what is a Pediatric Dentist (Pedodontist)?
In the same way that pediatricians are trained to meet a child's medical needs, our pediatric dental specialists are uniquely qualified to protect your child's oral health, using the most advanced techniques--and all in our delightfully friendly open treatment area. All pediatric dentists complete a 2-3 year postdoctoral residency that prepares them with the knowledge and experiences to treat children and their specific needs.
should I eliminate all sugar and starch from my child's diet?
Of course not. Many of these foods are incredibly important to your child's health. Starch-based foods are much safer to eat for teeth when eaten with an entire meal. Foods that stick to teeth are also more difficult to wash away by water, saliva or other drinks. It is important you talk to our staff about your child's diet and maintaining proper dental care.
what helpful information can you give me regarding tooth decay in infants?
To limit the possibility of cavities, try never to put them to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or formula. When a child is sleeping, any liquid that remains in the mouth can support the bacteria that produce acid and harm the teeth. A simple pacifier or water is fine. Epidemiological research shows that human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide general health, nutritional, developmental, and psychological advantages while significantly decreasing the risk for a large number of diseases. Frequent night time bottle feeding with milk and ad libitum breastfeeding are associated, but not consistently cited as causal, with cavities in young children.
how do I know if my child is getting the appropriate amount of fluoride in their diet?
If you do not reside in a community that has fluoridated water or have the appropriate amount of natural fluoride in your well water, your child will need some sort of supplement in their diet. We can help you determine how much of a supplement your child needs based upon their weight, age, current water fluoride levels and brand of toothpaste.
what can I do about teeth grinding?
Some parents may hear their children grind their teeth at night or may begin to notice wear on their teeth (their teeth may appear to be getting shorter). Some reasons for grinding teeth include stress or pressure on the inner ear. If there are changes in pressure (like in an airplane in take off and landing) the child may grind their teeth to relieve this pressure. Another cause may be due to the eruption of primary teeth at different times. Children may also grind to develop an even bite. Most children outgrow their grinding, with no treatments necessary. If the problem persists, discuss it with your doctor at your child's next visit.