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Early Othodontics

Early orthodontics is also referred to as phase 1 orthodontic treatment, and may be necessary to help children who have growth or alignment issues with their teeth. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of different options for patients who require early orthodontics. Our goal is to address the issues early to prevent more serious issues in the future from developing. Catching any issues with the jaw or teeth in the beginning is important before permanent teeth erupt.

When Should I Consider Early Orthodontic Treatment?

If your dentist has a concern during your regular exam, they may recommend early orthodontic treatment. Common devices used in early orthodontic treatment include braces, palatal expanders, or retainers.

What Are Common Issues That Require Early Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Issues with a child’s bite
  • Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that protrude
  • Issue with a child’s jaw, or a child who has a very small jaw

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontics?

Early orthodontics can correct issues early on before they cause damage, and reduce the need for treatments later in life. Not every child requires early orthodontic treatment. Children that do not have any issues with their jaw or teeth should wait until phase 2 orthodontics.

  • Prevents a narrow jaw
  • Eliminates chances of crowding
  • Lowers risk of damage to protruding teeth
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay
  • Reduces risk of gum disease

Typically, children do not need to visit the orthodontist until at least six or seven years of age. Many children do not need orthodontic treatment until they are older. An early visit to the orthodontist can help detect issues, as well as know what your child may require as they get older. This also gives the opportunity for the parent to ask questions. Our team will discuss if your child requires phase 1 orthodontics to help reduce the need for treatment later in life.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Consultation?

If you are interested in finding out if your child requires early orthodontics, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us. Our doctors have years of experience in orthodontics, and our team is trained to work with children. We strive to provide a positive experience each time they visit our office. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we provide quality dentistry you can trust, and we welcome new patients to join our dental family.

To schedule your child’s appointment, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Brushing my Baby's Teeth

Taking care of our teeth from birth is important, and teaching our children good oral hygiene from the beginning can help them later on in life. Many parents wonder when it is a good idea to start brushing their baby’s teeth. Primary teeth are very important, and they help a child with speech and development. If a child loses their baby teeth too early from decay, the development of permanent teeth may be affected or come in crooked.

Why Is It a Good Idea to Brush Your Baby’s Teeth?

At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we help our young patients and parents learn good oral hygiene habits to practice at home. Regular visits to the dentist are recommended when your child turns one year old, or when their teeth begin to erupt. Brushing your baby’s teeth can start right when you see their first tooth pop up through the gums. We recommend using a finger brush, or clean washcloth to wipe their teeth and tongue clean after meals and at bedtime. This helps to keep their teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria or food.

Can I Use Toothpaste?

According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), they recommend using a rice size bit of cavity preventing toothpaste when your baby’s first teeth erupt. When they reach the age of 3 parents can increase the toothpaste to be the size of a pea. Gently massage the teeth and gums to remove any bacteria or food that may have lingered in those areas.

Visiting the dentist for your regular exams twice a month can help us get in front of any issues with your child’s teeth or mouth before they become serious. We can monitor their teeth for decay, and make sure their jaw is developing properly. Setting the stage in the beginning with good oral hygiene can really help teach your child how to care for their teeth in the future.

Our doctors and team have years of pediatric dentistry experience, and we welcome new pediatric patients to join our dental family. Our team is trained to work with children, and we always make sure they have a positive experience when they visit our office. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to provide quality dental care you can trust.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Appointment?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s regular dental exam with us, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Pacifier

Pacifiers offer comfort and help to reduce stress in infants. Many parents wonder when it is appropriate to wean their child off the pacifier. If a pacifier is not taken away at a certain age it can cause serious issues with a child’s teeth, mouth, and jaw. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we support our patients and parents and know weaning a child from the pacifier is hard. As much as the pacifier is needed in the early stages of life, it is just as important to take it away, so your child does not develop any issues in the future.

What Issues Can a Pacifier Cause?

The pacifier helps to soothe a child, and the sucking reflex is natural when they are born. The ideal time for a child to stop using a pacifier is between the ages of two and four. If a child continues to use their pacifier beyond this age range, they may develop jaw or bite complications.

Children who have used a pacifier tend to develop an over bite, and may have issues with their teeth erupting.  Orthodontics may be needed to correct difficult issues caused by pacifier sucking. As your child gets older, breaking their habit becomes more difficult. Early intervention is important to prevent more serious issues as they grow older.

When Is the Best Time To Wean My Child Off the Pacifier?

Each situation and child are different, and we recommend you do what is best for your child. The method used can be instant or gradual, and we can help by recommending behavior modifications to assist in the process. Timing is key, and parents should consider what the child has going on at the moment while weaning them off the pacifier. Finding new ways to comfort your child through the weaning process is important and giving incentives can help. Positive reinforcement works best and always avoid negative behavior during the process.

Interested in Finding Out More Information?

