Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics
Dr. Justin Mund

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Children's Dentistry

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If you’re looking for quality and affordable dental care in Fort Worth, TX for your child, we are here to answer that call. We also treat adults and provide a warm and fun environment for families just like yours.

Check out a list of our most frequently asked questions below for more information or give us a call! We’d love to hear from you.  

Children's Dentistry

At Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics, we follow guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which states that children should be seen by a dentist before their first birthday.

Following these guidelines helps Justin Mund, DDS oversee your child’s earliest tooth eruptions and helps him take care of any potential problems early. The goal of our Fort Worth, TX dental office, after all, is to set your child on a course for excellent dental health into adulthood.

It is important to bring your child in as soon as they begin to have teeth showing! This usually occurs around 6 months old. Things can change quickly at this age. Even babies under 12 months old can have cavities! Cavities can occur on the back of teeth where parents can’t see and in locations you can see. Ideally, babies should be seen every 3 months up until they are 3 years old. This way, we can catch everything early on and teach parents how to care for their babies’ teeth. After age 3, we start seeing them every 6 months.

 

Here at Smile Ninja Dental, the goal is to set your children on a course for excellent dental health all the way into adulthood. It is important to establish healthy oral habits early in order to help prevent decay and to build a relationship of trust with the dentist. We are big believers in preventative dentistry meaning we provide you with helpful tips and practical advice to keep your child’s teeth healthy at home. Our team always partners with parents in this way because we know that parents are the very best advocates for their children. Our doctors have plenty of experience when it comes to children's dental care and love going over anything you can do to help your child maintain healthy oral habits.

 
 
Our little Smile Ninjas love our dental office, and we’re sure that your child will love it, too.

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We, here at Smile Ninja, love working with children and instilling healthy habits in young people that can last a lifetime. It is our goal to make each child feel special and enjoy a positive experience in our Fort Worth, TX dental office. We pride ourselves in creating relationships with our patients and their families! 

By instilling pride in their smiles through our Smile Ninja approach to dentistry, we find that kids are eager to please Dr. Mund and his entire staff, which leads to better brushing and flossing habits at home.  

Additionally, our strengths lie in taking the very best care of our littlest patients but we also are dentists for the whole family. We can be your one stop for all of your families’ needs, including restorative treatments such as fillings, crown, and orthodontics. Smile Ninja is a place where a mom takes the kids to get everything she needs for their dental health in a fun environment. Our goal is to help younger patients learn to be great adult patients. Our patients love to visit as we try to make our office a happy place to be! Not many people can say that about visiting dentists in the past.

Bring your child to our Fort Worth, TX dental office today. We think you’ll be surprised by how much your son or daughter will love it here. We are here to provide quality dental care for all patients in a safe and enjoyable environment, free of stress and judgment.

And remember, we love treating moms and dads, too!

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We look forward to meeting your family and building a lasting relationship with you and your child.

Dental crowns are used to cover teeth with large cavities that fillings can’t repair. Dental crowns act as a protective covering over the tooth, preventing chips, fractures, breakage, and future decay. If decay on a baby tooth is close enough to the nerve or the tooth is damaged enough that it could break, a stainless steel crown is the treatment of choice as it works best long term. Often, if a child has a large cavity on a baby tooth, the silver crown will be required to save the tooth. We don't want to extract teeth with cavities unless needed, and the crown saves the space for the permanent tooth to erupt!

 

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 Here at Smile Ninja, we know all too well the fear and anxiety that some children can experience when seeing the Dentist. We work tirelessly to give your child a relaxed and memorable environment when they come into our office. Creating positive experiences at a young age is important in creating healthy oral habits for life. By maintaining consistent positive visits, we can ensure healthy habits as they get older. When patients cry, it often is associated with the fear of not understanding what is happening around them or what is being done for them. That is why we strive so hard to create positive habits. We strive to help your children become comfortable and allow our staff to complete any treatment necessary. We love when children are curious and ask questions about the equipment we use and what to expect! Our goal is a positive experience. The more we can explain how we brush their teeth, take x-rays, and do a full exam or any other treatment in an age-appropriate manner, the less likely they are to be afraid. 

 

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Yes, baby teeth will fall out eventually. But their gums, tongue, and cheeks won't, so the bacteria won't be leaving with the baby teeth. It will just travel to the permanent teeth! Which means the cavities are only going to get bigger and cause infection in the mouth. That can lead to serious health problems. Taking care of cavities early on can ensure a healthy oral cavity for life if proper hygiene is followed as well. 

 

Studies have found that a cavity needs 4 things to form. A tooth, food, time, and the bacteria that cause decay. Once this bacteria gets into the mouth and multiplies, it can attack other teeth. As early as the age of 5, children can grow permanent teeth and if the baby teeth have cavities, it can spread to the permanent teeth easily. We want to get ALL of the cavities out so that we give kids a healthy start with their adult teeth.

Another way we have seen cavities form can be attributed to their family also! As we share food with mom, dad, grandparents or siblings who have cavities, it can pass to the kids. This is why it's important for everyone in the family to take care of their oral health and treat any issues they may have.

 

 

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Many people believe losing baby teeth before their time is not a big deal. Other teeth will grow in later, so why do they matter?

