Posts for: November, 2017
Teething is a normal part of your baby’s dental development. That doesn’t make it less stressful, though, for you or your baby.
This natural process occurs as your child’s primary teeth sequentially erupt through the gums over a period of two or three years. The first are usually the two lower front teeth followed by the two upper front ones, beginning (give or take a couple of months) between six and nine months. By the age of three, most children have all twenty of their primary teeth.
The disruption to the gum tissues can cause a number of unpleasant side effects including gum swelling, facial rash, drooling, disrupted sleep patterns and decreased appetite. As a result a child can become irritable, bite and gnaw to relieve gum discomfort or rub their ears. Every child’s experience is different as well as their degree of pain and discomfort.
As a tooth is about to erupt, you may notice symptoms increasing a few days before and after. The symptoms will then subside until the next tooth begins to erupt. In a way, teething is much like a storm—you mostly have to ride it out. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t lessen your child’s discomfort during the teething episode.
For one thing, cold, soft items like teething rings, pacifiers or even a clean, wet washcloth your child can gnaw on will help relieve gum pressure. Chilling the item can have a pain-numbing effect—but avoid freezing temperatures, which can burn the tissues. You can also massage the gums with a clean finger to relieve pain. But don’t rub alcohol on their gums and only use numbing agents (like Benzocaine) for children older than two, and only with the advice and supervision of your healthcare provider. The use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen might also be used under the advice of your doctor.
If you notice your child has diarrhea, extensive rashes or fever, contact your physician immediately—these aren’t normal teething symptoms and may indicate something more serious. And be sure to consult with us if you have any other questions or concerns.
Teething can be a difficult time for your baby and family. But with these tips and a little “TLC” you can keep their discomfort to a minimum.
If you would like more information on caring for your baby’s developing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles: How to Help Your Baby be Comfortable.”
Establishing a healthy oral care routine will benefit your child’s dental health for the rest of their life. One of the most common dental procedures, a dental filling, can stop tooth decay in its tracks and restore the tooth’s biting surface. Find out more about how a dental filling works and how it can benefit your child with Dr. Roy Delappe, Dr. James Jensen, and Dr. Sara Hakim at Kid Dental with locations in Reno, NV and Sparks, NV.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is one of the most common dental procedures. This treatment removes tooth decay from a tooth and fills the hole left behind. The filling material is most often made from a tooth-colored composite resin. The filling, once in place, restores both the tooth and its biting surface. The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes and requires the help of a local anesthetic to numb the area of the treatment.
Does my child need a dental filling?
A dental filling treats a cavity. In some cases, you may notice a cavity on your child’s tooth as a hole or darkened area of the tooth’s normally white enamel. Sometimes, cavities are not so obvious. The best way to determine if your child needs a dental filling is with regular dental examinations and professional cleanings, which the American Dental Association recommends having at least twice a year.
Preventing Cavities in Reno, NV
Children and adults alike should avoid sugary food and drinks like candy and cola. The carbohydrates in the sugars feed the bacteria found naturally on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria grows into a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque can be removed from the teeth with regular brushing and flossing. However, if plaque remains on the teeth, it hardens into a substance called tartar, which begins eating through the tooth’s enamel to create a cavity.
For more information on dental fillings, please contact Dr. Roy Delappe, Dr. James Jensen, and Dr. Sara Hakim at Kid Dental with locations in Reno, NV and Sparks, NV. Call (775) 825-5005 to schedule an appointment in Reno and (775) 470-5070 to schedule an appointment in Sparks today!
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”