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You notice with bittersweet excitement that your child’s first baby tooth has started to wiggle back and forth. But to your surprise, the thought of losing a tooth terrifies your child. Or maybe she has already lost one tooth, and subsequent loose teeth cause her to totally freak out. Either way, her fear puts you at a loss. The tooth is going to come out no matter what. So how do you make the whole process less traumatic for your child?

At Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS, we know that kids have minds of their own. And that’s why we love working with them! We understand that children have reasons for their fears, and we work hard to put both our young patients and their parents at ease. We are also happy to help guide parents in making dental care and dentistry as easy as possible. 

If you are looking for a great pediatric dentist who truly understands children, contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids today.

#1: Validate Their Concerns

When a child expresses his fear, it’s easy to be dismissive. We rattle off phrases like, “It’s ok” or “There’s nothing to worry about.” But think about it from a kid’s perspective. A part of his body is suddenly gone. It undermines his sense of permanence and security. 

Instead of dismissing your child’s worries, validate them. “I know it can feel scary when you lose a tooth. It’s normal for teeth to come out. I’m here to give you a hug when you feel nervous.”

#2: Explain the Process

Along with validation, outline the science behind tooth loss. Explain that baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth. The baby teeth have to come out to make room for the big, strong adult teeth that are just waiting to come in!

#3: Use Mindfulness Practices

When your child is feeling scared, ask her to notice where she feels fear in her body. Use deep breathing or guided imagery techniques to help calm the anxious feelings, both physically and mentally. You can find lots of guided imagery scripts, apps, and videos online

#4: Hype Up the Tooth Fairy

A visit from the tooth fairy is the best part of losing a tooth. When you notice that your child has a loose tooth, describe the tooth fairy in detail. Let your child participate in imagining the sprite’s world and what she might do with all those teeth. Really play up the fact that the tooth fairy will leave a special surprise under his pillow. 

#5: Face Your Own Fears

Kids are like sponges, and they absorb the anxieties of everyone around them, particularly their parents. Be honest in determining whether your child’s fear of losing a tooth might stem from some fear of your own. Do you suffer from dental phobia? A fear of blood? Anxiety around medical care? Working through your own anxieties will not only decrease the atmosphere of fear in your home. It will set a great example of self-care and being proactive about your mental health.

Contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids Today

Another way to combat fear is to partner with a great pediatric dentist who truly empathizes with kids. 

To schedule an appointment at Smiles Dentistry for Kids, contact us online. You can also call or text (913) 685-9990.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our patients and families! We hope you enjoy this special day and know how truly valued you are by everyone here at Smiles Dentistry for Kids. Celebrating love is important for people of all ages, and we want our kids to enjoy the holiday. But following a few simple tips can minimize the effects of sugar and help your child enjoy a bright and healthy smile. 

Dr. Matt, Dr. Craven, and the whole team at our Overland Park, KS, office believe in the importance of patient education. By instilling good habits at a young age, we can help your child enjoy a healthy smile for life. It’s just one way that we hope to express our love for our patients. 

To learn more about good oral habits or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids today.

Show Your Teeth Some Love

Of course, good dental hygiene is not just for Valentine’s Day. But if your child doesn’t already have good habits established, today is a great day to start. Share with your child the importance of self-love and self-care!

Just like adults, children should be brushing their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Children under three should be using a drop of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice, while older kids should be using a pea-sized amount. 

Flossing is also important. Make sure your child knows the correct flossing method. Being too aggressive or snapping the floss against the gums could damage the soft tissues. 

Choose Chocolate with Care

Of course, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some chocolate! But did you know that some types of chocolate are healthier than others? Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols, a type of antioxidant that can protect against heart disease and diabetes. It is also much lower in sugar than milk chocolate, meaning it is less likely to cause tooth decay.

Drink Lots of Water

We recognize that most kids will prefer milk chocolate or fruit-flavored candies to the relatively bitter taste of dark chocolate. And we firmly believe that occasional treats are totally appropriate and even necessary. In addition to eating sweets in moderation, encourage your child to stay hydrated. This can have benefits for nearly every aspect of your child’s health. It can also help to wash away food particles and sugar after enjoying those red velvet cupcakes and heart-shaped candies. 

