Do you need a dentist for children near me in Lincoln, NE?

 We are not pediatric dentists but love providing dental care for kids.

We know finding a dentist for your child can be challenging and that’s why we are here to help. In our article we’ll cover:

-What should I look for when choosing a dentist for children near me?

-How can children’s poor dental care affect their health?

-What is a pediatric dental emergency?

-How do I choose a dentist for children and my family?

At Nebraska Family Dentistry, we accept patients of all ages. If you are searching for a gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE, we have seven locations throughout the city that provide dental care to your child no matter their age. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, we know that many adult patients who have dental anxiety have had negative childhood experiences in the dental office. It is important to create positive experiences for children, which will help ensure that they are comfortable receiving treatment as adults.

At Nebraska Family Dentistry, our children’s dentists are gentle, friendly, and enthusiastic about working with kids. We love children and family dentistry. We love educating kids and parents about how to care for their teeth and want to help them keep their smile healthy for a lifetime. Take time to search and find “a dentist for children near me in Lincoln, NE.” You’ll be glad you did!

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Finding a Friendly Dentist for Children in Lincoln, NE

In Lincoln, there are many options available for a “children’s dentist near me,” but it is important to find a provider that both you and your children feel comfortable with. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, we are skilled in creating a friendly and positive atmosphere for you and your child(ren). Staying consistent with routine cleanings and checkups will not only help improve your child’s health, but will ensure they feel comfortable in the dental office.

The Importance of Dental Care and Seeing Dentist for Children in Lincoln, NE

Having healthy teeth will help keep the entire body healthier. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that tooth decay is the most common infectious childhood illness in the US. Cavities not only affect the teeth, but harbor harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria can enter the bloodstream and lead to serious health complications if untreated. Having regular checkups with your children’s dentist near me will improve your child’s overall well-being not to mention it will help identify and treat any dental problems. Likewise, it is beneficial for educating parents and kids about how to care for their teeth and develop good dietary habits.

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Dentist for Children in Lincoln, NE on Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies:

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Advice on Knocked Out Tooth

Try to retrieve the tooth if it is possible. If it is a baby tooth, place it in a container of milk, salt water or the patient’s saliva. If these are unavailable, use water. Is this a permanent tooth? Take care not to touch the root and carefully insert the tooth back in place. Go to your local children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE immediately. If you do not have a children’s dentist near me, simply search for “a dentist for children near me in Lincoln, NE” to find a dentist that can help your child.

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Advice on Broken Tooth

Gently clean dirt or debris from the injured area with an antiseptic oral cleanser. Place an ice pack or cold compress on the face in the area of the injured tooth to minimize swelling. If the tooth has created a sharp edge, cover with paraffin (wax) to prevent lacerations to the gums or cheek. See your local children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE immediately.

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Advice on Bitten Lip or Tongue

Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area for 15 to 20 minutes using sterile gauze. Rinse with an oral cleanser to alleviate bleeding and clean the wound. If the swelling is present, apply an ice pack or cold compress. If bleeding continues, go to a hospital emergency room.

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Advice on Canker or Mouth Sore

Canker sores are small white wounds inside the mouth on the cheek, gums, or tongue. They can be caused by cheek biting, vigorous tooth brushing, burns from hot foods and irritation from braces or dentures. The bubbling action of an oxygenating cleanser removes food particles and other irritants from the sore. Colgate Orabase Soothe-N-Seal liquid can provide long-lasting relief. As it seals, the liquid transforms to a thin, flexible protective barrier over the affected area, sealing off the nerve endings for hours — so you can eat and drink without the discomfort. If you are unsure about what may work, contact a children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE.

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Advice on Toothaches 

Rinse mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any food trapped between the teeth, then rinse. If there’s swelling, place an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of the cheek (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off). Do not use heat. An aspirin or aspirin substitute may be taken orally to relieve discomfort. Do not place directly on gum tissue as this may result in a burn. See your local children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE as soon as possible.

