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Last Posted: 15-Jul-2017 | Total Posts: 79

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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

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Child Suck Their Thumb

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter wants to inform you on the damage that sucking your thumb can cause. Dr. Gilda Alonzo, a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL, brings you the parent, the information you need to give your child the best care.

Those beginning years when your child is in high developmental stages, it is difficult as a parent to micromanage everything they do; sometimes you just need a breather. Temper tantrums, crying, whining; sometimes it hard to imagine peace again. So, when your child finds something that pacifies them and calms them for a bit, we tend to cater to that so we can have a moment of peace. Sounds kind of bad, huh? Well, it’s not; and every parent feels the same way at some point in their parenting career, and most, at many points in that time. However, there are factors to consider when your child wants to suck their thumb or use a pacifier. Firstly, consider that any habit your infant or child forms, is going to be another one you will have to ween them off of and break. Secondly, there are factors to consider about the differences between a pacifier and thumb sucking.


When your child finds solace in using a pacifier, the parent can control the use of the calming crutch. You, as a parent, can take the pacifier away and only allow access at certain times of the day or situations. You also have control over removing access to using the pacifier when it is no longer appropriate, and time to ween your child from the use of this crutch. However, according to doctors, children that use pacifiers are more likely to develop ear infections (WebMD, LLC, 2017). 


An advantage of your child choosing thumb-sucking as their soother is that it rarely interferes with breast feeding. Studies show that pacifier use tends to interfere with breast feeding (Citation). However, even though in most cases children will cease use of this calming crutch on their own, as a parent you have little control over the availability of their thumb. Therefore, it becomes more difficult to ween them off of the use of thumb-sucking to calm themselves down. If your child’s use of sucking his or her thumb to calm themselves does not dissipate between the age of 2 or 3, there can be negative side effects. It is natural for children to taper off on their own between the age of 3 and 5, however, after the age of 4, the child can develop dental problems as a result of it. Not to mention, the child’s thumb can become malformed (American Dental Association, 2017). 


 Without a parent’s control over when the child is sucking their thumb versus a more monitored usage with a pacifier, sometimes the parent does not know when the child is still sucking their thumb. Even when a parent discourages the use of this for soothing effects as the child gets older, the child may be sucking their thumb when the parent is not aware of it. This really poses a problem for the weening process.


It is important as a parent, to realize that if your child does not instinctively seek out a pacifier for soothing effects; or does not find his thumb for solace on his or her own, you by no means should encourage it. Many children do not use either method for a calming solution, and the children and parents fair fine. It is very tempting in those trying times of lack of sleep, hectic schedules, and public embarrassments, that we as parents want to just get a moment of silence and peace. However, you may be creating more work for yourself down the road. And if your child develops dental issues because of this crutch, you’ll be even more effected than you realize.


Dental Health Risks:


Poor Speech

Public Ridicule

Malformed Thumb

Malformed Teeth- Dental and Bony Jaw changes as a result of thumb sucking as the child ages.


The pressure from sucking can narrow the arch in addition, pressure from sucking can cause further collapse of the upper arch from the cheeks. It is common for there to be an obvious overbite from the upper arch being pulled outward. The lower arch of the jaw becomes pushed inward and teeth grow in awkward with a malformed jawline.


Swallowing can be affected as well as a result of sucking one’s thumb. Children enter into this calming crutch during important developmental stages of learning to function properly. Our bodies adapt to our habits. It is important as a parent to be aware of the long-term effects of the habits of our parenting and our children (American Dental Association, 2017). 


References:

American Dental Association. (2017). Thumb sucking and Pacifier Use. Retrieved from http://mouth healthy.org

WebMD, LLC. (2017). Thumb-Sucking Versus Pacifier Use - Topic Overview. Retrieved from http://webmd.com

A Tooth Decay Prevention Plan for Your Child

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Thursday, September 29, 2016

Oral hygiene is something that hasn't always been held in high regard. People weren’t always so preoccupied and concerned with a beautiful and healthy smile, but that does not, in any way, mean that it isn’t of the utmost importance! 

Not only is a healthy smile much easier on the eyes, it also keeps you from having to get fillings, crowns, and plenty of other procedures that can be the cause of a lot of pain and turmoil. It wasn’t until the past few centuries that people have really put their minds to uncovering the mystery of the human mouth in all of it’s glory. Our mouths hold the strongest muscle in our bodies and have teeth strong enough to apply pressure that none of the rest of our bodies can reproduce. It really is a marvel to think about and an even larger wonder to try to care for. Right? 

Wrong! With all this science backing the knowledge we possess today about keeping our teeth and gums healthy, it’s rather simple to maintain proper dental hygiene. At least that’s what most of us think. It can sound really simple to most people, but now imagine you’re five again. Remember what was important then? Some of us might actually remember, but if we had to guess, it definitely wasn’t thinking about brushing and flossing. So how can we get our children to prevent things like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and all the other terrible afflictions caused by bad oral hygiene? 

One of the simplest ways of doing this is by brushing and flossing twice a day. This sounds really simple, but you shouldn’t be surprised at how many people — children and adults alike — forget to do this simple task! As parents we know how difficult it is to instill this simple principle. Children love to do what they want to do and despise anything other than that. Getting them to understand the importance of brushing and flossing every day is vital in keeping them away from the dentist more than they have to be. 

