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Archive for July, 2022

Why Do Children’s Teeth Crack & How to Avoid a Cracked Tooth with Mouth Guards & More

Smile Reef

As a parent, you know that growing up can sometimes be hard. Now watching your child grow up and figure out the world, all you want is what is best for them. Often times you can’t always control what your child is doing. But when it comes to their teeth, if you teach them good habits it can help their teeth stay crack-free and looking great throughout their life. Smile Reef wants to help you out as a parent and tell you a few things you can teach your child so they do not get a cracked tooth.

Warn Against Chewing Hard Foods

You need to teach your child to not eat and chew on hard foods. Even though eating hard food can be very tempting, even as an adult. If you teach your kids to avoid eating hard foods this can help them as an adult to keep their teeth from being chipped. The types of foods you need to avoid are chewing on hard candy, ice, un-popped popcorn seeds, hard beef jerky and even though it’s not a food, don’t let them bite their fingernails.

Caution Against Using Teeth as Tools

Your teeth are not a tool. You need to teach your children that. Even though sometimes it seems easier to use your teeth instead of going and getting an actual tool, but it is not better for your teeth. When we are talking about using your teeth as a tool, we are talking about trying to open something with your teeth, ripping off a tag on new clothes, and biting down on a nutshell to crack it open. All of these are things that can potentially crack your tooth.

Encourage Kids to Wear Mouth Guards in Contact Sports

A great thing you can do is encourage your children to wear a mouth guard when they are doing any physical sport. Yes, you see people wearing mouth guards in football or basketball because they can be more of a contact sport. But in any contact or team sport, it is a good idea to wear one. You should also think about wearing one even if it is not a team sport. Skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, or even gymnastics are sports where falls can happen and could cause problems to your teeth.

Do Not Ignore Teeth Grinding

If you have noticed your child grinding their teeth don’t ignore it. Grinding teeth can not only lead to a cracked tooth, but it can cause head and jaw pain as well. There are many ways that a dentist can help your child stop teeth grinding and help protect their teeth. You just need to talk to your dentist about the best solution for your child if they are grinding their teeth.

Pediatric Dentistry

Starting good teeth habits while your child is young will help their teeth stay healthy and strong. If you have concerns about your child’s teeth and what they may be doing that could harm their teeth, call a professional like Smile Reef today!

Should You Pull a Child’s Loose Tooth? How Do You Get Wobbly Teeth Out Without it Hurting?

Smile Reef

As tempting as it may be, you shouldn’t pull a loose tooth when it first loosens up. It can be more challenging for your child to eat and speak properly when a baby tooth becomes loose. As a result, many people want to try and yank that tooth out for the best interest of your child. However, pulling a loose tooth too soon can actually be harmful, and pretty painful. There are a number of reasons why teeth may become loose in addition to them preparing to shed. For instance, if a tooth becomes loose due to an injury, pulling it out will definitely be painful, likely cause excessive bleeding, and potentially lead to permanent dental damage. Ultimately, when your child’s tooth is ready to come out, it is best to let nature run its course. There are ways you can support the process and encourage the loose tooth to shed, though you shouldn’t pull the loose tooth out until it’s 100% ready. With this in mind, we at Smile Reef would like to continue to discuss pulling your child’s loose tooth.

How Do You Get a Child’s Loose Tooth Out Without it Hurting?

Below is nature’s process for ejecting baby teeth.
1) Loosening the baby tooth above is due to an underlying permanent tooth starts to grow.
2) While pushing the baby tooth upward, the permanent tooth starts to absorb the root of the baby tooth.
3) The permanent tooth will have absorbed the entire baby tooth root up to about 6 months after the baby tooth loosens up
4) The gum tissue is the only thing holding it in place once the baby tooth has been pushed out of the gums. This is when the baby tooth is ready to come out.

How Do You Know when a Loose Tooth is Ready to Be Pulled?

It’s ready to be removed when the tooth can be twisted nearly 360 degrees, without pain. To try to remove the tooth, you can apply very gentle pressure. Stop pulling the tooth and try one of these tricks below if your child is in pain.
1) Have the child bite into an apple. The pressure of biting into the apple should be enough to pop the tooth out.
2) To encourage the tooth to detach too, your child can try brushing and/or flossing his or her teeth.
3) The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you wash your hands, place a paper towel over the tooth, and gently squeeze it if your child asks for help removing the tooth, and they’re not experiencing pain.

Should I Be Concerned About Gum Tissue Left Behind After the Baby Tooth is Removed?

After the baby tooth comes out, it is possible that your child is left with a piece of gum tissue hanging. The tissue remnants are common and usually doesn’t require any attention. Do not attempt to remove the tissue as it can be excessively painful and dangerous if you remove healthy gum tissue. Allow the piece to come off naturally instead. The gum tissue should detach on its own by eating, brushing, and flossing normally.

Pediatric Dentistry

In addition to brushing and flossing, be sure to schedule a dental visit every 6 months. Call Smile Reef and let our professionals take care of your child’s professional oral care.