Posts for: August, 2014
By Mary Gregory, D.D.S.
August 27, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants
Do you have a teenager who has a missing tooth? Are you researching your child’s options so he or she can finally restore their smile and regain confidence? We think that’s wonderful! Oral health is extremely important no matter what age. There’s no reason why your child shouldn’t get back their smile.
You may be sifting through the Internet to find out which restorative treatments in Arlington are just right for your child. Your Arlington dentist office is here to provide some helpful advice when it comes to what will work for your teenager’s oral health.
The Jawbone is Developing
As you probably already know, your teenager is still growing. That means not everything has fully developed yet. We realize that your child wants to fix their tooth loss, and there are definitely options for doing that; however, we recommend holding off on more advanced procedures, such as a dental implantation, until your child’s jawbone has fully developed.
Why Does a Developing Jawbone Matter?
This treatment option requires that a small screw be inserted into the jawbone and then given months to heal and to allow the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone and tissues. Since a teen’s jawbone hasn’t reached maturity, any treatments like dental implants would affect the jawbone and halt its growth.
While maturity fluctuates from person to person, the majority reaches full maturation in their late teens. Once this happens, there’s no reason why your child can’t consider getting dental implants in Arlington, VA.
Furthermore, your Arlington restorative dentist recommends holding off on dental implants until adulthood because your teenager’s jaw could still shift outward or downwards. When this happens, their natural teeth will shift with the jaw and move with the growth; however, dental implants won’t. This in turn will affect the gums surrounding the dental implant, which also will remain stationary. Play it safe, and wait until your teenager is a bit older before they get dental implants.
What’s Your Teenager’s Dental Status Report?
Wondering when you will be able to tell whether your teenager has reached the right age for dental implants? Well then schedule your child’s next appointment with us by calling (703) 527-6495. We’ll be able to tell you if your child’s mouth is finally right for dental implants.
Did your teenager receive dental implants after reaching maturity? If so, how do they like their new smile? We want to hear from you or your child about how their restored smile has changed their life.
By Mary Gregory, D.D.S
August 21, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Children Dentist
There's nothing quite like witnessing a happy child's bright beautiful smile. Arlington children's dentist Dr. Mary Gregory wants her young and impressionable patients to keep smiling confidently throughout their youthful years and beyond. She offers their parents tips for how to ensure that children keep smiling well into adulthood.
Brushing is certainly not at the top of the list of things that young children want to do each day. They would much rather spend that extra few minutes running, jumping, playing and asking their parents uncomfortable questions. But brushing day and night for at least two minutes each is the best thing that young children can do if they want to preserve their dental health. Set up a fun timer on the sink next to the child’s toothbrush that dings when two minutes are up. Arlington children's dentist Dr. Gregory makes sure that his young patients leave his office with plenty of toothbrushes and tasty toothpaste to encourage them to brush regularly.
Kids love candy -- that is just a fact of life. But sugar is the worst enemy to your child's young teeth. Sugar wears away at the enamel of the teeth and causes cavities to develop. If your kids just have to have candy, soda and other treats, give them sugar-free options instead. And don’t forget that kids are naturally inquisitive and smart -- explain to them exactly what sugar does to the teeth so that they can understand for themselves. They just might decide on their own to stop eating so much candy.
Dentists recommend that patients get their braces as early as possible preferably in their preteens or teen years. This is because the child's mouth and jawline is still forming during those years. Having a child’s teeth straightened at a young age will help give him the confidence he needs to keep smiling.
A child may not realize just yet how important good dental health is, but if you help her develop good dental health habits as a youngster, she will thank you later. Contact Arlington children's dentist Dr. Mary Gregory to set up an appointment for your child to get a checkup -- just visit drmarygregory.com or call (703) 527-6495 to speak with an understanding and caring staff member.