This post is strictly for the purposes of teaching parents on how to position their child to be able to properly examine for a possible tongue-tie or lip-tie.
Children with special needs need oral treatment much like anyone else; however they benefit most from seeing a dentist who caters explicitly to these patients.
This is weird at first, but quickly becomes second nature. It is shocking how many products have added sugar…salad dressing? Bread? Ketchup? Pasta Sauce? A lot!!! Try to choose products that do not have any added sugar. Be aware of the different sources of sugar.
Developing good oral hygiene is also the first line of defense against many common dental issues, such as plaque, gum disease and cavities.
Spring time brings all of our patients’ favorite outdoor activities – biking, swimming, and many visits to the neighborhood playground or splash pad. As much fun as these activities are, they can also bring about a lot of unwanted dental emergencies. In the past few weeks we have seen numerous patients with chipped and/or injured teeth due to accidents around their own backyards and pool decks. It’s important to enforce strict rules around the pool for children, but it’s also important to have some basic knowledge about different types of dental trauma and what to do if your child bumps a tooth this summer!
Preventive dentistry is extremely important in pediatric dentistry. We are given the chance to help mold the oral health habits of young children so they have a future of healthy smiles their entire lives. One of the tools we use to help ensure a cavity-free future is dental sealants. Some parents may remember getting sealants themselves as children (or even in adulthood!) but there are many people who are still unfamiliar with this easy and effective preventive dentistry technique.
A protective coating called fluoride varnish that’s applied in the dental office twice a year is an easy, quick, cost-effective method for the prevention of cavities. We often call it “painting” the teeth at the end of our patients’ visits and it can be applied to primary (baby) or permanent teeth to help against the battle of tooth decay.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes. But is that really what we expect parents to do for their little ones every day? Ideally, yes, but let’s dive into some background info, recommendations, and tips for your child’s daily routine that might not be so overwhelming.