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Boise Dental Tips For Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth

Boise Dental Tips For Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth

As adults, we all know how important it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Too many parents, however, often overlook the importance of teaching their children good oral habits during the toddler years. During these impressionable years, children between the ages of 2-5 learn and develop lifelong habits that will help them throughout their daily lives. That’s why it’s vital they learn how to care for their teeth and gums at an early age.

At Summit Dental, we believe preventative care and education are extremely important when it comes to maintaining optimal Boise dental health. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for helping your child develop healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime.

Toddler Dental Care

By the age of three, a child will have developed a full set of teeth. While they will eventually lose and replace these teeth with permanent ones, now is the perfect time to teach them good skills and habits.

During this age, there are many things you can do to help your child develop good Boise dental habits. Keep in mind that many of these habits go beyond basic brushing and flossing and extend to a healthy diet which not only keeps their teeth and gums healthy but their whole body as well.

Dietary Tips

After eating a meal or a snack it’s important to have your child drink water. Doing so will help rinse away leftover food particles between brushing and flossing. Sugar, as we all know, is bad for our teeth. However, many people don’t realize that you don’t have to eat candy to produce harmful acid that wears down your teeth. Most foods eventually break down into sugar causing it to stick on teeth producing acid and bacteria. Healthy snacks like cheese, on the other hand, help balance the alkalinity in the mouth breaking down harmful acids naturally.

Brushing and Flossing

With so many varieties to choose from, it’s important to find a toothpaste with a flavor your child likes. This will help encourage them to brush their teeth more frequently. Once they get the hang of it, you will find they will enjoy brushing their teeth on their own. However, it’s important to supervise to make sure they are getting it right and show them what improvements need to be made.

*Another fun tip is to get plaque disclosing tablets that color any areas where they forgot to brush their teeth. As they brush away the color, they’ll know exactly how clean their mouth is!

Regular Boise Dentist Visits

Regular Boise dental visits are just as important for kids as they are for adults. In fact, they may even be more essential. Like we stated before, your child will eventually lose their baby teeth. However, it’s important to make sure that going to the dentist is a fun part of their routine to help prevent any fears they may have associated with the dentist.

If you’re ready to start your child off on the right foot and want more information regarding your child’s Boise dental care, call Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment today!

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Five Tips for Managing Boise Dental Anxiety in Children

Five Tips for Managing Boise Dental Anxiety in Children

Some children throughout the Treasure Valley enjoy visiting their Boise dentist and look forward to it. Others, not so much. Oral health is very important, but forcing a scared, stressed out child into a dentist chair can be quite a daunting task. As a parent, it’s important to understand that dental anxiety can be quite common in children and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, Summit Dental has plenty of experience working with children that have dental anxiety.

Simple Tips for Managing Boise Dental Anxiety

  1. Read Dental Storybooks Together

Reading dental story books to your kids is an excellent way to help reduce the fear of visiting their Boise dentist. Through the use of colorful illustrations, easy to understand language and a happy dental experience for the main character, you can help your child develop a better understanding of what to expect at Summit Dental.

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At Summit Dental, we advise parents to bring their kids in for their first visit as soon as their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. Early dental checkups are not only good for their oral health but it helps them become familiar with their Boise dentist at an early age. Routine Boise dental visits early in life is a perfect way to help them feel comfortable and build trust with their dentist.

  1. Play “Dentist” at Home

It can be very beneficial to practice being a dental patient by playing “dentist” at home. Take turns playing the role of the dentist to check and count each other’s teeth. Practicing on dolls or stuffed animals can also be fun. With a chair, a mirror, and a toothbrush, it’s easy to set up a pretend Boise dental visit at home.

  1. Communicate, But Keep it Simple

Stress and anxiety can increase if you tell your child about a Boise dental appointment at the last minute. Instead, provide them with ample time to mentally prepare themselves for the visit. It can be helpful to tell your child about the upcoming dental appointment in advance, and continually remind them as the date approaches.

  1. Teach Kids the Importance of Great Oral Health

Teaching your kids the importance of good oral hygiene is a worthy investment in their overall health. Set expectations like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting their Boise dentist on a regular basis. Remind them that the dentists at Summit Dental are friendly doctors for their teeth and that it’s our job to keep their teeth strong and healthy!

