It’s important to get an early start on dental care, so that your child will learn that visiting the dentist is a regular part of health care. The first step is to choose a dentist for your child.
It should be a dentist who has adequate experience and enjoys treating children. Children are not little adults and it takes novelty and patience to get the job done.
Once you have selected a dentist, prepare your child for the visit in a positive way. The first visit is a crucial one, thus it’s best to visit before a problem develops. If there is already pain experienced by your child, try to keep calm and downplay the tension. Do not project your own fears from your past experiences to your child.
If you are a nervous dental patient, ask your spouse or another family member to take the child for the appointment. If your child senses that you are nervous, he or she may feel nervous too. When you talk to your child about going to the dentist, try not to explain what you may not know will happen. Never say things like “it won’t hurt” or “don’t be scared.” Your child may anchor to the words “hurt” and “scared”. After all, we never use those words when we take them to a theme park. You might think that a dental visit is hardly a Disneyland outing, but with your dentist striving to focus on the positive, it may turn out to be more of an enjoyable visit than you think!
Be sure to get an early start on regular dental care at home. Start cleaning your baby’s mouth and gums with a soft damp cloth before teeth come in and continue with a soft toothbrush once he or she has a first tooth. Limit the quantity and frequency of sugary treats you give your child, and focus on healthy food choices from the very beginning. Also stop bottle-nursing your baby as soon as possible to prevent the ‘nursing bottle syndrome’. Switch to a sippy cup as early as possible and remember that milk and juice is for nutrition and not to pacify.
When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events can begin to occur. Chewing on the affected side becomes more difficult and over time the remaining teeth can actually tilt and over-erupt into the open space. This causes malocclusion (bad biting patterns) and can give rise to pain, more tooth loss and even jaw joint ache.
Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we would most likely recommend either a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture. These replacements are either fixed or removable, have varying life-spans and impart different comfort levels and chewing power. Overall, these options will make you look and feel better.
Understanding that each procedure and appliance have their benefits and drawbacks. you should look to your dentist for advice and we will be more than happy to go over the specifics (treatment plan). Your first step to better dental health is to call for a consultation.
How often you go for a dental exam depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early. Your dentist is trained to locate these problems during your routine check. With the most advanced equipment like 3D X-ray, we can provide a better diagnosis.
You know what they say is true: Prevention is better than cure. For many people, this means a dental exam every six months. In some instances a six-month schedule in not enough. Based on your dental history, rate of calculus buildup, and pattern of decay, a 3 or 4 month interval may be needed.
Your dentist can work with you to determine what will be best for you.
How often you need to have x-rays also depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had cavities or other problems for a couple of years probably won’t need x-rays at every appointment. If your dental situation is less stable and your dentist is monitoring your progress, you may require more frequent x-rays.
If you are not sure why a particular x-ray is being taken, ask your dentist. Remember that dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they are a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don’t develop into bigger ones.
We are fully equipped with the latest digital X-Ray machines in our clinic, including the latest 3D technology, to ensure that you get the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Plaque (Biofilm) is a clear sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. As plaque collects it forms a hard layer of tartar (calculus) particularly in hard to reach areas between teeth and near the gum line.
Bacteria found in plaque create toxic chemicals that irritate the gums. Eventually these bacteria toxins cause the underlying bone around the teeth to be destroyed, a condition known as gum disease. In the initial stages of this gum disease, there is usually no pain. Recent research suggests that gum disease is linked to other health problems including heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and some pregnancy complications.
Removal of plaque with brushing and flossing on a twice daily basis and removal of tartar by your dentist and dental hygienist is the first step in defeating gum disease. By the time gum disease begins to hurt, it may be too late. Seeing a dentist regularly can help prevent this and many other problems.
Fear of the dentist is quite common and many people are as fearful and concerned as you may be. However, because fear of the dentist is so common, our dentists and our staff are also well aware of this and are properly trained to work with you in helping you to overcome these fears.
Notify our dental team about your concerns and questions. You will find that we are eager to work with you to make your visits pleasant. Asking questions about your dental condition and proposed treatment will help to remove fear of the unknown and give you an opportunity to become involved in your dental health.
With our most advanced equipment, treatment techniques and genuinely friendly and caring team, improving your dental health and quality of life may not be as difficult as you may imagine.
Most importantly, remember that our dental team is eager to work with you, not just on you, in order to achieve a mutual goal – maintaining the health of your smile.
You’re not alone! Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, it’s never too late to get back into the routine.
At our office, we can arrange for you to have a thorough and educational exam appointment. We have been taking care of people just like you for over 27 years – take advantage of our experience! The happy testimonies of countless patients that have become our friends are living proof that you can be like them too.
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