5 Benefits Of Preventive Dentistry For Kids

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At Gastonia Dental Group, we promote dental health by developing decay prevention plans, and helping our patients establish proper dental practices. If today’s kids can avoid decay, it will benefit them more than you may realize.

  1. A healthy mouth equals better overall health and well-being. Maintaining ideal oral health puts children at a lower risk for diabetes and heart disease.
  2. A beautiful, healthy smile boosts confidence and self-esteem for little ones.
  3. By keeping teeth and gums healthy as kids, you avoid the need for pricey restorative dental work down the road.
  4. Strong teeth help kids get proper nutrition. Tooth decay makes eating difficult.
  5. Proper dental hygiene beginning at birth and twice-yearly exams commencing with the eruption of the first tooth promotes normal speech development. (The American Dental Association recommends toddler dental visits to begin when the first tooth appears.)

At Gastonia Dental Group we provide children’s dentistry, and enjoy having youngsters in our office for regular checkups. Schedule an appointment for your child, or for yourself, today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Protect Young Smiles From Childhood Tooth Decay

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We get it. Parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to their child’s health and safety. That includes denteal health, of course. At Gastonia Dental Group we offer pediatric dentistry, and love having the little ones in for a checkup.

Committing to daily oral hygiene will prevent the pain, inconvenience, and expense of dealing with decay in children. We have a few tips for you:

Set An Example

It’s important to make a commitment to proper oral hygiene for yourself. If you have negligent oral hygiene, now is the time to change your ways so you can set an example for your child. You will both be better off.

Start (Very) Early

Caring for your infant’s teeth should commence even before they erupt. To prohibit bacteria growth, parents should wash their baby’s gums with a wet washcloth after feedings.

Make The Crib A Bottle-Free Zone

Youngsters should never be put to bed with a bottle. The sugars in milk or juice that stay on teeth for hours can damage the enamel. When your child gets his first tooth, it is time to brush.

Fluoride Warning

Most young children ingest toothpaste, so use only a tiny dab of non-fluoride paste until the child turns two. If a child swallows too much fluoride, it can stain teeth.

Go Over Teeth Again After Child Brushes

When kids are old enough to brush on their own, instruct them to brush gently but thoroughly for at least two minutes. You can set a timer so your child understands how long they should keep at it.

For young children, it is important that an adult reviews their teeth when they finish. Many kids thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces but fail to clean the backsides and gumline.

Schedule Snacks

Monitor your child’s meals and snacks. Scheduling snacks and beverages (not including water) to set times during the day can also safeguard against cavities.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we want to see the littles ones as soon as their teeth start coming in. We offer pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry for the older set. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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At Gastonia Dental Group, our dentists are passionate about the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. We encourage our young patients to develop good brushing and flossing skills, to put them on the road to a lifetime of good dental health.

There are some places, however, where a toothbrush and even floss can miss. Enamel degeneration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most difficult area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

While brushing frequently is essential, an additional safeguard against cavities is the application of dental sealants. Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught and breed harmful bacteria They are especially effective in the back teeth, where most cavities occur.

The application process takes only one short visit. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. We usually recommend having sealants applied as early as possible.

If properly cared for, sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly cleanings and checkups at Gastonia Dental Group are essential for good dental health. Our services include pediatric dentistry. Schedule a cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Super Smiles For Life

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At Gastonia Dental Group, we believe your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and attractive smile, start early with a skilled children’s dentist.

We recommend a child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. We will keep the visit short, but complete a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.

We will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the effects of poor choices. It is especially essential to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.

Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for tooth decay. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s gone – though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.

Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always optimal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.

Before coming to Gastonia Dental Group, talk to your child about the appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Our children’s dentist will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a pleasing visit, the first of many to come. Our services include pediatric dentistry and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your child’s appointment, or one for yourself, today!

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral Piercing

If you are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this word of caution from the dentists at Gastonia Dental Group is for you.

Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating extreme infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Gastonia Dental Group offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some acute cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can bring about tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the trouble right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. Gastonia Dental Group can give you more specifics about the risks of oral piercings. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 


Is It All About Flashy Smiles And Trendy Styles?

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If you can’t be in Paris, then bring fashion home to Gastonia. Facial fashion, that is. The pouty, the flashy, the sultry, the glamorous, the gleeful. Our dental team is enthusiastic about keeping you looking great and feeling confident with cosmetic dentistry.

It’s All About Working The Smile

For just about everyone out there, the way we look is important to our self-concept. Our self-esteem influences our interactions and relationships, and perhaps even our success. Let us work with you to strengthen that smile and bring it up to your standards. Cosmetic dentistry can fix broken teeth, crooked teeth, and even missing teeth. Come down and see us. We will help you to work that smile on the proverbial runway of life.

It’s All About Being Uniquely You

At Gastonia Dental Group, our single most outstanding feature is our multiple specialties. Be assured that your smile is in good hands. Be uniquely you. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 


Keeping Kids Smiling At Gastonia Dental Group

Dentistry For Child

Gastonia Dental Group serves patients of all ages and provides general dentistry for children. Our staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

We Pamper Our Youngest Patients

Taking extra time with our young patients is vital. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the examination room. We make sure they understand which procedures are necessary, and answer their questions.

Children’s dentistry requires more than just comfort, however. We understand how pediatric dentistry differs from the treatment for older patients. If you have questions about orthodontia or fluoride supplements, call 704-800-0303 today to schedule a consultation.

The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their little ones to a dentist when their first tooth erupts or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits at the toddler age and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce essential oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.

In addition to children’s dentistry, Gastonia Dental Group offers:

  • emergency dentistry
  • cosmetic dentistry
  • family dentistry
  • orthodontics

Gastonia Dental Group is currently accepting new patients of all ages. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 


Twice A Year! Checkups in Gastonia

An appointment with Gastonia Dental Group two times a year is essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By seeing us for a dental checkup every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy, and have a great smile, to boot.

A typical appointment at Gastonia Dental Group is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in for. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a wellness exam like your doctor would, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth. We can find signs of diseases before you even know about them.

In between your visits, make sure you take care of your teeth and gums at home. That means a daily regimen of flossing and brushing. We recommend at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing that plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with Gastonia Dental Group, pick up the phone and give us a call. We also provide pediatric dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054


Dental Health in Children

Parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set a good example. Part of that is bringing them in for regular checkups with the pediatric dentist in Gastonia.

Tooth decay is an increasingly common childhood health problem. There are strategies that any parent can use to get their kids to brush and floss their teeth every day. Whatever you do, try not to make it a struggle!

When taking care of their teeth is fun, kids are more likely to practice dental hygiene well into adulthood. Just like adults, they should brush for at least two minutes. Two minutes is a long time for a kid. You can make that time go by quickly by singing a silly song while they brush. You can also offer incentives, like letting them stay up half an hour past bedtime if they do a good job. Positive reinforcement like that works wonders.

The dental care aisle at the grocery store has a lot of toothbrush options. Let your child pick out a fun brush – one with a favorite cartoon character, for example. Let them choose their own toothpaste, too. There are plenty of choices here, too, and at this age, the important thing is to establish healthy habits.

Gastonia Dental Group provides pediatric dentistry, along with general and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054