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Dr. Casey Crafton    •    (410) 381-5030


Holistic Pediatric Dentistry

Our team at Crafton Dental believes in taking a holistic approach with our young patients. We understand that their experiences with our office will shape their attitude towards dental care in the future. Dentistry is more then biannual office visits; it’s the development of positive daily habits along with making good food choices for oral health and overall health.

Child at Crafton Dental learning about holistic dentistry.

What does holistic mean in dentistry?

The term holistic can often bring a range of thoughts to mind; it is the approach of considering the whole body for overall health. The presence of bad bacteria and the development of decay not only impacts your child’s mouth, but it can also impact other areas of health as well. We educate our patients that cavities and tartar buildup should not be a normal stage of development in childhood; we can help your child reach adulthood without ever developing decay-causing cavities or caries. We offer preventive tools along with the education to have long term oral health. With the assistance and guidance of parents, we can be successful.

What can parents do to foster positive dental health?

There are several steps that a parent can take to foster a healthy approach to your child’s dental care. Dentistry begins when your child is developing in the womb, even at this stage of development, the tiny buds that will grow into your child’s teeth are dependent on obtaining the vitamins and minerals needed. Once your child is born, dentistry continues. We ask that you:
•  Consider your child’s oral health immediately and daily: There is no right time to begin dental hygiene, it should be part of your day from day one. Before your child has developed teeth, daily take a clean washcloth and gently wipe their gums. Doing this will help you develop the habit of daily cleaning their gums and help your baby grow used to you doing so. Once your child has teeth, take a small toothbrush and gently brush, no toothpaste is needed until they are a toddler and then it will be just a small swipe of toothpaste.
•  Be aware of food choices: Food and drink choices matter. Your baby and toddler do not need sugary, empty calories. Your baby and toddler do not need juice. Follow the food guidelines presented by your pediatrician. The biggest contributor to tooth decay is sugar, do your best to limit sugar.
•  Make toothbrushing a habit and easy: Brushing your child’s teeth should be a habit that is built into your daily schedule. We ask that parents are in control of their child’s toothbrushing until the child is at least seven years old. Make it easy for you and your child, have toothbrushes available in multiple places, in multiple bathrooms or even in the kitchen; the more accessible is, the more it will happen.
•  Be positive about dental care: We ask that parents be aware of the images they create about the dentist, dentist office and dental care. Don’t share stories about your own childhood experiences with the drill or fears you had. Be aware of the terminology you use and the jokes you make, it may seem nostalgic or funny to you but can create and condition your child against the work we do.

Questiopns about Holistic Dentistry?

Contact our friendly staff today today at (410) 381-5030. We look forward to hearing from you!


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