At Colorado Springs Pediatric Dentistry, we don’t just create healthy smiles. Our pediatric practice is dedicated to nurturing generations of strong, confident, and happy individuals.
Our board-certified team is renowned in the region for providing comprehensive, all-encompassing dental services for infants, children, and adolescents. Many families seeking sedation dentistry or a special needs dentist turn to us to provide their child with gentle, proactive, and accommodating dental care.
It all starts by educating and informing you and your family on what we do and how we’re here to help. We’ve provided information on how to prepare your child for their first appointment and teach healthy oral hygiene habits at home. Call our offices in Colorado Springs, CO, today!
The relationship between a child patient and their pediatric dentist can have a lasting effect on their smile and oral health for years to come.
If Colorado Springs Pediatric Dentistry is your child’s new dental home, please look over the following information to better prepare your child for their first appointment.
How can you talk to your child about the dentist?
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill”, or “hurt.” The office practices using gentle, non-frightening language and words that convey the same message without sounding unpleasant.
Can you stay with your child during their first appointment?
Our purpose is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
Have questions about payment options, insurance, and appointments? We have the answers!
How are appointments scheduled at CSPD?
Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient, we ask that you please notify our office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time if you are unable to keep your appointment. Doing so allows us to sufficiently notify and schedule another patient in need of our care. We realize that unexpected things can happen, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.
Can you stay with your child during their appointment?
What are our finance options for families?
What is our policy on dental insurance?
If we have received all of your insurance information on the day of the appointment, we will be happy to file your claim for you. You must be familiar with your insurance benefits, as we will bill you the estimated amount that insurance is not expected to pay. By law, your insurance company must pay each claim within 30 days of receipt. We file all insurance electronically, so your insurance company will receive each claim within days of the treatment. You are responsible for any balance on your account after 30 days, whether insurance has paid or not. If you have not paid your balance within 60 days, a re-billing fee of 1.5% will be added to your account each month until paid. We will be glad to send a refund to you if your insurance pays us.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND that we file dental insurance as a courtesy to our patients. We do not have a contract with your insurance company, only you do. We are not responsible for how your insurance company handles its claims or for what benefits they pay on a claim. We can only assist you in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment. We at no time guarantee what your insurance will or will not do with each claim. We also can not be responsible for any errors in filing your insurance. Once again, we file claims as a courtesy to you.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, please keep us informed of any insurance changes such as policy name, insurance company address, or a change of employment.
- NO INSURANCE PAYS 100% OF ALL PROCEDURES
- BENEFITS ARE NOT DETERMINED BY OUR OFFICE
- DEDUCTIBLES & CO-PAYMENTS MUST BE CONSIDERED
Pediatric Dental Care Tips for Parents
The following information can help you educate your child on the importance of oral hygiene and ways they can maintain their best and healthiest smile.
What is the best toothpaste for your child?
Is fluoride safe for children?
Excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children can lead to dental fluorosis, which causes discoloration of the permanent teeth. Many children often get more fluoride than their parents realize. Being aware of your child’s total exposure to fluoride can help parents prevent dental fluorosis.
- If younger than 3-years-old, place only a smear or rice grain-sized drop of fluoridated children’s toothpaste on their brush.
- If older than 3-years-old, place only a pea-sized drop of fluoridated children’s toothpaste on their brush.
- Obtain fluoride level test results for your drinking water.
- Avoid giving any fluoride-containing supplements to infants.
Fluoride treatment can strengthen the enamel of teeth and prevent tooth sensitivity. Before requesting fluoride treatment, account for all of the sources of ingested fluoride.
How can you prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
Early childhood cavities are common among babies who go to sleep with bottles that contain liquids other than water. If your infant uses a bottle as a comforter when they go to sleep, make sure it only has water.
After every feeding, wipe your baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque and bacteria.
When should children stop sucking their thumbs or using pacifiers?
Encourage your child to stop the use of pacifiers or thumb-sucking by 2-years-old to reduce the chance of deviations in normal growth. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. Usually, children stop between the ages of two and four.
Should your child use a sippy cup?
Allowing a child to drink from a sippy cup containing milk or sugary liquids throughout the day can soak the child’s teeth in cavity-causing bacteria. If your child uses a sippy cup throughout the day, fill the sippy cup with water only (except at mealtimes).
How can you talk to your teenager about tobacco and/or tongue piercings?
It’s not uncommon for adolescents to begin wondering about oral piercings, cigarettes, and other tobacco products. Explaining the health risks associated with oral jewelry and tobacco products to your teenager can help prevent complications and health problems now and later in life.
The mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. If an infection occurs, the tongue can swell large enough to close off a person’s airway!
Here are some of the other risks associated with oral piercings:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Blood clots
- Blood poisoning
- Heart infections
- Brain abscess
- Nerve disorders (trigeminal neuralgia)
- Receding gums
- Scar tissue
Common symptoms after piercings include pain, swelling, infection, an increased flow of saliva, and injuries to gum tissue. Difficult-to-control bleeding or nerve damage can result if a blood vessel or nerve bundle is in the path of the needle.
The health risks associated with cigarette smoking are well-known, and many young people often believe smokeless tobacco to be a safer alternative. But does your teenager know that smokeless tobacco, also called spit, snuff, or chew, is just as addictive as cigarettes and may be harder to quit?
One can of snuff per day delivers as much nicotine as 60 cigarettes. In as little as three to four months, smokeless tobacco use can cause periodontal disease and produce precancerous lesions called leukoplakias.
If your child is a tobacco user, you should watch for the following that could be early signs of oral cancer:
- A sore that won’t heal.
- White/red leathery patches on the lips, on, or under the tongue.
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or lips.
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking.
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
- Changes in the way the teeth fit together.
If not caught early, oral cancer can require extensive, sometimes disfiguring, surgery. Even worse, it can kill.
Help your child avoid tobacco in any form. By doing so, they will avoid bringing cancer-causing chemicals in direct contact with their tongue, gums, and cheek.
When should your child wear a mouthguard?
A properly fitted mouthguard can protect your child’s smile when they begin to participate in recreational sports or activities. They can prevent broken teeth and injuries to the tongue, lips, or jaw.
Nocturnal teeth grinding, otherwise known as bruxism, can occur in children and can be caused by stress or inner ear pressure.
Worn-down teeth and grinding noises are the most obvious signs of pediatric bruxism. Children can also experience:
- Jaw pain
- Tooth sensitivity
Most children outgrow bruxism by early adolescence.
Colorado Springs Pediatric Dentistry North
9480 Briar Village Point #301
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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660 Southpointe Ct #100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906