Apr 13 2018

Patient Education

April 13th, 2018 | Posted By: Young Dentistry | Posted in First Birthday, First Dental Visit, Prevention

Preventive dentistry begins with the first tooth. We offer FREE DENTAL EXAMS to new patients 18 months and younger. We know that the establishment of good oral hygiene practices may prevent unnecessary decay throughout childhood. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and helping your child belong to the cavity-free generation.

Did you Know?

If you have cavity-causing germs in your mouth, you can easily pass those to your baby. Sharing utensils, cleaning a pacifier with your mouth or other activities that share saliva can pass germs that could cause problems for your baby’s earliest teeth. It is important for parents to see the dentist regularly to keep their mouth clean and avoid passing cavity-causing germs to their babies.

Brushing

Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your child’s teeth and gums. Getting the debris off their teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the mouth from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids.

Start cleaning your baby’s mouth after birth, using a small piece of wet gauze or a washcloth to wipe away plaque on your infant’s teeth as they erupt. As your baby’s teeth erupt, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush. Your dentist can recommend the best toothpaste to use for your child.

Most dentists agree that brushing two times a day is the minimum. By the age of 4 or 5, your child should be able to begin brushing his or her teeth with the parent brushing them a second time. By the age of 8 to 10 your child may be able to independently brush. Once there is contact between the baby teeth, begin flossing your child’s teeth once a day. Children at higher risk for decay may need more frequent brushing or rinsing to help decrease their risk. Also, children who use inhalers must be rinsing their mouths with water after any inhaler use.

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment or contact us.

Cavities
The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Your body’s own saliva is also an excellent cavity fighter, because it contains special chemicals that rinse away many harmful materials. Chewing a good sugarless xylitol gum will stimulate saliva production between brushing. Read More…

Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically begin to develop in early adolescence, and may attempt to erupt into the mouth around the ages of 17 to 20.

Wisdom teeth are aften removed after the roots are somewhat developed, or at least one-third developed. This is usually in the adolescent years. In many cases, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly, have a proper bite relationship, or have healthy gum tissue around them. Often, wisdom teeth improperly erupt and become impacted, requiring them to be extracted, or pulled. Although they are like any other teeth, most people continue to have normal bites and well functioning sets of teeth in their absence.