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Last Posted: 16-May-2018 | Total Posts: 82

Kids Care Dental Jupiter

Pediatric Dentistry Of Jupiter supplies Jupiter consumers state of the art Pediatric Dentist products and services. Our experts specializes in Children Special Needs Dental Care, and . Pediatric Dentistry Of Jupiter has become Jupiter Florida's Pediatric Dentist Industry leader. Our incredible customer support personnel is looking forward to helping you. For further information call us at: 561-972-8972

Dental Care: Five Ways to Prevent Plaque from Damaging Your Teeth

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Tooth plaque is a universal constant. Everybody gets it, no matter how young, old, rich, or poor they may be. So, the presence of plaque in your mouth is nothing to be overly concerned about. It is when that plaque sticks around for an extended period of time that it can begin to cause damage to your teeth. Plaque will eat away at your teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

The dangers of plaque are quite evident at this point, but you can help avoid them by following these five helpful tips:

1) Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Everybody knows the importance of brushing their teeth, but not everybody actually does it. Ideally, dentists would prefer for you to brush after every meal, but twice a day is a great place to start to avoid plaque. Many dentists will prefer that you use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one to ensure maximum efficiency.

2) Remember to use your mouthwash

Your antibacterial mouthwash can be a great tool in your fight against plaque. However, while it can be great for some patients, it may not be the best idea for others. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol, which will only help to dry out your mouth - making it a breeding ground for bacteria. It is best to speak to your dentist for help in deciding which mouthwash will work for you.

3) Avoid sugary foods and drinks

Many people do not know that bacteria can actually feed on the sugary remnants left in your mouth after you eat. In order to avoid the bacterial buffet in your mouth, avoiding sugary foods and drinks is preferred. However, if you do choose to treat yourself be sure to drink plenty of water afterward to wash away any remaining sugar. A quick brush would also be a good idea.

4) Flossing is important

This is another one of those things that everybody knows, but not everybody follows. However, flossing is very important in your fight against plaque. Because plaque doesn't just hang out on your teeth, it is important to regularly clean the spaces between your teeth too.

5) Visit your dentist regularly

Although the vast majority of your fight against plaque will come from your daily routine, it is still very important to make regular visits to your Pediatric Dentist in Jupiter FL - around twice a year should suffice. They will be able to reach any spots you might have missed and correct any issues before they get out of control.

The fight against plaque is a never-ending one, but with these five helpful tips you are well on your way to the beautiful smile of your dreams.

Looking After Your Children’s Teeth

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Most people get their teeth checked once or twice a year. Those that don’t eventually end up in emergency appointments, often after agonizing pain and discomfort. You certainly don’t want your children to end up like that.

Your child’s first tooth could start to appear in the center of his lower jaw at around four months old, or even earlier. By the time he is three years old, he should have all 20 baby teeth. When he gets close to six, his permanent teeth may be starting to grow and push out the baby teeth ahead of them. Between the ages of about six and 21, he will develop a total of at least 28 teeth – a whole mouthful of adult teeth.

An early appointment with a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL to examine the child’s mouth once the first tooth has arrived is a good idea. Even before the rest of the baby teeth arrive, the dentist can predict if any problems are likely to arise, and give you guidance on what to do about them, or on how to keep the teeth healthy. 

A pediatric dental office will not just have a sterile waiting room where you can feel the tension and hear a pin drop. You’ll find an environment that makes the visit fun with attractive toys and activities that make waiting time fly by. All the staff will be specially trained to keep your children happy and comfortable. When it is all over and you leave, don’t be surprised if your children are keen to know when the next visit is due.

If you are taking older boys or girls on a first visit to a dentist, you need to talk to them about it before you arrive. Tell them the dentist is a friend who will help them take care of their teeth. Say that the dentist will clean their teeth with a special toothbrush that might tickle a bit, and will take some pictures of the inside of their gums that will show all the roots of the teeth. Never talk about whether it will hurt or not, as this will only cause them to wonder and worry. Just say that the dentist will be as gentle as possible.

