When people see the term “pediatric dentist” they often think it is a dentist for little children, and that is correct. Pediatric dentists, like Dr. Bunch and Dr. Marshall at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, though, are trained to see patients ranging from birth to 17 years in age. Even teenagers have needs that differ from adults, and a pediatric dentist knows how to best evaluate your growing teen’s teeth.
We personally have fond memories of our childhood dentist, but not all parents are so lucky. You may remember dreading seeing your dentist, for a variety of reasons, and that may make you hesitant to bring your child into our office.
We here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry are committed to eliminate dental anxiety in both children and their caregivers. We know that creating a safe, welcoming environment where you can ask questions and feel comfortable will keep you coming back, and thus, keep your teeth healthier in the long run. Here are a few of the many ways we do that:
Does your young child grind their teeth? Does the sound make you want to grind yours? Teeth grinding can make any parent frustrated, but how bad is it?
Teeth grinding in young children is usually harmless. Many toddlers and preschoolers do it, and most of them quit on their own by the age of six. At this stage, treatment is not normally needed.
The holidays are upon us, and chances are, you’ve got plans. Many of our patients will be traveling far and wide to visit Grandma across the state or family in other countries.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth created by tooth decay. They can become painful over time and may lead to the destruction of the tooth. Cavities are caused when plaque forms on the tooth. As the plaque hardens, it causes more damage to the tooth.
Parents know about the importance of dentists, but they may think that a young child like a toddler doesn’t need to worry just yet. Your kid just got his/her baby teeth, so there’s no need to worry about a dentist, right?
The American Academy for Pediatric Dentistry actually recommends children begin routine visits around their first birthday. Seeing a dentist early sets your child on the path to maintaining strong, healthy teeth for the rest of their lives. The younger a child is introduced to the dentist, the easier it is to develop positive associations that will follow them into adulthood.
Last year, we posted a popular blog about on non-food treats you can hand out for Halloween. We encourage handing out stickers, play-doh and other fun goodies to avoid overloading your child with sugar, which can cause tooth decay. As it turns out, there’s another great reason to hand out non-food items at Halloween: children with food allergies.
Northwest Children’s Dentistry prides itself on prevention whenever possible, but there may come a time when your child needs a filling. There are many different types of filling materials available, but metal-free fillings are popular because we can restore your child’s smile so that you never notice the cavity.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. At Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we pride ourselves in preventing dental problems before they start. That is why sometimes we may recommend a sealant.
Commercials for toothpaste always talk about gingivitis. It sounds scary, but what exactly is it?