Spots on Your Child’s Tooth? Should You Be Concerned?

Caring for our children is one of the most important jobs as a parent. Keeping them safe and healthy and ensuring any possible issues are handled early on so they have the best upbringing possible is key. If white spots on your children’s teeth are causing you worry, here are some things you should know.

Caring for Young Teeth

When it comes to oral care and your child’s teeth there is much more attention given to teeth in the younger years. During this time, your child is getting in their first teeth, losing baby teeth, and eventually gaining their permanent teeth they’ll need through their life. Since our teeth are important for chewing, speech, and so many other reasons, we want to be sure they are coming in properly and healthy.

Teaching kids to brush their teeth on a regular routine and eat a healthy diet is just part of it. You should also pay attention to any signs of discomfort or teeth that are growing in double, and other defects like white spots and note them to your dentist.

What White Spots on Teeth Mean

White spots on the teeth are actually a common occurrence. If your child is getting too much fluoride, a condition known as “Fluorosis” can occur which causes cosmetic flaws on the teeth in the form of white spots.

Another reason for white spots is “Enamel Hypoplasia” and is the result of less mineralized areas of the teeth. Reasons this occurs in young children include the use of medications, high fevers or other nutritional deficiencies.

In some cases, plaque may also be the culprit. If it sits long enough on the tooth, de-mineralization will occur. Regardless of how they happen though, these spots are more prone to decay so you’ll need to be a bit more careful about oral hygiene and working on a prevention plan with your dentist.

How Dentists Can Help

At CT Pediatric Dentistry we take your child’s oral health seriously. Our goal is to make sure our children are growing up learning proper oral health and that they know going to the dentist is anything but scary. Our kid-friendly methods reach young children and allow us to give your children everything they need for a healthy oral future. Contact us today!

Kids and Tooth Extractions: What You Should Know

Let’s face it. No one likes getting a tooth pulled. It’s usually a decision that isn’t made lightly but oftentimes, necessary. Even as adults we may become worried about the idea of feeling a tooth being pulled from its root. It’s certainly never an easy experience sitting in the chair for the procedure.

When it comes to our children having to experience this, it can be even more difficult to know what they will be experiencing. But there are things you can do to aid in their comfort and recovery.

If your child has been scheduled for a tooth extraction, here’s what you should know.

Understanding Why

You should speak with your child’s dentist to understand the reasons why an extraction is necessary. In some cases there may be so much decay present that the tooth cannot be saved, or it could be due to overcrowding in the mouth with too many teeth present or other reasons. The important thing is that you are on the same page as your dentist when it comes to treatment options.

Ease Preparations

Regardless of how your experiences have been at the dentist it’s important to help your child remain calm and fearless. Be careful not to talk negatively about your feelings on getting a tooth pulled and help your child to understand that it’s nothing to be worried over. In some cases your dentist may also prescribe medicine to ease anxiety prior to getting in the chair.

The Day of Extraction

For a simple extraction of a tooth that’s already erupted, the dentist will provide local Novocain to the area to numb it so that your child feels only the pressure of the pulling instead of any pain. As with an adult extraction, there will be wiggling on the tooth with forceps to loosen it before pulling away.

Proper Aftercare

Once a tooth is pulled it will likely feel painful and have some swelling. You can use ice to help with the swelling and any pain medication provided by the doctor. Since the healing process is slow and bleeding will be present, it’s important to remain vigilant about changing out gauze pads and having your child rinse with warm salt water three times a day.

Tooth extractions are generally very simple procedures if handled promptly. At CT Pediatric Dentistry, we use kid-friendly methods to help children feel at ease when they go to the dentist. Contact us today!

How to Soothe Sore Gums in Kids

Soothing our children’s tooth ailments starts from infancy. Most can probably easily recall shrilling cries and long nights of discomfort as teething was happening. But while teething may be behind you, there are still other issues with kid’s teeth that can come up over the years. Sore gums, typically related to teeth coming in or other issues is something you’ll still be dealing with well past the teething phase.

Here are 3 tips to help soothe discomfort from sore gums.

