Last updated 5 days ago
Oral hygiene may not immediately come to the minds of parents with toddler children. Given the temporary nature of baby teeth, some parents might preclude that establishing an oral hygiene routine is not necessary until their children’s permanent teeth arrive. On the contrary, family dentists stress that oral hygiene is crucial beginning at birth. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can develop in children as young as one, two, or three years old, making the following tips essential for sound oral health in toddlers.
Begin an Oral Hygiene Regimen Before Tooth Eruption
Children typically start getting their baby teeth around six months of age. An oral hygiene regimen should already be in place prior to this marker. An early cleaning routine is important for two reasons. First, it acclimates the child to the sensation of cleaning devices against his gums and teeth. Second, it removes the sugars found in breast milk and formula that can damage erupting baby teeth.
Be Consistent with Daily Brushing Habits
Once a child has even one tooth, brushing should become an everyday occurrence. Parents can purchase toothbrushes made small and soft enough for delicate toddler teeth and gums. Starting a daily routine helps children recognize early on the necessity of brushing their teeth. It also provides the best protection against increasing tooth decay dangers.
Consult a Family Dentist by the Age of One
Family dentists encourage parents to set up an initial consultation for their toddlers by the time they reach their first birthdays. A dentist can examine the baby teeth to determine if tooth decay is present. He can also put a toddler at ease in the dentist’s chair. Creating a foundation of trust between a toddler and dentist is imperative for the continued wellbeing of the child’s oral health.
Has your little one received his first dental checkup? If you have a toddler between the ages of one and three, now is the time to schedule his initial dental examination. Call Encanto Family Dental Care at (602) 639-4966 for an appointment. Our Phoenix office offers family dentistry services to patients of all ages in the greater Phoenix community.
Last updated 15 days ago
The holiday season is here, and with it ample opportunities for your children to enjoy holiday candy and desserts. Aside from their delicious taste, though, these foods offer little health advantages for your children. In fact, their high sugar content can create a dangerous environment for bacteria in your mouth. Dentists note that bacteria thrive on sugar for acid production, which can deteriorate tooth enamel within minutes. While you may not be able to avoid entirely your children’s consumption of sweets, you can protect their teeth from the oral health hazards they may produce.
Restrict Hard or Sticky Candy
Most candy contains sugar, but those of a hard or sticky nature can be especially harmful to teeth. It may take your children many minutes to dissolve a piece of hard candy. During that time, bacteria in the mouth have the chance to use the released sugars for the creation of destructive acidic substances. Sticky candy, which can affix to the surface of teeth, can also give bacteria the opportunity to deteriorate tooth enamel.
Allow Treats Only with Meals
The body’s natural defense mechanism against bacterial acids is saliva. Saliva production increases when a person consumes a meal so that food particles can be quickly washed away. If you decide to give your children sweets, present them only during or immediately following meals.
Make Children Brush or Rinse
To aid in the removal of sugary substances in the mouth, you can also have your children brush their teeth after receiving a sweet treat. Brushing is a key measure for oral health at home, and having your children do it after consuming candy or dessert can lower the chance of future cavities. Should you be away from home, you can still have your children rinse their teeth with water or milk to lessen the occurrence of tooth decay.
Encanto Family Dental Care offers comprehensive family dental treatment for both pediatric and adult patients. For more information on our treatment options, or to schedule an appointment, call (602) 639-4966. You can also visit our website to learn more about our Phoenix staff and services.
Last updated 19 days ago
Are your brushing habits helping or hurting the health of your teeth? In this video, you can view correct brushing techniques.
Daily brushing is essential to remove plaque buildup on teeth. To ensure that you sufficiently rid your teeth of this harmful substance, brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time. When brushing the sides of your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, which positions it precisely where plaque tends to build. When brushing the crowns of your teeth, hold your toothbrush flat against their surfaces.
Encanto Family Dental Care in Phoenix can provide your whole family with the professional dental treatment needed for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. To set up an initial consultation with a family dentist, call (602) 639-4966.
Last updated 1 month ago
For many people, going to the dentist does not rank very high on their preferred list of leisure activities. Whether you are apprehensive about visiting the dentist or are simply juggling the demands of a hectic schedule, learn how to make the most of your dental appointment.
On the day of your trip to the dentist, avoid caffeinated and sugary beverages. Bring a list of the medications and vitamins that you use, including their name and dosage, so you are prepared to share vital health information with your dentist. Generate a list of questions ahead of time so you don’t forget any concerns or issues that you want to discuss with your dentist. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a light, healthy snack to eat before your appointment if your visit occurs during a mealtime.
If you live in the Phoenix area and are interested in scheduling a dentist appointment, call Encanto Family Dental Care at (602) 639-4966. In addition to family dentistry, we also offer orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. Call us today to speak with our friendly staff and learn more about our personalized care.
Last updated 1 month ago
Dentures offer a comfortable, functional option for patients with partially or completely missing teeth. With a natural look and feel and several different types available depending on your needs, dentures provide a practical alternative, enabling dentists to successfully help patients with missing teeth.
How Dentures Work
There are two different types of dentures: partial and complete. A partial set of dentures uses a metal framework to attach to your real teeth. It fills in missing teeth as well as prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of place. A complete set of dentures is used after all natural teeth have been removed. Complete dentures come in either a “conventional” or an “immediate” form. Conventional dentures can be placed in the mouth two to three months after the teeth have been removed and the gums have healed. Immediate dentures are made ahead of time and can be placed in the mouth immediately after the teeth are extracted, although they require ongoing adjustments during the healing process.
How Dentures Are Made
Dentures are made from impressions and measurements of the jaw. Afterwards, a model or wax form of the denture available to “try on” is created and assessed for color, shape, and fit. The final denture is then cast, and adjustments are made as required.
How Dentures Look and Feel
Dentures are made to look natural and can appear indistinguishable from your other teeth. Once you begin wearing dentures, they may feel a little loose as your cheek and tongue muscles learn to keep them in place. Minor irritation may also occur, as well as an increase in saliva production, and speaking and eating may feel awkward initially. These issues typically diminish over time as your mouth becomes accustomed to your new dentures.
If you are interested in learning more about dentures, set up an appointment with Encanto Family Dental Care by calling (602) 639-4966. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, we offer personalized and comfortable dental care for your entire family. We specialize in emergency and family dentistry and orthodontics.