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How to Prevent Summer Dental Emergencies in Kids

June 29, 2022

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Did you know that summer is one of the busiest seasons for dental emergencies in Bryan? Not only are kids on summer break, but they’re more likely to participate in outdoor activities and recreational sports. As a result, they are more likely to be involved in scenarios where accidents, knocks, falls, hits, and other injuries occur frequently.

Here’s what you can do this summer to reduce your children’s chances of a dental
emergency or a broken tooth:

Have Them Wear a Sports Mouthguard

The mouth and face are involved in a high percentage of athletic injuries. There can be a lot of pain associated with summer injuries like busted lips or chipped teeth. Choosing to wear a protective sports mouthguard during these activities can reduce your child’s chances of breaking a tooth or suffering a head injury.

A word of caution: not all athletic mouthguards are created equal. Professionally fitted appliances provide the highest level of security. If your child wears braces, consider purchasing an OTC mouthguard to prevent uncomfortable injuries without harming their orthodontic wires.

Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent sudden problems including:

Busted Lips and Lacerations

Your teeth are sharper than you realize. As a result, when you take a blow to the mouth, you may experience heavy bleeding in your lips, cheeks, and tongue. Use a clean cloth to apply gentle pressure. If it does not go away, please contact our office.

Concussions and Jaw Injuries

Broken jaws and concussions are common injuries in summer sports, but they can also occur in non-contact sports such as cycling/biking, baseball, soccer, and so on. Wearing a mouthguard can be beneficial and reduce the risk of your child being injured.

Keep Up With Routine Visits

Routine checkups allow you to stay on top of your child’s oral health before minor issues
become major problems. Before summer issues arise, we can intercept dental issues while they are reversible or easier to treat by scheduling regular visits. No one wants a dental problem during the summer camp or on vacation. Having a thorough checkup before tooth pain arrives can help prevent problems like:

Toothaches

Having a snow cone to cool things down? Sugar may cause an undiagnosed cavity to
flare up and send a “zing” through your mouth that draws your attention. Because sweet
sensitivity is a sign of cavities, your summertime indulgences may be a warning sign of
a larger problem.

Broken Teeth

Time is of the essence when it comes to broken teeth that occur because of untreated cavities. Call Safari Dental & Orthodontics right away because we need to see you within the hour if
possible. If possible, locate your broken tooth fragment and place it in a container of milk or contact solution and bring it with you to your appointment.

Have an Emergency? Give us a Call!

Dental injuries occur at the most inopportune times. For extra summer safety, keep a first-aid kit on hand, with a small container to keep a tooth if it breaks off or is knocked out. Even if you aren’t prepared, we are always ready for an emergency. Call Dr. Manshadi today.

What Are Sealants and When Should My Child Get Them?

May 31, 2022

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Have you ever heard of children’s dental sealants and wondered what they were or what they did?

They are usually covered by dental insurance at 100%, but if you have to pay for them out of pocket, they are not expensive. A single sealant could cost as little as $20-$50 on average.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Bryan dental sealants are preventative, protective barriers that protect teeth from decay. They’re made of a resin that’s almost plastic-like and coats the outermost layer of tooth enamel on a tooth’s chewing surface. The thin layer of material is placed in deep crevices or pits on teeth to make cleaning them with a toothbrush easier. As a result, less food debris and bacteria remain on the tooth to cause cavities.

It’s important to remember that sealants are only semi-permanent and are more of a temporary protective layer. The ultimate goal is to apply a sealant to a child’s tooth so that they can enter adulthood with a cavity-free smile. Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental preventive care are still considered necessary.

When Your Child Should Get Dental Sealants

In general, Dr. Manshadi does not recommend sealing baby teeth. Despite the importance of your child’s first teeth, the grooves are usually quite shallow.

Permanent teeth have deep grooves, making them a top priority to protect. Permanent adult molars are ideal for sealants as soon as they erupt. Because you can’t seal teeth that are already weakened by cavities, it’s best to seal them when they’re new and healthy. Adult molars erupt around ages 6 and 12, respectively, so these are the timeframes when most sealants are applied. However, there is no upper age limit. Adults can have their teeth sealed as well, as long as their teeth are still cavity-free.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

● Sealants make brushing more efficient
● Bacteria and acids are prevented from settling in the deep, narrow grooves of children’s teeth
● Reduces the likelihood of developing cavities in later childhood
● Fast and easy application
● Protection begins immediately

Cleaning molar chewing surfaces can be difficult, if not impossible. Tight spots can be so small that toothbrush bristles don’t even fit into them, and they can cause problem areas that go unnoticed until it’s too late. Sealants can help prevent demineralization and active cavities caused by these tiny spots.