Another great tactic for tooth decay prevention is taking your child to the dentist for regular checkups. Naturally there are certain particles that can’t be cleaned or reached with a standard toothbrush and that’s where the dentist comes in! Dentists have special tools designed to reach those hard to get spots and also have the technology to spot infections, cavities, disease, and other abnormalities that can be harmful. By going to the dentist for regular checkups and bringing the kids along, you’re not only helping yourself maintain a proper oral hygiene, but you’re also ensuring your children have healthy teeth as well. 

Dentists are a great way of ensuring you’re on the right track for a healthy and clean mouth. Teeth can be simple to clean, but it’s also just as easy to get an infection or develop a cavity in a tooth. Dentists are trained to be experts in recognizing tooth decay and other abnormalities that can easily turn into huge problems and they are also equipped with all those fancy tools that look really harmful, but in reality they’re only there to help. 

Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter is one of the leading pediatric dentist locations in the area and has been for quite some time. This pediatric dentist in Jupiter, FL has an amazing office that allows for children of all ages to be comfortable and relaxed while also getting the best care for their teeth. Children are known for being restless and uncomfortable with scary situations, so when it comes to going to the dentist or doctor, it definitely takes a lot of courage and trust to be comfortable. That’s why picking the right dentist is key in ensuring your child’s oral health because if they trust their dentist, they will listen. 

Keeping your kids on track with brushing and flossing can be quite the task, but finding the right dentist shouldn’t be just as difficult! When thinking of what dentist you should choose for your children, keep Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter in mind because they are experts at what they do and they genuinely care about the well-being of their patients. 


Sedation Dentistry: How Will It Help My Child?

Dr Gilda Alonzo - Saturday, August 13, 2016

One of the most difficult tasks as a parent is getting your children to learn the importance of taking care of themselves. As they grow we try to instill morality, decency, responsibility, thoughtfulness, and many other important qualities into their minds in order to ensure they will be a successful and functional adult. But something as simple as brushing your teeth twice every day can be one of the most difficult jobs a parent can perform. This task can take all the way into adulthood for some people, but others learn from a young age that they must take care of their hygiene, including brushing and flossing. 

For those that forget this lesson — or simply ignore it — learn the hard way. Those kids that choose to ignore their parents advice, or for those parents that lack the perseverance or remembrance to get their kids to brush every single day, end up needing professional help. Dentistry is a significant factor for oral hygiene, but some need more affirmative action than others. The necessity for fillings, crowns, cleanings, and many other services dentists provide is critical. Parents know this and that’s why the majority of parents, circumstances permitting, will bring their child to the dentist for that six month check-up. There are some cases where this isn’t enough and measures have to be taken to get back on the right track. 

Pediatric dentists specialize in the care of oral hygiene for children specifically. Sedation dentistry is something many pediatric dentists utilize because of the complexity they face not only with their patients procedures, but also their ability to tolerate the procedures. Some examples of complications during operations include dental phobia, lack of pain tolerance, physical handicaps, inability to sit still, and even strong gag reflexes. Many of these side effects are only natural, but they can cause a simple procedure to be extremely difficult. 

Some of those procedures include, but are not limited to, fillings, crowns, and extractions. Most of these methods are simple operations, but something like a gag reflex or zero pain tolerance can create serious problems for the patient and the dentist.

Beside the obvious complications these problems create, there is also the fact of the parents not wanting their child to undergo painful procedures without knowing they can be comfortable, while also ensuring the procedure go without any complications.

So what exactly is sedation dentistry? This method simply allows the dentist to sedate the patient to ensure there are minimal complications with the operation. This method is also mostly used for more complex and timely procedures that can cause extreme discomfort. Using nitrous oxide and oral sedatives allows the dentist to easily perform his operation without having to worry about gag reflexes, low pain tolerance, inability to sit still, and other complications that can occur with children in the dentist office. 

At Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter, we utilize sedation dentistry to accomplish the needs of each and every patient. Because these complications can occur in everyday moments, we have to use every tool we can to ensure the oral health of our patients. Our pediatric dentists in Jupiter, Florida use nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and oral sedation to subdue the fears and pain receptors of their patients to be able to perform an otherwise complicated procedure. 

So why is this method of dentistry so important? Well, that question can take many different turns, but to answer it simply, children have and will always naturally be phobic to the idea of a dentist: a man or woman who straps on a face mask and uses metal tools to scrape plaque and gunk from our teeth. Terrifying, even to some adults who never get over the fear of a dentists’ office. Sedation dentistry isn’t harmful and it isn’t going to cause any more pain than your child is already in. This method can easily take many complexities out of the equation, while giving peace of mind to both the dentist who wants to ensure great oral health, and also the parent who wants their child to be healthy and strong. 

So when you're looking for a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, Florida, look no further than Pediatric Dentistry of Jupiter. Our staff is dedicated to creating healthy smiles, or just maintaining them! Instead of just hoping your child can stand the pain, not squirm, or not have a gag reflex (good luck with all of that!) look to sedation dentistry. A sure way to keep your child comfortable and ensure the successfulness of any procedure that is necessary.  



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