Showing posts from March, 2016

Why Aren’t More People Talking About Lip Ties?

Thousands of babies are impacted every year by lip and tongue tie problems. When your baby is first born and you are searching for possible problems when breastfeeding, you may become depressed, think that it is a problem with you. But it may not genuinely be a problem with your body or with you at all. Lip ties can create an inability for your baby to latch on when breastfeeding. Even though this is a problem that thousands of babies face, doctors often miss this until there are months of frustrations and eventually you may even give up on breastfeeding altogether.
Lip and tongue ties can be hard to diagnose. There is a natural tie that should occur between the lip and the gums. “This piece of skin should be thick but should allow natural movement in the mouth when your baby attempts to latch on,” explains Dr. Fuller. Determining whether your babies lip tie is too tight or is too thick can be difficult to see. Some doctors may want you to wait to see if it corrects itself.
But if …

Does My Child Need A Crown?

If your child is in extreme dental pain and is dealing with deep cavities it may be necessary to have a crown in order to protect the tooth. Here are 2 reasons why your pediatric dentist may recommend your child get a crown. “Crowns are not for cosmetic dentistry purposes,” says Dr. Fuller.
If your child’s tooth is so decayed that a filling can not help fix the cavity, it may be necessary. A cavity is decay that is imbedded in the tooth. Usually a small cavity can have a filling placed and the tooth will be fine until it is an adult tooth. While other cavities cover over half of the tooth and there may not be enough of the tooth left to support a filling. A crown can protect the tooth until it falls out and is replaced with an adult tooth.
It may be recommended for a crown to be placed on a tooth if a pulpotomy is necessary, after a root of a tooth is impacted by decay and the tooth needs to be protected from any more decay.
For more information on crowns talk to Dr. Cameron Fulle…

6 Tips To Dispelling Anxiety In Your Kids At The Dentist

It can be very hard for your children to visit the dentist. Time after time they may kick, scream, cry and beg you not to take them. It may be so difficult to get them into the chair that you’ve all but given up on taking them to the dentist at all. After all, why go through all of that despair if they brush and floss regularly. But unfortunately, problems can hide beneath the gum tissue, in between the teeth, and cavities form quickly. It is critical to take your children to the dentist. Here are 6 Tips from Dr. Cameron Fuller that can help your kids at the dentist.
1.Have them brush and floss regularly. If they are visiting the dentist with a smile that is healthy they will be less likely to need a dental procedure. 2.Provide them notice they are visiting the dentist. This gives your children time to adjust to the news and ask any questions. 3.Visit the office prior to their visit. Let them talk to the dentist and the front office staff. If there is time they may even be able to si…

Saving your Child’s Smile-5 Steps to Picking the Right Toothbrush

Your child’s toothbrush should be switched every 3 months. If you become overwhelmed with the choices while you're standing in the isle, here are 6 steps to choosing the right toothbrush for your child.
1.Find a toothbrush that can fit in your child’s mouth. Check out the guidelines on the box of the children’s toothbrush in order to determine if that particular kind is appropriate for young or older children.
2.Utilize soft bristle toothbrushes to prevent gum and enamel damage.
3.Choose a large grip tootbrush to help your child maneuver the toothbrush in hard to reach areas. Young children struggle with the dexterity to grip the toothbrush and get to the back teeth. A large grip can help improve their ability to remove food from the back teeth.
4.Ask your dentist because they can help you determine which toothbrush is best for your child. They may have a certain brand or kind that they feel may be better for your child than others.
5.A manual toothbrush can get the job done and …

5 Habits That Can Save Your Child’s Teeth

Your children’s teeth are important. The choices you make now in regards to their teeth can impact their smile for a lifetime. Help them create consistent habits that support their smile now and be ahead of the game.Dr. Cameron Fuller and his team have five habits that could save your child’s teeth.
1.Flossing consistently is critical to your child having a healthy smile. Without flossing there is no way to remove food from between your child’s teeth. Food that is lodged between the teeth causes decay and can eventually lead to periodontal disease.
2.Brushing after eating is a great way to remove acidic and sugary food from the surface of the teeth before it is able to cause problems for your smile.
3.Visiting the dentist prior to a problem developing can help to head off any major problems with your child’s teeth. When cavities are not taken care of, too often the result is the necessity of a root canal or other major dental procedure.
4.Replacing their toothbrush on a regular basis…

Are X-rays Safe?

At your child’s dental visit, after an extensive health history is taken and your pediatric dentist has taken a look at your child’s teeth, it may be recommended for them to have x-rays taken. It may also be recommended that your child has X-rays more frequently than you as an adult. The reason is because their mouth changes quickly. 

An x-ray allows the dentist to see what is below the gum line, between the teeth and shows potential problems that may impact your child in the future. X-rays should be taken every six months at their regular dental appointment. Once the x-rays are taken not only is the dentist able to see if there are any problems below the gum line, but they also can determine if there are cavities between the teeth that need to be taken care of. The number of x-rays that need to be taken will depend on the size of your child’s mouth and how well the x-ray is able to be taken. 

If it is recommended that your child have x-rays they will have a lead overall …

Don’t Be Nervous At Your Child’s First Dental Visit

It can be nerve racking to take your child to the dentist for the first time. You don’t know how they’re going to respond, or if they are going to have cavities and require extensive dental procedures to fix decay. Instead of worrying about the visit, here are 4 tips from pediatric dentist, Dr. Cameron Fuller to help decrease the anxiety.
1.Prepare your child for the visit. The calmer they are, the calmer you will be. This can include a pre-visit to the dentist where they see the office, meet the dentist and maybe even sit in the dental chair. This doesn’t have to be an official visit.
2.Take your child to the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts. This can help to ease them, and you, into the habit of visiting the dentist on a regular basis. If they always know 2x a year they visit the dentist it will help to establish a regular routine.
3.Have your children brush and floss regularly to cut down on problems with decay and the potential for cavities. The fewer cavities that your …

Don’t Let The Toothpaste Run Out

It may seem easy to put toothpaste on the list for the next time you go to the store but before you know it weeks have gone by and your little ones have not brushed their teeth because it’s the one item you keep forgetting. Stock up on extra when you go to the store and there is a sale.
Dr. Cameron Fuller says, “Brushing their teeth is the single most important task, next to flossing, for their smile.” Because brushing with a little toothpaste helps to remove food from their mouth, teeth, and tongue. While bacteria is already present in their mouth, without toothpaste, it becomes a wide spread problem that can cause permanent damage to their smile.
Toothpaste contains multiple good agents that not only remove food from the teeth but help to whiten, strengthen, and keep your child’s smile as healthy as possible. Brushing with water or without toothpaste will still remove the food from their teeth, but does not strengthen the enamel or protect against bacteria.
Also, by purchasing to…

10 Facts About Toothpaste You May Not Know

Brushing without toothpaste is just a bath without soap. It is important to have your kids use a dime sized amount of toothpaste in order to ensure they are getting all of the benefits of brushing their teeth. Here are 10 facts about toothpaste you may not know:
1.Toothpaste helps remove plaque from your teeth. 2.Toothpaste helps kill bacteria that is on the toothpaste tube. 3.Toothpaste contains seaweed. 4.Toothpaste can be used to clean silver and give it the polished look. 5.Most toothpaste has the same base ingredients. 6.Abrasives that are used in toothpaste make the process of brushing teeth more effective. 7.Toothpaste with an ADA seal helps fight tooth decay 8.Toothpaste can have additives to help in the process of brushing your child’s teeth but look at the ingredients to make sure they are safe. 9.Fluoride in toothpaste helps fight decay. 1  .Most people have a favorite toothpaste.