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We hear it all the time. Do baby teeth even matter?
Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes! Baby teeth matter and we are going to tell you exactly why these little teeth are so important.
Your child’s primary teeth, often called their baby teeth, play a major role in their growth and development. We aren’t just talking about their oral health, here. We are talking about their overall, full-body, lifelong development and health.
Baby teeth help your child eat and chew. They allow your child to eat a more balanced and varied diet, enabling them to receive the proper nutrition they need to grow and develop, both physically and mentally. Without teeth, the child cannot eat all solid foods and will not be able to break it down sufficiently for the body to absorb all the nutrients.
Your child’s baby teeth aren’t just for cuteness. They actually help your child’s speech. The teeth play an important role in speech development and aiding the child in learning to form certain letter sounds. The tongue, lips and cheeks deflect off teeth when forming sounds. When teeth are not there, they cannot assist in the formation of the correct pronunciation of sounds, possibly leading to speech impediments.
Who doesn’t love seeing a baby smile with just two front teeth? Those small little teeth are actually paving the way for your child’s permanent smile. Baby teeth take up space in the mouth and act as space holders in the jaw bone for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, or has to be removed because of decay, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty spaces, making it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can lead to more crooked teeth and more costly orthodontic treatment later on.
The tooth structure provides support for the child’s developing facial muscles, giving shape to your child’s face.
Focus and Attention:
A child in pain cannot focus on learning, playing and exploring the world. Dental pain from a decaying tooth can interfere with their ability to pay attention in school, can cause them to miss more school, and can affect their academic performance and grades.
Decayed teeth can greatly affect a child’s self-esteem as it affects their social interactions with peers at school or in other social settings. A child that is embarrassed by their teeth may be hesitant to speak and engage with peers, may not want to smile and may have a harder time interacting with others. This can all lead to less confidence and lower self-esteem.
Check out this video from the ADA on why baby teeth are so important: Watch Video
As parents, it’s our job to help our children be happy and successful. Taking care of their baby teeth is an important part of helping them thrive! So, what can you do to care for your child’s primary teeth?
- Teach your child to develop good oral health care habits with their primary (baby) teeth. These early habits will help them keep those permanent teeth healthy for life!
- Limit juice and sugary drinks. Make water the beverage of choice.
- Do not put anything other than milk or water in a bottle.
- For infants, begin cleaning their mouth during the first few days after birth. Wipe gums with a clean, moist washcloth. Decay can occur as soon as teeth erupt, so start taking care of baby teeth as soon as you see them!
- For young children, start brushing teeth as soon as they come into the mouth. Brush twice a day, using a small amount of toothpaste- about the size of a grain of rice.
- As children get older, you should continue to supervise brushing, using a fluoride toothpaste and reminding them not to swallow toothpaste.
- As soon as two of the teeth begin to touch, you should begin cleaning between the teeth daily, using floss.
- Continue to supervise your child’s brushing until they can effectively brush alone, usually around 7-8 years old.
- Begin seeing a pediatric dentist before your child’s first birthday. Ideally, you should see your pediatric dentist for a check-up as soon as the first tooth arrives so that they can monitor the development, check for any problems and educate you on proper oral hygiene for your child.
If you are looking for a pediatric dental home for your infant, toddler or child, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry is here for you. As your local Anderson, SC pediatric dentist, we strive to offer our patients and their parents the best quality pediatric dental care in a safe and loving environment. We offer sealants, x-rays, laser dentistry, lip-tie and tongue-tie treatments, as well as emergency dental care and special needs dentistry. Give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!
It’s the season of Pumpkins! Everywhere you look, it’s pumpkin this and pumpkin spice that. From lattes to pies, candles to fudge, it seems pumpkin has been added to everything. But, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing. Did you know that pumpkin is good for your oral health? Be honest. You never even thought about it. Well, that’s what your favorite Anderson pediatric dentist is here for! We’re here to tell you to go ahead and embrace the pumpkin!
Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals that help keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
Iron: Pumpkin seeds contain iron, which benefit your tongue and gums and also prevent anemia.
Magnesium: Works with calcium to strengthen your bones and teeth and strengthen your enamel.
Vitamin A: Promotes healing and helps with maintaining gums. It also aids in the flow of saliva, helping to keep your teeth clean.
Zinc: helps replenish the lining of the gums, strengthens teeth and bones and boosts gum health.
Vitamin C: Helps fortify your immune system, which help your body fight off infection and inflammation in your gums.
Fiber: Helps control blood sugar levels, aids in digestion and helps with weight loss and/or maintenance.
Beta Carotene: Your body naturally turns the beta carotene in pumpkin into Vitamin A, which helps heal and maintain your gums.
Potassium: Helps improve bone mineral density and works with magnesium to prevent blood from becoming too acidic and leaching calcium from your bones and teeth.
Pumpkin is a nutritionally dense, yet calorically light food. With all its benefits, this Anderson kids dentist encourages you to sneak it into any food or drink you can! From pumpkin bread to pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin curry to roasted pumpkin seeds, let this fall favorite give your body and mouth a boost this season! Just remember, while pumpkin is healthy, the nutritious benefits will be loss if it’s only eaten in high fat and sugary treats (cheesecake, sweetened coffees, etc.)
Anderson Pediatric Dentistry strives to help you and your child achieve a healthy smile for life. We pride ourselves in being your go-to resource for your pediatric dental needs. If you are looking for a dental home for your child in Anderson, Sc or the Upstate area, give us a call at 864-760-1440. Let us give you Something to Smile About!
Winner, Winner, Chicken DinnerLooking for quick and easy weeknight meals? We’ve got you covered. Anderson Pediatric Dentistry believes in the power of family meals, but we know that life is busy and most of us don’t have time for hard-to-make dinners. Use this list of easy crockpot meals to save time in the kitchen and have more time with your family.
