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COVID-19 Update from KMH

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Dear patients,

*UPDATED* May 1st at 3:08 pm

We will be reopening on Monday, May, 4th! Find out more HERE.

Dear patients,

*UPDATED* April 15th at 12:10 pm

As mentioned previously, the safety and well-being of our community are of the utmost importance to us, so we will be following Governor Polis’ new mandate which states that we are to remain closed for all non-essential dental procedures until April 26th.

With this being said, we will continue to be available for patients experiencing pain or trauma for emergency care.

 Here are some ways you can get in touch with us:

  • During daytime hours (8:00- 5:00), you can call the office and leave a message. Messages will be monitored throughout the day, and a staff member will return your call promptly to address emergencies, appointment requests and account questions.
  • Use our NEW virtual visit service linked HERE.
  • If you’re experiencing an after-hours emergency, please call the office and follow the prompts to reach the after-hours emergency line.
  • You can email [email protected] for appointment requests/questions or account questions. The email will be monitored throughout the day, but will not be monitored at night.
  • If you are contacting the office to make a payment on your account, please do not include payment information on your message or in an email. Leave your name and number so a staff member can reach out and get payment information from you.

We miss you all, and we look forward to seeing you in May, hopefully!

Stay safe and keep smiling! =)

KIDS MILE HIGH
125 Inverness Dr. East, Ste. 300
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 779-5306

 

*UPDATED* March 26th at 9:49 am

The safety and well-being of our community are of the utmost importance to us, so we are doing all we can to minimize the exposure risks for our patients while still being available digitally and over the phone for those in need of urgent care.

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and in the interest of protecting our patients and team, we are following the latest rules from the AAPD, ADA, CDA and CDC. This means the KMH team will be working from home and can no longer have staff in our clinic locations for day-to-day operations until April 11th. 

 With this being said, we will continue to be available for patients experiencing pain or trauma for emergency care.

 Here are some ways you can get in touch with us:

  • During daytime hours (8:00- 5:00), you can call the office and leave a message. Messages will be monitored throughout the day, and a staff member will return your call promptly to address emergencies, appointment requests and account questions.
  • If you’re experiencing an after-hours emergency, please call the office and follow the prompts to reach the after-hours emergency line.
  • You can email [email protected] for appointment requests/questions or account questions. The email will be monitored throughout the day, but will not be monitored at night.
  • If you are contacting the office to make a payment on your account, please do not include payment information on your message or in an email. Leave your name and number so a staff member can reach out and get payment information from you.

Thank you again for your understanding during this time! We will continue to keep everyone informed with changes as they transpire.

Stay safe and keep smiling! =)

KIDS MILE HIGH
125 Inverness Dr. East, Ste. 300
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 779-5306

 

*UPDATED* March 20th at 3:35 pm

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and in the interest of protecting our patients and team, we are following the executive order of the AAPD, ADA, CDA and CDC and have closed our office (EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY) until April 14th.

We will be contacting every patient who is on the schedule from now until then and will reappoint you once we have more information.

We will remain available for emergencies and to answer any questions via phone or email.
Phone: (303) 779-5306
Email: [email protected]

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for timely updates.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kidsmilehigh/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidsmilehigh/

Thank you so much for your support and understanding during this difficult time. We feel blessed to be part of such an amazing community. We take comfort knowing we will get through this together.  We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

Braces Patients:
Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene! Brush, floss, repeat. Continue with your treatment as directed until you are seen again.

Stay safe and keep smiling! =)

KIDS MILE HIGH
125 Inverness Dr. East, Ste. 300
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 779-5306

https://www.kidsmilehigh.com/

An Important Message from KMH

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Dear friends of Kids Mile High Pediatric Dentistry,

We are still open!

However, with the situation rapidly changing day-by-day, we’ll continue to keep you updated via email, social media, and our website should the status of our office change in the future.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus situation in our community, we want to reach out and share the actions KMH is taking to keep our patients and staff healthy and protected, so that we can continue to provide the best pediatric/orthodontic treatment for your children.

