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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.
We are general dentists with a focus on the whole family's dental needs. While we love seeing children, we also see adults quite often as well. We strive for a safe, attentive, fun, but efficient experience for all our families. We make the office fun and positive for everyone. We offer many amenities for patient entertainment like a playroom, prize wall, a toy machine and we allow them to pick out their favorite shows on Netflix to watch while we look over their teeth. All of this makes them look forward to seeing us at our offices.
Pediatric dentists focus solely on the development of teeth from first eruption through their teenage years. Here at Smile Ninja Dental, we care for almost all ages as well as special needs patients who need focused care when it comes to dentistry.
At Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics we primarily see children, but we always make time for moms and dads. Justin Mund, DDS moves between age groups seamlessly, and displays the same attention to detail with each patient.
For adults, we offer preventive dentistry, which includes regular dental exams, twice-yearly teeth cleanings, and periodic x-rays in our Fort Worth, TX dental office. Dr. Mund also provides dental maintenance through general dentistry. This includes anything you may need to keep you smile healthy. Examples of general dentistry include fillings and root canals.
Dr. Mund is also a CandidPro provider. This means clear and discreet braces for teens and older adults—more affordable than Invisalign and more comfortable than traditional wire braces. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a professional teeth whitening treatment! We think you deserve it.
Additionally, our Fort Worth, TX office promotes prevention at home and gives you the tools through oral health education to maintain a great oral hygiene routine based on your needs. This begins with brushing and flossing at least twice per day.
Dentistry should be a family affair, and we invite parents to be part of our Smile Ninja team.
If you would like to schedule an exam in our dental office, contact our compassionate team and get the care you need in a judgment-free dental zone.
There are many causes of bleeding gums. Most of these can easily be fixed, but some can also be a sign of more serious oral issues needing to be addressed.
Many people get nervous when they see blood of any kind, but it's pretty common for gums to bleed. However, that does not mean it's a good thing.
The most common reason for bleeding gums is due to 'gingivitis' which is a mild infection of the gumline where buildup of plaque is at its earliest stage. Your gums become swollen, tender, and can bleed during brushing or flossing. We see this quite often, and in simple terms, it tells us that these areas need to be cleaned better. Brushing and flossing thoroughly and consistently usually resolves this. Regular exams allow us to help you in identifying these areas and we can give you tips on how to improve what you’re doing at home! During regular cleanings, we can then remove anything you are missing at home allowing your gums to remain healthy and happy!
The next thing we see is periodontal disease, which is a chronic infection in the gums due to years of infection and inflammation near the gums resulting in bone loss around the teeth. These patients will always need to keep up with their cleanings and most tend to visit every 3 months to stay on top of the disease. If it's been years for these patients since the last cleaning, their gums will likely bleed after removing the tartar from their teeth, but they will be on their way to becoming healthier!
For a lot of dental treatment we are able to send you home knowing that you won't have any bleeding. However, for some procedures like removing a tooth, there will definitely be bleeding. Oozing or bleeding can last up to 48 hours after treatment and is normal. Use gauze as directed. Alternatively, a home remedy is placing a tea bag on the area to help it clot.
Another reason gums bleed after dental work could be that the tooth being treated was near the gums. When this happens it heals pretty quickly due to the nature of the gum tissue.
When you need dental treatment, we go over the "post-op expectations" with you so that you are prepared. We also remind you that when we have to numb your mouth for your dental treatment, it is vital not to put your hands in your mouth or eat/drink until your mouth “wakes up.” If you don't wait, you could accidentally harm your gums, cheeks, or tongue, as you cannot feel them. This could also cause unexpected bleeding.
While we recommend electric toothbrushes and offer them in our office, we believe that something is better than nothing of course. Electric, or Sonicare, toothbrushes do part of the work for you by creating the circular motion or vibration of brushing with a regular toothbrush. For kids, we like them to get used to the motion of electric toothbrushes, and we find that these kids behave better at their appointments because it's not as big of a difference for them. Electric toothbrushes make it more likely to brush for the recommended amount of time since they all generally have a timer on them for 2 minutes.
So why do we suggest them? Not because they clean your teeth better than if you brushed properly with a manual toothbrush. But it makes the process of brushing more consistent and for the appropriate time, each time. Also for children, some electric toothbrushes can be paired to a phone app. This makes it engaging and less like a tedious task that they have to do and more of an enjoyable experience to have fun with. We have also seen other ‘toothbrushes’ in different shapes that generally we won't recommend at all due to the fact that they rarely even reach the gumline in most cases and can lead to decay, gingivitis, and even periodontal disease.
Just like with toothbrushes, using any toothpaste is better than none at all. While some are engineered toward specific issues, they all can help your teeth as long as they have fluoride. Fluoride helps by replenishing the calcium and phosphate ions that make your teeth harder and more protected against tooth decay. Fluoride helps teeth in two ways: 1) When children eat or drink fluoride in small doses, it enters the bloodstream and becomes part of their developing permanent teeth. 2) Fluoride becomes part of the saliva and helps strengthen teeth from the outside, so acids are less able to damage tooth enamel. This process keeps your teeth strong while also helping to prevent cavities and tooth sensitivity.
There isn't one toothpaste that is particularly better than the other. All toothpastes have their benefits as long as you pay attention to what is in them. Our dentists can also prescribe a fluoride gel, if your child needs a higher level of fluoride, that you will rub on their teeth after brushing.
Either way you go, always make sure to carefully supervise your children when they use any fluoride product and keep fluoride supplements out of reach from children when not in use.
It's great to eat healthy, whole foods but what we often see is that some healthy foods can still cause problems with teeth. A few examples are apples and oranges because they have natural sugars and some can be acidic and harmful if too much is eaten. Especially if left on teeth too long without brushing, they can then become a source of decay. Another bad habit we see in toddlers often is milk being kept in the mouth for extended periods of time. Milk also contains natural sugars, and if a baby is constantly sipping, it can damage the teeth. Too much of anything can be harmful and it's important to get check-ups regularly so that your doctor can go over any signs of decay they may see.
It's not just candy or sweets that can cause cavities! The best solution would be maintaining a regular and thorough brushing and flossing routine. We don't discourage sweet treats, but will always recommend proper oral hygiene steps be taken after they are consumed.