It’s important to instill good oral habits in your child as soon as possible. Find out what you can do.
Do you notice that your child mimics the things you do? That’s because parents are typically a child’s main role model. They see what you do and try to imitate it. So, what are you doing to make sure that they practice good oral care? From the office of our Green Bay, WI, family dentists, Drs. Eric Ulve and Heidi Eggers-Ulve, find out what you should be doing to make sure your children maintain a healthy smile on their own. Talk to Green Bay Family Dental today.
Brushing and flossing according to your Bowmanville, ON, dentist
Your child is going to learn how to properly brush and floss their teeth and maintain good oral health through you. If you are someone who doesn’t floss every day or sometimes forgets to brush their teeth, then how do you expect your children to maintain good oral hygiene? Make brushing and flossing an activity that you share. Set a timer and make sure that you are both brushing for at least two minutes. Do this every morning after breakfast and at night before bed.
When it comes to flossing, things can get a bit trickier. But remember what we said about children imitating you? This can be a handy tool for teaching them to floss effectively. Show them exactly how you floss and have them watch you. Then floss their teeth to show them how it should feel. Soon enough, they will be able to take on the role themselves. If you need help teaching them, ask for some tips from your Green Bay family dentist.
Let Them Be Involved
While you will be the leader when it comes to showing them how to brush and floss you also want them to take charge sometimes, too. This means letting them go with you to pick their very own toothbrush. There are so many toothbrushes out there designed for children in mind. Let your child’s imagination run wild and let them choose a toothbrush that will have them want to brush.
Make it a routine and make it rewarding
Making a routine of your oral care regimen will also make it a habit for everyone in your family. Place a chart up on the fridge or on the bathroom door that reminds your children when to brush and floss. Every time they do so, put a sticker on the chart. By the end of the week let them turn in their stickers for a fun prize.
It’s also not a bad idea to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste in your child’s lunch so that they can start making a habit of brushing after lunch while they are at school. If you give them the tools and make it easier for them they will pick up these habits and make them their routine, as well.
Don’t forget to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning! Turn to Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, to make sure that your child’s smile is healthy and free of decay! Schedule an appointment with your Green Bay family dentist Drs. Eric Ulve and Heidi Eggers-Ulve by calling (920) 432-2961.
How dental crowns and bridges from your family dentists in Green Bay WI can strengthen your smile
Dental crowns and bridges are the perfect answer to restore and strengthen your smile. If you have damaged or missing teeth, your chewing ability is reduced. When you are unable to chew properly, your digestion is impacted, which can have a dramatic effect on your overall health.
Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve at Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay WI offer comprehensive dental services, including dental crowns and bridges.
Green Bay crowns and bridges offer these amazing benefits for you to consider:
Natural beauty, because many crowns are made of full porcelain, which is a light-reflective material. It also closely resembles natural tooth enamel, so your full porcelain crown will blend in and enhance your smile.
Superb strength, because a dental crown covers your entire tooth above the gumline. Thanks to the overall protection, when you bite down on a crown, the pressure and stress are spread out over the entire tooth, protecting the tooth from breaking.
Damage repair, because most tooth damage can be fully repaired with a crown. If a large amount of tooth structure is lost, your dentist may need to place a post in the tooth and build a metal framework around the post to anchor the crown in place.
If you have an incomplete smile because of missing teeth, dental bridges can give you back your smile and your chewing ability.
Dental bridges offer these amazing benefits for you to consider:
Natural beauty, because dental bridges are made of lifelike materials that closely resemble natural gum tissue and natural teeth.
Restoration of your smile, because dental bridges complete your smile by filling in the space left behind by missing teeth. Your self-esteem and self-confidence will be restored because you know you look your best.
Today’s crowns and bridges provide amazing benefits for you and your smile. To find out more about how dental crowns and bridges can restore and enhance your smile, call Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay WI at (920) 432-2961.
If you've ever had a run-in with cavities, you know the drill (no pun intended): After getting a local anesthetic for pain, the dentist removes any decayed dental tissue, as well as some healthy tissue, and then fills the cavity to restore the tooth. It's an effective treatment protocol we've been using for well over a century.
It does, however, have its drawbacks. For one, although necessary, removing healthy dental tissue can weaken the overall tooth structure. The dental drill used during the procedure is also unpleasant to many people: Although it doesn't cause any pain thanks to the anesthetic, the sounds and pressure sensations associated with it can be unsettling.
But advances in dental tools, technology and techniques are addressing these drawbacks in traditional tooth decay treatment. In other words, treating a tooth with cavities today is taking on a lighter touch. Here are 3 reasons why.
Earlier detection. The key to effective treatment is to find tooth decay in its earliest stages. By doing so, we can minimize the damage and reduce the extent of treatment needed. To do this, we're beginning to use advanced diagnostic tools including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras and laser fluorescence to spot decay, often before it's visible to the naked eye.
