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By contactus@drgrazioso.com
February 21, 2017
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Visiting the best pediatric dentist in Hingham, MA will help your child maintain healthy teeth as he or she ages. We recommend bringing them in for teeth cleaning twice per year and taking steps to keep baby teeth healthy, just like you would permanent ones. To better understand the importance of baby teeth, it helps to discuss the life of a child's teeth. Here is what you should know:

The first tooth erupts

By their first birthday, most children will have one or several teeth. It is common for parents to worry that their child is not developing teeth as soon as another child they see. As long as teeth are coming in by 1 year of age, it does not matter if the first tooth comes in at 5 or 8 months. What is important is brushing teeth as soon as they do come in. Failing to do so, combined with nighttime feedings, often results in baby bottle tooth decay and a child suffering from unnecessary dental pain as early as 2 years of age.

Baby teeth come in

Most baby teeth will be in place when the child is 3 years old. Again, there is no set time frame for when each tooth must erupt. During this time, it is critical for parents to bring their child in for dental exams and cleanings twice per year. We may also recommend fluoride treatments as a way to strengthen their teeth and reduce the likelihood of them developing cavities. Remember that a child of this age cannot be responsible for brushing their teeth on their own so be sure to do it for them.

Teeth start to fall out

Baby teeth begin to fall out in children who are between 3 and 7 years old, though it is more common to start around the age of 6. Parents have an important role to play during this time by helping children's teeth remain healthy through at-home oral hygiene. Losing baby teeth too early can cause overcrowding, so it is necessary for them to fall out on their own and not due to infection. First molars will also begin to descend during this time.

Permanent teeth come in

Between the ages of 7 and 13, the remaining baby teeth will fall out and permanent teeth will come in; including both sets of molars. Wisdom teeth typically don't descend until later on. This is the stage where we often recommend children wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth when playing sports. We may also make a referral to an orthodontist if we believe that early orthodontic intervention will benefit a patient.

Warning

As the best pediatric dentist, we warn parents of the importance of healthy baby teeth. Baby teeth make it possible for children to develop speech patterns and eat properly. The baby teeth also hold a spot for permanent teeth and when falling out too early, lead to overcrowding problems. Additionally, if a baby tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread to the roots and their permanent teeth, leading to long-term problems.

Schedule an appointment with the best pediatric dentist

We can promote healthy teeth through ongoing dental appointments.Schedule an appointment today and improve the health of your child.


By contactus@drgrazioso.com
February 21, 2017
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If you are worried about your child's oral health, bring them to our children's dentist office. Tooth decay is a serious problem among children and is getting worse as children spend more time eating candy as well as drinking sugary sodas and juices. Many parents visit our office wondering what they can do to stop the spread of decay and limit their children's exposure to oral health problems. We are happy to answer any questions from patients to help arm them with knowledge against tooth decay.

Understanding tooth decay

Decay does not happen instantly. Since decay happens over time, daily habits are critical to oral health. Bacteria can grow naturally in the mouth and grow faster when consuming sugar. The more sugar in a child's diet, the faster bacteria will grow and spread. Bacteria will then produce acid that is dangerous for the child's teeth. For 20 minutes after eating, a child can have his or her teeth awash in acid and even longer if they are drinking soda or eating anything high in sugar or carbohydrates.

Impact of acid on the teeth

As acid begins to attack the teeth, it will wear away the outer layer of the teeth known as the enamel. While the enamel is strong, it is not strong enough to resist constant attacks from acid and bacteria. Eventually, the enamel will give way and a cavity will form. Underneath the enamel is the middle layer of the tooth called dentin. The dentin is more sensitive since it contains the nerve endings.

If tooth decay spreads to the dentin, a child will experience tooth sensitivity and discomfort. If the decay spreads into the center of the tooth, the child will have a severe and terrible toothache that may need a root canal.

Fighting tooth decay

As a children's dentist, we have tools to help fight tooth decay, including:

Fluoride applications

Fluoride contains the natural mineral, fluorine and can strengthen the teeth when ingested through water or by direct application in our dental office. When fluoride makes teeth stronger, they are better equipped to withstand the acid attacks. This is why fluoride treatments on a regular basis can reduce the likelihood of cavities forming by 30 percent in children, according to the American Dental Association.

Teeth cleanings

Removing plaque and tartar is an important step in preventing tooth decay because plaque produces acid. We suggest bringing children to our office twice per year so that we can remove plaque that has remained, even after at-home cleanings. This too will reduce the risk of cavities forming.

Dental sealant

If a child has deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of their teeth, it will be difficult to clean them. Food and plaque can easily become trapped and decay can form. To protect the teeth, we can apply dental sealant. This is a plastic-like barrier that is painted on this portion of the tooth so that when your child eats, nothing touches the tooth directly.

Steps to take at home

You can also prevent tooth decay by helping your child to brush and floss on a daily basis. Additionally, we recommend eliminating foods and drinks that are high in sugar or acid from their diet.

Call for help

If you want to prevent tooth decay, bring your child to our children's dentist office for an examination and teeth cleaning. We can help them to remain in good oral health.