 

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Caring for your Child’s Teeth this Halloween

Caring for your Child’s Teeth this Halloween

Everyone loves Halloween, especially our little ones as this is the time of year they make out like bandits when it comes to their favorite sweet treats. In order to keep your little monsters smile healthy, the Boise dentist at Summit Dental offers some practical tips when it comes to your little monsters below:

Sort the candy together

For safety reasons, its not only vital to sort the candy together for safety reasons, but from a Boise dentist perspective, its also a time when you can separate the bad from the worst. A good rule of thumb is to let your kids pick out their top 10 favorites and put the rest away for the night. The next day have them separate the stack into two parts. Taffy, caramels, gummy bears, or anything sticky, or chewy should go into the first pile while the rest of the candy should go into the second pile.

Our Boise dentist suggests avoiding the first pile completely. We know its hard but Boise dental cavities are more prone to develop when exposed to sugary, chewy substances that linger on your teeth. Oral bacteria thrives in this environment and converts these substances to acid that in turn, can lead to cavities. Instead, steer your child toward stuff that dissolves quickly like suckers, and hard candies followed up with a good tooth brushing.

Regulate their candy consumption

Since Halloween is such a fun time for our little ones, it’s important to balance celebrating the holiday and maintaining a healthy, and teeth. Keep an eye on their sweet intake. While the amount of sugar you eat doesn’t necessarily determine whether or not you’ll get a cavity, its about how long sugars linger in your mouth. A great tip from Dr. Robert Studebaker is to set a daily limit of how many candies your child can have so you can remember how many ghoulish confections they’ve eaten. Dont let a fun holiday turn into an expensive Boise dental visit down the road.

Provide them with sugar-free gum

Not only does chewing gum help you ration your intake of sweet treats, it helps to produce saliva which in turn helps to buffer acid and dislodge left-over, sugary particles stuck in between teeth. Research has also shown that sweeteners in sugar-free gum like Xylitol and Sorbitol help to starve bad bacteria, allowing your mouth to replenish essential minerals to your teeth.

Brush & Floss!

Halloween is not a day for slacking. Its quite the opposite actually. Make sure your child sticks to their twice-a-day brushing & flossing routine to help remove any sticky residue left over from their favorite treats. In an ideal world, encourage your child to brush their teeth after eating any candy. Halloween is also a great time to schedule a Boise dental check-up or Boise teeth cleaning in order to keep your and your little ones teeth happy and healthy!

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Jack Tobin Is Our September Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Jack Tobin Is Our September Cavity Free Super Star Winner!
Congratulations to Jack Tobin for being September’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner! By regular brushing and flossing, Jack kept his teeth healthy and cavity free for his appointment. Thanks for coming in, and for taking such good care of your teeth and gums, Jack!

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join the Boise Summit Dental Cavity Free Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!
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Landon Schweiger is July’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Landon Schweiger is July’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner!
Congratulations to Landon Schweiger for being July’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner! At six years old, Landon kept his teeth healthy and cavity free for his appointment by regular brushing and flossing. Thanks for taking such good care of your teeth and gums, and enjoy your two movie passes, Landon!
The Summit Dental Super Star Cavity Free Program was created to show recognition to those special patients who demonstrate excellent home care in between dental visits and therefore have no cavities when they come in for their dental check-up.
All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join Summit Dental Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!
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Theo Almerico is Our June Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Theo Almerico is Our June Cavity Free Super Star Winner!
Congratulation to Theo Almerico for being June’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner! Theo was entered into our monthly Super Star drawing by caring so well for his teeth that he didn’t have any cavities at his dental check-up. Keep up the good work with flossing and brushing, and enjoy your two movie tickets!

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join the Summit Dental Cavity Free Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!

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Congratulations to Leo Berliner, Our May Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Congratulations to Leo Berliner, Our May Cavity Free Super Star Winner!
Leo Berliner is our May Cavity Free Super Star Winner! By regular brushing and flossing at home, Leo didn’t have any cavities at his appointment this month, and so was entered into our monthly drawing. Congratulations, Leo, and enjoy your two movie tickets!

 

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join the Summit Dental Cavity Free Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!
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Nolan Harasimowicz is our April Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Nolan Harasimowicz is our April Cavity Free Super Star Winner!
Congratulation to Nolan Harasimowicz for being this month’s Cavity Free Super Star Winner! Nolan was entered into this month’s Super Star drawing by caring so well for his teeth that he didn’t have any cavities at his appointment. Enjoy your two movie tickets and keep taking such good care of your teeth, Nolan!

