Dental Tips Blog

Mar
27

Tips for Preparing Kids for a Dental Appointment

Your child’s first dental appointment is just around the corner! Every parent wants to know the secret to make this first dental appointment a good one. While we know the dentist office is not  a big, bad, and scary place, the unknown is always scary to our children.

Here are some tips to help prepare your child for their first trip to the dentist office.

Tip #1 – Find a great dentist

Whether you chose your family dentist or a  pediatric dentist who specializes in dental care for children, just make sure it’s a great fit for your family. You want the office to be warm and inviting. You want the dentist to be comforting and knowledgeable. Ask around, search online, etc. to find the best one for your kids. Having a great dentist will make all the difference in the world at the first appointment!

Tip #2 – Talk a lot about the first appointment

There are several ways you can really talk about the dentist office. First, you could go to the library and check out a book on visiting the dentist. Second, you take your child to the office to see it and meet the staff. Third, tell your child about how you go to the dentist too. The more they know, the better it will be!

Tip #3 – Rewards, rewards, and more rewards

Not that you have to bribe them with things, but rewards always help to give your child something to focus on. If they know that they will get a certain treat after, then you can keep reminding them about it during the visit.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Aug
1

Preventative Dentistry for Kids

We’ve all heard the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, it is especially true when it comes to children’s teeth. If you, as a parent, work with your dentist to promote healthy habits with your children, those habits are likely to last a lifetime. And your children will be more likely to have fewer cavities and other dental problems as they mature into adults.

Here are a few pointers to help keep your child on the right track:

  • Start dental care early. The American Dental Association recommends a child see the dentist at six months of age, or when his first tooth shows.
  • Parents should establish good brushing habits right away. Wipe your infant’s mouth after feedings to promote health gums and teeth. Have your toddler brush with water and a soft brush, and at 3 or 4 years of age, your child can start to use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • By school age, your child should begin a regiment of brush 2-3 times a day, flossing daily and seeing a dentist for a regular check up every six months. Regular check-ups will ensure that any problem that arises, from tooth decay to irregular growth, will be caught and corrected.
  • The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends children see an orthodontist by the time they are 7 years old, but treatment usually takes place between the ages of 9 and 14, and after the child has lost most of his baby teeth.
  • Many dentists now make fluoride treatments part of their routine pediatric check-ups, especially if children are prone to dental caries, or cavities.
  • For children susceptible to cavities, dental sealants are another option. In this procedure, a plastic coating is applied to the teeth, particularly molars, as a long term preventative measure. Sealants generally last about five years.

If you have doubts or questions about your child’s oral health, it is important you talk to your pediatric dentist. Most would be happy to sit down with you and come up with a long term dental plan for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, and establishing good habits that will last a lifetime.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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May
5

Common Concerns of Your Child’s Permanent Tooth Development

As your child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt into the mouth, they can appear quite different from the baby teeth that they’ve smiled with up until that point. Many very natural characteristics of permanent teeth can seem so different that it alarms the parent to where they call their pediatric dentist to find out if something is wrong.

Tooth Color

Most parents worry about their children’s new teeth being darker than normal, and they even ask about whitening procedures. Adult teeth are naturally darker in appearance than the adjacent baby teeth. This is due to the anatomy of baby and permanent teeth. Baby teeth are mostly tooth enamel, which is white. Adult teeth have an inner layer of dentin, which is yellow in color. The dentin creates a different shade being reflected through the tooth, making it appear darker than baby teeth.

Spacing

Ideal spacing for your child’s baby teeth will leave open areas between the teeth. These large spaces allow for optimal permanent tooth eruption. Baby teeth that are close to one another may not leave enough space, and be a precursor to crowded adult teeth.

Location

The lower front permanent teeth can often erupt behind the baby teeth before the baby teeth fall out. This is a fairly normal eruption pattern and the baby teeth should still fall out without much prompting. If the tooth erupts so far back that the baby tooth does not loosen, you may need the dentist to help.

Size and Shape

Permanent teeth are larger than baby teeth and take up more space. The front teeth often have small bumps called “mamelons” on the biting edge, which aid in tooth eruption. These small ridges naturally wear down over time as the tooth is used.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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