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Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?


By Bri Jones, RDH

 

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?!

Dr. Jones is a pediatric dentist, specializing in the treatment and prevention of dental disease as well as the overall oral health of children. Through additional years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the needs of infants, children and teens.

A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition that adults, but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child patient. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education. We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their “cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them and enjoy a cavity-free future.

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Kids and Coffee


By Brianne Jones, RDH

Kids and Coffee!
Coffee is often found in the hands of children these days. Although Frappuccinos can be caffeine free, they are NOT sugar free! Would you be willing to just give your child 19 packets of sugar?! Probably not. Sugar is notoriously destructive to teeth and is often a leading cause of tooth decay, so think #healthy and think twice before letting your kiddos enjoy those yummy drinks on a regular basis!
 
 
 
 

 
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Wisdom on Wisdom Teeth

When and Why?!

By Brianne Jones, RDH

The "ins" and "outs" of Wisdom Teeth


A few people are born without wisdom teeth (those BIG teeth in the way back). Others have enough room in their mouths for the teeth. But many of us, get our wisdom teeth taken out as young adults. Many of us are first alerted to the problem when our wisdom teeth can't come in all the way.

If that happens, part of the tooth may be covered by a flap of gum. Bits of food and bacteria can get trapped under the flap. This can cause swelling and a low-grade infection called pericoronitis. This usually happens with lower wisdom teeth. Pericoronitis, and the pain it causes, are the most common reasons people need wisdom teeth taken out.

There are other reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed.

In many people, the wisdom teeth are blocked from coming in, usually by bone or other teeth. Sometimes the teeth are tilted under the gum. Dentists call these "impacted" teeth.

They may cause pain, but not always. You may feel nothing at all for years. You may not even be aware that you have wisdom teeth until your dentist sees them on an X-ray.

Regular dental visits are important during your teens and early 20s. If you visit your dentist regularly, he or she can use X-rays to follow the progress of your wisdom teeth. Any problems will be seen early. Dr. Jones will evaluate if your child needs to be seen by an oral surgeon and will help determine if the wisdom teeth are there and need to be removed.

Even if your wisdom teeth aren't causing any pain or other problems, they may cause problems at some point. The most common problems are decay, infection and crowding or damage to other teeth. Teeth next to the wisdom teeth are more prone to developing gum problems.

But more serious complications can occur. Some people develop fluid-filled growths called cysts. These can cause permanent damage to bone, teeth and nerves. In rare cases, other tumors may develop as well.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. But if there's a chance your wisdom teeth will cause problems, it's easier to take them out when you're young. That's because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed yet, and the bone around the teeth is less dense. Younger people also heal faster than older ones. As you age, it will take longer to recover from the surgery.

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What Does a First Visit Look Like?!

Your First Trip to CCDC

By Brianne Jones, RDH

Your First Trip to CCDC

When you arrive for your first dental visit, you and your child will be greeted warmly.  If you have dental insurance, please bring that information with you so that our staff may assist in filing an electronic claim for you.  We have some new patient forms on our website that you may fill out and bring with you to this appointment, or you may fill these forms out here at our office once you arrive.

Your child’s first visit will begin with a friendly, caring introduction to our dental home; where lifelong relationships begin.  During the visit we will discuss topics such as homecare instruction, nutrition counseling, growth & development evaluation, orthodontic evaluation as well as a comprehensive examination to identify any potential dental concerns.

You are always welcome to accompany your child at all times during your visits to our office.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. This first visit establishes a positive relationship between the dentist, the child and the parent that will last through adolescence.  Let your child know we encourage them to discuss any fear or anxiety that they are experiencing.  You may also let your child know that the doctor and staff will explain everything in detail and answer any questions he/she might have.

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Dental Statistics

Did You Know...

By Brianne Jones, RDH

Click on the link below (or copy and paste) to read some VERY interesting stats on pediatric dentistry!

http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/stats-on-little-teeth/