By contactus@drgrazioso.com
February 21, 2017
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Best Kids DentistFeb 15, 2017

Visiting the best pediatric dentist in Hingham, MA will help your child maintain healthy teeth as he or she ages. We recommend bringing them in for teeth cleaning twice per year and taking steps to keep baby teeth healthy, just like you would permanent ones. To better understand the importance of baby teeth, it helps to discuss the life of a child's teeth. Here is what you should know:

The first tooth erupts

By their first birthday, most children will have one or several teeth. It is common for parents to worry that their child is not developing teeth as soon as another child they see. As long as teeth are coming in by 1 year of age, it does not matter if the first tooth comes in at 5 or 8 months. What is important is brushing teeth as soon as they do come in. Failing to do so, combined with nighttime feedings, often results in baby bottle tooth decay and a child suffering from unnecessary dental pain as early as 2 years of age.

Baby teeth come in

Most baby teeth will be in place when the child is 3 years old. Again, there is no set time frame for when each tooth must erupt. During this time, it is critical for parents to bring their child in for dental exams and cleanings twice per year. We may also recommend fluoride treatments as a way to strengthen their teeth and reduce the likelihood of them developing cavities. Remember that a child of this age cannot be responsible for brushing their teeth on their own so be sure to do it for them.

Teeth start to fall out

Baby teeth begin to fall out in children who are between 3 and 7 years old, though it is more common to start around the age of 6. Parents have an important role to play during this time by helping children's teeth remain healthy through at-home oral hygiene. Losing baby teeth too early can cause overcrowding, so it is necessary for them to fall out on their own and not due to infection. First molars will also begin to descend during this time.

Permanent teeth come in

Between the ages of 7 and 13, the remaining baby teeth will fall out and permanent teeth will come in; including both sets of molars. Wisdom teeth typically don't descend until later on. This is the stage where we often recommend children wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth when playing sports. We may also make a referral to an orthodontist if we believe that early orthodontic intervention will benefit a patient.

Warning

As the best pediatric dentist, we warn parents of the importance of healthy baby teeth. Baby teeth make it possible for children to develop speech patterns and eat properly. The baby teeth also hold a spot for permanent teeth and when falling out too early, lead to overcrowding problems. Additionally, if a baby tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread to the roots and their permanent teeth, leading to long-term problems.

Schedule an appointment with the best pediatric dentist

We can promote healthy teeth through ongoing dental appointments.Schedule an appointment today and improve the health of your child.

 
 

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By contactus@drgrazioso.com
February 21, 2017
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Children's DentistFebruary 1, 2017

If you are worried about your child's oral health, bring them to our children's dentist office. Tooth decay is a serious problem among children and is getting worse as children spend more time eating candy as well as drinking sugary sodas and juices. Many parents visit our office wondering what they can do to stop the spread of decay and limit their children's exposure to oral health problems. We are happy to answer any questions from patients to help arm them with knowledge against tooth decay.

Understanding tooth decay

Decay does not happen instantly. Since decay happens over time, daily habits are critical to oral health. Bacteria can grow naturally in the mouth and grow faster when consuming sugar. The more sugar in a child's diet, the faster bacteria will grow and spread. Bacteria will then produce acid that is dangerous for the child's teeth. For 20 minutes after eating, a child can have his or her teeth awash in acid and even longer if they are drinking soda or eating anything high in sugar or carbohydrates.

Impact of acid on the teeth

As acid begins to attack the teeth, it will wear away the outer layer of the teeth known as the enamel. While the enamel is strong, it is not strong enough to resist constant attacks from acid and bacteria. Eventually, the enamel will give way and a cavity will form. Underneath the enamel is the middle layer of the tooth called dentin. The dentin is more sensitive since it contains the nerve endings.

If tooth decay spreads to the dentin, a child will experience tooth sensitivity and discomfort. If the decay spreads into the center of the tooth, the child will have a severe and terrible toothache that may need a root canal.

Fighting tooth decay

As a children's dentist, we have tools to help fight tooth decay, including:

Fluoride applications

Fluoride contains the natural mineral, fluorine and can strengthen the teeth when ingested through water or by direct application in our dental office. When fluoride makes teeth stronger, they are better equipped to withstand the acid attacks. This is why fluoride treatments on a regular basis can reduce the likelihood of cavities forming by 30 percent in children, according to the American Dental Association.

Teeth cleanings

Removing plaque and tartar is an important step in preventing tooth decay because plaque produces acid. We suggest bringing children to our office twice per year so that we can remove plaque that has remained, even after at-home cleanings. This too will reduce the risk of cavities forming.

Dental sealant

If a child has deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of their teeth, it will be difficult to clean them. Food and plaque can easily become trapped and decay can form. To protect the teeth, we can apply dental sealant. This is a plastic-like barrier that is painted on this portion of the tooth so that when your child eats, nothing touches the tooth directly.

Steps to take at home

You can also prevent tooth decay by helping your child to brush and floss on a daily basis. Additionally, we recommend eliminating foods and drinks that are high in sugar or acid from their diet.

Call for help

If you want to prevent tooth decay, bring your child to our children's dentist office for an examination and teeth cleaning. We can help them to remain in good oral health.

 
 

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