Give a Shout-Out to Your Dentist 

This Valentine’s Day, why not ask Dr. Matt or Dr. Craven to “be mine” – my pediatric dentist that is! If your child is currently without a dental provider or it’s been a while since their last visit, take some time to reach out to our office and schedule an appointment. Along with routine brushing and flossing, regular dental visits are one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. And when your little one has good childhood dental health, they are much less likely to experience oral problems as an adult. 

Contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids This Valentine’s Day

To learn more about dental health or to schedule an appointment, contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids online. You can also call us at (913) 685-9990.

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February marks National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association. This year’s theme is “Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles!” It’s a great time to teach kids the best ways to care for their teeth, including visits to their pediatric dentist in Overland Park, KS

At Smiles Dentistry for Kids, we celebrate children’s dental health every day. But this month in particular, we are committed to educating kids and families alike regarding the importance of good oral hygiene. Dr. Matt, Dr. Craven, and our entire team truly love working with children. Their enthusiasm and their smiles warm our hearts. And we love their receptivity to acquiring new habits that can protect their smiles for life. 

Celebrate this month by scheduling an appointment with a great pediatric dentist in Overland Park, KS. Contact us today!

National Children’s Dental Health Month

This year, children are encouraged to establish four good dental habits, described below. If you are looking for fun ways to incorporate this observance in your home, the ADA has activity sheets and coloring pages linked on their website

Brush Twice Daily

The first dental habit to establish is twice daily brushing. This should begin early, as soon as your child has their first tooth. Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Fluoride toothpaste is perfectly safe – and, in fact, preferable! Just be sure to use the right amount. A smear no larger than a grain of rice is appropriate for children under three. For older children, use a drop the size of a pea.

Floss Once a Day

Flossing should begin early, too. As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, you should be cleaning between them. A floss stick may be helpful when your child is younger, since it gives you a free hand to keep their mouth open. Once your child is old enough, they should learn how to use traditional floss for themselves. 

Eat for a Healthy Smile

A good diet is not only important for healthy growth and development. It’s also essential for healthy teeth. Make sure your child is eating a wide variety of nutrients, including fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, yogurt, and cheese

Actually, juice is the main concern when it comes to children’s cavities. Children under age 

one shouldn’t drink juice, and it should be strictly limited after that.

Visit Your Pediatric Dentist in Overland Park, KS, Twice a Year

Dental visits also need to begin early. Once your child has at least one baby tooth, it’s time to see the dentist. At Smiles Dentistry for Kids, we are so committed to early dental hygiene that we offer free exams and cleanings before age 2

As children grow older, dental visits become even more essential. They can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can also spot early signs of orthodontic issues, often offering early treatment to reduce the severity of misalignment.

Contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids

This month, visit your pediatric dentist in Overland Park, KS. To schedule your appointment, contact us online or call (913) 685-9990.

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Judging by the name alone, baby teeth seem like they should be flawless. After all, they’re fresh, new, and haven’t been exposed to a lifetime of food, drinks, and opportunities for damage. So when you notice stains on your little one’s teeth, it can come as a shock. What causes stains on baby teeth anyway? Some children have stained teeth for the same reason that many adults do – diet and hygiene. But other factors can contribute to children’s dental staining. 

If you notice discoloration of your child’s baby teeth, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist. He or she can determine which treatments are necessary to prevent further staining. At Smiles Dentistry for Kids, Dr. Matt and Dr. Craven are committed to protecting little smiles in Overland Park, KS, and the surrounding areas. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child. 

Oral Hygiene

Many parents don’t realize that they should begin brushing their children’s teeth as soon as they appear! Twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush is one of the best ways to prevent discoloration. You should also start flossing as soon as your child has two touching teeth. 

Dental visits are also essential as soon as that first tooth comes in. In fact, these visits are so vital that we are proud to offer free exams and cleanings to all children under age 2

Fluorosis

Fluoride is important for tooth development. But if your child is exposed to too much fluoride at a young age, it can cause white streaks to appear on the teeth. Fortunately, fluorosis is typically mild and does not affect tooth function. 

To avoid this condition, do not mix infant formula with fluoride-enhanced water. And be sure to check the fluoride levels where you live. Levels of less than 2 mg/l are unlikely to cause fluorosis. 

Certain Medications 

Some antibiotics, especially tetracycline, can cause brown, gray, or yellow dental stains. If your child is over age 8, these medications will have no adverse effects. However, if you took one of these medications while pregnant or nursing, your child’s teeth could be impacted. 

