Friday, January 5, 2018

Drink Well While Protecting Your Child’s Tooth Enamel

Drink Well While Protecting Your Child’s Tooth Enamel

“If you’re thirsty, drink orange juice rather than soda.” You’ve probably said that more than once to your child. But did you know that too much citrus juice can actually harm the enamel coating on your child’s teeth? It is true, but that does not mean your child should avoid orange juice and other citrus altogether. It simply means that he or she needs to take a couple of steps to make sure the damage is avoided.

Citrus juices pose a threat to enamel because they contain high levels of citric acid, and acid can erode tooth enamel over time. While all citrus fruits contain citric acid—including lemons and grapefruit—orange juice is more commonly consumed by children than, say, grapefruit juice.

Everyone needs vitamin C, and if your child loves orange juice, there’s no reason to prevent him or her from enjoying the health benefits of 100% orange juice. But you should take a few precautions.
  •  Don’t let your child overindulge. One 8-ounce cup of orange juice contains 82 mg of vitamin C. If your child has reached his or her recommended daily allowance of vitamin C (from 15 mg to 75 mg, depending on your child’s age), consider encouraging him or her to drink water instead.
  • Once your child is finished drinking, encourage him or her to drink water or rinse with water to remove residue. 
  •  If your child can’t rinse after drinking orange juice, consider offering sugar-free gum to increase production of saliva, which can help neutralize acids and wash away food particles.

Finally, be aware of the signs of enamel erosion. Pain or discomfort when eating hot or cold foods is the most common, but yellowed teeth and cupping or shiny spots on tooth surfaces are also signs. If your child exhibits any symptoms of erosion, come into KiDDS Dental right away.

We'd love to meet you and your family! Give us a call at (509)-891-7070 to schedule today!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Don’t Give Your Baby Tooth Decay

Don’t Give Your Baby Tooth Decay

Are cavities contagious? You may be surprised to learn that tooth decay in babies often begins with germs passed from adult to child. Babies are born without the bacteria that cause cavities; if your infant has been infected with those germs, you could be the cause.

Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed to a child through the saliva of an adult, usually the primary caregiver, who has tooth decay. A study in the journal Pediatric Dentistry found that mothers are the leading source of oral bacteria growth in their babies.

Cleaning a pacifier in your mouth before giving it to your baby or sharing food from the same spoon are common practices that can transmit these bacteria. 

Experts say that your baby’s teeth are most vulnerable to infection when they are newly erupted, because the enamel on the new tooth is very soft. But even before your baby has any teeth, these germs can start the decaying process. And if the bacteria are allowed to thrive in your child’s mouth, they can linger there and attack the permanent teeth as well.

By taking the following steps now, you can help prevent infecting your baby:
  • Be sure you and any other adults who have regular close contact with your child are in good oral health.
  • Avoid mouth kissing and sharing food or utensils that pass from your mouth to your child’s.
  • Clean pacifiers with water, not saliva.
  • Clean your child’s gums with a soft cloth after feedings.
  • Brush any erupted teeth at least twice a day with a baby toothbrush and water.
  • Introduce a smear of toothpaste when your pediatric dentist approves.
  • Start your child’s regular visits to our office when he or she is 12 months old, or when the first tooth erupts.
Taking these measures can put your child on the road to good oral health, something you can both smile about.

If you have questions regarding your child's oral health, click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jared. Or give us a call at (509)-891-7070.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Don’t Give Dental Injuries a Sporting Chance

Don’t Give Dental Injuries a Sporting Chance
Athletic activities bestow many benefits on growing children. They can be good for children’s health and social lives, while helping to teach them important lessons that will be valuable long beyond childhood. Unfortunately, without proper precautions, many sports pose dangers to a child’s teeth—more sports than you might think.
The American Dental Association lists 29 sports for which people of any age should wear mouthguards. In addition to expected sports such as skateboarding and martial arts, mouthguards are recommended for some sports that might not be so obvious, such as
  • gymnastics
  • skiing
  • volleyball
  • softball
  • bicycling
  • soccer
  • basketball
Even if your child is the only person on the team taking such precautions, it is important to make sure he or she sticks to them. Helmets with facemasks are also recommended for high-impact sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse. When your children are putting their bodies and teeth at risk, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
A child who doesn’t wear adequate head and mouth protection runs the risk of tooth loss, fracture and dislocation. Should any of these occur, the child should immediately be brought to KiDDS dental for an emergency appointment. In fact, if the tooth is recovered and the child is brought to Dr. Jared quickly enough, under the right conditions the lost tooth can actually be reattached. Handle a dislodged tooth by the crown, not the root. Keep the tooth moist in milk or an oral electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte to keep the roots alive on the way to the dentist.
To prevent tooth injury, parents should take care of their children’s teeth. Misaligned teeth are more likely to become dislodged or to cause injury in a child’s mouth. Using braces to properly align teeth can help prevent such damage. Regular dental care can also help keep the teeth and gums stronger, thus decreasing the likelihood and severity of sports-related injuries.

With proper precaution and knowledge of emergency procedures, you can be confident that your child will be able to play safely and make the most of the benefits sports can provide.
Call us to schedule an appointment today! (509)-891-7070.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

KiDDS Dental 2017 Elf on the Shelf Photo contest!

KiDDS Dental's 2017 Elf on the Shelf Photo Contest

Facebook in no way endorses or promotes this contest. It is solely promoted by KiDDS Dental.

The Rules: 

KiDDS Dental's Elf on the Shelf photo contest begins Dec 26, 2017 and ends Jan 2, 2018.  By submitting a photo, each entrant agrees to the rules and states that they are 18 years or older. 

