Any parent can tell you, teething is no fun! A fussy baby, fever, diaper rash, food resistance…the list goes on.
But once the tooth makes it through the gums, you get the reward of a sweet, baby smile! It’s important to take care of this smile from early on by establishing proper oral hygiene habits from the start.
But when exactly do children need to start making visits to the dentist? Let’s take a look at when your child should have their first dentist visit and what to expect.
According to the American Dental Association, your child should make their first trip to the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears. It is a good idea to go ahead and schedule a visit before the first birthday, even if no teeth have broken through the gums.
Why so early? As soon as your baby gets a tooth they are liable to get a cavity! The foods and drinks your baby consumes, personal health, and genetics can all play a role in oral health.
A healthy mouth, gums, and teeth are vital to your baby’s ability to thrive, so it is never a bad idea to be proactive and get things checked out early to avoid any issues down the road.
The first trip to the dentist can be scary for both you and your child. Not knowing what to expect can add to the anxiety. Assuming you’ve selected a dental office that specializes in families, like Southeast Family Dental, you can rest assured your child will have a great experience.
What to Expect From the Dentist
The first trip to the dentist will include a general overview of proper dental care, a checkup of your child’s mouth, and maybe even a conversation about healthy eating habits to reduce the chance of cavities and tooth decay.
The first visit to the dentist will vary in time, but it shouldn’t last too long. A good pediatric dentist will understand that the attention span for a kid isn’t necessarily going to be the longest and they will try their best to accommodate that.
A length of about 35 – 45 minutes is a good estimate of time to set aside for your child’s first appointment.
Establishing a healthy relationship with the dentist’s office early in your child’s life is incredibly important. Chose a dental office that works well with children and ask ahead of time if any pain should be expected.
Chances are, the first appointment will just be a check-up of the teeth and this will not be an issue.
Setting a good example of healthy oral hygiene at home is a key step in ensuring your child grows up with healthy teeth and gums.
Pick a specific time each morning and night to brush your teeth. Establishing a routine will help your children understand when it is expected of them to brush their teeth.
Young children will feel more comfortable in their daily activities, which will result in more confidence and understanding in their routines.
You know how the old saying goes, “monkey see, monkey do!” And if you have kids you know this to be one-hundred percent true.
Let your kids watch you brush and floss your teeth to set a good example for them. Brushing your teeth together can also help make what could be a monotonous task fun!
Along with oral care like brushing and flossing, consuming healthy foods can be a great way to be proactive in dental care. Avoid sugary foods if possible, and if your child will be indulging in sweets, have them drink plenty of water to cleanse their teeth of excess sugar.
Keeping the tooth enamel free from sugars will help keep your kids’ teeth healthy. Flossing after enjoying these treats will also help rid the mouth of excess sugars.
Once the first trip to the dentist is completed, it’s important to continue this trend and establish a schedule of regular dental visits.
It is recommended children see the dentist every six months, or bi-annually.
Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis provides an ideal family atmosphere for patients of all ages. Children have the optimal experience to make coming back for the next appointment not only easy but exciting for your child!
Positive instruction, gentle check-ups, and after-visit rewards like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and prizes help ensure your visit will be easy and fun.
Other Services Provided
In addition to that first dental visit, you can trust Southeast Family Dental to take care of your child throughout the years as well!
Whether it’s applying dental sealants on permanent teeth, finding the right mouthguard for sporting events, or helping your child in an emergency, you can rest easy knowing they will be there for you and your family.
Schedule Your Visit
Call us today to schedule your child’s first dentist visit or simply fill out your information on our easy-to-use contact form.
Our knowledgeable team members are ready to answer any questions you may have and put any concerns you have to bed. You can also stop by our Indianapolis office to speak with someone face-to-face and view our space.
Our dentists are ready to meet you and promise to provide excellent care and create a healthy dentist relationship from the start!
Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana reveals what that weird blue light is that your dentist uses, how it works and if there are any risks to your teeth and gums when using it. https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: What is that weird blue light my dentist uses? [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] Transcript Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and today I’m going to talk to you about a question we often get here at the office, and that is, what is the blue light that we use and is it dangerous? So what is it? That blue light is a dental curing light. It’s basically a piece of dental equipment that we use to harden or cure our resin or basically, tooth-colored filling materials, as well as some other materials that we use such as cements and bonding agents that we use to restore your teeth back to health. So how does this light work? When fillings are placed in the teeth, they are very soft so that they can be molded to the correct shape and anatomy. When the dentist or the assistant who is placing the filling is happy with the shape and the contour, they will then set the material to make it hard. That’s where the blue light comes in. We press the light, the blue light shines on it, and it will make the material hard as rock, strong enough for you to be able to chew on as soon as you leave. Okay, so here’s the big question. What about the blue light? Everyone wants to know what it is. So I’ll tell you what it’s not. It is not a UV light and it is not a laser. What it is, is a very strong blue light and it’s blue because it falls into the range of the wavelengths under the blue light spectrum. So like I said, it’s not a laser and it’s not a UV light. So it’s not going to cause any damage to your teeth or your gums. The only danger is if you look at the light for too long. It’s kind of similar to looking at the sun for too long. Dentists and assistants who place fillings are the most at risk. That’s why there is an orange filter on the light to protect our eyes. So no need to be concerned about the blue light or the curing light. It’s been a significant advancement in dentistry for us and allows us to place fillings that are hard, exactly the way we want them to be so you’re ready to use your tooth just like you wanted when you leave. Thanks for listening and remember, at Southeast Family Dental, we love to make you smile.