Weak Enamel

Enamel hypoplasia is a genetic condition that causes thin or weak tooth enamel. It can affect baby teeth only, or it could also affect the permanent teeth. With compromised enamel, your child is more susceptible to discoloration and decay. That is why it is especially important to be vigilant about hygiene and dental visits. Your dentist may recommend additional treatments to further protect your child’s teeth. 

Jaundice

If your child is born with jaundice, excess bilirubin can build up in the dental tissue, giving them a green hue. Fortunately, this effect is extremely rare and will only impact the baby teeth.

Tooth Injury 

An injured tooth could turn gray or even black. This is because a fall or blow to the tooth can damage blood vessels, causing blood to leak out inside the tooth. In some cases, children may require restorative care, such as a root canal. Fortunately, the permanent tooth will likely come in normally. 

Schedule an Appointment with a Pediatric Dentist 

If you notice staining on your child’s teeth, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. 

Contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids online or call us at (913) 685-9990.

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According to the CDC, more than half of children ages six to eight have at least one cavity. Your child doesn’t have to be one of those. The good news is that cavities are completely preventable with proper oral hygiene. But how do you motivate your little one to take care of his pearly whites? Dr. Matt and Dr. Tara at Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS, recommend meeting children where they’re at developmentally. 

For most children, technology is a great way to keep their attention while learning something new, like the importance of their mouth and how to brush and floss their teeth. Learn about some of the best interactive apps and games for teaching kids about oral health here! 

1. Toothsavers Brushing Game

This free, interactive game enlists children to help save fairy tale characters from the cavity-creating sorceress. The curse can only be broken by brushing teeth, and as your child cleans teeth, more characters and areas of the map are unlocked. There are three mini-games to choose from: 

  • Play with Toothsaver: Players brush the villagers’ teeth and earn up to three stars based on how well they do. While brushing, they receive tips and pointers on how to brush properly. 
  • Have Fun with Your Friend: Working with a partner, one child holds the device in front of their mouth while the other brushes his friend’s teeth. 
  • Brush with Toothsaver: Set this two-minute animated video up while your child is brushing her teeth and she will brush along with the animation and learn the proper brushing technique. 

2. Tiny Dentist

Prepare your child for their next dental exam and cleaning appointment by downloading this fun app! In Tiny Dentist, your child becomes the dentist. There is no limit to the number of patients they can help. Children can perform these tasks and treatments: 

  • Remove and fill cavities
  • Remove tooth calculus (tartar)
  • Use water and air spray
  • Extract teeth
  • Clean teeth
  • Teeth whitening
  • Put braces on 
  • Treat halitosis (bad breath)

3. Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B

With this free app, children can brush with their favorite Disney characters, learn proper brushing techniques with a timer and tips, win rewards, and you can track their progress with the Parent Portal. The Disney Magic Timer app helps kids brush up to two times longer than without it! 

  • Aquafresh Brush Time
  • Brusheez- Little Monsters Toothbrush Timer
  • Dentist Office Kids
  • Tooth Fairy Princess Adventure
  • Captain Aquafresh
  • Playbrush

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Exam Appointment 

Searching for a fun, trusted, and experienced dentist in Overland Park? Look no further than our team at Smiles Dentistry for Kids! Dr. Matt and Dr. Tara have created a positive and friendly atmosphere that kids love to visit. With patience and understanding, we make sure all of our patients feel comfortable while receiving the care they need. 

Exams and cleanings for children under two are FREE. To schedule your child’s first visit or bi-annual dental cleaning and exam appointment, call (913) 685-9990 today

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Maintaining good oral health is crucial for children as they grow and develop. Your child may wonder, “Which foods are bad for my teeth?” You play a vital role in shaping your child’s dental habits, including their diet. The foods your child consumes can significantly impact their dental health. In this blog, we’ll explore which foods are bad for your child’s teeth, and why our Overland Park pediatric dentists, Dr. Matt and Dr. Tara, recommend avoiding them.

For personalized recommendations, call our friendly dental team to schedule a first visit for your little one. 

Want to help your child understand the answer to “which foods are bad for my teeth?” Here’s what you need to know:

1. Sugary Snacks and Sweets

Kids love sweets, but excessive sugar intake can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Sugary snacks like candies, cookies, and sodas are major culprits. When sugar combines with bacteria in the mouth, it produces acid, which erodes tooth enamel. Over time, this erosion can lead to cavities and other dental problems. Encourage moderation and opt for healthier snack alternatives like fruits, vegetables, and cheese.

