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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.
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.
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.
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.