Parents are often concerned about their child’s tooth grinding habit (bruxism). Often, the first indication is the noise created by the child grinding on their teeth during sleep. Or, the parent may notice wear (teeth getting shorter) to the dentition. The majority of cases of Pediatric bruxism do not require any treatment. If excessive wear […]
Radiographs (X-Rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed. Radiographs detect much more than cavities. For example, radiographs may be needed to survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone diseases, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. Radiographs allow […]
Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. Many types of toothpaste, however, can damage young smiles. They contain harsh abrasives, which can wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association as shown […]
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends: Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Floss children’s teeth at least once a day. Visit your Dentist regularly. Get enough fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products and fluoride supplements, if necessary. Have sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth or molars. Snack moderately-no more […]
Children’s teeth, also called Primary teeth, begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first Baby teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 Baby teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies. Permanent […]
Baby teeth are important because they help with proper chewing and eating, help in speech development and add to an attractive appearance. A child who can chew easily, speak clearly and smile confidently is a happier child. Healthy primary teeth allow normal development of the jawbones and muscles, save space for the permanent teeth and […]
The ideal time as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) is at approximately one year of age. This is an ideal time for Dr. Kilby to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. Dental problems often start early, so the sooner the visit the better.
- Dr. Dustin Kilby, D.M.D.August 30, 2019
Sucking is a natural reflex and infants and young children may use thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects on which to suck. It may make them feel secure and happy or provide a sense of security at difficult periods. Since thumb sucking is relaxing, it may induce sleep.
Although a well-balanced diet is important in preventing cavities and to ensure good general health, cavities are not only the result of what children eat but also the frequency of meals.
Several specific types of bacteria that live on the teeth cause decay. When sugar is consumed, the bacteria use the sugar and then manufacture acids that dissolve the teeth and cause an infection in the tooth. This infection is called decay.