General Topics

Most children and adults Should see their dentist twice a year for their check-up. In some cases, patients may need to see their dentist more frequently based on their dental needs.

Why do my child’s permanent teeth appear yellow compared to their baby teeth?

Permanent teeth tend to have a yellowish color when compared to baby teeth. As more baby teeth are lost and more permanent teeth grow in, the yellow will appear less obvious.

What is the best way to protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?

When it comes to the protection of your child’s teeth we recommend using a soft plastic mouth guard. The guard will not only protect the teeth, but also the lips, cheeks, and gums from sport related injuries. We recommend a custom-fitted mouth guard developed by your child’s dentist.

How can I limit my child from having bad breath, also known as (halitosis)?

It is very important for children to brush their teeth, gums, and tongue, as well as floss every day. We would suggest that children and teens avoid the use of alcohol-based mouth rinses. Halitosis may also be present in children who suffer from allergies, asthma, sinus infections, or gastrointestinal problems. If you feel you are properly treating your child’s dental health and the bad breath continues to recur, we suggest you seek the help of have your child’s pediatrician to discover the root cause of the problem.

My child grinds (his) or (her) teeth at night. Is this a problem?

Bruxism or (Teeth Grinding) is common in children, and has to with the anatomy of the joints and jaw bone. Factors such as stress and anxiety may be factors as well. The grinding in children is not always a bad thing as the damage caused is not permanent. The grinding should end as permanent teeth finish growing in.

What is the importance of baby teeth?

Baby teeth also known as “primary” teeth are important for several reasons. Baby teeth help children speak clearly and chew normally.Baby teeth form a path for permanent teeth to follow when they are ready to grow, as well as aid in the growth of jaw bones and muscles.

What does a Pediatric Dentist do?

Pediatric dentists have between two and three extra years of specialized training after they complete dental school. The training is concerned with the oral health of children from the time of infancy through the teenage years. Different age groups require unique approaches in dealing with their behavior,as well as guiding them in their dental growth and improvement, while helping to shield them from future problems. Pediatric dentists are best qualified to satisfy these needs.