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Top Tips for Your Child’s Dental Health

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Keeping your child healthy means adhering to a myriad of recommendations and following an expansive list of rules. We know it can be intimidating. However, paying attention to your child’s dental health can go a long way in protecting both their smile and their overall health. You may be familiar with the importance of brushing and flossing each day, but here are some other key rules to follow to keep your child’s smile at optimal health:

  • Schedule that first dental visit early. Medical and dental experts recommend that your child should have their first dental check-up at the time their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. This initial visit is designed to help them become comfortable in the dental office, educate the parent and screen for conditions that could cause problems later on.
  • Make it count. There is a reason that dentists suggest brushing for two minutes, twice a day. If your child learns this early, it will be easy for them to continue this brushing duration through their teens and adulthood. Get creative and play a game or song until two minutes are up. You can even explore dental apps for kids that have a built-in timer.
  • Fluoride is your friend. Your child’s teeth need fluoride. Make sure you choose fluoride toothpaste as well as discuss any additional fluoride needs your child may need.
  • Only water by the bed. Whether you have a baby or a teenager, there should only be water to reach for if they get thirsty during the night. Babies who take a bottle to bed (breast milk or formula) are at a much greater risk for tooth decay.
  • Don’t back off too soon. While your child may insist on brushing and flossing on their own, the task can be too difficult for a child who hasn’t developed the dexterity and coordination just yet. As a rule of thumb, don’t let your child go solo on their oral hygiene until they have learned to tie their own shoes.
  • Keep it positive. It’s your job to keep dental care a positive task and experience, especially when it pertains to preventative care. Waiting until your child is suffering from pain or might need a filling or extraction to visit the dentist can set them up for a negative association with dentistry for life.

If you feel guilty about your parental task thus far when it comes to your child’s dental health, don’t give up. It is never too late to seek the oral care your child needs to have a bright, healthy and confident smile.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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