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“Pediatric Dentistry is an age–defined specialty that provides primary and comprehensive, preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs”.

To begin to understand, one must look at the function of the body and mind. Are they optimal? Most of the time the answer is No. When looking at the bodies of the children, one can ask whether they are they well aligned, signifying that the muscle and nerve tone is proper? Most of the time the answer is again no. Is the head in the right position and is the patient breathing properly? Is the face developing to its optimal beauty? One can see that even in the caries–free state there is more than enough to do.

Tips for Children learning to brush
Hello…I’m Flossy and I’m so glad you stopped by to find out some things you can do to keep your teeth nice and healthy. Foods containing a lot of sugar, such as candy, cake and soda produce acids that cause cavities and plaque to form. Plaque loves sugary things, so it’s best to try and limit these types of foods. To make sure that you are getting enough nutrients for good general and oral health, you should choose foods from the four basic food groups: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat, fish, and eggs.

Proper brushing is also very important! You should brush your teeth at least twice a day…just after breakfast and before you go to bed is the best time. Take your time making sure you brush all your teeth in the front and back. The brush should be placed against the teeth at an angle. A careful brushing should take about 3 minutes. This gets rid of old food which can cause holes. Remember, plaque begins forming on the teeth in as quickly 4 hours after brushing. This is why it is so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

You should visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist will check all of your teeth to look for little holes (cavities). If he or she finds any, they will drill away the bad bit of the tooth and fill the hole with a filling mixture. The dentist, or his dental assistant, will show you the proper way to brush your teeth to keep them clean and healthy.

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Tooth Injuries
When a tooth is knocked out, appropriate emergency medical and dental care is necessary. A permanent tooth can often be saved if prompt action is taken, and the tooth is handled carefully. The delicate tissue covering the root must be protected to ensure successful re-implantation. Baby teeth may become injured after a fall and turn gray in color. Treatment is not always necessary, but it is best to have the dentist examine the child as soon as possible.

Treatment of Tooth Injuries
When a baby or toddler injures gums or teeth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out If the tooth cannot be re–implanted, control bleeding by placing a gauze pad in the tooth socket, and then get the casualty to bite gently down on the pad. Do not rinse out the mouth because this can interfere with blood clotting. If the gums are bleeding, put cold water on a piece of gauze and push it between the lips and gums. Have the casualty hold pressure on the bleeding site.