Do you have questions? Find here the answers to the common questions our patients have. You can find much useful information and instruction to support the dental health and care of your child’s teeth.

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What is a cavity? What causes a cavity?

Dental decay (or dental caries) is also known as a cavity. Dental decay is the process by which the tooth is destroyed by the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth when sugary foods are consumed. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which sticks to the teeth. The acids in the plaque dissolve the enamel layer of the teeth which make a hole in the tooth. This is what a cavity is.

When does a thumb habit or finger sucking habit need to be stopped? What are ways to help stop the habit?

Most kids outgrow these habits and stop naturally by the time they are age 2 to 4. If the habits continue as the child grows older, they could lead to issues with their oral development which may require extensive orthodontic treatment in the future.
Before intervention with an orthodontic habit appliance, kids can be given reminders with use of a band-aid on the thumb or fingers involved or a glove can be worn at night. A calendar can be used to keep track of the days that they can go without sucking their thumb or fingers. 
A reward system can be established. With successive days without the habit, it will be easier for the kids to stop their habit.

Why do my gums bleed? How to I stop them from bleeding?

Gums or gingiva bleed because of inflammation. The gums become irritated by the plaque or bacteria that stick to the teeth or gumline. This inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help reduce the occurrence of gingivitis. Proper brushing technique such as holding the toothbrush with the bristles at a 45 degree angle can effectively remove the plaque at the gumline.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

Generally, an orthodontic evaluation is recommended when a child has grown in upper and lower permanent front teeth and/or alignment issues are present. Typically, children are about 8-10 years old. Orthodontic treatment may not necessarily be started until all permanent teeth have come in, but an evaluation will allow for treatment to be planned and anticipated. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be needed earlier to treat alignment issues involving a dental cross bite or an oral habit.

Dental Topics

Tooth Development

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Thumb Sucking

Normal step of the growth process, it could become an issue if not addressed properly.
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Dental Emergencies

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