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Archive for March, 2019

Should You Take Your Child to a Pediatric or General Family Dentist for Check Ups?

Smile Reef

We want what’s best for our kids. This includes making sure their teeth are taken care of and there are considerations to make when you want to find a good dentist. Your child needs to feel comfortable, otherwise they will not get their teeth checked and cleaned correctly. If they have a bad experienced early on, it will make them anxious for future visits. You don’t want your children to be afraid of the dentist because good oral care means better overall health. Can you take your child to your dentist or should they go to a pediatric dentist?

General Family Dentistry

A family or general dentist provides a wide range of services instead of specializing in one area. A pediatric dentist may have a limit to the age of their patients, while family dentists will treat any age. Family dentists will usually focus on general dental issues like tooth decay, cavities, plaque buildup and making sure gums stay healthy. If there is a more serious issue, a family dentist will send you to a specialist.

Pediatric Dentist

All dentists finish four years of dental school, plus they have a bachelor’s degree. Pediatric dentists also complete two to three years of training on top of that. This training will teach them how to deal with children’s behavior. They learn how to make children less anxious and can take care of dental issues that are unique to children. They are also trained and qualified to treat children that have special needs. Pediatric dental offices are designed for children. There will be a play area and equipment that is more kid-friendly. They also have a way of explaining procedures to children in a way they will understand. Pediatric dentists can identify issues unique to children because children are all they treat.

Advantages of Taking Children to a Family Dentist

• You and your child can see the same dentist
• They are trained to treat children, but may have less experience
• Some provide other specialties at the same office

Benefits of Taking Kids to a Pediatric Dentist

• They have the extra training
• They are more experienced with children
• Better office environment for children and usually more fun
• Tools are designed for children
• They know more about preventative care
• They are better at treating children with special needs

Pediatric VS Family Dentist

Bottom line, a family dentist can treat your child and help prevent cavities, but they can’t give the specialized care a child might need if they go to a pediatric dentist. You take your child to a pediatrician over a doctor, so your child should see a pediatric dentist instead of a family dentist. If you’re still trying to decide, visit both offices and speak with the dentists to get a feeling about where you and your child will fell most comfortable.

Pediatric Dentistry

Smile Reef offers pediatric dentistry that provides optimal care for your child’s teeth. Our dentists have the training and skills to make visiting the dentist a pleasant experience for your child. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

Causes of Discolored Gray Baby Teeth, Yellow or Brown Stains on Toddler Teeth & More

Smile Reef

Most kids have brilliantly white teeth. Where some may have slightly yellow or even orange, others may have other unexplainable stains. When they become discolored, there are a number of reasons as to why it can be so. The coloring can be a clue as to the cause of the coloration, in any case, most issues can be corrected. Bearing this in mind, we at Smile Reef would like to share a few of the most common reasons as to why your child’s teeth may be discolored or stained.

Poor Oral Hygiene Causes Teeth Staining

Likely due to a buildup of plaque, the discoloration of your child’s teeth might be shades of yellow, or even orange. This is an indication the child is not brushing their teeth, or not brushing their teeth well enough. These yellow and orange stains do not generally mean there is tooth decay, however, if the plaque is not eventually cleaned, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Children’s toothpaste is not always adequate, if you are noticing that your child’s teeth are bring brushed well, and the yellow or orange stains develop, use a smear of adult toothpaste to scrub their teeth well. It might be good t have them use adult toothpaste every three days or so to prevent the stains. Another alternative is to mix baking soda with water until you have a paste and have them scrub the yellow and orange stains away. If the stains persist, you may need to make an appointment with your child’s dentist to schedule a professional cleaning.

Liquid Iron Stains on Teeth

Dark stains on your child’s teeth can be caused from iron, like the iron in Vitamin A for instance. A small percentage of kids can get their teeth stained from iron. Should you notice the dark stains, you may need to have your child brush their teeth more regularly. Once the dark stains develop, it can be challenging to eliminate them, even with a professional cleaning working on it. Though the dark stains do not look great aesthetically, the ones caused by iron do not harm the overall health of your kids’ teeth. Ask you child’s dentists about more options.

Mouth Trauma Can Cause Teeth Discoloration

Discolored teeth in your child can be the result of an injury as well, such by a fall or an accident, like taking a ball or puck to the mouth. The stain derived of trauma is actually developed inside the tooth and cannot be removed with a professional cleaning. There may be alternatives, be sure to discuss your options with your child’s dentist.

Tooth Staining from Vitamin Deficiency & Medical Issues

A child’s teeth can also become discolored due to some medical conditions or medications. The teeth can become permanently discolored in the event your child has a history of high fevers or chronic illnesses, takes specific medications, or over exposure to long term use of fluoride at a young age.

Pediatric Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada

If you are concerned about any discoloration of your child’s teeth, contact Smile Reef today for your appointment. We can assess the situation and offer optimal solutions.