No, we do not accept Medicaid, CareSource, Buckeye or Molina.
Children’s sports involve contact so we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays baseball, soccer, or other sports, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.
They may not be ‘forever’ teeth, but they’re just as important as the ones that are. Your child’s primary teeth help him speak, and chew properly. They hold space in the jaw for his permanent teeth. Cavities can be painful and the loss, or removal, of baby teeth too early can cause alignment issues later.
We do recommend them for children who are old enough to brush on their own. There are two main benefits – they ability to brush better than a manual toothbrush and (the built-in timer that keeps kids brushing longer.
Two surefire ways to check on brushing: Watch and time your child (2 minutes is what a thorough brush takes) and Conduct a visual inspection. You should not see signs of food, visible build up on teeth or near gums, or red or swollen gums.
Permanent teeth begin to erupt at age 6, and continue until 21. Baby teeth may get loose and fall out before the permanent teeth erupt or may be pushed out by the new teeth. By the time your child reaches adulthood, they will have 32 permanent teeth.
Many children suck their thumbs or fingers as infants, and most grow out of it by the age of four, without causing any permanent damage to their teeth. If your child continues sucking after their permanent teeth erupt, or sucks aggressively, we will monitor the situation during routine exams, to prevent any long-term problems from the habit.
It’s never too early to start preventative dental care to maintain optimal oral health. Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, we recommend cleaning the gums after feedings with a damp, soft washcloth. As soon as the first tooth appears, you can start using an infant toothbrush, with soft bristles and a small head.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children see a dentist for the first time by their first birthday. Our general recommendation is within six months after the eruption of the first tooth, which can happen between 6 and 12 months of age (or earlier).
If you’ve eliminated home care issues (parent brushing or parent supervised brushing with a fluoride toothpaste), look at your child’s diet. Often it’s not candy that causes an issue, despite the stereotype. Instead the culprit may be the frequency and duration of fermentable carbohydrates in a child’s diet can be to blame. To determine if that’s what is happening, keep a log of everything your child eats and drinks for a week. Pay special attention to the frequency and duration of eating or drinking. For example, it’s important to note if your child consumes a cup of juice in two big gulps or sips on it all morning long. Our office can review the log and make recommendations based on your child’s eating patterns.
Yes, establishing the habit is very important. Think of tooth brushing like you might about wearing seat belts- it’s non negotiable for the good of your child. You might try making the routine fun with a special musical morning toothbrush for little ones or use the embarrassment of dirty teeth and bad breath to motivate old children.