Lasting a Lifetime: Dentistry for Children in Wilson

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, which is why early dental care is so important. Wilson Dental Group is committed to providing excellent pediatric dentistry.

A big part of keeping teeth and gums healthy is daily care. That means teaching your youngsters good brushing and flossing habits. It also means taking them to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. The American Dental Association recommends bringing children in for their first visit within six months of their first tooth coming in, and no later than their first birthday.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy also means having a balanced diet that is low in sugar. More and more children are showing signs of early tooth decay. It has even been called the most common chronic childhood disease. By minimizing sweets and establishing a good dental health routine, they can be limited.

A good tool for protecting teeth is dental sealants. It’s a thin protective layer of plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where tooth decay is most prevalent. Along with brushing and flossing, sealants go a long way toward preventing cavities.

Early dental care is vital. Pediatric dentistry from Wilson Dental Group  helps to ensure your youngster’s teeth and gums will stay healthy throughout their lives. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Infant And Toddler Teeth Q & A

Wilson pediatric dentistry

This blog post from Wilson Dental Group is for new parents. It contains helpful information about caring for the teeth of babies and toddlers.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to erupt, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry counsels parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is critical for their oral health and also to help them become relaxed with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us to make an appointment. You can rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to safeguard enamel.
  • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, speak with your dentist or pediatrician.
  • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek guidance from your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, seek additional direction from your pediatric dentist.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional counsel from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Follow your dentist’s counsel regarding dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is important.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper protocols are followed. The advantages greatly outweigh the almost non-existent risk of harmful radiation exposure.

If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

No, this is normal and does not necessasrily mean that their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

At Wilson Dental Group we provide pediatric dentistry, and love to see youngsters in our office. For the grownups, we also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Protection For Wilson Kids

Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Tooth Protection For Lucama Kids

Parents usually know the basics on children’s dental health: limit sugar, make sure they brush and floss regularly, take them to the pediatric dentist for twice-yearly exams and cleanings, discourage between-meal snacking, see that they get enough calcium and Vitamin D, etc. Many North Carolina parents also give their kids fluoride supplements if their municipal water supply has an inadequate level of fluoride.

Is there anything else a concerned parent can do to promote children’s oral health? Yes! Have children use an oral rinse that contains fluoride.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but fluoride rinses help teeth that have already come in. A fluoride rinse is an added measure of protection.

We recommend children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss. They should swish it around in their mouth for thirty seconds or so, and then spit it out. (Make sure your child doesn’t swallow it!) This should be the last substance in their mouth before they go to bed. The fluoride will remain on the teeth and help prevent new cavities from forming. It can also help stop any demineralization that has already begun by accumulating in the tiny fissures and fortifying the enamel.

In addition to all pediatric dentistry, Wilson Dental Group offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment for your child – and yourself! – today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 


Our Dental Team Takes Care Of You

Wilson Dental Team

At Wilson Dental Group, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. Today’s post will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You most likely think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who attaches the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, their knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.

Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Wilson Dental Group. They assist our dentists during all  procedures, from basic oral examinations to lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during cleanings and patient instruction.

When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific treatment. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.

At Wilson Dental Group, infection control is always foremost in our minds. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.

Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.

To set up an appointment for a checkup and cleaning, call our office today. We have evening and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Saliva And Dental Health

Saliva And Wilson

In this post from Wilson Dental Group, we explore the significance of your saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, saliva is essential for dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The optimal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a key factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva suppress the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how essential saliva is to dental health, you can see why adequate salivary flow should concern you. For most individuals, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an issue that should be dealt with quickly before oral health troubles take place.

Our staff would be happy to communicate with you about general and cosmetic dentistry, kids dentistry, and the other services we provide to our valued patients. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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