Dental Blog
By Alamo Kids Dental
March 18, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Pediatric Dentist  

Beginning good dental hygiene habits at an early age is crucial to your child’s oral health throughout their life. However, many parents may not be fully aware of what their child’s dental hygiene routine should consist of. Your dentist can help you and your child understand the best practices for a daily and long-term dental hygiene routine. Find out more about pediatric dentistry and what makes a solid at-home oral care routine important with Dr. Peter Gurr at Alamo Kids in Far West Side San Antonio, TX.

How often should my child see their dentist? 

The American Dental Association says that all dental patients, regardless of their age, should see the dentist twice a year for routine examinations with their dentist and cleanings performed by a dental hygienist. These regular visits allow dentists to keep track of a child’s growth and development and find and treat any issues like cavities quickly to stop them in their tracks.

How will my dentist help me instill good dental habits in my child? 

Seeing the dentist regularly from an early age has proven to instill good oral hygiene habits and reduce the chances of developing dental anxiety or dental phobia. We go above and beyond to establish a good relationship with your child, with a happy, fun environment and a kid-friendly, show-tell-do approach to introducing your child to the dentist’s office and routine check-ups.

What should my child’s daily oral care routine consist of? 

Good dental care begins before a child has any teeth at all. As an infant, children’s parents should wipe their gums with a damp, soft cloth after feedings. When their first tooth erupts, brushing twice a day with a child’s toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste will keep teeth decay at bay. As the teeth grow close enough together to touch, begin helping your child floss between each tooth at least once a day.

Children’s Dentistry & You

Starting good oral hygiene habits early will benefit your child for the rest of their life. For more information on ensuring that your child is confident about their dental visits and caring for their teeth, please contact Dr. Peter Gurr at Alamo Kids in Far West Side San Antonio, TX. Call 210-951-0046 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!

By Alamo Kids Dental
December 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Providing the proper dental care for your child with special needs starts with your pediatric dentists, Dr. Peter Gurr and Dr. Maria Karakousoglou in the far west side of San Antonio, TX. Read on to learn more about what your pediatric dentists at Alamo Kids Dental can provide for your child with special needs.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists receive additional dental training that specializes in treating infants and young children's dental concerns. At Alamo Kids Dental, our pediatric dentists furthered this education to provide children with special needs the accurate oral care that they need. This means that not every pediatric dentist has acquired the dental training to offer a comfortable environment and experience for your child.

Choosing Alamo Kids Dental

Our pediatric dentists provide the knowledge that you, as the parent or caretaker, may be unfamiliar with regarding your child that might require specific dental care or support both at home and in our office.

Dr. Gurr and Dr. Karakousoglou understand that dental visits can cause stress for children, and resultantly, their parent or guardian as well. That's why at Alamo Kids Dental, our pediatric dentists are committed to providing an environment that your child can find comfort in.

In working closely with you as the parent or caretaker, you can find comfort in knowing that your child is receiving the proper dental care that they deserve. Personalized dental care for your child with special needs in the far west side of San Antonio, TX, is imperative to their dental health long-term.

What You Can Expect

Our dentists at Alamo Kids Dental can offer you and your child dental sedation options if the stress or difficultly in having their mouth open is too overwhelming. To maintain a healthy smile, we're more than happy to discuss what the best dental treatment is for your child.

Dr. Gurr and Dr. Karakousglou have worked with numerous children with special needs and their parents to ensure their dental health is on the right track! Our staff at Alamo Kids Dental located on the far west side of San Antonio, TX, welcomes you and your child with special needs to visit us today to receive the invaluable dental care they deserve. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (210) 951-0046.

By Alamo Kids Dental
November 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

If you are a parent with a child in need of laser dentistry in San Antonio, TX, Alamo Kids Dental is the right place for you. We offer the services of Dr. Peter Gurr, a pediatric dentist, and Dr. Maria Karakousoglou, an orthodontist. Read on to learn about the positives of laser dentistry.

What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry is the use of different types of lasers for specific dental procedures. Laser dentistry is suitable for either hard or soft tissue procedures. The light the laser emits allows your pediatric dentist, Dr. Gurr, to remove or reshape the targeted oral tissue.

Lasers used for dental procedures are safe. Your child will receive glasses to protect your eyes from the light the laser emits when you visit Alamo Kids Dental serving San Antonio, TX, for a laser dentistry procedure.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

For children, there are several benefits to laser dentistry, including:

  • It is less invasive and less noisy than other dental equipment like dental drills.
  • Lasers are extremely precise in the hands of an experienced pediatric dentist like Dr. Gurr or a skilled orthodontist like Dr. Karakousoglou.
  • You can use laser dentistry to treat tongue ties and lip ties.
  • Laser dentistry promotes a shorter healing time after your procedure.
  • Using lasers also promotes minimal post-operative bleeding and swelling.
  •  A laser sterilizes the area it is targeting, meaning there is less chance of bacterial contamination.
  • Lasers can promote healing.

Explaining dentistry to a child can be difficult, but lasers may seem magical to a child. One of the best benefits of laser dentistry for children is that a laser is much cooler and much less scary than a drill in many ways.

Types of Laser Dentistry Procedures

Various procedures may make use of lasers, including but not limited to:

  • Frenectomies
  • Exposing unerupted teeth
  • Certain fillings
  • Preventative dentistry

Contact Us

At Alamo Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX, we offer laser dentistry and pride ourselves on being one of the few practices in the area that provides this, amongst other services.  You can contact Dr. Gurr and Dr. Karakousoglou on 210-951-0046 for an appointment.

By Alamo Kids Dental
April 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health

How orthodontics from your pediatric dentists in San Antonio, TX, can help your child’s smile

Your child or teen deserves a straight smile. A straight, beautiful smile can be a big boost to your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. A straight smile can also make it much easier for your child to maintain a healthy smile because straight teeth are much easier to floss.

Dr. Peter Gurr and Dr. Ayla Idilbi of Alamo Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX, offer comprehensive pediatric dental care, including orthodontic treatment to help your child’s smile.

Children and teens often have tooth positioning and alignment issues that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. These are just a few of the conditions orthodontic treatment can correct:

  • Crowding and tooth rotation
  • Overlapped or gapped teeth
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite or open bite

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way, with the introduction of much more comfortable, more discreet, and attractive options like these:

  • Plastic brackets with tooth-colored wires
  • Ceramic brackets with tooth-colored wires
  • Lingual brackets and wires, which are cemented on to the back surfaces of teeth

In addition to traditional brackets and wires, you might consider Invisalign dental appliances for your child or teen. Invisalign aligners are the most discreet option. Your child can remove the aligners to eat, brush, and floss, making them a very user-friendly option.

No matter what orthodontic option you and your child choose, you are helping your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful, straight smiles. Straight teeth and a correctly positioned jaw help to prevent tooth and jaw stress, which helps prevent tooth wear and TMJ issues.

Help your child enjoy a straight smile with the right orthodontic treatment! To find out more about types of orthodontic treatment and how orthodontics can help your child’s smile, call Dr. Peter Gurr and Dr. Ayla Idilbi of Alamo Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX, at (210) 951-0046. Call now!

By Alamo Kids Dental
September 10, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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