From one parent to another, we know it’s exhausting to raise a little one – but it is also the greatest gift imaginable.
Any parent knows that convincing your toddler to brush his or her teeth can be a constant battle. Kids are so busy exploring the world around them and finding new fun ways to play, they easily lose focus and have trouble staying still long enough to brush their teeth effectively. However, this is a critical time that you work with your child to establish a dental care routine. Make it fun! By establishing good habits at an early age you are setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Although timing varies greatly, babies usually begin teething by about age 6 months. Typically, the two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors). Classic signs and symptoms of teething include:
Many parents think that teething can cause higher fever and diarrhea, but researchers say they aren’t indications of teething. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend you consult with your pediatrician.
If your teething baby seems uncomfortable or in pain, consider these simple tips:
Teething is one of the most difficult rites of passage for small children (and parents alike!), and although newborns usually do not have any visible teeth, teething can begin quite early. When your baby’s first teeth appear, it is time to start thinking about regular dental checkups. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend scheduling your child’s first dental visit after their first tooth erupts and no later than his or her first birthday. Have questions? Give our office a call today!
Sucking on a thumb, finger, or pacifier is normal for infants and young children. At early ages, this habit typically does not damage your child’s teeth. However, be sure to clean your infant’s pacifier before each use to avoid bacteria being introduced into the mouth.
Never dip your child’s pacifier in sugar, honey, or juice, as this can cause tooth decay. And don’t worry, most children stop these habits on their own. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends any habit of sucking on a thumb or pacifier should end by age three. If your child continues beyond that point, it can cause long-term problems with their tooth alignment and bite. Some oral changes caused by sucking habits can continue even after the habit stops. Prolonged sucking can cause crooked teeth or bite problems. If you have a child over age four who is still using a pacifier or sucking his or her thumb, we will work with you and your pediatrician to find the best to stop this habit.
Player safety is as important as ever. You owe it to yourself, or and/or your players, to make custom fit mouthguards a top priority. They are an essential piece of safety equipment, just like helmets, pads, and shoes or cleats.
Oftentimes, even with the best technique, we cannot access all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove food, plaque, and other debris.
Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by flowing into these grooves and fissures, forming a protective shield over the top of the tooth to “seal out” any debris that could cause future decay. A long time. Sealants can continue to protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years! Rest assured, we will check your sealants at every regular dental checkup to evaluate if any chipping, wearing, or debonding has occurred.
Typically we recommend sealants for children and teenagers, sealing their premolars and molars as soon as these teeth come in. At Whole Dental Wellness we believe prevention is the best cure. We want to stop decay before it occurs. For this reason, sometimes we do recommend sealants in adults without decay or fillings in their molars and even in baby teeth with deep depressions and grooves. Baby teeth play a very important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth. We will work with you and your child to ensure their first teeth stay healthy and are not lost too early. Although excellent brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth.
Sealants can prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in children from ages 5 - 18.
Don’t worry. Applying sealants is a simple and pain-free process. It takes only a few minutes for your dentist or periodontal therapist to apply the sealant(s) – and no anesthetic is needed.
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