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When it comes to picking a dentist, it seems like the choice should be easy. After all, a dentist is a dentist, right? And any dentist can see kids, so why not just take the whole family to the same dentist? Why see a Pediatric Dentist?

While it’s true that all dentists have received a high-quality dental education, have a doctorate degree and have passed state exams to be eligible to practice, it’s not true that all dentists are the same. Sure, all dentists are allowed and able to treat children, and most can. However, there are some reasons why picking a pediatric dentist is a good choice.

Have you ever met someone who didn’t love the sound of crying babies and rambunctious toddlers? We know. It’s hard to imagine. But there are people who prefer to spend their time around adults, especially those that are potty-trained, less likely to cry and don’t need a prize box to bribe them into cooperating.

This is true for dentists, too. Perhaps the most important things about a pediatric dentist, is that they have CHOSEN to work with children. Call us crazy, but we actually chose to spend two years in a dental residency specializing in pediatric dentistry, just so we can see your child!

This choice brings us to the next reason kids should see pediatric dentists. Education. Yes, all dentists are qualified and educated. However, pediatric dentists have two to three additional years of education, spent in a residential program specializing in pediatric dentistry, health, psychology and behavior management. By the time we finish this residency, we have usually seen everything from severe trauma to birth defects and extreme special needs- things that may not have been focused on in a traditional dental education.

Another key difference in a pediatric dentist versus a general or family dentist is the environment. We know that our audience is young children. Most pediatric dental offices, like Anderson Pediatric Dentistry, are kid-friendly. What does this mean? Aside from brighter colors, a kid-friendly waiting area and smaller instruments that fit better in a child’s mouth, the vibe of the office will be different. From a parent perspective, you don’t have to try to keep your child sitting quietly in a chair in the waiting room, or break into a cold sweat if they scream, cry and try to run out of the room. We’ve seen it all before. And remember, pediatric dentists and their staff choose to work in this environment!

Our schedules are designed to spend that extra time with each patient when they need time to settle down, or a little more explaining. Our staff is trained to help de-escalate and nurture and our goal is instilling life-long oral health care habits. Of course, a great treasure box doesn’t hurt, either! (Hey, we all like to be rewarded for great behavior!)

While the goal at a dentist office is always to provide top-notch quality dental care, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry’s goal is to make seeing the dentist a great experience. Our amazing staff is there because they love children. Our mission is to provide our patients, who are always children, a welcoming environment and a positive experience so that taking care of their teeth is less of a chore and more of a goal! Give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you, and your child, Something to Smile About!

 

 

According to Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll, the going rate for your child’s lost tooth has declined in the past year. Based on their latest yearly survey, the average dollar amount that children received for a tooth is $3.70, down from $4.13 in 2018. (Remember when you thought a $1.00 per tooth was awesome?!?) Interestingly enough, it appears that the tooth fairy’s value on teeth coincides with the general movement of the economy. In 14 of the past 17 years, the tooth fairy’s prices have tracked with the movement of Standard and Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500). It appears our famed Tooth Fairy may actually be a wise investor!

Economics aside, the Delta Dental poll also served to get valuable feedback on the Tooth Fairy and the role she plays in your child’s oral health. Of course, most kids only think of the Tooth Fairy as a chance to get some quick cash for a tooth they no longer need. But, it turns out that she may have some substantial influence on your child’s oral health habits. According to the answers given by parents in the survey, the Tooth Fairy is providing much more than a little spending money. Responses in the poll credited the Tooth Fairy with influencing these areas:

·        Joy: The Tooth Fairy gives kids something to be excited about, according to more than half of parents (56 percent).
 

·        Bedtime: Children go to bed early when leaving out a tooth say 30 percent of parents.
 

·        Savers: Children choose to save their Tooth Fairy earnings say nearly half of parents (48 percent).
 

·        Oral health: More than one-third of parents (34 percent) believe the Tooth Fairy instills good oral health habits.

 

While the Original Tooth Fairy Poll is meant for fun. It serves as a reminder that oral healthcare isn’t always boring or hard. Fun traditions, such as the Tooth Fairy, can incentivize kids to take better care of their teeth. Ownership and personal responsibility can be taught, as children realize that the Tooth Fairy prefers the healthy teeth over those with cavities. Even financial responsibility can be built into the equation by teaching children to save their money, or spend it wisely.

For more information and fun facts on the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, check out the website and take the poll at http://originaltoothfairypoll.com/.

Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants your child to be at the top of the Tooth Fairy’s list! If you are looking for a dental home for your child in Anderson, South Carolina and surrounding areas, give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!

 

In today’s world, we can often get overwhelmed by choices. Even when we have the best of intentions and try to research the best products, it often feels like there are just too many to choose from. Not surprisingly, the abundance of choices can even impact our toothbrush choice! It’s no longer just choosing whether you want a red one or a blue one, soft bristles or medium bristles. No, these days, you get to pick the size, the shape of the toothbrush, the amount of padding on the handle, the curvature of the bristles… the choices are endless. And that’s just for the manual toothbrushes. Move down the aisle and you can choose from battery-operated to self-charging, spin brushes, those with timers and even some that have real-time feedback! It’s kind of insane just how many types of toothbrushes there are.

Given the plethora of choices, is there really a “best toothbrush” out there?

In general, the best toothbrush is going to be the one that you are going to use! It’s no good having the latest app-syncing, data giving, self-brushing gadget, if it’s never going to leave your bathroom drawer. A regular, free toothbrush that you got from your last dental cleaning will be more useful if it’s the one you are more likely to actually use each day- twice a day.

