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When should my child first see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend seeing dentist at 1 year of age. It’s important to come at 1 year old age to find a dental home; a place where your child can feel comfortable, a place to come if an emergency occurs, and a doctor to call, text or email with any questions. We want to make sure your child always has a great experience at the dentist. This is accomplished by starting young and speaking positively about the dentist. We want to teach you tricks and habits to maintain a healthy mouth for your child, even if there were 5 birthday parties that week. We also want to make sure your child is growing and developing correctly. There are many things that if detected early, we can change easily with early intervention.

What happens at the first visit?

The first visit is all about having fun! We give your child a tour of our office. We show them where all the fun toys are hiding and how to climb into our fort. We work on making your child comfortable coming to our office. We have fun playing around the office and meeting our team. Once your child is comfortable we start the dental exam. We check their teeth, their gums, and tongue. Dr. Kimi makes sure they are developing correctly. We spend time to educate how to have a healthy mouth for life. We tickle their mouth clean. We establish a dental home- a place to call, text, or email with questions and a place for dental emergencies.

What is Biological Dentistry?

In using the term biological dentistry, we are describing a philosophy that can apply to all facets of dental practice and to health care in general: Always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment, all the goals of modern dentistry, and do it while treading as lightly as possible on the patient’s biological terrain. A more biocompatible approach to oral health is the hallmark of biological dentistry.

By making distinctions – some obvious, and some subtle – among the available materials and procedures, we can reduce the impact on our patients’ biological responses. Our sense of duty to advocate for the well-being of our patients should make biocompatibility a high priority, and the fact that there are now so many new ways to make dentistry work better gives us the opportunity to do just that.

What is an Alkaline Diet and how does it prevent tooth decay?

An alkaline diet is one that incorporates foods that can increase the pH levels. Alkaline foods are rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. Examples of Alkaline foods include certain fruits (non-citrus), nuts, legumes and vegetables. You can also Alkalize your child’s body by starting with a glass of lemon water every morning. Be careful with lemon water, it alkalizes their body but it is acidic in their mouth. Make sure they drink it down in one sitting and through a straw, avoid brushing directly afterwards. Swishing with Baking Soda can also Alkalize the mouth.

The pH level in the mouth directly effects the health of your child’s teeth and gums and can be controlled through their diet. Regulating the pH in the mouth will reduce the bacteria in their mouth, and reduce their risk for gum disease and cavities. Bacteria feed off sugars that are commonly found in sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, and cooked starches. Foods such as candies, sodas, pastas, animal proteins and breads, and even natural fruits, give bacteria in the mouth more fuel to produce lactic acid which is the acid that causes tooth decay.

By Alkalizing your child’s diet you can help them have a healthy mouth for life.

Help my child hit their tooth!

Chipped Tooth
A chipped tooth means your child’s tooth was hit and a small piece broke off. Usually this can be bonded back to place. If you can find the chipped tooth fragment, bring it in, and keep it moist (in a little cup of water, spit, or milk). Sometimes a little chip may have more damage than it appears. That is why it’s important to take an x-ray and check the root of the tooth. Call our office and we can walk you through what to do and how soon we need your child in our office. If your child is already a patient, text Dr. Kimi and she can walk you through it.

Avulsed Tooth (Tooth completely out of the mouth)
If you child fell or was hit by something, and their tooth came out of their mouth, we need to see them as soon as possible. For a permanent tooth we want to try and save this tooth. Keep the tooth in a wet environment; in your mouth, or in a cup of spit or milk. Call the office as soon as possible, and if your already a patient text Dr. Kimi.

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