Posts for: May, 2017
Bring your teens to our family dentist office on a regular basis. It is important for parents to understand that while teens can do a better job of brushing and flossing their teeth than younger children, teens still need to visit the dentist on a regular basis. It is easy for parents to think that because they are older, a teen can handle all of their oral health care needs on their own.
While this is certainly true in some ways, it is not true in every way. A teen is very unlikely to visit the dentist on their own. In fact, they are unlikely to even suggest scheduling an appointment. Thus, it may become necessary to handle these matters for them even if they go to college.
Routines are important
Routines established when a child is young can help to set the stage for their oral health routines as they age. Brushing and flossing with them and encouraging healthy decisions in regards to food that is selected, are all important for long-term oral health. Naturally, parents tend to be very good at this when a child is young. As the child gets older, some parents become laxer with keeping a steady routine. While teens can be responsible, oral hygiene may be one area they slack off.
Sometimes this is the case but it is not wise to depend on that. Continue to remind the teen and encourage making healthy decisions. These healthy routines also need to include a trip to the family dentist office. This is something that everyone, regardless of age, needs to do twice per year. By scheduling an appointment, we can remove any plaque or tartar left behind after brushing.
Protection for teeth
Good oral hygiene and regular trips to our dentist office help teeth to remain in good condition. This is important because healthy teeth are stronger teeth. Teeth that do not have cavities are less likely to become broken or damaged when connecting with something hard or just as normal course of action. Another way that parents can help to protect their older children's teeth is to encourage wearing a mouthguard while playing sports.
A guard surrounds the teeth so that if a fly ball or random elbow were to collide with the mouth, the teeth will be protected and preserved. Otherwise, it is all too common for teens to experience significant dental damage when playing sports.
If a teen does damage a tooth either through an accident or tooth decay, we have the tools necessary to restore it in a way that looks entirely natural. Keep in mind that the teeth teens have are their permanent adult teeth so it is important to ensure that any restorations look as good as possible. We use ceramic fillings and solutions like dental bonding to correct any damage, and we can complete the process relatively quickly.
Bring them to our family dentist office
Help your children remain in excellent oral health as they age by scheduling an appointment with our dental office today.
As a kid's dentist office, we help young patients to have good oral health. Strong oral health begins when a child is a toddler. The steps one takes to keep teeth healthy will include creating a daily routine that promotes oral health and making it to our office at least twice a year for regular cleanings. Visiting a dentist twice a year is an excellent way to keep teeth in good condition as a child grows.
During these routine dental appointments, we get a lot of questions from parents. One of them happens to be when will the child need braces or if they will need them at all. To that effect, it helps to understand when we will typically refer to an orthodontist.
When is the right time to visit an orthodontist?
Children can visit the orthodontist as early as 7 years of age. At this time, they will not be ready to have actual braces. However, there are other orthodontic solutions that can be used. Things like an expander are highly effective for helping to create space when necessary. For children to truly be ready for a full orthodontic treatment, they need to have all or most of their permanent teeth.
This typically happens somewhere between 10 and 12 years of age. At this point, it is easier for a child to visit an orthodontist and actually start the process of wearing braces. Still, many parents prefer to visit an orthodontist early to begin addressing issues and to create a future plan for treatment.
Signs a child needs orthodontic intervention
There are several signs to watch for that a child may need braces, including:
- Large spaces in between teeth
- Teeth that fell out when they were very young
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth growing in front or behind of each other
- Over or underbite
- Teeth not coming together when the jaw is closed
If we observe any of these during a routine dental examination, we may suggest visiting an orthodontist. As a parent, you can watch for these signs at home as well.
How a kid's dentist can help
We help children to smile brightly. Additionally, it is important to bring them to our office, because in many cases we can prevent the need for orthodontic treatment in the future. The reason this is possible is because one of the common reasons that teeth need to be straightened is because a child lost them too early. When a tooth falls out due to an accident or decay, the teeth in the surrounding areas will begin to move and encroach upon the space.
This creates a bad situation where the new tooth has no place to go when it does eventually grow in. Overcrowding results and an orthodontic treatment becomes imminent. By keeping teeth healthy and strong, they are less likely to fall out prematurely, preventing this common problem.
Visit our kid's dentist office for care
Improve the appearance of your child's smile by visiting our office on a regular basis by keeping their teeth healthy and clean. We can also give them a mouth guard to prevent accidental tooth loss due to a sports injury.