We follow and exceed all CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines with the highest level of disinfection between patients and use modern state-of-the-art sterilization techniques and equipment to ensure our instruments are always pristine. Our top priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our patients, guests, staff, providers and community.

Established Standard Precautions
Our staff and providers strictly adhere to the CDC’s Standard Precautions for Healthcare settings.  These include disinfecting treatment rooms between patients, using single-use personal protective equipment (such as masks and gloves) with each patient, and sterilizing instruments using best practices in sterilization techniques.  We routinely disinfect patient waiting areas, as well as frequently touched surfaces (door handles, toys, etc).  We publish and enforce standards for hand washing, maintenance of patient safety measures, and conduct routine training on best practices for all office staff to ensure compliance.  These standards have always been in place in our practice, even prior to the recent pandemic.

Additional Precautionary Measures for COVID-19
We are constantly monitoring and following all recommendations from the CDC, the World Health Organization, the American Dental Association, as well as local and national government agencies, to stay current with information and safety measures.  We are implementing all process changes recommended by these leading agencies.  Our staff is trained to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 so additional safety measures will be taken immediately if there is potential exposure.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a list of registered surface disinfect products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Our disinfection process utilizes products on this list.

With an abundance of caution, we have established additional, temporary protocols in our offices by:

  • Monitoring the number of people in our office in order to enable appropriate social distancing
  • Asking families to bring only scheduled patients and 1 parent/guardian
  • Asking patients to arrive on time for their appointment and no more than 15 minutes before a scheduled appointment
  • Requiring everyone to sanitize their hands when entering and leaving our office -we will supply the appropriate sanitizer
  • Asking you to stay home and call to reschedule if:
  • You meet the CDC criteria for home isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Have flu-like symptoms including:
    – fever
    – chills
    – cough
    – shortness of breath
    – muscle aches and/or
    – gastrointestinal symptoms
  • You or your child is ill (unless it is an emergency appointment)
  • You or a family member has been diagnosed with, or are in the testing phase of diagnosis of COVID-19
  • You are 60 yrs or older
  • Are immune-compromised
  • Have chronic conditions such as
    – Diabetes type 1
    – COPD
    – Heart disease
    – Lung disease

We are confident we can and will be able to care for your children’s dental needs in a safe and effective manner and rest assured we will make adjustments as the situation dictates and as directed by authorities. We look forward to keeping our patients and their families happy and healthy!

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5 Benefits of Good Oral Health in Children

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5 Benefits of Good Oral Health in Children

It goes without saying that in order to maintain good overall health, we need to take care of our teeth and gums. Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits are all part of any healthy adult’s oral hygiene routine — but did you know that when you start practicing proper dental care can have a big impact on your lifelong health?

At Kids Mile High, we know that children’s oral health matters just as much now as it will in their adult years. Establishing healthy routines from an early age will not only pave the way for proper oral development, it will help your children grow into strong, healthy, confident adults. In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, let’s discuss the benefits of good oral health in kids and how your Denver, Englewood and Central Park pediatric dentist can set your child on the path to a healthy smile.

1. Dental Care for Kids Prevents Disease

You might think that taking care of your child’s baby teeth doesn’t matter much, since they’re just going to fall out anyway. But when it comes to kids’ dental care, it’s all about stopping oral health issues before they start. Just like you brush and floss your teeth to keep plaque and disease at bay, your children will benefit from preventive measures too.

It’s important to develop at-home oral health routines for kids as soon as possible, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your Denver pediatric dentist regularly. Taking good care of young, developing teeth will reduce plaque, prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and improve your child’s overall health. This will mean fewer sick days and time off from school, less time dealing with discomfort from cavities, and more days doing what they do best: being a kid.

