Dentistry for Children
We love working with all of our young patients and realize that they have unique requirements when seeing the dentist. We never try to push children so they end up scared of the dentist’s office. We would like their appointment to be as fun and comfortable as possible, as well as for them to develop life-long relationships with the dentist’s office.
Dr. Platt and Dr. Dale encourages moms and dads of young kids to take them along to the parent’s scheduled dental visit so that the little one can easily see what happens during the visit, and become familiar with our staff members and office.
We also recommend that your child’s initial visit be in between 24 months and 3 years of age. At this age we will start to keep track of the growth and development of their mouth and teeth.
When New Teeth Arrive:
Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.
“Happy Smiles” Pre-School Visit
Now you can bring your child to our office for a first-appointment. Your child will get acquainted with Dr. Platt, Dr. Dale and the team. We enjoy welcoming your child to the basic sights and sounds of a checkup appointment. Our hygienist has great rapport with children; and with her captivating energy, she will show them that going to the dentist can be fun!
Bring Your Pre-Schooler In for a Visit About Braces
Most parents of young children didn’t wear braces when they were teens. Truth is, a lot of them only had orthodontic treatment if their teeth were severely crooked and misaligned. Some families didn’t have enough money for braces. However, it was usually because their parents didn’t think that their teeth were misaligned enough for orthodontic treatment, and their dentist didn’t bring it up unless the parents asked about braces.
When today’s parents were young, if your teeth were too crowded the dentist simply pulled some permanent teeth. Of course, upon reflection, we now know that doing so was a disaster in the making.
Only after today’s parents had grown up did we became aware of the chronic oral health consequences of malocclusion (a mismatched bite). Orthodontic dentistry is no longer just for straightening crooked teeth. There is much more than that to worry about. Misalignment and malocclusion can bring on chronic headaches and full-blown migraines. A misaligned bite can cause ringing in the ears and vertigo (dizziness). Completely healthy teeth can start to chip and wear away, producing a ragged-edged smile.
Worst of all, malocclusion usually isn’t something a parent can just “see”. It lurks in the background continuously exerting strain and pressure on the jaw joint, the teeth and the chewing muscles. Then, one day, your ace student can’t take the English test because of a migraine. Or, he can’t hit jump shots anymore because he has developed vertigo.
There are some real benefits in starting orthodontic treatment when children are much younger. The children usually don’t have to wear braces for a long period of time during those awkward teenage years. It is also much easier to expand the palate and allow room for all of the adult teeth to have the proper space to come in. In most of those cases, young children will not get braces, however they will have their palates expanded by an appliance. This will make their arches wider. It allows space in the mouth for all of the child’s adult teeth to properly grow.
Our dental practice has developed relationships with some excellent orthodontists in the area and can refer you and your child to an orthodontist if an exam reveals crowded or crooked teeth, or issues with the palate. We can help you choose the best orthodontist that meets the needs and temperament of your child.
Cavities Went Away in the 70′s… Didn’t They?
Scientists in the 1960′s found that fluoride helped build a stronger defense against the teeth’s enemies like bacteria and acids and sweets. And, yes, when fluoride was added to a city’s drinking water, the incidence of cavities dropped sharply. It was even predicted at one time that there would come a time when we wouldn’t need dentists anymore.
However, even the scientists of the 60′s couldn’t predict the development of Mountain Dew, Power Aid Energy Drinks and Gummy Worms. There is no way they could have foreseen that the average teenager would now eat their own weight in refined sugar every year. And, finally, even those scientists with a dark pessimistic vision of the 21st century, couldn’t imagine the power that high-fructose corn syrup would wield against fluoride, regular toothpaste and even daily flossing.
Tips For Your Family’s Oral Health:
• Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
• Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
• Watch what your child drinks.
• Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
• Make treats part of meals.
• Choose nutritious snacks.
Good oral hygiene at your home is extremely important and really needs to start at a rather young age. We take the time to teach moms and dads and children on correct flossing and brushing methods to enable them to enjoy good oral health for a lifetime
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