Did you know that orthodontic treatment can actually make your child healthier? It’s true! That’s because a straight smile is easier to keep healthy than a crooked one, and this ease of cleaning not only boosts oral health, but overall health, as well. After all, according to the Mayo Clinic, unhealthy mouths are linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. Your child's good health starts with a straight smile!
Here at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, your dentists, Dr. Chuandi Wang and Dr. Thomas Kwong, offer a full range of pediatric dental services, including orthodontic treatment, to help your child stay healthy. Read on to learn more!
What Orthodontics Can Do For Your Child
We all know about the cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment. A straight smile looks beautiful and helps your child make a great first impression. Your child's smile is their greatest asset, and when their teeth are straight, they look their best.
That being said, the health benefits of orthodontic treatment are very important to your child's overall well-being, too. Without orthodontics, consider that:
- Rotated teeth create a great environment for plaque to thrive, and the bacteria in plaque create tooth decay and periodontal disease, causing bone loss around teeth as an adult.
- Crowded teeth create problems concerning flossing and brushing. For example, it’s easy to get floss caught in between teeth, tearing the floss. These tiny leftover pieces of floss can then stay in between your child's teeth, creating a haven for bacteria, which can also cause tooth decay and periodontal disease as an adult.
- Gaps and spaces between your child's teeth can leave open areas where plaque can thrive. These open spaces aren’t always cleaned thoroughly by flossing and brushing, yet another cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Poor bite alignment can lead to excessive wear on teeth, creating broken teeth, abrasion, and loss of tooth structure. A poor bite can also lead to problems with your child's temporomandibular joint (TMJ) leading to painful jaws, headaches, and other chronic pain issues.
With a straight smile, your child can avoid all of these issues, and maintain a healthy smile well into adulthood!
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To learn out more about the health benefits of orthodontic treatment, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Chuandi Wang and Dr. Thomas Kwong at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, today by dialing (269) 327-4459.
How your pediatric dentist in Portage, MI, can help your child with dental sealants
Your child’s smile is precious, and, unfortunately, tooth decay poses a nearly omnipresent risk to its health. Luckily, there is an easy, inexpensive, and painless way to protect your child’s smile. It’s called dental sealants, and it is one of the best preventive treatments available to guard against tooth decay. Here at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. Chuandi Wang offers a wide range of dental services, including dental sealants, to keep your child’s smile healthy—read on to learn more!
What dental sealants can do for your child
Brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of keeping smiles healthy, with regular check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments also being important weapons in the fight against tooth decay. Sometimes, though, these precautions aren't enough—this is where dental sealants come in!
Dental sealants are one of the most popular dental services for children because they are:
- Effective; they seal up the deep grooves and crevices in your child’s teeth that allow plaque, bacteria, and food debris to hide.
- Painless; they don’t require anesthetic of any kind and no handpiece is used, making them completely discomfort-free.
- Quick; they only take a few minutes per tooth and can all be completed in one appointment.
- Inexpensive; they are budget-friendly and cost only a fraction of conventional fillings and other restorative treatments.
Dental sealants are recommended for the first permanent molars that emerge (approximately between the ages of 5 and 7) and for the second permanent molars to erupt (between the ages of 11 and 14). However, these are the basic guidelines and they can vary depending on delayed eruption patterns. Accordingly, make sure to meet with your dentist to be sure the time is right for your child to have dental sealants.
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Dental sealants can save your child from the needless pain of tooth decay, as well as save you from the added expense of fillings and other restorations. Your child deserves a lifetime of healthy smiles, and dental sealants can help!
For more information about dental sealants and other children’s dental services, call Dr. Chuandi Wang at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, today at (269) 327-4459.
How your pediatric dentist can help your child’s smile
If your child has a badly damaged or decayed tooth, a dental crown might be the answer to get their smile back on track! Read on to learn how Dr. Chuandi Wang at Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, offers this dental service to protect your child’s teeth!
Why Your Child May Need a Dental Crown
Did you know that no child is too young to experience tooth decay? It’s true! The minute your child’s first tooth erupts, tooth decay becomes a possibility. The condition can range from mild or severe, with effects being more dangerous for children who regularly drink sweet juices. In fact, there is a condition known as “baby bottle syndrome” in which a child’s teeth may be decayed right down to the gumline from being given a bottle to go to sleep.
Tooth decay is just one reason your child might need a dental crown, however. Your child might also have enamel defects and flaws which happened during tooth development. Developmental issues can affect the strength, shape, color, and size of your child’s teeth.