2. Proper Oral Hygiene Supports Healthy Tooth Development

Children’s teeth have very different needs than adults’ do. While your mouth is fully developed, your child’s teeth, gums and jaw are still growing and changing every day. That’s why we always recommend that your child see a Denver, Central Park or Englewood pediatric dentist as early as their first birthday (and, of course, continue with routine visits throughout their lives!).

A pediatric dentist like Dr. Paddy or Dr. Roger can give your child the support they need throughout their oral development, starting from their very first tooth until their 18th birthday. With their special training in kids’ oral health needs, the doctors at Kids Mile High have the knowledge and expertise to treat younger mouths, catch potential issues early on, and set your kiddos on the path to a beautiful smile.

3. Healthy Teeth Save Money

Children’s oral health care starts at home. The sooner you begin proper oral hygiene routines, the fewer dental appointments your child will need in the long run. As much as we love to see our little patients, the less often your child needs to visit the dentist chair, the better. Your pediatric dentist is always there to help when issues arise, but corrective dentistry can be expensive. It can also cause your child discomfort and anxiety, so outside of routine check-ups, our hope is that your child won’t need any intervention. Teeth-healthy habits are a win-win: your child (and your bank account!) will be healthier overall.

4. Children Thrive with Routines

Believe it or not, brushing and flossing regularly is about more than creating the foundation for a healthy smile. It also forms an important part of a child’s day-to-day routine, which is essential for their development. Kids thrive when they have a routine, as it gives them a sense of security and stability. Whether they understand it yet or not, kids take comfort in repetition and knowing you’re there to go through the motions with them every day. Routines also teach your kiddos time management, responsibility and the importance of healthy habits. So create a fun routine for your kids’ oral health care and they’ll be well on their way to a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth.

5. Healthy Smiles Lead to Happy Kids

At the end of the day, you really can’t put a price on the confidence that a strong, healthy smile brings. Studies have shown that a healthy smile helps kids eat and talk better, which in turn improves their self-esteem. Dealing with oral health issues like tooth decay or bad breath, on the other hand, can cause embarrassment or reduce your child’s confidence. It’s your job as a parent, and our job as your Central Park, Englewood and Denver pediatric dentist, to give your child the tools and support they need to build a healthy, confident smile. After all, a healthy child is a happy child and that’s a win for all.

Ready to book your child’s next dental appointment or have questions about at-home oral health routines for kids? Call Kids Mile High today.

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The Ultimate Teething Survival Guide

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The Ultimate Teething Survival Guide

A baby’s (and new parent’s) life is full of firsts: first smile, first steps, first word, and of course, first tooth! As Denver pediatric dentists, we know how exciting all of these little milestones are. We also know there’s a lot to learn about keeping your little one happy as they go through a million changes — especially the more uncomfortable experiences like teething.

While it’s exciting to see your baby’s first tiny tooth appear, teething can be a challenging time for both parents and child. Your little one is going to experience some discomfort as his or her smile begins to take shape, so you might be in for a few sleepless nights (and a whole lot of drool!). The doctors at Kids Mile High are here to support you and your baby throughout the teething process. Read on for everything you need to know about what to expect, what not to do, and how to keep your baby as comfortable as possible.

What to Expect When Your Baby is Teething

There’s no hard-and-fast rule for when your baby will get her first tooth. For some babies, the first tooth erupts as early as three months, while others remain toothless until after their first birthday. But for most infants, teething symptoms will start before the appearance of any pearly whites. That’s because your baby’s teeth are already beginning to form beneath the surface.

