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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Meet ‘Dr. Kenny,’ specializng in pediatric dental practice

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Dr. Kenneth C. Thompson grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University for his undergrad degree. Following graduation, Dr. Thompson attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas where he graduated with honors. He then completed an additional two years of training in pediatric dentistry at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

He obtained his specialty degree in 2002 and started his pediatric dental practice in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Dr. Thompson maintains his affiliations with Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite hospitals. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the First District Dental Society of Texas. He and his wife Delann have four children, two girls and two boys. Dr. Thompson enjoys all outdoor activities and helping others with his free time. Most of his patients know him simply as “Dr. Kenny”. He works closely with the local Head Start, Migrant, and Communities in Schools programs which serve underprivileged children in our area. He was elected Volunteer of the Year in 2007 by the Communities in School's program and accepted his award at the State Capital in Austin, Texas.

 

What can I do for a toothache?

Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain persists, contact our office. DO NOT place aspirin or heat near the gum or tooth. If the face is swollen, use a cold compress and contact your dentist immediately.

 

What should I do if my child knocks out a baby tooth?

Call your dentist as soon as possible. This is usually not an emergency and most of the time no treatment is necessary other than keeping the area clean and free from infection.

 

What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?

If possible, find the tooth! Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. The tooth may be rinsed with water only. Call your dentist immediately -- if the tooth is re-implanted within the first hour after the accident , there is a much greater chance that the tooth will survive. Transport the tooth in a glass of milk or water. Remember, time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

 

Why does my child appear to have two rows of teeth?

Sometimes when a permanent tooth erupts behind a baby tooth the baby tooth does not get loose like it normally would and fall out on its own. This is not a dental emergency!!! It is a common phenomenon that our office sees regularly. The baby tooth may need to be extracted , if you are not able to remove the tooth at home.

 

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