Are you all excited about Valentine’s Day and can’t wait to see the look on your children’s faces when you hand over their special Valentine’s presents? Does the realization that you want to see those smiles but you don’t want to load your children’s teeth up with sugar cause you some hesitation? Don’t worry – there are fun ways to celebrate this love-filled holiday without negatively affecting oral health.
Do you consider yourself a wonderful role model when it comes to teaching your child how to care for his or her smile? If you are making sure your child brushes and flosses his or her teeth every single day according to our suggestions, then you are definitely on the pathway toward maintaining your child’s oral health. Combine this with consistent commitment to scheduling checkups and exams, and things are looking good. Unfortunately, parents sometimes become unaware of not-so-great habits that might be damaging their own teeth, while their little ones follow suit. Allow us to help by highlighting a couple habits to rethink.
When it comes to an open space in your little one’s smile, this is often regarded as cute and a simple fact of growing up. Keep in mind, this is only the case when the opening is the result of a missing baby tooth making room for a permanent tooth. However, what happens if we have removed a permanent tooth due to infection – or if your child’s smile is simply missing a permanent tooth that failed to develop? Allow us to explain why replacing the tooth is important and how we can help your little one avoid problems with dental care.
When it come to squeezing preventive care into your schedule, showing up for a dental checkup can seem nearly impossible. We understand that making time for dental care and the million other things you need to accomplish in a single day can become quite challenging. However, we also want to make sure you are aware of the significance of prevention. Rather than waiting for a problem to show up, helping your child avoid oral health issues altogether is always preferable. Allow us to explain the reasons why.
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…)