We Care About Educating Our Patients
- They maintain space for the permanent teeth and guide them into the correct position. NOTE: Premature loss of a primary molar can lead to severe orthodontic problems in the adult dentition.
- Proper chewing and eating
- Speech and appearance
First, look for the ADA seal on the back of tube/box. Fluoride-free toothpaste is recommended until age two. Regular fluoride toothpaste can be used beginning at age two. Only a very small amount of toothpaste (i.e. pea size) is necessary.
Teeth grinding (i.e. bruxism) is very common in children. Studies show that up to 50% of children grind their teeth regularly. The good news is that most kids stop between ages 9-12. It is exceedingly rare that this childhood habit requires intervention/ treatment.
A sealant is a protective coating applied to the fissures/grooves of permanent molars (on the chewing surface). They have been shown to dramatically reduce the likelihood of cavities in these specific areas. They are typically applied to the first molars at ages 6-7 and the second molars at ages 12-13.
There are some dental surfaces that are hidden from view from the dentist; these areas are points of contact between the teeth. They are only observable through certain types of radiographs (x-rays). These “in-between” areas are also the most common place where cavities occur.
Knocked out permanent tooth: Handle the tooth by the crown (not the root). Rinse the tooth with water only. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it into the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport it in patient’s saliva or milk. The patient must see the dentist immediately! Your chance of being able to save the tooth is almost 100% dependent on the time between injury and tooth reinsertion. Knocked out baby tooth: Contact your dentist during normal business hours. In most cases, no treatment is necessary. Chipped or fractured permanent tooth: Contact your dentist asap. Chipped or fractured baby tooth: Contact your dentist during normal business hours. Severe blow to the head: Take your child to the nearest emergency room immediately.
- Maxillary labial (upper lip frenum): A frenectomy may be recommended incases where the frenum is broad and high in its attachment. This procedure is rarely recommended for young children. If indicated, it is done either at the time of maxillary canine eruption (age 11) or concomitant with orthodontic closure of the incisors.
- Lingual (tongue frenum): The indication for this type of frenectomy is ankyloglossia (tongue-tie). This causes restriction of tongue movement. In more severe cases, it can cause speech pathology or gingival recession lingual to the lower incisors.
NOTE: Frenectomies are very simple, brief procedures. There is essentially no bleeding. Time spent in the dental chair is 5-10 minutes.
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