If a pediatric practice is out of the question, ask your own dentist for advice about your children’s teeth, and when you should have them checked. Any dentist can advise on oral hygiene for your children. 

It is really important to supervise their teeth cleaning in the morning and again before bed. Find the right toothbrushes; small, with really soft bristles for tinies, graduating into larger sizes as they grow. Make sure you also have appropriate toothpaste. That means checking the fluoride levels and ensuring around 1000 parts per million for any child under three, graduating to 1350-1500 parts per million for those between three and six. After their seventh birthdays, they can use the same toothpaste as you.

Start them off by doing the cleaning for them. Squeeze out just as much toothpaste as the size of a pea and brush all the areas of teeth and gums carefully, back and front, using a circular movement for a total of two minutes. Teach them to spit afterwards, rather than swallowing the toothpaste. Although, a little is not harmful, swallowing too much fluoride toothpaste can cause discoloration problems later. 

They’ll soon want to clean their teeth themselves, but you still need to supervise and make sure it’s done properly. Then remember to tell them how great they're doing and how proud you are of them. This is the way to set healthy dental habits for life.

Save sweets and chocolate for special treats and dole them out sparingly. A balanced diet that includes cheese, milk and yogurt for the calcium they need, plus plenty of fruit and vegetables will help their teeth, as well as help their overall health. Don’t brush teeth too soon after drinking juice or eating citrus fruits, because the acid in them softens the tooth enamel, so you need to wait about an hour for this effect to wear off.

Following these guidelines as closely as possible will set the standards of oral care that your children will live with. Cleaning their teeth properly at least twice a day will remove all the deposits that will decay tooth enamel if left there too long. It is the surest way for your family to have problem-free teeth in all the years to come.

Should I Use Fluoridated Toothpaste for My Child?

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Monday, October 30, 2017

Current estimates suggest that less than fifty percent of the population has access to fluoridated water supplies, which is why the use of fluoridated toothpaste is so highly recommended. Brushing daily with this style of toothpaste protects the teeth against decay by making them stronger against acid erosion and cavities. Some caution should be used since fluoridated toothpaste can also cause dental fluorosis.

Why Do Guidelines Exist for the Use of Fluoridated Toothpaste?

If an individual is exposed to too much fluoride, they might develop a condition known as dental fluorosis. While this condition is not dangerous in its mildest form, it becomes painful once it has progressed to severe levels. At its best, dental fluorosis only creates staining on the outer surface (enamel) of the teeth. At its worst, tooth enamel becomes greatly damaged and this can lead to excessive levels of dental decay and pain. The use of fluoridated toothpaste is safe as long as it isn't overused or swallowed too frequently or in large quantities.

How Often Should Fluoridated Toothpaste Be Used?

Many professional health organizations recommend that people brush their teeth twice daily in order to promote good oral health. Therefore, if you are using fluoridated toothpaste, you should continue to brush your teeth twice a day using it. This recommendation applies to both children and adults. There's no need to brush your teeth more frequently. You can simply substitute your new choice of toothpaste for your old one.

When Can Children Use Fluoridated Toothpaste?

Although you might begin brushing your child's teeth at the tender age of one, it isn't recommended that you use fluoridated toothpaste. In fact, most dentists will tell you to wait until after your child has reached the age of three in order to minise the risk of having your child swallow the toothpaste. Once you do allow your children to use toothpaste with fluoride to brush their teeth, you should assist them in doing so. As soon as you feel comfortable that they can do a good job without swallowing the toothpaste, you can allow them to brush on their own.

Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter: Thumbs Down Club

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Without a parent’s control over when their child is sucking his or her thumb, it can be difficult to ween the child off that common self-soother. Parents have less control over the weening process of thumb-sucking versus a pacifier. Pacifiers are more monitored, and your child could be sucking his thumb when you go to sleep, or whenever you are not looking. This proposes a challenge for parents seeking to ween their children off the self-soothing habit.