Dental Sealant Application

Dental sealants are typically applied in our Bryan office and are simple and painless. In fact, children’s dental sealants are typically applied during a routine cleaning as they generally only take a few minutes to place.

To ensure the sealant forms a complete bond, your child’s teeth will be dried and gently prepped with a gentle etching material. The hygienist will then apply the sealant and finish the curing process with a UV light.

In just a few minutes, your child’s teeth will benefit from long-lasting sealants.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

Sealants are an excellent way to reduce your child’s risk of cavities and help them maintain a healthy smile. Contact Safari Dental & Orthodontics to schedule a sealant appointment and determine your child’s eligibility. We are currently accepting new patients, and our pediatric staff is eager to ensure that your child’s smile will last a lifetime.

Four Reasons for Your Child to Drink More Tap Water

April 28, 2022

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When it comes to their children’s health, parents want the best for them: nutritious food, fresh air, and safe drinking water. Because they are concerned about pollutants in tap
water, some parents only let their children drink bottled water or other types of easy-grab drinks. However, doing so may be damaging to youthful smiles.

Drinking water right out of the tap has a lot of benefits that you may have not considered. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to help your child have a healthy smile. Dr. Manshadi recommends tap water for children for a lot of reasons, and some of them might surprise you.

Regulated Fluoride Levels

There’s nothing wrong with drinking bottled water, but it is missing one thing — consistent fluoride levels. Fluoride is an essential mineral for strong enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. It’s found in foods all throughout the world, and it’s often added to municipal water supplies. Fluoride at controlled amounts strengthens teeth, especially during development.

An important element for tooth and bone health, fluoride is rarely found in bottled water or sports drinks. Drinking, brushing, and cooking with solely bottled water excludes your child from getting healthy doses of this essential mineral.

Sports Drinks Can Cause Dental Issues

Did you know that sports drinks include artificial sweeteners and sugars that cause tooth decay in the same way that excessive soda intake does? Several studies suggest that young athletes who use sports drinks have worse teeth decay than individuals who drink soda on a daily basis.

Even if your child is in good health, exercises regularly, and eats a well-balanced diet, a simple beverage like water is better for their teeth and for staying hydrated. Consider bringing fluoridated tap water to the gym or your child’s sporting activity the next time you’re headed out. It will not only help save them from serious tooth decay, but it will also save you a lot of money on avoidable dental treatment.

Tap Water is Stain-free

Tap water doesn’t stain your child’s teeth, clothes, or the seats of your car. Over time, juices, sodas, and other color-altered drinks will leave unsightly stains. If your child does drink any of these beverages, it’s important to make sure that they rinse afterward. Rinsing will help remove some of the staining agents and the sugary film that’s left behind.

To keep your child’s smile healthy, stick to basic H2O.

Water Naturally Rinses Away Acids

Acid exposure to our teeth is increased by frequent snacking or drinking throughout the day. When we drink sugary drinks, the liquid covers our teeth, exposing them to acid on a regular basis.

After enough acid exposure, enamel begins to decalcify, soften, and degrade. It’s better to stick to water when your youngster is picking a drink between meals. Water is not only good for them, but it also cleanses their mouths while they drink it.

Pediatric Dentist in Bryan

Remember to visit Safari Dental & Orthodontics on a regular basis to keep your child’s dental health in check. If it’s time for your child’s exam or you have a concern about their teeth, call our Bryan office today!

What is “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay”?

March 30, 2022

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Did you know that “baby bottle tooth decay” is one of the most prevalent and preventable childhood diseases?

Known to dental professionals as ECC (Early Childhood Caries), baby bottle tooth decay is a condition that causes severe cavities in baby teeth, especially the front ones. Although it’s easily preventable, it’s a serious condition and requires immediate care. When left untreated, it can cause significant dental and developmental problems later on in life.

What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

A specific type of sugar-eating bacteria lives on teeth. These bacteria produce an acidic waste product that causes erosion and eventual holes in the teeth (cavities).

A healthy diet that’s low in sugar and good oral hygiene habits is enough to keep cavities to a minimum. For a few reasons, small children are more at risk than adults:

● They are unable to properly brush their teeth without assistance.
● They enjoy frequent sipping on drinks such as juice and milk, often falling asleep with a sippy cup or bottle still in their mouth.
● Frequent liquid exposure to their teeth as they suck, without brushing afterward.