Remember, family dinners have been shown to help the entire family, from increasing young children’s vocabulary and reading success, to decreasing teenage anxiety and moodiness! (https://www.andersonpediatricdentistry.com/blog/post/winner-winner-chicken-dinner.html)
You have to eat. Why not eat together?!?
Shrimp Stir-fry freezer pack
Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooker Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers and Mashed Potatoes
Crockpot Beef Stew
Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
Crockpot Butter Chicken:
Aldi, Wal-Mart and Target pretty much all sell jars of Butter Chicken sauce that you can seriously just open and pour over chicken thighs in the crockpot. Let it cook for 5-6 hours, add some rice and some broccoli or peas and call it a meal! Pick up a pack of Naan bread for an even better meal.
You can make homemade meatballs, or you can pour frozen meatballs and a jar of spaghetti sauce in a crockpot and let it cook itself. Add some sub rolls and provolone or mozzarella cheese and enjoy meatball subs at home. Make a veggie on the side just to keep us happy, okay?
Have you made any of these? Do you have any easy, healthy meal ideas you want to share? Post them on our Anderson Pediatric Dentistry Facebook page and share them with all the other busy families out there that are trying to carve time out to eat dinner together! Remember, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants to be more than just the best pediatric dentist. We want to be your neighborhood dentist, your go-to resource and a place where your child loves to visit. If you are looking for a dental home for your child or need to make an appointment for a routine visit, call our office today at 864-760-1440 and let us give you and your child Something to Smile About!
Don’t forget to check out our website for more helpful resources at www.andersonpediatricdentistry.com
When it comes to picking a dentist, it seems like the choice should be easy. After all, a dentist is a dentist, right? And any dentist can see kids, so why not just take the whole family to the same dentist? Why see a Pediatric Dentist?
While it’s true that all dentists have received a high-quality dental education, have a doctorate degree and have passed state exams to be eligible to practice, it’s not true that all dentists are the same. Sure, all dentists are allowed and able to treat children, and most can. However, there are some reasons why picking a pediatric dentist is a good choice.
Have you ever met someone who didn’t love the sound of crying babies and rambunctious toddlers? We know. It’s hard to imagine. But there are people who prefer to spend their time around adults, especially those that are potty-trained, less likely to cry and don’t need a prize box to bribe them into cooperating.
This is true for dentists, too. Perhaps the most important things about a pediatric dentist, is that they have CHOSEN to work with children. Call us crazy, but we actually chose to spend two years in a dental residency specializing in pediatric dentistry, just so we can see your child!
This choice brings us to the next reason kids should see pediatric dentists. Education. Yes, all dentists are qualified and educated. However, pediatric dentists have two to three additional years of education, spent in a residential program specializing in pediatric dentistry, health, psychology and behavior management. By the time we finish this residency, we have usually seen everything from severe trauma to birth defects and extreme special needs- things that may not have been focused on in a traditional dental education.
Another key difference in a pediatric dentist versus a general or family dentist is the environment. We know that our audience is young children. Most pediatric dental offices, like Anderson Pediatric Dentistry, are kid-friendly. What does this mean? Aside from brighter colors, a kid-friendly waiting area and smaller instruments that fit better in a child’s mouth, the vibe of the office will be different. From a parent perspective, you don’t have to try to keep your child sitting quietly in a chair in the waiting room, or break into a cold sweat if they scream, cry and try to run out of the room. We’ve seen it all before. And remember, pediatric dentists and their staff choose to work in this environment!
Our schedules are designed to spend that extra time with each patient when they need time to settle down, or a little more explaining. Our staff is trained to help de-escalate and nurture and our goal is instilling life-long oral health care habits. Of course, a great treasure box doesn’t hurt, either! (Hey, we all like to be rewarded for great behavior!)
While the goal at a dentist office is always to provide top-notch quality dental care, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry’s goal is to make seeing the dentist a great experience. Our amazing staff is there because they love children. Our mission is to provide our patients, who are always children, a welcoming environment and a positive experience so that taking care of their teeth is less of a chore and more of a goal! Give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you, and your child, Something to Smile About!
The old song says, “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.” It turns out, there’s actually some truth in it. Your smile may not be able to make the entire world smile, but it definitely holds some power. The simple act of smiling can produce a variety of positive side effects.
Research has shown that smiling can elevate your mood and increase your general sense of well-being. Smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. Neuropeptides help send messages to your body about how you are feeling. Dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are referred to as the “feel-good” neurotransmitters. And they are all released when you smile! The release of these feel-good neurotransmitters not only makes you feel good, but they help to relax your body and can even lower your heart rate and blood pressure. As if that’s not enough to make you want to smile, there’s more! These endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever and an anti-depressant and natural mood enhancer.
Still not convinced of the power of a smile? There’s more.
Did you know that a smile can make you look younger? Studies have found that people view smiling individuals as attractive, reliable and relaxed. Researchers at the Face Research Laboratory in Scotland found that both men and women are more attracted to images of people who made eye contact and smiled, than those who did not.
A smile can also make people react to and treat you differently. Research has shown that a smile truly is contagious. Your brain naturally wants to smile back at someone when they smile at you. How’s that for a powerful life tool. A nice smile can quickly diffuse a situation, encourage people to be more receptive to you and even make you look and feel better!
Don’t believe all the hype? Still skeptical? Try it for yourself and see what happens. Make the effort to smile today, and every day, and see if it can make you feel better! The worst that can happen is that you will appear happier and friendlier!
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Don’t forget to take care of your teeth so that you and the world can see a more beautiful smile each day. If you are looking for a dental home for your child, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry welcomes you. Give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!