Tongue ties, also known as ankyloglossia, are a common condition that can affect children’s speech, feeding, and oral health. A tongue tie is a band of tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, and can be restrictive if it is too short or tight. Tongue ties can cause problems with breastfeeding, speaking, and swallowing, and can lead to issues like dental cavities and gum disease.
If you think your child may have a tongue tie, it’s important to speak with a pediatric dentist or a speech therapist. They will be able to assess your child’s tongue tie and recommend the best course of treatment. Here’s what you need to know about treating tongue ties in children:
Laser treatment: One common treatment for tongue ties is laser treatment, also known as frenectomy. This procedure involves using a laser to remove the excess tissue that is causing the tongue tie. Laser treatment is minimally invasive and has a quick recovery time.
Surgical treatment: In some cases, surgical treatment may be necessary to treat a tongue tie. This procedure involves cutting the excess tissue with a scalpel or scissors. Surgical treatment may be recommended if the tongue tie is severe or if laser treatment is not effective.
Exercises and stretches: After treatment, your child may be prescribed exercises and stretches to help improve their tongue movement and flexibility.
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As a pediatric dentist, I often see parents who want to do everything they can to help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums. While good oral hygiene is important for all children, it can be especially challenging for young children to learn how to brush and floss effectively. Here are some tips that parents can use to help their children maintain good dental health:
Start early: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit by the age of one. This allows the dentist to check for any problems and provide guidance on how to care for your child’s teeth.
Set a good example: Children learn by example, so it’s important for parents to model good oral hygiene habits for their kids. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.
Make brushing and flossing fun: Brushing and flossing can be boring for children, so it’s important to make it fun. You can use flavored toothpaste, play music, or use a timer to make brushing and flossing more enjoyable.
Choose healthy snacks: Snacks that are high in sugar can contribute to tooth decay, so it’s important to choose healthy snacks for your children. This includes fruits, vegetables, and cheese. Avoid sugary snacks like cookies, candy, and soda.
Keep supplies handy: Make sure you have plenty of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss on hand so that your children always have what they need to brush and floss. You can also keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your car or bag in case of emergencies.
By following these tips, you can help your children maintain healthy teeth and gums and set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. If you have any concerns about your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment.
Children’s favorite holiday is just around the corner, and it’s not surprising why! Candy, candy candy! Don’t let this holiday stress you out. Here are a few tips on how to keep their teeth healthy and cavity free during Halloween this year.
Pick your favorites
After your night of fun collecting candy, sort through the bag with your child and let them choose 5 of their favorite items to keep and find your local food bank to donate the rest. Most cities offer these donations to great causes like for our troops abroad.
Chocolate that’s good for you
The best type of sweet treat to keep around is chocolate. Hard to believe, we know, but here’s why: time is of the essence when it comes to teeth and sugar. Chewy treats and hard candy are particularly damaging because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth. These candies are also more difficult for teeth to chew, which is not good for their enamel. Sweets like chocolate that quickly dissolve in the mouth and can be eaten easily lessen the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. But remember, too much of any thing isn’t good, so try and limit this too.
Time it right
Allow your children to eat their favorite candies right after a meal instead of a random time during the day. Right after eating, saliva production is at its peak and can help cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Saliva also helps rinse away food that can stick to your teeth and cause cavities.
Let water be your friend!
After your children munch on a few of their goodies, give them lots of water. It’s the second best thing you can do for their teeth if they don’t have time to brush. Water helps cleanse their teeth and prevents sugar from staying on their teeth, which can lead to cavities.
“What are some healthy snacks my kids can eat?” We get this question all the time at Z Pediatric Dentistry. Parents can feel overwhelmed.
Summer is just around the corner and that means kids are home! Here are some tips to keep their mouths and your homes healthy no matter how hot it gets outside! Don’t worry parents, no need to get extra fancy here, just remember a few key items.
Keep snack time short
Snack time, also known as a child’s favorite time of day, is an important part of their routine. Keep snack time pretty short, about 15-20 min. Don’t leave a plate of snacks out for kids to munch on all afternoon because the longer food sits on teeth, the more likely they are to get cavities.
