A: Pediatric dentists have special training in helping anxious children feel secure during dental treatment. And, pediatric dental offices are designed for children. Staff members choose to work in a pediatric dental practice because they like kids. So, most children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office. Our team is specially trained to work with children with anxiety.
The modeling technique pairs a timid child in dental treatment with a cooperative child of similar age. Coaching, distraction, and parent participation are other possibilities to give your child confidence in dentistry. But by far the most preferred technique is praise. Every child does something right during a dental visit, and pediatric dentists let children know that.
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will let you know the best appointment schedule for your child.
A: It is recommended per the American Dental Association, breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced. Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Fruit juice should only be offered in a cup with meals or at snack time. However, understand that these are recommendations and can be adapted to individual needs. At Kids Dental Experts, we strongly encourage and support mothers who elect to breastfeed.
A: It is recommended per the American Dental Association that children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age, however, understand that these are recommendations and can be adapted to individual needs. At Kids Dental Experts, we strongly encourage and support mothers who elect to breastfeed.
A: Malocclusion is often inherited. Orthodontic problems also are caused by dental injuries, the early loss of primary teeth or such habits as thumb sucking, fingernail biting, or lip biting. Your pediatric dentist can help your child avoid oral habits that may create orthodontic problems.
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A: Early orthodontics can enhance your child’s smile, but the benefits far surpass appearance. Pediatric orthodontics can straighten crooked teeth, guide erupting teeth into position, correct bite problems, even prevent the need for tooth extractions. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
A: Different orthodontic appliances work in different ways to benefit your child’s dental health. Some are fixed; others are removable. Your pediatric dentist will explain which appliance is best for your child, what the treatment can do, and how long it will take.
A: As with any dental treatment, the more a child cooperates, the better the results. First, careful brushing and flossing keep the appliance and your child’s health in top shape. (Removable appliances should be brushed each time the teeth are brushed.) Second, regular dental check-ups — besides orthodontic appointments — protect your child from tooth decay and gum disease. Third, prompt contact with your pediatric dentist when an appliance breaks will keep orthodontic treatment on-time and on-track.
A: Infants and some young children may feel more confident when parents stay close during treatment. We welcome parents to join their child during the visit.
A: Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free.
Taking care of your children’s dental needs is of the utmost importance. Making sure their teeth are properly protected and maintained from the start will help to ensure a healthy, more confident future as well as provide beautiful smiles for a lifetime. Sealants can help provide the daily protection your children’s teeth require in case brushing after a meal isn’t possible or regularly done. With leftover sugars and starches serving as a food source for the bacteria that develops after meals, harmful acids are produced as they attack the natural enamel. With repeated acid exposure, enamel can eventually wear thin and ultimately result in cavities.
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As teeth develop, deep crevices called “fissures” evolve. When two or more fissures join, a pit is created. Although daily brushing, rinsing and flossing can eliminate remaining food particles and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, toothbrushes do not always reach the deeper pits leaving these areas once again exposed to harmful bacterias and their resulting acids. This is where tooth sealants can help.
The National Institute of Health reported that pit and fissure cavities accounted for at least 88% of the total cavities experienced by U.S. school children between 1986 and 1987.
Sealants are white, resin-based product that when applied sinks deep into the fissures and pits of the tooth. In addition to filling and sealing these deeper places where toothbrushes often fail to reach, Sealants have the added protective benefit of releasing fluoride to the teeth further guarding them against harmful bacterial agents. Decay will not start under a tooth sealant because the decay causing bacteria are deprived of the food they need to survive. Because children are more prone to tooth decay than adults, it is beneficial to apply the tooth sealant before their teeth have had a chance to begin the decaying process.
Tooth sealants will typically last several years when exposed to normal chewing forces, and will generally take several minutes per tooth to apply. The procedure is easy and painless, and offers major protective benefits. It is critical however to have your dentist check the condition to be certain that the sealant remains intact on the teeth to further insure the tooth’s protection from decay. When necessary, tooth sealants can easily be re-applied. With tooth sealants protecting your child’s teeth, you can rest a little easier if an occasional brushing is missed.