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By Green Bay Family Dental
November 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Baby Tooth  

A child getting their permanent teeth is an exciting sign that they’re getting older, but what if they lose their baby teeth too soon? Will it affect how their permanent teeth grow in, and can anything be done about it?

Fortunately, the orthodontics team in Green Bay, WI, at GB Family Dental are here to answer all your questions. Our dentists Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve, have decades of experience treating complex problems like premature loss of baby teeth.

What Are Baby Teeth?

Primary teeth—more commonly known as baby teeth—are your child’s first set of teeth. Typically, they start coming in between 6 to 12 months of age, and they should have all of their primary teeth by age 3. 

We all lose our baby teeth, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary. They serve several vital roles in a child’s development, including:

  • Helping to learn proper chewing
  • Assists with speech development
  • Helps strengthen and grow jaw muscles

More importantly, they’re placeholders for their permanent teeth, making room for them to grow. Adult teeth would be much too large for babies and young children, so our bodies grow baby teeth first while our permanent teeth grow beneath our gums. 

When Should Children Lose Their Baby Teeth?

On average, children lose their first tooth around age six. This change happens as the permanent teeth “erupt,” causing the baby teeth to detach from the root, which reabsorbs, allowing the adult teeth to grow. 

What Causes Premature Loss of Baby Teeth?

Losing baby teeth too soon is usually caused by tooth decay, which has its own set of causes, including:

  • Cavities
  • Injury
  • Prolonged bottle-feeding
  • Prolonged breastfeeding
  • Continued pacifier use

Luckily, early tooth loss is often preventable with practices like twice-daily tooth brushing, daily flossing, and avoiding bad habits from developing. 

What Happens if My Child Loses a Baby Tooth Prematurely? 

If your child has experienced early tooth loss, be sure to seek orthodontics care in Green Bay, WI, at GB Family Dental. Without the placeholder, the permanent teeth below can drift, leading to crooked teeth and crowding as they grow. Addressing the issue as soon as possible is crucial to avoid this. 

Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve will install a space maintainer over the gap to allow the surrounding teeth to keep their position and prevent drifting. 

Make Sure Your Child Has Healthy Teeth for Life 

Premature loss of baby teeth is preventable through good oral hygiene practices and avoiding bad habits like prolonged bottle-feeding. Still, it does happen, and Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve are here to help.

For orthodontics care in Green Bay, WI, that will make your child feel comfortable and get their teeth back on track, GB Family Dental is your only choice. Call (920) 432-2961 today to schedule a visit!

By Green Bay Family Dental
August 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouthguards  

Mouthguards play an important role in protecting our mouth and face from damage. At Green Bay Family Dental, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve understand the importance mouthguards play in protecting our teeth, including from high-impact sports during the day or teeth grinding at night. This is especially important for kids as they are often involved in sports and other activities that may result in the loss of teeth if not properly protected. For properly fitted mouthguards or night guards, it is important to find the right family dentist in Green Bay, WI, to meet your dental needs.

When You Should Wear A Mouthguard

Mouthguards and may be worn for a variety of reasons, all of which aim to protect our teeth from damage or injury. Two of the most common reasons for wearing a mouthguard include while playing sports where you are at risk for getting hit in the face and at night if you are prone to grinding your teeth, also called night guards.

Mouthguards for sports may require custom fitting from your family dentist in Green Bay, WI, if you or your child has braces, crowns, or implants that need additional protection or may otherwise not be properly fitted with generic mouthguards. With braces especially during sports play, not only do your teeth and braces need protection from high-impact injuries to the mouth, but your gums also need protection from rubbing or cutting that may occur with contact from the wires of the braces.

Teeth grinding can also cause damage to the surface area of teeth over time, in addition to jaw pain and headaches. Some people may not even know that they are grinding their teeth at night, which is why it is important to see your dentist regularly so that they can check for any wearing down that may show signs of nighttime grinding. With a custom-fitted night guard, your teeth and jaw will be protected from the damage that grinding can cause to your teeth.

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards

If you are interested in getting a custom-fitted mouthguard for sports or night guard to protect against teeth grinding, consider Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental, your family dentist in Green Bay, WI. To get started today, please give us a call at (920) 432-2961.

By Green Bay Family Dental
April 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist   Dentist  

Your family dentists in Green Bay, WI, can protect your family’s smiles.

Shopping around for dental services for your family is no fun, and now, you don’t have to. Convenience is only one reason why it’s important to have a family dentist. Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve, a pediatric dentist, and Dr. Eric Ulve, a family and general dentist, at Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, offer comprehensive dental care services for your entire family. They can protect your family’s smiles because they work with children, adults, and seniors.

