Children’s dental appointments ARE worth it!

 

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As we’re nearing the end of January, we start looking ahead to February and National Children’s Dental Health month. So, it’s a great time to ask, is it really necessary for children to get into the habit of going to the dentist?

Our answer, of course, is Yes! It’s extremely important to establish the importance of getting them used to dental appointments and getting proper oral care. Family life alone can be chaotic at times and when you add in school schedules with football/band/drama practice to name but a few after school activities (never mind homework) it gets even more hectic. But, making it a priority to go to the dentist is always worth it.

Baby’s first tooth is the time to start their relationship with the dentist and hygienist. They may only allow a quick cursory look, let’s face it, anything with a baby is on baby’s terms, but getting them used to coming is a good idea and gets them in the habit of seeing the dentist regularly.

Oral care has been closely tied to our overall health and regular visits can help with detection of potential issues and prevention of the negative effects of poor oral hygiene. So, dentists play a central role in children’s oral health that goes beyond checking their teeth for cavities. Even though first (primary) teeth are eventually replaced by our permanent teeth. These baby teeth hold positions for the permanent teeth and it is advisable to ensure that everything progresses the way it should so that there will be no issues in adulthood.

Regular checkups allow your dentist address problems such as:

Gum disease and inflammation, teeth crowding, painful teeth and gums, thumb-sucking, bad oral hygiene, difficulty chewing/eating/sleeping and general decay (cavities).

As we help our children develop dental healthy habits, we ensure that they have a good foundation for their overall health for life in adulthood. Dental observations can spot possible several kind of major health issues such as heart problems, diabetes and cancer so encouraging good habits now for your children is essential.

Book your child in for a hygiene checkup now. Call 734-485-2200.

 

 

Baby’s First Visit to the Dentist

OK!!!!! So you’ve done the hard work and now you have a baby………..

New Born Baby

New Born Baby

Well!!! You THOUGHT you’d done the hard work……

Now you have all the ongoing questions of When, What, Where, Why and How???

You will feel as if you know NOTHING from the simple things like which shampoo to use to big things like whether or not to practice the “No Cry Sleep Solution” or indeed if you even know  ANYTHING!! However, at least for dental questions, we are here and happy to be of help!!

Baby's first visit to the dentist.

Baby’s first visit to the dentist.

So, when do you take your precious little one for his or her first trip to the dentist? In the past, general thinking was that you wait until your child was three, by which time pretty much most of the first (deciduous) teeth had appeared.  However, now, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that the first visit be no more than 6 months after the arrival of the first tooth.

The Baby and The Dentist

The Baby and The Dentist

When you take your baby to the dentist for the first time you will get the chance to visit with the Dentist and have him answer any questions you may have. The first visit is really more about getting Baby comfortable with the dentist and his staff, and of course, to familiarize him with the actual dental office. The dentist will look at Baby’s history and look at his mouth. Depending on how many teeth (and of course how willing Baby is), the hygienist might also have a look and possibly clean Baby’s teeth. Some babies/toddlers will be happy sitting in the big dentist chair, while others will prefer to stay on Mommy’s (or Daddy’s) lap for the exam. Either way is OK, as I said earlier – the main purpose of the first visit is just to get Baby familiar with the dental office.

During your visit, the dentist will take time to answer any questions you have, go over things such as how to take care of Baby’s oral hygiene and give you advice about avoiding cavities, possible trauma to the mouth, teething and normal expected development of Baby’s mouth and teeth. Before you leave, you should feel that you have all the information you need, as well as a plan in place for future visits to the dentist.

Here are some pointers in the right direction:

Cleaning: As soon as the first tooth appears, you should start cleaning. At first, you can wipe the tooth with a clean, damp cloth every day. Once other teeth start to appear, you could start to use a soft baby sized toothbrush. Only use fluoride from 2 years, unless your dentist recommends it.

