The Language of Children
When children are in pain, they often experience anxiety and may find it difficult to explain what hurts. Our pediatric dentists at All Kids Dentistry are highly trained in the art of communicating with children to understand their needs and to offer soothing, positive language.
Why Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dentists receive additional years of specialty training, along with sophisticated training in pediatric dentistry psychology. They are like the pediatricians of dentistry. Pediatric dental offices are designed taking into account the needs of infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. They understand the psychology of children and use language to reach and comfort them while creating a personalized dental plan tailored to the needs of each child.
The Language of Children
Your pediatric dentist will use questions to help your child better explain what the problem is. He/she may ask questions like, “Does that tooth feel funny, or does it hurt?” Your child's responses can provide valuable information.
Tools at a dentist’s office can be scary to a child, and so can the names of procedures. Instead of saying water rinse, your pediatric dentist may call it a tooth shower. Wiggle out sounds a whole less scary than extraction, and tooth cleaner is a friendlier alternative to drill. Your child’s dentist will use choice words to alleviate anxiety and maybe draw a smile or two.
Going to the dentist can be an unfamiliar experience for children, especially if it is their first time. Positive reinforcement using words as simple as, “Good job,” can go a long way to alleviate anxiety and will help your child feel that things are going well.
Your pediatric dentist’s body language and tone are important. Children are observant and will look for reassurances. Talking to the child throughout the procedure provides a distraction and gives comfort. Your dentist’s body language will also help ease a child’s anxiety.
Contact Us Today
Contact your highly trained pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry today. We serve families from Valencia, Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic Junction, Sylmar, San Fernando, Granada Hills and other surrounding communities. We strive to provide our young patients with a safe and positive experience. Schedule your appointment today!
Temporary Treatment of Cavities
Nobody, especially a child, looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist! Dentists now have an alternative; an antimicrobial liquid called Silver Diamine Fluoride that they brush on cavities to stop tooth decay in its tracks with no pain whatsoever. Choose to stop your child’s tooth decay before it continues to progress!
What is Silver Diamine Flouride (SDF)
Dentists apply SDF to active tooth decay to prevent further progression of the disease. The silver component of SDF acts as an antimicrobial agent, killing the bacteria present and stopping the formation of new biofilm. The fluoride component prevents further demineralization of the tooth structure. Applying SDF is also beneficial for any child that isn’t cooperative enough to sit to completed their restorative treatment plan.
The application of SDF is straightforward and noninvasive. The teeth are initially brushed and rinsed then the teeth with decay are isolated and kept clean and dry. A micro brush is dipped in a drop of SDF and placed on the tooth for two minutes. Excess SDF is cleaned off, and the patient is instructed not to eat or drink for at least one hour.
Studies have shown that a second treatment applied 18 months after the initial one markedly stops cavities. The only side effect reported has been reversible staining at the site of SDF application.
What Are the Benefits of Silver Diamine Flouride Treatments?
Being able to apply SDF in 30 seconds with no noise, injections or drilling is a better, faster, and cheaper alternative to the usual fillings. Your child will need only a drop of SDF to treat five teeth, costing very little per tooth. Children experience less trauma and anxiety and will not require sedation.
Choose Healthy Teeth
Contact your pediatric dentist at All Kids Dentistry in the Valencia area today to learn more about SDF treatments for your child. We welcome children and parents to visit the office and meet the doctor and staff even before making an appointment. We strive to provide your kids with a safe and pleasant place to come regularly for their oral health care.