Services & Helpful Dental Tips
Excellent oral hygiene at an early age not only gives your child a beautiful healthy smile, but can also reduce their risk of chronic diseases later on in life. Dentistry For Children in Montgomery & Wetumpka, AL is dedicated to providing preventative dental care as well as education for both parent and child. Our doctors and staff understand the importance of helping young patients develop great oral health habits. We strive to make our services fun so our patients can maintain those healthy habits for life.
Pediatric Dental Services in Montgomery & Wetumpka, AL
Our services include:
Infant Dental Exams
We recommend your child’s first dental exam occur before their first birthday. This visit gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your child, while creating a personalized treatment plan. This will ensure your child is set up for success in regards to their oral health.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Helping children understand the importance of good dental hygiene is our #1 goal. During each regular visit, we clean the mouth to help prevent bacterial growth, which leads to cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis. In addition, we educate them on the proper way to brush and floss, to help reinforce lessons taught at home. For added protection, we also utilize dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
An individual’s diet plays a major role in their dental health. Consuming sugar, starches, juices frequently can directly impact your child’s teeth. Eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet lowers the risk of tooth decay and other dental disorders.
Tooth position is important, especially at an early age, because it directly impacts speech and chewing. We help monitor the spacing between primary (“baby”) teeth so that permanent teeth have adequate room for eruption (or development and growth).
Sealants are a treatment option aimed at preventing tooth decay. The sealant acts as a barrier and protects the enamel from plaque and acids.
Our dentists may recommend general anesthesia if your child can’t receive dental care in a traditional office setting. This may be recommended if a child has special needs or developmental delay, a patient’s age, cooperation level, and or due to the amount of treatment necessary- When this is required for our patients, we perform these dental procedures in a hospital setting with an anesthesiologist.
Lip Tongue Tie
Tight tongue or lip frenulum can contribute to breastfeeding and speech difficulties. When indicated, frenectomy may help alleviate the problem.
There are many important factors to consider when choosing a snack. It is not only what you eat as a snack, but how often you snack. Here are some important facts about how snacking affects your teeth and things to consider when choosing a snack.
Snacking and Tooth Decay
Everyone has plaque bacteria in their mouths. Most snacks that you eat contain sugar and starches that turn into acid; soft drinks, juice, cookies, candy, even potato chips and pretzels. When the sugar meets with the plaque it creates acid, causing a “plaque attack” on your teeth.
It is How Often That Matters
Every time you eat a sugary snack the acid attacks your teeth for 20 minutes. The “plaque attack” makes the enamel of your teeth weak. That is when cavities start! Therefore, it is better to have a snack and finish it rather than continually having small snacks throughout the day.
Selecting Healthy Snacks
|Goldfish (Whole Grain)|
|Canned Fruit In Natural Juices|
|Fruit Roll-Ups/Gummy Snacks|
|Candy Coated Fruit|
|Canned Fruit in Heavy Syrup|
By limiting the number of times and type of snacks your child eats and brushing twice a day you can fight back against plaque!
Please note: If your child has been placed on a special diet due to a medical condition, this may not apply. Please continue to follow doctor’s recommendation.
Have a dental emergency? Please check out this handy guide and then give us a call!
Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth, See your dentist as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in cold running water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket, if this is not possible place the tooth in a cup of milk. Go immediately to your dentist (within 30 minutes, if possible) Don’t forget to bring the tooth! DO NOT INSERT A BABY TOOTH BACK IN THE MOUTH.
Gently clean dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compress on the face, in the area of tooth, to decrease swelling. Call your dentist immediately.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compress. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.
Object Caught Between Teeth
Try to remove the object with floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If you’re not successful in removing the object, go to the dentist.
Possible Broken Jaw
Do not move the jaw. Secure the jaw in place by tying a handkerchief, necktie, or towel around the jaw and over the top of the head. If swelling is present, apply cold compress. Go immediately to hospital emergency room.