Your Child’s Dental Home
Establishing an early relationship with a Pediatric Dentist can help prevent problems before they start to occur in your child’s teeth. Early dental visits can identify high-risk cavity behavior in children. Read more about your child’s “Home Sweet Dental Home”.
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist has 2 years of postdoctoral training in which they are taught the specialty of pediatric dentistry, which prepares them for treating a wide variety of children’s dental problems. A pediatric dentist is trained in not only the most up to date procedures for dental health, but also how to deal with behavior aspects of children and how to make them feel comfortable with the treatment. Pediatric dentist is also qualified to care for patients with medical, physical or mental disabilities. We specialize in the oral health care for infants and children through the teenage years.
My Child is afraid to come to the dental office
Some anxiety about going to the dentist office is normal and healthy. However, many children are overly fearful of unknown situations. At Frisco Kids Dentistry we make every effort to ensure your child feels as comfortable and confident as possible. Read more about some helpful steps you can take to prepare your child for a dental visit.
Dental Hygiene for babies and toddlers
From a very early age, you can begin to clean a child’s teeth. A small toothbrush and a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste may be used to gently clean away food and debris. Babies may not like brushing at first but with consistent teeth-brushing practice, they will become accustomed. This will make the transition to self-brushing later on a much easier process. Read more about teaching your child proper dental care.
Why are primary teeth so important? Aren’t they just going to fall out anyway?
Primary or baby teeth serve several major purposes in a child’s development. First, primary teeth are necessary for your child to learn to speak. In addition, they are necessary for proper chewing and eating. Finally, primary teeth provide space for the developing permanent teeth and help the jaw bones and muscles to develop correctly. Read more about why primary “baby” teeth are important for your child’s development.
Understanding the Stages of Teething and Helpful Hints
Teething onset and duration varies greatly depending on the child, and unlike other developmental milestones, teething does not occur all at once, but in five stages. Teething can be a difficult time for both parent and child, but can be navigated successfully when one knows what to expect. Read more about the Five Stages of Teething and Helpful Hints.
Permanent Tooth Eruption
Permanent teeth begin to erupt around the age of 6. The first to appear are usually the molars and lower front teeth. All permanent teeth are present by the age of 14, with the exception of the wisdom teeth. Around the age of 17 or older, the wisdom teeth begin to break through. The total number of permanent teeth is 32. Wisdom teeth are typically removed, because few people have enough room in the mouth for all of these teeth. Read more about permanent tooth eruption in children.
Choosing the best toothpaste for your child
When choosing a toothpaste for children one should consider avoiding harmful ingredients. Choose a mild abrasive, avoid choosing toothpastes which contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), use a small small, pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste and encourage your child not to swallow the fluoridated toothpaste, and don’t force a flavor your child doesn’t like. Also, be sure to buy soft bristled toothbrush, encourage good eating habit and do regular pediatric dental visits. Read more about the effects of toothpaste and the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
What are cavities?
Cavities are caused by bacteria found in the mouth. While sticking to our teeth, these bacteria feed on the sugar from our diets and produce acid that forms small holes, or “cavities”, in our teeth. Tooth decay is actually the most common chronic illness or condition currently affecting our young children. When we are born we do not have these cavity-producing bacteria in our mouth but often acquire it from our caregivers. Read more about how to prevent CAVITIES!
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay, also known as early childhood carries, is the deterioration of the tooth enamel caused by sweetened liquids. Read more about to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
What are the benefits and indications for dental sealants?
Sealants are a safe and effective way in preventing the most common type of cavities in school aged children and help prevent the need for more extensive dental treatment in the future. Read more about dental sealants.
Dental trauma in Children:
Pediatric dental trauma involves damage to the teeth and surrounding oral structures and can present as a fracture, loosened or knocked out (avulsed) tooth. Read more about Taking the Drama Out of Dental Trauma in Children.
Sucking is a natural reflex for infants and young children, which relaxes and comforts them. Some may use their fingers, thumbs or a pacifier to suck on. Children usually stop thumb sucking when the permanent teeth are ready to erupt around the age of 4-5. Thumb sucking that continues once the permanent teeth have erupted can cause problems with the growth and alignment of the teeth. Read more about thumb/pacifier sucking. If you have questions, please ask your pediatric dentist.
Nighttime grinding of teeth in children (bruxism):
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw. Most children are unaware of the grinding because it happens during the night. Parents may become concerned because they hear the noise created when the child grinds their teeth during sleep. Read about the causes, diagnoses and treatment for nighttime grinding (bruxism) of teeth in children.
What is Pulp Therapy?
Pulp therapy is necessary if a deep cavity forms in a baby tooth and goes into the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. A treatment called a pulpotomy is recommended to save the tooth. The infected area of pulp of the tooth is removed to prevent or treat an abscess from forming. A medicated type filling is inserted into the nerve space of the tooth and a crown is used to cover the tooth. This process is similar to an adult’s root canal, but is not as complex. By having this done, it prevents unnecessary loss of the tooth. Primary teeth are needed for chewing and speaking. They also serve as space savers for the developing permanent teeth. Read more about pulp therapy in children.
What is the best time for orthodontic treatment in children?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Orthodontic evaluation at Frisco Kid’s Dentistry is considered a normal part of pediatric dental services and they will advise parents on early developing orthodontic problems and, when necessary, refer to an orthodontic specialist. Some conditions are can be treated early on include the following: cross-bite, severe crowding, loss of space for permanent teeth to erupt and harmful sucking habits. By early correction, further orthodontic treatment may not be needed. Once all of the baby molars have fallen out and the permanent second molars are coming in, usually around 12-13 years of age, comprehensive orthodontic treatment can be started. The goal is to align the teeth and jaws.
Dental Digital Radiography (X-rays):
Radiographs or X-rays are an important part of your child’s dental exam. X-rays not only detect decay or cavities, they also help survey erupting permanent teeth, diagnose bone diseases, and plan orthodontic treatment. Read more about the benefits and safety dental digital radiography (X-rays).
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children with a history of high risk of tooth decay receive radiographs and dental examinations every 6 months. If your child is not in the high risk category, dental X-rays are recommend once a year.
Sedation Services at Frisco Kids Dentistry
Frisco Kids Dentistry utilizes Aegis Anesthesia Pediatric Anesthesiologists to provide pediatric dental IV sedation services for dental patients in need of IV sedation. They are a the only group of board certified pediatric anesthesiologists in Texas that bring a mobile sedation unit to the dental office that includes a one-on-one PALS nurse and anesthesia technologist.