Here at Mudrow Family Dental: Cosmetic and Biocompatible Dentistry, we understand that your family’s teeth and gums are an important part of your family’s overall health. This is true for every member of your family, from the youngest to the oldest. That’s why it’s important for you to find an Idaho Falls pediatric dentist that you can trust. We know that you have a lot of options to choose from in this town, but when it comes to your children’s teeth, there’s nobody you can trust more than Dr. Mudrow. Why? Because there is no better kid’s dentist in the Idaho Falls area than Dr. Mudrow!
Dr. Mudrow and our entire team here at Mudrow Family Dental want to make sure that all of our young patients are taken care of in a way that allows them to grow up with bright, shining smiles that will last a lifetime. To that end, we have made it our mission to make sure that both kids and their families know what needs to be done to keep their teeth healthy and strong. We hope that you’ll make Dr. Mudrow your family’s Idaho Falls pediatric Dentist.
Your Child’s First Visit to an Idaho Falls Pediatric Dentist
It’s not surprising that many parents don’t think about taking their children to the dentist until they are 5 or 6 years old. After all, the children’s teeth haven’t fully come in before that and they’re just temporary, anyway. But here at Mudrow Family Dental, we actually recommend that you take your child to your Idaho Falls pediatric dentist about 6 months after their first tooth comes in (usually around 1 year old). This may seem unnecessary, but these early visits actually allow you and your child to learn healthy oral hygiene habits while they are still young. Habits like these will serve your children well throughout their lives.
While it’s true that your child’s primary teeth (commonly called baby teeth) are not going to be around forever, it’s equally true that lessons and habits learned in childhood will continue on into the child’s everyday life. It’s these early lessons that help shape the person they will eventually become. By taking your child to the dentist early and often, they learn that dental care is an important part of life. This sets them up for a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth.
Once their permanent teeth (commonly called adult teeth) come in, the habits formed in childhood become even more important so that your child can enjoy their natural teeth for as long as possible. By visiting the dentist in childhood, most children can gain good oral hygiene habits that will allow them to properly care for their permanent teeth throughout their life. This second set of teeth will typically be with your child for as long as they take good care of them.
Positive First Experiences with an Idaho Falls Pediatric Dentist
Every child’s first experience at the dentist should be a positive one. That’s why our team here at Mudrow Family Dental, strives to make sure that your child — and every child — has a positive first experience in our office. We make this effort because a positive first experience can ensure that your child doesn’t dread going to the dentist in later years. In order to make sure that your child has the best first dental experience, it’s important for you to understand what will happen the first time you take them to your Idaho Falls pediatric dentist.
So, let’s take a look at what you can expect during your child’s first visit to our office. During your child’s first visit, one of our highly qualified hygienists will show your child how to brush their teeth carefully. Then, they will talk to the child about any areas that they might currently be missing when they brush their teeth. These lessons are conducted in a friendly environment, and the child is welcomed as an important patient.
Once the hygienist is finished, Dr. Mudrow will review your child’s health history, address any questions or concerns you or the child have, and discuss your child’s oral habits and how they can affect their overall health. He will also let you know what to expect as your child grows, and provide suggestions for a follow-up care schedule.
Even the youngest patients can enjoy going to the dentist when they visit Dr. Mudrow. To help put these very young patients at ease, he may choose to make silly hats or balloon animals as a special treat. And every successful dental visit ends with your child receiving a shiny gold token that can be used to select a prize from our prize machine.
The Importance of Learning Proper Oral Hygiene Early
We recommend that your child begin seeing an Idaho Falls pediatric dentist at a very young age because these early visits are crucial to making sure that your child learns proper oral hygiene early. By practicing proper oral hygiene — including proper brushing, flossing, and other care — from an early age, your child can grow up with strong, healthy teeth that will last them a lifetime.
When children learn these lessons early, they are far more likely to develop into good habits that are simply a part of the child’s daily routine. Instead of being constantly reminded or forced to brush their teeth, the children may even decide to do it on their own. Nevertheless, you should be actively involved in helping your child learn and develop good brushing habits as early as possible.
In addition to taking your child to the dentist at a young age, regular dental visits should be conducted throughout childhood. Because children often have poor oral hygiene habits and limited dexterity, their teeth are generally more susceptible to tooth decay. But regular dental visits and proper brushing CAN help prevent tooth decay, even in the very young. Dr. Mudrow is highly skilled in explaining to children exactly what bacteria are and what those nasty little bugs can do to the child’s teeth.
If you’re worried about excessive fluoride use in your home, that’s okay. We understand your worries. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Mudrow can offer you instruction on creating a daily routine for fluoride free dental care that can still help protect your child’s teeth. If you have worries, don’t hesitate to ask questions so that you can get the answers you need to help your children grow up happy and healthy.
Bio-Compatible Dentistry and Your Child
At Mudrow Family Dental, a core part of our practice is biocompatible dentistry. That may sound like a weird, scary word, but it simply means that we understand that dental care is an integral part of your overall health. That’s why we use holistic or health-centered dentistry to make sure that the materials we use won’t cause harm to any of our patients.
Just like with our adult patients, we strive to ensure that we only use dental materials that work with your child’s biochemistry. We’ll conduct a simple biocompatibility test to make sure that the materials we use won’t cause problems with your child’s health. It’s true that every child is unique, and that is doubly true when it come to health and hygiene. Products that are completely benign with one person can cause serious health issues in another. That’s why biocompatibility is so important.
When you come to see Dr. Mudrow and our team, you can rest assured that your child’s overall health is just as important to us as how clean their teeth are. We want to make sure that every one of our patients has the best possible dental experience every single time.
Mudrow Family Dental: Your Idaho Falls Pediatric Dentist
Because dentists in Idaho Falls serve much of the surrounding area, we know that you have a lot of dentists to choose from. So, why should you choose Mudrow Family Dental to be your Idaho Falls pediatric dentist? In short, it’s because we’re different from all the rest. We take into account that your child’s oral health is closely connected to every other part of their health. By taking this fact into account, we are able to help make sure that your child is happy and healthy.
Our team is trained in a wide range of dental practices including pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. What does that mean for you? It means that you don’t have to find a different dentist for every member of your family or for every dental procedure. Our team can take care of everything from your child’s first dental visit all the way to the creation of dentures — and everything in between!
Don’t waste time and money going all over town to get your family’s dental needs taken care of. Just come on in to Mudrow Family Dental, and we can take care of your entire family right in our office. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment for any member of your family, Give Us a Call Today!