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.