Pediatric Dental Issues
For dental emergencies, we understand that some issues just can’t wait a few days before receiving treatment, so we offer same-day appointments. At Advanced Dentistry of Kearney, we provide a comprehensive range of emergency dental care services. If your child has suffered a chipped, cracked, dislodged or broken tooth, immediate dental care is important to protect your child’s long-term oral health.
Let our team help take the stress out of your child’s dental emergency. Contact us today.
Tips for Tackling a Dental Emergency Immediately
Mouth Healthy brought to you by the American Dental Association recommends tackling a dental emergency immediately, as it can mean the difference between saving and losing a child’s deciduous or permanent tooth.
In case of a dental emergency, take the following measures:
- If your child trips or falls down and knocks out a tooth, try to salvage the tooth by keeping it moist in some milk. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that is not doable, place it in between your child’s cheek and gum.
- In the case of a cracked tooth, rinse your child’s mouth with lukewarm or warm water to clean the area. Cold compresses can help minimize any swelling.
- If your child bites his or her tongue or lip, clean the area gently and apply a cold compress.
- If your child has something stuck between the teeth, try to remove it gently with floss. Waxed floss is preferable as it is smoother and will glide easily through the crevices of the teeth. Do not use sharp objects like a knife or anything else that is pointed. This could injure your child’s mouth and gums can start bleeding.
- In case of a toothache, rinse your child’s mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. Direct application of aspirin on gums or cheeks can cause an aspirin burn.
Malocclusion, or bad bite, is a condition in which the teeth are crowded, crooked, or out of alignment. Sometimes the jaws do not meet properly and your child’s mouth may not close normally. There could even be difficulties in talking and chewing.
This problem may become particularly noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12 when a child’s permanent teeth are coming in. If left untreated for long, a bad bite can make everyday activities hard for your child. It may also be difficult to keep teeth and gums clean as teeth are crooked or crowded. Consequently, this increases the risk of cavities and gum disease.
A bad bite can also affect the proper development of the jaws, make the protruding teeth at risk for chips and fractures, affect speaking and eating, and make some teeth wear abnormally or faster than those that are properly aligned.
Thumbsucking is a natural reflex of infants and young children and may help your child to relax, feel safe, or be happy. Most children outgrow this habit by age 4.
For children who thumb suck after this age, when their permanent teeth have started to come in, it can cause problems with your child’s tooth alignment and your child’s bite. If you are concerned that your child’s thumb-sucking habit will affect the development of your child’s teeth, talk to Dr. Reece.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. The most common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar or pacifiers that are frequently dipped in sugar or syrup. When bottles are given to babies at naptime or bedtime, there is a higher risk of decay, because the flow of saliva decreases during sleep.
If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged adult teeth. In addition, the chances that adult teeth will end up being crooked are greatly increased.
You can help prevent your baby from getting cavities or developing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay by taking care of their oral hygiene within the first few days after birth. You can start by cleaning the baby’s mouth with a clean gauze pad. This helps to remove plaque that can harm erupting teeth. When your child’s teeth begin to appear, brush them gently with a child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice).
For bottle feedings, place only formula, milk, or breast milk inside and avoid using sugary beverages such as juice or soda. These drinks have an extremely high sugar content which could be damaging for the child’s developing teeth. Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
Sealants are a thin protective coating of plastic or dental material that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They help keep cavities from forming and may even stop the early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. They can be extremely beneficial for both children and adults. Sealants can last for several years before they need to be reapplied.
Tooth and Mouth Injuries
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery FAQs
Minimally invasive surgery allows our physicians to use specific surgical techniques that limit the size and number of incisions that need to be made during a surgical procedure. As a result, they can perform surgery without cutting into a lot of skin and muscle, as is done with open gynecologic surgery. Less trauma to the muscles results in less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery times.
Minimally invasive surgical approaches can be faster, safer, and require less recovery time. Other potential benefits include
- Better cosmetic results from smaller skin incisions
- Less blood loss from surgery.
- Reduced risk of muscle damage due to reduced trauma to the muscles and soft tissues.
- Reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain.
- Faster recovery from surgery and less rehabilitation required.
- Diminished reliance on pain medications after surgery.
Depending on the baseline health of the patient, many minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.
Typically, patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can return to normal activities within a few weeks. Oftentimes, patients can begin their physical therapy and recovery program sooner than patients who have had open gynecologic surgery, because their pain is less severe. Patients who have conventional (open) gynecologic surgery, typically, have a 6 week recovery period.
Dr. Reece has a passion for working with kids, and we can’t wait to welcome your family as we start an exciting journey of quality oral health for a lifetime!
If your child is having any pediatric dental issues, call Advanced Dentistry of Kearney at (308) 237-1311 to schedule an appointment.