If parents are not vigilant about their child’s oral hygiene and feeding cycle, baby bottle tooth decay can be a serious problem.

Consequences of Bottle Decay for Toddlers

Tooth decay can lead to painful abscesses in the baby teeth, affecting adult teeth later in life. Life-threatening infections can result from abscesses. Children with cavities can also have trouble eating healthy foods and learning proper speech. Sometimes, hospitalization is necessary.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Cavities don’t just happen! Fortunately, baby bottle tooth decay can be prevented. You can take several positive steps to help reduce your child’s chance of developing tooth decay or problems later in life.

Be aware of your child’s feeding schedule and sugar intake

Although sugar doesn’t cause cavities, it can fuel the bacteria that cause decay. Sugary drinks like juices and those with processed carbohydrates can cause acid to build up in children’s mouths, which can lead to tooth decay. Replacing sugary foods with healthier alternatives like water between meals can help prevent decay.

Eliminate bottles at bedtime

ECC was named “baby bottle teeth decay” for this very reason. Children who regularly fall asleep while drinking milk or juice are most at risk. If your child still prefers a bottle at bedtime, only plain water should be given. Going to sleep with anything other than water is an instant risk to your child’s dental health.

Use fluoride toothpaste twice daily to brush your child’s teeth

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens tooth enamel against cavities. When used in small amounts, it’s an excellent choice to benefit your child’s teeth. To reduce the number of sugars and bacteria that cause cavities, brush your children’s teeth twice daily with a rice grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Schedule regular dental checkups

As soon as your child gets their first set of baby teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Manshadi. Safari Dental & Orthodontics at Bryan will track the development of your child’s smile and alert you to possible problems to watch out for. For more advice on preventing pediatric tooth decay, call our office today!

Does My Child Have a Cavity?

February 24, 2022

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Primary (baby) teeth can decay at a much quicker rate than adult teeth do. In fact, cavities are one of the most prevalent conditions to affect children in Bryan. Left untreated, these oral infections can spread to other parts of the mouth, including the adult teeth below them. Recognizing the signs of childhood cavities is crucial to your child’s future oral health and overall health.

Common Symptoms of Cavities in Children

The most common symptoms of tooth decay include:
 Toothaches
 Pain when chewing or biting down on something
 Sensitivity to sweet drinks or foods (including juice or sports drinks)
 Food getting caught in teeth during meals
 Rough edges or visible openings, staining

Unfortunately, not all cavities are obvious or painful. You may never see a visible hole in your child’s tooth until the point that the decay is extremely large. By evaluating your child’s teeth on a regular basis, our Bryan pediatric dentist can intercept cavities as early as possible before severe side-effects have an opportunity to develop.

Why Should I Treat a Cavity in a Baby Tooth?

Cavities can spread to healthy teeth if left untreated. Including the developing adult teeth that have still yet to erupt. When tooth decay isn’t intercepted, it spreads and eventually leads to premature tooth loss. Not only will this scenario impact your child’s oral and facial development, but it can also alter their speech, diet, and self-esteem. In extremely rare situations, children’s dental infections caused by cavities can lead to facial swelling and infection within the brain. These severe conditions require hospitalization and can be life-threatening.

“But it’s just going to fall out”

It’s common for parents to assume that it’s ok to let their children’s decayed teeth fall out naturally or even have them extracted. Although it is true that permanent teeth will one day replace baby teeth, decay in primary teeth can lead to damage in the permanent ones below them. And the premature loss of a baby tooth means that the adult one loses its guide, altering the eruption pattern and shape of your child’s mouth. Dr. Manshadi will help to gently treat the cavity so that your child can preserve their tooth for the ideal length of time. In most situations, a modest filling is all that’s required.

The Difference Between Baby and Adult Teeth

Baby teeth naturally need to resorb (shrink away) as the adult tooth begins to erupt behind it. For that reason, the structure of primary teeth is not nearly as dense or “strong” as a permanent tooth. As such, a cavity in a baby tooth can grow at alarming rates. What seems like a minor, temporary problem can then become a situation that affects your child’s future smile in the decades ahead.

Pediatric Tooth Decay Treatment

When it comes to treating decay in baby teeth, early intervention is crucial. Dr. Manshadi will screen for signs of cavities during your child’s six-month checkups. Fluoride treatments can help to reverse early demineralization, helping prevent future cavities. If you think your child has a cavity, contact Safari Dental & Orthodontics in Bryan today to reserve an exam.

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