Restoration Dentistry in the Twin Cities
Restoration dentistry includes the various ways Otsego Dental can replace or restore missing teeth or missing parts of the tooth structure.
The loss of tooth structure can be caused by tooth decay or injuries. Restoration dentistry repairs teeth that are cracked, chipped, decaying, broken, or affected by cavities. Different restoration methods are designed to repair different levels of damage. Examples include fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants.
Infant Oral Health: When Should I Bring My Baby to See the Dentist?
When should your child first see a dentist?
Experts recommend taking him or her within six months of the first tooth coming in, or by about 12 months at the latest.
That seems pretty early to see a dentist; what can they do for a 12-month old?
The truth is, as soon as a baby has teeth coming in, you should take them to a dentist. Your dentist can give you useful information on practices that will lead to good long-term dental health, such as:
- Baby bottle tooth decay
- Mouth cleaning
- Infant feeding practices
- Pacifier habits and finger-sucking habits
A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
A first visit to the dentist is all about making the child feel comfortable with the dentist. The general recommendation is that the first visit is around 12 months in age or within six months of the first tooth coming in. The first visit will normally last 30 to 45 minutes and depending on your child’s age, the visit will include a full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check growth and development. If needed, your child may also have a gentle cleaning.
Just like adults, children should visit the dentist every six months. Some dentists may schedule visits more often, such as every three months. Frequent visits when the child is young helps to keep an eye on any development issues and builds comfort and confidence in the child.
Protect Children’s Teeth at Home
- Before teeth come in, regularly clean their gums with a clean, damp cloth.
- Start brushing with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a very small amount of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) when your child’s first tooth appears. After the child turns three, use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
- Limit the time your child uses a bottle, your child should empty a bottle in 5-6 minutes or less. Extended time with a bottle can cause tooth decay.
- Help your child brush their teeth until age 7 or 8. Have your child watch you brush and follow the same brushing pattern.
- Limit foods and treats that increase tooth decay.