Saving that Beautiful Smile


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Saving that Beautiful Smile

  1. 1. Presented by: Dr. R. James Richardson II “Pediatric Dentistry” 910 S. Washburn Ave. Ste B. Corona, CA 92882 951-735-2011 Proper Dental Care for the School Aged Child!
  2. 2. First Dental Visit... Did you know: A child's first dental visit should occur by age one or by the time the first tooth erupts. Why: To begin a thorough dental prevention program and to establish a dental home because plaque begins forming on the very first day a tooth erupts. But: Did you know until just recently pediatricians were telling parents to wait until their child was 3 years old or even older?! Many children seen around 3-5 years old already had cavities that needed treatment. It’s never too late… Corona-Norco USD now has parents fill out a cavity clearance form before the school year commences… We would be happy to complete a form for you after completing your child’s comprehensive dental exam.
  3. 3. They're not “just” baby teeth... •Needed for good nutrition •Spacing for their permanent teeth, and guides for proper eruption •Proper speech development
  4. 4. All about cavities... •Dental Caries (cavities), are transmissible from parent to child, child to child. Therefore please discourage children from sharing straws, utensils at school/home. •Bacterial by products called acids dissolve the enamel/structures of the tooth forming the cavity. •Loss of tooth structure, pain, systemic infections; disruption of normal activity, eating dysfunction, growth delay; are some possible side effects.
  5. 5. How to Prevent Problems: 1. Brush after breakfast and before bed 2. Floss at least once a day 3. See your pediatric dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and fluoride application. 4. Limit milk and sugary liquids to only meal times and never at snack times. 5. Eat healthy foods and snacks low in carbs and sugar. Stay away from packing lunches with cookies, crackers, gummy like snacks or sticky foods like raisins.
  6. 6. Bad Breath in Children It’s not uncommon for a child to have bad breath. It’s usually caused by tooth decay, gingivitis, or periodontitis. Why does it smell? It’s generally caused by bacteria that emit volatile sulfur compounds. The easy fix: Your child’s tongue can be a source of bad breath. The tongue traps food and germs. When monitoring their brushing, kids should also be encouraged to brush their tongue. Additionally tongue scrapers can be useful in removing food particles and germs. Other causes of bad breath to be aware of: Postnasal drip, sinus infections and colds, along with more serious tonsillar problems, respiratory illnesses can also cause bad breath. *If your child is experiencing any of these problems, please consult your pediatrician.
  7. 7. Dental Emergencies at School KNOCKED OUT (AVULSED) PERMANENT TOOTH Do not brush or scrub the tooth and do not touch the root. Gently rinse the tooth under running water. If possible, try to replace the tooth in its socket and hold it there with a clean washcloth or gauze. If you cannot replace the tooth, place it in milk, saliva or cool water. In an effort to save the tooth, the child should see a dentist within 30 minutes. SEVERE HEAD OR JAW TRAUMA Any blow to the head can be life threatening; go to the nearest emergency room. FRACTURED OR CHIPPED TOOTH Rinse gently with warm water to remove debris. (The child should avoid hot or cold food and liquids as well as sticky or chewy foods.) If there is swelling, apply ice packs. The child should see their dentist as soon as possible, as quick action can avoid infection or complex treatment and can save the tooth. Bring the tooth fragment if possible.
  8. 8. We love kids... We believe that if we earn your child's respect and trust through positive feedback and reward systems, they will have a lifetime positive feeling about their dental care. If you have questions or concerns after watching this informative presentation, one of our friendly staff members would be happy to help answer your questions. 951-735-2011