Your Child’s Dentist Visit: A Helpful Preparation Guide

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Baby teeth are just as important as adult, or primary teeth. For this reason, taking your child to visit the dentist is an important part of giving them a strong foundation as far as their oral health is concerned. The ADA recommends your child’s first dentist visit to be by their first birthday. While many children at this age aren’t bothered by early exams, as children get into their toddler years, visiting the dentist may be a little more challenging. To make sure your child has a productive dental exam, use the tips that follow: 

  • Conversation: Talk with your child about their upcoming visit. An easy way to introduce the exam is by reading books about visiting the dentist. As you read these, discuss the topic with your child. 
  • Listen: Through your conversations, listen to any fears your child may have. Encourage him or her to share them and do your best to ease their worries. 
  • Pretend: Play “dentist” with your child. Use props that mimic the ones the dentist will use. Show your child how he or she will have their teeth cleaned with a toothbrush. Also, use a flashlight and cups for helping with the “exam”. After that, encourage your child to give their stuffed animals a checkup. 
  • Role Model: Make sure your children witness you taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. And, if you aren’t a big fan of dental exams, don’t share this information with your children. A recent study showed that a child’s dental anxiety is typically passed down from their parent. 
  • Timing: When you schedule your child’s exam, plan it for a time where he or she is in good spirits.

In conclusion, there are several steps you can take to prepare your child for their appointment with the dentist. By doing what you can to get him or her ready, they will be more cooperative and have a positive view of dental appointments. 

Kids Brushes So Cool, You’ll Want to Use Them Too!

Everyone can use a little more magic in their life. The Disney Magic Timer App does just that, by bringing magic to brushing teeth! This amazing free app helps kids brush longer and rewards them to encourage more consistent brushing. Unlike toothbrushes that have a 2 minute timer and plays music, the Disney Magic Timer App will engage children both visually and audibly.

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Images above via Oral-B and Crest

How the Disney Magic Timer App Works

The Disney Magic Timer App is an engaging and fun way to teach your kids to brush their teeth! Scan a Crest or Oral-B Pro Health-Stages Product (such as the Disney Princess Toothbrush or Pixar Monsters Toothpaste) with a smart device like an i-Pad or smart phone! Then, a video plays for your children as they begin brushing. The video features Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters! As you brush, suds cover the screen but are slowly scrubbed away to reveal a new image. At the end of every brushing session, kids get a fun sticker as their reward that they collect in a virtual album.

Star Wars Toothbrush & Toothpaste

What’s cooler than having a storm trooper grace the tube of your toothpaste? As Crest says, this toothpaste will help begin the saga of longer brushing. This mild gel formula is gentle enough for children but strong enough to strengthen enamel and fight cavities. But what is Star Wards toothpaste without a matching toothbrush? Oral-B also features Yoda on a kids’ electric toothbrush! How cool is that?

Marvel Avengers Toothbrush & Toothpaste

More of a Marvel fan? Check out the Crest Pro-Health’s Marvel Avengers “Super Action Liquid Gel” (toothpaste)! This toothpaste for kids (or fun adults) is a kid-tested, mild gel formula that provides effective cavity protection while avenging the health of your kids’ teeth! Pair this action-packed toothpaste with an Avengers toothbrush!

Disney Princess Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Are you an Ariel fan or can you not stop singing the Frozen soundtrack? The Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Toothbrush is perfect for you! Combine this magical toothbrush with Crest’s Disney Princess toothpaste for a fun brushing experience!

Time for your kids’ dental check-up? Schedule an appointment today!

Dental Emergencies

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental, we see an assortment of patients, all who have different and unique dental needs. Because we offer start-to-finish dental work and see emergencies promptly, we have the opportunity to restore smiles after trauma or incidents have occurred. If you or a loved one has experienced a dental emergency, please call us or drop in immediately.

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Wildest Teeth in the Animal Kingdom

Did you know that an animal’s teeth can tell you lot about the type of food they eat? For instance, humans have molars in the back of the jaws. They help us grind up fruits and vegetables, but we also have pointed teeth in the front of our jaws to help us rip into tougher things, like meat. Just like us, animals have different teeth to help them eat the foods they survive on, and sometimes those teeth can be pretty wacky!

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What To Do If A Child Knocks A Tooth Out On Accident

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX we believe in being prepared for any dental emergency whether it is in our dental office or out.  One of the most common dental emergencies we see for children is an loose or knocked out tooth.  Here are a few pointers to help you in the important triaging and handling of the situation.

When your child has a dental emergency, it can be quite stressful – not only for your child, but also for you.  Some dental emergencies, such as a tooth knocked out, can produce quite a bit of blood, which can quickly send you into panic mode. Being prepared for the unexpected is your best defense. Knowing how to handle your child’s dental emergency will make the ordeal less stressful for both of you.

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Cavity Prevention Tips and Ideas

The second most common disease in America is tooth decay, second only to the common cold. As sugars build up on plaque formed on teeth, it creates acidic bacteria that eats away at our teeth causing tooth decay. Understanding this simple fact is critical to ones oral health care and preventing problems, and that is what we are all about here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX.

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You Can Use Toothpaste For What????

We all have at least one tube of toothpaste in our homes.  But did you know this inconspicuous item is useful for far more than keeping your pearly whites white?  Here is a short list from Rigby Advanced Dental of some of the more unexpected uses for your plain, old toothpaste.

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Keeping Kids Teeth Healthy!

Unfortunately, many parents do not put much thought into keeping their kids’ teeth healthy. The thought is…….”They fall out anyway…right?” At Rigby Advanced Dental we say WRONG!!! Although baby teeth do eventually fall out, disregarding dental hygiene can cause some serious problems and turn out to be very expensive when considering the long term.

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Start Brushing Early And Often With Your Kids For Good Habits Later On!

Proper oral hygiene starts at an early age. From the time your child gets their first tooth, you should be using age-appropriate techniques to clean their teeth.

There are a variety of products available for cleaning the teeth of babies. As your child gets older, you can start using a toothbrush and pea-sized amounts of toothpaste. Remember to teach your child to spit the toothpaste out and rinse with water.

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