 

A child sucking his or her thumb also proposes a list of possible complications later down the road with the child’s dental health. Some effects are sooner rather than later, like the loss of baby teeth from the pressure. Some children even need braces because of having the habit of sucking their thumb as they get older. It is not uncommon for children to continue sucking their thumbs well into the age of starting school even. Because of this dilemma, Dr. Gilda Alonzo, a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL has created a wonderful and very popular club that encourages kids to put down the thumb sucking habit for good. This club is called the Thumbs Down Club.


Widely successful, the Thumbs Down Club is exclusive to Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida. What Dr. Gilda Alonzo and her team have done with the patients, is motivate children to stop sucking their thumbs by giving them incentives. The Thumbs Down Club requirements are, the child must stop sucking his or her thumb for 2 months straight. If the child can accomplish that, they are given a gift card to Toys-R-Us. That is not all though, the kids are given exclusive membership to the practice’s Thumbs Down Club, which includes a spotlight on the bulletin board. Not to mention, your child has then won themselves the bragging rights among his or her friends.


The children of Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter take great pleasure in joining this club and earning their way in. This club is just one more thing that helps the kids build a relationship with their dentist as well as a good relationship with good oral health habits. Letting your children develop a positive perspective toward dental visits and build the desire to maintain healthy oral habits can be tools that carry with them through adulthood. A good foundation can pave the way for a healthier lifestyle and solid future for one’s health.

Research shows that by developing healthy habits during childhood, people as more likely to continue making healthier choices well into adulthood. The prolonged habit of a child sucking his or her thumb can result in the following, but not limited to:

-       A Malformed Thumb- The child’s thumb takes on a more curved shape, or sometimes becomes shorter as the growth of the thumb can be hindered.

-       A Narrow Arch of the Jaw- This goes hand in hand with the loss of teeth. As children have the prolonged habit of sucking his or her thumb, they pull the front teeth forward resulting in tooth loss and a narrower arch of the jaw, thus requiring braces down the road.          This pressure, can also result in further collapse of the upper arch from the cheeks.

-       Overbite- An overbite is a common result for prolonged thumb-sucking, and is linked to the above-mentioned factors of a narrowing arch, and collapsed upper arch.

-       Malformed Teeth- this can occur as the child ages. The dental and bony jaw will change.

-       Poor Speech- Some children develop a lisp and other speech impediments.

-       Bullying- Public Ridicule for a child sucking his or her thumb as they go into grade school is common.

 

 

Interested in our Thumbs Down Club? Ask Dr. Alonzo about it on your next visit! She can also give you tips on how to help the follow-through of breaking the habit at home. 

Top 5 Best Tips to Prevent Cavities

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Thursday, May 04, 2017

 

While there are a garden variety of helpful tips out there on how to prevent developing cavities, or an oral environment that would be prone to bacteria and tooth decay, we are going to break it down to the top 5 most effective and simplified tips. Dr. Gilda Alonzo, a pediatric dentist inJupiter, FL has narrowed down some essential tips to follow, not just for your children’s oral health, but also to build a healthy routine into a lifestyle that always gives positive results.

 

Your Diet

By now, with the beautiful reach of the internet and social media, along with your evening news, it should be of no surprise to you that your diet plays a pivotal role in your health. Your diet can determine your future, and that includes your oral health. This does not pertain to just adults; children are especially prone to cavities due to their diet. For infants, it is essential not to leave sugary substances on the gums for a long time or overnight. Eating sugary and acidic foods can propel tooth decay and gum diseases. Sodas and candies wreak havoc on teeth and their enamel. There is a plethora of health problems caused by a poor daily consumption habit that also affect your oral health, including but not limited to acid reflux. If your diet is not balanced, your body’s sophisticated ecosystem, is out of balance, and tooth decay is just one of the side effects.

