Providing the proper dental care for your child with special needs starts with your pediatric dentists, Dr. Peter Gurr and Dr. Maria Karakousoglou in the far west side of San Antonio, TX. Read on to learn more about what your pediatric dentists at Alamo Kids Dental can provide for your child with special needs.
Pediatric dentists receive additional dental training that specializes in treating infants and young children's dental concerns. At Alamo Kids Dental, our pediatric dentists furthered this education to provide children with special needs the accurate oral care that they need. This means that not every pediatric dentist has acquired the dental training to offer a comfortable environment and experience for your child.
Choosing Alamo Kids Dental
Our pediatric dentists provide the knowledge that you, as the parent or caretaker, may be unfamiliar with regarding your child that might require specific dental care or support both at home and in our office.
Dr. Gurr and Dr. Karakousoglou understand that dental visits can cause stress for children, and resultantly, their parent or guardian as well. That's why at Alamo Kids Dental, our pediatric dentists are committed to providing an environment that your child can find comfort in.
In working closely with you as the parent or caretaker, you can find comfort in knowing that your child is receiving the proper dental care that they deserve. Personalized dental care for your child with special needs in the far west side of San Antonio, TX, is imperative to their dental health long-term.
What You Can Expect
Our dentists at Alamo Kids Dental can offer you and your child dental sedation options if the stress or difficultly in having their mouth open is too overwhelming. To maintain a healthy smile, we're more than happy to discuss what the best dental treatment is for your child.
Dr. Gurr and Dr. Karakousglou have worked with numerous children with special needs and their parents to ensure their dental health is on the right track! Our staff at Alamo Kids Dental located on the far west side of San Antonio, TX, welcomes you and your child with special needs to visit us today to receive the invaluable dental care they deserve. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (210) 951-0046.
Being a parent can be a rewarding role. But it's also hard work, especially the effort required in keeping children healthy. In that respect, there's one area you don't want to overlook—their dental health.
Taking care of their teeth and gums has two aspects: their current state of dental health and their ongoing development that impacts future health. Fortunately, you can address both the present and the future by focusing on the following areas.
Prioritizing oral hygiene. From the moment your child is born, you'll want to practice daily oral hygiene to keep their teeth and gums clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. This starts even before teeth erupt—simply wipe their gums with a clean wet cloth after feeding. As teeth emerge, begin brushing each one with a small amount of toothpaste. Around your child's second birthday, start training them to brush and floss on their own.
Limit their sugar intake. The biggest threat to your child's teeth is tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria. These bacteria multiply when they have plenty of sugar available in the mouth, one of their primary food sources. It's important then to reduce the sugar they eat and limit it to mealtimes if possible. Also avoid sending them to bed with a bottle filled with sweetened liquids, including juices and even formula.
Visit the dentist. You're not in this alone—your dentist is your partner for keeping your child's teeth healthy and developing properly. So, begin regular visits when your child's first teeth appear (no later than their first birthday). You should also consider having your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6 to make sure their bite is developing properly.
Practice oral safety. Over half the dental injuries in children under 7 occur in home settings around furniture. As your child is learning to walk, be aware of things in your home environment like tables and chairs, or hard objects they can place in their mouths. Take action then to move these items or restrict your child's access to them.
Good habits in each of these areas can make it easier to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy and on the right development track. That means good dental health today that could carry on into adulthood.
If you would like more information on children's dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children.”
Your child's dental development is in overdrive between birth and early adulthood. The rapid growth of the teeth, gums and jaws occurs mostly on its own—but tooth decay could significantly derail it.
Although most cases of dental disease occur in adults, tooth decay is a major problem for children, particularly involving primary teeth. These teeth are much more important than they seem given their short lifespans: Because they help incoming permanent teeth to align properly, their premature loss due to decay can create future bite problems.
To prevent this from happening, taking steps to prevent tooth decay in young children is well worth the effort. The best strategy is a double-pronged approach. You'll first want to address certain areas that directly contribute to tooth decay. You'll then want to add measures that strengthen the teeth themselves against the disease.
In regard to the former, reducing the levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth tops the list. These bacteria produce acid as a byproduct that in turn softens and erodes enamel, the teeth's natural barrier against decay. We reduce bacteria by eliminating dental plaque, a film of built-up food particles that feeds and shelters bacteria, through daily brushing and flossing.
Certain dietary choices may also contribute to bacterial growth. Refined sugar is a prime food source for bacteria, so limiting it in the diet will help reduce tooth decay. Furthermore, a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods and dairy provide nutrients strengthen teeth against decay.