The truth is baby teeth help your child learn to chew and speak properly, and they act as place holders for permanent teeth, leading the way for adult teeth to come in correctly. Additionally, decay or bacteria can spread from a baby tooth to the adult tooth below the gumline and compromise that tooth before it has a chance to emerge healthily.

Wiping your baby’s gums with a damp cloth in infancy to clear away bacteria and establishing good brushing habits when teeth emerge is a great way to shelter baby teeth that, in turn, protect adult teeth.

It’s also important to visit Justin Mund, DDS regularly for exams and visit out Fort Worth, TX dental office for twice-yearly cleanings at Dr. Mund’s earliest recommendation.

Remember, baby teeth set the stage for adult teeth, so caring for these early teeth is vital for your child’s long-term dental health.

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Contact our dental office to schedule an exam or cleaning for your child today. And always get in touch with our Fort Worth, TX dental office if you have any questions.

 

The best way to avoid cavities in children is to lessen or eliminate sugary snacks and beverages. This includes sweetened sports drinks, certain cereals, crackers, sweetened gummy vitamins, and fruit juices.

Another good practice is instilling good oral hygiene habits in children when they are very young. The team at Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics can help with this. We find that our littlest patients enjoy their Smile Ninja status and sharing good oral-health news with parents and staff members following exams.

In infants, we recommend rubbing their gums with a damp cloth to gently clear away bacteria. Justin Mund, DDS may also suggest a special toothbrush after your child’s first few teeth erupt. It’s also important to remember to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste because young children tend to swallow the paste.

These practices are a great start when it comes to reducing cavities, but regular dental exams and cleanings are still critical to remove the stubborn bacteria that brushing leaves behind.

Our Fort Worth, TX dental office also offers fluoride and dental sealants to strengthen your child’s teeth and help prevent cavities.

At Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics, we believe that keeping a child’s teeth healthy relies on a partnership between parents, our team, and eventually, your child as he or she grows.

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One common concern parents have with their children's teeth is when their permanent teeth come out before the baby, or primary, teeth have fallen out. 

Losing baby teeth is a part of growing up. Sometimes things don't go as they should and a permanent tooth erupts out of position, not allowing the root of the baby tooth to be absorbed and dissolve. Normally, when the permanent tooth starts pushing against the baby tooth’s roots, the roots begin to dissolve. Once enough of the root has dissolved away from the baby tooth, it becomes loose and should fall out. However, if the permanent teeth begin growing behind baby teeth, it can miss the baby tooth’s roots, which won’t trigger them to dissolve. This is called an ectopic eruption.

 

We have kids, too, and don't want to rob them of the experience of growing up and losing teeth. If the permanent teeth start to erupt with the primary teeth being wiggly or loose, it might be best to wait and see if they fall out on their own. But in some cases, they need our help. If the primary teeth are not loose, then most likely they will need to come to one of our Fort Worth, TX offices and have them extracted. 

 

If untreated, “shark teeth” or the formation of permanent teeth behind the baby teeth, can cause deflection of the teeth and move out of position causing problems as they get older. Once the baby tooth is out, your child’s tongue should naturally push the permanent tooth forward into the correct position. Children who have moderate to severe crowding may not have room for the permanent tooth even after the baby tooth is out, and an orthodontic consultation would be appropriate.

 

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Your child may be nervous at first—and you may feel a bit on edge yourself—but children love it here, and with Justin Mund, DDS treating your child, he or she may not want to go home!

Just let your child know that there is a dental chair that goes up and down. There are video games, toys, and adults everywhere who encourage raucous laughter and play, adults who are always ready to share a joke or a smile.

We are a judgment-free dental office and have the warmest team around!

We recommend the following:

  • Don’t let your child know that you’re feeling anxious. Children tend to pick up on and share parental anxiety. If your child sees that you’re looking forward to the appointment, he or she will be more likely to feel at ease.
  • Don’t mention procedures, but talk about teeth counting and gentle brushing instead.  
  • Emphasize the fun that they will have at Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics.
  • Let them know that they are starting their journey toward Smile Ninja status! Only for the brave and strong.

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 It can be a little alarming when your baby or child clenches their teeth and grind them. While the sounds of a baby grinding teeth can make you cringe and you might worry if they’re damaging those newly erupted pearly whites, it’s very common and usually completely normal.

 

 Adults can often grind as well which they can get a night guard to protect the teeth from damage. But children are growing, and would outgrow one very fast, so this isn't as much of an option for them.

 

Sometimes children grind as they are just growing and the bite is setting in.  Sometimes its just a habit like sleep walking. Other times, we've seen it associated with enlarged tonsils, snoring and even sleep apnea. When we snore we are cutting off oxygen to the brain that we would get by breathing normally. The brain needs plenty to produce hormones that help us recover and feel more alert during the daytime. Children could be clenching or grinding without knowing why as it has a result of stiffening their airway, thus allowing that air to pass better when sleeping.

 

What can we do? Studies have shown that temporary pads can be placed on the teeth to protect them from clenching too much and opening their bite. This allows more air to pass when breathing at night. They are called bite turbos or bite blocks which we use often here in the office. A bite block's main function is to correct a misaligned bite which would help open up the airway as well for the child.

 

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