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Children's oral health differs from that of adults in a variety of ways. It's essential to understand what your child will need from you when it comes to his or her oral health in those first few years. In home dental care begins when your baby starts to show signs of developing the first tooth. Most children should have their first general dentist appointment by age four. This initial appointment with your little one is designed to get him or her accustomed to our office. Take a look at what will be completed during their first dental exam.
- Check for decay and gum disease
- Examine the development of their bite
- Clean their teeth
- Apply Fluoride if the child is old enough
- Review current pediatric home care recommendations
- Answer any parental questions or concerns
Remember, creating healthy, life-time oral health habits with your child early on is crucial. We are here to guide you through this process and make sure your child is healthy and happy.
It's no secret that kids and adults have different priorities: your duty is to raise a happy, healthy child, but your little one's priority may be to simply have fun. When it comes to brushing teeth, it can be hard to combine a healthy habit with having fun. You might fear it can't be done, but with a little creativity, brushing time can be a great experience for both of you!
MAKE IT A PARTY. Brushing time doesn't have to be a chore when you throw a little party! Get Mom and Dad together so that the whole family can brush their teeth at the same time. Let you child choose a song to dance to while you all brush for the recommended two minutes. Your son or daughter may actually grow to love this silly routine, especially when their parents are clearly dedicated to brushing their own teeth as well.
BIG KID DECISIONS. Kids love the responsibility of making "big kid" decisions. Keep a variety of toothbrushes, colors of floss, and toothpaste flavors on hand so that they can choose something "new" each time that they brush, just like when they visit our dental office. Not only can this help them grow more comfortable with the idea of seeing the dentist, but they'll love having the responsibilty of picking what would be fun at brushing time.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. It's true that the only way to get better at something is to practice, practice, and practice. Have your child practice brushing on his or her favorite stuffed animal, and use that opportunity to teach your kiddo how to hold the toothbrush and use circular cleaning motions. Showing how you brush your own teeth can also be worthwhile.
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT. Did you know that there are lots of fun apps that encourage good brushing habits among children? Brands like Oral-B and Aquafresh have free apps that you can download onto your phone. The child gets to select a character, scenery, and a song that he or she would love to accompany the task of brushing. If you have a daughter, she might even like to use a Tooth Fairy Timer, which allows her to pick her very own fairy as her brushing buddy.
Accidents happen! Next time you'll wear your mouthguard when you skateboard, never use your teeth to open anything again, and carefully step away from your grandmother's hard candy dish. But now that your tooth has chipped, what's the next step in repair? Take a look at many of the common treatment options for repairing chipped teeth.
- BONDING. If the chip is small, then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the damaged area with adhesive, molded to shape, and then hardened with a curing light in a single visit.
- PORCELAIN VENEER. If the chip is too large for bonding, then a thin shell of porcelain can be custom fabricated by the lab from an impression of your tooth and then adhered with a bonding procedure at a later visit.
- CROWN. Larger chips or fractures are commonly treated with a crown also known as a "cap." Impressions of the tooth are made after a preparation and then sent to the lab for a custom fitted crown to be fabricated. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until the final visit when the custom crown has been received back from the lab and then adhered to your tooth at the second visit.
No matter what size of the chip, it is important to have your tooth evaluated to determine what treatment is needed. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
If your previous dental history isn't something that you can brag about, then it's easy to feel as though you're destined for a lifetime of ongoing dental problems. You might even be feeling as though you'd rather avoid scheduling an appointment with any dentist for fear of hearing more bad news about your teeth.
You should know that your dental future isn't hopeless, though. No matter how bad things have been in the past, you can actually use your past dental experiences to improve the future of your oral health.
For starters, although some dental problems can come without much warning, most often, they can be prevented or minimized when you take action early. Think about what could have been done to prevent your oral health from spiraling out of control, and make a commitment to prevent them from ever happening again. If you never want to experience a toothache again or never want to lose another tooth, think back to how it all began:
- Did you choose a healthy diet or lifestyle? Processed foods, sports drinks, starchy meals, and poor general health are know to contribute to dental problems.
- Was your oral hygiene routine adequate? Poor hygiene habits and plaque accumulation raise your risk for dental diseases.
- Did you maintain routine dental check-ups? This is the best way to identify and tackle a small problem before it becomes a big one.
- Did you contact the dentist as soon as you noticed a problem or pain? Pain or persistent sensitivity can be a sign of an advanced dental problem.
- Did you follow your dentist's recommendations for preventive or restorative treatments in a timely manner? A small problem can become much worse when you delay or ignore the dentist's recommendations.
Toothpaste no longer comes in simple choices of fluoride and fresh breath. Paste is not even the only option! You can choose gel forms and even some with ribbons of color and flavor. With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to know which features or combinations of ingredients are best for your mouth.
FLUORIDE. The majority of all dental patients should use toothpaste with fluoride, which helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; making them stronger and more resistant to decay.
SENSITIVITY PROTECTION. If your teeth are sensitive to temperatures, toothpaste with sensitivity protection can work wonders for your discomfort. Ingredients in these pastes or gels work to block the pathways to the nerves that react to hot or cold.
PLAQUE, TARTAR, & GINGIVAL PROTECTION. Everyone has bacteria in his or her mouth, and this bacteria is normal. Unfortunately, some bacteria also cause plaque. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar or calculus, which is the cement-like substance that cannot be removed by brushing alone.
WHITENING. White teeth are desirable, and manufacturers are heavily marketing whitening toothpastes. Most brands do not contain bleaching ingredients; instead, they use abrasives to polish stains away. Unfortunately, too much abrasive use can be damaging to your teeth.