Parents and caregivers have a lot to worry about as their children grow up. After all, things change and develop very quickly as infants turn into toddlers and toddlers turn into preschoolers. Dental care is another one of those things that are constantly changing and needs attention just like everything else. In fact, baby teeth are one of the most important parts of child development – yet there are many myths surrounding baby teeth that your pediatric dentist in Silverdale would like to set straight.
Baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway.
Perhaps the biggest myth about baby teeth is that they don’t matter that much since they’re just going to fall out anyway. Nothing could be further from the truth. Baby teeth serve several important purposes during a child’s growth and development. Teeth help children chew which can help them eat a well-balanced diet as they grow. Baby teeth also help speech development and make it easier for your child to pronounce words. Lastly, baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth. When a baby tooth is lost too soon, teeth can shift and cause problems in adult tooth eruption. This is why it’s so important to visit your pediatric dentist in Silverdale at least twice a year.
Kids don’t need to see the dentist until they have all of their teeth.
Speaking of kids’ dental visits, some myths say that children don’t need to see the dentist until they have all of their baby teeth. However, most pediatric dentists will recommend that children experience their first dental visit by their first birthday. Since we’re all born with both our baby teeth and adult teeth waiting to erupt in our jaws, a pediatric dentist can monitor baby tooth development and eruption to catch any potential problems early. These early appointments also help get your child used to the dental chair and having their teeth examined.
Flossing is optional for children.
We now know just how important baby teeth are, and that means they need to be cared for properly at all stages of development. This includes flossing. As soon as your child has two or more teeth that touch each other, it’s important to start gently flossing. Flossing removes food and bacteria from in between the teeth and where the toothbrush can’t reach.
Kids can brush their own teeth.
Watching kids brush their teeth is adorable, but there’s a good chance that they aren’t cleaning their teeth thoroughly. The truth is, kids don’t have the fine motor skills to properly brush their teeth and will need a parent’s help up until around age 7 or 8. Talk with your pediatric dentist in Silverdale about proper brushing habits and helpful tools to make sure your child is getting the best clean.
If it’s time for your little one to experience their first dental visit, we welcome you to call our pediatric dental office to schedule an appointment with us today. We love seeing new faces!
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team