Dentistry for Kids
We enjoy working with all of our young patients and know that they have different needs when seeing the dentist. We try not to push children so they find themselves fearful of the dentist's office. We'd like for their visit to to be as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, as well as for them to develop life-long relationships with the dentist's office.
Dr. Boskovic and Dr. Srbinovska recommend moms and dads of young children to bring them along to the parent's routine dental appointment so that the child is able to see what happens at the visit, and become accustomed to our staff and office.
We also suggest that your little one's first visit be between twenty four months and three years of age. At that age we can begin to keep an eye on the growth and progression of their mouth and teeth.
When New Teeth Arrive:
Your child's first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or "baby" teeth typically erupt by age three. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.
Your child's primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age six and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.
"Happy Smiles" Pre-School Visit
Get your pre-school child comfortable at the dentist's office with our first time visit. Your child will enjoy a fun-filled hour with the dentist and our staff. We get a lot of satisfaction out of introducing your child to the basic sights and sounds of a checkup appointment. Our hygienist is absolutely wonderful with children; and through her charisma and humor, she will show them that going to the dentist can be fun!
Bring Your Pre-Schooler In for a Visit About Braces
A lot of young parents of today didn't have braces when they were teens. Truth is, if they saw an orthodontist it was because their teeth were embarrassingly crooked and out of line. Some families didn't have enough money for braces. In most cases it was because the child's teeth looked pretty normal compared to other kids, and their dentist didn't raise the issue unless the parents asked about braces.
When today's parents were young, if you had crowded teeth the dentist simply pulled some permanent teeth. Of course, today, we now know that doing so was a terrible thing to do.
Only after today's parents had grown up did we became aware of the vicious circle of pain caused by an unbalanced bite. Orthodontic dentistry isn't just for making a teenager's teeth look straight and pretty anymore. There is much more than that to worry about. Misalignment and malocclusion can bring on chronic headaches and full-blown migraines. A misaligned bite can cause ringing in the ears and vertigo (dizziness). Completely healthy teeth can start to chip and wear away, producing a ragged-edged smile.
Worst of all, malocclusion usually isn't something a parent can just "see". It lurks in the background continuously exerting strain and pressure on the jaw joint, the teeth and the chewing muscles. Then, one day, your ace student can't take the English test because of a migraine. Or, he can't hit jump shots anymore because he has developed vertigo.
There are some real benefits in starting orthodontic treatment when children are much younger. The children usually don't have to wear braces for a long period of time during those awkward teenage years. It is also much easier to expand the palate and allow room for all of the adult teeth to have the proper space to come in. In most of those cases, young children will not get braces, however they will have their palates expanded by an appliance. This will make their arches wider. It allows space in the mouth for all of the child's adult teeth to properly grow.
Dr. Boskovic and Dr. Srbinovska have developed relationships with some excellent orthodontists in the area and can refer you and your child to an orthodontist if an exam reveals crowded or crooked teeth, or issues with the palate. We can help you choose the best orthodontist that meets the needs and temperament of your child.
Didn't Fluoride Eradicate Cavities in the 60's?
Scientists in the 1960's found that fluoride helped build a stronger defense against the teeth's enemies like bacteria and acids and sweets. And, yes, when fluoride was added to a city's drinking water, the incidence of cavities dropped sharply. It was even predicted at one time that there would come a time when we wouldn't need dentists anymore.
However, even the scientists of the 60's couldn't predict the development of Mountain Dew, Power Aid Energy Drinks and Gummy Worms. There is no way they could have foreseen that the average teenager would now eat their own weight in refined sugar every year. And, finally, even those scientists with a dark pessimistic vision of the 21st century, couldn't imagine the power that high-fructose corn syrup would wield against fluoride, regular toothpaste and even daily flossing.
Tips For Your Family's Oral Health:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
Good oral hygiene at home is really important and really needs to start at a very young age. We take the time to advise moms and dads and kids on proper brushing and flossing methods for them to enjoy excellent oral health for life.