Who may enter: Adults 18 years or older are eligible to submit a photo.  KiDDS Dental will determine the eligibility of each photo submitted at its sole discretion.

What to enter: A picture of an Elf on the Shelf shot by the entrant.  If a child is in the picture, only a parent or guardian of the child may submit the picture.  
Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including to but not limited to copyright, are not eligible. 
By entering the contest, entrants grant KiDDS Dental license to display, distribute, reproduce photographs. 

How to enter: Photo must be emailed to to be considered. All entries will be included in a Facebook album on the KiDDS Dental Facebook page starting December 26, 2017. Voting will take place in that album only. 

Judging:  Winner will be chosen by a popular vote.  Each "like" constitutes one vote. Voting begins on Dec 26, 2017 and closes on Jan 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM .  Winner will be notified on or before Jan 6, 2018.

Prize:  The entrant with the most votes wins a KiDDS Dental branded Kindle Fire.  Winner must be available to pick up prize at KiDDS Dental by 4 PM on Jan 18, 2018 or prize will be forfeit.
Winners must sign a media release and will be responsible for paying any taxes they may owe on a prize.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Don’t Delay on a Dental Abscess

Don’t Delay on a Dental Abscess

Any time your child suffers from more than momentary or very mild tooth pain, you should strongly consider seeing Dr. Jared right away. That suggestion becomes a hard-and-fast rule in the case of a potential dental or periodontal abscess, which will likely cause your child significant pain and may be visible as a pus-filled “pimple” on the gum.

An abscess is caused by a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can affect more than just the tooth and/or gum. The infection can reach the bone or even organs such as the heart. That’s one reason it’s imperative to treat it right away.

An abscess may be caused by
  • decay (a cavity) that quickly progresses before it can be treated, affecting the nerve and root of the tooth
  • an injury (a break or crack) to the tooth that causes the nerve to die; the resultant space becomes a place for bacteria to congregate
  • trapped food between teeth and gum, another reason flossing and brushing is so important; popcorn hulls, in particular, can be a culprit, because they can “grasp” a well-concealed tooth surface, impervious to usual food-removal techniques
  • foreign objects, such as slivers of bitten-off fingernails, becoming lodged between the teeth or in the gums and causing irritation through which bacteria can enter
Because an abscess can form quickly—within a day or two of initial infection—prompt treatment can get rid of it quickly. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can diminish the abscess pain at home, but it does not address the infection. Proper treatment is usually accomplished, in part, with antibiotics, but often, we must physically address the infection by draining the pus. In some cases, a root canal to remove a tooth’s dead nerve or an extraction is necessary.

Whether you are certain that your child has an abscess or you just suspect he or she might, this is not a wait-and-see situation. Make an emergency appointment with us to be sure your child is treated properly and as quickly as possible.

Give us a call at (509)-891-7070 to schedule today!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Does Your Child Have “Dentist Visit Anxiety”?

Does Your Child Have “Dentist Visit Anxiety”?

When it is time to visit the dentist, many children are fearful and anxious. Some of these fears are derived from previous experiences, such as having received a shot or having had a tooth drilled or extracted. Others are often based on anxieties about the unknown and what might happen. Even when previous visits haven’t resulted in discomfort, many children find the sounds and sights, such as loud drills and suction machines, sharp metal tools and bright lights, scary.

As a parent watching your child struggle with these worries, you may feel helpless, but you can take several steps to encourage your child to feel more comfortable about the checkup. Here are a few things you can do to help your child cope:
  • Try not to take your child with you to your own dental visits. You could wind up transferring your own fears—even subconscious ones—to your child.
  • Discuss the visit and your child’s fears before coming to our office. But don’t give your child too many details or make any promises about what will or will not happen.
  • Do not talk about shots, drills, extractions or other potentially frightening aspects of dental care.
  • Practice what you preach: Go to the dentist regularly, without talking about fears or worries or demonstrating anxiety.
  • Understand that fear is not an uncommon emotion in children. Many children may feel separation anxiety, and fear of the unknown is especially common.
  • Emphasize the role of going to the dentist in keeping teeth healthy and smiles bright.
  • Do not cave in and cancel or postpone appointments; your child should understand that going to the dentist is a necessity, not a choice.
Let Dr. Jared and his clinical team know about your child’s worries. As a pediatric dental practice, we are trained in treating scared children. We know how to help worried children calm down once they sit in our chair. And that can help your child feel more in control.

Give us a call at (509)-891-7070 to schedule today!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Great Candy Buy Back 2017 Top Ten

The Top Ten Reasons to join us on
November 1st between 4 and 8 PM . . .

10. $1 per pound for children's leftover Halloween candy 
Event underwritten by Banner Bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy must be factory wrapped. No pixy stix, please. 

9. Opportunities to win tickets to our upcoming movie event
You could be one of the first in Spokane to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with the KiDDS Dental Team!

8. Dr. Scott Ralph's team in SUPER SECRET costumes

7. The KiDDS Dental team in SUPER SECRET costumes

6. Telling soldiers "Thank You!" with a handmade card

4. Goody bags
Participants will receive coupons and promotional products from participating and local businesses.
Follow us on Facebook for specific details about the fun stuff we'll have in the goody bags.

3. Photo booth 
This year we'll have a self-serve photo booth with props to entertain the kids and commemorate the event.
2. Support the troops!All candy will be shipped to members of the armed services stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude.
1. No more cavity-causing, hyperactivity-inducing candy in the house!