Busting Myths About Children’s Pediatric Dentistry

There are lots of myths surrounding children’s oral health, and as a parent, you want to make sure you’re paying attention to the right information. Following are some common facts you may have heard that we’re busting.

Cavities Can’t Form in Baby Teeth

This is certainly a myth- tooth decay that occurs in baby teeth can very easily affect adult teeth. If tooth decay happens in baby teeth, they will need to be taken out, which easily affects mouth spacing. The open space in the mouth will need to be carefully maintained, and the adult tooth may even grow in the wrong spot.

Cavities are also painful and can interfere with tasks such as eating and drinking, in adult teeth as well as baby teeth.

Children Don’t Need to Floss

Flossing is extremely vital to a complete oral healthcare routine, and by skipping over flossing, you’re actually missing about 80% of your tooth’s surfaces. Cavities can form in between teeth, and children can easily get cavities as discussed above. In addition, children are also at risk for gum disease.

Establishing flossing habits early on not only helps prevent the early onset of gum disease, but it establishes the importance and relevance of gum disease to children.

Cavities Are Inevitable So There’s No Point in Trying to Prevent Them

This is entirely false- cavities are completely preventable with the right oral care practices and recurring dental visits. The American Dental Association encourages that all children and adults should see a dentist every six months for cleanings. These bi-annual dental check-ups not only help prevent cavities and give children’s mouths a pristine clean, but they can identify and prevent other dental issues.

Children Don’t Need to Start Visiting the Dentist Until They Start School

Some parents believe their children don’t need to start visiting the dentist until after they start growing permanent teeth, or until they start school, or until problems occur. However, it’s highly recommended that children begin seeing a dentist once they turn one year old, or within six months of their first tooth coming through.

Bringing them in at a young age has a slew of benefits, such as managing oral habits such as thumb sucking and teething, assessing how their teeth are coming in, ensuring there are no glaring pediatric dental issues, watching the development of the jawline and gums, and more.

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If your child is nearing one year of age, they have a tooth erupting, is experiencing dental issues, or you are simply otherwise looking for a trustworthy pediatric dentist, we’d love to see you! Give our office a call to schedule an appointment today at one of our four office locations.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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