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Children’s Dental Health Month

We love it when children come to the office for a visit! February is National Children’s Dental Health month. We would like to highlight some frequently asked dental questions parents have regarding their children’s dental health.

At what age should my child have his first dental checkup?

Dr. Roach follows the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) which states a child’s first visit should be around 1 year of age. Dr. Roach will check the erupted teeth as well as discuss healthy habits for baby. He recommends another check up at age 2 with regular 6 month cleanings and dental exams to begin at 3 years old.

Do cavities need to be fixed in baby teeth?

YES…most of the time depending when the tooth will be lost. Because the enamel is thin and the nerve is big in a baby tooth, the decay can quickly reach the nerve of the tooth and cause pain or an abscess. By filling the tooth early enough we can prevent pain and premature tooth loss. The baby teeth are essential for holding the space needed  for  permanent teeth to erupt.

Is fluoride beneficial for children?

The use of fluoride has dramatically helped to reduce decay in children. Studies have shown the more applications of fluoride, the less chance for tooth decay to develop. The preferred method of fluoride application in the dental office is a varnish. This fluoride is recommended for children as young as 18 months old. In some instances we also recommend additional fluoride to be used at home in the form of rinses or prescription fluoridated toothpaste.

When is the right time to place dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic, protective coatings a dentist places on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars (back teeth). They fill the deep grooves that are hard for children to properly clean by brushing . Dental sealants are to be placed on permanent molars preferably as soon as they fully erupt.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

This is determined case by case. Some orthodontic treatment such as expanding the upper and lower jaws is completed as early treatment which could begin as early as 7-8 years old. In other cases, orthodontist like to begin treatment when all the baby teeth have been lost around the ages of 10-12 years old. We do recommend having a panorex completed by the age of 8 years old to evaluate the erupting pattern of the permanent canines. This xray can be taken during a routine dental appointment.

Dr. Roach’s desire is to walk alongside parents to help them establish the healthiest habits for their children. We want our office to be a place of education, as well as, a fun place to be where children genuinely look forward to visiting. A great checkup is fun for kids as well as parents!

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5 Steps Toward a Brighter, Healthier Smile

As the New Year begins, it is common for people to evaluate many areas of their lives to seek out ways to improve. A brighter, healthier smile is just one step towards a “new you” in the New Year. The following are 5 steps that can help you towards your goal!

Brush and Floss Daily

Brushing 2x daily is essential to keep the plaque at bay. This minimizes the development of periodontal disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Flossing daily is just as essential as brushing. Did you know that 40% of the tooth surfaces are in between your teeth? So when you brush without flossing, you are only cleaning just over half of your teeth surfaces!

Regular Dental Visits

Visiting the dentist and dental hygienist every 6 months for regular dental cleanings will help to keep your mouth feeling healthy. During those visits, the dentist and dental hygienist will clean your teeth to remove the buildup of tartar and stain. They will also evaluate any development of decay or periodontal disease both of which are easier to treat when caught early. It is amazing how routine dental cleanings will minimize the amount of money and time spent at the dentist over a lifetime!

Whitening Teeth

The color of your teeth is similar to hair color or skin color…we are all a little different. Coffee, tea, smoking and some foods can increase the discoloration of teeth while some tooth discoloration is just part of the natural aging process. There are several different options to whiten teeth. Whether you chose to begin the whitening process in the office or at home, most people achieve great results. This leads to a more confident, brighter smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many ways to enhance or repair teeth. We can change the shape and color of teeth with crowns and veneers. Bonding allows us to close those unwanted spaces that you would like to eliminate in your smile without have to go through braces. Sometimes replacing a stained filling is all that is needed for someone to feel more confident with their smile.

Orthodontics

Straightening teeth isn’t just for children any longer! We have patients of all ages going through the process of orthodontics. We work closely with you to help your find the best orthodontist to help you reach your goals of straighter teeth

For some people these may seem like big steps to take…But you are not alone! We would love the opportunity to help you along the journey of achieving your best smile.

Call us today!  260.489.1818

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Professional Grade Teeth Whitening

May 2018- July 2018 Buy ONE kit, get a kit FREE!! SAVE $55!

Have you ever thought about brightening your smile but were concerned about the cost? We have a great option for you! A professional tooth whitening system that takes only 5 days to complete. The kits come with 10 strips, 5 for each arch. The strips are easy to apply and can be worn between 2-8 hours depending on how or when you choose to wear them. Many people have noticed whiter teeth after just one application!

Our professional grade film will stick and mold perfectly to your teeth. The strips are nearly invisible and are comfortable to wear. Contains a  20% Carbamide Peroxide formula allowing for little to no sensitivity during the whitening process.

This would make a great Father’s Day gift, bridal shower gift, graduation…You name it!

Call us today for more information!

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