Wisdom Teeth

Signs That Wisdom Teeth Are Growing in

Wisdom teeth can be a huge nuisance, both to your everyday life and your overall health. Most people need their wisdom teeth taken out at some point because their mouth doesn’t have enough room for them. They can also cause additional issues such as infection and tooth misalignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause a slew of issues if they’re not taken out. Wisdom teeth grow in at different ages for different children, but if your child has any of the following symptoms, there’s a chance they’re growing in and ...

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Soothing Teething Tots | Pediatric Dentist in Dallas

If your baby is teething, they’re most likely going to be fussy due to the pain and discomfort they feel. You may be wondering: at what age should your child start seeing a dentist? Do you need to bring them in as soon as they start teething? Or not until they’re a few years? The answer is that you should schedule their first dental visit around 6 months from when their first tooth comes in; but until then, there are many ways you make the teething process easier for them - and you! Massage Their Gums Applying eve...

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Preparing For Your Child’s Tooth Extraction

While it’s our goal for your child to keep all their baby teeth until they naturally fall out, there are certain situations where our dentists find it best to remove a tooth. If there’s so much tooth decay that it can’t be repaired, if baby teeth are getting in the way of orthodontic alignment, or if there’s some sort of other issue that would be solved by removing the tooth, then it’s the route that’s usually taken. Following are ways you can ensure your child will have the best possible experience. Talk With Them O...

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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 maint...

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Braces Care This Holiday Season: Holiday Foods to Avoid

Although braces will leave you with a beautiful smile once they’re off, you do have to follow a little bit of a stricter regimen when they’re on. This involves avoiding certain foods that can break them or get stuck in them. When the holidays roll around, there may be extra temptations with all the celebrations and family dinners. So what foods should braces-wearers avoid this holiday season? Candy Canes Candy canes are a special treat around this time of year. However, they are very hard, and if you bite down on them...

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Will Thumb Sucking Affect Teeth?

If your child sucks their thumb, you’re most likely wondering if it can have an impact on their teeth. While thumb sucking is natural for young children, if they still do it consistently as they get older and grow teeth, it can begin to greatly impact their dental health. Roof of the Mouth Thumb sucking can greatly affect the palate, which is the roof of the mouth. The constant pressure from thumb sucking can cause great sensitivity and discomfort, and can also cause the roof of the mouth to curve more. This reduc...

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Overcoming Dental Anxiety in Children

It’s perfectly normal for children to be nervous about going to the dentist. They may be scared being around new people, if they’ll go through any unfamiliar dental procedures, or simply from negative experiences at past dental offices that don’t cater towards children. Whatever the reason may be, there are plenty of ways you can foster a positive attitude towards the dentist. It’s best to take these steps to prevent anxiety or fear from turning into a serious dental phobia. Bring Their Favorite Toy Perhaps the...

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What to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure

If you or your child are told that you’re in need of a root canal, you may be slightly nervous as you don’t know exactly what to expect. While it may sound scary, root canals have become rather painless and common procedures that can be completed with minimal discomfort. In fact, most patients describe that it feels the same as getting a routine filling. Root canals are needed if the pulp inside the tooth is decayed. During the procedure, the pulp is removed, and a crown may be placed over it. X-Rays and Anesthetic ...

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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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