8/5/2015 4:31:00 PM | Anonymous

Good parenting can be difficult, especially when it involves important decision-making processes that directly affect the health and safety of our children. We want to protect our children from harm, but we also want to teach them how to function responsibly in our world. So, when it comes to sedating our children for general dental procedures, where do we draw the line and what approach should be taken?

When is Dental Sedation for Children Acceptable?

Each person’s situation is unique and what may be right for one patient may not be the correct approach for another. We evaluate each case individually and make the best decision for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

Generally, sedation during dental procedures is recommended when the procedure is more involved and time-consuming, and there may be concerns with the child’s anxiety during the procedure. A root canal is a good example of when dental sedation would be considered for a minor.   

Avoid Complications with Non-Sedation Dentistry 

There are medical risks involved with sedation dentistry for any age group. Complications can potentially arise depending on the patient or the specific circumstances as there is no risk free sedation method. Non-sedationdentistry eliminates problems that include:

·         Sickness or Nauseous after the procedure
·         Children will not be lethargic, confused or disorientated after the procedure is complete.
·         Non-sedation methods will not impact school, daycare or other physical activities after the procedure is complete.
·         The extra cost of the drug and administration when applicable.

The Pros for your Child When Opting Out of Dental Sedation

You can provide your child with the education and skills they will need to successfully maintain their long-term oral health by just opting out of any dental sedation while they are young and still growing.

Children learn very quickly that to avoid getting cavities, they must make good food and drink choices and improve their brushing and flossing habits. By avoiding sedation you not only decrease the cost of your child’s dental care, but also eliminate the potential risk of side effects.

Contact our North Scottsdale pediatric dental office today and schedule an appointment with pediatric dentist,  Dr. Korf. Your child’s dental needs will be treated with care to build and maintain good oral health.

7/21/2015 11:49:00 AM | Anonymous

Pediatric and family dentists alike are known to emphasize good brushing and flossing routines when patients visit the dentist. Children need time to develop a routine and the ability to clean their teeth on their own. A toothbrush is much easier to hold and manipulate than floss so parents should take the time each evening to ensure that their teeth are flossed properly.

When do I start flossing my child’s teeth?

As your child’s teeth develop, the gaps between them begin to shrink. Once neighboring teeth are in close proximity, parents can begin flossing their child’s teeth. Depending on your child’s development, this could be as early as age 2 ½.

When should a child start to floss their own teeth?

Once your child has reached school age, you will want them to start flossing their own teeth. The fine motor skills needed to floss correctly may not be developed yet, parents may need to follow up with a more thorough flossing after their child has had a chance to try on their own. It is essential to take these moments to help give pointers on how to improve.

  • Give your child a visual prompt to suggest the length of floss, perhaps a towel rack or the length across the sink.
  • Demonstrate how to gently wrap floss around their fingers to keep it from being too tight.
  • Let them watch you floss so they can mimic your movements.
  • Repeat tips often until your child has mastered the task.

When will my child be able to floss alone?

Depending on your child’s fine motor development, he/she may not be able to floss alone until after the age of ten. At that point flossing should be a routine part of your child’s bedtime regimen each day.

Making the flossing habit stick!

You want your child to floss every day, your pediatric dentist does too! Building good habits are easier for some children so it may take some extra leg work on the parents’ part for those kids who may be more forgetful.

Here are a few tips to help get the flossing routine to stick:

  • Keep the floss next to their toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Place a checklist next to the sink so they remember each step - use pictures clues for non-readers
  • Hang a calendar in the bathroom and let your child check off or place a sticker each day after they floss.
Just remember, every child is different and your plan may need adjustments for other children in the home.

If you want to learn more about your child’s teeth or have a concern about their oral hygiene routine, please contact your North Scottsdale pediatric dentist, Dr. Noel Korf for more information.

7/8/2015 7:52:00 AM | Anonymous

Minerals and vitamins are the building blocks of our body's overall health and immune system. Calcium, for example, helps us grow strong bones and teeth, while potassium plays an important part in nerve function and muscle control. In a similar fashion, our teeth benefit from fluoride. 

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in the earth's crust and in foods such as fish, and tea. Fluoride is also added to treated water supplies, in addition to toothpaste and mouthwash. It strengthens developing tooth enamel during infancy and early childhood years. This typically happens before the teeth push through the gum tissue. Fluoride also helps strengthen the enamel found on permanent teeth, which reduces the effects of acidic bacteria on teeth and gums.

The benefits of fluoride have been extensively researched and documented since the early 1900's, when scientists discovered that a lack of fluoride in drinking water resulted in widespread tooth decay and gum disease. 

Modern Fluoride Treatment

Today, fluoride is an active ingredient in virtually every toothpaste on the market and can be found in many over-the-counter mouthwashes. According to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, 200 million people receive fluoridated water, and over 13 million children take part in a school-based fluoride mouth-wash program. As a result, tooth decay has declined and is considered to be a preventable condition for most people.

  • Dentists use concentrated fluoride treatments  when treating a variety of dental conditions, such as gum disease
  • Cracked teeth
  • Untreated cavities
  • Exposed roots
  • Dry mouth
Fluoride treatment is typically included during regular dental cleanings, particularly for patients with poor oral hygiene and diet, immune-suppressing illnesses, extensive prior dental work, or those who haven’t had a thorough dental cleaning in a while.

If you have any questions, or you would like to know more about concentrated and intensive fluoride therapy, please contact North Scottsdale pediatric dentist, Dr. Noel W. Korf. Fluoride education and treatment are incorporated into his preventive education and care procedures for the area’s youth. Instilling good dental habits and understanding of oral health is a large part of his practice. Visit for more information about pediatric dental services in North Scottsdale.

6/4/2015 5:25:00 PM | Anonymous

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