Showing posts from April, 2015

Signs Of Periodontal Disease In Children

Periodontal disease is not unique to adults, it can impact children as well. Food can get stuck between the teeth if your children are not flossing and brushing regularly. "There are different types of periodontal disease and depending on the severity of the problem different treatment will be recommended," Dr. Cameron Fuller .   Chronic gingivitis usually causes swelling, red gums and bleeding when your child flosses or brushes. This can be fixed with a trip to the dentist, regular brushing and flossing. I f it is left untreated, it can turn into a more serious problem. Gums that are not taken care of are not able to protect the teeth. And as the disease progresses, they may experience extreme mouth pain.   Dr. Fuller states, "another type of periodontal disease is called aggressive periodontitis." This type of per

4 Cosmetic Options To Improve My Teen's Smile

Everyone wants to have a fantastic smile and here are four easy steps you can take to help fix the cosmetic look of your teen’s smile without extreme cosmetic choices. 1.      Change a smile line            Dr. Cameron Fuller says, “A simple laser treatment can even out the smile line of your teen’s gums Keep in mind that the gum tissue is like the frame of your child’s tooth. Evening the tissue can   enhance the overall look.” 2.      Orthodontics            Talk to your child’s dentist about whether orthodontics is a viable option in order to fix crooked teeth, spacing issues or bite problems. There are many options that can be used to treat your child – traditional braces, invisilign, etc. so don’t delay getting the information you need to make a good decision for your child. 3. Use of tooth-colored or white fillings             Tooth-colored fillings ensure their fillings and their teeth match when they smile for that prom picture.   Whi

6 Ways Decay Can Impact Your Teen

Your teen’s body is changing and so is their mouth. It is important as they grow older they continue to take care of their body and their smile. As they are growing and their food habits change - brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist is critical to keep their smile healthy.   If they fail to brush and floss during this time, they can end up with decay which can negatively impact their health. Dental care to prevent decay is critical during these years. Here’s why: 1.      Decay causes bad breath             Decay attacks the enamel of their teeth. As decay and bacteria build up it can cause their breath to smell. By age seventeen, 80% of kids have had at least one cavity.    2. Decay may impact social interactions              Decay causes bad breath that can impact your teen socially. Unfortunately, teens are judged by their appearance and their habits. Bad breath can be a barrier to them reaching their goals socially. 3. Decay can cau

7 Ways To Support Your Child's Dental Needs

Your son’s dental needs are critical and in order to help them establish healthy habits, here are seven tips to supporting their needs.  Find a dentist you can trust We understand as parents ourselves no one wants to take their child to a dentist they can’t trust. Spend time establishing a solid relationship with the pediatric dentist and his team to ensure you feel comfortable with them.  2. Ask questions There are no stupid questions when it comes to the health and well-being of your child. Ask away and we’ll be sure to answer.      3. Choose fruits and veggies for snacks. They not only help the body, but they also help to create a healthy white smile for your child.  Check your numbering – it’s off.     4. Choose water Water helps rinse leftover food off the surface of teeth. The sooner they can remove the food, the better. Food that remains on the surface of the teeth turns into sugar, which feeds bacteria,

3 Ways Sugar Affects Your Child's Teeth

1. Decay  2. Decay  3. Decay  Help your child avoid tooth decay by providing low sugar, healthy options for a snack disguised as a butterfly or caterpillar. Water or milk is a healthier alternative to soda or other fruit juices high in sugar. And take them to the dentist for their routine cleanings to allow any minor problems to be taken care of immediately.  Routine cleanings will allow Dr. Fuller and his team to review any troubled areas where enamel may be wearing down. It can also allow them to take x-rays to see between the teeth and ensure there are not cavities brewing that they can’t see. Pediatric dentist, Dr. Cameron Fuller states, “The longer decay remains in your child’s mouth, the more problems it can create.” 

Should My Toddler Chew Gum?

There is no reason for toddlers to chew gum. While your toddler’s body is growing it is important to provide lots of opportunities for them to eat nutritious foods. Pediatric dentist, Dr. Cameron Fuller suggests, “Fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks are a better alternative to a stick of gum loaded with sugar.” Fruits and vegetables help remove food that may become stuck to the teeth, by creating extra saliva to rinse away food.  Also gum is a choking hazard for young toddlers. Young children who are unable to understand the concept of gum may swallow it, and it can become lodged in their throat depending on the size of the piece. They may not know or understand what purpose gum serves, leading them to repeatedly swallow gum, which can cause stomach issues, gas or jaw problems.  The part of gum that makes it sticky is not digestible. If a child is chewing gum and swallows too much of it, it will remain in the digestive tract and can cause children to bec

5 Dental Facts You Need To Know For Your Kids

 Now that you’re a parent you are confronted with new things. Here are five dental facts about your baby and their teeth, which can help you decipher all the information coming your way.  Brushing baby’s first tooth is as important as brushing your own. Tooth decay can occur when milk or other sugary liquids say on a baby’s teeth. If decay sets in when a baby is young it can impact their permanent teeth. 2.      Your baby should visit the dentist once their first tooth comes in. In order for any problems to be diagnosed initially it is important to make sure your baby visits the dentist regularly and builds a positive relationship as soon as possible. This will help set the stage for your daughter or son, as they grow older. 3. “Your child’s baby teeth hold the place for their permanent teeth,” advises Dr. Fuller . If your child loses a tooth because of trauma or a fall it is important to visit the dentist right away. If they lose a bab

Braces or No Braces?

Straight teeth are by far easier to keep clean over the years, which means a much cleaner mouth and many times, less decay. Orthodontics isn’t only about straight teeth it’s also about correcting bite issues which can make eating certain foods dangerous. If your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment ( braces), your pediatric dentist , Dr. Cameron Fuller will be able to guide you to when treatment is appropriate. Depending on the concern and how much change needs to occur will determine when your son’s dentist will suggest you begin to look at the process.   Even though your child may have teeth that are not in the right spot, it may be advantageous to wait to begin treatment until they are ready for the responsibility of orthodontics. In order to keep their teeth looking healthy there are strict requirements your teen will need to be able to follow –

6 Options For A Healthier Smile

1. Watch what your child eats. Eating more natural fruits and veggies without sauce can enhance your child’s smile because those foods increase the water which washes away debris, and that also decreases the opportunities food has to stay stuck to your child’s teeth.   2. Have your child brush and floss everyday. Dentists, including pediatric dentist, Dr. Cameron Fuller, has been saying this for years. This is the number-one way to prevent bacteria growth, decay and other more severe dental problems.   3. Chew xylitol gum between brushing and flossing in order to allow for excess food to be washed away after your child has snacked and before they get a chance to brush or floss.   4. Avoid dried fruits. While they sound good, they can stick to your child’s teeth. The longer food is on your teeth the more opportunity bacteria have to