Here’s what parents should know about fluoride treatment.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is important for your child’s general health. This is why you should start bringing your little one into the office for regular dental visits by the time their first tooth erupts. Of course, in some instances, your pediatric dentist may recommend that your child get fluoride treatment to protect their teeth from decay. If you are looking for a dentist here in Portage, MI, that provides fluoride treatment to children and teens, then it’s time to turn to Dr. Chuandi Wang and her pediatric dentistry team.
What is fluoride treatment?
The reason so many dentists recommend that children get fluoride treatment is that this mineral can prevent tooth decay by simply strengthening healthy tooth enamel. It can also reverse those very early signs of decay or prevent small decay from getting worse. While fluoride cannot completely prevent a cavity, it is one way to reduce your child’s risk along with properly brushing and flossing their teeth and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Is fluoride treatment safe?
Dentists worldwide have been providing fluoride treatment to children and teens for decades. Our pediatric dentistry team here in Portage, MI, only applies a very small amount of fluoride to your child’s teeth (just enough to do the trick but not enough that your child could swallow it). Fluoride varnish can be applied to children as young as six months whose first teeth have erupted, and our dental team will need to reapply it anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year.
Is fluoride treatment painful?
Absolutely not! Fluoride treatment is completely non-invasive and painless. It won’t even taste funny when it’s applied. We simply paint the teeth with the fluoride varnish and leave it on. That’s all there is to it. While teeth may appear a bit yellow once the varnish is applied, this will wear off in a couple of days so don’t worry.
If you are looking for a dentist here in Portage, MI, that can provide your child with the dental care they need, then turn to Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry to learn more. Call us at (269) 327-4459 to schedule your child’s next appointment.
If your child has a damaged tooth, pediatric dental crowns can restore it and protect against further damage. Additionally, normal functioning can be restored in a tooth that was previously too weak or sensitive to bite and chew food, for example. Dr. Chuandi Wang, the skilled dentist at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, can strengthen, restore, and protect your child’s damaged teeth with pediatric dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are protective caps that are placed over weak or damaged teeth. The crown or cap gives the problem tooth a strong outer shell that can withstand the force of biting and chewing foods so normal functioning can resume. Dental crowns can also protect teeth that are chipped, cracked, or worn down from sustaining additional damage.
Crowns can be made from many different materials. Those that are made from porcelain or ceramic look completely natural since the material so closely resembles the look of tooth enamel. However, metal dental crowns are a wise option when temporarily capping a baby tooth that will eventually fall out when the permanent tooth is ready to come in. Whatever material is used, each dental crown is custom made to ensure the best possible fit.
How Dental Crowns Help
There are so many ways pediatric dental crowns can help your child’s smile. One major way they help is by preserving teeth and preventing extraction. For example, one option for treating a tooth that is broken in half is to pull it out. Another approach is to cap the tooth with a crown. As long as the base and root of the tooth are intact, then a dental crown can be placed on top. Retaining a child’s primary teeth is beneficial because it helps ensure proper spacing of the teeth when the permanent ones finally erupt.
As mentioned, crowns can also strengthen weak teeth, restore tooth functioning, and protect against further damage. Additionally, since crowns fit over teeth and completely encapsulate them inside, it is also possible to improve the appearance of your child’s smile. Teeth that are discolored, oddly shaped, or have other cosmetic issues can be transformed by placing a crown over them. The experienced dentist at our pediatric dentistry practice in Portage can discuss the possibility of crowning your child’s problem teeth.
Pediatric dental crowns can help your child’s smile by protecting, strengthening, and restoring damaged teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wang, call Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage at (269) 327-4459.
Would you like to block the causes of tooth decay in your child? Plastic sealants from Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC in Portage, MI, provide that extra layer of protection. Dr. Chuandi Wang recommends sealants for school-age children. Learn more about them here.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay--also called dental caries or cavities--is the gradual destruction of tooth enamel by oral bacteria and their corrosive acids. Sticky plaque and hard tartar harbor these germs on and between teeth and under the gums.
While a nutritious, low-sugar diet, twice a day brushing and daily flossing reduces plaque and tartar build-up, many six-year and 12-year, or permanent, molars remain at risk for decay. These back teeth contain numerous fissures, pits and grooves--some so small, they are microscopic. These highly detailed surfaces collect and hold onto decay-causing biofilms.