Re-mineralizing enamel. One of the advantages of early detection is to catch tooth enamel just as it's undergoing loss of its mineral content (demineralization) due to contact with acid. At this stage, a tooth is on the verge of developing a cavity. But we can use minimally invasive measures like topically applied fluoride and CPP-ACP (a milk-based product) that stimulates enamel re-mineralization to prevent cavity formation.
Less invasive treatment. If we do encounter cavities, we no longer need to turn automatically to the dental drill. Air abrasion, the use of fine substance particles under high pressure, can precisely remove decayed material with less loss of healthy tissue than a dental drill. We're also using newer filling materials like composite resins that don't require enlarging cavities as much to accommodate them.
These and other techniques—including laser technology—are providing superior treatment of tooth decay with less invasiveness. They can also make for a more pleasant experience when next you're in the dentist's chair.
If you would like more information on effectively treating dental disease, 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 “Minimally Invasive Dentistry.”
Wear and tear, aging, decay, and injuries can damage or weaken teeth and alter your smile. Fortunately, your Green Bay, WI, Dentists, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve or Dr. Eric Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental, can help you restore, strengthen, or enhance your smile with porcelain crowns.
Versatile crowns offer several smile benefits
Crowns are hollow restorations that slip over the tops of your teeth, protecting them on all four sides. A certain amount of artistry is involved in crafting porcelain crowns. Dental laboratory technicians use an impression of your mouth to create a restoration that looks natural and feels comfortable. After your Green Bay dentist makes a few small adjustments to your crown, it's cemented to your tooth.
Porcelain, a durable material that reflects light the same way tooth enamel does, is used to create crowns that are tough enough to withstand years of chewing and biting.
Your dentist may recommend crowns if:
- You Have a Large Filling: Porcelain crowns help strengthen teeth with large fillings. Although the filling process eliminates decay, it can weaken the tooth if a significant amount of structure must be removed. Crowns can also be used instead of a filling if decay is extensive.
- You Had a Root Canal: Tooth-saving root canal therapy can weaken your tooth. Adding porcelain crowns decreases your risk of a fracture.
- Your Teeth are Fragile: Brittle or crumbling teeth can be protected and strengthened with dental crowns.
- You Have a Crack in Your Tooth: Cracks weaken teeth and may allow bacteria to enter the teeth and cause tooth decay. Encasing teeth in layers of porcelain keeps bacteria away and prevents the crack from breaking your tooth.
- Your Tooth is Too Short: Whether you have a few teeth that have become short due to grinding, or you have a tooth that has always been short, crowns can be used to add height.
- Your Tooth Broke: Crowns restore broken teeth, improving their appearance and your ability to chew.
- You Don't Like the Way a Tooth Looks: Porcelain crowns can completely change the shape of teeth or conceal discolorations.
Strengthen, protect, and improve your smile with porcelain crowns! Call your Green Bay, WI, dentists, Drs. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Eric Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental, at (920) 432-2961 to schedule your appointment.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children need to visit their dentist by the age of one or within six months following the eruption of their first primary tooth. Unfortunately, the majority of kids in the U.S. don’t visit a dentist until they’re well over the age of two.
Here at Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, our pediatric dentist Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve, and the entire care team believe that primary teeth as crucial, since they form a solid foundation for smile aesthetics and optimum oral health that could last a lifetime.
Understanding The Importance of Baby Teeth
The AAPD states that it’s critical to try and keep baby, milk, or primary teeth in their positions until they shed naturally. These teeth are very crucial primarily because they:
- Help save adequate space for adult or permanent teeth.
- Are involved in proper speech development.
- Help kids chew properly, in turn, maintaining proper nutrition.
- Promote a healthy and beautiful smile that helps kids feel confident about their smile.
According to the American Dental Association, there is a continuing and pressing need for more education that will teach proper oral care practices to ensure a lifetime of oral health. With that said, your child’s first dental appointment is an excellent opportunity for you to learn how you can best keep your child’s oral health in top shape.
How to Calm The Jitters During Dental Visits
If you start seeing your pediatric dentist in Green Bay, WI, during the time when his or her first tooth comes in, then your child may be too young to be anxious. However, if you have waited until the age of two or older for your child to visit a dentist, you can some anxiety, fear, and/or resistance. To prep your child, take him or her with you on your next dental appointment to see you getting examined and your teeth being cleaned.
Check out books, videos, and other online resources focused on teaching kids about dental visits and proper oral hygiene. Take turns playing dentist with your child and incorporate stuffed toys when playing. Make sure to allow sufficient time so that your visitors won’t be rushed. Lastly, ensure that your child is comfortable and well-rested before the visit.
Talk to Us To Find Out More About What Happens During Children’s Dental Visits
Dial (920) 432-2961 to schedule a visit with your pediatric dentist in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve, and Dr. Eric Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental today.
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