 

Brushing Regularly

Brushing your teeth twice a day and every day is very important, however; it does not deem good results, if the person is not brushing effectively. The amount of time it takes to efficiently brush your teeth is approximately 2 to 3 minutes for a thorough brushing. Most adults have a difficult time sticking with that routine. Some parents like to employ the tooth brushes that play a song for the duration of the brushing, timing the routine for children to brush efficiently.

Developing good habits now, will simply pave a road for a healthier mouth tomorrow.

 

Dental Sealants

One of the greatest things you can do for your teeth is dental sealants. Dental sealants protect the tooth’s natural enamel from the day to day choices of what we consume. Children that have dental sealants starting at a younger age dramatically reduce their chances of cavities by a whopping 80-85% immediately following the dentist visit. Studies have shown, that for each year following the application of dental sealants, the percentages for preventing cavities remain high.

 

Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that helps your teeth become stronger and fight off tooth decay and bacteria. There is a reason why oral care products contain fluoride, and that’s because without it, your teeth have a hard time with the natural bacteria that produced in your mouth daily, in addition to the acid and sugar you add to your mouth with your diet. If needed, doctors can provide fluoride supplements if the patient needs are not being currently met.

 

Regular Check Ups and Dentist Visits

As parents, we want to do everything possible to ensure our children grow up to be strong and lead healthy, happy, successful lives. Having a strong healthy disposition is a major part of that task. Studies have shown that one’s oral health is directly linked with a person’s overall health. Good oral health also boosts confidence, and studies show that there is a relationship between self-esteem and a person’s mental health (NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2017). Regular dental visits can ensure that a dentist is evaluating your child’s oral health and assessing what needs to be done in order to maintain good oral health.

 

Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter stresses that thumb sucking can increase the chances of your child getting cavities. And while it is not effective to scold children for sucking their thumbs, it has been found to be very effective to create a system of rewarding your child for not sucking their thumb. Under the prevention tab found under Services, you can find free downloadable charts for creating happy, healthy oral practices that will empower you as a parent to create a good routine practice of some of these cavity prevention tips.

 

 

 

 

 

References:

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2017). Why Self-Esteem Is Important for Mental Health. Retrieved from http://nami.org

 

Breastfeeding: Tips Nursing Mothers Should Know About Dental Health

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Monday, April 24, 2017
To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed?

 

Benefits: There are many benefits to breastfeeding your baby. From the very personal, and instant connection with your baby you establish in the beginning of your relationship, to the multiple health benefits, media has not shied away from letting new mothers know how much of a benefit the choice to breastfeed provides. For the mother’s health, breastfeeding can lower her chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer. Your baby, can benefit from a boosted immune system to protect your child from SIDS, asthma, and a list of other illnesses like ear infections (American Dental Association, 2017).

 

While there are many benefits to breastfeeding your baby, pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL, Dr. Gilda Alonzo, wants new mothers to know that breastfeeding is not fool-proof for possible dental problems. First, let’s go over the many benefits for your child’s oral health if you choose to breastfeed your little one.

