Children's Dental Services for Guntersville, Albertville, Arab and surrounding areas.
We love kids — that’s why we call our pediatric program Total Dental Care 4 Kids! We want all children to grow up with healthy teeth and gums, and part of that equation is happy, fun dental visits!
We see children as young as three years old, and most treatment can be performed right here in our office. Occasionally, we will refer them to a pediatric specialist for complex procedures, but most of the time, we can do everything here. Here are more details about our pediatric services and kid-focused activities.
At Total Dental Care 4 Kids, we make our young patients feel special from the time they arrive in our “No Cavity Clubhouse”. We have television, toys, a train table, color pages for our art wall, and a chalkboard wall for them to draw on. We have kid-friendly snacks as well, so if you’re coming straight from school, they can have a small snack before their visit. When kids get a good checkup (no cavities), they get to put their name on the wall in the Clubhouse. We also have a fun “treasure chest” of toys to choose from after each visit. And for mom and dad, we have free WIFI and a phone charging station in the lobby!
First Pediatric Exam – What To Expect
During the first part of your check up, the doctor will look at your face and neck. Your dentist will check for anything that looks out of the ordinary, like a bump or swelling. Next, your dentist will check your bite, jaws, lips, cheeks, tongue and gums. They will also check to see if sealants will be helpful to you.
After checking your bite, your dentist will check inside your mouth. First, they start by gently checking your teeth for any cavities or other problems. Your dentist will also check on how you are brushing and flossing your teeth at home and give you some tips on correct brushing and flossing techniques.
X-rays are used by your dentist to see things inside your mouth that your eyes alone can’t. Your dentist may use x-rays to view your baby and permanent teeth to watch their growth, or to check for cavities that are harder to see. Your dentist may also use x-rays to check your gums and jaw bone. Not everyone needs x-rays, so your dentist will decide whether they are necessary and how many should be taken.
Pediatric Office Cleaning
Your dentist or a certified staff member will use what’s called a rotating toothbrush to clean the plaque from your teeth. After your teeth have been brushed your dentist may floss to remove any and all remaining plaque between your teeth. If necessary, to help harden your teeth and help fight future cavities, your dentist or dental staff member may apply a fluoride foam, solution or paint.
Pediatric Oral Hygiene Instructions
Obviously you can’t go to the dentist every day to have your teeth cleaned, so here are some tips on how you can keep your teeth strong and healthy at home. First, you should start by flossing your teeth to remove any food particles and plaque that may get stuck between them. The right way to floss is to wind the floss around both of your index fingers and gently push it in between each of your teeth in your mouth. Make sure to freely move the floss up and down to get out any food that might be stuck.
After flossing you should brush your teeth. You should put a small amount of toothpaste on a soft toothbrush and hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Then gently rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a backward and forward circular motion. Be sure to also get the top surfaces of your teeth where you chew. Lastly, it’s important to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion.
At Total Dental Care 4 Kids, we recommend you see your dentist for check-ups at least twice a year.
Total Dental Care 4 Kids Events
We host lots of special events for kids throughout the year, so they can get to know their dental team outside of the treatment room.
Summer Fun Day
We have a “Summer Fun Kids’ Day” every summer, with inflatables outside, snow cones, balloons, face-painting and more.
In October, we have “Trunk-or-Treat at TDC” where kids can play games and win prizes in the parking lot. We also have a bouncy house, cotton candy machine and more!
Santa & Mrs. Claus
In December, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Clubhouse where kids can have their photo taken with Santa, then stay for Christmas crafts and snacks.