At Chisholm Trail Dental, we place a strong emphasis on patient education, because the more you know, the better equipped you are to take good care of yourself. This rings especially true for the smallest smiles we care for. Dr. Cindy Knight has a particular passion for pediatric dentistry and loves teaching kids the best ways to maintain a healthy smile and body.
Your little one’s first tooth will emerge around 12 months or by their first birthday. Happy birthday, little one! Time to see the dentist! We start seeing toddlers at age 6 but would be happy to recommend a pediatric dentist in our network that specializes in baby dentistry, because they should really start seeing the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears.
The first few years of life are filled with growth—and loss, if you’re talking about teeth! These early years are important for regular dental check-ups to ensure everything is developing properly, so make sure to schedule them for regular checkups every six months!Schedule Now
You should start wiping your baby’s gums with a wet washcloth from the day they are born after feeding to reduce acidity and the buildup of bacteria. Once their first tooth emerges, start using a baby-sized toothbrush and pediatric toothpaste (a dollop the size of a grain of rice). As soon as two teeth start to touch, flossing should commence. You should continue brushing and flossing for them until they are able to do so themselves, usually around age 6.
You should bring your child in to see us every six months for regular cleanings and exams. Only we have the knowledge and tools needed to remove pesky tartar buildup and make sure things are developing properly. This way we catch any small problems before they progress. Our hygiene team is friendly and gentle to ensure they never feel any discomfort, establishing healthy feelings about the dentist they will carry with them for life.
Ideally, you should brush gently in small circular motions with the bristles at a 45° angle to get between teeth and under the gum line. As for flossing, you should curve the floss gently in a c-shape around each tooth and under the gum line, instead of snapping the floss up and down.Schedule A Cleaning
As much as we emphasize education, thorough oral hygiene routines, and regular visits with our team, kids are just more prone to tooth decay than adults. That’s ok, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to help seal out enamel-eating bacteria and acid so they can focus on, you know… kid stuff! We recommend regular fluoride treatments for kids to help remineralize the teeth and prevent tooth decay before it starts.
We are also happy to provide sealants for an added layer of protection. To apply sealants, we literally paint over the surfaces of the teeth, focusing on the back molars that are the most prone to decay. Whether your little sugar monster can’t stay out of the cookie jar, or you just want to avoid dental decay before it starts, we highly recommend dental sealants. Sealants have been shown to reduce decay by up to 60%!
There’s a lot of misinformation going around about the dangers of fluoride, so we’re here to tell you as your oral health authorities that trace amounts of fluoride found in tap water, as well as oral home care products and dental treatments are perfectly safe, and incredibly beneficial for teeth that are still developing.Schedule Now
We do our best to avoid these situations, but sometimes… life happens. Not to worry, treating these problems is our specialty. If your little one has a cavity (or a few), it’s not the end of the world. We can easily and comfortably fill cavities to repair the damage and stop the decay. We use a topical anesthetic to make sure they don’t feel the injection, and we can even remove decay with a laser which means no drill and no injection required!
If decay has reached deep within the tooth chamber, or your little tyke is experiencing a toothache or other signs of infection, they may need a baby root canal, also referred to as pulpotomy, pulpectomy, or pulp therapy! Dr. Cindy will use specialized instruments to carefully remove the infection, sterilize and fill the chamber, and seal the deal with a crown to bring the tooth back to health. Whatever your child’s dental woes, we have a solution!
If your child is involved in any type of contact sports, we highly recommend a custom mouthguard to protect their teeth, jaws, head, and neck—and even their brain from concussions!