Children’s Dentistry

Sophisticated Smiles Childrens Dentistry Patient Mandy

We love working with our young patients and know that they have different requirements when going to the dentist. We try not to push children so that they end up afraid of the dentist’s office. We’d like for their visit to be as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, and for them to build life-long relationships with the dentist’s office.

At our office in Flemington NJ, we really encourage parents of young kids to bring them along to the parent’s routine dental appointment so that the child can see what happens during the appointment, and become accustomed to our team and office.

We also recommend that the child’s first visit be between eighteen months and two years of age. At that age we can easily begin to keep track of the growth and development of their teeth and mouth.

When New Teeth Arrive:

Your child’s first tooth erupts between ages 6-12 months and the remainder of their 20 primary or “baby” teeth typically erupt by age 3. During this time, gums may feel tender and sore, causing your child to feel irritable. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.

Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age 6 and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 including wisdom teeth.

“Smiling Child” Pre-School Appointment

Prevent any fears of the dentist by bringing your child in for their own special appointment. Your child will get acquainted with Dr. Szierer and the team We look forward to introducing your child to the basic sights and sounds of a checkup appointment. Our children’s hygienist sincerely loves working with kids; and in an interactive and lively visit, she’ll have them believing that the dentist is way cooler than an X-Box 360… Okay, she can’t really do that…

Sophisticated Smiles Childrens Orthodontics Patient Bill the Fish

BRACES? In Pre-School?

Many young parents of today didn’t have orthodontic work done when they were growing up. Truth is, a lot of them only had orthodontic treatment if their teeth were severely crooked and misaligned. Sometimes this had to do with the cost of orthodontic treatment. But, most of the time it was because parents didn’t recognize that a child’s teeth were bad, and their dentist didn’t bring it up unless the parents asked about braces.

In those days, if you had crowded teeth the dentist simply pulled some permanent teeth. Of course, now, we discovered that doing so was a disaster in the making.

Only after today’s parents had grown up did we learn about the vicious circle of pain caused by an unbalanced bite. Orthodontic dentistry isn’t just for making a teenager’s teeth look straight and pretty anymore. There is much more than that to worry about. Misalignment and malocclusion can bring on chronic headaches and full-blown migraines. A misaligned bite can cause ringing in the ears and vertigo (dizziness). Completely healthy teeth can start to chip and wear away, producing a ragged-edged smile.

Worst of all, malocclusion usually isn’t something a parent can just “see”. It lurks in the background continuously exerting strain and pressure on the jaw joint, the teeth and the chewing muscles. Then, one day, your ace student can’t take the English test because of a migraine. Or, he can’t hit jump shots anymore because he has developed vertigo.

Sophisticated Smiles Childrens Dentistry Patient Palate

There are some real benefits in starting orthodontic treatment when children are much younger. The children usually don’t have to wear braces for a long period of time during those awkward teenage years. It is also much easier to expand the palate and allow room for all of the adult teeth to have the proper space to come in. In most of those cases, young children will not get braces, however they will have their palates expanded by an appliance. This will make their arches wider. It allows space in the mouth for all of the child’s adult teeth to properly grow.

Our dental practice has developed relationships with some excellent orthodontists in the area and can refer you and your child to an orthodontist if an exam reveals crowded or crooked teeth, or issues with the palate. We can help you choose the best orthodontist that meets the needs and temperament of your child.

Why Do Kids Still Get Cavities?

Scientists in the 1960’s found that fluoride helped build a stronger defense against the teeth’s enemies like bacteria and acids and sweets. And, yes, when fluoride was added to a city’s drinking water, the incidence of cavities dropped sharply. It was even predicted at one time that there would come a time when we wouldn’t need dentists anymore.

However, even the scientists of the 60’s couldn’t predict the development of Mountain Dew, Power Aid Energy Drinks and Gummy Worms. There is no way they could have foreseen that the average teenager would now eat their own weight in refined sugar every year. And, finally, even those scientists with a dark pessimistic vision of the 21st century, couldn’t imagine the power that high-fructose corn syrup would wield against fluoride, regular toothpaste and even daily flossing.

Tips For Your Family’s Oral Health:

• Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
• Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
• Watch what your child drinks.
• Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
• Make treats part of meals.
• Choose nutritious snacks.

Ideal oral hygiene at home is really important and really needs to begin at a rather young age. We take the time to instruct parents and kids on correct brushing and flossing methods so they can enjoy great dental health for a lifetime

Contact Us

  • Sophisticated Smiles
  • Mark Szierer, DMD
  • 85 Reaville Ave
  • Flemington, NJ 08822
  • Phone: (908) 806-4333
  • Fax: (908) 806-2024

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