When you think of dental fillings, you may conjure up an image silver or gold metal over your pearly whites. In our day and age, however, many types of filling materials are available. Metal free fillings have become popular because of their ability to restore a tooth while blending naturally with the rest of your child’s smile. Composed of tooth-colored composite resin material, metal free fillings can be used to repair cavity-ridden, chipped, broken or cracked teeth.
Every holiday season, we here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry like to offer advice on how to get your child’s teeth through the holidays. Holidays generally bring more sugar into our kids’ lives, and that’s especially true at Halloween.
Most of our patients know that their babies, toddlers, and young children can see a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists go through extra training and have more experience working with young and growing teeth. But when should your growing child start seeing a regular dentist like you do?
After years of taking care of baby teeth, parents may wonder what happens when a child begins to show permanent teeth. Here’s some information on what to expect.
When you were young and visiting a dentist, you may have only gotten 1 or 2 x-rays. Now you may notice that dentists use them more frequently. Why is that?
Lots of parents know to start brushing as soon as their infant’s teeth emerge, but what about flossing? We receive many questions about when it’s time to start flossing your child.
Want your child to grow up with a bright, happy smile? You don’t have to visit the dentist. Here are 5 tips you can use at home every day:
In dentistry, prevention is often the best medicine. Stopping tooth decay before it starts saves time, money, and stress on the entire family.
One painless, low-cost way of protecting teeth from decay is through the use of dental sealants. Many permanent molars erupt with deep pits and grooves on the chewing surface. These areas are difficult to keep clean, even with the best brushing skills.
We receive a lot of questions from parents about when is the right time to visit the orthodontist. The answer is very specific for your child, so if you are one of our patients, we can discuss this specifically at your next appointment. As a general rule, many children can wait until all permanent teeth have come in before beginning orthodontic therapy. This usually occurs at around 10 to 13 years of age.
As summertime approaches, families are thinking of all the fun the season entails. Few give a second thought to dental health.
However, with the increase in temperature comes an increase in drinking sugary beverages, and that can be damaging to your child’s teeth. One study shows that there has been an increase in decay rates in children ages 2 to 5. Besides just drinking juices and soda, kids in this age range also eat more sugary snacking between meals during the summer (ice cream anyone?).