 

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join the Summit Dental Cavity Free Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!
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Boise Dentists: Walking Through a Kids Appointment

Boise Dentists: Walking Through a Kids Appointment

At Summit Dental, our Boise dentists do their best to make sure that all of our patients, especially kids, have a relaxing and comfortable appointment. Take a look at how we keep the experience fun and comfortable for kids from their time in the waiting room to when they walk out of our office doors.

In the waiting room

The waiting room at our new Boise office has an entire kids area for families to relax in. Puzzles, toys, and books are just a few of the things kids can play with in the room, or they can tune into the flat screen television that plays children’s programs, Pixar movies, and other kid-friendly content. This room has a soft kid-friendly rubbery floor and brightly colored paintings along the walls to create a fun environment.

During the appointment

If the appointment is for a child between three and five years old (we recommend a first appointment at age three), the appointment is usually just a happy visit where we check their teeth and help them get acquainted with the office. The child can sit on their parent’s lap or by themselves, whichever is easiest.

Parents are always welcome back to the treatment rooms with their children, whatever their age. For some procedures, the experience may be better if parents wait in the waiting room, as the child may be less distracted, and it allows us to phrase things properly and use our “show, tell, do” philosophy. However, parents are always given the option to come back to the treatment rooms with their child if they feel it would be best.

Regardless what the appointment is for, our Boise dentists always use a “show, tell, do” philosophy with every procedure. This involves using kid-friendly terms while explaining and then showing what we will do before we do it. For example, when using the water sprayer or air sprayer, we will call it “rain” or “wind,” in addition to calling the suction that draws out the water the “big straw.”

For cavity fillings, we often use nitrous oxide or laughing gas for children as it helps them relax. To do this, we use a nose piece which we call their “silly nose.” The nose piece is flavored like cherries or strawberries, so we ask them if they can smell the cherries. This is another procedure where we use kid-friendly language, such as calling a cavity a “sugar bug” and referring to part of the filling procedure as “painting the tooth.” We sometimes offer different colored filling material in blue, green or orange so kids can choose their favorite color or school color.

We maintain the “show, tell, do” philosophy with our other tools as well. We call the drill a “water sprayer” and let kids feel the spray of water on their hands. When numbing a child’s mouth, we never use the word “needle,” and we do our best to hide the needle before getting them numb. We call it “sleepy juice” that is going to make their tooth feel sleepy or silly, and we call the poke they may feel a “mosquito bite.” We are almost always able to get their mouth numb without them seeing the needle or feeling much discomfort. Usually the one thing that can interrupt this process is if another family member or sibling is in the room and says something that will give the child anxiety.

The end of the appointment

After any filling, cleaning, or procedure, if the child is well behaved, they will get to pick out a prize from the treasure chest, get a coupon for a TCBY kids frozen yogurt, or receive a toothbrush and toothpaste, or perhaps all three! If the child doesn’t have any cavities, they are entered in the Cavity Free Kids Club, which has a monthly drawing for a prize and movie tickets. This monthly Cavity Free Super Star Winner is given balloons, movie tickets, and a prize in addition to getting mentioned on our Facebook page and blog. After every appointment, we generally call to follow up and make sure everything is feeling okay.

In the end, our main goal during a child’s appointment is to make the whole experience fun every step of the way, from waiting room to back in the treatment rooms. We choose the words that reflect this and then offer kids a “prize” at the end to reward the experience. We would love to talk to you about how we provide the best dental care for your children, so leave us a comment or stop by our Boise office.
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Flynn Davis is our March Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Flynn Davis is our March Cavity Free Super Star Winner!

Congratulations to Flynn Davis for being our March Cavity Free Super Star Winner! Flynn, at only eight years old, is our very special winner for taking such good care of his teeth and therefore not having any cavities at his dental check-up. Keep up the great work!

All children ages 3-14 who have no cavities get to join the Summit Dental Cavity Free Super Star Program! Each child will be entered in a monthly drawing for 2 Free Movie Passes! We will also place their names on our website as we want everyone to know that we are proud of these children who have been doing a great job taking care of their teeth and gums at home!

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