PEDIATRIC

Pediatric

It is important to schedule a consultation for your kids to visit the dentist for a comprehensive oral health care exam and preventative dental care.

Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting or repairing any issues are essential. Dr. Carson’s expertise and training will help you to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth.

Some of the treatments Dr. Carson offers include:

Preventative dental care, including cleaning and fluoride treatments, nutrition and diet

Repair of tooth cavities or defects

Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases

Care for dental injuries

Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure we offer the following for children and adults.

Sealants

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.

Mouthguards

Mouthguards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports.  They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:

Football
Hockey
Lacrosse
Wrestling
Basketball
Baseball/Softball
Soccer
…any sport where contact is a possibility.

Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips.  Mouthguards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.

Mouthguards are available in most sporting goods stores, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouthguard.  Mouthguards like this do not offer the best level of protection.  They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.

For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting.  A custom mouthguard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth.  It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth.  The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for your star quarterbacks calling out the signals).

See Dr. Greg today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.

Night Guards

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.

Please call our practice if you have any questions 410-250-0100