Pediatric Dentistry
November 17, 2017

How to Make Your Child’s First Visit to the Pediatric Dentist in Buford a Success!

Do you have tots with tiny teeth in your home, or are you expecting soon?  Are you a teacher, or caregiver for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers?  To prepare you, today we’re sharing 5 great tips to help ensure a great experience at your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist in Buford.

1. First Tooth or First Birthday = First Dental Check-Up Visit: Are you wondering when your child’s first dental visit should be? The best time to start taking children for dental checkups is either when their first tooth appears, or right around their first birthday.

While some pediatricians perform a basic check in the mouth, not all do, and dentists are trained to quickly and accurately identify any potential issues with the growth and development of the jaw and soft palate. Baby teeth are more porous and susceptible to decay, so early intervention is critical to help ensure those tiny teeth stay healthy.

2. Let’s Talk Teeth: It’s never too early to introduce children to tooth brushing and oral health. The best time to get started is before your child’s first dental visit. Many parents and caregivers love to teach children to point to their own eyes, nose, and belly button – why not add teeth and tongue to that list? Your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist in Buford will be easier as they become more comfortable with their mouth and teeth.

3. Practice Makes Perfect: Tooth brushing is an important part of our daily self-care, and just like other habits, babies and toddlers learn as they become more independent.  A great way to introduce toddlers to tooth brushing is for parents and siblings to brush their teeth together with little ones.

4. Your Attitude Matters: Babies and toddlers, just like older children, are very perceptive and sensitive to the attitudes and energy of those around them, and children often mirror our behavior.  When we are relaxed and happy, our children are more likely to be relaxed, too.  Children are also more relaxed when they are prepared, so spend time talking to children about visiting the dentist. You can also spend time reading about visiting the dentist and talking about what the dentist will do in a positive way.   Older siblings can also help in this area, to serve as a good role model and talk in a positive way about visiting the dentist for a check-up.

5. Choose A Great Dental Office That You Trust: Earlier we mentioned how important it is to have a positive attitude to help a little one feel more relaxed and comfortable.  The best way to ensure a positive experience is for YOU to have a positive experience, too.  That’s why it’s so important to select a dental office and provider that you trust and feel comfortable with.

Here are a few factors to consider when selecting the pediatric dentist in Buford that is right for your family.

  • Conveniently located near your home, school, or work – children are at their best when they are well rested.
  • We’re all busy, and it helps when you can find early morning, evening and even weekend appointment times that fit your schedule, including family appointments.
  • Dentists, hygienists and staff should not only have experience in pediatric dental techniques and services, but they should also love what they do, and it should show.
  • Dental check-ups don’t have to be scary. Child-oriented dental exam rooms, as well as positive behavioral reinforcement techniques and post-visit rewards are all great ways to help ensure that each office visit is a great success.

Is it time for your child’s visit to the pediatric dentist in Buford? With these tips in mind, prepare yourself and your child and then call our office to schedule an appointment.

Martial Arts Children
October 20, 2017

What Are The Benefits of Children’s Martial Arts?

Martial arts for children provide an opportunity to build social skills, friendships, and camaraderie with peers. They become part of a greater martial arts community, and there’s also the potential for mentorship from a trusted, positive instructor. Following are five more benefits.

1. Psychological Benefits: In a society that’s obsessed with pop-culture and celebrity, children’s martial arts provide a grounding environment for kids, girls especially! They receive many intellectual, social and emotional benefits that translate into other areas of life.

The structured, authoritative nature of traditional martial arts instills focus, self-control, listening skills, and discipline. Students bow and acknowledge instructors, but also to opponents before and after competing. This practice demonstrates respect, humility, and honor – character values that are hard to find in the images fed to our youth through media and elsewhere.

2. Physical Fitness and Skills: Martial arts can be a way for children to become physically fit and healthy. All of the particular styles incorporate conditioning into their training, in addition to learning the skills. The athletic abilities developed in martial arts carry over into other sports. These abilities include muscular strength, speed and agility, endurance, flexibility, coordination and balance.

Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Boxing and Wrestling are forms of martial arts that are also Olympic sports that children can participate in.

3. Self-Defense: There’s a special confidence that comes with being able to defend yourself. This is empowering regardless of gender. It may provide parents with some relief knowing that your child can hold his or her own if confronted with a situation where self defense is needed. Children’s martial arts help them to assert their physical strength. Some practices also employ loud, direct verbal communication and secure body language.

Bullies typically target those who seem passive or less of a challenge. When kids know that your child will speak up and throw down, it’s less likely that they’ll be tested.

4. Life Lessons: There are many valuable life lessons that children learn in martial arts. These lessons build character and provide experiences they can draw from as they mature. As with all sports, martial arts for kids present opportunities to be challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally and overcome adversity.

There’s no substitute for the experience of having to compete when you’re tired or seeing how you respond to an opponent who’s stronger or more skilled. The process of trying something new, learning the skills, practice and repetition, mistakes, losing, winning are all experiences that girls draw strength from throughout their lives.

Kids also learn the values of hard work, dedication, persistence, courage, and resilience. The tangible rewards for all of this are improved skills and being promoted to the next belt level.

5. Because it’s cool and fun! The popularity of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has inspired a generation of girls who probably wouldn’t have taken interest in martial arts. Her background as an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo adds mainstream appeal to the sport, especially among female athletes.

Martial arts provide a safe, controlled environment for kids to express this aggressive energy. If you’d like more information regarding how children’s martial arts can benefit your family, call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation!