It is safe to say that 2020 threw everyone a curveball with the ongoing pandemic. Because of COVID-19, many young patients were unable to see their pediatric dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, and unfortunately, your children’s dental insurance coverage won’t offer any benefit extension. This is why Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage strongly recommend you maximize your child’s plan while there is still time. Since these benefits will not roll over, it is in your best interest and that of your child to get the most out of your coverage, as it will not only put more money back into your pocket, but it will more importantly keep your little one’s smile healthier as they enter into a new year. Read on to learn what you can do before 2020 ends.
Are you worried your child isn’t sleeping well? Do you notice they breathe through their mouth? Is their behavior at home or school causing you to wonder if it could be related to their inability to achieve adequate rest? The answer could be that your child is experiencing sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). As board-certified pediatric dentists in McKinney, Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage are here to provide further explanation as to what you should look for and how to know if your child is at risk for SDB.
The current changes that are happening throughout the world are having a substantial impact on not only adults but children as well. When you combine a global pandemic that requires everyone to wear a face mask when going out in public with the start of a new and uncertain school year, it should come as no surprise these stressful situations are just a few reasons behind trouble sleeping for kids in McKinney. As a parent, take a few moments to discover what you can do to help your little one sleep and breathe better during this difficult time.
You quietly enter into your child’s bedroom while they are asleep and notice them laying on their back with their mouth wide open. In the following days, you notice they are feeling more fatigued, maybe experiencing some congestion, and appearing to be more irritable than normal. Unsure why this is happening, you notice more and more than they are breathing through their mouth when asleep or possibly while awake as well. Could it be connected? As board-certified pediatric dentists in McKinney, Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage answer 4 of the most frequently asked questions about children and problems that can occur as a result of mouth breathing. Early recognition, evaluation, and treatment if necessary are important as mouth breathing can be a symptom of sleep disordered breathing.
You may not realize it, but your child’s airway plays a pivotal role in their growth and facial development. The way they breathe can negatively impact their teeth, smile, face, and overall health, but how can you tell if there is an obstruction that is keeping them from sleeping soundly? As fathers and board-certified kid’s dentists, Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage offer holistic dentistry for kids in McKinney and can explain what signs/symptoms you should look for when identifying whether your child has a problem that requires professional treatment. A poor airway can have long-lasting negative effects on the physical, mental, and emotional growth, development, and wellness of children.
If you are the parent of a child with autism, we
understand that there can be stress and challenges in preparing them for a
dental appointment. Because many children with special needs often have severe
dental phobia and sensory processing disorder, collaboration between parents
and their dentist can greatly improve their dental experience. Developing a
comfortable environment, rapport with the dental team, and consistent oral
hygiene routines at home can lead to more positive outcomes when a child receives
the dental care they need, especially when they are suffering from cavities,
gum disease, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, with many dentists offering
special needs dentistry, regular dental checkups and cleanings no longer have
to be a traumatic experience. So, how can this be accomplished? Let Dr. Justin
and Dr. Sage, our two board-certified pediatric dental specialists, share a few
helpful tips to ensure your child’s next dental visit is less stressful and
more enjoyable when finding your McKinney pediatric dentist.
Does your child have diabetes? Are you aware of the
possible effects this common disease can have on their oral health? It is not
unusual for patients who have diabetes to develop certain dental conditions,
one of which is “gum” (periodontal) disease. Although there is a link between
these two health conditions, hear from a McKinney pediatric dentist who
explains why preventive dentistry is one of the best ways to keep your little
one’s smile looking and feeling its best.
Visiting the dentist’s office can be scary for young
children. Whether it is a regular dental checkup and cleaning or a more complex
treatment or procedure, the goal is to ensure your child remains relaxed,
comfortable, and at ease during their visit. Although you cannot control what
occurs while in the dentist’s office, let a pediatric dentist in McKinney share
a few ways you can help your child prepare for a stress-free experience.
It’s happened….your child comes running to you
brandishing a tiny white tooth that has them grinning ear to ear. Showing your
excitement, you remind them to place it under their pillow and leave it for the
Tooth Fairy. Jumping up and down, they rush off to bed and eagerly do as you
say. Morning arrives and suddenly, your heart drops to your stomach realizing
you never swapped out the tooth for the “jackpot” your child believes they’ve
hit. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, let your dentistry for children
experts help by providing useful tips that can help you improve your skills and
become the best Tooth Fairy you can be.
Flossing is a key component of any good oral hygiene
regime. In order to remove harmful bacteria and food particles from between the
teeth, dental floss is an effective tool to make this part of the process
successful. But how do you know when it’s the right time for your child to
start flossing? After all, it does require some careful maneuvering and skill
to safely and effectively get in-between the teeth. To help you determine when
you should help your little one make this next step, hear from a pediatric
dentist in McKinney who can help.