Children’s Dental Health Month

Children are impressionable, that is why Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Wagner recommend they come in for a first visit at age one. When we start children young they can develop a rapport with the dentist and the staff. This appointment is the connection to future visits to the dentist and a child’s comfort level in the office. The early experience has been linked to better life long oral health.

What you can expect at the first visit: We will introduce your child to everyone in the office, so they can be familiar with the surroundings. Next the staff with gently clean mouth and gums, and give them a short oral exam while they lay in your lap. During this we will explain what we are doing so the child and parent know what is happening. After that we will teach you how to continue to care for your child’s teeth and mouth at home. Our staff will discuss the developmental milestones you should be aware of and any things you should be looking for.

By introducing your child to dentistry early, you are ensuring a better future with oral health, thus creating good habits and less fear.

 

Sugar in your diet affects your teeth

The sugar content in the food you eat has a big effect on your teeth and gums.

When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay.

This is why drinking sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks can take a toll on teeth.

This is particularly true for children as their eating patterns and food choices affect how quickly they develop tooth decay.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. However, almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar. Many of them also contain important nutrients that are an important part in our diet.

To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries often contain added sugars.

 

Will you spare the two minutes?

If you could add just two extra minutes and an extra twenty-five dollars to your dental appointment, would you? What if those two extra minutes and extra cash could save your life? Dental Studio North is now offering oral cancer screenings to any and all patients. Oral ID is an optical light that allows our doctors to shine a blue light that can identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage. This means that our doctors can see potential oral issues before the human eye can detect them, allowing for an earlier detection; which dramatically raises one’s survival rate. Because Oral ID works via optical light, the check is quick and painless for the patient, having no extra work for them. As an office, we believe that oral cancer is a very serious raising issue in our world. The number of oral cancers has increased over a 7-year period, where all other cancers have declined. Offering this to our patients will allow for a healthier life, but also give them peace of mind.