Do you suffer from fears and anxiety when going to the dentist? Or, maybe a trip to the dentist is a scary event for your child, which also stresses you out? Dental fears, anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fears. Some people (perhaps up to 20%) experience so much anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. People experience dental anxiety and fears for various reasons, including: * Previous bad experiences at the dentist’s office. * Fear of pain. * Feeling helpless or not in control of the situation. * Embarrassment about the state of their teeth and gums. Being unfamiliar with the instruments, noises and smells in the dental office. This is especially true for young children. At Southeast Family Dental, we understand how the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and fears. But calming fears isn’t just for kids, some adults need help calming their anxiety at the dentist, too. So a dentist located in Northbrook, IL, has found an ingenious way to do just that. He brings a trained comfort dog into his office. The golden retriever soothes nervous kids and adults alike by comforting them during dental exams. In fact, the golden retriever has a sixth sense when it comes to figuring out exactly who needs him the most. A comfort dog really is an excellent idea to calm dental fears, because animals tend to have a soothing effect on people. Other ideas that dentists may use to calm your fears, include: * Providing you with an iPad and headphones, so you can listen to relaxing music or watch a TV program to distract you. * Offering you a blanket for warmth, comfort and the feeling of security. * Giving you nitrous oxide or other sedatives to help you feel relaxed during dental exams or procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety and fears, talk to our team at Southeast Family Dental. We can talk to you about what to expect during your appointment and help you find ways to ease your fears. We want to make sure your dental experience is as calm, comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it at some point. It can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or stressed about a situation. While the occasional feeling of stress is normal, having feelings of stress all the time can take a toll on your health. IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH Stress can have a major impact on your health, and it can have a similarly major impact on your oral health. Most people have probably experienced an ulcer at some point in their life, and an ulcer is just one example of the way chronic stress can negatively impact your oral and overall health. * When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases your blood glucose levels. This increase in blood sugar can lead to inflammation, which can trigger the body's immune response to fight off infection or injury. However, when the immune system is overstimulated, it can lead to an increase in gum disease. * Not only can stress increase the chances of developing gum disease, but it can also increase your risk for more serious diseases, such as cancer. This is because your immune system becomes weakened by stress, and compromised health can make it harder for your immune system to fight disease effectively. * Additionally, stress can cause bruxism – an abnormal clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in your jaw that can be chronic. And, since it does affect your smile, it's considered part of your oral health. If you are suffering from this, we may be able to help by finding a custom oral appliance you can wear at night to protect your teeth from damage. We can also recommend other ways to cope with stress and advise you on steps you can take to improve your oral health. WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of stress on your body. Regular exercise is one of the best options, as it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and balanced. You should also try to stick to a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water during the day, and try to get enough sleep each night. When you're under a lot of stress, you should make sure to keep up with your regular checkup and cleaning appointments. We can work with you to identify problem areas in your smile and take steps to help you prevent symptoms from getting worse over time. If you're overdue for your annual exam and cleaning, then it's time to give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We can be reached at (317) 359-8000. Our dentist's office is located in Indianapolis, IN, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy for many years to come!
Southeast Family Dental is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bohnert and Dr. Laura Geiger have been selected by a vote of their peers to be Top Dentists, www.usatopdentists.com. and featured in the “Best of Indy” December issue of of Indianapolis Monthly. Indianapolis Monthly December 2018Dr. Bohnert is a 10-year winner and Dr. Geiger is a 3-year winner of the Top Dentist award. This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Indiana cast votes on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. Inclusion in Top Dentists is considered a singular honor. Dr. Laura Geiger responded to the announcement. “We are thrilled to have been voted Top Dentists. This honor shows us that we are meeting our mission to change the way you feel about going to the dentist, while giving you more reasons to smile.”
Drinking water is essential to your health. Water helps to transport nutrients in your body, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps build muscle, digests food and improves your skin complexion. And, yes, water really is healthy for your teeth, especially if it’s fluoridated. Some reasons why water is beneficial to your teeth include: * Tap water may contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in almost all water supplies. Also fluoride can be added to a town’s water supply. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, it has been shown to reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60%. However, it’s important to note that not all bottled waters contain fluoride. * Water naturally rinses your teeth and keep them clean. When you drink water, especially after eating, it helps wash away food particles and acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t brush your teeth while you’re out, drink a glass of water and swish the water around in your mouth to help clean your teeth until you can get home and brush. * Drinking water helps to decrease the pH level in your mouth. The neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0. When you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, the pH level can drop below 5.0. Too much acid can cause bad bacteria to grow, leading to tooth decay, which occurs when the pH level in your mouth is 5.5 or lower. But drinking water can help neutralize the effects of acid in your mouth. * Water helps alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva in your mouth, dry mouth can occur. You need an adequate supply of saliva to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria and to wash away food particles. Otherwise, a mouth that’s too dry can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Drink water as part of your daily dental health routine As you see, drinking water really is healthy for your teeth. So make drinking water a regular part of your daily dental health routine, in addition to brushing and flossing. But be careful of some seltzer waters. Some are advertised as water, but contain additional sweeteners that make them just as harmful as soda. Also, they are more acidic than flat water so should be limited due to their ability to erode teeth. Also, remember to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Southeast Family Dental by calling us at (317) 359-8000.