Like all good habits, strong oral hygiene habits and routines are usually established in childhood. From regular trips to the dentist to brushing and flossing, introducing children to the benefits of practicing good oral hygiene and preventive dental care will set them up for healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir offer general and pediatric dentistry services for the entire family at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA.
Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should take your child for their first dental exam when the first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. Despite the fact that primary (baby) teeth are temporary, they still need to be cared for like permanent teeth to prevent tooth decay and dental problems in the future.
How to Get Your Children Excited About Oral Hygiene and Dental Care
Getting your children excited about brushing their teeth and flossing is the first step in making a good oral hygiene routine stick. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Buy them a toothbrush that they will love to use, and replace it every few months on a regular basis
- Teach them how to floss and proper brushing techniques by using yourself as an example, and make it an event that you do together so that they will look forward to the activity every day
- Buy age-appropriate toothpaste
- Schedule dental checkups for the entire family at the same time if possible to help ease anxiety about going to the dentist, and to establish a routine
- Encourage them to eat healthy snacks and to keep up with their brushing and flossing routine by creating fun incentives that make it feel more like accomplishing a goal than keeping up with a chore
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Norfolk, MA
For more oral hygiene tips and preventive dentistry services for the entire family, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir.
White or brown stains on teeth can occur from several reasons. Sometimes the stain is only on one tooth and sometimes it is widespread throughout the mouth. Developmental defects and /or staining are an esthetic problem and they may indicate a weakened tooth, to which early intervention can be beneficial to the patient. In this blog we will discuss different reasons for staining and developmental defects in teeth and the treatment of them.
A small white or yellow stain on a singular tooth is usually caused from local trauma to the developing tooth. Trauma or infection of a baby tooth can affect the permanent tooth that is developing in the gums under the baby tooth. The result may not be seen until the permanent tooth erupts many years later.
The permeant incisors and first molars start developing in the first year of a baby’s life. Sometimes if the baby was sick, ran a fever or suffered from complications in development after birth we may see white or yellow areas in several front teeth and six-year molars. These are areas of enamel that are hypomineralized and they tend to be weaker and more susceptible to decay. This situation is called MIH (Molar- Incisor Hypoplasia.) It is important to treat the six-year molars early, after their eruption to limit their breakdown and decay. Treatment of the molars may be with fillings or crowns determined by the extent of the defect. Incisors may be treated with bonding, whitening. and/or microabrasion. When a child is old enough crowns or veneers may be considered. Over exposure to fluoride or certain antibiotics as a young child can also cause brown, grey or yellow stains on multiple teeth.
There are also genetic disorders that can affect the overall development of all the teeth, for example Dentinogensis Imperfecta and Amelogenesis Imperfecta. Some disorders affect multiple areas of the body, not just the teeth. In these cases, it is important to be treated consistently from a young age as teeth erupt, along with a long-term restorative plan to preserve as much tooth structure as possible.
Dr. Shabtai Sapir has extensive experience treating many of the defects discussed above and has published numerous scientific articles on these defects. Treatment needs to be preventive as well as provide an esthetic solution. If you or a loved one suufers from any of these issues call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry (508)850-6992 to set up a consultation.
Before Teeth with white and yellow staining defects After treatment with Enamel Microabrasion
Case of Dentingensis Imperfecta impacting all teeth in the mouth- Pretreatment
If you or a loved one had a dental emergency, would you know what to do? A cool head and some basic first aid knowledge help tremendously. So does having the phone number of your emergency dentist handy. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Shabtai Sapir and Dr. Minda Sapir have your best oral health in mind. So, when the unexpected strikes, call their office for kind and accurate advice and a same-day appointment when required. Read here about what you can do to prepare yourself before seeing your dentist.
What is a dental emergency?
5 million teeth are knocked out annually in the United States--many due to sports. Additional causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents, or other unanticipated circumstances. Other dental emergencies include:
- Oral lacerations
- Lost or cracked fillings or crowns
- Broken orthodontic appliances
- A severe toothache
- A dental abscess (infection)
- Damaged denture, bridgework, or other tooth replacement
In these cases, treatment cannot wait, and you need to take action right away. Your Norfolk emergency dentists advise keeping an emergency kit handy, particularly if you have children involved in sports. Some basic supplies should include:
- Sealable plastic bags
- One or two bottles of water
- Disposable vinyl gloves
- Dental floss
- Reusable ice packs
- Small hand towels
- Orthodontic wax
- Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
What to do right away
Here are some examples of dental emergencies and what you need to do immediately.
Avulsed tooth You can replant a knocked out tooth by holding it by the crown (top) and placing the roots into the empty socket. Hold it there while going to the dentist's office. If he or she treats and splints it within an hour of injury, you increase the chance that it will survive.
Chipped or cracked tooth The fractured piece should be placed in milk and not left dry,
and brought to your Norfolk, MA, emergency dentist. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax. The doctor likely can bond the pieces back in place with composite resin, or for more serious damage, a crown and or root canal therapy may be needed.
A severe toothache Call the office for an appointment. In the meantime, take analgesic medication, and if there is swelling ice your jaw to reduce swelling (10 minutes on and 10 minutes off).
Oral laceration Apply direct pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. If bleeding continues after 15 minutes, get to the hospital emergency room.
Foreign object lodged between teeth Gently try to pry it out with dental floss. If this doesn't work, wait for treatment by Dr. Sapir.
Our dentists are highly trained in emergency and restorative dentistry, and they are ready to help. If you have a pressing dental concern, call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry right away at (508) 850-6992.
Caring for your child's smile is a privilege and a responsibility. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, we take your youngster's oral health very seriously and partner with you, the parents, in maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Your pediatric dentist in Norfolk, Dr. Shabtai Sapir, is highly trained and experienced in pediatric dentistry. Alongside general dentist Dr. Minda Sapir, they offer a comprehensive list of preventive, restorative and cosmetic services, you can trust them with your child's well-being.
What we offer
At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, the doctors and their team offer an amazing range of services, beginning when your little one gets his or her first baby tooth. Preventive exams and hygienic cleanings are gentle, careful and thorough, watching for gum disease, decay, dental bite development and alignment issues.
And, each service offered is fear-free, accomplished in a child-centered, fun atmosphere. The dental team offers state of the art sedation options, too, for complex restorative procedures and to ease the nervous or special needs child.
Included in the list of treatments are:
- Oral exams, hygienic cleanings and digital X-rays
- Braces (initial evaluation happens by age seven as advised by the American Association of Orthodontists)
- Plastic sealants to coat and protect deeply grooved molars from decay
- In-office fluoride treatments to prevent cavities and reduce dental sensitivity
- Dental crowns to even bite or save damaged teeth
- Laser Dentistry- Tongue ties and Frenectomies
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Tooth-colored fillings to restore decayed teeth seamlessly
- Composite resin bonding to repair chips, small gaps and cracks
What's most important
Of course, your Norfolk pediatric dentist always supports the healthy eating and oral health care habits taught in the home. These include:
- Offering (and modeling) a tooth-friendly diet (fruits, vegetables, plenty of water, dairy products for calcium and lean meats for protein)
- Brushing and flossing children's teeth for them until they have the dexterity and discipline to do it independently
- Supervising the oral hygiene habits of older children
- Making sure children wear mouth guards when playing sports (including running and other non-contact activities)
We can help
Together, you and the team at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry can keep your children smiling for years. If you have any questions or concerns about your youngster's oral health, or if there's a dental emergency, please contact the office right away at (508) 850-6992.
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