No matter what stage of life your child is in, he or she is likely to be learning new things and experiencing life as he or she sees it. It is important to help your child on this journey and teach them not only right from wrong, but also how to properly care for their teeth and overall health. The process of development and growth can be one that is mysterious, fun, and anxiety driven all at the same time. As we all know, we were once scared of our changes too and your child is likely experiencing the same feelings. It is the responsibility of parents and medical/dental professionals to provide the growing generation with the care they need and advice they can use to help them better grow and learn in this world. We all want our kids to be healthy and it starts with proper oral care.
As you monitor the development and growth of your child, you want to naturally stop any issues and diseases in their tracks and pediatric dentistry aims to do just this. This is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral health of all infants and children through their younger years and into adolescents until they are completely grown. Pediatric dentistry also addresses any oral issues that may arise with children. A good oral start in a child’s life can ensure that they have healthy teeth.
Below, we will look at your child’s dental needs and more as they transition through the stages of their life. If you ever have any questions, contact Dr. Bien at Greenhills Dental and she will be happy to see your growing little one in our Fremont office.
Pediatric Dentistry and You and Your Child
The Surgeon General of the US wants everyone to know that you cannot be 100 percent healthy without proper oral health too. Another thing to think about is that you cannot have good oral health if you do not have the proper nutrition needed either. In fact, when baby is first conceived, it is important that mother receive the proper nutrition needed to provide baby with the nutrients he or she needs. As children grow and become older, they need to meet more nutritional needs and these needs evolve throughout the different stages of their life.
Nutrition is important for all growth and development and your mouth is where nutrition takes place. In fact, if you think about it, you place food into your mouth and then it travels down into your body and provides you with the vitamins and minerals needed.
When your child is growing, it is not always just about the healthy that your child eats and it is more about the unhealthy, as this is what affects your child’s teeth. The relationship that exists between tooth decay and sugars or carbohydrates is high and it is often the most consumed in children.
The neutral pH level that should exist in your child’s mouth is 7 and tooth decay begins when the pH is at 5.5. When bacteria are present in your child’s mouth, it will start to hide in the grooves, fissures, and pits in your child’s mouth. It is also known to hide in between teeth and can wreak havoc here.
Different types of food cause issues in your child’s mouth and will lead to tooth decay if continually consumed. If the teeth are not taken care of properly, you will find that your child’s teeth begin to weaken over time.
Tooth Trauma and Children
Tooth trauma is another concern in children, especially those who engage in physical sports and activities. A missing or damaged tooth can present a problem in your child’s mouth and can eventually lead to other problems with the surrounding teeth. Baby teeth help to prepare your child for his or her permanent teeth, but this does not mean that they should be neglected in any way. If baby teeth are neglected, they can cause problems for the permanent teeth that are due to come in.
Losing a tooth early on in your child’s life can mean that he or she will have issues with the rest of his or her teeth. If a tooth must be removed, Dr. Bien will speak with you about it. Should the tooth be a baby tooth, it may need a space maintainer. Should it be a permanent tooth, options will be discussed with you.
The most common teeth that receive trauma are the upper front teeth. This is because they stick out more than the other teeth and usually take the impact or brunt force in accidents. Because of this, the front teeth should ALWAYS be protected and this can be done with a custom-made retainer or sports guard. Your child should never play any type of sports, especially contact sports, without one in their mouth.
Your Consultation in Our Fremont Office
If your child is in need of pediatric dental care, now is the time for you to call Greenhills Dental. We care about your child’s teeth and we want to make sure that he or she is in good oral health now and forever. Dr. Bien specializes in both pediatric and general dentistry care, so even after your child is grown, he or she can still see Dr. Bien. It is important to start dental care early, otherwise, your child’s teeth may suffer from some serious issues to include orthodontic problems, tooth decay, and more.
As a parent, it is your job to make sure that your child’s dental health is in check and that he or she is brushing his or her teeth twice per day, flossing, and having routine dental checkups.
If you would like to discuss pediatric dental care with Dr. Bien, we would be happy to see you here in our Fremont office. Call Greenhills Dental today to schedule your appointment. We serve all children from infants all the way until they are grown and beyond. Call now!