Dental office

Kid’s Dental Visit Tips

Posted In: North Carolina Smiles

You are already a great parent – I want to make it easy for you to take good care of your child’s teeth. Deciding where to take your child for their first dental visit can range from confusing to being a big hassle. Should I take my child to my regular dentist? Many dentists will not see little children or do not have a sizeable part of their practice catering to children. At our office, 25% of our patients are under age 12. Should I try to find a pediatric dentist (a dentist who only sees children and young adults.)? There are only a handful of pediatric dentists in our area and none in Wayne County. Getting a pediatric dental appointment may involve a drive to the Triangle, Greenville, or Wilmington with appointments taking over a month to obtain.

Note Dr. Kimes, DDS:

“As a mother of four energetic children, I am happy to see your children six months after their first teeth come in or at age one – whichever is earlier. I have tools at the office that are specially designed for little ones smaller mouths and the needs of smaller teeth. Additionally, I can offer appointments for all your children at the same time or alongside Mom or Dad’s check up appointment. We are truly a family dental practice. We accept all insurance plans and file all dental claims for you with our electronic system.”

You are already a great parent – I want to make it easy for you to take good care of your child’s teeth. Deciding where to take your child for their first dental visit can range from confusing to being a big hassle. Should I take my child to my regular dentist? Many dentists will not see little children or do not have a sizeable part of their practice catering to children. At our office, 25% of our patients are under age 12. Should I try to find a pediatric dentist (a dentist who only sees children and young adults.)? There are only a handful of pediatric dentists in our area and none in Wayne County. Getting a pediatric dental appointment may involve a drive to the Triangle, Greenville, or Wilmington with appointments taking over a month to obtain. As a mother of four energetic children, I am happy to see your children six months after their first teeth come in or at age one – whichever is earlier. I have tools at the office that are specially designed for little ones smaller mouths and the needs of smaller teeth. Additionally, I can offer appointments for all your children at the same time or alongside Mom or Dad’s check up appointment. We are truly a family dental practice. We accept all insurance plans and file all dental claims
for you with our electronic system.

Tips for improving your child’s dental experience

The sooner the better. The American Dental Association recommends children visit the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth – and no later than his or her first birthday. Starting at a young age allows children and parents to establish a relationship with a dentist and helps start a routine of visiting the dentist regularly. Many parents are surprised by how early their children need to be seen for a checkup, but those baby teeth need to last – in some cases 12 to 13 years. The earlier a child starts seeing the dentist, the more likely they will avoid dental problems.

Be Positive. Studies have shown that children will model and copy their parent’s behaviors (positive and negative). Avoid using words that could make them scared, such as: drill, filling or shot. Instead, explain that the dentist is simply going to check their smile and count their teeth. Nothing makes a child feel better than knowing they have someone by their side. Be there to comfort and relieve them of any worries. Bring the child’s favorite stuffed animal or blanket to the visit. After the visit, you can plan a fun activity as well.

Here are some examples to use whenever answering a question about the dentist:

  • “The dental hygienist will count how many teeth you have.”
  • “I don’t know, but we can ask the dentist or dental hygienist.”
  • “The dentist will see what a good job you do to take care of your teeth.
  • “When you leave the dental office, your teeth will be shiny and bright!”

Costumes are Cool: Kids are awesome! Let their personalities come out during their dental visits. Whether it’s a superhero or a princess outfit, allowing your child to wear their favorite costume can add a little extra courage for their first trip. We will play along and make it a fun visit.

Parents Come Along: Parents are encouraged to come back to the treatment room with their child. We will stop working if the child is nervous, uncomfortable, or experiences discomfort. You can see that the office is clean, instruments are sterile, and your child’s comfort is attended to. We can talk about any concerns you have about your child, such as thumb sucking, brushing and flossing, medical conditions, allergies, medicines, or nutrition.

If at First You Don’t Succeed: Sometimes kids wake up on the wrong side of the bed and there is nothing you can do to get them to cooperate. This is just part of being a kid. Even the best kids have bad days. If your child comes to the office and is having a hard time, cries excessively, or won’t behave; we can regroup, let them settle down and reschedule for another day. No one is perfect and your child deserves a second chance. I am here to serve your entire family from the wee ones to the grandparents and everyone in between. Take the first step by calling the office and making your child’s appointment today!

Contact us at (919) 658-9511

Dental Infection Prevention Mount Olive

Posted In: Mount Olive News

Dear Dental Patients in Mount Olive,

It was recently in the news that an Oklahoma oral surgeon exposed his patients to infectious diseases over the course of many years. This shocking and horrific news has prompted this office to generate a general public information bulletin to inform patients of some of the procedures and protocols that take place in this dental office to protect your health and safety during dental visits.

Mount Olive Dental Protocols and Procedures

  1. The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s protocols for infection control and sterilization are followed in this office.
  2. Dr. Kimes, your dental hygienists, and dental assistants wear gloves, masks, and face shields or goggles.
  3. Dr. Kimes and staff wash hands and change gloves with every patient.
  4. Dental hand-pieces are cleaned, bagged, and sterilized prior to use on each patient.
  5. All dental instruments are scrubbed, cleaned with ultrasonic waves in a disinfecting solution, sterile bagged, and autoclaved according to guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and UNC – Chapel Hill’s Dental School.
  6. All Autoclaves are tested weekly through independent lab analysis conducted at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. A copy of every single test conducted by this office is available for your review, should you request it.
  7. All work surfaces are cleaned with hospital grade surface disinfectants. A digital timer is used to verify the recommended soaking time is achieved to obtain the full benefit of the disinfectant solution.
  8. Any disposable article that is used or opened during the course of your treatment is permanently discarded after your visit. No disposable items are ever used again after your visit.
  9. Dr. Kimes and staff are tested and vaccinated for the Hepatitis B virus. The annual flu vaccine is administered to every staff member prior to flu season.
  10. Each x-ray holder is individually bagged and sterilized.
  11. Our staff performs regularly scheduled audits and tests on our equipment and procedures throughout the year. A schedule of these audits and tests is available for your review upon your request.

