Baby Teeth

Our patients often ask us when they should start bringing their children to the dentist. Many parents are surprised when we tell them that we want to see their kids as soon as they sprout their very first tooth!

While baby teeth do (usually) only last a few years (5-12 depending on the child and the tooth), having your child start their routine 6 month visits early is particularly important—not just to those baby teeth, but for their long-term dental health!

Here are a few reasons it is important to start dental care early.

Don’t be scared! Many of our adult patients are scared of dental visits, or have anxiety, and some delay important treatment just for that reason. Seeing children early and on a regular schedule, helps them become acclimated to the process, the staff, and the sounds andsmells of a dental office.

Cavities are never good. Cavities in baby teeth are very hard to fill and uncomfortable for the patients. However, leaving them unfilled could cause problems that lead to broken teeth, gum disease, trouble talking, and eating. Routine dental care helps monitor and check the teeth for signs of plaque build-up before cavities are a problem.

Identify problems early. Routine dental care can help identify problems in the mouth early. If a patient does not have room for incoming teeth, or if a tooth is missing, the dentist can put together a plan for to properly align teeth from the start.

Routine Wins. One cause of bad teeth is that proper oral hygiene is part of the patient’sr routine. Brushing at least twice a day works when it’s a regular part of someone’s day, becoming habit. Routine dental checkups are the same way. Set your child’s routine now, and they will develop the health habit of getting their check-ups twice a year.

Technique. Sometimes parents and small children (and teens too) need help learning proper brushing. Our dental staff can help teach the parents and the children how to carefully and thoroughly brush and floss even the smallest teeth.

Baby teeth do matter. As soon as the first tooth erupts, make an appointment. It will just take a few moments, but it will make a difference in your child’s entire life to put a priority on their dental care. Baby appointments are done with the infant or toddler sitting on the parent’s lap, and our hygienists are trained to provide gentle care and take cues from the children, while giving them the exam and cleaning the teeth and gums.

Caring for Crowns

Dental crowns are carefully crafted to cover a damaged tooth. Crowns can be metal or tooth-colored to blend in with natural tooth color. We recommend crowns to our patients when there is significant damage or a large area of decay that cannot be repaired with a regular filling. A crown help us save a tooth by protecting it from fracturing and rebuilding the structure for a badly injured or broken tooth.

Dental crowns can last up to 30 years or longer with proper fit and care. The best way to ensure your crown lasts as long as possible is to maintain your routine check-up visits with your dentist.

Here are some ways to continue at-home crown care:

Brush and floss twice daily. Regular at-home dental care is key to good oral health, with or without crowns.

Avoid very sticky food and desserts. Chewing sticky foods and desserts could cause the crown to pull away from the natural tooth and damage the crown.

Don’t chew hard candies, gum, or ice. Just like sticky foods, candy, gum or ice could cause damage to the crown, or dislodge it from its tooth.

Avoid hard foods, like carrots and nuts. Hard food can be eaten, but avoid using the teeth on the side of the mouth with the crown.

Your dental crown may initially cause you a bit of sensitivity. Eventually after a short period of wearing your new crown, you’ll become acclimated to the crown and it won’t be noticeable. Your new crown will seem like your natural tooth. However, the first week after placing your crown, you will want to avoid hot foods (such as soup and coffee) and cold foods (ice cream and ice-cold drinks). Also, it is always smart to limit sugary foods and drinks.

With these tips and the advice of your dentist, you will able to maintain your new crown for decades to come!

Are you interested in learning more about crown care? We would love to see you in the office for a consultation to discuss your options. Make an appointment today!

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