2020 has been a challenging year for parents to access dental care.
First, there was the Governor’s mandated shutdown in March. Now, many parents are nervous about bringing their kids to the dentist. Being out of normal family routines might mean forgetting or foregoing brushing little ones’ teeth. And many parents are dealing with unfamiliar stresses, like remote learning and telecommuting. So, if brushing their child’s teeth was already a battle, it may be one more battle than they have the strength to fight that day.
The board-certified dentists at Children’s Dental Centre of Irving (CDCI) understand. They’re parents, too. For ten years, these dental professionals have happily met the needs of local kids and the COVID-19 challenge has only stepped up their game.
“It’s important not to put off your child’s dental needs,” said founding dentist, Dr. Reena Kuba. “Most people don’t realize that baby teeth are an important part of jaw and facial development and necessary to be able to eat nutritious food—and they’re needed until puberty. Delaying dental care is now more problematic than ever. That’s why we’re going above and beyond to assure a trip to our office is the safest part of your day.”
Dental Office Precautions
During the statewide shutdown, CDCI was still open for dental emergencies. They also used that time to enhance measures to help halt the spread of COVID-19. “Sterilization and cleanliness have always been a priority,” Dr. Kuba said. “But because of COVID-19, we’ve started offering all paperwork electronically so less paper changes hands. Our playroom and waiting room are closed and our patients wait in their cars until they’re texted to come in. Then they’re taken straight to an exam room, so there’s no congregating in waiting areas or hallways. Everyone—including employees—are given daily vitals checks and asked COVID-specific screening questions. Our staff is covered head-to-toe with the latest PPE, our front desk is separated with a plexiglass shield, and our facility is equipped with air-cleaning machines that run throughout the building all day. We also lengthened and spread out appointments, so we have ample time to clean between patients. We want to ensure that our patients, their families, and our team stay healthy.”
Ten years ago, CDCI changed the face of dentistry in this area when they opened their child-friendly office—a place kids actually look forward to visiting. Within this bright, cheerful practice, the CDCI team tailors care to each individual patient and partners with parents to make oral health a natural part of each child’s life. They emphasize the importance of preventive measures using photos, models, and cartoons to engage both the parents and the kids to learn about their mouths. When treatment is required, the CDCI team carefully explains options and advantages of each, so families can make the best choices for their children.
“All the COVID-19 challenges didn’t stop us. Rather, they pushed us to innovate, something our patients have come to expect from us over the past 10 years,” says Dr. Kuba. “A few years ago we invested in laser dentistry, becoming one of the few pediatric dental practices to bring this technology to the Metroplex.” The laser allows the CDCI team to offer a more conservative approach to fixing cavities with less aerosols and often without the need for shots. It gives CDCI the opportunity to help babies with lip and tongue ties.
“My team wasn’t intimidated to incorporate these and other cutting-edge services such as esthetic zirconia crowns, silver diamine fluoride, and laser bacterial reduction into our practice,” Dr. Kuba said. “They love being able to offer our patients choices to meet their oral health goals.”
“COVID-19 has solidified our role as essential healthcare providers. An unhealthy mouth is the start of an unhealthy body,” Dr. Kuba said. “COVID-19 has awoken us to how critical preventive measures are to ensuring the health of ourselves and of our families. We’re blessed to be celebrating this milestone and look forward to providing another decade of oral health to this community—no matter what challenges the next ten years bring.”
8870 North MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75063