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Start The School Year With Healthy Mouths

  • August 9, 2016

Start The School Year With Healthy Mouths

It won’t be long now. Your mornings will be spent making sure your kids are dressed and ready for school.

You will ask this question more times than you can count, “Did you brush your teeth?”

And you will know by the look on your children’s faces what the answer is.

With the first day of school just around the corner, it might be a good time to call the dentist office Thomas J. Feder, DDS, before classes begin.

You can call to schedule a teeth cleaning today for yourself and your children. Wouldn’t it be nice to start the school year knowing your children’s teeth have been professionally cleaned?

More Than A Cleaning

Imagine it’s a month into the school year, and you get a message at work that your child’s school was trying to reach you. (That’s never a call that a parent wants to receive.)

Now imagine it’s a teacher or the school nurse telling you that your son or daughter has been complaining of a toothache.

If you come to our office now, you may be able to avert that future phone call. Our dental hygienist will give your children’s teeth and gums a complete cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar your children may have missed in spite of all the times they promised that they brushed their teeth.

Cleanings are an essential part of family dentistry, but we do more when you visit our office. We will watch for any changes in the alignment of your children’s teeth, and we will look closely for signs of tooth decay.

According to the American Dental Association, more than half of children will have a cavity between the ages of 5 and 9. If we see anything suspicious, we can address it now before the cavity grows and you get a call in a month about a toothache.

Even if your children’s teeth are fine, you will have peace of mind knowing they have been cleaning and polished by a dental professional.

While You Are Here

When you bring your children to our office for a cleaning is also a good time to ask about our additional preventive care options.

One thing we would recommend is dental sealants. Remember half of kids will develop a cavity. You can reduce the likelihood that your children will be one of them by putting a barrier between their teeth and the bacteria that cause cavities.

Dental sealants are made of a plastic that can be painted onto your children’s molars.

The molars are the larger, flatter teeth in the backs of our mouths. they are used for grinding out food. As a result, they are exposed to that food longer than our other teeth, which can make them more vulnerable to tooth decay.

When the sealants are applied, they cover the nooks where bacteria can hide. That helps to protect against cavities.

Now, your children should still brush and floss daily, but the sealants can add some extra protection for the times they “forgot” or they eat too many sweets.

Comfortable Care

Thomas J. Feder, DDS, and the rest of our staff knows that going to the dentist may not be on your family’s favorite things to do list. We also know that some patients are anxious or fearful of the dentist office.

To help, we have added amenities and incorporated technology into our practice.

Some patients are looking for a distraction while they are seated in the dentist’s chair. We mounted televisions in the ceiling above our comfortable chairs so you can focus on your favorite show while our professionals keep your teeth healthy.

Technology has affected our lives in countless ways. At the dentist office, one example of this is the addition of digital X-rays. This emits a fraction of the radiation of older X-ray machines, and the digital images are available almost instantly.

Another benefit for patients is that our digital X-rays don’t require holding an uncomfortable bite plate between your teeth as the images are made.

Needles are another reason many people are afraid of the dentist. Our VibraJect tool makes this process painless.

Before giving our patients anesthetic, the VibraJect gently vibrates against the soft tissues of their mouths. This vibration hides the sensation of the infection so your family won’t feel any pain during this process.

How To Make An Appointment

Our dentist office has been serving Belleville, IL, and the surrounding community for decades. To make an appointment for a cleaning or any of our other services, call 618-219-1412 or fill out our online form.

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