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Baby Teeth and Teething

Being mammals, we sport two sets of teeth, the primaries and the permanent. Assuming Mom has already lent strength to her baby's teeth during pregnancy—beginning from week seven of prenatal life—teeth grow through two stages. In the first permutation, teeth take shape; in the second, the cells are actually transformed to perform different functions. All this is percolating as you enjoy pickles and ice cream. When your baby is born, you won't see teeth, but they're there. Enamel and dentin are still forming in the jaw and, in a matter of months, the teething process is well underway. The root, however, will take another few years to be firmly established. Make no mistake about the role of "baby" teeth—they are [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:35:56+00:00January 11th, 2022|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Baby Teeth and Teething

Check Your Dental I.Q.

Read each question and choose the best answer. Scoring below. 1. The best toothbrush bristle is: (a) Medium (b) Hard (c) soft (d) electric 2. Teeth grinding and gnashing (bruxism) can lead to: (a) pain in the neck (b) Sore teeth (c) Headaches (d) all of the above 3. The dentist's word for cavities: (a) holey teeth (b) caries (c) cartels (d) fillings 4. Straightening of the teeth is called: (a) orthodontics (b) pediatrics (c) geometry (d) endodontics 5. It's been proven that fluoride: (a) is experimental (b) makes teeth resistant to decay (c) is found in popcorn 6. Expectant mothers should visit the dentist: (a) before the child is born (b) during odd-numbered months (c) not until the baby [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:23:59+00:00March 16th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Check Your Dental I.Q.

5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth at Home

Parents typically provide oral hygiene care until the child is old enough to take personal responsibility for the daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. A proper regimen of home preventive care for children's teeth is essential from the day your child is born. Clean your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth. Ask your dentist if you may rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on the gums. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste. Remember, most children's teeth are also getting fluoride from the community water supply. To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:32:13+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth at Home

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

When should my child first see a dentist, and why? The ideal time is six months after your child's first (primary) teeth erupt. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for us to examine the development of your child's mouth carefully. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit, the better. To safeguard against issues such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking, we can provide or recommend special preventive care. How do I prepare my child and myself for a visit? Before the visit, plan a course of action for either reaction your child may exhibit—cooperative or non-cooperative. Very young children may be fussy and not sit still. Talk to your child [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:20:19+00:00November 19th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Baby Teeth Q&A

Answers to some frequently asked questions: Q: Why do we have baby teeth and adult teeth? A: A child needs baby teeth long before his or her jaw is big enough to accommodate adult teeth. Baby, or deciduous, teeth are "starters" in every sense of the word. Q: Why worry about cavities if baby teeth fall out on their own? A: They are essential "guides" that help frame the development of adult teeth and the jawbone. The beginnings or "buds" of adult teeth are right behind, starting at birth. Severely decayed teeth can pass the disease back, and don't help the permanent teeth grow in properly. Q: How do they "know" when to fall out? A: They're forcefully pressed out [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:33:38+00:00September 17th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Baby Teeth Q&A

Take Care of Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth Are Important To Oral Health Tooth decay is declining everywhere except among preschoolers. Proper dental care for your child and their baby teeth (also called primary teeth) is an important part of prevention, helping ensure the health of permanent teeth in later years. You won't see a newborn's teeth, but enamel and dentin are already forming in the jaw. Teething is just months away. Use a clean dry washcloth to wipe baby's gums after every feeding and continue as teeth begin to emerge. Central incisors arrive first, at nine to ten months, with lateral incisors about two months later. Once teeth appear, use a soft toothbrush on them twice daily. Encourage the child to develop the habit of [...]

By |2019-05-28T07:13:20+00:00May 28th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Take Care of Baby Teeth

Lend Baby Teeth a Hand

Here today...gone too soon. Don't neglect baby teeth because the health of their replacements is right beneath the surface. Caring for your child's baby teeth lays a foundation for a lifetime of oral health, so teach good dental hygiene habits while the child is very young. Before the first teeth begin to surface, rub baby's gums with a clean, damp wash cloth after every feeding. Continue as the teeth emerge until baby is old enough to hold a toothbrush. Teach your children how to brush, and encourage them as they do. Teach them when to brush, after every meal and snack. Break the thumb-sucking habit before the child's fifth birthday, if possible. Encourage a taste for healthful snacks and meals. [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:31:57+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Lend Baby Teeth a Hand