Trauma to teeth can happen so fast … a fall off a bike, an incident while playing sports, an auto accident … any of these things can result in traumatic damage to your child’s teeth. Being prepared is critical to the outcome of any of these events. Carrying the name and phone number of your children’s emergency dentist, as well as keeping this information posted for caregivers, can mean the difference between saving your child’s teeth and costly, time consuming, and maybe uncomfortable dental work for your child.
Just like adults, children sometimes develop fears of visiting the dentist and may experience anxiety during dental procedures. Some children with special needs or those with moderate anxiety benefit greatly from sedation dentistry—especially during lengthy or complex procedures. To help ease fears and maintain patient comfort, our kid’s dentist offers IV sedation.
Dental caries, commonly known as cavities, are an extremely common oral health condition. When the external surfaces of teeth are damaged by exposure to acid, harmful oral bacteria eat through the structures of teeth. Although teeth are living tissues, they do not heal after injury like other parts of the body. For this reason, cavities must be treated with restorative dentistry to stop the spread of decay and protect teeth from extensive damage. Our pediatric dentist strives to prevent the development of cavities through oral health education, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants.
Located inside the tooth, the root canal is an interior, hollow structure that houses nerves and vital cellular material. When extensive decay or dental traumas reach this interior structure, the tooth cannot self-heal and in turn becomes infected and inflamed. An infected root canal normally produces moderate to severe discomfort and leads to the death of a tooth.
Visiting a children’s dentist for routine checkups and cleanings is an important component of maintaining a child’s oral health. When it comes to pediatric dentistry, children have unique dental needs. From infancy to teenage years, children and adolescences require special attention from dental health professionals for a variety of reasons—especially when it comes to establishing healthy habits, preventing decay, and monitoring dental development.
You may have heard the old adage, “Prevention is the best protection.” This is true whether you’re applying sunscreen to prevent a sunburn or you’re brushing your teeth to prevent a cavity. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing likely aren’t on your children’s minds; in fact, they usually would rather be doing anything else.
Your child’s day may be characterized by consuming a few jelly beans here and there – despite your telling him not to – along with doing a few daredevil bike stunts with his friends. Something as simple as a jelly bean or a bike ride, however, can lead to a dental emergency that requires the assistance of a children’s dentist – and these types of emergencies typically happen when you least expect them.
We hope you all had a wonderful, magical Christmas and holiday season with your kiddos. We sure did! Here is one of our holiday favorite movies, Home Alone. Did you watch it with your family? Even Kevin cares about dental hygiene!
You have probably noticed that your toothpaste contains fluoride. In fact, many municipal water supplies throughout the United States have very low amounts of fluoride added as a public health measure. Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in many foods.
When it comes to oral surgery procedures such as correcting developmental abnormalities or lengthy restorative procedures, properly administered sedation helps ensure patient relaxation, comfort, and tolerance for a timely visit to the dentist. Furthermore, sedation administered through an IV is especially useful for children with special needs or significant dental anxiety. Your kid’s dentist offers IV sedation to promote optimal patient comfort.