Pediatric Dentistry

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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.

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Easing the pain of teething. For both of you.

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:

  • Chewing on objects
  • Drooling
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Low-grade rectal fever of 99°f (37.2°c)

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:

  • Rub your child’s gums
    Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad or rag – the pressure can ease discomfort.
  • Ice Ice Baby
    Applying light pressure with a cold rag, spoon or chilled teething ring can help soothe baby’s gums.
  • Chew hard foods
    If your baby is eating solid foods, try offering something edible for gnawing (such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot). Be sure you keep a close eye on your baby as any pieces that break off may pose a choking hazard.
  • Minimize drool leakage
    Excessive drooling is normal when teething. To minimize skin irritation, keep a clean towel handy to dry your baby’s chin when saliva pools. Applying moisturizers – such as a water-based cream or lotion – can also help minimize skin irritation.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
    If your baby is especially irritable, acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Children’s Motrin) might help. Be sure to check concentration and recommended dosage based on your child’s age and weight before administering.

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!

Pacifiers and thumb sucking.

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.

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Do you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic condition affecting children in the US? Contact Whole Dental Wellness today to get a Consultation.

Why you need a custom made mouthguard.

Custom Mouthguard

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.

  • The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend a professionally made, custom fit mouthguard for all contact and collision sports
  • Over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year and the lifetime cost to replace one tooth is estimated to be more than $20,000
  • Comfort is key. Athletes don’t like wearing bulky, uncomfortable mouthguards. Their focus should be on the game.
  • Generic boil-and-bite mouthguards are inexpensive because they are literally a chunk of rubber that is chewed through and turned unrecognizable almost instantly
  • Players leave boil-and-bite mouthguards on the field, in their lockers or simply choose to not use them at all because they look disgusting and make it hard to breathe and speak
  • Custom mouthguards typically last 5x longer than boil-and-bite guards
  • Custom mouthguards are as individualized as you, providing the most intimate and comfortable fit
  • Custom mouthguards are designed to optimize oxygen flow. The more oxygen an athlete takes in, the more enhanced their performance, endurance and communication becomes. Quite literally a quality mouthguard may enhance athletic performance
  • Even our patients undergoing orthodontic therapy get the comfort and protection they need with custom fit mouthguards.
  • We can customize your mouthguard to reflect your team colors, personalized name or number, and even your team logo

What is a sealant?

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, sometime 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 are play a very important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth. We will work with you wand your child to ensure their first teeth stay health and are not lost too early. Although excellent brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth.

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Sealants can prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in children from ages 5 - 18.

How Are Sealants Applied?

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The application steps are as follows:

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.

  1. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned
  2. Each tooth is dried and a cotton roll is put around the tooth to keep it dry
  3. A special soap is painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them a bit (this improves the strength of the sealant bond to the teeth)
  4. The teeth are rinsed and dried with air
  5. The sealant(s) are painted on, instantly hardening and bonding to the top of the tooth (Oftentimes we use a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden even faster)

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