When you have a family dentist, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • The convenience of going to the same dental office for all of your family’s dental needs. You will feel at ease knowing you and your family are in familiar surroundings, seeing a dentist you know and trust.
  • The peace of mind of knowing you have access to dental care right when you need it, even during weekends and after-hours. Great dental care is important, especially when you or a family member has a dental emergency.
  • The expertise of both a pediatric and a family dentist in one spot. The dental team at Green Bay Family Dental can answer all of your questions and provide excellent dental care for all of your loved ones.
  • The time saved by having multiple family members seen on the same day means less time away from school or work.
  • Budget-friendly dental care, because your family dentist can anticipate your family’s dental needs so you can plan for them, with no surprises, and no big hits to your budget.

At Green Bay Dental Care, all of your family members can benefit. We offer the following services:

For children, there is that all-important first visit, along with dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene instruction, and more. As your children get older, preventive dental sealants are added, as another layer of protection against tooth decay.

For teens and adults, a wide range of restorative treatments are available, along with specialty care like orthodontics, for a great, straight smile.

For adults and seniors, cosmetic dentistry is also an option, to make your smile all it can be. You can choose from professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and more.

To find out more about why it’s important to have a family dentist and what a family dentist can do for you, call Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, at (920) 432-2961 now!

By Green Bay Family Dental
March 02, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sealants  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young children without sealants can have three times the amount of cavities compared to children with sealants. Sealants from your family dentist can drastically reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay. This preventative measure from your Green Bay family dentists could save you thousands, and most importantly it could save your child's teeth! Having a pediatric dentist in Green Bay, WI, cap off those permanent molars can save your children's teeth in the long run. Don't wait for the cavity and pain to arrive, take the steps toward a healthy smile today.

What are Sealants?

Sealants are plastic coatings made to cover the molars in the back of your mouth. Often these molars are the most susceptible to cavities because food and other debris can get stuck there. Of course, the best way to prevent cavities is by brushing and flossing regularly. However, if that bacteria does manage to take hold putting a sealant on early can help stop the spread. A visit to Pediatric Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, can put a stop to tooth decay.

Sealants are applied quickly and painlessly. If your child is receiving a sealant they can expect your family dentist to clean the affected tooth and dry it to prepare the gel. This acidic gel is applied to the tooth to make the area rough and ready to bond with the sealant. Once prepared, your dentist will use a strong blue light to fuse the plastic sealant onto the tooth. This will cover up any holes already in the tooth and stop bacteria from spreading and causing further decay. Sealants usually last a couple of years, but you can always re-seal the tooth if necessary.

5 benefits to sealants

Below are just some of the benefits of using sealants to ensure your child's dental health:

  • Prevent costly procedures to fix damaged teeth
  • Prevent the pain your child could have from a serious tooth infection
  • Prevent permanent tooth loss from decaying teeth
  • Sealants are proven to be effective and reliable
  • Sealants are less invasive than the filler or root canals procedures they help prevent

Call us today!

We know how important it is to prevent dental problems by stopping them at the source. Seal the deal if your child needs sealants today. Don't hesitate, call Pediatric Dentistry of Green Bay in Green Bay, WI, at (920) 432-2961. 

By Green Bay Family Dental
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Visit  

Here’s what you should know about your child’s first dental visit.

It’s important to instill good oral hygiene in your little one, and it’s never too early to start. In fact, by the time your child turns one year old they should start visiting the dentist. Our Green Bay, WI, family dentists Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve provide dental visits to children, teens, and adults of all ages. If you’ve been on the hunt for a dentist that will provide your little one with the long-term dental care they need, the team at Green Bay Family Dental welcomes you with a gentle touch, friendly service, and comprehensive care.

When should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?

Most parents bring their child in by at least 12 months old. However, you should schedule an appointment within six months of their first tooth coming in. While you may just think that these teeth aren’t important because they are baby teeth, this is simply not true. It’s important to keep baby teeth healthy to support the proper development of your child’s permanent teeth.

What should I expect from my child’s first dental visit?

This first visit to our Green Bay, WI, dental office is more about establishing rapport with your little one and your family. We want to get to know you and make sure that you feel at home here at our practice. We know that little ones can be nervous about a new space and new people, but our family dental team has worked with countless children and can provide ways to make the visit smooth and relaxed. The first appointment should only last about 30 to 45 minutes.

We will want to take a look inside their mouths to make sure that the tooth or teeth that are erupting are healthy and clean, as well as the gums. We will perform a quick but thorough exam to look at their teeth, jaws, gums, and bite. If we see a little plaque or tartar buildup, then we will need to give the teeth a gentle cleaning and polishing.

This is also the time for our dental team to show you how to properly brush, floss, and care for your child’s smile. We expect that you’ll have questions for us so feel free to bring your questions with you. This visit is as much about you as it is about your child since you’ll be caring for their smiles until they are about 7-8 years old.

We can also address questions and concerns about thumb sucking, teething, using a pacifier, protecting against decay, and proper feeding practices.

If you’re looking for a dentist here in Green Bay, WI, that can provide dental visits and a full range of other dental services to your whole family, then call Green Bay Family Dental today at (920) 432-2961 to schedule appointments for everyone.

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