visit so child and parent get used to the sights and sounds of pediatric dentistry. At age 3, we perform a comprehensive oral exam, checking for decay, gum disease and tooth and jaw development. We advise 6-month cleanings and visits for all children and adults to detect any oral health problems before they become costly and complicated. Now is the right time to start teaching your child good oral hygiene habits, including the importance of regular dental visits. Call 920-432-2961 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve at their Green Bay, WI children’s dentistry office- Green Bay Family Dental.
Parental involvement in kids' oral health helps prevent tooth decay--the number one chronic health problem in American children. The staff and Dr Heidi Eggers-Ulve at Green Bay Family Dental teach kids and parents that mom and dad must brush toddlers' teeth for them and supervise kids at least up to the age of 8. Twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste is the rule, and parents must realize that young children do not have the dexterity to brush and floss by themselves.
Green Bay Family Dental also stresses nutritious, low-sugar diets and drinking plenty of water to wash tooth surfaces and promote production of saliva. Saliva keeps teeth and gums clean--important in between meals and during the night. Additionally, the pediatric dentist often recommends fluoride treatments and plastic sealants for young teeth--particularly molars that have intricately-grooved chewing surfaces. These simple "painted-on" dental materials quickly and comfortably provide protection against decay, and for adults, fluoride reduces dental sensitivity.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that any decay found in children's teeth be treated. The health and development of baby teeth impacts how their adult teeth look, function and erupt into the mouth. Furthermore, it's wise for children to receive a complete orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Early orthodontic treatment wards off problems from crooked teeth later on in life--decay, gum disease and self-image issues specifically. Early intervention takes advantage of the developing jaw, making treatment easier and less complex than older teen or adult treatment.
Don't delay. Establish a routine of good dental care for your children. Call Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve at Green Bay Family Dental, 2609 Development Drive, Green Bay WI 54311, today at (920) 432-2961 or (920) 499-7933 to set-up an appointment. Or email: info@GBFamilyDental.com.
Teaching your child how to properly care for their smile early on will be valuable for their future health.
Despite the fact that the teething process is certainly not the most fun for parents, it can be fun to see your child’s first teeth appear. At this point you may be wondering what you can do to keep their newly emerging teeth healthy. Our Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve, is here to provide you with helpful and simple ways to keep your child’s smile healthy for the long term.
Teach Brushing Techniques Early
Even though you’ll be brushing your child’s teeth in the very beginning, you will also want to show them how to do it. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and follow the toothpaste’s instructions so you know how much to use. You will most likely need to instruct your child on how to brush until around the age of 6 or 7 years old. Take turns brushing your little one’s teeth when you are first showing them how to do it. Doing it twice a day is key to making this part of your child’s daily routine.
Make Oral Care Entertaining
Brushing and flossing doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make this time spent with your child a fun one. Let them pick out a fun toothbrush and opt for child-friendly toothpastes with fun flavors. Choose a song that’s about 2 to 3 minutes long instead of putting on a boring timer and spent the time singing or bopping to music while brushing.
Provide a Reward System
Giving your child a reward system for brushing their teeth each morning and night is a great way to ensure that they keep up with their oral routine. Give them a sticker every time they brush. At the end of the week offer up a prize such as a toy they’ve been wanting or a treat from their favorite restaurant that will keep them excited to brush and floss their teeth.
Visit the Dentist
No matter how healthy your child’s smile might seem they will still need to come in every six months so that we can examine their teeth and gums and make sure there are no issues. These visits are also a great time to talk about how to care for their smile, whether braces might be a good option and to answer any questions you might have.
Whether you have questions about caring for your child’s smile or you need to schedule their first cleaning, you’ll always receive compassionate, comprehensive dental care at Green Bay Family Dental. Call us today!