The following General FAQs address the most common questions we receive in regard to establishing healthy habits with your child . Additional questions that aren’t covered here? Just contact us!
Pain, infection of the gums and jaws, impairment of general health, decreased nutrient intake, missed school days, and premature loss of teeth with future orthodontic issues are just a few of the problems that can happen when baby teeth are neglected.
Proper care of baby teeth is instrumental in enhancing the health of your child!
To help prevent this process, consumption of foods that contain sugars and starches, such as candies, cookies, chips and crackers, should be decreased in the diet. Foods of this nature should only be given as treats instead of on a daily basis. Limit the number of snacks and aim for healthier options such as low-fat yogurt, cheese, fruits, and vegetables.
White milk and water are the best drinks for teeth. Sugary drinks such as juice, soda, sports drinks, sweet tea, and chocolate milk should also be eliminated or decreased tremendously. Your child should never be put to sleep with anything other than water! And of course, proper oral hygiene practices will also help prevent cavities!
Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bedtime bottle. Encourage your child to drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday. The goal is to have your child weaned off the bottle by 12 months of age!
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With proper shielding and and use of digital sensors, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Even though there is very little risk involved, pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of child patients to radiation. It is important to realize that dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem!
Fluoride in the drinking water is the best and easiest way to get it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently named community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. http://www.cdc.gov/
Sealants are a tooth colored plastic material applied to the teeth that protect the susceptible areas by blocking off the grooves and depressions so bacteria and food particles cannot reside in them. Therefore, a physical barrier is produced so a cavity is less likely to start! Studies show that placing sealants in children and adolescents have shown a 86% reduction in cavities after one year!
Sealants can effectively protect teeth for many years; however, routine examinations are vital in order to assure the sealants are checked on a regular basis.
Any mouth guard works better than no mouth guard, but a custom-fitted mouth guard fitted by our doctor is your child’s best protection against sports-related injuries.
If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket or the tooth is covered in debris, place the tooth in a clean container with milk and take your child and the soaking tooth immediately to Dr Light. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.