  • -Stronger Bite- Breastfeeding can build a stronger bite for your baby. According to the American Dental Association, a study done in 2015, showed that babies that were breastfed for a period of six months, and were exclusively breastfed, (meaning they did not introduce any bottle feeding) were 72% less likely to suffer from malocclusion. Malocclusion, is when the alignment of the teeth, more importantly, the alignment of the bite surfaces, both upper and lower teeth are inadequate. Thus resulting, in over bites, under bites, and cross bites (American Dental Association, 2017).
  • -Teething- You don’t have to stop breastfeeding once your baby’s teeth start coming in. I know it is a frequent topic in new mom groups, whether or not to stop breastfeeding once the baby begins teething, but according to the American Dental Association, there really isn’t a need to stop. Multiple World renown organizations recommend breastfeeding at least a year, even two years for the bay’s first years of their life. It is all preference of course, most mothers know when it is a good time to stop instinctively (American Dental Association, 2017).
  • -No Need to Ween- Weening your little one off of a baby bottle is quite an experience. Mothers that choose to solely breastfeed do not have to go through as dramatic of an experience as mothers that choose to bottle feed go through when it is time to ween them off. Breastfeeding is a natural act, and as mother nature takes its course, and your child develops, it is natural for the child to go from a mother’s breast to a sippy cup or straw (American Dental Association, 2017).
  • -Baby Bottle Tooth Decay- While it is a coined term: Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, it is not necessarily only prone to the use of baby bottles. That said, however; breastfeeding can reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay developing in your baby’s oral health dramatically. Baby bottle tooth decay usually occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle containing formula, milk, or juice. Any sugary substance resting on your baby’s teeth for long periods of time can cause tooth decay. Generally, the upper front teeth are the ones that get it. Filling a bottle with water at night, is a much more preferred route to take, that’s if your baby craves that at night at all. Do not try to encourage habits that act as soothers if your baby does not require them. You will only be creating a headache down the road for yourself (American Dental Association, 2017).
  • -Cavities- This is one of the most common questions with new mothers and breastfeeding: Can my baby still get cavities from breastfeeding? And the answer is YES. Just because breastmilk is natural, does not mean it does not contain any sugar. While it is a much healthier route to take, as a new mother, it is still essential to care for your baby’s oral health responsibly. The American Dental Association, and Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter, recommend that after breastfeeding your baby, you take a clean, moist piece of gauze or washcloth and wipe your baby’s gums down daily. Once your baby get his or hers first tooth in, make sure to be brushing it twice a day with nothing more than a smidge of fluoride toothpaste, approximately the size of a grain of rice (American Dental Association, 2017).
  • -Direct Line- It is essential to remember, just as when your baby was growing in your womb, everything you put into your body and its system, your baby gets directly from you. Every last chemical, nutrient, and medication, goes directly to your baby when you are breastfeeding as well. Keep that in mind as you breastfeed. Mothers must take care of themselves, in order to take the best care of their babies.

References

American Dental Association. (2017). Mouth Healthy. Retrieved from http://mouthhelathy.org

Teething: Home Remedies to Soothe Your Baby’s Gums

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Saturday, March 18, 2017

There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of your baby’s laughter, and the sight of your child’s smile. As babies develop however, there are definite moments that are less enjoyable, and let’s face it, those moments are usually limited to when your baby is unhappy. You know as tired as you get as a parent of a baby, we still are overjoyed when our children have a smile on their face. When do they not have a smile on their face? When those teeth start coming in, it seems like every other moment of each day they tend to be cranky, and no matter what we as parents do, nothing keeps them in good spirits. Today, we seek to relieve those not-so-happy moments by providing you some of the home remedies for your teething baby that seem to get the best response. For kids care, dental in Jupiter is made easy as we at Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter seek to address the concerns of parents.

 

Firstly, understand we do not seek, nor claim to diagnose your child via this article. If you cannot find the source of your child’s dismay or discomfort, please seek the advice of your licensed physician or dental professional. You know once the constant drooling occurs that your baby is soon to be having their first pearly whites come in. Note: While babies may want to bite, and start drooling around the age of 3 months old, this does not determine that your child has started teething. The most common age for teething to begin in babies is 6-9 moths of age (Healthline Media, 2017).

While there are a number of pediatric products on the market today to relieve the pain of teething for babies, sometimes the best of remedies is the age-old, tried and true, home remedies.

 

Cold Baby Cold- I would not suggest directly putting ice on your baby’s sore gums, for the sheer fact that ice can be a bit rough on anyone’s gums, baby or adult. However, there are a number of safe, soft items you can freeze that will not only soothe your baby’s gums, they can also hold your baby’s attention. Be sure to monitor your baby with items that can be a choking hazard. Even natural items that are unrestrained like fruit or vegetables can be a choking hazard for your little one. They do make netted products to insert fruits in that even have a pacifier-style handle to keep babies from choking. Freezing fruit such as strawberries and peaches are ideal for teething babies. Putting fruit or veggies into the freezer for about 20 to 30 minutes is plenty of time for your baby to find soothing relief naturally, and in a healthy manner (Healthline Media, 2017). 

