When your baby sprouts her first bottom and top teeth, it’s the beginning of teeth grinding. Babies, toddlers, and even older kids can get in the habit of grinding their teeth. It’s a way for young children to explore their changing mouth landscape.
But will teeth grinding harm your child’s teeth in any permanent way?
Despite our best efforts to keep our children safe, accidents do occur. Here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we see young patients who have sustained injuries that affected their teeth.
One thing that can occur is a child may chip or fracture a tooth. This means part of the tooth remains in the mouth, while the rest has fallen out. So what do you do when this happens?
As pediatric dentists at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we receive a lot of questions about safe pacifier use with children. We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists’ recommendations. Sucking on a thumb or pacifier is natural for young children and most children will stop on their own. We generally discourage the use of pacifiers after age 3.
Here at Northwest Children’s Dentistry, we are firm believers that prevention is an important element in your child’s oral health success. We discuss your child’s nutrition at every appointment because as they grow, what they eat and drink are likely to change.
When you think of brushing your child’s teeth, you may only be thinking of those pearly whites. While it is important to brush your child’s teeth at least two times a day, it’s also important to brush your child’s tongue.
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?