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By Karls Family Dentistry
March 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health

When Giuliana Rancic, long-time host of E! News, first saw her new son, she said it was “the best single moment of my life.” Recently, on the eve of Duke's first birthday, the TV personality and reality star spoke to Dear Doctor magazine about her growing family, her battle with cancer — and the importance of starting her child off with good oral health.

“Duke will have his first visit with the dentist very soon, and since he is still a baby, we will make his visit as comfortable as possible,” Giuliana said. That's a good thought — as is the timing of her son's office visit. Her husband Bill (co-star of the couple's Style Network show) agrees. “I think the earlier you can start the checkups, the better,” he said.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry concurs. In order to prevent dental problems, the AAPD states, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday. But since a child will lose the primary (baby) teeth anyway, is this visit really so important?

“Baby” Teeth Have a Vital Role
An age one dental visit is very important because primary teeth have several important roles: Kids rely on them for proper nutrition and speech, and don't usually begin losing them until around age 6. And since they aren't completely gone until around age 12, kids will depend on those “baby teeth” through much of childhood. Plus, they serve as guides for the proper position of the permanent teeth, and are vital to their health. That's why it's so important to care for them properly.

One major goal for the age one dental visit is to identify potential dental issues and prevent them from becoming serious problems. For example, your child will be examined for early signs of dental diseases, including baby bottle tooth decay which is a major cause of early childhood caries. Controlling these problems early can help youngsters start on the road to a lifetime of good oral health.

Besides screening your child for a number of other dental conditions or developmental problems, and assessing his or her risk for cavities, the age one visit also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about dental health in these early years. Plus, you can learn the best techniques for effectively cleaning baby's mouth and maintaining peak oral hygiene.

Breezing Through the Age-One Visit
To ease your child's way through his or her first dental visit, it helps if you're calm yourself. Try to relax, allow plenty of time, and bring along lots of activities — some favorite toys, games or stuffed animals will add to everyone's comfort level. A healthy snack, drink, and spare diapers (of course) won't go unappreciated.

“We'll probably bring some toys and snacks as reinforcements,” said Giuliana of her son's upcoming visit. So take a tip from the Rancics: The age one dental visit is a great way to start your child off right.

If you would like more information on pediatric dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
March 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Clear Braces  

Clear BracesLearn more about clear braces and whether they are a great option for your smile needs.

About Clear Braces

Clear braces like Invisalign offer a unique way to straighten your smile without worrying about large metal brackets and awkward wires. Instead, those who opt for clear braces only have to pop in their clear aligners, which closely resemble whitening trays, to start getting a straighter smile. Clear braces can improve the appearance of crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps between teeth and malocclusions (e.g. overbite; crossbite).

Wearing Clear Braces

Once your Waunakee, WI dentist deems you an idea candidate for clear braces, we will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and then send this to a lab, which will fabricate your own custom-made series of clear braces. After a couple of weeks, your aligners should be complete and ready to be fitted. We will place on your first set of clear braces to make sure everything fits properly.

The more often you wear your clear braces, the more effective your treatment will be. Your Waunakee, WI dentist highly recommends that you wear your clear braces about 20 to 22 hours out of the day. Each set of clear aligners will be worn for about two weeks, after which they will be replaced with the next set in your treatment series.

Clear Braces Benefits

The major benefit is that you can gain a straight smile without anyone noticing. The thin, clear plastic used to make your aligners offers a discreet look that no one will see.

Furthermore, since you can remove your braces you don’t have to worry about the same restrictions that you would if you wore traditional metal braces. You don’t have to avoid any foods or restrict your diet. Whenever you sit down for meals just remove your aligners, brush your teeth after eating and then put your braces back on. It’s that simple!

Want to find out whether Invisalign is right for you? Then call your Waunakee, WI dentist, Dr. Matthew Karls with Karls Family Dentistry and schedule an orthodontic consultation!

By Karls Family Dentistry
March 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it takes a lifetime of personal and professional care. Starting your child’s daily hygiene with the first tooth eruption is a must; but you should also consider beginning regular dental visits in their early years, around or before their first birthday.

There’s evidence that early dental visits hold a number of benefits that could lead to reduced oral care costs over their lifetime.

Familiarity with professional dental care. Children need to feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings, especially new places. Beginning dental visits early improves the chances your child will view the dentist’s office as a regular part of their life. It’s especially helpful if the dental professional has training and experience with young children to put them at ease.

Early monitoring for dental disease or other problems. A young child’s teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental visits that begin early in a child’s life increase our chances of detecting any developing dental problems early. In addition to treating decayed teeth, your child may also need preventative actions like sealants or additional fluoride applications to protect teeth if they are at a higher risk for disease. As the child develops, we may also be able to catch early bite problems: with interventional treatment, it may be possible to reduce future orthodontic costs.

Parental help and support. As we discuss your child’s dental care with you, we’ll be able to provide essential information and training for how to care for their teeth and gums at home. We’ll also be able to ease any common concerns you may have, such as thumb sucking or other oral habits, as well as give you sound advice and techniques for dealing with these problems.

As with other areas of childhood development, starting off on the right foot with oral care can make all the difference to their future dental health. The sooner you begin regular dental visits with your toddler, the better their chances for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on dental care 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”