Your Baby’s New Teeth

Your Baby’s New Teeth

As skilled and experienced pediatric dentists, we not only provide exceptional quality dental care for your children—but we also provide parents with peace of mind. You can depend on the professional guidance of our experienced professional team to help keep your child’s smile in tip-top condition. Whether your child’s first tooth has erupted (congratulations!), you have questions about thumb sucking or other oral habits, or if you’d like to learn some pointers on how to get them to brush and floss more consistently, we can help. Our pediatric dentists have received extensive specialty training in behavior management techniques as well as the clinical skills to successfully treat the oral care needs of children throughout every stage of their development. If your children’s first tooth has erupted, you likely have questions that we’re prepared to answer.

While every smile is unique, a baby’s first teeth begin to erupt within the 6 to 12 month range. One of the many milestones in a baby’s development, the first teeth coming into place may not be a pleasant experience for your little one. In fact, your baby may find the tooth eruption process to be a bit uncomfortable. During tooth eruption a baby may be fussy, have some difficulty sleeping, not want to eat, or drool quite a bit. Although this fussiness can be very disconcerting to a parent, our office can show you a few things that you can do to soothe your baby as their new teeth come into place. Teething rings come in a variety of forms, and our pediatric dentist will advise you as to the safest and most effective recommendations for your baby.

From infancy through the teen years, you can depend on our office to provide the care and the information to help your child maintain optimal oral health! For more information or to schedule an appointment for care, give us a call today.

Toothpaste for Your Child

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste for Your Child

At the offices of our office, parents often ask us how to choose the best toothpaste for their child. Toothpaste is big business, and there are dozens of options available. Our professional team is committed to your child’s oral health, and wants to play an active role in helping them develop good dental practices that will last a lifetime.

Here are some handy toothpaste tips to keep in mind for your child:

  • Fluoride: Fluoride toothpaste is best for children three and over, as it plays an essential role in strengthening tooth enamel.
  • Flavor: Oral hygiene should be comfortable and pleasant for your child. It’s important to choose toothpaste your child likes – or at least tolerates. There are a wide variety of options from which to choose, like strawberry, gentle mint, or bubble gum.
  • Mild Abrasives: Make sure the abrasives in your child’s toothpaste are intended for children. The harsher abrasives in adult toothpaste that are designed to remove tough stains are too rough for young teeth.
  • The ADA Seal: The American Dental Association (ADA) evaluates toothpaste for safety and effectiveness. A toothpaste with the ADA seal has all the right ingredients to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.
  • Toothpaste and Very Young Children: You can start using toothpaste on a toothbrush as soon as your child’s first teeth appear. Ingesting fluoride can be harmful to young children, so make sure that you initially use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Once your child gets a little older and can spit and rinse effectively, you can switch him or her over to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Switching to Adult Toothpaste: According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it’s acceptable to switch to an adult toothpaste when your child reaches 9 or 10 years of age.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your family’s needs. We will be happy to recommend the right toothpaste for your child, keeping his or her unique needs and any special considerations, such as sensitivities or weak enamel, in mind. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Maintaining Space For Permanent Teeth

Maintaining Space For Permanent Teeth

At our office, we utilize leading-edge technology and methods of care to keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful at every stage of growth and development. While we strive to maintain the baby teeth until they are ready to fall out on their own, in some cases, due to injury or decay, a baby tooth may need to come about before it is ready. As skilled providers of care, we place space maintainers when a baby tooth is prematurely lost, to serve as a placeholder so that the newly emerging permanent teeth can come into proper alignment.

Why Baby Teeth Are Important

Your child’s primary teeth play an important developmental role. They allow your child to chew, smile and speak with ease as well as serve as placeholders for the succeeding set permanent adult teeth. If your child loses a primary tooth too soon, it can affect the alignment of the teeth and bite later on. As your child’s pediatric dentist, we design and customize a space maintainer to help ensure the ongoing health and development of your child’s smile. The appliance can be either be affixed to any adjacent teeth or it can be designed as a removable one. Our friendly, highly trained professional team will help determine which type of appliance is right for your child. We’ll take the time to help your child adjust to wearing the space maintainer and teach you and your child how to properly wear and care for the appliance, to ensure the most effective outcome of care.

Skilled and Compassionate Providers of Care

At our office, we want every child to enjoy the benefits of a straight smile and optimal oral health. To learn more about our office, and the many services that we provide, or to schedule an appointment for care, give us a call today. We look forward to welcoming your family into ours!

