Children’s Dental Health Month


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Smith Dental Care in Tyler would like to take this important awareness month to help promote the benefits of good oral health and hygiene to children, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. In addition, this year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. Decades worth of scientific studies show that having an optimal amount of fluoride in tap water can decrease cavities and tooth decay by 25%.

Tooth decay is the single most chronic disease among children, even more so than asthma, early childhood obesity, and diabetes. This is why it is so important to instill good dental habits at a young age. Smith Dental Care wants to make your child’s dental visit a positive and educational experience by teaching your child how to brush and floss their teeth properly and to talk about the importance of oral hygiene.

For babies, a good dental routine includes wiping the gums two times each day with a soft clean cloth in the morning and before bed. This helps to wipe away any bacteria or sugars that may potentially contribute to decay. Once the teeth come in, brush them twice a day with a small soft-bristles toothbrush with water only. It is recommended to visit the dentist by the time of your baby’s first birthday to spot any problem signs early on. Finally, for children under the age of six, watch them brush their teeth to ensure they only use a pea size amount of toothpaste and that they do not swallow it.

Often times children fear the dentist or have dental anxiety about their visit, but it doesn’t have to be that way! In addition to focusing on a positive and fun experience, Smith Dental Care offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help create a calmer experience for your child. And for children 15 or older with severe dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry in both oral and intravenous forms.

If you have questions about your child’s teeth, or to learn more about children’s dentistry, please call Smith Dental Care at 903-730-6354 or click here.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Have you been suffering from some form of dental anxiety over the years and trying to put as much distance between you and the dental chair? Do you avoid talking to the dentist at community gatherings or at the local store? At Smith Dental, we are very aware that dental work can make even the strongest of people fearful and not willing to make an appointment; in fact, millions of Americans actually suffer from dental anxiety. So, you’re not alone. We are your Tyler dentist when it comes to sedation dentistry.

We make it our mission to have an environment where patients can feel relaxed, comfortable and taken care of. Through the wonders of sedation dentistry this can be achieved.  And, the best part, there are multiple ways to take advantage of Sedation Dentistry depending on a patient’s needs. You can literally have decades of dental work completed in as little as one session! At Smith Dental Care, we can help relieve the fears of dental anxiety.

4 things you can do to cope with dental anxiety:

  • If you are feeling anxious of going to the dentist, bring along a family member or friend you trust that can stay with you for the duration of your appointment with us.
  • Distract yourself with music or watching TV during your procedure to drown out the unfamiliar sounds of dental tools.
  • Preforming relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing before and during your appointment, can significantly reduce your anxiety.
  • Remind yourself that you are the one in control and have good communication with your Smith Dental dentists, informing them of any concerns you might have.

Sedation dentistry is both safe and effective, becoming the most common technique in the United States to help our patients overcome dental anxiety. No needles are involved in this technique, allowing the patient to sleep undisturbed through the dental procedure and waking up feeling relaxed, knowing the procedure is over.

Call Smith Dental today to schedule your next dental appointment with help from sedation dentistry!