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Don’t Just Start the Schoolyear Right; Keep the Pace for Healthy Smiles!

dental services Minot, NDStudents and parents – as well as teachers and others who work with kids – all tend to hope for one thing at this time of year: to start the school year right. Students think about making new friends and making memories with old ones. Parents think about their students making the “right” friends, and about the success, their students will experience in the classroom. Amidst the busy-ness of a new school year, the business of oral care can easily be left in the dust.

Kids of all ages need consistency in all aspects of life. We are here to provide that in the form of routine dental care. Additionally, we help families maintain healthy smiles with tips that may be overlooked. Here, we want to point out a few ways that dental problems can be averted as the school year gets into full swing. We hope that our patients won’t just start the schoolyear off right, but that they will end the year with healthy teeth, as well.

Remember the basics

The basics of oral care are so easy and so familiar that we can easily drop the ball. Busy students who rush through their morning routine set the stage for bad breath, which can be more than a little embarrassing. Lack of proper brushing also leads to a “dirty mouth” appearance, in which teeth look gritty and yellow. This appearance indicates plaque, which is the prime factor in cavities and gum disease. Students may need help remembering to brush and floss. It is up to parents to develop the right strategy for their child.

Go above and beyond

There are hidden dangers to students’ teeth: bruxism and injury. Students who play sports may be best served by a custom-fit mouth guard versus a boil-and-bite type sold in sporting goods stores. The smaller profile of custom-fit gear facilitates breathing during play and is more comfortable overall. Bruxism is often related to stress. The clenching and grinding that go on during sleep can wear down enamel, and even break teeth. A night guard made by your child’s dentist can minimize the force of this habit, and thus protect teeth.

Oral care isn’t a complicated matter. We are here to help you with common concerns, as well as the unforeseen. Call Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot at (701) 839-1299.

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Teething Pain

pediatric dentistry Minot, NDAs a parent, one of the hardest things to witness is your child in pain. Unfortunately, there are some things that your child just has to experience— including falling off of a bike and experiencing teething pain. And although most teething gels aren’t popular anymore due to some of the ingredients that were put in them, there are some other solutions that you can use. To help your little love find relief and comfort, try using these three tips listed below. Read on to learn more.

Cold Washcloth

If you are on the go like most parents, then you are looking for a fast and easy way to help your teething tot find comfort. Try giving your little one a cold, wet washcloth to munch on while you’re on the road. The cold temperature combined with the rough texture will help them find relief.

Ibuprofen

As long as it is used in the correct doses, there is nothing wrong with giving your teething tot some ibuprofen (as long as they are over six months). By cutting down on pain and inflammation, ibuprofen is a fast way to help your little one start feeling like their usual self once again.

Massage

Massage can be a weird thing because even though it can be painful, it feels good at the same time. Similar to a back massage, massaging your child’s teething gums can help to alleviate built-up pressure and get rid of the pain in the process. To massage their gums, take a clean finger and getting rub the gums from side to side applying a little bit of pressure along the way.

Teething doesn’t have to be an awful experience for you and your child. By using the tips listed above, you can help them get through the teething process virtually scar free. To learn more about teething and ways to give your child relief, contact Broadway Family Dentistry today!

My Child Lost a Tooth! What Now?

pediatric dentistryThe average age for your child to begin losing his or her primary teeth is age six, with all permanent teeth in place by about age 13. When your child has a loose tooth, it can be an exciting yet somewhat anxious time for both of you. Knowing the proper way to help your child when his or her tooth is ready to come out is important. Your dentist can educate your child about losing their teeth and inspect them to gauge when they’re likely to come out.

Once a tooth is loose, here are some ways you can help make the transition easier:

  • Prepare for bleeding. Let your child know that there will be some bleeding when the tooth comes out, which is only temporary and nothing to worry about.
  • Keep up on good oral hygiene. Your child may be hesitant to brush the loose tooth areas surrounding it, but it’s important that he or she continues to brush daily and floss regularly, just a bit more gently around the tooth that is loose.
  • Encourage wiggling. It’s tempting for your child to wiggle a loose tooth with his or her fingers or tongue, and that’s okay. Sometimes this is all it takes for the tooth to come out.
  • Let them pull it. If a tooth is only slightly loose, leave it alone for now. When the tooth is loose enough to pull, allow your child to do it using tissue or a piece of gauze. Your child can best determine his or her level of discomfort and whether or not to stop pulling at any point.

After the tooth falls out, take the following steps:

  • Use a damp cloth to apply pressure on the area, which will bleed slightly
  • Gargle with warm water
  • Instruct your child to be gently when brushing the area where the tooth fell out to avoid irritation
  • Make a big deal of it – many parents tell their children about the “tooth fairy” in an effort to make losing teeth exciting rather than scary

If your child experiences any pain or the gums appear swollen or red, an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or ibuprofen may help. You can also try a topical numbing agent. If pain is severe, visit your dentist.

To learn more about what to do when your child has a loose tooth, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Stanley Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.