2. Carbonated and Sugary Drinks

Sodas and sugary drinks are not only high in sugar content but are also acidic. The acidity can wear down tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. Additionally, the high sugar content provides fuel for bacteria, contributing to the formation of plaque. Encourage your child to choose water or milk instead, which not only hydrates but also supports their overall health.

3. Sticky and Chewy Foods

While it’s important to monitor sugar intake, the texture of certain foods matters too. Sticky and chewy foods, like caramels and gummy candies, can cling to the teeth, making it difficult for saliva to wash them away. This prolonged contact between the food and teeth increases the risk of cavities. Opt for snacks that are easily washed away by saliva, reducing the likelihood of dental issues.

4. Acidic Fruits and Juices

While fruits are generally healthy, some are acidic and can contribute to enamel erosion. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, as well as acidic fruit juices, can wear down tooth enamel over time. Encourage your child to consume these fruits in moderation and rinse their mouth with water after consumption to neutralize acidity.

5. Starchy and Processed Foods

Starchy and processed foods, such as chips and crackers, may seem harmless, but they can also contribute to tooth decay. These foods break down into simple sugars, providing a breeding ground for bacteria in the mouth. Additionally, these snacks often get stuck between teeth, promoting plaque formation. Choose whole grains and opt for snacks that are less likely to stick to the teeth.

6. Sports Drinks and Flavored Waters

While marketed as healthy alternatives to sodas, sports drinks and flavored waters can be just as detrimental to dental health. Packed with sugars and acids, these beverages can contribute to enamel erosion and cavities. Water remains the best choice for hydration, promoting overall health without compromising dental well-being.

7. Caffeinated and Sugary Lattes

For older children or teenagers who may indulge in coffee or flavored lattes, it’s essential to be mindful of their impact on dental health. Caffeinated and sugary lattes can stain teeth and contribute to decay. Encourage your child to limit their intake of these beverages and practice good oral hygiene to counteract potential negative effects.

Visit Our Pediatric Dental Team Today

Regular dental check-ups with a pediatric dentist can further ensure that your child’s oral health remains on the right track. By taking a proactive approach to their diet and dental care, you can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Dr. Matt and Dr. Tara are passionate about helping children gain and maintain optimal oral health through compassionate care. Call (913) 685-9990 today to schedule an appointment! 

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If you’re parenting littles, you may assume that orthodontia is a problem you need to face far into the future. In reality, early intervention orthodontia is becoming more common and can have enormous benefits both for health and for self-esteem. Even when children still have some of their baby teeth, they can begin phase 1 treatment. Your pediatric dentist can perform an orthodontic evaluation to determine if your child may need two-phase orthodontia. 

At Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS, Dr. Matt and Dr. Craven are experts on children and their dental health. They know the signs that indicate the need for early care and can refer you to a trusted orthodontist. At the same time, they truly have your child’s best interests at heart and will never recommend unnecessary treatment

To schedule your evaluation, contact your pediatric dentist today.

When should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation at about age 7. At this age, a pediatric dentist can detect larger issues with the face and jawbone structure. Early intervention can often reduce the severity of misalignment and shorten overall treatment time. 

At the same time, if you notice some orthodontic issues or just suspect that something is wrong, you can schedule an evaluation before this time

Who is a candidate for early orthodontia?

Your pediatric dentist may recommend two-phase orthodontics if your child has a problem with face or jawbone development. These problems can include more serious concerns, such as a cleft palate. But they can also include subtler issues that only a dentist can detect. 

If your child suffers from any of the following problems, he or she may be a candidate for early orthodontics:

  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Teeth that don’t meet or don’t align properly when a child bites down
  • Excessive spaces between teeth 
  • Facial imbalance 
  • Missing or extra teeth 

What happens during Phase 1?

Occasionally, phase 1 treatment can involve a limited use of braces. More often, however, an orthodontist will recommend other orthodontic appliances to correct skeletal, rather than dental, issues. These appliances could include:

  • Expanders
  • Retainers
  • Spacers
  • Headgear (typically worn only at night)

What happens during Phase 2?

Phase 2 treatment will usually take place during the pre-teen or teen years, once your child has most of their permanent teeth. Phase 2 focuses more on the teeth themselves, rather than the jawbone. At this point, your pediatric dentist will most likely recommend braces. These can include traditional braces, as well as tooth-colored braces and clear aligners.

