Dental Tips Blog

Oct
8

Benefits of Early Dental Care for Kids

Many parents make the mistake of putting off dental treatment until their child has a serious problem in their mouth.

Why does your pediatric dentist want to see your child as soon as possible? Consider a few ways early dental care is good for kids…

Treat Problems While Small

Trying to repair a mouth full of cavities is hard on everyone – the dentist, your child, and you. It’s much easier to just get a simple filling when it’s recommended in the first place. You’ll get a good idea of what your child needs by bringing them in for a dental visit as soon as possible.

Avoid Problems Altogether

Kids’ smiles are clean slates. Keep their teeth strong and healthy, and your children may never have to get a dental crown or tooth extraction. Preventative dental care is easier on young smiles as well as on your wallet.

Track Smile Development

No two kids’ smiles will develop in the same way. There’s no need to panic if you feel your child’s teeth aren’t growing in on schedule. Just plan a trip to the dentist to find out where everything is at.

Set Healthy Habits

Getting your child started on a routine of regular dental visits will help them develop a positive view of the dentist. Your son or daughter can avoid an irrational fear of dentistry and they’ll pick up effective techniques for keeping their own teeth in great shape.

Why put it off any longer? Your family has nothing to lose and so much to gain from getting those first dental visits out of the way!

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Sep
27

Does Teething Make Babies Sick?

Your baby’s first teeth will usually show up between 4-7 months of age. The teething process continues at a variable rate until your child has all of his or her baby teeth by age 3.

Teething can be a traumatic event. Babies certainly don’t enjoy the sensation and parents are often worried sick over their child’s distress.

Typical signs of teething include:

  • Drooling
  • Chewing on objects, fingers, etc.
  • Crying and irritability
  • Appetite loss
  • Red and swollen gums

But what about fever, diarrhea, and vomiting?

Remember that teething occurs over a large part of your baby’s early years. Age 4 months to three years is pretty much the majority of a toddler’s life. That’s a long time to deal with bouts of tooth pain!

It’s thus easy to attribute any discomfort to teething during this period.

There’s actually no research linking oral pain from teething to other bodily issues such as fever or diarrhea. However, some experts still believe the two are linked.

Your child’s early years are also marked by a rapidly developing immune system. For some time, your baby can easily get sick from a variety of bugs that you’ve already built up immunity to.

So if your child has symptoms like a fever or vomiting, don’t be quick to dismiss them as signs of teething. They could actually be indicating a much more serious problem.

As far as teething issues go, you can alleviate the discomfort by offering icy baby teething rings, cool water, gum massages, or raw vegetables if your toddler can eat them safely.

Talk with your pediatric dentist to find out how you can keep your child comfortable during the teething years. Visit the pediatrician right away if your baby has other unexplained symptoms.

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

Sep
19

Milk and Your Toddler’s Smile

Milk sustains virtually everyone through their first few months of life. As your baby weans away from breastmilk or formula, their diet should still include milk to give their smile and body a boost.

The Early Years

Although individual views vary, many doctors and nutritionists agree that toddlers under the age of 2 should be drinking whole milk. The nutrients and fat found in whole cow’s milk are perfect fuel for a rapidly growing small body. But after age 2, most experts advise parents to start the switch to lower fat dairy products. This will encourage the start of a healthy lifestyle low in saturated fat.

What Does Dairy Do For The Smile?

Dairy products contain calcium which is essential for bone development and strong teeth. Deep within your baby’s jaw, the makings for the adult teeth are taking place. Lots of calcium will ensure healthy smile development.

Milk-based products such as cheese slices and sugar-free yogurt can actually promote a healthy oral environment in kids of all ages. Some dairy components fight tooth decay and others encourage healthy bacteria populations.

In many cases, soy-based dairy alternatives can provide just as much calcium as other items. Check with your child’s doctor for suggestions if personal values or your toddler’s inability to tolerate dairy limit your options.

Remember:

  • Never put your toddler to bed with a bottle of anything besides water
  • Help your child learn to drink from a cup as early as 6 months. This will prevent them from constantly sucking on a bottle which can cut their appetite for other nutritious food

Get more tips on a smile-friendly diet for your toddler by consulting your pediatric dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

Aug
29

Help! My Toddler Won’t Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Is your nightly brushing routine coming down to a battle of wills?

You know that oral hygiene is important, so you’re tempted to hold your toddler down just to get the brushing chore done. But balance is essential if you’re going to help your child develop a positive view of oral health and hygiene.

When your toddler gets a little older, you can start appealing to her power of reason to encourage her to brush. For now, try these tips to keep tooth brushing a fun, engaging, and relaxed activity for your child.

Keep it brief. The younger the child, the shorter the attention span! While your child is very small, the most important thing is simply getting her comfortable with the idea of brushing. Don’t fret if you feel you can’t do a very thorough job. Praise her for cooperating for even half a minute.

Nix the paste. Even though many toddler toothpastes are fluoride-free, some babies just hate the sensation. It’s okay to brush without it if that helps your little one tolerate the activity.

Brush together. Kids like to do what they see their parents doing. Make tooth brushing a group activity everyone participates in before bedtime. Eventually, your toddler will catch on.

Take turns. Let your child try brushing your teeth, then try brushing hers. Let her try brushing her own teeth, and then once again try brushing hers. Switching it up gives your toddler the feeling that they have more control in the situation and shouldn’t be as nervous.

Talk with your child’s dentist or pediatrician to get more ideas on how to provide age-appropriate oral hygiene care.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

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

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