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Category Archives: Pediatric Dentistry

Keep Those Baby Teeth!

Keep Those Baby Teeth! You are so excited when those first baby teeth finally show up, all white and shiny and new, filling out your baby’s gummy smile. You brush them and do everything you can to keep them healthy, because healthy teeth help your child’s overall health!

Fast forward a few years. Your baby is four. She hasn’t lost any of those baby teeth yet, but her dentist said she would need a pulpectomy and a crown. Perhaps you aren’t sure what to do. After all, she’s four; her baby teeth are going to come out soon anyway. Why not just take the tooth out and wait for the permanent tooth to grow in? It seems like it’s not worth the effort to restore a tooth that’s only temporary.

There are three good reasons why you want to do everything you can to save your child’s primary (baby) teeth.

  1. Teeth provide a structure for the tongue, cheeks, and lips to move against and help your child produce sounds and words. Losing teeth too early can have a detrimental effect on how he or she talks.
  2. Her oral anatomical development could be at risk. Since the primary teeth act as a guide for permanent teeth, when her next set start to come in, the tooth will likely not come in straight, and can become impacted, meaning trips to the orthodontist to correct it later in her life. It’s best to allow that natural “space maintainer” to stay in place and guide the adult tooth in properly.
  3. Age four or five is early for a child to have a gap toothed grin. It is right at the beginning of school age and right at the beginning of social awareness. Being different by missing a tooth or having a crooked permanent tooth can have a negative effect on her sense of self-esteem.

If your dentist has recommended a procedure for your child, and you’re just not sure if it’s worth it, call a family or pediatric dentist in Centennial Colorado. Young Family Dentistry can provide a second opinion and give you the best information on how to care for your child’s teeth!

Is Your Child’s Smile Causing School Absences? 

As parents, we’re concerned with our children’s health, education, and a good upbringing. With the start of school and changes in the weather, it’s not uncommon for us to start to see things start to make the rounds, such as the flu, chicken pox, stomach viruses, or colds. Dental Problems Are One of Our Children’s Biggest Needs OneContinue Reading

Parent’s Guide to a Great Dental Exam – Protect Your Kids’ Teeth This Summer!

Well, it’s finally that time of year when kids find themselves outside more and more. That’s usually great news, but a word of caution is in order: the increased outdoor activity comes with some inherent risks to the kiddos’ smiles – that’s why dental prevention and protection is so important. Are you looking for aContinue Reading

Working Dental Care into Your Busy Family Schedule

When you’re hard pressed for time, a medical appointment may be last on your list. Dr. Kathleen Young of Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry understands just how you feel. That’s why she’s proud to offer you a comprehensive list of dental procedures that can benefit everyone’s schedule. Convenient Scheduling Take some of the stress outContinue Reading

Three Foods for Children to Avoid

Don’t you enjoy rewarding your kids for a long day at school with some of their favorite munchies? Unfortunately, you can’t ignore the fact that some snacks are just bad news for your kids’ smiles. Dr. Kathleen Young at Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry recommends that you re-look at your pantry before passing on someContinue Reading

5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Baby Teeth

Learn how to take care of a baby’s teeth including whether or not to brush a baby’s gums before teeth are even visible. How do you prevent your son, daughter, or soon-to-be-newborn from having dental problems in the future?  Brush, floss, and  avoid candy – that’s about it right? …Not exactly. Learn what every pediatricContinue Reading

What To Expect At Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Your smile is with you forever, so it’s important that you take proper care of it, right from the beginning.  If you’re looking for the best start for your child’s smile, then look no further than Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.  At our Centennial, Colorado office, our friendly staff will help your child have aContinue Reading