Dental Tips Blog

Aug
7

The Time of Day You Schedule Your Kids’ Appointments is Important!

You’re unbelievably busy. Sometimes, just too busy to worry about details like what time your child’s dental appointment is at.

But that’s one small detail that you might not want to brush off so quickly. When it comes to kids, a little time makes a big difference.

The time of day your child comes in to see the dentist can affect a lot: their mood, how well they cooperate, how much the dentist can get done, and even how your child views dental care.

Is Your Child A Morning Person?

Most toddlers are fresh and energetic first thing in the morning. An early appointment may be best so that they get it over with quickly. Then, they can spend the rest of the day forgetting the event if it wasn’t their favorite thing!

Just be sure that the schedule doesn’t interfere with any daily naps. A grouchy toddler is not easy to provide dental treatment for!

Small People, Big Pressures

As adults, we often miss the good old days of school when our worries were few and small.

But we also tend to forget just how big those worries seemed at the time.

Your child, although old enough to cooperate at the dentist’s, still gets tired just like you do. He or she may be stressed after a bad day, a tough exam, or after school activities.

As easy as it sounds to book your kid’s appointment for right after school, try to think of how they may feel. Don’t push them to do more in a day than they can handle!

Your family dentist can provide more tips on how to help your children have a positive experience at the dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jul
25

Meeting Dental Needs of Kids with Special Needs

Taking care of kids’ smiles is a challenge in and of itself. But things get a whole lot trickier when you have much more serious health matters to address. It’s so tempting to let basic oral hygiene slip to the bottom of the list of priorities.

What should you know about dental care for your child with special needs?

Be Familiar With Your Child’s Unique Situation

Some chronic conditions come with a very specific set of symptoms affecting the smile such as dry mouth, cleft palate, extra or missing teeth, high cavity risk, teeth grinding, and more.

So while there are a lot of potential dental issues out there, it helps to narrow down your focus to things your child in particular is most apt to struggle with.

Start With The Basics

  • A healthy smile, like many other things, is rooted in a healthy diet. Make sure your child has a balanced diet low in sugary snacks and drinks.
  • Ask your dentist about when to introduce your child to fluoride products. Fluoride is beneficial for strengthening enamel against decay, but it must be used carefully with kids who may be prone to swallowing it.
  • Good oral hygiene should start with gentle brushing as soon as the first tooth shows up. This will get your kids used to a routine of cleaning his or her teeth.
  • Help your child build a friendly relationship with their dentist. If the need for specialize treatment comes up, your dentist can recommend a qualified pediatric dentist in your area.

Be patient, celebrate small successes, and remember that it’s worth any effort to help your child get the best dental care they can handle in their situation!

Posted on behalf of:
Lakewood Dental Trails
10252 W Adams Ave
Temple, TX 76502
(254) 434-4035

Jul
18

When Your Child Needs a Dental Crown

No parent likes to hear that their baby has a cavity. Whether that “baby” is 3 years old or 13, cavities can spell trouble for a smile.

A dental crown is often the restorative option of choice for repairing large cavities in small mouths. Saving the tooth can help your child avoid orthodontic complications caused by early tooth loss.

Why Your Child Needs A Crown

Baby teeth are much smaller and more delicate than adult teeth. They don’t have a very thick layer of tooth between the nerve chamber and the oral environment.

So when a cavity forms, it doesn’t take long before it reaches the nerve where it can cause an abscess.

There isn’t always enough time or tooth structure to just fill a baby tooth. A dental crown will provide more protection and is far less risky.

The Best Kind Of Crown For Kids

Stainless steel crowns are the material of choice because they are:

  • Long lasting
  • Cost-effective
  • Not sensitive

A steel crown doesn’t look as pretty as a white one, but that’s okay since the tooth will fall out when the adult one arrives.

What Can You Expect At The Crown Procedure?

Your dentist will make sure your son or daughter’s tooth is completely numb. For very young or nervous children, there are a number of anesthesia options that can help them relax.

The dentist next carefully cleans out the decay. He or she may also have to treat the pulp if the cavity was deep enough. A pre-fabricated steel crown is then securely cemented to the tooth. Your child won’t feel a thing during the process.

Talk with your dentist if you have any concerns about your child’s smile and dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Sweetpea Smiles
15850 Southwest Fwy #400
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 566-6100

Jul
12

Is This Normal? 4 Questions Parents Ask About Kids’ Teeth

As a first-time parent, it’s easy to be anxious about your child’s growth and development. Or, as a second-time parent, you may be worried about why your youngest kid’s teeth are a little different from those of their sibling!

Fortunately, dental experts in your area have been looking after the dental needs of kids for a long time and know what issues to expect.

