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How to Prepare for an Appointment With Your Kid’s Dentist

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by Sam Khammar

Thinking you should find a dentist for kids because you are currently experiencing difficulty when it comes to getting your kid to the dental office? As a parent, you know how difficult it can be to get your kid to willingly go to all of their dental appointments. You have probably tried everything you can think of to get them to go when they resist and when nothing works, you wonder what your next step should be? Every parent needs to understand the importance of using a dentist who has been trained in how to deal with kids.

Making kids feel safe

Finding a dentist for kids is something every parent needs to do. A pediatric dentist knows how to make kids feel safe and when kids feel safe, they are more likely to agree to whatever needs to be done during their dental appointment. While most kids will become more agreeable in a dental office that is brightly-colored, full of toys and contains kid-sized equipment, other kids may require a little more assistance, e.g. special behavior guidance methods, deep anesthesia, medical immobilization.

How to prepare for a kids’ dental appointment

The following is a list of beneficial information that will help parents prepare their kids for their next dental appointment.

Give them plenty of advance notice

Kids need to be given plenty of advance notice as this helps them mentally prepare for their dental appointment. Tell them in the simplest terms the reason for the appointment and what will happen during the appointment. Tell them to not hesitate when it comes to asking any questions they want answers to.

Be honest

One of the worst things parents can do is to not be completely honest with their kids regarding their dental appointment or dental treatments. Kids need to be able to trust their parents when they are given information. Even a little white lie can make it so kids no longer trust their parents, which is going to make it more difficult to get them to the dental office.

Role play

Role playing is ideal when it comes to helping kids be more comfortable about going to the dental office. Parents should first pretend to be the dentist, making sure to be very friendly and accommodating when pretending to explore their teeth for any ‘cavity bugs’. The kid can then take their turn being the dentist, exploring their parent's mouth to ensure that it is indeed healthy.

Let them bring items of comfort

If kids want to bring an item on comfort with them to the dental office, this should be encouraged. Common items of comfort include wearing a favorite shirt, bringing a small blanket, bringing a stuffed animal and bringing one or two favorite books.

Need to make an appointment?

Our dentist for kids is one that knows exactly what to do to get your kid to willingly participate in their dental appointment. Most kids will resist going to their dental appointment. This is often due to the fact that they do not understand why they need to undergo regular dental appointments. We take the time to explain everything, making your kids more comfortable and therefore less fearful. Ready to make an appointment to support your kid's good oral health?

Are you considering a dentist for kids in the Forked River area? Get more information at https://www.samkhammardds.com.

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A Kid-Friendly Dentist Answers FAQs About Baby Teeth

Posted on: May 2nd, 2019 by Sam Khammar

Finding a kid-friendly dentist can be one of the most important steps to ensuring that your child starts off with strong oral health practices. While some people may feel that caring for primary teeth, or “baby teeth,” is not as important as caring for permanent teeth because the baby teeth will fall out anyway, this is not the case.

FAQs about baby teeth

When should my child first visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that you take your child to visit a kid-friendly dentist when their first tooth emerges or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. This initial visit is very important, as it establishes your child’s dental “home” and can help prevent dental problems from arising.

Are baby teeth really that important?

Absolutely! Baby teeth are vital to the speech development of children, as well as proper health and nutrition through chewing. Additionally, since permanent teeth develop very close to the roots of baby teeth, having healthy baby teeth can aid in forming a healthy path for your child’s permanent teeth to follow.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

We recommend that you start caring for your child’s oral health as soon as you come home from the hospital! While children obviously do not have teeth at this point, you should be gently wiping your child’s gums with a soft, damp washcloth at least once per day. Once your child’s teeth begin to emerge, switch to a soft-bristled, infant-sized toothbrush. Adding a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste can help fight against cavities and should be increased to a small, pea-sized amount around three years old.

Do baby teeth need to be X-rayed?

In short, yes. X-rays are important because they can show any underlying dental issues that may not be visible on the surface. X-rays of baby teeth are primarily used to detect cavities between the teeth and to monitor the growth of adult teeth. Luckily, the radiation exposure during a dental X-ray is extremely low, and X-rays only need to be repeated once every year or two.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Your child should follow your own dental visit schedule of a check-up every six months. Regular, biannual dentist visits can help prevent cavities and other dental problems, as well as teach your child good oral health practices and get into a lifelong routine of visiting a dentist.

Importance of a kid-friendly dentist

Regular visits to a kid-friendly dentist are extremely important. Not only can regular visits help your child form important oral health habits, but they can also help promote good health overall. Gum disease and tooth decay have been linked to heart disease and other harmful conditions, so starting strong oral health practices early are even more important! Our team can help you better understand your child’s oral health and put them on the path to a healthy life.

Request an appointment here: https://www.samkhammardds.com or call Sam Khammar DDS at (609) 242-3464 for an appointment in our Forked River office.

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A Kids Dentist Can Be Your Partner in Oral Health

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by Sam Khammar

Kids DentistBeing a kids dentist can be greatly rewarding. It also comes with its own unique set of challenges, mostly springing from the fact that a children’s dentist works with young, wiggly patients. Though often more compliant than their adult counterparts, children have an intrinsic fear of the things they do not understand, making it even more important that we take the time to explain each step of the process to them. Additionally, parents can be overly frightened of having their children’s teeth worked on, making for a sometimes tense situation. All of this is challenging enough but is made even more complex by the fact that children’s teeth are unique from a biological perspective. Children are still growing and developing, which includes their teeth. As such, it takes special attention and care to help the teeth while being aware that the jaw bone is yet to solidify fully. In a sense, we have a special opportunity, with children’s dentistry, to make an impact while the mouth is still developing.

A children’s dentist is not just a practitioner who specializes in small teeth. The largest part of our job is to educate the children and parents with regard to great oral health and habits. As difficult as it may be for some people to believe, we would actually prefer to see you less. If, as your child’s dentist, we could only have the pleasure of seeing you twice a year for teeth cleanings, we would consider it a job well done. In order to get there, however, we need to help you create healthy habits in your children. These habits, once developed, will carry over into adulthood and ensure that your child has extremely healthy teeth for the rest of their life.

Of all the habits we discuss, perhaps the most difficult to change are eating habits. Recently a comprehensive study was performed that found some alarming statistics when it comes to children’s access to sugar. Most children love sugar and left to their own devices would consume far too many snacks with a high sugar content. This is why parental supervision is so important. This study found that only 25% of parents follow the recommendation dietary limits on sugary snacks. These parents followed the guidelines of not allowing their children high sugar content snacks more than twice a week. On the opposite end of the spectrum, at around 14%, were parents who allowed their children to snack on these kinds of snacks three or four times in a given day. The majority of parents, around 60%, were in the middle by allowing this kind of snacking at least once per day.  As a kids dentist, we can help you by providing ideas for how to replace sugary snacks with healthy ones.

We know that working together can produce positive results and that you as a parent, have your child’s best interest at heart. As a kids dentist, we have seen dentist/parent partnerships work in the past and believe that this is the best solution for addressing the snacking challenge.  Given that over 93% of parents, according to the study, brush their children’s teeth at least once per day, we have a lot of encouragement that new habits can be formed and children can start eating healthier foods again.

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