What your dentist in Colorado Springs wants you to know
Cavities caused by tooth decay can happen at any age, but tooth decay is more common and more aggressive in children. A steady diet of sweets and sugary sodas can cause a mouth full of cavities in a very short time. It’s important for you as a parent to be able to recognize signs your child might have a cavity and what to do about it. Dr. Nolan Behr in Colorado Springs, CO wants to share the facts about cavities and your child.
Cavities can happen fast. In fact your child is at risk of tooth decay the minute the first primary tooth erupts in your child’s mouth. That’s why it’s important for your child to visit the dentist within six months of seeing the first tooth erupt, and at least within your child’s first year.
So what are the signs your child may have a cavity? One of the main ones is tooth pain. Tooth pain due to a cavity will usually happen when your child:
- Bites down
- Eats hot or cold foods
- Drinks hot or cold beverages
- Eats sweet foods
There are also non-painful signs and symptoms to look for including:
- White or dark spots on your child’s teeth
- Black or brown stains on your child’s teeth
- Holes, open crevices or cracks on your child’s teeth
You can do a lot to help prevent cavities in your child’s teeth. It’s important to remember to:
- Teach your child about brushing after meals and before bedtime
- Start teaching flossing when your child is about 4 years old
- Make regular visits to the dentist at least yearly for an exam and x-rays
- Make regular visits to the dental hygienist every 6 months for oral hygiene instruction, professional cleanings, and fluoride treatments
When you take care of your child’s dental needs, you are taking an important step to ensuring your child enjoys a healthy, beautiful smile for life. For more information about children’s dental care call Dr. Behr in Colorado Springs, CO today!
Parents are the best teachers when it comes to instilling good oral hygiene habits in their children. Dr. Nolan Behr, who offers pediatric dental treatments in his Colorado Springs, CO, office, shares a few tips that will help your child embrace healthy oral hygiene practices.
Explain why oral hygiene is important
Your children may not understand a lengthy explanation of the damaging effects of plaque and tartar, but they can grasp the importance of clean teeth. When teeth are clean, they look and feel better. Depending on the age of your child, you may explain that brushing removes germs that can cause cavities.
Make brushing a family event
When your children see you brushing your teeth, they're more likely to be interested in brushing their own teeth. When you brush your teeth, invite your kids into the bathroom, then help them brush their teeth just after you brush theirs.
Help your child brush
Young children don't always have the manual dexterity to brush thoroughly. In fact, they may need a little help or supervision up to age seven, depending on the child. Teach your child how to hold the brush and explain that it's important to spend time brushing every single tooth individually. If your child has a doll or stuffed animal with teeth, demonstrate good brushing technique on the toy. Children should brush their teeth in a circular motion using a soft bristled brush.
Make oral hygiene fun
The more enjoyable you can make brushing, the less likely your child will complain about it. Find ways to make the process fun. Buy toothbrushes that light up or play music when your child brushes, or give him or her a sticker to put on an oral hygiene chart every day.
Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits will help protect your child's smile. If your child needs a pediatric dental treatment, or it's time for his or her next exam, call Colorado Springs, CO, dentist Dr. Behr at (719) 591-2050.
Are you ready to find out what this dental prosthetic could do for you?
Are you dealing with tooth loss? Are you trying to figure out the best way to replace your missing teeth? If you are someone who has lost a lot or even all of your teeth then you may want to consider the advantages of getting dentures. Our Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan Behr offers the latest in dental technology so that you always get dentures with the best possible look and fit.
Here’s what both partial and complete dentures can do for you:
Fill Out Your Smile
Having gaps in your smile can be embarrassing, so having a restoration that fills those gaps with artificial teeth that are made to look like real teeth will be a major boon to your oral health and appearance.
Boost Your Self-Confidence
Missing teeth can make for rather uncomfortable social situations if you feel self-conscious about your smile. By getting dentures from our Colorado Springs general dentist, you’ll fill those spaces with a restoration that is crafted to look like teeth and surrounding gums. Knowing you can smile without those unsightly gaps can be a major benefit to someone’s self-esteem.
