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Pediatric (Children's) Dentistry
Does your child's tooth grinding disturb you?
Does your son or daughter snore?
Does your child stop breathing in their sleep?
Does your child have crooked teeth?
Does your child have ADD/ADHD?
Does your child have trouble in school?
Would you like your children to be decay free?
When should I first bring my child to the dentist?
Braces are used for many purposes besides straight teeth. It is generally considered that all children shall have an orthodontic evaulation by age 7.
Sleep apnea in children and adults is due to oxygen deprivation. In children it is addressed at an earlier state than in adults (one event an hour as opposed to five or more events an hour in adults).
There is a way to protect teeth and prevent decay: dental sealants
Our teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque (sounds like PLAK). When we eat or drink anything that contains sugar - such as candy, cookies, soda, juice, or sports drinks - bacteria turn the sugar into acids that can attack tooth enamel. Over time, these attacks may cause tooth decay, or cavities. The good news is that there is a way to protect teeth and prevent decay: dental sealants.
Why are sealants needed?
Tooth decay often begins on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces have pits and grooves that trap plaque, bacteria, and bits of food. The pits and grooves are hard to keep clean, because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them.
That is how decay starts in the grooves and cavities form. To keep decay from starting here, the dentist may recommend dental sealants.
How do sealants work?
A dental sealant is a plastic material (resin) applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant material flows into te pits and grooves in the teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel by sealing out plaque, bacteria, and food.
How are sealants applied?
Sealants are easy to apply. It takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. First, the tooth is cleaned and the chewing surfaces are prepared to help the sealant stick to the tooth. Then the sealant is painted onto the chewing surface where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. A special light may be used to help the sealant harden. Sealants are generally clear or white and cannot be seen when you smile or talk.
How long to sealants last?
Sealants usually last several years before they need to be replaced. Over time, sealants can become loose or worn. Then they may not protect the teeth as well. Chewing on ice or hard foods can also break down sealants. During regular dental visits, your dentist will check your sealants and reapply them if needed.
How else can I protect my teeth from decay?
Sealants protect only the chewing surfaces of teeth. Good care of the teeth at home along with regular exams and cleanings at the dentist's office are important. These good habits stop decay from forming in between the teeth - spots that sealants cannot cover.
Who should get sealants?
Sealants are most often placed in children and teenagers, since tooth decay can start as soon after teeth come in. But adults can benefit from sealants too, because you never outgrow the risk for developing cavities.
A sealant can be placed on a tooth that does not have a cavity in its pits and grooves. If a tooth is stained or has mild decay, your dentist may suggest you get a sealant, or another option may be necessary. If a tooth has more advanced decay, it will need a filling.
Prevention is always better than treatment. Sealants are very useful in preventing tooth decay on the back of teeth and can save patients money over time. Your dentist can make sealants part of your plan for a healthy mouth.
Child's First Visit
Did you suffer from cavities as a child? Would you like your child to be cavity free?
Cavities result from allowing the decay process to continue unchecked. It is a bacterial imbalance that leads to a pH dysfunction. Decay is an epidemic.
Decay is a bacterial infection. It is transmissable, meaning it is contagious and can be passed from person to person. It can be transmitted by sharing food, drinks, silverware, testing baby's food, washing a pacifier in mom's mouth, and by kissing.
There are three things necesary for decay to occur: teeth, bacteria, and food. There are things that can be done to influence the role of each of these three in the prevention of decay.
Remove infective bacterial plaque thoroughly at least once everyday. Children do not have the physical dexterity to properly floss and brush until that are at least 8 or 9 years of age. The caregivers need to do this every night before bed.
The bacteria in plaque forms acid within 2-3 minutes of eating or drinking anything with sugar in it.
Sugar is the worst offender because it is metabolized so quickly to form acid. All soft drinks are acid to begin with. A diet analysis or review can assist in reducing this decay factor.
When these factors are added together, an acidic condition exists if they are not controlled. Acid in effect causes the teeth to dissolve resulting in decay. If the decay process is not stopped, cavities develop. If cavities are not fixed, teeth abcess and need more extensive treatment.
Each individual is a little different and Lumbertown Dental Wellness works to find out what will work best for each person. Decay can often be removed with a laser and be done shot-free and drill-free.
Despite a small degree of controversy over fluoride use, it saves millions of dollars in dental expense every year.
Fluoride is a protective factor for tooth decay. It occurs naturally in the water in some parts of the country. There is abundant scientific evidence that demonstrates that fluoride strengthens teeth, makes them less susceptible to acid attacks, and inhibits the production of acids by cavity causing bacteria.
Adding fluoride to community water supplies is the most efficient and cheapest way for fluoride to be used. A prescription fluoride can be used where the water supply is void of fluoride. This supplemental use of fluoride is mostly effective only when the permanent teeth are developing. Fluoride was first added to drinking water in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A low dose of fluoride is in many toothpastes. This form is not as effective. There are a number of high strength fluoride supplements on the market available only by prescription or in a dental office.
Low level fluoride mouth rinses are available over the counter. The benefits of the various forms of fluoride are cumulative but you will not overcome the lack of good plaque removal or eating/drinking sugary or acidic foods or drinks.
Today, cavities (decay) are 99+% preventable. You can haee as much or as little as you want. Lumbertown Dental Wellness can help you achieve this goal.