How plastic sealants can help
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that plastic sealants reduce the incidence of pediatric tooth decay by 80 percent. Most children--and many teens and adults--qualify for these thin, tooth-colored coatings. Your dental team encourages Portland, MI, parents to get sealants applied as soon as their children's molars erupt.
Here's how the treatment works. At your child's six-month check-up, Dr. Wang will do the usual oral exam, including checking for cavities. If all is well, the molars are cleaned and dried. The dentist puts a mild etching liquid on the chewing surfaces and then paints on the sealant. A UV light completes the bond and hardens the sealant. It takes just minutes to seal each tooth.
Advantages of dental sealants
- The process is quick, painless and budget-friendly.
- Sealants protect teeth from decay and are totally unnoticeable. The dentist will check for a proper bite.
- The coatings last up to a year and may be reapplied.
- Sealants benefit baby teeth and adult teeth.
Reduce the chances of fissure and pit decay
Your child's smile is worth every effort taken to avoid destructive cavities. For more information on plastic sealants, talk to Dr. Chuandi Wang at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC. She'll be happy to explain this wonderful and effective preventive treatment. Phone our Portage, MI, office at (269) 327-4459.
Here at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC, in Portage, MI, your dentist, Dr. Chuandi Wang, may recommend suitable orthodontic options after a thorough evaluation of your child’s condition. In general, however, these are common orthodontic treatments available to children.
Various orthodontic devices are used today, however, braces remain the most common treatment to correct misaligned jaws and crooked teeth in kids. These function by applying a predetermined amount of pressure to your child’s jaws and teeth to position them into their proper places.
Braces can be crafted from metals such as stainless steel, copper-titanium, or nickel-titanium, plastic, ceramic, and a combination of these materials. In addition, there are now invisible, clear trays available for straightening the teeth without having to use traditional wires and brackets.
These are utilized for keeping the teeth in their supposed positions after undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces and prevent the teeth from moving out of position. Retainers could be bonded or fixed behind the teeth or removable. Some are made of metal wires and others are made of metal wires and plastic or rubber.
Also known as rubber bands, is one of the most common orthodontics treatment options in kids. We utilize here in our Portage, MI, office when extra pressure is required for moving jaws and teeth into their proper position. Your kid can choose from a multitude of colors, to match the holiday colors or their school colors.
Headgear is a removable orthodontic appliance that can be attached to braces. Their function is similar to elastics in that they’re usually used when additional force is required to shift the jaws and teeth. If your dentist recommends that your child wear a headgear, he or she will only have to wear it at home or at nighttime during sleep.
Temporary Anchorage Devices
Also called TADs, these are basically tiny screws that are temporarily installed into the bone inside the mouth as a foundation from which to produce sufficient pressure needed to move the teeth. These provide dentists with more predictable control over the teeth and are becoming increasingly common in orthodontics.
For More Information on Orthodontics, Reach Out to Us
Arrange an evaluation with Dr. Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC, in Portage, MI, by calling (269) 327-4459.
The Smile Problems That Orthodontics Can Treat
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat issues with misaligned teeth and any associated irregularities with the bite, face, or jaws, such as overcrowding, overbite, underbite, or spacing between the teeth. Dr. Chuandi Wang is a dentist at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI. She specializes in orthodontic treatments.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Portage orthodontic specialists can treat a wide range of smile problems including:
- Crowded teeth: when the teeth overlap die to lack of space for them to align properly.
- Open bite: when the teeth protrude between the upper and lower teeth each time a person swallows.
- Overbite: when the upper jaw overlaps the lower jaw with a gap of larger than one or two millimeters.
- Underbite: when the lower teeth extend outward further than the upper teeth.
- Crossbite: when a tooth in the lower or upper jaw is closer to the inner cheek than its corresponding tooth on the upper or lower level.
- Missing lateral incisors: this is a hereditary condition that causes one or more of the permanent lateral incisors not to grow in.
- Spacing between teeth: when the teeth have abnormal gaps between them.
Orthodontists can correct these dental problems with braces, aligners, and other appliances that can help ease the teeth into their correct positions.
Orthodontic treatment can not only give you a beautiful smile and boost your confidence, but they can also make it easier for you to bite, chew, and talk. Adults can have orthodontic treatment, but the earlier a child or adolescent gets the treatment they need, the easier it will be for your dental specialist to resolve any problems with misalignment.
If you’re looking for a Portage dentist who specializes in orthodontics, call Dr. Wang on (269) 327-4459 to request an appointment to find out more.
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