How much toothpaste?: A small smear of toothpaste, is all you need. Again, remember, no fluoride unless your dentist advises it. Too much fluoride, even though it is great for fighting cavities, can cause white spots on teeth. You will also have to teach your child to spit out the toothpaste and rinse the mouth well after brushing. When they get older (around 6 years old) they can use a small blob of toothpaste, the size of a small pea.

A SMEAR of toothpaste

A SMEAR of toothpaste

How often?: Children need to start off right by brushing at least twice a day. Initially, you will have to do it for them, and you will have to continue to supervise them and watch them closely once they are old enough to hold the toothbrush themselves. Making sure that they only use a smear of toothpaste…….kids LOVE to squeeze the tube, well….it DOES look kind of cool when it comes out of the tube!!!!!

Too much toothpaste!!!!

Too much toothpaste!!!!

By starting early with your baby, you can help them to have a healthy relationship with their dentist AND their teeth!!!!

Clean, healthy, smiley-faced Baby

Clean, healthy, smiley-faced Baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m pregnant!!!!! How will this affect my teeth???

I'm Pregnant!!

I’m Pregnant!!

I’m pregnant!!! Now what??? How will this affect my dental health?

The best advice a dentist could give you, is (when you are planning to get pregnant) to have a check-up and make sure that all, if any, dental problems are taken care of before you become pregnant.

Let your dentist know that you are trying to get pregnant, and of course, let him know as soon as you are pregnant as this will  affect the treatment that he or the hygienist would normally schedule for you.

Generally, dental treatments would be suspended as a precautionary measure during the first trimester as this is a critical time for your baby’s development, and it is best to avoid any possible exposure to treatment that could in any way affect your baby’s growth. However, routine care can be carried out from the second trimester – though elective or major work should be deferred until after the baby is born if at all possible.

Remember to have regular check ups while pregnant

Remember to have regular check ups while pregnant

You will need to let you dentist know of any other updates in your medical records as well as any new medications or pre-natal vitamins your doctor has prescribed. Your dentist may have to alter some of your planned dental treatment as certain drugs can affect the development of the baby.

Pregnancy Vitamins - it is also important to eat healthily while pregnant.

Pregnancy Vitamins – it is also important to eat healthily while pregnant.

X-rays should be avoided if at all possible during pregnancy, though don’t be worried if for some reason you need to have one. Today’s technological advances make x-rays much safer, and your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis

During your pregnancy, hormones and the many changes going on in your body will have an effect on your dental hygiene regime.  Studies have shown that many pregnant women may develop pregnancy gingivitis. This is when dental plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, inflamed and bleeding gums. So, as there is growing evidence that gum disease could, in some rare cases, result in an underweight, premature baby, it is extremely important to take extra special care of your dental health and let your dentist know if you notice any of these symptoms.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness

If you are one of the unfortunate expectant Moms who suffer from morning sickness, remember to be especially vigilant in brushing/rinsing your teeth after vomiting to make sure that all the digestive fluids are removed from the surface of your teeth. There are also brands of bland tasting toothpaste that should help, if the flavor of regular toothpaste is keeping you from brushing your teeth.

American Dental Association (ADA)

American Dental Association (ADA)

The American Dental Association (ADA) has the following suggestions for dental work while pregnant:

  • The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that pregnant women eat a balanced diet, brush their teeth thoroughly with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and floss daily
  • Have preventive exams and cleanings during your pregnancy
  • Let your dentist know you are pregnant
  • Postpone non-emergency dental work until the second trimester or until after delivery, if possible
  • Elective procedures should be postponed until after the delivery
  • Maintain healthy circulation by keeping your legs uncrossed while you sit in the dentist’s chair
  • Take a pillow to help keep you and the baby more comfortable
  • Bring headphones and some favorite music to make the appointment more relaxing

All in all, it is very important to take good care of your overall health while pregnant of course. Just remember to make sure you pay special attention to your teeth.

We wish all of you pregnant ladies all the best. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we’d be happy to answer them for you.