4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Child Sees A Dentist

Fayetteville family dentistDid you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age? It’s true! The Fayetteville Dentist offers pediatric dentistry.

For many parents, it’s surprising to find that kids should visit the dentist at such an early age. In this post, we are going to review four reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

  1. Twelve months of age is about the time when a little one’s first teeth erupt. Once those teeth come in, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
  2. One of the things we’ll do at this first visit is clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.
  3. Visiting the dentist at an early age is a great way to help your child get used to our office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.
  4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults in establishing good dental habits in their children.

If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we believe in the importance of pediatric dentistry and are in line with the ADA. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

Fayetteville kid's dentistry

This post from The Fayetteville Dentist is for new parents. It contains important information about kid’s dentistry, and caring for baby and toddler teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended.

Young children rarely spit voluntarily after you brush their teeth. Instead they swallow, so get them to spit. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of kid’s dentistry advises parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is essential for their oral health and also to help them become at ease with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us right away to make an appointment. We keep extended hours during the week, and weekend hours too, for your convenience.

Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Never put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prohibit my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to guard enamel.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, bring this to our attention.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional counsel from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Ask us about dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is essential.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper methods are followed. The diagnostic advantage greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of harmful radiation exposure.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we love having our youngest patients come in for a checkup. kid’s dentistry is one of our specialties. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your child’s next appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Is Perfect Possible?

cosmetic dentistry

Are you thinking about a smile makeover? Are you skeptical of promises of a “perfect smile” or a “celebrity smile?” Let’s discuss the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers

The application of porcelain veneers can remedy numerous aesthetic dental issues and is generally a better solution than dental bonding.

Veneers can fix chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot repair a decayed tooth, it can turn an unattractive tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching

Tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee incredible results for any patient that desires a whiter smile.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville, we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not illuminate your smile.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Would you like to turn back the clock to your pre-filling smile? It is possible with white fillings. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without unappealing metal amalgam fillings, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that?

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry solutions that create stunning smiles for The Fayetteville Dentist patients. We also offer kid’s dentistry. Call us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Keeping Kids Smiling At The Fayetteville Dentist

Dentistry For Child

The Fayetteville Dentist serves patients of all ages and loves having youngsters in the office. Pediatric dentistry is central to our practice. Our staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

Big Changes

Having compassion with our young patients is critical. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the room. We make sure they understand which procedures are necessary and answer their questions.

Kids’ mouths undergo lots of changes, in particular from the ages of about six to eight. New teeth are beginning to come in, and baby teeth are getting loose and falling out. Since we believe it is better to prevent than to cure, regular checkups are essential to dental health. (Come to think of it, that’s true at any age.)

The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their toddler to a dentist when their first tooth appears or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits at the toddler age and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce vital oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.

As much as we love having kids in the office, it’s important we see mom and dad, too. In addition to pediatric dentistry, The Fayetteville Dentist provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Great Achievements: Dental Implants in Fayetteville NC

Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in the field of dentistry. They are an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. The implant, in turn, can support an artificial tooth. Dental implants are available from The Fayetteville Dentist.

The idea of a dental implant actually goes back at least a thousand years. But implants as we know them today date back to the early 1950s. One of their great benefits is that they help to prevent bone loss, which is common in people who have lost one of their natural teeth.

In practical terms, the great thing about implants is that they function like a natural tooth. The implant is typically made of titanium, and they fuse to the patient’s jaw. They integrate so well with the bone that the body does not recognize them as a foreign object, and try to reject them.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be used as anchors for dentures. Dentures may be more affordable, but because they are removable, most patients find that they can be unreliably loose, and can also affect their ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311


Twice a Year! Dental Checkups in Fayetteville NC

An appointment with The Fayetteville Dentist twice a year is essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By seeing us for a dental checkup every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy, and have a great smile, to boot.

When you come in to our office, a typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a physical like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth. We can find signs of diseases before you even know about them.

In between your visits, make sure you take care of your teeth and gums at home. That means a daily regimen of flossing and brushing. We recommend at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing that plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with The Fayetteville Dentist, pick up the phone and give us a call. We also provide pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311


Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy With The Fayetteville Dentist

Durham kid's dentistry Your child’s dental health is vital to their overall health and vitality. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we practice kid’s dentistry, and love working with our youngest patients. Why? The health of a child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that impact your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities.

We can also provide tips on encouraging good dental care in your children at home. Establishing a positive dental routine early in life is one of the most important factors in dental health. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime!

In additional to kid’s dentistry, The Fayetteville Dentist is a full-service practice. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including checkups and cleanings. Make an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311


Healthy Teeth For Toddlers

Healthy Baby Teeth For Durham Toddlers

Though we don’t often think about it, toddlers as young as 9 or 10 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which can cause cavities. This is one of the big reasons why kid’s dentistry with The Fayetteville Dentist is so important.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the rate rises in kids over 6.

Tooth decay in children, if left undetected or untreated, can result in poor eating habits, delayed speech development, and create an unhealthy environment for permanent tooth development. Healthy baby teeth lead to healthier permanent teeth later in life.

Mothers who observe preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better protect their children from cavities. Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, skip nighttime bottle or breast feeding, and go over their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt.

The Fayetteville Dentist practices kid’s dentistry. We recommend taking your child for their initial dental appointment when the first tooth erupts. It’s the first step in a lifetime of good dental health. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions like teeth grinding. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311