Mount Olive Family Dentistry is committed to excellent, safe, and healthy dental care for you, your family, and your community. If any questions or concerns arise regarding your dental care, treatment, or services you have received, contact our office at (919) 658-9511.

Dental Treatment for Children

Posted In: Mount Olive News

One of the best things you can do to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy is to bring them into the dentist regularly! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a visit to the dentist when the first tooth erupts. Many people think it is better to wait until the child is older and able to cooperate with treatment.

However, studies have shown that bring a child in to the dentist before their first birthday will reduce the amount of time they spend over their lifetime with the dentist by 40%! Tooth decay is the most common childhood illness! It affects over 40% of all children.

Protecting baby teeth is important

Some people do not think it is important to maintain baby teeth because they will be replaced by permanent teeth. This is not true! Most children will not have all of their permanent teeth until they are twelve years old. Decayed baby teeth can cause pain, difficulty eating, abscesses, fever, time missed from school, and in extreme cases hospitalization from infection and death.

Teaching children proper habits of diet and brushing, and treating decay promptly are some of the best ways we have to keep our children healthy for a lifetime. The best thing we can do for a child’s dentition is to prevent problems from developing.

Preventing dental problems for children

To ensure that your child’s teeth are healthy and grow in properly. We recommend the following:

  • Discussing home care (brushing) habits.
  • Limiting your child’s exposure to sugar from juices and candy.
  • Applying fluoride varnish to the baby teeth helps strengthen enamel so it is less likely to decay.

If your child does develop decay, many times we can treat them here in our office with nitrous oxide gas. Nitrous oxide gas is very safe and helps relax children so they can tolerate treatment easily. The gas acts quickly and has no lingering sleepiness after the appointment. Children can go to school and other regular activities after treatment with nitrous oxide gas.

Call the Mount Olive dental office at (919) 658-9511 and get your child scheduled for a cleaning and exam. Help your child be on the way to dental health for a lifetime!

Trouble Reaching Your Dentist Or Dental Office?

Posted In: Mount Olive News

I recently read a statistic that 27% of all new patients calling to schedule their first appointment are calling when the practices are CLOSED! Weekends, holidays, early mornings – prior to opening and at night long after the dental offices were closed.

I have always felt that it is important to be available for patients, whether they have an emergency dental problem like a toothache or an accident, or if they just want to check on an insurance payment. For the last two years we have had our phones answered after hours.

What you can expect from our staff

I have seen ads for answering services that will take calls for dental offices, but I find it very important that patients speak with a staff member at Mount Olive Family Dentistry when dental emergencies or problems arise. Hiring answering services may work for some dental offices, but at Mount Olive Family Dentistry we want patients to know that they can reach us:

  • Day or night
  • 24 hours a day
  • 7 days a week
  • 365 days a year

The reason we don’t hire a dental answering service

The biggest problem that I see with dental answering services is the person answering the phone won’t know you and likely wouldn’t be able to help you. For this reason I have the office phone answered by one of my staff members. I simply forward the phones to a company cell phone that goes home with one of my staff members every night.

Being able to call and speak to a real live person that works with me every day allows patients to have the peace of mind knowing we are only a phone call away. If for any reason, you need to leave a message, rest assured one of my staff is just putting their kids to bed, but will get back to you right away.

So, go ahead and give us a call – we are here to help when you have a problem! – Dr. Kimes

Dental Emergencies Ruining Your Day?

Posted In: Dental Emergencies & Services

Some of the most common dental emergencies patients come in from are severe pain from:

  • Toothaches
  • Dental filling fell out
  • Broken, chipped or knocked out tooth

Does this sound like you? Whether you are a old or new patient, we want to help. Dental emergencies can ruin your day and put you in a painful situation. This is why Dr. Kimes and staff at Mount Olive Family Dentistry are here to help.

Even on our busiest day we will help!

Servicing patients from all over Eastern NC including Mount Olive, Goldsboro, Kinston, and Warsaw since 2008, we want all patients to know that we will be here waiting for you during your next dental emergency. We understand that toothaches or other dental emergencies come unexpected. So whether you make an appointment or walk-in, we are here with open arms!

It’s common for our dental office to see patients from cities surrounding Mount Olive with dental emergencies such as toothaches. If you come across an emergency like this we advise you to come into our office. We will do our best to see you that same day. In fact, we are often able to see a patient within minutes of receiving the first emergency phone call.

Who do you rely on for your dental emergencies?

The dental staff at Mount Olive Family Dentistry understands that busy schedules, heavy workloads, and the cost of dental services can prevent us from seeing a dentist twice a year. Visiting a dentist is like taking your car to a mechanic. Most people don’t bring their car into a mechanic unless their car won’t start, hear an unusual sound or they come across other car problems.

We understand that most people are motivated by pain. Whether your last dental visit was 4 years, 6 months or last week. We want all patients to know that we are here to help during your dental emergency because we want your dental experience with us to be your best!

Call us so you can be seen immediately or walk into our office when it’s convenient for you, we are here to help during your next dental emergency.

Mount Olive Family Dentistry fixing dental emergencies, one tooth at a time.

919-658-9511

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