Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist Cleburne, TX - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick

Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Julie Colwick
Pediatric Dentist Pre and Post Op Care

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Local Anesthesia

If your child has received numbing medication for his/her dental care, the lips, tongue, and cheeks may feel numb for up to two (2) hours afterward. Please observe him/her carefully and discourage touching, sucking, or chewing of the numb areas. Lips, which are chewed, can take up to a week to heal; therefore parents MUST watch for and discourage chewing.

Only very soft foods (where chewing is not required) and liquids are recommended if your child is hungry. After two (2) hours are past, any foods except sticky foods are allowable.

Youngsters generally do not like the feeling of anesthesia, and often tell parents “it hurts”, because they do not know any other way to express the ballooning, tingling feeling of being numb. Rest assured that nothing will be hurting during that two (2) hour window.

Crowns or Fillings

If your child has received fillings or crowns, you can usually expect numb lips. Occasionally, children have gum sensitivity, redness, or slight bleeding after white fillings or stainless steel crowns have been placed.

Nerve Treatments

If your child has had a nerve treatment done, please review the “Discomfort” instructions above if necessary. Usually children are more comfortable after nerve treatments than adults.

Extractions

If your child has a tooth (or teeth) removed, bleeding is common. Have your child bite (pressure) on gauze or paper towel to control and slow the bleeding. If the gauze becomes soggy, replace it with another and have your child bite. Slight oozing and staining of the saliva is normal and can be expected today (especially after drinking, eating, or sleeping). Moderate bleeding can be controlled by biting with pressure on gauze or a slightly moistened tea bag. If heavy bleeding occurs, please call the office. Remember, oozing may be normal for a day or two.

After the extraction your child will have numb lips. Avoid use of straws, pacifiers, bottles, and drinking of carbonated or hot beverages for 24 hours, as these can cause prolonged bleeding and/or pain. Treat the area gently. Cooler, softer foods are recommended, as they help stop oozing, swelling, and pain. Quieter activities without overheating are better for several hours after the extraction.

Sealants

By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since the covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered.

Your child should refrain from eating ice or hard candy, which tend to fracture the sealant. Regular dental appointments are recommended in order for your child's dentist to be certain the sealants remain in place.

The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth. A total prevention program includes regular visits to the dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the number of times sugar-rich foods are eaten. If these measures are followed and sealants are used on the child's teeth, the risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated.

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Sedation

Your child’s “balance” will be “off,” so activities should be closely monitored for up to six (6) hours. For this reason, we advise NOT sending you child to school or daycare. He/she needs to be at home with a responsible adult. Please choose activities that do not require gross motor skills, such as running, jumping, or aggressively playing. We recommend quiet, indoor activities such as watching movies, coloring, reading, or being read to. Please hold your child’s hand while walking to avoid stumbling or falls. DO NOT allow your child to overheat.

IMPORTANT: If your child falls asleep within six (6) hours of treatment, closely watch to make sure his/her head doesn’t slump or tuck down to the chest (this is especially important on the car ride home). Having the head/neck up and back will facilitate strong breathing.

Discomfort

If your child complains of discomfort after the dental appointment, please give your child Motrin or Advil (Ibuprofen) by weight recommendations on the bottle. If your child cannot tolerate this medicine, Tylenol is an acceptable alternative. DO NOT give Aspirin. It may take up to an hour for discomfort to be alleviated after taking medicine. If discomfort is severe or persists, call our office.

Oral Discomfort After a Cleaning

A thorough cleaning unavoidably produces some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. This is not due to a "rough cleaning" but, to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend the following for 2-3 days after cleaning was performed:

  1. A warm salt water rinse 2-3 times per day. (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water)
  2. For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil or Motrin as directed by the age of the child.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if the discomfort persists for more than 7 days or if there are any questions.

Care of the Mouth After Trauma

  • Please keep the traumatized area as-clean-as possible. A soft wash cloth often works well during healing to aid the process.
  • Watch for darkening of traumatized teeth. This could be an indication of a dying nerve (pulp).
  • If the swelling should re-occur, our office needs to see the patient as-soon-as possible. Ice should be administered during the first 24 hours to keep the swelling to a minimum.
  • Watch for infection (gum boils) in the area of trauma. If infection is noticed - call the office so the patient can be seen as-soon-as possible.
  • Maintain a soft diet for two weeks.
  • Avoid sweets or foods that are extremely hot or cold.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to follow the prescription as directed.

Please call our office if you have any problems or questions related to your child’s treatment.

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