Frisco Kid’s Dentistry helping children smile for a lifetime
Congratulations on taking the first steps toward your child’s healthy smile! That smile can last a lifetime, and Frisco Kid’s Dentistry is here to help you!
Pediatric dentistry is the practice of teaching comprehensive oral health care for children from birth through adolescence. It is our goal to be a partner with parents in establishing a good foundation of healthy habits. Children who have a positive dental experience at a young age are likely to have a favorable outlook toward dental care throughout their lives.
Our goal is to assist parents in beginning good oral habits for their children at a very early age. Our highly trained staff understands that a visit to the dentist may be overwhelming not only for the children, but parents as well. We do our best at making patients and parents fell comfortable during every step of the process. Parents can help by being completely natural and easy going when it comes time for children’s dentist appointments. Prevention is priority!
What you need to know about making an appointment
Call Frisco Kid’s Dentistry at 214-618-5200 to schedule an appointment. We strive to be on time for all appointments, but please be aware that an emergency may occur that causes a slight delay. Children in pre-school and elementary grades are usually seen in the morning. Late afternoon appointments are reserved for middle and high school age patients. School absence forms will be provided if needed.
Your appointment is specifically reserved for your child. Please allow a 24-hour notice for cancellation so that your appointment may be made available to another patient.
What to expect during your first visit
- Examine teeth for cavities.
- Examine gums for infection.
- Look for other mouth abnormalities.
- Evaluate occlusion, the way teeth come together.
- Check for sufficient room for permanent teeth.
- Determine effects of childhood habits (thumb sucking, pacifiers, bottles, etc.)
- May take x-rays to locate decay, infections, position and location of teeth.
- Evaluate and review brushing, flossing, fluoride and diet tips.
- Developing a plan to keep your child cavity free!
Child Friendly Terms
At Frisco Kids Dentistry our goal is to make every appointment as fun and easy as we can. Nothing makes us happier than when our patients tell their parents that they are excited to come back and see us. As a parent, you are a vital part of the team to help make his/her appointment successful. To limit any anxiety that your child might have about the appointment, we want to use child friendly terms to explain the instruments and procedures that may be involved. Here is a list of terms that we have found will allow you to explain what will happen at your child’s appointment without overwhelming them.
Instead of… Child Friendly Term…
Examination – Count teeth
Radiographs or x-rays – Pictures
Explorer or sharp instrument – Tooth counter
Suction – Mr. Thirsty or Thirsty Straw
Cavities/Decay – Sugar Bugs
Fluoride treatment – Tooth vitamins
Laughing gas/Nitrous Oxide – Magic air
Shot or use a needle – Bubble or Spray sleepy juice
Mouth prop – Tooth chair or pillow
Rubber dam – Raincoat or Tooth trampoline
Clamp Tooth ring
Drill/Hand piece – Tooth whistler/ Tooth washer
Fillings/Restorations – Paint or polish
Pull or yank the tooth -Wiggle the tooth
Topical anesthetic – Tooth jelly
Numb – Tooth is sleeping/taking a nap
Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have!
Continued dental care for children
Because children grow so quickly and changes in the mouth occur rapidly, it is important that teeth are cleaned and examined usually every six months. Good dental health depends upon good habit, including proper brushing, regular visits, and healthy diet. Frisco Kid’s Dentistry will help determine the best oral health care routine for your child. Research has shown that if a child receives four preventative visits before the age of three years old, early childhood cavities is greatly reduced.
Tips for healthy teeth in your child
Here are some easy tips to follow in-between visits to the dentist. Following these teeth tips will help ensure an “A+” report the next time you visit”
- Ask your pediatric dentist to help you assess your child’s diet.
- Shop smart! Do not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks.
- Buy “fun food” just for special times.
- Limit the number of snacks; choose nutritious snacks.
- Provide a balanced diet, and save foods with sugar or starch mealtimes.
- Don’t put your young child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice.
- If your child chews gum or sips soda, choose those without sugar.
- Floss on a regular basis.
- Have sealants applied when appropriate.
- Brush effectively twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Be careful your child does not swallow toothpaste after brushing. Too much fluoride can cause a condition called enamel fluorosis.
- Assure proper fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products or fluoride supplements.
Paul I. Rubin, DDS, PA
Dr. Rubin received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1999. In addition to his four years of dental training, Dr. Rubin elected to spend another two years of training in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Rubin opened Frisco Kid’s Dentistry in 2001.
Frisco Kid’s Dentistry offers specialized and comprehensive dental care for infants, children and adolescents, with a primary focus on prevention. Dr. Rubin can provide various treatment methods for all children, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas for the anxious patient), oral conscious sedation, intravenous sedation (performed by a pediatric anesthesiologist), and general anesthesia (performed at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, with the supervision of pediatric anesthesiologists).
Frisco Kid’s Dentistry believes a key ingredient in maintaining good health is parental involvement. Please give us a call if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.