Children’s Dentistry

Sophisticated Smiles Childrens Dentistry Patient Mandy

We love working with our young patients and realize that they have unique requirements when seeing the dentist. We never try to push children so that they wind up scared of the dentist’s office. We’d like their appointment be as enjoyable and comfortable as it can be, and for them to develop life-long relationships with our dentist’s office.

At our office in Flemington NJ, we strongly encourage parents of small children to take them along to the parent’s routine dental appointment so that the little one can easily see what goes on at the visit, and become accustomed to our staff and office.

We also propose that the child’s first visit be between eighteen months and two years of age. At that age we will begin to monitor 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.

Pre-School Exam

Our advice is that it’s never too early to take care of your child’s teeth – even when they’re babies! Prevention and early intervention can help maintain healthy, happy smiles for a lifetime!

Sophisticated Smiles Childrens Orthodontics Patient Emma

Pre-School Orthodontics Dental Checkup

Many parents of young children didn’t wear braces when they were growing up. In fact, a lot of them only had orthodontic treatment if their teeth were really crowded and crooked. Some parents couldn’t afford braces. In most cases it was because the child’s teeth looked pretty normal compared to other kids, and their dentist didn’t bring it up unless the parents asked about braces.

Back then, if there wasn’t enough space for all your teeth, dentists simply pulled a few adult teeth. Of course, upon reflection, we now know that doing so was a disaster in the making.

Only in the last decade or so did we learn about the chronic oral health consequences of an unbalanced bite. Orthodontic dentistry is no longer just for straightening crooked teeth. 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 office in Flemington NJ 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.

Correct dental hygiene at home is extremely important and needs to begin at a rather early age. We take the time to teach parents and children on good brushing and flossing techniques so they can enjoy excellent oral health for a lifetime

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

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