EARLY HOME CARE
You should begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in his or her mouth. Baby teeth become susceptible to cavities from the very first day they erupt. A simple rub with a gauze pad or even a damp wash cloth is sufficient. It is also important to wean your child off the milk bottle or nursing at an early age to prevent early childhood caries, also known as bottle rot; The AAPD recommends weaning begin by the age of 1. You should floss your child’s teeth as soon as they contact one another. It is especially important to floss the back teeth, or molars, because they are usually closer together than the front teeth.
Early Intervention and Evaluation
Our doctors will perform a comprehensive evaluation to identify potential problems often caused by harmful habits of children. Early intervention for children can remove obstacles to normal growth to allow for more ideal orthodontic treatment during the teen years. We also perform restorative dentistry for children, including laser-curing of composite or “white fillings” to repair decay quickly, while leaving more of the natural tooth structure. Our office is fully computerized to allow for a more individualized treatment plan to be developed and reviewed with each parent. Our goal at Brick Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is to present each and every child with a positive and healthy dental experience.
Dr. Semah may recommend sealants for your child’s molars as a means of helping to prevent tooth decay. A sealant is a white protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of a child’s molars. Sealants are quite durable and should last a number of years. They are a preventive step to tooth decay but cannot take the place of good oral hygiene such as regular brushing, flossing and fluoride. Please speak with Dr. Semah or his associates about more information on sealants for your child’s teeth.
In order to better treat the more apprehensive children, our doctors offer a variety of options with sedation. In addition to simple nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” inhalation, we also offer in-office oral sedation. With this technique your child is given a medicine that can reduce his or her fear and anxiety. For the very young, special needs, or severely apprehensive patients, general anesthesia can also be considered. Please ask the doctor if you have questions regarding any of these choices.
Brick Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides the very latest in orthodontic appliance technology to all of our patients. However, children are not the only patients that are treated. At any one time, approximately 4 million people in the United States are wearing braces. About 25% of these orthodontic patients are adults. Dr. Gostovich offers a variety of appliance styles for everyone, including traditional braces for the very young and young at heart as well as ceramic braces for our esthetically conscious patients. Please call to ask about setting up your consultation with us today!
National Childrens Dental Health Month
February is recognized as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Semah and his staff are committed to spreading the word about the benefits of good dental health for children and lecture regularly to preschool and elementary classes on the importance of good oral hygiene. If you or your child have not learned the basics of good oral health care, it is not too late to start. Taking care of your child’s teeth is a serious commitment. We recommend that your child come in for a thorough oral examination every 6 months along with practicing the daily basics of brushing and flossing. To find out more about the benefits of preventative care, please ask a member of our staff for more details.
DENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
On Holloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and any other holidays when candy is aplenty, children should avoid sticky, chewy, or hard candies which often bathe the teeth in sugar and could damage orthodontic appliances resulting in extended treatment time. However, don’t be scared of the thought of candy altogether! We will be happy to suggest some tasty alternatives that will be sure to delight you and your little ones!