PARENTS’ GUIDE

ENSURE A BETTER DENTAL HEALTH FOR YOUR CHILD

Like pediatrics in medicine, pediatric dentistry is devoted exclusively to children.

The specialty of pediatric dentistry requires an additional 2–3 years of training beyond dental school in areas such as growth and development, child psychology, pediatric medical conditions, and minor orthodontic treatment.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

(Early Childhood Caries)

 

This condition occurs in infants and young children when sugary liquids (e.g., milk, formula, or juice) are exposed to the teeth for long periods of time. When asleep, saliva flow decreases and allows these sugars to pool around the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth use these sugars to produce acids which damage the teeth. This is how a “hole” forms on the tooth.

Thumb Sucking

 

Most thumb or digit sucking is not harmful and most children outgrow it by age 5. This oral habit becomes a problem if it continues during the eruption of the permanent teeth.
The jaw is soft and pliable in children under age 8. Thumb or digit sucking can reshape the jaw and cause a  dental crossbite where the jaws do not align properly. The upper teeth will usually be forced to flare out and the lower teeth will be forced inwards. 

Tooth Development

 

Primary teeth, your child’s first set of teeth, are important because they assist in your child’s chewing ability and speech development. They also serve as natural space savers in the jaw for the positioning of permanent teeth. Keeping these teeth healthy will reduce the need for future orthodontia (“braces”).

Dental Emergency

 

Unfortunately, accidents involving the mouth happen, and knowing how to handle them can affect the
outcome for the tooth. For all dental emergencies, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Please call our office and provide as much detail as you can about your condition and we can arrange a time for your child to be seen.

Dental Topics

Tooth Development

Discover the importance of your child's first set of teeth and how to keep them healthy.
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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Read the causes and how to prevent baby bottle tooth decay for your baby.
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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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Sealants

What are sealants and how do dentists use them to protect your child's teeth.|
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Orthodontics

Discuss with your pediatric dentist a recommended orthodontic assessment for your child.
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Dental Emergencies

As a parent, you can learn how to quickly act on dental emergencies before the dentist visit.
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