When you schedule a dental checkup with us for your child, our primary concern is monitoring the oral health of your child and offering treatment suggestions to maintain that health when necessary. As we watch your child’s smile develop, if it appears that smile is headed for misalignment, we may suggest orthodontic care. Parents often assume incorrectly that aligning a smile with orthodontics is strictly cosmetic in nature. In fact, we would like you to consider a few reasons why agreeing to straighten your child’s smile is extremely important.
Do you spend what feels like a significant amount of time trying to protect your child’s smile from cavities? Do you limit sugar, give your child water instead of soft drinks or juice, and do your best to keep up with preventive care? If so, you’re doing a good job of helping your child avoid dental fillings. However, for your most successful experience, we suggest you learn more about how cavities form – and how you may reverse them.
You may not realize it but keeping your little one’s daily dental hygiene session as uniform and consistent as possible is extremely important. The more the act of brushing and flossing every day, twice daily, at the same time is engrained into your child, the easier it is to build a foundation for a future of very healthy teeth and gums. We suggest you consider a few ways you may be sabotaging an otherwise wonderful routine, so you can reestablish those good-for-your-child habits.
There’s morning breath and there’s not-so-great breath after a meal full of garlic and onions – these go away – and then there’s bad breath that’s a bigger issue. Also known clinically as “halitosis” this is a problem that may point to an underlying issue with your child’s dental hygiene and oral health. Rather than becoming too concerned, we suggest you consider a couple easy ways to handle yucky breath. Fortunately, these tips can even help you if you notice your mouth isn’t its usual fresh-as-a-daisy self.
Before you had children, were you the type of person to keep a regular routine on a daily basis? Or, did you enjoy a more organic way of moving through your daily life? Regardless of your personal preference for yourself, you will often hear that providing your child with structure – particularly in areas like dental care – will result in a much easier time. For instance, implement a routine, and brushing sessions may go much more smoothly. Allow us to offer some benefits for a clearer understanding.
In most cases, when you have a cavity, you get a filling to treat it. For children, though, dental concerns are often different, and you may wonder if your child’s tooth needs a filling, especially if it’s close to falling out anyway.
The point of a filling is to stop a cavity from growing, and therefore stop the infection causing it from spreading throughout the tooth. When a baby tooth gets a cavity, the infection can spread to the permanent tooth developing underneath it, and we may recommend children get dental fillings to protect their long-term dental health. (more…)
Are you beginning to notice that your child is developing some chewing habits that you are not sure how to address? Perhaps you are having trouble deciding whether the new behavior warrants any concern or if it’s something your child will grow out of. When it comes to anything you think might negatively affect your child’s smile and oral health, we always encourage you to speak up and ask us your questions. At the very least, we can dismiss the issue, so you feel better about things. Or, we may offer some helpful suggestions, so you can continue to safeguard your little one’s grin. Learn more about what to with some helpful information.
Did you know that the easiest way to avoid most problems with your child’s teeth and gums, even tooth infections, is to remain extremely consistent with preventive care? This includes the routine you have at home to clean your child’s smile. It also includes the routine you have with us – your preventive visits – that provide a dental cleaning and a dental exam to your little one. Allow us to explain more about preventing an infection and keeping your child’s smile in tiptop shape.
One of the things you want to avoid as a parent is damage to your child’s smile, including everything from small chips to the need for dental fillings. While certain things – like accidental falls – are out of your control, there’s a good deal that remains within your control when it comes to avoid a broken or seriously chipped tooth. Allow us to offer up some suggestions, so you feel less anxious about keeping your little one’s smile intact and just as adorable as it has always been. Don’t worry – the guidelines are quite simple and very effective.
Have you been hearing the term “baby bottle tooth decay” lately and are not quite sure what this refers to? If you are in the process of learning how to care for your infant’s oral health, this is a very important topic. Fortunately, by becoming familiar with this potential issue, you can easily protect your little one’s smile for a grin that remains healthy for years to come. Do yourself a favor and consider some helpful questions (and answers) that we often receive about tooth decay from new parents like yourself.