 

 

Nursing Comforts- Nothing is more comforting to your baby than being in the arms of Mommy, and nursing is a huge soother for babies. One of the best natural soothers for your teething baby is You. Sometimes babies do tend to bite, and if that becomes an issue, you can always pull the baby away from your breast for a minute, and then allow your baby to grasp on once again. Nursing your baby is a sure way to connect with your child. Nursing not only promotes a healthier immune system, it triggers the association of comfort with nourishment and being in the arms of a mother. Nursing can calm and soothe your baby, and is well received in combination with massage. Massaging your baby’s feet while nursing, is very comforting for your child (Healthline Media, 2017). 

 

Got Me Under Pressure- When other home remedies fail to soothe your baby from teething woes, a clean, sanitary finger can relieve much of the pain a baby suffers from during the eruption of their first teeth. By massaging your finger with some moderate pressure (not too much pressure), along the gum line, you can soothe your baby’s discomfort. Submerging your finger in ice water beforehand can add even more relief from teething pains (Healthline Media, 2017). 

 

 

Home remedies are far more beneficial to your baby during these uncomfortable times versus store bought products, and here is why: Frozen fruits, nursing, and the gentleness of a mother’s touch, is more of the direction you want your child to become attached to, to be soothed and comforted. As a mother, you already have everything you need to be the best mother to your child.

 

 

References:

 

Healthline Media. (2017). The 5 Best Natural Teething Remedies. Retrieved from http://healthline.com

 

New Mothers: When You Should Start Taking Your Baby to A Pediatric Dentist

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Friday, February 03, 2017

It is a challenging and sometimes scary time when you become a new mother, but know this, you are not alone. It is completely natural to feel lost when it comes to all the new things you are supposed to remember as a new mom. Instinctively, we know so much about our baby and motherly duties, however, there are plenty that we need help with. Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter wants to keep their mothers informed so that they can make the best decisions possible when caring for their children. So, when are you supposed to take your baby in for his or her first dental visit? Your baby’s first dentist visit should be a well-baby visit. You should take your child in at the first sign of his or her first tooth. You should take your child in no later than his or her first birthday. Since babies develop their first erupting teeth between the ages 6 months and 12 months, be prepared and research the right pediatric dentist for you well beforehand (American Dental Association, 2017). Do not worry if you have passed that point already, however, you do need to schedule a visit immediately if that is the case. Since this first visit is a wellness visit, what you and your child will experience is the pediatric dentist checking out your child’s oral development, making sure the gums look healthy, and tooth growth looks good and well managed. Your doctor will ask questions about your child’s oral habits such as pacifier use, bottle use, diet, and thumb-sucking. This is the time to be up front, and ask any questions you may have concerns about. Your doctor will be able to answer your questions and put your mind to rest about most of those new mother concerns (American Dental Association. 2017).


How should you prepare for this first dentist visit?


It is good to know the do’s and don’ts so that this visit goes smoothly for you and your child. It is essential that your child develop a healthy association with going to the dentist’s office early on. This allows for a relationship to form between the dentist and your child, and encourages your child to develop and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine; both with the doctor, and on their own at home. Firstly, to make the time before the appointment more pleasant, you should fill out any paperwork available ahead of time. That way you can entertain your child while waiting to be called back versus filling out forms. Dr. Gilda Alonzo, a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL, suggests filling out these forms a day or two before your scheduled visit. She provides a link under the new patient tab to download the first visit forms. Take advantage of this convenience…maybe while your baby is taking a nap (American Dental Association. 2017).


