Children’s Dental Care
We love working with our young patients and understand that they have unique requirements when visiting the dentist. We try not to push kids so that they find themselves afraid of the dentist’s office. We wish for their appointment to be as fun and comfortable as possible, and for them to build life-long relationships with our dentist’s office.
At our office in Cincinnati OH, we encourage moms and dads of young children to bring them along to the parent’s scheduled dental appointment so the little one can easily see how things go at the visit, and become accustomed to our team and office.
We also advise that the child’s very first visit be in between 24 months and three years of age. At this age we can easily start to keep an eye on the growth and progression 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.
At our office in Cincinnati OH, we think that it’s never too early to take care of your child’s teeth – even when they’re toddlers! Prevention and early intervention can help maintain healthy, happy smiles for a lifetime!
BRACES? In Pre-School?
Most parents of young children didn’t have braces when they were teens. Truth is, a lot of them only had orthodontic treatment if their teeth were embarrassingly crooked and out of line. Braces were too expensive for some families. But, most of the time it was because parents didn’t recognize that a child’s teeth were bad, and their dentist didn’t bring it up unless the parents asked about braces.
Back then, if you had crowded teeth the dentist made space by pulling permanent teeth. Of course, today, we figured out that doing so was a disaster in the making.
Only after today’s parents had grown up did we find out about the debilitating long-term health effects of an unbalanced bite. Orthodontic dentistry is no longer just for good looks. 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 office in Cincinnati OH 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 ’70s… Didn’t They?
Scientists in the 1960s 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 ciity’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 ’60s 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.
Correct oral hygiene in your own home is extremely important and really needs to begin at a very young age. We take the time to instruct moms and dads and kids on good brushing and flossing methods to enable them to enjoy good oral health for a lifetime