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For your convenience, our required paperwork is available online. Please complete both forms below and submit electronically at least three days prior to your appointment. Completing the forms before you arrive for your appointment assures we have everything we need in order to verify your information, simplifying your in-office check-in process.

 

Toothbrushing Tips

  • Two minutes, Two times a day: Brushing in the morning and at nighttime for two minutes each time with a fluoridated toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay. Remember, at nighttime, only water after brushing before bedtime!
  • How old is old enough to brush? As soon as the first tooth erupts, it is susceptible to plaque and tooth decay. For this reason, it is important to begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they first appear.
  • Keep Kids’ Mouths Healthy: Parents and caregivers should help or watch over their kids’ tooth brushing abilities until they’re at least 8-years- old.
  • The Right Toothbrush: Kids should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that allows them to reach all areas of their mouth. Remember to replace toothbrushes every three-four months and even sooner if the bristles are worn out, or if your children have been sick.
  • Flossing: Kids should clean between their teeth once a day, every day, with floss or flossers to remove plaque and food where a toothbrush can’t reach. Children’s’ teeth can be flossed as soon as two of their teeth touch each other.

Dietary Suggestions

  • A balanced diet helps your children’s teeth and gums to be healthy. A diet high in natural or added sugars may place your child at extra risk for tooth decay.
  • Children aged one to six years should consume no more than four to six ounces of fruit juice per day, as part of a meal. Also, sugary or starchy food is safer for teeth if it is eaten with a meal, not as a snack. Chewing during a meal helps produce saliva which helps wash away sugar and starch.
  • Foods like potato chips, crackers, raisins, dried fruit, candy and even gummy vitamins are not easily washed away from your kid’s teeth by saliva, water or milk, thereby increasing your child’s risk for developing cavities.
  • Healthy snacks for children’s overall nutrition and to promote good dental health include fruits, vegetables, nuts and cheeses.

Teething

  • Common signs include mild irritability, drooling, and an occasional low-grade fever. Drooling can start months before the first tooth arrives!
  • To ease discomfort, try non-medicinal methods first including giving the child something clean and safe to chew on, like a teething ring or cool wet cloth. Wet a cloth, squeeze out the excess water, put it in a plastic baggie, and toss it in the refrigerator. The chill from the cloth as the baby chews on it will help relieve the irritation and massage the gums.
  • Teething gels that are applied to the gums should be avoided, as they can be harmful to your baby’s health. Instead, giving the appropriate dosage of children’s Tylenol can provide relief.

Dental Emergenices

  • Toothache: Gently clean around the tooth using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use dental floss to remove any trapped food between the teeth. DO NOT place aspirin on the gums or tooth. This will cause a burn to the gum tissues. If there is swelling, apply cold to the outside of the face. Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) for pain and call our office to make arrangements for evaluation.
  • Broken or Chipped Tooth: Rinse the mouth with warm water. Place a cold compress on the face in the area of the broken tooth to reduce swelling of soft tissues. Try to locate any tooth fragments and store them in cold milk. Call our office to make arrangements for evaluation.
  • Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply an ice compress to the injured area. If there is bleeding apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze. If bleeding is not controlled with gentle pressure after 15 minutes, go to a hospital emergency room. If your child has bitten their cheek, lip, or tongue after having dental treatment, there will be swelling which may worsen over the next couple of days. A yellowish, white plaque (soft scab) will likely develop. This is part of the healing process. The lesion will heal over the next 10-14 days. If your child complains of pain, you may give children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen and apply Orabase to the area, which can be purchased at a drug store.
  • Knocked Out Baby Tooth: If the tooth is a primary (baby) tooth, no immediate treatment is necessary. Primary teeth are not re-implanted. Call our office to make arrangements for evaluation.
  • Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Try to find the tooth. Only handle the tooth by the crown (the part of the tooth you can see in the mouth). Do not touch the root portion of the tooth. You may gently rinse the tooth with saline but do not scrub or clean the tooth excessively. Attempt to reinsert the tooth in its socket. Ask the child to hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth or gauze. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, transport it in a cup containing milk. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. Contact our office immediately.