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Helpful Tips to Triumph with Oral Hygiene in Children

November 7, 2016

Every single second of every single day there is forces among us that seek to destroy the precious enamel covering out sparkly white teeth. The harmful germs that promote tooth decay, if left unchecked, will not stop until every last tooth in our mouths has rotted to their cores. With such a formidable foe all around us, we must always be on the top of our game to overcome its effects. To start, we must teach our children how to protect their teeth and gums. Here are some helpful tips to triumph with oral hygiene in children:

The Halloween Treats that Are Good and Bad for Your Teeth

October 18, 2016

If you want a smile-healthy Halloween in Harker Heights, TX, then it’s important to keep up on oral hygiene and only choose the treats that are better for your teeth and gums while you trick or treat.

To help you pick the best candies for your smile, our Killeen Children’s Dental Center team has provided these lists that include the good and bad treats for your teeth:

Helping Your Child Stay Current on Their Smile Health

September 13, 2016

At Killeen Children’s Dental Center in Harker Heights, Texas, Drs. James Shoptaw, Roden-Johnson, and Jeff Gregerson know how vital routine dental checkups are to determine if your child is experiencing an undiagnosed chronic oral condition. Why does this matter? Children with chronic dental pain may not always tell you (or even be able to tell you) what is happening.

More than one-half of all children aged 5-9 years have at least one cavity or filling in their smile. If your child has a painful tooth or chronic dental problem, it can lead to difficulty eating, speaking and concentrating, and may even cause your child to miss school. The only signs that something is wrong might be that they appear anxious, depressed or tired.

Our dentists at Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Neal H. Smith and Dr. Amy B. Smith, can help you decide how often your child should be seen for a dental checkup. At their visit, we will assess the following:

— Your child’s eating habits.
— How well your child’s teeth are maintained.
— Any past treatment your child has received and what their current needs are.
— Whether your child drinks fluoridated water.
— Any factors that may indicate susceptibility to oral diseases.

Remember, most children can begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, although they will still require supervision until they are about 10-11 years old. You will need to continue flossing your child’s teeth until they are around ten years old, as flossing is a skill which takes longer to master than brushing, as your child develops manual dexterity.

At Killeen Children’s Dental Center, your child’s oral health is important to us, and routine dental checkups will help us give your child a healthy, confident smile! Please call our experienced team in Harker Heights, TX, at (254) 262-3131 to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Neal H. Smith and Dr. Amy B. Smith.


Is Invisalign® Right for Your Teen’s Smile?

August 9, 2016

At Killeen Children’s Dental Center in Harker Heights, Texas, Drs. James Shoptaw, Roden-Johnson, and Jeff Gregerson are pleased to offer Invisalign® aligners for our patients seeking a straighter smile. If you have a teen who needs a straighter smile but doesn’t want the inconvenience of wearing braces, they might be the perfect candidate for the Invisalign system.

With the Invisalign system, we use a series of custom-made clear aligners from computer-generated plastic. These aligners are removable, so your teen can continue to eat and drink their favorite foods and beverages without worrying about harming or staining their plastic trays. Every two weeks your child will be changing aligners, which work to gradually place their pearly whites where they need to be.

Another benefit to these clear plastic aligners is that they can give your teen a straighter smile without using metal brackets and wires used in traditional orthodontic treatments. Our aligners are comfortable to wear without causing abrasions to sensitive mouth tissues, unlike metal braces.

Our Invisalign system is ideal for our patients who wish to align their smile with minimally invasive and virtually invisible treatment. If your teen’s teeth are currently crowded, crooked, have gaps or bite issues, they may benefit from our Invisalign system!

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. James Shoptaw, Roden-Johnson, or Jeff Gregerson, in Harker Heights, Texas, we invite you to give us a call at (254) 262-3131 today!