Here are some of the most common questions that parents ask their children’s dentist:

  1. Why Are My Child’s Teeth So Yellow?

When adult teeth first grow in, they tend to look dark yellow compared with pearly white baby teeth. This is normal, but some discoloration could be staining as a result of poor oral hygiene.

  1. What Are Those Bumps On My Kid’s Teeth?

As adult front teeth grow in, you’ll notice little bumps on the biting edge. These are just artifacts from tooth development. They’ll smooth out on their own with time and use.

  1. Do Girls Usually Lose Teeth Before Boys Do?

Yes, this is perfectly normal. From childhood through puberty it’s not unusual for girls to mature faster than boys.

  1. Should I Be Worried About Teeth Crowding?

As baby teeth are coming out and adult teeth are coming in, it’s typical to see a confusing mix in your kid’s smile.

Adult teeth usually straighten out on their own with time, but pediatric dentists recommend that your child sees an orthodontist for an exam by age 7.

You probably have many other questions besides these!

To get expert advice tailored to your child’s needs, schedule a visit with your pediatric dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Jun
20

Parents, It’s 10 O’Clock – Have Your Kids Brushed Their Teeth?

Brushing your teeth before sleeping is a classic bedtime routine. It’s also easy to slack off on this activity or skip it altogether.

Are your kids in a habit of brushing their teeth before bed?

Helping your children to regularly brush at night is critical to the future of their smiles.

Once A Day Is Not Enough!

Tooth brushing does more than just make a smile look neat and clean.

It also helps prevent oral infections such as cavities and gingivitis. Your child doesn’t just need fresh breath in the mornings right before going to school. Brushing at night in addition to morning is an effective way to control harmful bacterial growth.

Reduce Acid Wear

During sleep, acids from food can soak into the enamel and start the process of breaking it down. Cavity-causing bacteria also produce a lot of acid. If all those germs and debris are usually left undisturbed for eight or nine hours, there’s a high chance of decay setting in.

Brushing right before going to sleep will let your child’s smile rest in a healthy oral environment. It will also give you some peace of mind that there aren’t germs eating away at their enamel overnight. 

Fluoride Time

Fluoride found in dental products is essential to making teeth resistant to cavities. It’s most effective when teeth can soak it up for at least a half hour. If your child only uses fluoride toothpaste right before eating breakfast, then it can only offer limited benefit.

Make sure your children are brushing right before they sleep. Their teeth will thank them for the extra time to get reinforced against decay!

Developing good teeth brushing habits and regular routine checkups with your childrens dentist will help avoid tooth decay and and gum disease and promotes healthy teeth and gums.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

May
3

How to Soothe Your Baby’s Teething Troubles

There are few events during infancy which are as stressful as teething. It’s exhausting to both the baby and the parents!

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ease your child’s discomfort and shorten the crying episodes.

Provide Icy Cold Toys

There are plenty of baby chew toys designed specifically for tooth-cutting toddlers. These simple gadgets have gel- or water-filled components which you can toss in the freezer for a little while. Your baby will love the numbing feel of an icy, rubbery toy between their sore gums.

Massage Baby’s Gums

In a pinch, just massaging your frustrated baby’s irritated gums with a clean finger could do the trick. Cutting teeth is a painful process! There’s not much your child can do to rush them through it. As the first teeth come in, gums feel tight, itchy, and sore. A gentle massage would provide a lot of relief.

Introduce Teeth Cleaning

Teething is actually a great time to get your baby started on a healthy routine of oral hygiene. As with the teething toys and a gum massage, your baby will love the feel of a soft moist cloth in their mouth.

Gently wiping out baby’s mouth after feedings with a clean damp rag will not only reduce bacteria and debris, but it also helps your child get used to the sensation of having their mouths and teeth cleaned. They’ll be more accepting of a toothbrush when you introduce that later on.

Like all other taxing childhood events, this too will pass. Keep a positive outlook, stay patient and calm, and don’t give up! Visit your family dentist to get more personalized advice.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

May
1

Caring for Your Child’s First Teeth

Did you know that even babies need dental care?

You might think that there isn’t too much there to worry about. True, baby teeth are small and they will eventually fall out. Even so, the teeth your little son or daughter has now need special attention from your pediatric dentist. Those small smiles have to be clean and healthy for your kids to be happy!

Why Baby Teeth Matter

Baby teeth don’t stay forever, but while they’re around, they have a few important jobs:

  • Help your child chew foods to nourish their growing bodies
  • Serve as placeholders for the adult teeth to come
  • Give your child a way to smile and speak properly

Not only are these first teeth essential, but if they do develop a problem, your little one could be in a lot of unnecessary pain.

Start While Young

Pediatric doctors and dentists alike widely recommend cleaning your baby’s mouth regularly after feedings, even before the first teeth arrive. This way, your child gets used to the sensation of having their mouth’s cleaned.