Keep snacks healthy
Anything with low amounts of sugar is your best bet for teeth to be strong and healthy. Fruits, vegetables and protein like chicken or turkey are great options. One of my favorite and easy snacks to make is an apple with almond butter, which is lower in fat but just as creamy and tasty. You can try pita bread with hummus or even plain yogurt with fresh fruit (see list below for other suggestions and recipes).
Beware of hidden sugars!
That sugar can really sneak up on you in foods you didn’t realize have large amounts in it. The biggest jokesters are fruit juices. While healthy and good in theory, it is much better to let your child eat the fruit rather than drink a glass of its juice. Most juices have the same amount of sugar as a coca-cola, so skip flavored bevs and stick with water! (see below for other snacks you should avoid).
Flu Season is upon us and the sniffles and cough are miserable. Even though that over-the-counter cough syrup seems easy, did you know that a spoonful of medicine can lead to tooth decay?
Facts about most cough drops and syrups
Syrups have high amount of sugar
High fructose corn syrup and sucrose are in most children’s medicines to improve their taste, however the side effects of these ingredients are not good for teeth! This high amount of sugar in them can stick to teeth and lead to cavities much faster
Flavored Syrups can have high acidity levels
Some cough syrups are flavored with citric acid, which is also bad for teeth. Acids eat away at your tooth covering, the enamel, and increase the chance of getting a cavity. Even some antihistamines have high acidity levels, so beware!
Syrups can contain alcohol
A few cough syrups contain alcohol as well, which can lead to dry mouth. Your saliva is very important to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Saliva helps wash away acids and sugars from your teeth, so taking medicine that lowers saliva will increase your chance to get tooth decay.
What can I do?
Have no fear, you can still fight the flu and keep your teeth healthy! Here are a few tips in case you do get the flu this season
Avoid taking medicine before bed time
Take liquid medicationduring meal times, not before bed. Saliva decreases at night, so taking syrups before bedtime will increase your chance of cavities.
Brush your teeth!
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after you take the medicine. This helps protect teeth from those sticky sugars.
If you cannot brush, drink water! It’s easy and just as effective to remove sugar from your teeth.
Avoid liquid medicines
Request a tablet or pill form instead of the liquid to keep your teeth safe and healthy!
We hope that parents find this article helpful. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns! Visit us at www.zpdentistry.com or call us at (832) 321 7151
“Well, my child’s teeth will fall out eventually, why should I take them to a dentist?”
That is the most common question we hear and now you can learn why you should visit us sooner rather than later.
Long Term Benefits
Visiting the pediatric dentist within the first 2 years of your child’s life can help benefit their psyche and early dental needs. Many fears stem from parents or family member’s negative experience at their dentist. The sooner a child can familiarize themselves in a dental home, the less anxious they will be for future appointments. It also gives us a chance to speak with care takers about good oral hygiene for the child, and we address habits and diets that can benefit them. Also, if an emergency arises, you can rest assured it will be a short phone call before you are taken care of at your established dental home.
Not treating cavities can lead to damage on permanent teeth
Cavities are holes made in teeth from bacteria. The longer you wait to treat those cavities, the greater the chance that bacteria (sugar bugs as we like to call them) will affect other teeth. As children begin losing baby teeth, they enter a ‘mixed dentition’ phase, where they have both permanent and milk teeth. If baby teeth have untreated cavities, that bacteria can spread to permanent teeth and could ‘make holes’ in them as well.
Cavities grow faster on baby teeth
Baby teeth differ from permanent teeth because their enamel (the thick outer white covering we see) is much thinner. Cavities tend to grow and spread much faster than they do in permanent teeth, so it is important to get them treated as soon as they are diagnosed. Infections spread quickly in children from their mouth to their necks and brains and cause abscesses and cellulitis (swelling of cheek and neck from infection) which are emergency situations.
Premature tooth loss can affect permanent teeth growth
Losing a baby tooth due to cavities before it should naturally fall out can cause problems for the permanent teeth. It can lead to space loss in the child’s mouth and the natural eruption of permanent teeth. While no one can predict if your child will need braces, preventing early tooth loss will benefit your child in the future.