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Meet Dr. Scott

Dr. Stuart Scott, the pediatric dentist at Parkcrest Dental Group, looks forward to your child’s dental visit. His foremost goal is to instill a positive dental attitude for your child and help them through their dental visits revealing healthy and happy smiles.

Dr. Scott has called Springfield home since 1993. Born in Iowa and moving to Nebraska as a young boy, he completed his preparatory education in Lincoln from kindergarten through dental school. While in dental school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, he developed a passion for working with children. Following his graduation, he completed a two-year specialty residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Upon completion of his residency, he moved to Springfield and joined Parkcrest Dental Group.

Dr. Scott is licensed by the state of Missouri as a Dental Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. He is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, he has Fellowship status in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the International College of Dentists. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and is a past president within the Greater Springfield Dental Society. He holds hospital privileges with both Mercy and Cox Hospitals as well as at the C. Rex Witherspoon Surgery Center in Springfield. In his spare time Dr. Scott enjoys family, friends, and the wonderful outdoors in the Ozarks. He is thrilled to watch his children grow and enjoys being active at church and in the community.

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September 26th, 2018
Why Tongue Thrusting Is Bad

Tongue Thrusting – Pediatric Dentist – Dr. Stuart Scott When you think about pediatric dental health, you usually think about things like making sure your child brushes their teeth enough or making sure they don’t eat too much sugar. However, something you should definitely be watching out for is tongue thrusting. Pediatric dentists know that […]

July 30th, 2018
How to Help Make Pediatric Dental Care Fun for Kids – Part 1

Helpful Advice for Making Pediatric Dental Care Fun for Kids – Part 1 Kids are often nervous about the dentist, and that’s okay. But at Parkcrest Dental Group, our pediatric dental care experts want to help make going to the dentist a comfortable and enjoyable part of life for all our young patients. Read on […]

July 21st, 2018
Our Pediatric Dentist Team Explains the Reasons Your Child’s Teeth are Sensitive

Pediatric Dentist Explains Sensitive Teeth There are a number of possible reasons that your child is experiencing tooth sensitivity. In order to find out what is causing the sensitivity, there are a few factors you can look for. It is also important to know the difference between tooth pain and sensitivity. Persistent tooth pain may […]

July 19th, 2018
Pediatric Dentistry: Why Drinking Water is Key to a Healthy Smile

Pediatric Dentistry: Get Your Children to Drink More Water Regularly drinking water is an important step to fostering a healthy smile in your child. Not only does it keep your child’s mouth clean, but it also keeps them hydrated and healthy. However, as a parent, it can be difficult to motivate your child to drink […]

Pediatric Dentistry In Springfield, MO

A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Parkcrest Dental Group makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our pediatric dentistry office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel.

The American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry recommends…

Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper pediatric dentistry care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. Choose Dr. Scott as your child’s dentist! Getting to know your teeth is fun!

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When New Teeth Arrive

Your child’s first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, our pediatric dentistry recommends that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (32, including wisdom teeth).

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits at Parkcrest Dental Group help keep tooth decay away and prevents a dental emergency.

Your child should visit a pediatric dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.

Adopting Health Oral Hygiene Habits

As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your child brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by your pediatric dentistry or other healthcare professionals. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and your doctor will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact your pediatric dentist at Parkcrest Dental Group immediately.

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