If you are interested in finding out more about pacifier weaning, or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is thought of as a healthy way to give children the vitamins they need. Juice is packed with sugar and acids that can cause damage to your child’s teeth. Teaching a child good eating and drinking habits is important, so they do not expect to have juice all of the time. Choosing water over juice is best and saving juice for special occasions can help. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we are always giving our patients advice regarding how to take care of their teeth and mouth at a young age. Our staff is trained to give recommendations on diet and what foods to avoid in order to keep your child’s teeth cavity free.

How Does Juice Damage Teeth?

Juice contains high levels of sugar, and when your child drinks the juice the bacteria in the mouth creates an acid. This acid is what attacks the tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay and cavities. Visiting our office regularly with your child is important. Our exam process takes a look at your child’s teeth to ensure we do not see any issues with decay or any developing cavities.

Even though the sugar in juice is natural, it can still cause damage that can lead to tooth decay. In addition to the sugar, juice also contains natural acids that can wear down the enamel on our teeth. Talking to your child about making good food and drink choices can help avoid tooth decay from juice or other sugar filled foods and drinks.

What Juice Is Best?

If you choose to have juice there are differences in the brands and nutritional value. Juice cocktails tend to not be 100% juice, and can contain additional sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. Mixed juices can contain added sugars, so it is important to read the labels carefully. Many fruit punch type drinks are labeled as juice, but they have no nutritional value and are packed with added sugars.

Finding 100% fruit juice is the best choice, but these can also be unhealthy and contain just as much sugar as a glass of soda. Orange and grapefruit juices tend to have lower amounts of sugar. Choosing whole fruits instead of juice is always the best choice because whole fruit provides additional nutrition such as fiber and other vitamins.

Ready To Schedule Your Appointment With Us?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s appointment, or have a concern about tooth decay, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Emergency Dentist

Knowing when to call the dentist is important, and if you have a dental emergency you should get in touch with your dentist right away. Our practice offers same or next day appointments to address any emergency situations for our patients. We want our patients to feel comfortable calling us in an emergency situation.

There are signs or symptoms that may tell you there is a dental emergency. Typically, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort that is a big indicator something may be wrong. If an emergency is not addressed, additional more complicated problems may arise. The quicker you contact us, the faster we can get you in to be seen and help you recover.

Dental emergencies include any problems that require immediate attention. Examples of dental emergencies include saving a tooth, infections, or alleviating pain. Infections are serious, can be life-threatening, and should be addressed right away. One of the most common dental emergencies patients face is a tooth ache. This can be caused by a cavity, and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies

  • Bleeding or irritated gums
  • Tooth Injury, broken, or cracked tooth
  • Abscess or infection
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth pain that is persistent and does not go away
  • Lip or mouth sores that do not go away
  • Jaw pain, popping, or clicking
  • Your tooth changes color, or white spots have formed on the tooth’s surface
  • Loose teeth

If you ever experience any of the above symptoms we encourage you to call our office. Anytime you have pain, or have experienced an injury or trauma is a good reason to call. Our highly experienced team can evaluate the issue, and help get you on the road to recovery. We are ready and trained to handle any dental emergency, and want our patients to know they are in good hands.

Need To Schedule an Appointment?

If you are facing a dental emergency please contact our office, and we will ensure you are seen as soon as possible. Our patients are our priority, and we have flexible hours each day to accommodate all of our patients.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Emergency Dentist

When you have a dental emergency there are a few things to consider when choosing what dentist to visit. Choosing the right dentist can make the process smooth and recovery quicker. In many cases patients do not have time in an emergency to search for the perfect dentist. Doing your research ahead of time is helpful so you know who to call if a dental emergency should occur.

What Should I Look For?

  • Research dentists in your area so the dentist is easy to get to and close to where you live. If you have to drive far to get to your dentist in an emergency this can add stress to the situation.
  • Ask what insurance plans the dental office accepts. Making sure your dentist accepts your insurance is important so you know this up front and are prepared. Call your insurance company and ask for a provider list. This can help give you a list of who has emergency hours and accepts emergency patients.
  • Ask about their hours of operation and if they are open for extended hours. Dental emergencies can happen at any time of the day, and knowing your dentist can accommodate hours outside of the work day may help. If a dentist accepts patients on an emergency basis this should be acceptable.
  • Make sure to ask the dentist if they treat both adults and children. Knowing you can run your child to their office is important ahead of time. For patients with children it is convenient to go to a dentist that handles dental emergencies for the entire family.
  • Ask what services they provide ahead of time. If you have a dental emergency and need cosmetic dental work afterwards, it is important to know if your dentist can provide that service. Otherwise, you may need a referral and have to see another dentist after the emergency is treated.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Preparing for an emergency is important, and knowing where to go can help ease stress during an emergency situation. Make sure to do your research ahead of time so you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Our dental office accommodates dental emergencies, and our patients are in good hands should they need emergency care.

If patients have questions about our emergency procedures and services we encourage you to call our office. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have.

To get in touch with us please contact our office and our staff will be happy to help!

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