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Advice on Object Wedged between Teeth

Try to remove the object with dental floss as well as rinsing vigorously with water to remove any remaining particles. Do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. If you can’t remove it, see your local children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE.

CAQs for Children’s Dentist in Lincoln, NE

What causes bad breath in kids?
Your dentist for children answers…

What causes bad breath in kids?

Bad breath can have a variety of causes, from tonsillitis to untreated tooth decay. Most common reasons are dry mouth and erupting teeth.

Giving kids a good probiotic. water and making sure they brush/ floss daily will usually fix the problem with a bad breath.

If your child is suffering from chronic bad breath, please call our children’s dentists and schedule a checkup. Your children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE can evaluate the health of the teeth and gums of your child as well as provide advice for improving oral hygiene at home, which can be a daunting task for some parents.

What are some home remedies to help get rid of bad breath?

Teaching your child to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can greatly reduce bad breath. Cleaning the tongue by gently brushing it each day, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and staying hydrated can help reduce bad breath as well. Oil pulling using coconut oil may help reduce bacteria present in the mouth. Make sure you see your children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE regularly for cleanings and checkups to prevent and treat any dental conditions that can contribute to bad breath.

Why do they put caps on baby teeth?

If a child has a large cavity it is a good idea to place a crown if the tooth will be retained for a few years or more. This is because placing large fillings in baby teeth is rarely successful since baby teeth do not have as much enamel as permanent teeth. For fillings to stay in a tooth it is important to have adequate bonding to enamel for good retention. Crowns provide a stronger restoration for weaker baby teeth with extensive decay.

Are crowns necessary on baby teeth?

This is a great question that many parents ask their children’s dentist. Some children experience severe tooth decay at a very early age, which can be well before their primary teeth are ready to come out naturally. Saving baby teeth is important in the growth and development of the permanent teeth. If baby teeth are removed too early, the adjacent teeth will shift into the missing space, which ends up leaving the new permanent tooth with inadequate space for normal growth patterns. This leads to orthodontic complications.

Do silver crowns contain mercury?

Stainless steel crowns do not have mercury in them. They are made of an alloy consisting of chromium, nickel, and iron. If your child has nickel allergy os sensitivity, those crowns will not work for your child.

What are sealants for teeth?

Sealants are a resin material that flow easily and are bonded directly to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of permanent molars. This material creates a smooth surface, which makes it less likely that bacteria will become trapped in the grooves and cause decay. Essentially, it creates a smooth surface that is easier for kids to brush at home and prevents them from developing cavities on their back teeth.

Are dental sealants safe for children?

The sealant material itself is made of a BPA-free liquid resin material that is cured with LED light. The material is considered safe and is an effective method of prevention of dental cavities on the chewing surface of permanent molars.

When should my child get sealants?

Many children’s permanent molars develop with deep pits and grooves which is a feature of normal tooth anatomy. Children with deep grooves are at a higher risk of developing cavities on the chewing surfaces of the teeth as it is very difficult to effectively clean such narrow spaces. Sealants can be applied by your children’s dentist after the eruption of the first molars that children usually have between the ages of 6-8 as well as the second molars which erupt around age 12-14. Sealants help to create a smooth surface that is easier for kids to brush on their own.

When my children come to the office I do not want them to have any Fluoride. Is that ok with your office?

The decision is ultimately up to you.

Are sealants worth it?

Sealants help prevent decay which can be costly to treat in many cases. The procedure is generally covered under many insurance plans for kids as a preventive treatment. The cost out-of-pocket for parents without insurance is relatively low compared to the cost of fillings.

Can sealants come off?

Kids who grind their teeth heavily or chew ice or hard candies are less likely to keep their sealants intact. Many adult patients in their 20’s still have sealants on their teeth that were placed during childhood. If they are cared for properly, sealants have a potential to last for many years .

Do pacifiers ruin baby teeth?

