Kyle Amspaugh DDS, MS
Blanchard Valley Pediatric Dentistry
1733 Western Avenue, Suite C.
567-525-4193 | bvpedsdent.com
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What made you want to be a dentist?
As a child, I had the unfortunate experience of having cavities. Throughout my years of treatment, I became fascinated with the dental office and it carried forward to my college and adult years.
What sets your practice apart from others in town?
As the pediatric dental specialist, I have advanced training in the care of pediatrics and special needs children. I’ve been practicing in the Findlay area since 2005 and have recently opened a new facility that includes many child friendly options and features that are not found in many traditional dentistry offices.
What is the one thing you want parents to know about their child’s oral health?
Although children have “baby teeth,” maintaining a healthy, cavity free smile is extremely important in the development of lifelong oral health. Routine visits to a dental professional allow for early detection of developing dental problems. It also allows for proper monitoring of the developing permanent teeth, while encouraging healthy habits that will last for a lifetime.
What advice do you have for families about all the sugary sweets out there?
Everything in moderation is the best advice I can give to anyone. Sugar is everywhere. When it comes to our teeth the important thing to remember is this: it’s not the amount of sugar we eat that causes cavities. It’s how often we eat sweets that is the problem. Limiting sugars between meals is essential to maintaining healthy teeth.
What tips do you have for parents to encourage good brushing and flossing habits?
Start early! Implementing a normal oral care routine should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts. The more exposure a child has to regular brushing and flossing, the more accepting they will be as they age and there is a better chance these habits will continue. In addition, be sure to monitor how well they brush and assist them if necessary. Children under the age of eight are typically not able to properly brush without help!