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Children’s Dentistry

Infants and toddlers
The first dental visit is essential for infants and are best scheduled when they are six months to one year old. At this stage, the baby’s primary teeth are beginning to emerge, and it’s vital to establish good dental hygiene practices and a healthy diet. It also helps familiarize your child with the dental office and detect any issues early. During your child’s initial visits, Dr. Terese Bailey will examine their teeth, provide a cleaning, and discuss proper nutrition and home care. Your child will be seated on your lap, and we aim to make these visits enjoyable for both you and your child. As your child grows older and more comfortable, they will have appointments with our gentle and caring hygienists.

Fillings
If your child requires cavity fillings, there is no need to worry. Our office provides a comfortable and positive experience for children during treatment. They can enjoy watching their favorite movie while we use Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas to ensure a pleasant visit. This approach helps your child develop a positive attitude towards dental care, which is a valuable gift to give them for life.

Teething, Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking
When your child is teething, their gums may feel sore, but this is a normal part of their development. To ease their discomfort, you can offer a teething ring or gently rub their gums with a damp piece of gauze or your finger.

Teething rings and pacifiers are safe for infants to use as they help with oral needs and soothe gum pain. However, after the age of 4, pacifiers and thumb sucking should be discouraged as they can affect the alignment and development of permanent teeth.

Primary and Permanent Teeth
By the age of 3, most children have developed 20 primary teeth which are eventually replaced with 28 permanent teeth by the age of 12. Additionally, four more molars, commonly referred to as “wisdom teeth,” grow in later. Primary teeth play a crucial role in the development and placement of permanent teeth, so it’s important to maintain their health. Losing primary teeth too early can cause the space for permanent teeth to be lost, which can result in crowded and misaligned teeth. In such cases, space maintainers and orthodontic treatments can be used to preserve and regain space for proper tooth development.

Brushing
It’s important to start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to appear. We suggest that you assist your child in brushing their teeth until they are eight years old to make sure that their teeth are thoroughly cleaned of plaque and bacteria every day. Also, be sure to use only a small amount of toothpaste – a pea-sized amount is sufficient.

Fluoride
Fluoride is a mineral found naturally that can aid in cavity prevention. Our team will discuss your dietary fluoride intake with you and make recommendations based on your individual risk factors regarding whether or not fluoride supplements would be beneficial for you or your children.

Toothaches
Untreated cavities in primary teeth (baby teeth) can progress and reach the inner nerve of the tooth, causing infections and toothaches. If this happens to your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will treat the tooth and infection promptly to restore your child’s oral health and well-being.

Injuries
To avoid oral injuries in children, it’s important to supervise them closely during play and discourage them from putting foreign objects in their mouths. For young children who participate in physical activities and sports, it’s highly recommended that they wear mouthguards to prevent injuries to their teeth, gums, lips, and other oral structures.

Mouthguards are small plastic appliances that fit safely around a child’s teeth, with some being soft and pliable, and moldable to the teeth upon insertion.

In the event of a knocked-out tooth, try to place the tooth back in its socket as soon as possible, holding it by the crown, not the root. If the tooth cannot be replaced, store it in a container of cold milk, saline, or the victim’s saliva, and contact our office immediately.

If you have a fractured tooth, try to locate and keep the broken pieces. In many cases, we can use them to repair the tooth. Please call our office at 262-369-8633 right away for assistance.

If your retainers or braces are causing irritation, you can place a small piece of cotton or gauze on the end of the wire or other protruding object to provide relief. However, if a retainer or brace piece gets lodged in your soft tissue and causes injury, do not try to remove it yourself. Contact our office immediately for assistance.

Sealants
Sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to fill in the small grooves and pits, preventing food and bacteria from getting trapped and causing cavities. They are a simple and effective way to protect teeth and can last for several years

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