We care for even the smallest smiles
Dr. Huff and his team can’t wait to provide a positive first dental experience for the kids of Kerrville. In the US alone, 51 million hours of school are missed due to dental related causes. Dr. Huff knows that to keep our kids healthy they must learn the ‘how’s and ‘why’s of good dental health.
You and your children will love your experience with Dr. Huff. Our skilled team goes above and beyond to make you and your family comfortable.
We know that going to the dentist can cause anxiety. Often children are anxious if they are in an unknown environment and don’t understand what is happening next. We make it a priority to carefully explain what your child will be experiencing with us. We speak in age appropriate language and make sure to describe any and all sensations they may feel. If having their teeth cleaned for the first time, we will show them how the chair goes up and down. We will describe and demonstrate how the overhead light turns on and helps us see. We will let them touch and hear the toothbrush and suction tool before ever putting it in their mouth. We make sure to let the children see and smell the toothpaste and let them know the brush will tickle the teeth to remove the bugs.
Parental encouragement is important during a first visit. Children will cue how to respond from you. If you are confident and encouraging, they will feel more at ease.
Tips for your child’s first visit
- Let them know ahead of time they will be seeing us
- Let them know the dental team is going to help keep them healthy
- Tell them about the positive experiences you have had at the dentist
- Explain the different elements: dental chair, light, toothbrush, suction tool, x-rays
- Be sure to let Dr. Huff know if your child sucks on his/her thumb, pacifier, or bottle
- Be prepared to offer health information to the dental team
- Let your child know they will be able to pick out a prize after their visit with Dr. Huff
Children & their dental health
Children should come to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. It is a common myth that baby teeth don’t need to be cared for because they will be lost—this is not true. The bacteria that cause cavities remains in the oral environment even after baby teeth are lost. Taking care of your child’s teeth from the beginning is important for their long-term health.
Make sure you are brushing your child’s teeth for them until the age of 6. Prior to age 6, children do not have the dexterity to brush on their own. Diet is extremely important in controlling dental decay. Avoid sugary juices, sticky candies, and starchy or sugary foods before bedtime. Brush and floss their teeth twice a day and avoid putting them to bed with a sippy cup or bottle.
Dental decay is the #1 most preventable, chronic disease in children—4 times higher than asthma. The bacteria that cause decay are transmissible and do not go away simply by filling teeth. If you as a caregiver have tooth decay, avoid sharing utensils, cups, or kissing on the mouth in order to prevent spreading the disease to your child.
If your child’s teeth are misaligned, know that we can help. It is important to address any bite issues early as misalignment can increase risk for tooth decay, gingivitis, snoring, speech issues, teeth grinding and TMJ disorder. Let Dr. Huff care for you child if they have:
- Crowded teeth
- Underdeveloped jaws
- Crooked teeth
- Thumb sucking issues
- Jaw joint issues
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