Making Your Child’s Tooth Fairy Visit Magical

As children grow, they begin to lose their baby teeth. Most kids lose their first tooth around the age of 6, and will continue to lose their baby teeth until around the age of 12. With each tooth loss, comes the tooth fairy!

National Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated every year on August 22.  Losing a tooth is always exciting, because that means the tooth fairy will be paying your child a visit. Children leave their tooth under their pillow and anxiously await for sleep to arrive so that the tooth fairy can leave them a reward. Getting to be the tooth fairy is fun, but it can also be difficult to come up with ways to make it special for your child. 

Here are a few tips on how to make a visit from the tooth fairy magical!

  • Leave gifts — Whether it’s a couple of dollars or a toy you know your child will like, leaving a surprise under their pillow can make your child feel special. 
  • Write letters — Leaving letters for your child from the tooth fairy regarding oral health can be a great way to encourage them to brush their teeth and keep their teeth clean — since the tooth fairy said so!
  • Make a gift box — Create and leave a gift box under your child’s pillow that they can decorate themselves to help get excited about the tooth fairy. They leave their teeth inside, and in the morning their gift will be waiting for them! 
  • Add some magic — Adding things like glitter, stickers, or even a signature to the letters under your child’s pillow can help add to the excitement and magic of the tooth fairy. 

There’s nothing better than seeing the excitement on your child’s face when they realize they’ve been visited by the tooth fairy, and it can even be fun for you in the process! Do you have questions about your child’s baby teeth? Schedule an appointment to chat with one of our experienced pediatric specialists.

Helping Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety 

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is coming up on May 7. This day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. We understand the anxieties that are associated with going to the dentist. We have a passion for providing a positive dental experience at a young age that can cultivate a lifetime of good oral care. 

Sedation Dentistry 

A common practice for helping to ease dental anxiety in children is called sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry helps patients feel calm, relaxed and at ease during dental procedures. Other than general anesthesia, most forms of sedation dentistry are referred to as conscious sedation dentistry or “twilight sleep.” It creates a state of short-term amnesia where you experience insensitivity to pain without the loss of consciousness.

Types of Sedation

There are three forms of sedation used when it comes to sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation: This is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask over your child’s nose. Sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is one option your dentist may offer to help make your child more comfortable during certain procedures.
  • Oral sedation: This involves medication administered upon arrival to the office allowing your child to get comfortable and the medication to take effect before the procedure begins. Children are awake during the procedure but many have very little memory of the visit. Falling asleep during the procedure is common, but they are responsive to a gentle shake. Our providers who offer oral sedation are certified by the Board of Dentistry in their state.
  • Hospital sedation: For children who may have a difficult time receiving treatment in a dental practice, many of our providers offer the opportunity for your child to visit a surgery center or hospital to receive care. Under general anesthesia, patients will be asleep and cared for by a team of professionals.

The type of sedation treatment that is best for your child will be carefully determined by their dental care provider. If you think your child would benefit from sedation dentistry, reach out to your dentist to find out more about it and discuss the options available at your practice. We want your kids to love coming to see us!

Let’s Talk about Sealants for Children’s Dental Health Month

What is Children’s Dental Health Month?

The American Dental Association designates every February to Children’s Dental Health Month. This month helps to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, caregivers, teachers and many others. 

This year’s theme is “Sealants Make Sense.” Sealants are an effective way to help prevent caries — the decay and crumbling of a tooth. As it progresses, this decay can develop into a cavity. A report by The American Academy of Pediatrics found that dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood, with 59% of 12 to 19-year-olds having at least one documented cavity. Cleaning every space in your mouth can be hard, especially the back molars that are susceptible to leftover food. Sealants can add a layer of protection from this buildup.

What is a sealant? 

A sealant, according to MouthHealthy.org, is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. While these aren’t a substitute for brushing and flossing, they can keep cavities from forming and can even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.

Promoting Good Oral Health in Children

Sealants are an effective part of children’s dental health because they help to prevent cavities, but there are many other ways to promote oral health in children as well. Brushing teeth twice a day with a pea-sized drop of toothpaste, flossing once a day, drinking fluoridated water and cutting back on sugary drinks can all help keep your child’s teeth healthy. And, as always, don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups! Contact us today to make an appointment. 

Children's Dental Center is a part of Mortenson Dental Partners.

Making Your Child’s Tooth Fairy Visit Magical

As children grow, they begin to lose their baby teeth. Most kids lose their first tooth around the age of 6, and will continue to lose their baby teeth until around the age of 12. With each tooth loss, comes the tooth fairy! National Tooth Fairy Day is celebrated every year on August 22.  Losing […]

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