Most babies will experience some level of discomfort during the teething process, but some lucky kiddos (and parents!) will have little to no symptoms. If you’re not sure whether your baby has started teething, here are a few telltale signs:

  • Excess drooling
  • Irritability and fussiness
  • Gumming and biting objects
  • Refusing to eat
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Ear pulling and cheek rubbing

Safe Remedies for a Teething Baby

Naturally, a teething baby is going to experience swollen, tender and painful gums. When it comes to soothing your baby during this time, there are plenty of safe, at-home teething remedies you can try. Here are some ways to alleviate teething pain for your child:

  • Chewing: As your baby has probably already been showing you, chewing can help to relieve pain from teething. Chewing, or gumming, applies counter-pressure to developing teeth as they work their way to the surface. Give your baby teething rings or plush teething toys made from safe materials, free from BPA, phthalate, latex and PVC. Cold objects are even more effective against teething pain, so put teething toys in the fridge to give your baby the cool comfort he needs.
  • Gum Massage: This is simple yet effective way to give your baby relief from teething pain. Similar to chewing, massaging your baby’s gums will provide counter-pressure to aching teeth.
  • Cold Food/Drinks: As we mentioned, cold objects are soothing to teething babies. If your baby has been introduced to solid foods, start giving her cold items like yogurt, applesauce or fruit blended with ice. You could also refrigerate breastmilk to give to your little one in a bottle. Another option is to let your baby chew on a cold washcloth that’s been soaked in water or breastmilk.
  • Distractions: You’d be surprised how effective distractions can be for a teething baby. If your kiddo is extra cranky, find ways to take his mind off his teething pain. Go for a walk, read a story and have extra playtime. Focusing on other things will help your little one feel better.
  • Wipe Up Drool: Yep, there’s going to be plenty of drool while your baby is teething. This is totally normal, but it can also cause irritation to your baby. The constant flow can cause a rash or redness to the area around your child’s mouth, so be sure to wipe droll away frequently using a clean cloth.
  • Pain Relievers: When all else fails, talk to your pediatrician about using a baby-safe pain reliever. This might be the best option for babies (and parents) who aren’t getting any sleep due to teething pain.

Avoid These Teething Remedies

While it’s invaluable to know how to relieve your child’s teething pain, it’s just as important to understand what not to do. Certain teething remedies can actually be dangerous for your child. Before you try any teething remedy, make sure you’re avoiding any of the following:

  • Liquid Teething Rings: These are a popular choice as a teething toy for babies, but the liquid inside can pose a health risk. There’s no way to know for sure what it contains and if your baby chews through the plastic, there’s a chance she will ingest the substance. Solid teething rings are a safe, effective alternative.
  • Teething Necklaces/Bracelets: There’s been a lot of hype around teething jewelry to alleviate teething pain, but experts are warning of the dangers of teething necklaces and bracelets. Amber teething jewelry poses a choking hazard, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported a case of a baby who suffered lead poisoning from a homeopathic bracelet. It’s best to avoid these teething devices altogether.
  • Products Containing Benzocaine: No parent wants to see their baby suffering, so it can be tempting to reach for over-the-counter products like teething gels to help them feel better. But the FDA has determined that these products contain benzocaine, which can cause potentially fatal harm to your baby. Benzocaine is associated with methemoglobinemia, a disorder that reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream.
  • Homeopathic Remedies: We’d all love to find a safe, all-natural solution for teething babies, but the simple fact is that homeopathic remedies are not evaluated by the FDA.

As a parent, you want the best for your little one — and so do we. If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s teeth as they develop, give your Englewood, Central Park and Thornton pediatric dentist a call. We’re here to help.

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids’ Healthy Teeth

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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids’ Healthy Teeth

Can you believe that we’re mere weeks away from a brand new decade? At Kids Mile High, we can’t wait to ring in 2020 with big goals for the year ahead. After all, the start of a new year is the perfect time to kickstart all your resolutions. This year, we want to help your kids set themselves up for a lifetime of healthy teeth!

As your Denver pediatric dentists, we know that getting little ones excited about oral health care can be a challenge — but with a little fun and motivation, you can set smart teeth goals for your kids to keep them happy and healthy all year long. Not sure where to start? Here are our favorite New Year’s resolutions for healthy smiles.