So, while you may not need the latest, most advanced toothbrush, there are a few recommendations that Anderson Pediatric Dentistry recommends when choosing your next toothbrush.

1)     Stick to soft bristles. Soft bristled toothbrushes are the best for removing plaque and debris from both your teeth and the gumlines. They are also less damaging to your gums.

 

2)     Pick the best fit. Whether you like a square brush or triangle-shape, a padded handle or a plastic stick, the choice is yours. The main concern is to pick a size that allows you to reach all the areas of each tooth in your mouth. Smaller is often better, as it will allow you to get in tighter spaces. This is especially true for children, who require a smaller toothbrush head to be able to reach all the teeth in their mouth effectively.

 

3)     Seek Approval. Look for toothbrushes that have earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval to ensure its one that has undergone rigorous quality control tests for effectiveness and safety.

 

4)     It’s Your Choice. When it comes to manual or electric, it’s kind of like driving a car. Some prefer a stick shift and some can only drive an automatic. In the end, both cars can get you to your destination. And both types of toothbrushes can do a great job.

 

For some, an electronic toothbrush may be more effective and actually clean teeth better, particularly for those with limited manual dexterity or people that tend to brush too aggressively and damage their gums. Sometimes, the electronic toothbrushes can add a bit of excitement for children, encouraging them to brush more frequently and for longer.  But, if you like your manual toothbrush, as long as you brush well twice a day, for two minutes, reaching every surface of each tooth, you can get your teeth just as clean as the electronic brushes.

 

5)     Keep it fresh. Regardless of the type, you need a fresh toothbrush about every three months, or before if your toothbrush is frayed or showing signs of wear.

 

When it comes down to the choosing which toothbrush is right for you, there really isn’t a right or wrong. Choose the sparkly purple one with the triangle head or get the white and blue one with a square head. Or go all out and get the latest, techiest toothbrush out there. Just make sure that you use it to brush those teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, and you will have Something to Smile About!

Summer is here and the kids are out of school. If your kids are like mine, you won’t make it past the third day before you hear the dreaded words, “I’m BORED.” My wife tells the kids that “only boring people get bored.” The kids don’t like it, but the truth is, sometimes letting the kids be bored will encourage them to use their imagination to find something fun to do. Of course, no matter how creative they get, at some point, you are going to need some ideas for ways to pass the time. If you find yourself out of ideas and looking for some fun, free (or super cheap) activities to do with your kids this summer, we hope this list helps get you started.
 

1)     Go to a playground! There are lots of great playgrounds around town. Our favorite is the Kid Venture playground by the civic center, where you can take a break to feed the ducks and go on nature walks around the pond. We also love the Veterans Memorial Park in Pendleton with all its great climbing opportunities and abundant shade.


 

2)     The Splash Pad at Carolina Wren Park. Check the website for the times. (http://downtownandersonsc.com/carolina-wren-park/)

 

 

3)     Movies Under the Stars at Wren Park. On select Friday evenings, Wren Park will become a movie theater, showing your favorite family-friendly films. Pack your chairs and blankets and spend an evening under the stars. (http://downtownandersonsc.com/carolina-wren-park/)


 

4)     Michael’s Camp Creativity – Michael’s is offering you seven weeks of screen-free, creative fun. Children 3 and up can make a craft for $3. Classes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (https://www.michaels.com/camp-creativity)

 

 

5)     Home Depot Building Workshops- your kids can learn to swing a hammer, follow directions, paint and create at Home Depot’s building workshops for kids. These classes are free and every kids gets a craft to take home and a badge to iron on their Home Depot apron. (https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#store/1105)

 

 

6)     Mouse Hunt- Take your kiddos on a search for the Carolina Wrens downtown. See if you can find them all! (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b19bc7_4db6c8b188b44f1c92dc5ea714230cd0.pdf)


 

7)     AmStar Movies – Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, AmStar theater offers $4 kids movies. Each child gets a popcorn and drink and enjoys the movie of the week. (https://www.amstarcinemas.com/skf)

 

 

8)     Bowling – When you need a break from the oppressive heat, the bowling alley offers a couple of hours of air conditioned fun. Check the website for summer specials. (https://boulevardlanesanderson.com/jr-rock-n-bowl)


 

9)     Library Story Time- Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers will love the interactive story times at the Anderson County Library. They offer several times a week for different age groups. Make sure you take some books home to read, too!(http://www.andersonlibrary.org/events/events-for-kids/storytime-schedule/)

 

10)  Anderson Museum Events – The museum hosts a variety of different activities throughout summer and school year. Check their website for upcoming events. (https://andersoncountymuseum.org/dinosaur-club/)


 

11)  Anderson Mall KidsX Club – This kids club inspires children to explore the world through arts, crafts, educational experiences and playful activities. (https://kidxclub.com/)

Summer break is nearly here. You can feel the excitement in the air. No school, sleeping in, summer camps, spending time outside, swimming, time with friends. The beginning of summer is ripe with possibilities and Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants to make sure you have the best summer.

Of course, the best summer shouldn’t end with a trip to your pediatric dentist to get a bunch of fillings! Often times, the lack of routine and the drastic change in daily diets can have a negative effect on your child’s teeth. It’s easy to see how. A few mornings sleeping in and “forgetting” to brush teeth, combined with a few more sodas or sugary drinks throughout the hot days, ice pops constantly dripping on your child’s teeth, vacation car trips with sugary snacks- these are all easily imagined situations. And don’t forget the dental emergencies that may arise when the game of flag football turns into a tackle game or your daughter decides to perfect her triple front twist off the diving board!

But summer dental care doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow our Summer Dental Tips below to keep your child’s smile shining bright all summer long!

 





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