However, according to one study, phase 2 treatment may not be necessary after early intervention. Researchers at the University of the Pacific report that 42% of patients who received phase 1 treatment did not require additional care. For those who do require treatment, they often have to wear braces for a much shorter time than those who did not receive early attention.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Pediatric Dentist Today

To schedule your child’s orthodontic evaluation, contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids.

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In the enchanting world of pediatric dentistry, a perplexing mystery continues to baffle parents and dental professionals alike: why do some kids get cavities and others don’t? While some kids seem to navigate the sugary terrain of childhood without a single cavity, others find themselves in the dentist’s chair more frequently than their peers. So, what exactly lies beneath this pediatric dentistry mystery? Dr. Matt Hillman is here to explain.

If your child is prone to cavities, a visit to our pediatric dental clinic in Overland Park, KS, can help solve this confounding mystery. Contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids at (913) 685-9990 to request an appointment today!

In today’s post, we explore common reasons why some kids are prone to cavities while others aren’t.

The Wonderful World of Oral Bacteria

Our mouths are teeming with a vast array of bacteria, with experts estimating that some 700 species exist in the oral cavity alone

While some of these microbes are beneficial, others can lead to cavities. Indeed, an overgrowth of harmful bacteria can lead to enamel erosion, which is the leading cause of cavities. 

Therefore, keeping the microbial landscape in a child’s mouth in harmonious balance is key to fighting cavities. Parents can help prevent dental decay through a healthy diet and by monitoring dental hygiene practices.

Smile-Saving Saliva

The unsung hero of cavity prevention is saliva. This seemingly simple fluid holds a treasure trove of protective elements, including minerals (like calcium and phosphate) that can help remineralize weakened enamel

Pediatric dentistry fact: Some children naturally produce more saliva or saliva with a higher mineral content, providing an internal defense against cavity formation. This variability in saliva composition may explain why certain kids seem almost immune to dental decay.

Diet and Dental Health

Dietary habits also play a crucial role in the cavity conundrum. While we know that excessive sugar consumption is a primary contributor to cavities, some children may have a heightened susceptibility to the damaging effects of sugar on their teeth. 

Genetics’ Influence on Little Grins

Some children may inherit strong enamel and a robust immune response that helps fend off harmful bacteria. 

On the flip side, genetic factors could also contribute to weaker enamel or a less efficient defense system. As a result, these children may be more likely to develop cavities despite their best oral hygiene efforts.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles

Beyond the biological factors, lifestyle choices and oral hygiene practices add another layer to the mystery. Children who establish good dental habits early on (including regular brushing, flossing, and attending regular pediatric dentistry check-ups) may naturally have a lower risk of cavities

Have a pediatric dentistry mystery? We can solve it!

While the mysteries surrounding cavity susceptibility persist, pediatric dentists are not without tools to address the puzzle. Advances in diagnostic techniques allow for early identification of risk factors, enabling targeted interventions to prevent cavities before they take hold. If you’d like to discuss cavity prevention and treatment with Dr. Matt, contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS, today!

You can reach our team online here, or you can talk to us directly by calling or texting (913) 685-9990 to learn more about your child’s dental health. 

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Dentists, with their white coats and shiny tools, often evoke a mix of curiosity and anxiety among adults. But what about kids? Those pint-sized bundles of energy and imagination have their own unique perspectives on the mysterious world of dentistry. So, what do kids think about dentists? Our pediatric dental clinic in Overland Park, KS, is here to give our perspective. 

Dr. Matt Hillman has years of experience helping little smiles grow into healthy and strong grins. If it’s time for your little one to visit a dentist, consider Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS. We have fun and effective solutions that can make going to the dentist a positive experience for your kiddos. Call or text (913) 685-99990 to request an appointment now!

If you’ve ever wondered, “What do kids think about dentists?”, then stick around. In today’s blog, we delve into the whimsical minds of children and explore what they truly think about dentists.

The Tooth Fairy’s Ally

Kids might view their dentist as the one who ensures their teeth are in top condition, ready for collection by the elusive Tooth Fairy. This connection adds a touch of enchantment to the dental experience and makes the dentist a key player in the folklore of childhood.

The Mysterious Dental Tools

Dental tools, with their peculiar shapes and names, can be both intriguing and intimidating to kids. 