Once the first set of teeth arrives, your baby will be well into the habit of having their mouth cleaned.

Use a soft, clean, moist cloth to gently swab out your child’s mouth after each feeding, whether they have their first teeth or not.

Early Brushing Years

Once your toddler has just about all of their first teeth in, it’s time to get them into regular brushing. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Ask your dentist for recommendations for a child-friendly toothpaste.

With patience and consistency, you can start your child off on a path to a bright and healthy dental future!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Apr
17

When Your Child Won’t Sit Still at the Dentist

That enchanting and innocent smile is worth every effort to protect. But despite your best efforts, your child may not appreciate the need for dentistry.  Managing expectations, choosing a pediatric dentist, and dental sedation are all options for achieving a positive outcome at your child’s next dental visit.

Some children have a hard time sitting still for treatment because of high energy levels. Others struggle with severe anxiety in the medical setting.  What can you do to help your little one get the fullest benefit from every dental visit?

Be Reasonable

It’s not unusual for parents to want their kids to get treatment as soon as possible. All children should have their first oral examination by the time they are around 1 year old. But they may not need a professional cleaning until they are at least 3.

Don’t panic if your dentist feels your child may be too young for dental sealants or a fluoride treatment. This doesn’t mean that your child will miss out on important benefits. Your dentist knows when a procedure will do your child the most good.

Be reasonable in your expectations of what your child can handle. Most necessary major procedures aren’t tolerated well by kids in general.

Discuss Dental Sedation

Even kids who are old enough to be expected to sit through treatment may have a hard time. Certain medications can help them to relax or even doze through a procedure. Your dentist will have suggestions for a safe and effective sedative treatment.

Look for a Pediatric Specialist

After discussing matters with your dentist, you may realize that your child would do better at a pediatric dentist. These offices cater to very young children and those with special needs. When all else fails, your dentist can make a recommendation for a trusted pediatric dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Apr
15

Why Are My Kid’s Teeth Orange?

We all get dirty teeth from time to time, but is it really normal for your child to have bright orange staining across the front of their smile?

Dark Teeth Are Natural, But. . .

One factor that might contribute to your kid’s discolored smile could be the fact that their new adult teeth are just growing in. These teeth look dark in comparison with the bright white baby teeth nearby.

As adult chompers slowly emerge, they may accumulate lots of dental plaque. Plaque is mainly gobs of bacteria that produce odor, stain, and enamel-wearing acids. New teeth are rough in texture and awkwardly-positioned. This could make it hard for your child to brush them thoroughly, leaving behind the plaque and debris that grows into orange stain.

How is the Hygiene?

Orange stain is usually a sign that your child is not brushing well, if at all. Old dental plaque that just sits on teeth for weeks on end will pick up pigments from foods your child eats and it just grows and grows.

Kids may think they do well with brushing twice a day. But closer inspection of their technique might reveal that they aren’t getting the toothbrush close enough to the gum line. As a result, the plaque flourishes and grows thick in that region.

Schedule a Cleaning Visit ASAP

If your son or daughter is having a hard time keeping up with the plaque growth in their mouth, then they definitely could use a professional cleaning by your pediatric dentist. Your local dental hygienist will not only remove surface plaque and orange stain, but he or she will help your child pick up new techniques for brushing properly.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Feb
14

Don’t Ignore Cavities in Baby Teeth!

It’s easy to think that your child doesn’t really need to have a baby tooth filled. After all, it will fall out soon, right? There’s actually a lot more to it.

Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t ever ignore that cavity in your child’s baby tooth.

  1. Baby teeth are essential to adult tooth eruption.

A primary (baby) tooth is a placeholder and guide for the adult one to follow. If it falls out too soon from decay, the adult tooth may grow in crooked. Even worse, decay from a baby tooth can damage the permanent one before it even makes it to the surface.

  1. Where there’s one cavity, more will follow.

Cavities are extremely contagious between teeth. The longer a decayed tooth is there, the more likely other teeth will suffer.

  1. A toothache hurts your baby just as badly as it bothers you.

It’s simply not fair to assume that your child will be fine because the decayed tooth isn’t a permanent one.

  1. Poor self-image affect kids of all ages.

Don’t underestimate how your child may feel about having one or more rotted teeth. Tooth decay smells bad and other kids may make negative comments about your child’s hygiene. Some children are embarrassed to smile with their “dirty” or “ugly” teeth.

  1. An abscess can damage the brain.

A severely decayed tooth can develop an abscess. This is an acute infection of the nerves in a tooth that escapes into the surrounding jawbone. Sometimes, this infection can travel to the brain and cause life-threatening problems.

If your child complains of a toothache, visit your pediatric or family dentist as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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