We have all been taught of the importance milk plays in developing strong bones and healthy bodies.  Although this is true, it is also just as important for a young one to not have constant exposure to milk.  A prime example of this is when a toddler is allowed to go to sleep while drinking a bottle or sippy cup of milk.   By doing this we may think we are giving our little ones the “best”.  But, milk can have a very damaging effect on their teeth when this is done.   The natural sugars that milk contains can cause tooth decay.   When a child sleeps, any un-swallowed liquid in their mouth feeds bacteria that can produce acids and attack the teeth.  This includes milk, formula, juice or any sweetened liquid. 

The way to protect the child from severe tooth decay is by putting them to bed with nothing more than a bottle of water.  I know you are probably thinking “Yeah, right!  My child would scream for hours with that”.  Fast forward in your mind to age 3 when they may need to have several teeth worked on because of decay caused from putting them to sleep with one of these sugary drinks.  This can be scary for both the child and parent, not to mention the cost involved.  We want all kids to have easy, pleasant dental visits. 

So what can you do to help avoid oral health problems?  Here are the Missouri Department of Health’s suggestions on how to handle common oral health problems.

·         At-will breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced.

·         Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water.

·         Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided.

·         Babies should wean to a cup by age 1.

·         Fruit juice should only be offered in a cup with meals or at snack time.

·         Limit sugary snacks and juices.

·         Help your child brush their teeth twice a day.  Babies without teeth should have their gums wiped with a soft cloth. 

·         Periodically look in your child’s mouth.  Changes in tooth color or swelling of the gums may be a sign that you need to contact the dentist. 

·         If your primary source of water is from a well, ask a dentist about using fluoride tabs.

Tooth decay is the number 1 childhood chronic disease.  You are your child’s first defense to keep them from developing tooth decay.  Help them to develop good habits!

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From Our Mouths to Yours

We are so glad you found us on the worldwide web!  How exciting it is to be able to provide you with so much information that is easy for you to access. 

As you can probably tell, big changes have come our way and we couldn’t be more excited.  From our new website – the addition of advanced dental technology – and a new office!

One thing that hasn’t changed is the way we treat our patients.  It’s the same ole staff that you have become accustomed to and trust.  To emphasize this fact, let me tell you this, I get tickled at how many times I answer the phone “Dr. Beussink’s office this is Kristi.”  And the voice on the other end comes back “Teresa, I need to schedule an appointment.”  Some things just never change!

Twenty three years ago when I started I was amazed at all I learned. Dentistry is fascinating.  It continues to progress and improve and I am so happy to be able to help implement all of this into practice so we can give our patients the best care possible.  It throws us a learning curve, but with continuing education courses, we can stay on top of this ever-changing field! 

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We all know children can be the hardest to get into a dentist's chair.

Believe it or not, there are actually ways to improve the way your child views the dentist, and we will give you our top three!

  1. Always treat it like it's "no big deal"
    Children feed off of your reaction- if you speak positively and calmly about going to get your teeth cleaned, chances are your child will feel the same way.
  2. If you're having problems getting your child to get through an appointment- switch to a kid-focused dentistry! 
    Most offices treat children, but that doesn't always mean they're the right fit for your child. If your child is extra sensitive about visiting the dentist, take them to a pediatric office that only treats children, or specializes in pediatric dentistry. They'll have fun extras and welcoming employees that prefer to be around children!
  3. Make it fun!
    There are many ways to make a visit to the dentist more fun. You can glorify the fact that they get to "leave school" for the appointment, get them a small gift for going or even let them pick what they want for dinner that night!

At Beussink Family Dentistry, we take pediatric care very seriously. We have a bright, friendly staff that will make your child comfortable and relaxed! If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call! 

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