The dental chair, the mirror, and the drill may seem like instruments from a futuristic spaceship to the young imagination. Children might concoct wild theories about the purpose of each tool, turning a routine dental visit into an adventurous exploration of uncharted territories.

Stickers, Prizes, and the Treasure Trove

One aspect that often shapes a child’s perception of dentists is the treasure trove of rewards they receive after a successful visit. Stickers, small toys, and even a shiny new toothbrush can transform the dentist’s office into a wonderland of prizes. These little tokens become symbols of triumph over fears, creating positive associations that may stick with kids throughout their lives.

The Dreaded Drill Dilemma

While the prizes and rewards are a hit, the sound of the dental drill can be a different story. 

Many kids harbor a certain level of apprehension about the dreaded drill, envisioning it as a buzzing beast that might invade their mouths. Dentists, aware of this fear, often go the extra mile to make the experience as painless and comfortable as possible.

The Friendly Faces Behind the Masks

Dentists and their assistants, often garbed in masks and gloves, can initially appear as enigmatic figures to kids. However, the magic lies in the moments when these professionals reveal the friendly faces hidden behind the protective gear

Establishing a rapport with young patients and making them feel at ease can turn a dental visit into a positive and memorable experience, fostering trust and dispelling any lingering fears.

Find out what kids think about our dentist in Overland Park, KS!

In the kaleidoscopic world of a child’s imagination, dentists play a unique role, weaving together elements of fantasy, curiosity, and a touch of apprehension. While dental visits may come with a mix of emotions for kids, the friendly faces at Smiles Dentistry for Kids can help make their experiences more pleasant. But don’t take our word for it – read more about what our patients think here!

Want to learn more about what kids think about dentists? Contact Dr. Matt online here or call our team at (913) 685-9990 for more information!

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As children grow, their curiosity about the world around them also grows, especially when it comes to their own bodies. A common question that often arises is, “How many teeth do I have?” Many parents struggle to answer these types of questions, which is why Dr. Matt Hillman is here to help!

Does your little one have a question about their dental health? Contact Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS, today! We can help you explain complex topics in easy-to-understand terms so your child can learn more about their teeth and gums. Contact our friendly team at (913) 685-9990 to answer your kiddo’s most intriguing questions!

Explaining dental health to children in an engaging and informative way can foster a positive attitude towards oral hygiene. So, whether it’s, “How many teeth do I have?” or, “Do I really have to go to the dentist,” we answer some commonly asked questions that children have about their teeth, gums, and dental health.

How many teeth do I have?

This is a great question! As a child, you start with no teeth at all, but by the time you turn one, you may have around eight baby teeth

As you grow, your baby teeth fall out, and by your early teenage years, you should have a full set of 32 teeth. This includes incisors for biting, canines for tearing, premolars for grinding, and molars for chewing. 

The wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) typically make their debut in your teens or early twenties.

Why do I have to brush my teeth every day?

Brushing your teeth is like giving them a good bath! It helps remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease

By brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, you’re keeping your teeth clean and strong. It’s also a great way to prevent bad breath and ensure your smile stays bright.

What’s the big deal about flossing?

Flossing is like a superhero for your teeth! While brushing cleans the surfaces of your teeth, flossing gets into the tight spaces between them, where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Floss removes plaque and prevents cavities from forming in those hard-to-reach areas. So, by brushing and flossing together, you’re giving your teeth the ultimate protection against pesky cavities.

Do I really have to go to the dentist?

Absolutely! Dentists are like guardians for your teeth and gums. They have special tools and knowledge to make sure your teeth stay healthy.

Dentists can clean your teeth better than you can at home, and they can spot any potential problems before they become big issues. Going to the dentist is an essential part of keeping your smile in tip-top shape. That’s why experts recommend dental visits at least two times a year, every year for a healthy and strong smile.

Why do I get cavities even if I brush my teeth?

Cavities happen when tiny holes form in your teeth because of bacteria and sugar. Even if you brush, sometimes those tricky bacteria hide in the corners. Luckily, flossing and eating healthy foods can limit cavity-causing bacteria, giving you a healthier, more beautiful smile!

Have questions? Dr. Matt has answers!

By answering children’s dental questions in a way that’s relatable and fun, parents can instill good dental habits that will last a lifetime. So, the next time your little one asks, “How many teeth do I have?”, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Matt at Smiles Dentistry for Kids in Overland Park, KS. You can reach our friendly team online or at (913) 685-9990 for more answers to your kiddo’s questions!

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