- What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
- Are Baby Teeth Important?
- When Should I Expect My Childís First Teeth?
- When Should My Child First Visit A Dentist?
- What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?
- What is Pulp Therapy?
- Are X-Rays Dangerous to My Child?
- What Causes Bad Breath?
- What is Periodontal Disease?
- What Causes Tooth Decay?
- What causes Sensitive Teeth?
- What Causes Bruxism (teeth grinding)?
- When can my child's permanent teeth be whitened?
- My child's teeth are crooked. What are the options?
Itís never too early to lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth! Both, the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend your child visit a pediatric dentist on or before their first birthday. Children who establish an early and regular dental routine are more likely to form a lifetime habit of appropriate oral care.
When preparing for your childís first visit to the dentist, donít make the mistake of letting your preconceptions color your childís perception. Your job as a parent is to make your childís first visit a positive experience. Children old enough to understand should be told what a dentist does; when doing so, avoid providing details that may cause your child to fear the upcoming visit. The dentist and their staff are trained to explain what they are doing in a safe and secure manner that minimizes any anxiety your child may feel. Itís in everyoneís best interest that your child forms positive associations.A check up every six months is recommended, but your pediatric dentist will tell you how often your child should visit based on their personal history.
For Knocked Out Baby Teeth: This is rarely an emergency and normally will not require treatment. Contact your pediatric dentist during regular business hours.
A Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist.
A Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Locate the tooth to bring to your dentist. Donít handle the tooth excessively, although you may rinse it off with water if necessary. Donít touch the root of the tooth. If the tooth is not fractured, try to reinsert it in the socket. If reinsertion isnít possible, bring the tooth to your dentist in a cup of milk. When saving a tooth, time is of the essence - see a pediatric dentist immediately!
A Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Have your child rinse their mouth with water. If necessary, apply cold compresses to your childís face to reduce any swelling. Try to locate any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist. Immediate action on your part can possibly save the tooth and may reduce the need for extensive (and expensive) treatment!
A pulpotomy is indicated for partial pulp issues. Your dentist will remove the diseased pulp tissue in the crown of the tooth. They will then place an agent in the tooth that will prevent bacterial growth. The procedure is completed with a final restoration; usually a stainless steel crown.
When the entire pulp is involved, a pulpectomy is required. In a pulpectomy, the diseased pulp tissue is completely removed from the crown and root of the tooth. The root canals are cleaned, disinfected, filled with a non-resorbing material and capped with a final restoration.
However, pediatric dentists are aware of parentís concerns and do their best to minimize their patients exposure to radiation. In our office, modern technology and safeguards have greatly reduced the risk. Our office uses digital x-rays to insure that children receive minimal exposure to radiation.
When considering the potential risks of X-rays, remember: problems that are detected early on by your dentist are much easier (and less expensive!) to address than advanced problems.
Patients with bad breath need a complete dental evaluation. If gum disease and/or dental decay are diagnosed, it can be treated readily.
Advanced periodontal disease destroys the bone supporting the teeth, causing eventual tooth loss. The treatment is more involved at these stages, usually consisting of a special cleaning with anaesthesia and sometimes gum surgery. Periodontal disease can go on for years without pain and without detection unless specific examination procedures are performed. Effective prevention and treatment is available, but the damage caused as the disease progresses is irreversible. Early detection and treatment is critical to prevent tooth loss and disfigurement.
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We are constantly evaluating your child's dentition on every dental visit. If there is crowding of the dentition, at the appropriate time, we would refer your child to an Orthodontist. Dr. Arthur Kapit is the Orthodontist in our office. Please see our Orthodontics Section of this website for further information. We are always happy to discuss your concerns.