Do you remember going to the dentist when you were a kid? How was your experience? Was it fun and rewarding? Or scary and painful? Unfortunately, for many of us, it leans toward the latter. At Magnolia Family Dentistry, we know how important these early experiences are in forming healthy habits and positive feelings about dental care. That’s why we do everything we can to ensure your child’s first dental visits are anything but scary. Many of our littlest patients actually look forward to coming back!
Oral hygiene is one of the most important factors when it comes to keeping a healthy smile and body, so we make education a priority for our patients who are just learning the ropes.
We’ll show them how to properly brush and floss their teeth so they feel more confident doing it themselves at home.
Our hygiene team is fun, friendly, and gentle to provide fear-free teeth cleanings to take care of any plaque or tartar they’ve left behind.
Regular oral exams are important to ensure their teeth and bite are developing properly. It’s much easier to catch and treat small problems before they progress and become much more difficult (and expensive) to treat later on.
You should bring your babe in to see Dr. Nels and our team around their second birthday. The sooner you get them comfortable in the dental chair, the easier it will be each time.
In a perfect world, brushing and flossing would be enough to prevent tooth decay, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Tooth decay is the #1 most common disease among kids in America, and can lead to missed school days and developmental problems.
Thankfully, we have fluoride in our tool belt, which is a tried and true way to prevent decay and remineralize the teeth. They can even pick their favorite flavor… yum!
If all else fails and your little one is still suffering from decay—or you just want to ensure it doesn’t happen in the first place—we also provide dental sealants for kids. Sealants are a great way to prevent decay.
To apply sealants, we paint over every surface of the tooth to literally seal out decay-causing bacteria and acid, so you can have peace of mind and they can spend their time worrying about… you know, kid stuff!
Many folks don’t know they can get their child’s athletic mouthguard from their dentist—it’s true! And we highly recommend it, of course. Yes, you can buy stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards from the local sporting goods store, but only a custom mouthguard can provide the best fit and the highest level of protection against oral injuries. Custom mouthguards may even help minimize damage from concussions!
Custom mouthguards are a little pricier than store-bought, but you get what you pay for. This season, give your little athlete the comfort and protection they deserve with a custom mouthguard from Magnolia Family Dentistry.
If your little one isn’t so little anymore, and it’s time to consider straightening their smile, we would love to speak with you about Invisalign Teen®. Invisalign Teen clear aligners are flexible, removable, and virtually invisible so they can keep living their life—and letting their smile shine—throughout treatment.
With our digital imaging technology, the planning process is simple, and you don’t have to drive across town to see an orthodontist. We can manage their orthodontic and oral health needs all under one roof.
If your child is suffering from deep decay that’s reached its way into the tooth chamber, or you’ve noticed signs of infection, you should come see us right away. They may have an infection within the tooth that needs to be treated right away.
Dr. Nels can provide root canal therapy for baby teeth—also known as pulpectomies or pulpotomies—to comfortably and safely remove the infection, sterilize the chamber, and restore the tooth to health. Endodontic therapy can prevent the need for an extraction and save the tooth.
We do everything we can to avoid the need for extraction, but sometimes it becomes necessary. Maybe your child has a badly infected tooth that is beyond saving with endodontics, or endodontic treatment has failed. Maybe their teeth are too crowded or they have an improper bite.
Whatever the reason, rest assured they’re in skilled, caring, and gentle hands with Dr. Leaha Nels at Magnolia Family Dentistry. We use a topical anesthetic so they will hardly feel the injection, and we’ll give you post-op instructions to ensure their fastest and most comfortable recovery.
If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule a visit with your Midwest City children's dentist, Dr. Leaha Nels at Magnolia Family Dentistry, give us a call today or request an appointment online!
*Dr. Leaha Nels is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.