Can Children and Adolescents Get Gum Disease?

kid’s dental Fort WorthGum disease often occurs in people of all ages for the same reasons … negligent daily dental hygiene, irregular or missed dental appointments, poor diet (too much sugar), and/or illness and associated medications. The optimum care for your kid’s dental health will be rewarded in many ways for both you and your child.

Daily hygiene – Children are not born with the innate ability to care for their own teeth. As an infant a responsible adult must take charge of cleaning their child’s teeth until they are old and responsible enough to do on their own. This means actively brushing and flossing for them until they can handle doing themselves; teaching them how to perform these tasks on their own; monitoring them to make sure they are doing them correctly and daily; providing nutritious, healthy snacks and meals; and making sure the children get to the dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

Diet – Many people do not make the connection between their kid’s dental health and the foods they eat. Even many snacks believed to be healthy like some yogurts and many sport’s drinks are packed with sugar. Read packaging labels (and teach your children to do so as well), and avoid those products with excessive sugar. Encourage your child to drink water rather than trendy flavored drinks.

Dentist – A pediatric dentist is the ideal choice to care for the dental health of your child. They are skilled and experienced in caring for children of all ages, and are especially helpful when dealing with a child with special needs.

Dental visits – Young children should experience their first visit to the pediatric dentist around the age of twelve months. Caring for baby teeth is important as these teeth are paving the way for the teeth your child will need for their lifetime.

Now that you are doing all the right things to enhance your child’s dental health, educating them what danger signs to watch for to maintain healthy teeth and gums is important … bleeding gums, swollen gum tissue, mouth sores, toothache, discomfort in jaw … these are some of the signs your child may be dealing with the onset of gum disease.

Intervening dental care can halt the progression of gum disease. Healthy teeth and gums will enhance overall health so lifetime care is essential.

To schedule your child’s next exam, contact our friendly team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry. Call 817-569-6633 today for more information.

IV Sedation: Will my child feel groggy after treatment?

IV sedation kid’s dentistWhen you have a child requiring dental care, but special circumstances prevent standard delivery of treatment, IV sedation may be the perfect option for you. You know your child better than anyone so a thorough explanation of what is involved with IV sedation will be explained by your kid’s dentist well in advance of the needed procedure so you may make an educated decision of what is best for your child.

With IV sedation, your child is closely monitored from start to finish. Sedatives are delivered with respect to your child’s size and weight allowing them to drift off to sleep comfortably. You may ask why there is need to place your child in this level of sedation for procedures less than surgical. 

With IV sedation, your child is closely monitored from start to finish.

Like many adults, there may be extreme anxiety in the face of dental treatment. The sounds and smells of a dental office can be intimidating for anyone, but if your child is the nervous type, this form of care is in the best interest of your child and allows your kid’s dentist to perform needed treatment efficiently and thoroughly.

Perhaps your child has special needs physically or emotionally. The inability to sit still for an extended period of time makes treatment difficult. With IV sedation, all needed dental care can be delivered in one visit versus having to break procedures up into multiple appointments.

At the conclusion of treatment, your child has no recollection of the dental procedure. If surgery was performed, the normal post-operative care will be explained so your child will deal with that aspect.

However, most procedures such as the hygiene visit, dental x-rays, treating dental decay with composite fillings … all non-surgical care seems like it was completed in a minute to your child. The only side effect is your child will likely feel a little groggy for a few hours following treatment. Having reliable transportation home is recommended.

Rest for the remainder of the day will be recommended for your child … they may be hungry as all food needs to be withheld from about midnight the night before until dental treatment is completed. But it is not uncommon for your child to sleep periodically the rest of treatment day.

To learn more, contact our skilled pediatric dentistry team today.