August 6th, 2020
One of the greatest features our team at Katy Kids Dentist, PLLC offers is the ability to see first-hand how we can help our patients. While X-rays help us detect any problems in your mouth and give us valuable information on what is bothering you, they often don’t give Drs. Hollenberg and Ko a complete view of everything that is going on inside your mouth. With the use of an intraoral camera, we can see every aspect of your teeth and mouth with incredible detail, uncovering cracked or fractured teeth, excessive wear, carious lesions, cavities, or other issues that may be hidden. When we can discover oral problems early on, your treatment is much less invasive and often saves you money down the road.
An intraoral camera allows Drs. Hollenberg and Ko to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums and allows us to make an accurate diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, Drs. Hollenberg and Ko and our team see details that standard mirror examinations may miss. It’s much easier to understand what is happening in your mouth if you can see the problem on a computer monitor, and it means faster diagnosis and less chair-time for our patients!
Intraoral cameras are small, about the size of a dental mirror, and emit a light onto the tooth. The tooth will emit a color that lets Drs. Hollenberg and Ko determine if the tooth is healthy or diseased. Intraoral cameras also allow us to save your images on our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These treatments can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
For any questions about the intraoral camera, we encourage you to ask Drs. Hollenberg and Ko or our team during your or your child’s next visit or by giving us a call at our convenient Katy office.
July 30th, 2020
Come say hello twice a year. The American Dental Association says two times is the charm. Multiple visits a year lets us keep an eye out for any developing issues. It’s important to remember that this goes for the whole family. Children over one year old should be seeing Drs. Hollenberg and Ko!
Stay fresh. At Katy Kids Dentist, PLLC, we have a virtually unlimited stock of toothbrushes and floss, which means you have no excuse to be using a sad, ineffective toothbrush. As soon as bristles begin to fray, pick up a new one or stop by our Katy office and we’ll replace yours. On average, you should be opening a new one every two to three months.
For goodness sake, floss! Flossing is an efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing aggregated plaque, it keeps your gums happy, too.
And brush. Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth—and us—happy! When it comes to brushing that means two minutes, two times a day. If your kids need some encouragement, try making a calendar or playing a song like this.
Tell a friend. One way you can help us is by spreading the love. Tell your friends about what a good thing we’ve got going here. The more the merrier. And the healthier.
July 23rd, 2020
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should visit a dentist, like Drs. Hollenberg and Ko, when his or her first tooth pops through the gum, or by time they are one year old.
Children do not always want to brush their teeth. In fact, the average child has three cavities by the time they reach their third birthday. However, if you make brushing fun for them, they will look forward to it, and develop a lifelong habit of good oral hygiene.
How to Make Brushing Fun
- Let them pick out their own toothbrush, like one with their favorite cartoon character.
- Allow your child to choose their own special toothpaste, as long as it adheres to AAPD guidelines for safety.
- Brush to a fun song that is two to three minutes long. When the music stops they are done brushing.
- Brush your teeth with them. Make it a family affair!
- Toddlers may be afraid of having their teeth brushed or brushing them by themselves. Allow them watch as you brush your teeth; this will help them to see that brushing their own teeth will not hurt them.
- Reward systems are great incentives for children, just don’t overdo it. You’re trying to instill good brushing habits, not simply reward them for something they need to do.
- Try an app on your phone; you’ll be surprised how many there are and how much fun your child will have using them.
- It’s important to make sure every tooth gets brushed, so as you child brushes their teeth, count them. Then when they are finished ask them how many teeth they have. You can switch it up a little by giving each tooth a silly name or make up a short rhyme about each tooth as your child brushes.
- Use educational tools, such as the movie “The Adventures of Timmy the Tooth.”
- Read books to your child about brushing their teeth and good oral hygiene.
All you need is a little imagination to help your child learn to love brushing their teeth!
July 16th, 2020
First word, first step, first haircut, first… toothbrush? While it may not be considered a typical milestone, choosing the right first toothbrush is an important first step in your child’s future dental health.
The time to start brushing is when your baby’s first tooth appears. Until then, you have probably been using a clean, moist washcloth or gauze to carefully wipe your baby’s gums. Continue that gentle treatment with a toothbrush designed for infants. Look for a toothbrush designed especially for infants and toddlers, with extra-soft bristles and a small head for tiny mouths.
When your toddler is ready to try brushing for the first time, there are many options to make learning the proper technique enjoyable for both of you! Extra-soft bristles and small brush heads again are important for young children, and brushes are available with colorful patterns and designs to charm any child. There are brushes available with handles designed for easy gripping, right-handed and left-handed options, and even electric models.
No matter which brush you choose, Drs. Hollenberg and Ko and our team recommend:
- Use soft bristles and a brush head sized to fit your child
- Use the proper amount of toothpaste (when your child is old enough to spit out toothpaste instead of swallowing)
- Replace the toothbrush every three months, or earlier if it is frayed
- Always supervise your young child while he or she learns to brush
- Don’t forget to schedule checkups every six months at our Katy office!
You probably won’t be preserving your baby’s first toothbrush in your baby book, but teaching your child the proper way to brush with the right toothbrush can lead to a lifetime of dental health. And that’s a milestone to celebrate!