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Age One Dental Visit
Early evaluation, prevention, education and treatment — the Age One Visit can cover a lot of ground for your baby’s first visit to the dentist. The immediate diagnosis and treatment of emerging dental problems can help build a foundation of good dental health for your child — and your entire family — that will last a lifetime.
Loosing A Baby Tooth
Baby teeth are important; they are guides for the permanent adult teeth to erupt or come into place properly. It’s also important to make sure that the baby teeth are lost in the right sequence and if they are lost prematurely, that the space that they formerly occupied is maintained to make proper room for the adult teeth that will replace them.
Sealants for Children
Dental sealants are a clear and protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects the tooth by shielding it against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on children’s permanent back teeth because they are more prone to cavities.
Thumb Sucking in Children
Sucking fingers or thumbs is completely normal for babies and young children. Babies actually begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born. Creative strategies, as well as offer positive reinforcement techniques can be used to gently cut back and stop these habits.
Pregnancy & Oral Health
Pregnancy is generally thought of as the time when a woman strives to be particularly aware of the need for “health.” Many women though may not be aware of the link that exists between their oral health and their systemic (general) health, as well as the impact that many other factors can have on a developing child. Learn about how to care for yourself and your baby.
Expectant Mothers — Dental Facts You Need To Know
The best thing you can do as an expectant mother is to nurture and maintain your own dental and general health. It’s best to eat a balanced diet and avoid starchy and sugary snacks between meals. A healthy and balanced diet will provide you with the calcium, phosphorus and other vitamins and minerals needed for your baby’s teeth and bones.
Fluoride has a unique ability to strengthen enamel. Your child’s risk for decay will be monitored, as well as diet and dental plaque control. These factors will determine if sealants are recommended for the surfaces that are more prone to decay and that the toothbrush can’t reach.
What is Tooth Decay? — And How to Prevent It!
Tooth Decay is an infection, and many people don’t realize that it is preventable. This article is the first in a series about tooth decay, perhaps the number one reason children and adults lose teeth during their lifetime. Explore the causes of tooth decay, its prevention and the relationship to bacteria, sugars and acids.