Many children who continue to use a pacifier or have a finger or thumb habit past the age of 4 years old are more likely to experience obstruction of normal palatal and anterior tooth development. These children are prone to a buck-tooth appearance which can affect the eruption patterns of their permanent teeth as well. Some children with this habit may also have an “open bite” which occurs when the upper front teeth are flared outwards and do not touch the bottom teeth when biting down. Pacifiers and thumb habits should be stopped by age 4 to avoid problems with permanent teeth development. Your children’s dentist can provide you with suggestions to help stop this habit. To read more about this topic, follow our blog by clicking the link below.

What to do for teeth grinding in children? Is there a children’s dentist near me that can help?

Children’s dentists get this question often. Many children grind their teeth which is a normal part of growth and development. Often this occurs during the night as they are sleeping. This is a normal part of losing baby teeth. Often kids feel pressure in the jaw as the permanent teeth develop. There is no need for a night guard until the permanent teeth are all erupted. If the tooth grinding continues into teenage years, it is possible that the child would benefit from wearing a night guard.

What is the top toothpaste for getting rid of bad breath in kids?

Most children’s dentists recommend using a small amount of regular fluoridated toothpaste at least once daily. It does not matter which toothpaste is used, but how thoroughly the teeth are brushed and flossed. Some toothpastes contain ingredients that are antimicrobial, but the ultimate benefit your child can receive is from mechanical removal-by brushing away the plaque. It is a good idea to have regular checkups with your children’s dentist in Lincoln, NE to identify and treat any tooth decay or other dental problems that lead to chronic bad breath.

Where can I find a dentist for children and families near me in Lincoln, NE?

We have five locations with friendly family and children’s dentists in Lincoln, NE. You can search “children’s dentist near me” or click the link below to find a location near you.

All of our dentists at Nebraska Family Dentistry are gentle and compassionate dentists for kids and families. They will help create a positive experience for your kids at any of our five locations throughout Lincoln. To read more about our dentists for kids and families, click the link below.

Children's Dental Health

Nebraska Family Dentistry Children’s Dentist  and Education in Our Community

All year long we would like to take time to teach children about good dental habits that would contribute to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

We truly believe that attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. 

Please let us know if you’d like us to speak to your school at any time during the year. We have a fun and interactive presentation including handouts prepared by one of our children’s dentists. This presentation is interactive and gets kids motivated to take good care of their teeth. Please contact our main office at (402) 467-1000 if you’d like to arrange a school visit. Our dentists for children and dental professionals would love to educate your child so that they can have a happy, healthy smile.

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The information on this page was written by Dr.Lauren Albin

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentist says: “I love making beautiful smiles. I think I resonate so much with this aspect of dentistry, because of my personal life-change after years of orthodontic treatment. It’s amazing how much dental work and positive experience can brighten someone’s smile and boost their confidence. My favorite moments are when patients who rarely smile, leave the office beaming from ear to ear, saying they’ve never been so happy or confident. I also love pediatric dentistry, because kids are fun and I love creating a positive and fun atmosphere for kiddos.

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist, or her partners, online 24/7 at a Nebraska Family Dentistry Location near you. This children’s and family dentist serves the local communities close to Lincoln. Some of the communities include Waverly, Davey, Raymond, Garland, Ceresco, Greenwood, and Malcolm, Roca, Bennet, Firth, Crete, Hickman, and many more!

Health Oriented Community Events

We Do Health Fairs, School Visits, and Community Work All Year Long.

Kid’s Dental Health Presentations

School visits to educate kids on the importance of Dental Health.

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Kids Health Fairs

Helping kids learn the power of keeping teeth clean and happy. Also, providing Free Kindergarten Checks.

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Yearly Candy Buy Back Program

Helping kids make some money by selling their leftover Halloween candy.

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Tooth Fairy Visits

Daycare Centers to educate those that are the youngest on the importance of Health Care.

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