New Office Hours

Spring has sprung and with the change in season we are extending our work days and changing office hours. The new office hours are:

Monday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

We look forward to seeing your SMILES!!!!!!

Diaper changes and children’s oral health?

In my practice, I often find myself talking to parents of young children about diaper changes when counseling on oral health care.  How could the two be related?  It usually comes up when we are speaking to the challenges of parents brushing their infant’s or toddler’s teeth.  Many children struggle a bit when it comes to letting their parents get in their mouth to brush the teeth.  They may cry, kick, grab, bite down or roll away.  Is it worth this struggle to get your child’s teeth clean?  The answer to this question is often found in the answer to another question.  What would you do if your child had a dirty diaper and was not cooperating for a diaper change?  Most parents say that they get it done, no matter what.  Toothbrushing should be put in the same category as diaper changes when taking care of your children.  Skipping it is not an option.  The key to getting it done in a manner that is not traumatic to the child is all a matter of atitude.  When things are not going so well, you should have a “no big deal” approach.  Put a calm smile on your face, be patient, and just brush those teeth.  It helps to lay your child down on their back (on a bed, couch, or changing table) so that you have both hands free.  Use a very thin smear of children’s toothpaste and let them swallow that little bit.  One hand holds the toothbrush and the other hand has a free finger to move lips or cheek out of the way while brushing.  If your child bites down on the toothbrush, just pause and smile and wait.  Your child will figure out that they must open in order for you to complete the brushing.  The whole time just proceed in a matter of fact, fun manner as if your are changing a diaper.  No big deal, just get it done.

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Lazy days of summer

The kids are out of school (or almost) and we can finally relax from the crazy routing of homework, bedtime, etc…  Ahhh, it seems like we can finally breathe.  As we step into the relaxed pace of summer and as the days grow longer and bedtime comes later it is often easy to fall out of the routine of ensuring that our kids keep up with their oral hygiene at bedtime.  I have found that the most important thing that we have control over in our effort to prevent decay is the daily hygiene routine.  It seems easy enough to have our kids brush their teeth and floss; at the same time it so easily eludes us as we relax a little bit in the summer months, go on a family trip, or have out of town visitors.  Summer is also a time when kids, being home and having access to the kitchen, tend to snack more frequently.  This frequent snacking makes them even more susceptible to cavities.

Make sure that you keep your kids teeth healthy this summer.  Keep your family oral hygiene routine at the top of your priority list this summer as you enjoy a break from the busyness of school.  Remember that kids age 7 and younger require assistance from an adult with brushing and flossing.  The most important brushing of the day is the bed time one.  Once the teeth are clean do not allow any snacks or drinks besides water.

I hope you all have a restful and fun summer with your families.

McCall 071    Dr. Streeby



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