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By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental CrownsDoes your child need crowns?

Your pediatric dentist in Portage, MI, Dr. Chuandi Wang, offer crowns and can share the benefits of pediatric crowns. The dental prosthetic looks like a cap and made of porcelain and can protect your child's teeth.

Your Portage dentist takes an impression of your child's teeth and sends them to a lab. The lab creates custom crowns, but your child is given temporary crown(s) in the meantime.

What are the advantages of crowns?

Crowns are crucial for protecting exposed teeth that may be susceptible to breakage and decay, or are damaged. Pediatric crowns reinforce teeth to help with withstanding various degrees of pressure, meaning your child can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining their tooth.

How do you take care of your teeth?

Proper oral and dental care are preventative measures to keep natural teeth and crowns intact and healthy until the permanent teeth erupt. Here are a few tips on how to do so:

  • It goes without saying that your child needs to brush their teeth twice a day and floss before bed to remove plaque buildup.
  • Some children may suffer from bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding. Teeth grinding reduces crown lifespan, so make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard, or splints.
  • Diet can contribute to your child's crowns lasting.
  • Make sure to avoid sugary foods like soda and candy in your child's diet. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque.
  • Provide your child with healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into their diet.

For more information on pediatric crowns and what they can do for your child, contact Dr. Chuandi Wang in Portage, MI, as soon as possible.

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Need a pediatric orthodontist Portage, MI?braces

Pediatric dentist Dr. Chuandi Wang and Pediatric orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong can offer you and your child the dental care they need. They can identify the problems your child is suffering from, create a custom plan according to what needs to be done and, finally, execute the necessary orthodontic treatments.

The purpose of braces is to fix a bad bite and malocclusions, which is when teeth are crooked or crowded. These issues are noticed between the ages of 6 and 12, so orthodontic treatment usually begins around the ages of 8 to 14, while the child's bone structure is still developing.

The duration of treatment varies from one person to another but can last up to 3 years. The braces move your child's teeth into their proper positions and, after your child no longer needs to wear braces, he or she will need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their original positions.

There are several things to take into consideration when maintaining your child's dental health:

  • Don't skip your child's dentist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and there's no hard-to-reach plaque that can cause gum disease.
  • Avoid eating certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, sticky foods...etc.
  • Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure your child changes his or her toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles are worn out or frayed.
  • Make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.

For more information about braces and the best options for your child, call your Pediatric dentist Dr. Chuandi Wang and Pediatric orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong, in Portage, MI. Call the office at (269) 327-4459 to schedule an appointment today!

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Does your child need dental sealants? Dental sealants are plastic coatings painted on the surfaces of the premolars and molars (back sealantsteeth). Your children should have their back teeth evaluated for dental sealants soon after they erupt. For most kids, this typically occurs at ages 6 and 12. Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, which is located in Portage, MI, offers a full range of oral health care services to kids of all ages. Dr. Chuandi Wang is one of the top pediatric dentists in Portage, MI. Read on to find out how dental sealants could help your child's smile.

Sealants Prevent Cavities

Dental sealants are protective barriers that are put over the teeth that are the most prone to cavities. Dental sealants can prevent cavities for several years. Dental sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars and protect these areas from decay by "sealing out" food and plaque. The dental sealants are painted on the pits and fissures of the teeth, forming a protective shield over your children's tooth enamel.

Protect Your Child's Teeth

A recent study shows that dental sealants are effective at warding off tooth decay, sometimes for up to 10 years. Because of the likelihood of developing tooth decay in the pits and fissures of the back teeth, children are good candidates for dental sealants. Dental sealants are no longer just a treatment for children. Adults without dental fillings in their back teeth can also benefit from dental sealants.

Avoid Dental Restorations

Having dental sealants put on your child's teeth before they decay will save you a significant amount of money over time by avoiding dental fillings or crowns used to repair your child's teeth. The cost of dental sealants is a small price to pay compared to the expenses associated with dental work that may become necessary if your children's back teeth remain unprotected.

Prevent Premature Tooth Loss

As children grow and develop, they will lose their baby teeth and new, permanent teeth will take their place. Permanent teeth are not supposed to shed, but at times they do for various reasons. Some causes of premature tooth loss include bad oral hygiene, poor nutrition, diseases, or injury. Good oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and dental sealants can help your children keep their teeth as they get older.

Are you doing everything you can to keep your child's smile healthy? If your child needs dental sealants, why wait? We can help you today! Call Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI at (269) 327-4459 today to schedule your child's dental appointment. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
January 19, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Learn about crowns s from your pediatric dentist.

A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your bestDental Crowns option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.

What Is Pediatric Crowns ?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.

How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.

Contact your Pediatric Dentist
Call your pediatric dentist to find out if a crown can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
March 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: thumb sucking  

It’s true — thumb sucking beyond age 4 can cause bite problems for permanent teeth. But prolonged thumb sucking is just one of a number of possible contributing factors for a bad bite (malocclusion). A dentist must identify all the factors involved when a bad bite is present — their involvement is essential for a successful treatment outcome.

A fairly benign habit for infants and toddlers, thumb sucking is related to an “infantile swallowing pattern” young children use by thrusting their tongues forward between the upper and lower teeth when they swallow. Around age 4, though, they usually transition to an adult swallowing pattern in which the tongue rests on the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth. Thumb sucking stops for most children around the same time.

Thumb sucking beyond this age, though, can put increased pressure on incoming permanent teeth pushing them forward. This could lead to an “open bite” in which the upper and lower teeth don’t meet when the jaws are closed. The tongue may also continue to thrust forward when swallowing to seal the resulting gap, which further reinforces the open bite.

Before treating the bite with braces, we must first address the thumb sucking and improper tongue placement when swallowing — if either isn’t corrected the teeth could gradually revert to their previous positions after the braces come off. Besides behavioral incentives, we can also employ a thin metal appliance called a “tongue crib” placed behind the upper and lower incisors. A tongue crib discourages thumb sucking and makes it more difficult for the tongue to rest within the open bite gap when swallowing, which helps retrain it to a more normal position.

An open bite can also occur if the jaws develop with too much vertical growth. Like thumb sucking and improper tongue placement, abnormal jaw growth could ultimately cause orthodontic treatment to fail. In this case, though, surgery may be necessary to correct the jaw structure.

With all these possible variables, our first step needs to be a thorough orthodontic exam that identifies all the cause factors for your child’s specific malocclusion. Knowing if and how thumb sucking may have contributed to the poor bite will help us design a treatment strategy that’s successful.

If you would like more information on the causes of poor tooth position, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”

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