your baby’s teeth first begin to come in and you notice that gap between their
teeth when they smile, the family may coo that it’s cute. "However, it is very
important that if your child has a gap in their teeth due to a maxillary frenum,
or another reason, that it be corrected," says pediatric dentist Dr. Cameron Fuller. Your child’s education, speech and
self-confidence is dependent upon it being corrected at an early age. As your child gets older they are working on saying
certain sounds. Children who are younger than five should be developing the
ability to say all of the sounds. After five if these sounds are not solidified
it will make it much more difficult for them to learn to correctly speak. “And
by age seven if the sounds are not correct they run the risk of never being able
to say them correctly,” says Dr. Cameron Fuller. By age five and six your child
should be able to say their S’s and R’s correctly which are some of the last
sounds to develop. Children who…
One of the most common conditions affecting children's teeth are dental abscesses. Children with severe cavities often have teeth that abscess.
Dental abscesses often start out as large cavities on the teeth. Once the cavity invades the pulp of the tooth the infection spreads to the bone. At that point the tooth is no longer salvageable. A dental abscess is a swelling of the tissue around an infected tooth.
The following symptoms may result from a dental abscess. Children can often present with facial swelling, fever, altered eating habits, poor concentration, poor sleep patterns, breathing problems, and general malaise.
The treatment that is always recommended is antibiotics and extraction.
You may have taken
your child to the dentist and now they are recommending a crown or extraction for
an anterior tooth. This treatment will be recommended if your child’s tooth is
broken, cracked or decayed until the permanent tooth begins to come in. Which option Dr. Fuller suggests will depend on whether the tooth can be saved or not.
Metal crowns will be utilized if they are able to save the tooth. These types of crowns are ideal in a
child’s mouth because they do not corrode; they can last for several years,
they fall out naturally when permanent teeth begin to erupt and are very safe
In order for the dentist to
place a crown a puploptomy may need
to be done. This is a form of a root canal for a child. This helps clean the
bacteria in the child’s mouth in order for the crown to be placed. You don’t
want to have decay under the crown because otherwise your daughter or son may
continue to be in pain. Tooth decay in kids can also cause low cognitive
functioning, slow w…