What Crowns Can Do For Your Child
A crown covers the entire surface of the tooth above the gumline, working to strengthen its overall structure as well as improve chewing function and enhance smile appearance.
If your child needs a crown, there are a couple choices from our Portage office to consider:
- Full porcelain, which is the most natural and aesthetically beautiful, is usually used for front teeth and teeth that are visible when your child smiles.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM crowns, which combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of a metal underlay; PFM crowns are an excellent choice for back teeth where increased chewing strength is needed.
Give Us a Call!
For more information about dental crowns and other pediatric dentistry services, dial (269) 327-4459 to set up an appointment at Dr. Wang's Portage office!
Is your child’s smile misaligned? Then getting braces could help their smile.
Some kids love the idea of getting braces, showing it off as a rite of passage. It shows they are getting older; however, not all kids feel this way. No matter what your child’s opinion may be about braces, our Portage, MI, pediatric orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong knows that at some point most parents want to find out if their child may benefit from getting braces. Here’s what you should know,
Why are braces necessary?
There are several reasons why a child may require orthodontic treatment. The most common issues include,
- Malocclusions (also known as a “bad bite”)
Malocclusions include everything from overbites and underbites to crossbites and open bites. A malocclusion refers to how the top and bottom teeth rest on top of each other when you smile.
Sometimes genetics are to blame for crooked or misaligned smiles, while other issues such as premature tooth loss, jaw problems or bad habits (e.g. thumb sucking) can affect the alignment of your child’s smile.
It’s important that you start bringing your child in for routine dental cleanings and exams by the time their first teeth erupt (or by their first birthday). From there on out you’ll want to bring them in every six months so our Portage, MI, pediatric dentist can continue to monitor the progress and development of your child’s smile. It’s usually during these checkups that we can pinpoint early warning signs of misalignments and other issues that may warrant getting braces.
When should I bring my child in for an orthodontic consultation?
Of course, if you are considering coming into our clinic for the first time you may be wondering what the right age is to bring your little one in for an orthodontic consultation. Once your child’s permanent teeth come in (usually around 7 years old) this is a good time to come into our office for an evaluation.
While this doesn’t necessarily mean that we will give them braces immediately it will allow us to monitor the development of their smiles early on to make sure that issues are addressed as soon as possible so they don’t cause issues in the future.
If you want to find out whether or not your child could benefit from getting braces then it’s time to call Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI. We would be happy to sit down with you and your child to see how orthodontic can benefit your child’s smile.
Find out how this simple preventive measure from our Portage office could reduce the cavities in your child.
We know how important it is to provide your child with the proper dental care they need to keep their oral health in tip-top shape. With decay being the number one dental disorder affecting children, it’s important that you are giving your child all the preventive measures possible to protect their beautiful smiles. At the Portage office of pediatric dentist Dr. Chuandi Wang and orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong, we use dental sealants to maximize your child's health. Read on learn more!
Q. What is a dental sealant?
A. A sealant is a transparent plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars, as these back teeth are most susceptible to cavities because of all their hard-to-clean grooves. To reduce your risk of cavities, our dentist can apply dental sealants during your child’s next visit.
Q. How is a dental sealant placed?
A. It only takes a few minutes to place sealants. After your child’s teeth have been cleaned, we will place a conditioning liquid over the chewing surfaces. This liquid will roughen the surface so that the sealant sticks to the tooth. The liquid is rinsed off and the sealant is painted on. Once the sealant is placed we will harden it to the tooth with a dental laser.
Q. Will getting a sealant hurt?
A. Absolutely not. The sealant is painted on the tooth and a special light is then directed over the tooth to harden the sealant to the tooth. This is a completely non-invasive preventive dental treatment.
Q. How long do sealants last?
A. Sealants aren’t designed to last forever so it’s important that you keep bringing your child in for routine checkups every six months to make sure the sealants are still intact. With the proper care, sealants can last up to nine years or longer.
Q. When should my child get sealants?
A. Once your child’s back teeth begin to come in then this is the time to talk to our dentist about sealants. The sooner sealants are placed, the sooner they can protect your back teeth from developing cavities. The first set of sealants is usually placed around age 6 when your child’s first molars erupt. Once your children’s second set of molars erupt (usually around the age of 12) then it’s time to bring them back in for additional sealants.
Interested? Give us a call!
Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, is dedicated to giving your child the very best dental care possible to make sure that they have a healthy, beautiful smile throughout the years. Call our office today at (269) 327-4459.
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