Because the dentist is going to be feeling around in your baby’s mouth, it is important to not feed your child a big meal before your scheduled appointment. You do want to feed them something, however, so they won’t be cranky for the doctor’s visit, but there is a chance of the baby gagging while the dentist is taking a look inside their mouth. So, it is suggested that a light meal only be fed beforehand. Your dentist will be checking for mouth injuries, growth, and cavities. Schedule the appointment when your baby will normally be most corporative, and avoid appointments at the time your child would normally be taking a nap. I know it is tempting, but avoid giving your child any snacks while waiting in the waiting room. Doing this, will hinder the dentist’s ability to thoroughly check your child’s mouth out. Avoid sugary drinks as well beforehand, because the sugar will leave a film on your child’s teeth (American Dental Association. 2017).


Tips on How to Make it a Smooth Visit:


Stay Positive- Your child can sense when you are concerned or upset. Staying upbeat will make your child secure.

Punishment- Always avoid using the visit as a bribe or punishment for your child. This will lead to an altered perception of dental visits, and possibly their perception of oral hygiene all together.

Prepare- It is a good idea to prepare your child before their doctor’s visit. Let your child know they will be meeting new people, and experiencing new things. Associate positivity with the experience.

Your child’s perception of the dentist starts with you. Help give your child the tools they will need for a successful and healthy future.


References:

American Dental Association. (2017). Baby teeth. Retrieved from http://mouthhealthy.org

Common Misconception: Baby Teeth Are Not Important

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter wants to inform new parents of the importance of your child’s baby teeth. It is common for new parents to think that because their child is going to lose their baby teeth, that they are less important than their adult teeth. However, this misconception just isn’t so. Studies have shown us that a child’s baby teeth play an important role in their development of speech, functionality of chewing and drinking, and their oral health for years to come. Doctor’s explain to us that your child’s adult teeth positioning, and overall health are greatly dependent upon your child’s baby teeth health (American Dental Association, 2017). 


There are many things as a new parent to look out for when caring for your child. Sometimes it can be quite overwhelming, if you let it get to you. Don’t. Understanding some of the reasons why certain things are important can help take away the anxiety you may feel when you read that there is yet another thing to look out for. Know this, every parent learns as they go; there is no such thing as a perfect parent.


What Role Do Baby Teeth Play in the Development of My Child’s Oral Health?


Your child has twenty primary teeth that will erupt between the ages of six months, and three years old. When your child is born, they already have these primary teeth beneath their gums. These teeth, set to erupt at the appropriate times, play an important role in the development of your child’s oral health throughout their older years. Your child’s baby teeth actually work as braces for their adult teeth. I know it sounds strange, but it’s true. A child’s baby teeth are anchoring the place in which their adult teeth will come in. When a young child, even infants, develop tooth decay, they can lose their baby teeth. The loss of their baby teeth will cause the gums to grow around the spot, and heal over the opening. This can cause the child’s adult teeth to erupt at an angle, or too close to another tooth. Once a baby tooth is lost, the other baby teeth tend to drift into the empty space, causing lack of room for the adult tooth to erupt. This also causes your child’s baby teeth to become crooked and unsightly. It is essential in maintaining good oral health with the baby teeth so that they may fulfill their role as braces to guide the adult teeth later on (American Dental Association, 2017). 


There is much more to your teeth than providing a beautiful smile, both in adolescence and adulthood. As your child develops in those early years, your child is learning how to use their mouth and teeth to function properly. Thumb-sucking and bottle use can greatly disrupt these developmental stages by hindering the developmental process. Your child is learning how to swallow properly and chew correctly as their baby teeth come in. These functions are important, because if they are learned improperly, their oral health can be compromised in their adulthood (American Dental Association, 2017). There are several studies that link oral health to one’s overall general health and well-being. Found in history, it was, Pierre Fauchard, the “Father of Dentistry”, that discovered the relationship between one’s oral health and general health. He realized how they affect one another, and how interconnected both medical practices were as early as the 17th century (Soratur, 2002). 


Speech development is essential in your child’s early years, and determines their speech for the rest of their lives. Baby teeth play a role in the development of your child’s speech. If you do not place your child’s oral health as a priority, tooth decay may change their future for years to come (American Dental Association, 2017). It is essential that your child maintain good oral hygiene, and that you take your little one to a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL on a regular basis. Dr. Gilda Alonzo, of Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter brings vast experience to the table, combined with understanding and a great rapport for your child’s best dental experience. She knows what is best for your child, and offers services that grow with your child’s needs. Call for a consult today!