The other prong in defeating tooth decay mainly involves protective measures provided by your dentist. Sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of a child's teeth help protect the enamel from the buildup of bacteria in these highly susceptible areas. An occasional direct application of fluoride to teeth further strengthens their enamel, and makes them less susceptible to decay.
This approach can minimize the chances of tooth decay, but it won't eliminate the risk altogether. If it does occur despite your best efforts, prompt treatment can limit the damage and preserve the teeth. Working with your dentist, you can help ensure your child's teeth are protected from this damaging disease.
If you would like more information on best dental care practices for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”
If you are a parent with a child in need of laser dentistry in San Antonio, TX, Alamo Kids Dental is the right place for you. We offer the services of Dr. Peter Gurr, a pediatric dentist, and Dr. Maria Karakousoglou, an orthodontist. Read on to learn about the positives of laser dentistry.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is the use of different types of lasers for specific dental procedures. Laser dentistry is suitable for either hard or soft tissue procedures. The light the laser emits allows your pediatric dentist, Dr. Gurr, to remove or reshape the targeted oral tissue.
Lasers used for dental procedures are safe. Your child will receive glasses to protect your eyes from the light the laser emits when you visit Alamo Kids Dental serving San Antonio, TX, for a laser dentistry procedure.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
For children, there are several benefits to laser dentistry, including:
- It is less invasive and less noisy than other dental equipment like dental drills.
- Lasers are extremely precise in the hands of an experienced pediatric dentist like Dr. Gurr or a skilled orthodontist like Dr. Karakousoglou.
- You can use laser dentistry to treat tongue ties and lip ties.
- Laser dentistry promotes a shorter healing time after your procedure.
- Using lasers also promotes minimal post-operative bleeding and swelling.
- A laser sterilizes the area it is targeting, meaning there is less chance of bacterial contamination.
- Lasers can promote healing.
Explaining dentistry to a child can be difficult, but lasers may seem magical to a child. One of the best benefits of laser dentistry for children is that a laser is much cooler and much less scary than a drill in many ways.
Types of Laser Dentistry Procedures
Various procedures may make use of lasers, including but not limited to:
- Exposing unerupted teeth
- Certain fillings
- Preventative dentistry
At Alamo Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX, we offer laser dentistry and pride ourselves on being one of the few practices in the area that provides this, amongst other services. You can contact Dr. Gurr and Dr. Karakousoglou on 210-951-0046 for an appointment.
In one respect, celebrities are no different from the rest of us—quite a few famous people love to collect things. Marie Osmond collects dolls (as well as Johnny Depp, reportedly); Leonardo DiCaprio, vintage toys. And, of course, Jay Leno has his famous fleet of cars. But Victoria Beckham's collection is unusually "familial"—she's kept all of her four children's "baby" teeth after they've fallen out.
Best known as Posh Spice of the 1990s group Spice Girls and now a fashion designer and TV personality, Beckham told People Magazine that she has an "entire bucket" of her kids' primary teeth. And, she recently added to it when her nine-year old daughter lost another tooth earlier this year.
You may or may not want to keep your child's baby teeth, but you'll certainly have the opportunity. Children start losing their first set of teeth around age 6 or 7 through early puberty. During the process, each tooth's roots and gum attachment weakens to the point that the tooth becomes noticeably loose. Not long after, it gives way and falls out.
Although a baby tooth doesn't normally need any help with this, children (and sometimes parents) are often eager to accelerate the process. A loose tooth can be annoying—plus there's often a financial incentive via the "Tooth Fairy!"
First off, there's not much harm in a child wiggling a loose tooth—it may even help it come out. It's also possible to help the tooth safely detach sooner by taking a small piece of tissue, folding it over the tooth and giving it a gentle downward squeeze. If it's loose enough, it should pop out.
If it doesn't, don't resort to more forcible measures like the proverbial string and a door—just wait a day or two before trying the gentle squeeze method again. Once the tooth comes out, the empty socket may bleed a bit or not at all. If heavy bleeding does occur, have the child bite down on a piece of clean gauze or a wet tea bag until it stops. You may also have them eat softer foods for a few days to avoid a resumption of bleeding.
Beyond that, there's little else to do but place it under your child's pillow for the Tooth Fairy. And if after their "exchange" with that famous member of the Fae Folk you find yourself in possession of the erstwhile tooth, consider taking a cue from Victoria Beckham and add it to your own collection of family memories.
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