Why Kids Get Sore Gums

Once babies have their new teeth, they will be able to eat more solid foods however those teeth aren’t permanent and will eventually fall and be replaced by adult teeth. In addition to getting the tooth fairy bank ready, you should know their gums will probably feel sore at this point as those new teeth are coming in. They may also complain about pain if there is food stuck on their gums and putting pressure on them. Or, another reason could be an early indicator of gum disease. So paying attention is critical.

What You Should Do

As soon as your child starts to complain about pain in their mouth, take a moment to visually check the area. Are there foods or debris possibly caught? Do the gums appear red and inflamed? Are your child’s teeth bleeding when they brush? These can all indicate there is something going on that needs attention. Start by increasing brushing frequency and standing over your child to be sure they are properly cleaning their teeth and flossing each time.

If the problem persists, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. A more thorough cleaning may be needed to remove hardened plaque or tartar that is pushing up against the gum line. You’ll also want to have a professional check to see if there is periodontitis or gum disease needing to be treated accordingly.

At CT Pediatric Dentistry we use kid-friendly methods to speak to patients and create a safe environment that shows them going to the dentist and caring for their teeth is not a scary experience at all.

Schedule an appointment today!

Teething Delay? This Could Be Why.

Keeping track of our child’s health begins long before they leave the mother’s womb. From the first signs of pregnancy we begin to monitor the health of a child. After the baby is born, important well visits with doctors reassure parents that proper growth is occurring. As a parent, you’ll also watch for signs – like a baby’s first words, the transition to food from formula and the emergence of teeth as an indicator of good progress.

All of these milestones happen at varied times for each child. Sometimes sooner – sometimes later. If you’ve noticed that your child still isn’t teething and have concerns, it’s always best to talk to a professional about your concerns for the best care. In the meantime, here are some of the reasons delayed teething may occur.

Typical Teething Ages

Expect to see a tooth begin to erupt and eventually fill the inside of your child’s mouth between six months and two years of age. The rate at which they come in can vary but if there are no teeth growing at all by the time your child is 18 months it will be time to see a professional to check for further underlying issues.

Hereditary

One indicator of whether or not your child will have teeth come in later than typical schedules is if you or your spouse also teethed later. This is a trait that is hereditary, so there is less cause for concern if later teething runs in the family.

Developmental Defects

In other situations, the cause of delays or absence of growing teeth could be the result of developmental defects or conditions such as Down’s Syndrome.

The Issue with No Teeth

The issue with not having teeth – at any age, is that eating solid foods is impossible. If you’re child still isn’t teething, you’ll need to keep them on a diet of soft foods and monitor their nutrition and vitamin intake to ensure they are still getting the critical nutrients they need.

If you’d like to talk about your baby’s teething schedule or have questions, contact CT Pediatric Dentistry today.

Helping Kids to Embrace Oral Hygiene

Parents who are invested in the well being of their child understand the importance of forming healthy habits early on. There is greater success in getting kids to perform tasks that keep their bodies and their personal space clean and healthy if they are shown routines early on. A great place to start is with dental hygiene.

Start Early

Even before your child has any teeth in their mouth, you should be helping them to keep their mouths and gums free of cavity-causing residue from formula, juices or foods. Wiping your baby’s mouth with a clean, damp washcloth is important to keep decay from happening. Once teeth have erupted (typically before their first birthday) you should also schedule your child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist.

First Dentist Appointment

At this first appointment, children will become familiar and comfortable with the dentist and sitting in the chair. They may also learn how to brush their teeth. This first appointment is key to establishing a record of your child’s dental health going forward. An appointment schedule based on their needs and risks may also be given.

Forming Healthy Habits

As soon as your child does have teeth in their mouth, you should start by purchasing a soft bristle tooth brush and using a pea-size amount of toothpaste to brush their teeth. Once they are able to hold the toothbrush and perform the action on their own, you should still stand by and ensure they are brushing properly. Flossing is also important. Wherever there are two adjacent teeth you should be using floss to ensure any trapped debris is removed. In addition to oral hygiene, nutrition plays an important role in the health of your child’s teeth so limit sugary fruit juices and restrict candy for special occasions only.

At CT Pediatric Dentistry our top priority is making your child’s oral future a healthy one. We use kid-friendly methods and pride ourselves in the ability to reach children and show them that a visit to the dentist is not scary. Contact us today!



12 Sep 2016 04:27 PM