Once you lose teeth, the rest of your teeth will naturally begin to shift into the open gaps. This can lead to misalignments, uneven spacing and even crookedness. Having denture that can fill these spaces will also keep the rest of your teeth in place.
No Surgery is Required
Most people find dental implants to be a really great option until they realize that it takes a couple surgeries and several months to complete. While this might not be a concern for some patients, if you are someone who really wants to avoid surgery at all costs but still wants to replace missing teeth, then it might be time to talk to us about whether dentures are the best option.
If you are interested in getting dentures in Colorado Springs, CO then it’s time to give us a call to book a consultation. Let’s sit down and determine the best dental treatment possible to get you that beautiful smile back.
A damaged tooth could find a second chance at life with a dental crown.
You are ready to hit the field. You have your gear on, you’ve warmed up and now you are ready to play some football. There is just one rather big issue: you didn’t put in your mouthguard. Maybe you never wear a mouthguard or you don’t think you need one but once you get knocked in the mouth you suddenly realize why it is so important to protect your teeth. If you have a cracked, broken or fractured tooth our Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan Behr can restore your tooth with a dental crown.
What is a dental crown and what is its purpose?
Whether you’ve heard someone call it a crown or a cap, this hollow restoration is an artificial tooth that is placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth that has been damaged or has had extensive decay. The purpose of the crown is to protect the weakened tooth from sustaining further damage. Of course, there are other situations in which our Colorado Springs, CO general dentist may also recommend getting a dental crown:
- To cover a malformed, misshapen or unsightly tooth to improve its appearance
- To support a dental bridge (which is used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row)
- To cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
How do I get a crown?
The first thing you will do is come into our office for a consultation. We will examine the problem tooth or teeth to determine if a crown is the right restoration. If we do decide that a crown could improve the health of your smile, these are some of the steps you will go through to get a dental crown in Colorado Springs:
- A local anesthetic is administered.
- We prepare the tooth to make room for the dental crown.
- We then take impressions of the prepared tooth. These impressions are sent to an outside lab so they can use it to create a properly fitted crown.
- In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it.
- Once your permanent crown is ready we will remove the temporary one and then check the bite, fit, shape and color of the crown. If everything looks great, we will go ahead and cement the crown in place.
Don’t let damaged teeth ruin the health of your smile. It’s a simple fix with dental crowns. Call our Colorado Springs dental office today to schedule your next appointment and find out if dental crowns are right for you.
If you're considering replacing a tooth that you've lost, you have several options. The most durable, attractive and long-lasting option is a dental implant. These restorations come highly recommended by your Colorado Springs, CO dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, who has received extensive training in the science and art of designing and placing them. If you're curious about dental implants, this is the blog post for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a tooth restoration made up of three parts: the post, the abutment and the crown. The post and abutment are both tiny segments of metal; the post looks like a miniature screw and the abutment is an even smaller, cylindrical piece. They are both made from titanium, which is lightweight, impervious to corrosion and hypoallergenic. The crown, made from porcelain, is the visible portion of the implant. It looks exactly like a natural tooth and is crafted to match the color and shape of your teeth.
How are dental implants placed?
Your Colorado Springs dentist starts the process of placing your dental implants with a minor surgical procedure that will situate the post in the jawbone. Although the idea of a dental surgery can be a bit daunting, patients who have had this procedure often compare it to a simple cavity filling. The initial healing process is fairly simple as well, due to the fact that the site will be stitched closed.
After a few months, you will return to Dr. Behr's Colorado Springs office and the post's placement will be checked on an x-ray. If the post has integrated with the jawbone, you'll be ready for the next step in the dental implant process: the abutment. A tiny incision will be made directly over the post and the abutment will be attached to it. The crown, which attaches to the top of the abutment, finishes off the dental implant. The result is a natural-looking and durable tooth replacement.
We look forward to working with you to achieve your best smile. Contact the dental office of Dr. Nolan Behr in Colorado Springs, CO to set up your consultation appointment today!
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