References:

American Dental Association. (2017). Baby teeth. Retrieved from http://mouthhealthy.org

Soratur, S.H. (2002). Essentials of Dental Materials. Daryanganj, Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

How Does Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Occur?

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Thursday, December 22, 2016

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay? What Kind of impact Does It Have Long-Term? Is it Really That Serious?


These are questions many parents ask themselves when their child is an infant. Especially new parents, all of the information you are bombarded with can be overwhelming. There are so many things you are told to look out for, your child’s oral health may wind up getting shuffled under the rug, or put on the back burner, as many think it simply is not as important as everything else; but it is.


Dr. Gilda Alonzo, a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL, wants parents to understand the importance of good oral health even in infants and toddlers. Many parents may think that because their child’s baby teeth are temporary, that it doesn’t really matter if their child gets cavities or has tooth decay at such a young age since they will lose them and have adult teeth come in later on. That simply isn’t the case however. Baby bottle tooth decay can cause harm to your child’s gums for a long time to come.

The truth is, that there are long-term effects that baby bottle tooth decay can have on your child, and here is why. Even though tooth decay on baby teeth that are temporary may seem to have the issue disappear once your child loses their baby teeth and their adult teeth come in, there are things that are effected. Sadly, you will be snapping photo after photo as your baby grows, and if your child has rotten teeth and gums, those photos will be marked in time. Your child’s oral health will take away from their bright smile.

Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter wants to inform you as a parent, so that you can make the best decisions in the direction that will take your child’s oral health into their developmental years on a successful path. These are the years your child is developing speech habits, and tooth decay can greatly affect that developmental process. Troubles with your child’s speech can cause major issues later on down the road. Your child’s speech could cause unnecessary self-esteem issues as they could be teased. In addition, speech problems can hinder job and career opportunities later in life. Your child’s baby teeth and their position and condition also greatly determines the inset growth of their adult teeth as they come in. Good oral health as early as when your child still does not have their baby teeth all in, is still pertinent to their oral development well into their teens (American Dental Association, 2017). 


How Does My Baby Get It?


There are factors to strongly consider and incorporate into your daily practices. One factor being, that a baby can get early baby bottle tooth decay from the mother. If you ever place your mouth on the spoon to clean it before you feed your baby, you may pass along bacteria from your mouth to your sensitive infant child’s mouth. As an adult, your body can handle a much different level of bacteria than that of your infant child. Out immune systems are very different as an infant, that you probably already know. However, you probably haven’t put much thought into the fact that the bacteria that lives in your mouth and causes no real havoc on your oral health if you are brushing and flossing regularly, can wreak havoc on your infant child’s oral health. Simply putting the nipple of a bottle to your tongue or mouth to test the temperature puts your child at risk. Tooth decay can occur from the remanence of sweet sugary liquids such as milk and juices being left on your child’s teeth and gums. That is why your doctor suggests not allowing your child to go to bed with a bottle. I know, it is difficult to not give your child a bottle when it’s naptime, so might I suggest that if you do choose to do so, that when your child wakes, you brush their teeth immediately. If your child does not have any teeth yet, use your doctor recommended toothpaste for infants and massage the gums. You can even give your infant water in a bottle to rinse their mouth of the sweet remains (American Dental Association, 2017).


A few great practices to prevent tooth decay are:


* Only use formula, milk, breast milk, or water in bottles

* Avoid sharing saliva with your child

* Monitor brushing until your child is old enough

* Use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste on your child’s teeth and gums with your finger and rinse thoroughly.

* Regular dental visits with a Pediatric Dentist (American Dental Association, 2017).


Reference

American Dental Association. (2017). Bottle Tooth Decay. Retrieved from http://mouthhealthy.org


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