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Children's Dentistry in Tulsa, OK

At Glisten Dental, all of our patients are treated with the utmost gentle, compassionate care. That being said, children are not just pint-sized adults. We understand that your children have special needs, that their view of dental care may be far different from that of our adult patients. It is our goal to create positive dental experiences for our young patients, so that they are encouraged to take care of their teeth at home, and not be afraid to visit our office for regular examinations and cleanings. We use age-appropriate techniques and language, making it easy for children to understand the nature of teeth and gums, and the importance of oral care.

Creating Positive Dental Experiences for Children

Visiting Glisten Dental with your child is encouraged. This allows a non-treatment meeting in which children can see our friendly team at work. Additional steps can be taken at home before dental visits to promote positive feelings in your child.

Children often take on the perspective of their parents. When your child sees you positive about seeing the dentist, there is no reason for anxiety to occur. Telling stories that frighten children has the opposite effect.

Children do not require full disclosure to visit the dentist. While it is important to maintain dental visits, and tell your child when visits will take place, it is not necessary to tell your child what will occur beyond the basics. We have ways to communicate with children when treatments such as dental fillings are needed; assuring their peace of mind is protected.

When you do talk about visiting the dentist, remaining positive is essential to your child's peace of mind. Your peace of mind comes from feeling confident in your child's dentist. We invite you to visit our office to meet our staff!

Dr. Nauman is an experienced Tulsa dentist who understands that child patients may feel anxious about dental care. Our team keeps this in mind when serving the needs of our young patients. It is our goal to make dental visits fun and productive, leaving children with positive feelings.

Your family is in good hands at Glisten Dental. Contact us for your dental check-up today.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are considered a protective paint that fills the natural grooves on tooth surfaces. In filling these grooves with sealant, the tooth is better protected against bacteria that could linger in these hard to reach places. Our sealants are BPA-free and completely painless to receive.

Brain Pad Mouthguards

which provide a higher level of protection than standard mouthguards. Those fitted by Dr. Angie protect the upper and lower arches, and reduce the impact on the lower jaw, TMJ, and base of the brain by as much as 40%, thus decreasing the risk of TMJ injuries and concussions.

Custom, pressure-laminated mouthguards, crafted from several layers of material for the ultimate protection against sports injuries. With the specific form of production used in our office, one of the few in Tulsa to do so, these mouthguards hold their shape, fit, and thickness for extended periods of time. Durable and comfortable, our custom mouthguards can even be fabricated with team colors and team logos.

Diagnosing and Treating Tongue Tie in Tulsa, OK

To determine whether or not a baby has a restricted frenum, Dr. Nauman simply checks under the tongue to feel if there is a barrier. Other outward signs that may indicate a baby is tongue-tied include:

  • Failure to gain weight
  • Fussiness after feed, as sign that a baby may still be hungry
  • A shallow latch-on
  • Loud clicking sounds while breastfeeding

If any of these symptoms are present, then a frenectomy will likely be recommended. Using a dental laser, Dr. Nauman detaches the frenulum from the tongue. A topical anesthetic is usually sufficient and the procedure is quick—only about five minutes. The sooner we perform a frenectomy the sooner your baby will be able to adequately move his tongue to breastfeed and swallow.

If a baby doesn’t have a frenectomy, then complications may develop as they grow into childhood, adolescence and adulthood. These include:

  • Trouble with brushing and flossing
  • Increased risk of cavities
  • Speech difficulties
  • Orthodontic problems

Treating Tongue Tie in Tulsa, OK

The mother-child bond begins long before a baby is born and then increases dramatically with that first wailing cry after birth. A mother’s instinctive urge to care and nurture is almost immediate. Mother Nature accommodates this emotional drive through a physical manifestation: breastfeeding. For many years, breastfeeding—or nursing—was not favored; infant formula was the preferred method of feeding during the better part of the 20th century. However, in the 1970s when natural childbirth came back into fashion, so did breastfeeding.

Most infants and babies have no problem with breastfeeding, even though sucking on a baby bottle is easier and delivers milk more quickly. However, approximately four percent of babies are born with a restricted frenum, medically known as ankyloglossia and also called tongue-tie or lip-tie. In this case, the lingual frenulum that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth us attached too close to the tip of the tongue. As a result, a baby is unable to nurse well.

To nurse, a baby’s tongue holds the mother’s nipple against the roof of his or her mouth and the tip of the tongue presses against the roof of the mouth, followed by the middle section and finally the rear of the tongue. This somewhat rocking motion is what draws milk from the breast.

A baby with tongue tie, however, is not able to move his tongue sufficiently, and therefore the infant is not able to latch onto the breast properly. Unable to latch on, a baby often does not get enough milk and sometimes swallows air instead.

Self-esteem Concerns

Although a frenectomy can be performed on a patient of any age, Dr. Nauman prefers to perform the procedure during infancy in order to avoid these negative consequences. After a frenectomy, recovery is relatively quick. Breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact are helpful and comforting. If your baby seems to be experiencing unusual discomfort, then acetaminophen can be given. A word of caution: ibuprofen is not recommended for babies who are less than two months of age.

Call Glisten Dental to learn more about a Children's Dentistry in Tulsa, OK. Our office is happy to treat patients from Bixby, Sand Springs, Jenks, Sapulpa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Okmulgee, and all surrounding communities.

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