Frequently Asked Questions

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la dieta & Prevención de la cavidad

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 level, and brand of toothpaste.

What is an appropriate diet for my child?

It is important that your child receives a naturally-balanced diet that includes the important nutrients your child needs in order to grow. A daily diet should includes the major food groups of meat/fish/eggs, vegetable/fruit, bread/cereal as well as milk and other dairy products.

Can my child’s diet affect their dental health?

Absolutely. It is important that you initiate a balanced diet for your child so that their teeth develop appropriately. Adicionalmente, this will positively affect healthy gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Please note that a diet high in sugar and other forms of carbohydrates may increase the probability of tooth decay.

How do I create a diet that is safe for my child’s teeth?

As we stated earlier, initiate a balanced diet. Analyze the frequency in which starch-based foods are eaten. These types of foods include breads, pasta, potato chips, etc. Adicionalmente, sugar is found in more than just candy. All types of sugars can promote tooth decay. Por ejemplo, mayoría de los productos lácteos contiene azúcar. Un sándwich de jalea y mantequilla de cacahuete es un favorito para comidas embolsadas. Por desgracia, incluye azúcar no sólo en la jalea, pero también en la mantequilla de maní. Menos azúcar y más sabor y nutrientes, trate de reemplazar la gelatina con rebanadas de fruta fresca (manzanas, peras, o plátanos) o las frutas secas picadas. Ir fácil en la mantequilla de maní, Aunque, es alta en grasa. Elegir el tipo "no-sal-agregada" menos sodio.

Debo eliminar todo azúcar y almidón de la dieta de mi hijo?

Claro que no. Muchos de estos alimentos son increíblemente importantes para la salud de su hijo. Alimentos a base de almidón son mucho más seguros para los dientes cuando se come con una comida entera. Alimentos que se pegan a los dientes también son más difíciles de lavar por el agua, saliva, u otras bebidas. Es importante que usted habla con nuestro personal sobre la dieta de su hijo y mantener atención dental adecuada.

Qué información me puede dar respecto a caries dental en niños?

Lo más importante, no amamantar a sus hijos a dormir. No las ponga a la cama con una botella de leche, jugo de, o fórmula. Cuando un niño está durmiendo, cualquier líquido que permanece en la boca puede apoyar las bacterias que producen ácido y dañan los dientes. Un simple chupete o botella de agua está bien.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la pérdida del diente

Qué debo hacer si dientes de mi hijo se golpea hacia fuera?

Póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina tan pronto como sea posible.

Qué debo hacer si diente permanente de mi hijo se golpea hacia fuera?

Enjuague el diente noqueado en agua fresca. No frotar el diente. Si es posible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a container of milk (or water if milk is not available.) Come to our office immediately. Feel free to call our emergency number if it is after hours. The tooth has a better chance of being saved if you act immediately.

What should I do if my child’s tooth is fractured or chipped?

Póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina tan pronto como sea posible. Time is of the essence! Our goal is to save the tooth and prevent infection. Rinse the mouth out with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. It’s possible that if you can find the broken tooth fragment, it can be bonded back to the tooth.

What do I do if my child has a toothache?

Call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. To help comfort your child, rinse out the mouth with cold water and apply a compress.

How can we prevent dental injuries?

Simple. Sport-related dental injuries can be reduced or prevented by wearing mouth guards. Resguardar su hogar puede ayudar a reducir las lesiones en el hogar. Adicionalmente, chequeos dentales regulares contribuirá al cuidado preventivo

Preguntas más frecuentes acerca de los selladores

Qué son los selladores de?

Sellador dental se refiere a un plástico que se adhiere un dentista en las ranuras de la superficie de masticación del diente como un medio de ayudar a prevenir la formación de caries.

Cómo funcionan los selladores?

En muchos casos, es casi imposible para los niños limpiar las pequeñas ranuras entre los dientes. Cuando se aplica un sellador, the surface of the tooth is somewhat flatter and smoother. There are no longer any places on the chewing part of the tooth that the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach and clean. Since plaque can be removed more easily and effectively, there is much less chance that decay will start.

What is the life expectancy of tooth sealants?

The longevity of sealants varies. Sealants that have remained in place for three to five years would be considered successful, however, sealants can last much longer. It is not uncommon to see sealants placed during childhood still intact on the teeth of adults. Our office will check your child’s sealants during routine dental visits and will recommend repair or reapplication when necessary.

Which teeth should be sealed?

Any tooth that shows characteristics of developing decay should be sealed. The most common teeth for a dentist to seal are a child’s back teeth, and of these teeth, the molars are the most common teeth on which dental sealants are placed. The recommendation for sealants should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What is the procedure for placing sealants?

Generally the procedure takes just one visit. Placing dental sealants can be a very easy process. The tooth is cleaned, conditioned, and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of the tooth where it is hardened with a special blue light and then buffed. All normal activities can occur directly after the appointment.

How important is brushing and flossing after sealants are applied?

It is just as important for your child to brush and floss their teeth. Sealants are only one part of the defensive plan against tooth decay.

How much does it cost?

This treatment is quite affordable, especially when you consider the value of protection against tooth decay. Most dental insurance companies cover sealants. Check with your insurance company about your child’s coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions About A Gummy Smile

When some children smile, they may show an excessive amount of gum tissue. This is called a gummy smile and may be due to a few different problems:

Gum irritation and overgrowth from braces. This is more likely to happen if the teeth appear short before the braces are placed on the teeth. This problem results not from the quality of the orthodontic care, but is a result of pre-treatment gum and bone thickness.

Altered passive eruption. The gum and bone normally recede as a part of the normal eruption of the teeth. When this normal recession doesn’t occur, the gums cover too much of the teeth and make them appeartoo short”. The teeth are usually not too short. They are usually of normal size but are buried under the gum and bone.

If there are habits such as digit sucking or grinding (bruxism), excessive pressure or tooth wear can alter the appearance of the teeth. The problems may be able to be corrected with orthodontics, surgical procedures, or dental restorations such as crowns or veneers.

Skeletal developmental problems affect the growth of the jaws and the teeth. If orthodontics are instituted between the years of seven and nine, the growth of the jaws can often be controlled and the cosmetics can be improved.

Before treatment, it is critical to properly evaluate the problems and get an accurate diagnosis. Some cosmetic issues can be easily corrected while others like skeletal problems can be more difficult.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Mouth Guards

What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is comprised of soft plastic. They come in standard or custom fit to adapt comfortably to the upper teeth.

Why is a mouth guard important?

A mouth guard protects the teeth from possible sport injuries. It does not only protect the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw bone as well. It can contribute to the protection of a child from head and neck injuries such as concussions. Most injuries occur to the mouth and head area when a child is not wearing a mouth guard.

When should my child wear a mouth guard?

It should be worn during any sport-based activity where there is risk of head, face, or neck injury. Such sports include hockey, soccer, karate, basketball, baseball, skating, skateboarding, as well as many other sports. Most oral injuries occur when children play basketball, baseball, and soccer.

How do I choose a mouth guard for my child?

Choose a mouth guard that your child feels is comfortable. If a mouth guard feels bulky or interferes with speech to any great degree, it is probably not appropriate for your child.

There are many options in mouth guards. Most guards are found in athletic stores. These vary in comfort, protection as well as cost. The least expensive tend to be the least effective in preventing oral injuries. Customized mouth guards can be provided through our practice. They may be a bit more expensive, but they are much more comfortable and shock absorbent.