Your First Visit
Helping Your Child Look Forward to Pediatric Dental AppointmentsIt is not uncommon for parents, and their little ones, to feel a bit of nervousness and anxiety about the first pediatric dental care visit. When visiting the Busciglio Smiles pediatric dentist in Lithia, you will find that Dana, and her staff, go to great lengths to educate parents and help children feel more positive and excited about receiving pediatric dental checkups and treatments. Parents can do their part to prepare children to see the pediatric dentist in Fishhawk or Plant City by avoiding terms and phrases that tend to make children more nervous, such as “drill”, “needle”, “pull”, or “hurt”. Our dental staff can show you how to explain these pediatric dental procedures to kids using upbeat and positive words and messages. If your children are over the age of three, we ask that you allow them to experience the pediatric dental process on their own, with the guidance of our staff members. Studies have shown that children over the age of three react more positively to future pediatric dental appointments when they are given the opportunity to experience the dental visit on their own in an environment that is designed to be welcoming for children.
The Goals of Your First Pediatric Visit:Education – Our pediatric dentists in Lithia and Plant City first help to educate parents regarding dietary practices and proper oral hygiene techniques that will help prevent early childhood cavities. Evaluation – We will check for signs of habit development, abnormal tooth growth, and determine any cavity risks. Familiarization – Your child is slowly introduced to the pediatric dental environment in order to create an early and positive attitude toward visiting the dentist. Assessment and Cleaning – Dana Busciglio, your Plant City pediatric dentist and orthodontist, will asses the health of the gums and teeth, evaluate for oral disease, and perform a cleaning that will leave your child feeling great about his or her smile. To make your first pediatric dental visit more convenient, please print, and bring a completed copy of, the New Patient Health History with you.
Baby's First Visit (Lap Exams):
- Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.
- Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
- Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient's saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient's mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
- Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.
- Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.
- Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist.
- Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
- Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure. Focus on correcting the cause of anxiety, instead of the thumb sucking.
- Children who are sucking for comfort will feel less of a need when their parents provide comfort.
- Reward children when they refrain from sucking during difficult periods, such as when being separated from their parents.
- Your pediatric dentist can encourage children to stop sucking and explain what could happen if they continue.
Early Infant Oral Care
- Additionally, mothers with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing the bacteria which causes cavities to their young children. Mother's should follow these simple steps to decrease the risk of spreading cavity-causing bacteria: Visit your dentist regularly.
- Brush and floss on a daily basis to reduce bacterial plaque.
- Proper diet with the reduction of beverages and foods high in sugar & starch.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste recommended by the ADA and rinse every night with an alcohol free, over-the-counter mouth rinse with .05 % sodium fluoride in order to reduce plaque levels.
- Don't share utensils, cups or food which can cause the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to your children.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
- Too much fluoridated toothpaste at an early age.
- The inappropriate use of fluoride supplements.
- Hidden sources of fluoride in the child's diet.
- Use baby tooth cleanser on the toothbrush of the very young child.
- Place only a pea sized drop of children's toothpaste on the brush when brushing.
- Account for all of the sources of ingested fluoride before requesting fluoride supplements from your child's physician or pediatric dentist.
- Avoid giving any fluoride-containing supplements to infants until they are at least 6 months old.
- Obtain fluoride level test results for your drinking water before giving fluoride supplements to your child (check with local water utilities).
- A sore that won't heal.
- White or red leathery patches on the lips and on or under the tongue.
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips.
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue; or a change in the way the teeth fit together.
We want your child to have the best experience possible during their dental visit. We understand that each child is an individual, needing to be treated in a unique way. At Busciglio Smiles we use various methods to help your child have a great experience during their dental examination and treatment. This includes the "Tell, Show, Do" method where we "tell" your child what we are going to do, then we "show" them and then we "do" it so there are no surprises.
Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.Prior to your appointment:
- Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
- Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.
- Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
- Avoid heavy meals 2 hours prior to appointment to prevent nausea.
Children with Special Needs
If your child has developmental delays or other special needs, Dr. Dana Busciglio and her staff are well trained and experienced for treating your child appropriately.
- If payment is made in full at the start of treatment, we will offer a discount of 5% off of your out of pocket fee. (This excludes orthodontic co-pay insurance plans)
- To fit your personal needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend payments over the estimated treatment time, with no finance charges.
For your convenience, we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.