Posts for: June, 2017
A Children's Dentist Can Provide Your Child with Natural-Looking Restorations
May 15, 2017
As a children's dentist office, we are focused on improving the health of our patients. To do so, we need to see our patients on a regular basis. This is why we encourage parents to schedule
Additionally, it gives us the ability to notice if there are any existing problems and works to quickly correct them. We can usually treat tooth decay and other issues quickly if the size of the issue is relatively small. If it does spread and infection forms, the resulting treatment will be far more invasive. This makes early prevention critical and wise.
Types of restorations offered in our children's dentist office
Whenever possible, we try to use natural-looking dental restorations. With the availability of ceramic materials, this is a common practice. Some of the restorations we provide include:
#1. Dental fillings
When a child suffers tooth decay, it is important to remove the decayed area of the tooth and then clean it. Afterward, we need to fill the cavity. For decades, silver or amalgam fillings were the most common but now we prefer to place tooth-colored fillings that blend in with the natural tooth. This makes it nearly impossible to tell that a child ever suffered from decay.
#2. Dental bonding
Cracking or chipping a tooth is all too common with children. Things like playground accidents or wrestling with a friend can easily lead to dental damage and, in this scenario, the best option is often to use dental bonding to restore the tooth. The bonding material can be placed and shaped prior to being hardened on the spot. Blending in with the natural tooth, bonding works well for an immediate restoration that looks natural.
#3. Dental crowns
When a tooth is severely damaged, a crown may be necessary to restore it. This happens most often when a child has suffered a serious infection. Also, things like accidents can cause a portion of the tooth to become chipped, leaving not enough of the natural tooth structure in place to use dental bonding or a dental filling.
Since a crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth entirely, it stabilizes the tooth and restores the strength and durability of it.
Schedule an appointment with a children's dentist
To ensure that your child's dental restoration is completed smoothly, call and schedule an appointment with our clinic. We treat children exclusively and are here to provide them with the dental care they need to recover from any dental pain, infection or trauma. Visiting our office is wise because of our focus on children. Since we work with them all the time, we know how to keep them comfortable during the entire appointment and restoration process.
Healthy Food and Drink Choices for Teeth: More from a Dentist for Kids
May 1, 2017
With regular appointments, children can improve their oral health, but making good choices at home is also necessary and we can make suggestions as a dentist for kids. We encourage parents to talk about food choices because of how impactful they are to a child's overall and oral health. Keep in mind that all food and drink passes through the teeth before moving toward the rest of the body. Thus, teeth and gums are more susceptible to damage from the actual food item.'
While most parents try to help their children make healthy choices, few are aware of the dangers of certain foods. This makes the conversation an important one to have.
Speak with a dentist for kids
We encourage parents to schedule an appointment with our office to begin discussing how children can make better choices throughout the day and throughout their lifetime. Some parents keep a food journal, that allows us to review individual food and drink choices and comment on whether they are neutral, good or dangerous for teeth.
Good choices matter
Teeth can actually be strengthened when good choices are made. Some foods and drinks to include in a child's diet are:
- No-sugar-added yogurt
- Lean protein like chicken and fish
- Crunchy vegetables
- Green leafy vegetables
A diet full of these options can improve a child's overall health while also strengthening the teeth and encouraging remineralization.
Avoid these foods
On the other hand, there are certain foods and drinks that are terrible for the teeth and likely to cause the enamel to wear down. There is only a limited amount of enamel on the teeth and, as it erodes, it is difficult for the teeth to become strong again. This makes avoidance the number one priority.
Consider the fact that if the enamel begins to erode, a child's teeth will become sensitive, susceptible to decay and more likely to break. These are the oral health risks associated with a poor diet. With that in mind, we encourage parents to avoid giving their children the following:
Soda of any kind
Even diet soda is bad for teeth because it is high in acid and can erode the enamel.
All candy is bad but sour candy is the worst since it is also acidic.
If a cereal is high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup, it is bad for the teeth and body.
Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit are highly acidic and should be eaten in limited quantities with the mouth rinsed immediately afterward.
Things like crackers, chips and white bread should only be eaten in moderation.
Schedule an appointment
Learn more about healthy food and drink choices by calling our office and speaking with a dentist for kids. We can make detailed suggestions about how to improve your child's diet while also looking at the food items they are currently consuming to inform you of anything that appears healthy that may actually be putting their teeth in danger.