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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 Health Month: Mount Olive celebrates by offering educational presentations to schools in Mount Olive

Posted In: North Carolina Smiles

February is National Dental Health Month

At Mount Olive Dentistry we take pride in promoting good dental health habits. We make sure and go the extra step in educating our patients and families in Mount Olive and neighboring cities on proper dental hygiene. In an on going effort to educate our community, we go to kids class rooms and educate schools in Mount Olive and Goldsboro area. Preventing cavities and promoting healthy teeth starts at a young age.

Here are some important rules to ensure your child’s teeth are properly taken care of and they grow up with good dental habits.

  • It is critically important to limit the amount of sweet drinks and snacks for your children. Promote healthy diets to your children. Purchase tooth paste with fluoride and remember to schedule dental check ups every 6 months. Whether it’s your child’s first day of school, building social relationships, going in for that first interview or taking family photos. We want your child to look their best and have good oral health.
  • Before a child turns one they should have broken the habit of drinking from a sippy cup and should be drinking from a regular cup. Avoid putting babies to sleep with a bottle. Don’t introduce juices or drinks high in sugars to a baby as this can cause tooth decay or cavities. Before your child’s first tooth erupts or before your child is six months, establish a dental provider.
  • Observe the way your child brushes their teeth. For the most part children seven and under lack the proper hand coordination to properly floss and brush their teeth. Take the time to properly show your children how to take care of their teeth.
  • Remember to set an example for your young ones. After all your children look up to you.

For more information on scheduling an educational dental presentation for your child’s school call our office 919-658-9511.

Yes We See Goldsboro Patients

Posted In: Dental Emergencies & Services, North Carolina Smiles

Dear Goldsboro residents: Next time you’re looking for a dentist for you, your children, give us a call. Let us show you how different our dental practice is from others. Besides, the drive from Goldsboro to our dental office is only an easy 15-20 minute drive. Here are some things we’re proud of:

Our Dentist

Great dental care starts with our people. Our dentist Amy Kimes, and our staff are great. Our staff are all really hard workers, and very motivated. Our clinical staff members are all seasoned veterans. The hygienist doesn’t hurt you while cleaning your teeth, we’re good about keeping you comfortable. We’re here to help you in the best way possible.

Dental Emergency

We see patients almost immediately. If you have a toothache or have been injured in the mouth or surrounding area, we are the only call you want to make. Any and all urgent care or dental emergencies, that’s where we shine. We’ll ask you to come in right away if you’re in pain. We  have 6 operatories at the office, and there is almost always some way to work another person in to have an X-ray to determine what the problem is. By the time you walk in and get your paperwork filled out, we are ready with a sterilized room for the exam.

Insurance Coverage

We accept a lot of different insurance coverage for dental treatments, and work hard to expand the list of providers each year. We have meticulous notes on the breakdown of costs for each dental procedure foe each insurance company. So, when you ask us about how much your insurance will cover, we can give you an accurate answer.

We also file insurance claims on the same day the procedure is done, so your claim is paid faster. We understand what X-rays, chart notes and supplementary documentation is required for every kind of claim. So we send out the right information the first time around, and there won’t be any going confusion or post communication needed from you later to resolve billing issues.

North Carolina Dentist Gets Emergencies From All Over!

Posted In: Dental Emergencies & Services, North Carolina Smiles

One of things that makes our dental office special is that we see patients immediately. If you have a toothache or have been injured in the mouth or surrounding area, we are the only call you want to make. We take care of dental emergencies when other dentists can’t or won’t. If you pick up the phone right now and call a dentist in your town – you may get something like “We can see you next Monday.” If you call us, we’ll have you driving to our office that same day.

There are several reasons we can do this:

  1. Our dental office staff are hard workers and very motivated. We have a pretty large office and so we always have extra hands to carry the weight. Our staff members are all seasoned veterans.
  2. There are lot of operatories. We have two hygienists.
  3. We have enough staff to manage both scheduled non-emergency patients and emergencies.
  4. We have a lot of dental equipment. One of the main reasons a dental office will get backed up is that they don’t have clean instruments for an unexpected procedure. We have tons redundancy in our tools, equipment, and supplies.
  5. Dr. Amy Kimes is an excellent dentist. Dr Kimes is extremely good under pressure with very fast and accurate hands.

So whether you’re in the next town over like Goldsboro, or anywhere in Wayne and Duplin county, keep us in mind the next time you need to call a dentist. We’re featured Mount Olive dentist in North Carolina dentist directory at Finders – US dentists directory.

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