|My Child Needs Dental Crowns. What Options Do I Have?|
Some of the most perplexing words you can hear from your pediatric dentist are, "Your child has cavities." Sometimes you already know, and sometimes you are taken off guard; but regardless of the circumstances, these words can often leave a parent feeling guilty and uncertain about what comes next.
If the cavity is still small, your pediatric dentist can fix the tooth with a small simple filling. However, if the decay has significantly damaged the tooth, it is often necessary to place a crown "cap" on the tooth. Crowns are placed on teeth that have large areas of decay that could possibly break if restored with a simple filling material.
So your child needs crowns, and you are asking, "What choices do I have?" Some of the most common options in pediatric dentistry are listed below.
Finding out your child has extensive tooth decay and needs crowns can be frightening. But having the option available to restore his or her teeth with NEW, state-of-the-art, natural-looking, all-ceramic crowns will put your mind at ease. In fact, neither you nor your child's friends will even be able to tell that there are crowns in your child's mouth. As one mother remarked, "A smile that doesn't encourage teasing is a wonderful gift for any child." So give your child that gift, and ask your dentist today about the EZ-Pedo crown option. Every time you look at your child, you'll be glad you did.
|A Parent's Guide to Good Dental Health|
From infancy children face an environmental and dietary up-hill battle. Young parents are often undereducated when it comes to safeguarding their children's dental health. Babies falling asleep in strollers or cribs with milk bottles in their hands, introducing Coca Cola and other soft drinks to children as young as six months of age, and substituting juice for water between meals are all common factors contributing to tooth decay in today's society.
Often parents will say, "My baby's teeth came in rotten." Sadly, this observation is quite true. As soon as the deciduous "baby teeth" break through the gums, diet and lack of dental hygiene begin the decaying process that inevitably leads to chronic pain, dental abscesses, emergency room visits, infection, and ultimately early extraction of these teeth. This phenomenon is not restricted to older children. I have personally been involved with children as young as 16 months who have already required multiple extractions and restorative treatment on all their erupted teeth. It is sad to experience how this preventable disease destroys the smiles of even the babies in our communities.
As parents it is our responsibility to protect our little ones. Setting good examples and creating an environment that promotes health and safety should be part of our daily commitment. Educating our children to adopt good health habits is no exception. The example we set teaches our kids a lot about who we are. Taking good care of our own teeth and showing our children the importance of good oral hygiene will help establish habits that will last them a lifetime.
You can play an active role in caring for your child's teeth and preventing tooth decay by following these guidelines for good oral health.
Healthy teeth and gums are what all parents want for their children. Following a few basic steps with consistency will enable your children to enjoy HAPPY. HEALTHY. SMILES.