  1. Brush Twice a Day — For Two Minutes!

I think this is something we’ve all been guilty of at one point or another — kiddos and adults alike. Even though most people brush their teeth twice a day, most spit and rinse well before the recommended two-minute time frame is up. This year, help your kids (and yourself!) stay on track for great oral health by encouraging them to brush for two minutes, twice a day. You could even make a game of it by picking a fun, two-minute song to play while they brush. This is sure to keep them scrubbing their pearly whites until the final note.

  1. Floss Once Per Day, Every Day

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a fantastic start on your kids’ New Year’s resolutions, but brushing alone isn’t enough to keep plaque and cavities at bay. Food particles can get stuck in hard-to-reach places between your teeth, leading to harmful build-up over time. To truly improve your kids’ oral health this year, you need to make flossing a regular part of their dental routine. And what better time to start creating new, healthy habits than the start of a new year? To get your kids to floss every day, make it a family affair and floss together. Kids love to imitate their parents, so show off your flossing skills and soon enough, your little ones will follow your lead.

  1. Drink Plenty of Water (And Limit Sugary Drinks)

Everyone knows how harmful sugar can be for your teeth. Plaque, tooth decay, cavities, oh my! This year, swap sugary drinks for the health-boosting benefits of good old fashioned water. Water is the healthiest drink in the world, not only because it’s hydrating and necessary for all your bodily functions — it also washes away bad bacteria and build-up on your teeth. On top of that, water also boosts your natural saliva production, which ultimately means that water prevents tooth decay. Talk about a healthy, tooth-friendly beverage! This year, avoid packing sugary drinks like juice or pop in your kids’ lunches and encourage them to drink plenty of water instead.

  1. Eat Tooth-Friendly Foods

Just like sugary drinks can wreak havoc on your kids’ oral health, so can sugary foods. One of the best New Year’s resolutions for kids is to eat more healthy, tooth-friendly foods (like vegetables) and cut down on foods that are bad for their teeth (like candy). Set your kids up for a healthy year by packing tooth-healthy lunches with plenty of whole foods, such as fruits, veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats and, of course, plenty of water. After all, your kids’ teeth are only as healthy as the food you give them. Start making healthier choices today to give them a lifetime of good oral health.

  1. Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports

Not-so-fun fact: almost five million teeth are knocked out during sports every year in the United States. So parents with active kids, this one’s for you. If your child plays sports or participates in activities that put their teeth in harm’s way, this might be the year to invest in a mouthguard for your kiddo. Contact sports (like football, hockey, soccer and so on) put your kids at risk of chipping or breaking their teeth. A mouthguard offers necessary protection against falls, collisions or contact with hard surfaces. This keeps your child’s teeth safe and healthy, and also helps them avoid emergency visits to the dentist. You can buy ready-made mouthguards at sporting goods stores or you can have a custom mouthguard made by your Denver pediatric dentist. Not sure if your child needs a mouthguard? Talk to the experts at Kids Mile High.

  1. Visit Your Denver Pediatric Dentist Twice a Year

The foundation for good oral health starts at home, with regular brushing and flossing, and a proper diet. But to make sure your kids’ teeth are as healthy as possible, they should see their pediatric dentist twice a year for routine check-ups, professional cleanings and fluoride treatments. A dentist can catch underlying oral health issues that you or your child might not have noticed. They also have professional tools to give your children’s teeth a deep clean, removing all the bad stuff they may have missed. You can even schedule your kids’ appointments in advance, so you always have a visit with your Englewood, Central Park or Thornton pediatric dentist on the books. If you haven’t booked your child’s next dental appointment, call Kids Mile High today.

Ready to get a jumpstart on your kids’ New Year’s resolutions? The doctors at Kids Mile High are happy to answer any questions and provide helpful tips for keeping your kiddos on track. Let’s start the new decade off right with happy, healthy smiles for life.