Sippy Cup

Beware the Hidden Dangers of…the Sippy Cup

They’re an invaluable resource for parents the world over: the sippy cup. It is an   excellent way to ease the transition between baby bottles and regular drinking glasses, it’s convenient and it’s effective in preventing spills and leaks. That’s why many parents continue to use it – even after their child has clearly outgrown it.

Many pediatric dentists believe that frequent, prolonged sippy cup use can contribute to toddler tooth decay and cavities — not because of the cup itself, but by the liquids parents frequently fill it with. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to make a “well-baby” checkup with a pediatric dentist after the first tooth has emerged. At our office, our professional team will educate parents about sippy cup use and general oral care routines, as well as provide strategies for eliminating unwanted oral habits.

Sippy cups are natural for holding sugary, decay-promoting liquids such as breast milk, baby formula, fruit juices, soda, and sweetened water. Oral bacteria feed on these sugars and produce harmful oral acids. Acids attack the tooth enamel, weakening it and rendering it susceptible to decay.  Biannual appointments with a pediatric dentist are the best way to monitor the condition of your child’s teeth, and to ensure that cavities are not developing.

A sippy cup should be introduced when your child is first physically able to grasp it, but its use should be discontinued as soon as the child is old enough to use an adult-sized cup – usually at around one year of age. Children are at risk for tooth decay as soon as the first teeth emerge from the gums, making it crucial to implement a good oral care routine as early as possible. As parents, you can help reduce the risk of your baby’s cavity development by limiting his or her intake of sugary liquids in the sippy cup (substituting plain water whenever possible), and by washing the sippy cup often to eliminate germs. 

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Sealants: “Raincoats” for Your Child’s Teeth

Sealants: “Raincoats” for Your Child’s Teeth

Getting children to brush — let alone floss — their teeth can often be a challenge. When teeth are not brushed regularly or well enough, cavities inevitably develop. But there’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of the teeth teeth.

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage.

While sealants are no substitute for brushing and flossing, they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.

How sealants work:

When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in the mouth meet leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create cavities in the teeth. Applying a sealant gel to the teeth keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling in. In short, sealants are protective coverings.

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Sealing teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start. The process is quick, painless and can help save time and money in the long run.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Flu Season

Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is here, bringing with it coughing, sniffling, aches and pains. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child stays healthy. But did you know that having a cold or the flu could actually hurt your little one’s pearly whites?

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage. Here are five tips to help protect your child’s teeth, especially during flu season:

1. Encourage good brushing habits: Make sure your child understands that cleaning their teeth is essential, no matter how bad they’re feeling. Make sure they spend at least two full minutes brushing every morning and every night.

2. Make sure they drink: When your son or daughter is sick, they need to drink plenty of fluids to help fight the infection. If your child can’t breathe through their nose properly, dry mouth could develop, a condition where the mouth doesn’t have enough saliva. This increases the risk for cavities and gum infections.

3. Toss out the old toothbrush: As soon as your little one starts feeling better, replace their toothbrush. Using an old one later when they’re well could re-infect them down the road.

4. Make sure they gargle with saltwater: Dissolve a tablespoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of water. Have your child gargle and spit until the solution is gone. This helps reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth and throat, and cuts down on the effects of bad breath and dental plaque.

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Caring for Your Child’s Smile

Caring for Your Child’s Smile

All parents want the best for their children. By partnering with a children’s dentist our office, you can help ensure your kids enjoy the benefits of optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

Once the baby teeth start to appear, it is time to start taking care of your child’s smile. When periodic checkups begin at an early age and continue as recommended, a pediatric dentist can follow a child’s dental growth and development and effectively treat any emerging issues to maintain optimal dental health.

Why Routine Dental Care Matters                                                                      It’s important to keep in mind that routine checkups in conjunction with early instruction in the fundamentals of proper oral hygiene and a nutritious diet that is low in sweets benefit more than just the health of your child’s smile These steps also support your kid’s overall well-being! Moreover, effective dental routines established when your child is young provide a strong foundation for maintaining a lifetime of good oral health.

While tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, it is also highly preventable. For this reason, a comprehensive program of routine preventive care is essential. To provide an added level of protection against the development of cavities, our office may also recommend periodic fluoride therapy and the application of dental sealants as indicated to strengthen and shield the teeth. Both procedures have been demonstrated to significantly reduce a child’s risk of tooth decay

Protection As Your Child Grows                                                                                              In addition to the detection and treatment of cavities, by monitoring your child’s ongoing oral health and development, any significant changes in diet, the emergence of harmful oral habits, unfavorable jaw growth, poorly aligned teeth, or oral trauma that can rapidly alter the function and health of a young smile can be detected and addressed as required. And, because accidents while playing sports account for a high percentage of dental injuries in school-age children, it’s is a good idea to inform our office of the sports activities your child will be joining throughout the year. In this way, a custom mouthguard to protect your child’s smile can be fabricated.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Pediatric Dental Care

Pediatric Dental Care

At our office, our world revolves around your child’s smile! As providers of pediatric dental care, we’re trained to address the unique oral care and emotional needs of children from infancy through adolescence. Armed with a comprehensive knowledge of the growth and development of young smiles, we are well equipped to help your child establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health. Whether your kids are ready for their back to school checkup, require emergency care, have anxiety or special needs that make it more difficult to sit for care, or experience dental anxiety, our friendly and compassionate team provides gentle, skilled, and compassionate care. New patients are always welcome to our child-friendly facility, your resource for the best in pediatric dentistry.

Did you know that dental decay is the leading chronic childhood illness in the United States? We emphasize the importance of preventive dental care for patients at all ages, from infancy through adolescence. As soon as the first baby teeth emerge, we recommend bringing your child in for an oral exam. By monitoring dental development, jaw growth, and alignment of your child’s teeth, we can help your child enjoy optimal oral health. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we offer children added levels of protection against tooth decay with essential treatments such as dental sealants to shield vulnerable areas of their newly erupted permanent molars and pre-molars as well as periodic fluoride therapy to strengthen the developing dental enamel. If your child experiences anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, don’t worry! Our compassionate staff is sensitive to the unique emotional needs of children and treats them with the highest degree of warmth and compassion. We also offer options in dental sedation for especially apprehensive patients.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest level of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

Healthy Teeth

What to Eat for Healthy Teeth

What your child eats has a direct impact on the health of his mouth. That’s why serving balanced meals are one the best ways you can contribute to good oral health. Brushing and flossing help keep teeth and gums healthy and strong, but a balanced diet will help to boost the body’s immune system, leaving your child less vulnerable to oral disease.

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child protect and maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage.

Eating starchy foods such as crackers, bread, cookies, and candy cause the bacteria in the mouth to feed on it. They then produce acids that attack the teeth for up to 20 minutes or more. Foods that stick to the teeth or are slow to dissolve (such as granola bars and hard candy), and starchy foods (such as potato chips and breads) give the acids more time to work on destroying tooth enamel.

According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but it’s completely preventable by incorporating good brushing and glossing habits, in addition to eating a diet of teeth-friendly foods:

Cheese and yogurt: Studies show that these foods lower the risk of tooth decay. They also contain calcium and protein — nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Leafy greens: Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, also promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds tooth enamel.

Fruits: Apples in particular might be sweet, but they’re also high in fiber and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in the mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles.

Carrots and celery: Like apples, carrots and celery are crunchy and full of fiber, increasing saliva production in the mouth, and scraping food particles and bacteria away from the teeth.

Almonds: These nuts are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.

Mouthguards Help Protect Your Child’s Teeth From Injury

Mouthguards Help Protect Your Child’s Teeth From Injury

Kids will be kids…and that means they’re active, always on the go and prone to accidents as well. Mouthguards can help protect your child from a dental emergency and should be worn whenever your child is participating in sports and recreational activities.

At our office, our professional team is committed to pediatric oral health, and wants to play an active role helping your child protect and maintain a healthy set of teeth at every developmental stage.

Mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They also protect the soft tissues of the tongue, lips and cheek lining. For these reasons, mouthguards are an essential piece of athletic gear. After a consultation at our office, our experienced and friendly dental professionals recommend the type of mouthguard that’s best for your child. There are three general types:

  • Custom-fitted: Custom made for your child’s mouth by our office to ensure the best possible fit.
  • Stock: A more affordable option than custom-fitted, stock mouthguards are pre-formed, ready to wear, but often don’t offer the same fit and level of comfort as a custom mouthguard.
  • Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores. They are first softened in boiling water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

We recommend mouthguards that are custom made in order to give your child the best level of protection against teeth injury. A properly fitted mouthguard is especially important for children who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances and increase the risk of soft tissue injuries.

Committed to your child’s oral health:

At our office, we offer the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care for your child’s dental needs. For more information about the services we provide, give us a call today.