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Schedule Two Pediatric Dental Cleanings Per Year Twice-yearly dental checkup appointments are particularly important for children because as they grow, their bodies change, leading to different dental needs and exposure to different conditions. A pediatric dental check-up typically includes: Teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup – we offer several flavors to get your child excited about the experience. Fluoride treatment if your child is of appropriate age to strengthen the tooth enamel. Thorough examination of teeth, jawbones, and oral tissues to check for any possible issues. Practice brushing, flossing or swishing with your child if needed. Dental X-Rays. Dental X-Rays While there is

Types of Periodontal Disease in Children Periodontal disease can strike young children, but many forms can increase prevalence during adolescence. Periodontal disease is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed. Periodontal disease prevention in young children The best ways to prevent periodontal disease include twice-daily brushing, flossing, and swishing with plaque removing kids’ mouthwash. Monitoring younger kids and their oral hygiene routines may be necessary to ensure they are hitting all the right spots when

Every child anxiously awaits the arrival of the Easter Bunny and that coveted Easter basket. Unfortunately, sometimes they can include an overabundance of candy and unhealthy snacks. We don’t want to deprive your little ones of sweet treats but have some suggestions for how to make healthy Easter baskets that are still just as fun. Healthy Easter Baskets Books – Kids love to read with their parents. Studies show that reading with your child 20 minutes per night can improve their ability to succeed in school. Find some fun Easter books to read to your child. We love “Pete the Cat,

Even though baby teeth fall out, they are just as important to care for as your child’s permanent ones. After all, baby teeth lay the groundwork for where your child’s permanent teeth will reside forever!  Baby teeth have a thinner enamel than permanent teeth. It’s important to practice good oral health habits early, so problems with baby teeth do not cause issues for the permanent ones. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) stresses: Some of the most common causes of childhood cavities are diet and oral home care.  Unfortunately, the common American diet includes frequently eaten snacks or treats that are

Check out our new X-Ray machine! No more uncomfortable bitewings or awkward positions. Now we can capture your child's entire mouth in a single image. This includes the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues. To make sure the machine worked well enough for our pediatric dental patients, Dr. Chambliss tested it on one of his sons! (pictured above). X-rays are a necessary component of a child’s dental care and are only taken when required. The new machine at Medplex captures the entire mouth in a single image - the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues. According to the

1. Start young -The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible. 2. Keep it simple - When preparing for a visit, especially the first time, try not to include too many details. Doing so will raise more questions and adding more information about an extra treatment like a filling he might need may cause unnecessary anxiety. 3. Use positive phrases - Words like "clean, strong, healthy teeth" can make the visit seem fun and good rather than scary and alarming.

When it comes to dental benefit plans, millions of people each year are ringing in the New Year leaving money on the table. So, if your child needs to see Dr. Baker Chambliss for any dental pain, dental X-rays or dental procedures scheduling your appointment in the next couple of weeks. We may provide you with better options for treatment costs. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plan participants reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. Many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with

At schools, vending machines are becoming increasingly popular, but other options are available. Parents have busy lives and can use their convenience as a crutch. The decadent snacks inside can quickly lead to pediatric dental health issues. Vending Machine Study According to a recent study performed by the American Dental Association, 83% of  snacks found in public school vending machines had minimal nutritional value. And, younger kids are the most likely to be influenced to purchase a snack. In addition, children who were offered fruits and vegetables for a snack were just as likely to eat them, as the sweets that were

The holidays are rampant with sweets and sugary drinks. But, you can remind your child that maintaining good oral health during the holidays can keep them on Santa’s “Nice List”! Here are some tips that will help you keep them on track: ✓ Keep your normal brushing routine. Just because it’s holiday time and morning and bedtime schedules may become more relaxed, you shouldn’t reduce brushing. It’s important to continue brushing at least twice per day for two minutes per session. ✓ Choose the healthy snack. Don’t completely do away with enjoying special holiday treats, but make sure to eat them in

Dr. Baker Chambliss and Medplex Pediatric Dentistry were recently featured on the NuSmile website and social media pages regarding use of NuSmile ZR crowns. Esthetic crowns, like the NuSmile ZR crown, may be used in children to save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can't support a filling; protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene; or decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for children unable because of age, behavior, or medical history, to fully cooperate with the requirements