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June 15, 2018

4 Tips to Make Your Child’s First Dental Visit Go Smoothly

Filed under: Family Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 7:35 am

If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Wenatchee, the team at Busk Family Dentistry will take care of your little one with gentle, friendly dentistry. Dr. Ryan Busk specializes in children’s dentistry and can treat the whole family! If you’re a new parent, we want to give you all the tools you’ll need to make your child’s first visit with a dentist goes smoothly. Here’s a few things you can do to prepare for your little one’s first appointment to make sure they are comfortable and confident:

1. Come in at The Right Time!

You should bring your child in for their first dentist visit at one year of age, or when their first baby tooth erupts, whichever comes first. This may seem quite early, but as soon as your child has teeth, it’s a good idea to have them examined by a dentist to catch any potential oral health problems.

In addition, going to the dentist at an early age will make this part of their oral care routine feel more normal for your child, and decreases the likelihood that they will be anxious about their regular check-ups in the future.

2. Talk Teeth With Your Kid!

If you have a toddler or a younger child, and you’re taking them to a new dentist for the first time, it is the perfect opportunity to talk to them about their teeth. Kids love learning new things about their bodies, so you should talk about the basics of teeth with them! Talk about:

  • What teeth are made of
  • How teeth should be cared for (brushing regularly, etc.)
  • The different parts of the mouth (gums, teeth, tongue)
  • What the teeth do, and why they are important

Early education is key to good oral health and helping your child understand why they need to go to the dentist.

3. Your Attitude Matters

Children are very perceptive. Whether you’ve got an infant or a toddler, your attitude matters during your first dental visit. If you are relaxed, confident and happy, chances are that your child will also feel the same way.

Make sure that you keep a good attitude when going to the dentist and consider discussing the basics of your child’s dental visit with them so that they understand it. Don’t go into detail. Just say, “The dentist will count your teeth, and clean them!” Keep things simple and approachable and maintain a positive attitude.

4. Consider Rewarding Your Child After a Dentist’s Visit

You don’t want to bribe your child to make sure they behave well at the dentist, but rewards can be very powerful and help build positive feelings towards the dentist. Consider giving your child a treat, such as one of their favorite foods, or think about buying them a small toy or another gift after their first dentist’s appointment.

Need a Pediatric Dentist in Leavenworth? Come to Busk Family Dentistry Now!

These tips are very helpful, but only if you pick the right pediatric dentist. Dr. Ryan Busk is kind, experienced and can take great care of your child, no matter how old they may be. He makes dental appointments fun and informative so you and your child will always leave our office smiling.

Contact us today at (509) 662-8156 and make sure that your child’s oral health is in the experienced hands of Busk Family Dentistry. You can also drop by our office at 222 N. Mission, Ste. D, Wenatchee, WA 98801 to schedule an appointment.

November 21, 2017

Watch Out For The Wishbone! How To Protect Your Teeth During The Holidays

Filed under: Blog,Cosmetic Dentistry,Family Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 8:32 pm

The holiday season is fast approaching. From Halloween through New Year’s, you (and your kids) will probably be eating more foods that taste amazing but can pose a risk to your oral health.

With proper oral hygiene and tooth cleaning tips, you can avoid cavities and other oral health issues, and still enjoy everything that the holiday season has to offer!

At Busk Family Dentistry, your leading local children’s dentist, we’ve put together a list of ways you can protect your teeth during the holidays!

Holiday dental emergencies

1. Eat Sweets In Moderation – And Quickly!

Whether you’re munching on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pie, or Christmas cookies, it’s important to eat them quickly, and in moderation.

The main problem with sweet treats during the holidays is that we tend to “graze” on them during the day.

When you consume small amounts of sweets throughout the day, you’re constantly feeding the bacteria that live in your mouth with sugar. This leads to a much higher risk of tooth decay.

It’s best to eat sweets alongside other meals, and to limit yourself to a short time window. This helps mitigate the effect that sugar has on your oral health.

2. Brush After Every Meal

During the holidays, you should try to brush your teeth after every meal. Because you’ll likely be snacking throughout the day, it’s important to keep a regular tooth cleaning schedule to minimize bacteria buildup.

3. Keep An Eye On Your Kids

In Wenatchee and across America, cavities are very common in kids after the holidays. The combination of sugary foods, traveling, and interrupted daily routines can lead to serious tooth decay.

To avoid this, you should monitor the food intake of your children and ensure that they are brushing properly to remove bacteria and prevent tooth decay.

4. Watch Out For Those Sticky (Or Hard) Treats!

Sticky candies like licorice or taffy can be very dangerous for those of us with dental work like fillings or crowns.

They can adhere to dental work and pull it out, leading to an emergency dental situation during the holidays. If you have a lot of dental work such as crowns, fillings, or bridges, avoid these treats during the holidays.

You should also be careful when eating very hard food items like hard candy. Hard candy can crack your teeth, which may require a visit to an emergency dentist, like Busk Family Dentistry.

Got A Dental Issue During The Holidays? Come To Busk Family Dentistry!

We know it can be hard to get dental services in Wenatchee during the holidays. But at our family dental practice, Dr. Ryan Busk is always willing to treat all of your dental issues. From general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatments, we do it all, even during the holidays!

Whether a piece of candy has pulled out one of your fillings, or you think your child may have cavities due to holiday eating habits, contact us today. You can call us at (509) 662-8156, or visit our Wenatchee office at 222 N Mission St Suite D, Wenatchee, Washington, 98801.

November 15, 2014

Family Dentistry: An Outing for the Whole Family in Wenatchee, WA

170082992Now, we know that a trip to the dentist is not usually considered a fun family outing. However, when you consider the benefits of your children seeing that their brothers and sisters—and mommy and daddy, too—go to the dentist, then the outing can prove to be beneficial for everyone. At Busk Family Dentistry in Wenatchee, WA, Dr. Janie Busk and Dr. Ryan Busk can treat your entire family’s dental needs, because family dentistry includes preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

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