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Good oral hygiene keeps your child's smile bright and healthy. Unfortunately, convincing your children to take good care of their teeth is often much more difficult than it sounds. Thankfully, your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, can help reinforce the oral hygiene lessons that you teach your children, as well as offer pediatric dental treatment should your child have a cavity or another dental issue.
Tell Them Why
Is "why" your children's favorite question? Explaining the reasons that you want them to brush and floss their teeth may help them see the value in good oral hygiene. If your kids are older, then you can briefly discuss the way that acids are produced when the bacteria in plaque meets sugars in foods.
You can find almost anything on YouTube, including cute videos that explain exactly how to brush teeth. Make sure that your children understand that brushing only the fronts of their teeth won't keep cavities away. Good oral hygiene involves brushing the fronts, backs, and tops of teeth twice-a-day and flossing once a day to remove plaque between teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes. If your kids aren't convinced that longer is better when it comes to brushing, buy some plaque disclosing tablets online or in a Colorado Springs drugstore. The chewable tablets make plaque look red, blue or purple and let your kids see how thoroughly they're actually brushing.
Supervise Brushing and Flossing
Children may not be coordinated enough to handle brushing and flossing on their own until they're about 7. Until then, provide assistance as needed. Some kids also need a little extra help or supervision after age 7, particularly if they tend to brush too quickly or you happen to notice their toothbrushes are suspiciously dry.
Time for an Appointment? Give Us a Call
Protect your child's smile with pediatric dental treatment! Call your dentist in Colorado Springs, Dr. Behr, at (719) 591-2050 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.
Losing one or more teeth can be stressful and embarrassing, but it's not a common problem for millions of American adults. Tooth loss does more than just ruin your smile, it can also affect everything from your speech to your nutrition, and increase the risk of additional oral health and general health problems. If you're missing one, several, or even all of your natural teeth, there are several options available to help you get your smile and oral health back on track. Dr. Nolan Behr, your dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, offers dental implants and other tooth replacement and general dentistry services for children and adults.
Dental Implants and Tooth Replacement from our Colorado Springs Office
Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss for American adults according to the National Institutes of Health. Whether you've lost one or more teeth to decay, gum disease, a sports injury, or trauma from a fall or accident, the effects of missing teeth have likely taken a significant toll on your social, professional, and overall quality of life.
The good news is that there are many options available for replacing missing teeth, including:
- Crowns and bridgework
- Dental implants
At your first appointment, Dr. Behr will perform a comprehensive dental exam, and make recommendations according to your personal needs and health profile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are designed to function like a natural tooth. A small, screw-shaped titanium implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and helps to prevent further bone loss, a major side effect of tooth loss. After a short healing period, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant, and your smile is as good as new!
Implants can either replace a single tooth or anchor an entire set of dentures in place. If you meet a few qualifying criteria, dental implants are a great way to fix a broken smile and lower your risk of gum disease after tooth loss!
Call our Colorado Springs Office Today
For more information about dental implants and the tooth replacement options available to you, contact our office today by dialing (719) 591-2050.
Find out how to treat and prevent cavities in your little one.
We all know that the last thing a parent wants to hear from our Colorado Springs, CO, family dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, is that your child has a cavity. Luckily, there are simple things you and your child can do to keep their teeth healthy and cavity-free.
How to Prevent Childhood Cavities
Did you know that cavities are preventable with the proper dental care? This means that taking care of your child’s smile is all that’s needed to keep cavities at bay. Of course, you have to know what goes into proper dental care in order to make sure you are doing everything possible. Here are some rules to follow:
- Make sure you are brushing your child’s teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again at night before bedtime.
- Every time you brush your child’s teeth (children over 7 years old can start brushing their teeth on their own with supervision) make sure you are brushing for at least 2 minutes each time.
- Replace the toothbrush head (or toothbrush) once you notice the bristles starting to fray and wear out.
- Talk to our Colorado Springs dentist about getting sealants to protect your child’s back teeth from cavities, as these teeth are at a higher risk for developing dental caries.
- Your child should floss once a day, ideally right before bedtime.
- Schedule routine checkups with your child’s dentist twice a year (every six months).
- Ask about fluoride treatment, which can protect teeth against cavities.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar, sodas, and refined starches (e.g. white pasta, bread, and rice).
Treating Cavities When They Happen
Unfortunately, many times, cavities can still occur. Don’t fret; while we know that you and your child would love to remain cavity-free, we are here to help treat the cavity right away. This means removing the decay with a dental drill (don’t worry; we will numb the area first so it won’t hurt!). Once the decay is removed we can place a tooth-colored dental filling to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. If your child is dealing with dental pain or sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, this could mean that they have a cavity.
If you suspect that your child might have a cavity, or if it’s just time for your child’s next dental appointment, don’t hesitate to call our Colorado Springs, CO, dental team today to book your child’s next visit.
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.
What you need to know about pediatric dental treatments
You want your child to have great dental care, and you’re wondering what services are available to take care of your child’s smile. You should bring your child in for their first visit within 6 months of when you see a first tooth erupting, or by the time your child is one-year-old. This is because decay can happen fast, and very early. Dr. Nolan Behr, your family dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers a full range of services to care for your child’s teeth and smile.
A comfortable, relaxing first appointment is critical to your child’s health. Dr. Behr and his staff are committed to creating a positive, nurturing experience for your child. Some of the preventive dental services Dr. Behr recommends include:
- A professional dental cleaning- performed by Dr. Behr’s highly-skilled staff; your child’s teeth will be polished and cleaned of all soft and hard deposits and stains. Your child will also be taught the benefits of great self-care and given the tools to have a healthy mouth into adulthood.
- A topical fluoride treatment- usually done after the cleaning; fluoride works to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel by actually incorporating itself into the mineral matrix of your child’s teeth, increasing resistance to decay.
Dental sealants- placed on the deep crevices and grooves of the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth to prevent decay; dental sealants provide a protective shield against bacteria, plaque, and food reaching decay-prone areas.
Sometimes in spite of all preventive treatment, your child may get decay. Dr. Behr wants you to know that he offers a full range of treatments to bring your child’s teeth back to health. Pediatric dental services available include:
- Bonding- to repair small chips or cracks, using composite, a tooth-colored resin material
- Fillings- to repair decayed areas in your child’s teeth; these can be either metal (amalgam) or composite
- Root canal treatment- to remove diseased tissue from inside your child’s tooth, relieve pain, and increase the chance of saving your child’s tooth
Your child deserves the best dental care available, which is why you should call Dr. Nolan Behr, your family dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Discover more about how pediatric dental services can help your child’s teeth and smile. Call today!