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AAPD Immediate Past President in Parents Magazine

AAPD Immediate Past President Dr. Jade Miller was interviewed for their September issue in an article titled, "A Mouthful of Answers."

In one of the questions, Miller was told that a child’s permanent teeth were starting to come in, but that the child had not lost all of their baby teeth yet—is this normal?

According to the article:

"Yes, we see this in about 30 percent of patients," says Dr. Miller. It can happen to just one tooth at a time or a few simultaneously. If your child isn’t in pain, encourage her to gently wiggle any loose baby teeth to speed up the process. However, if the baby tooth is still there four to six weeks later, schedule an appointment with the dentist to see if it should be removed."

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If you’ve recently visited the pediatric dentist with your child for a cavity you might have heard of a treatment option called silver diamine fluoride (SDF). SDF is a liquid that can be painlessly brushed on a cavity on a child’s tooth to stop decay. You might want to consider SDF for cavities if your child is young or has special needs, as SDF can help delay more extensive procedures such as drilling to fill a cavity or sedation until a child is older. Keep in mind that SDF blackens the decayed part of the tooth, leaving it discolored, and that your pediatric dentist will need to monitor the cavity periodically to ensure it has stopped growing. If your child’s cavity is on a baby tooth that will eventually fall out, or if the tooth is in the back of the mouth that’s hard to see, SDF might be a good option.

While brushing twice a day and flossing is the best way to keep little teeth healthy, cavities do happen! Be sure to discuss with your pediatric dentist to see if SDF is right for your child.

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AAPD Member Encourages Parents to Care for Baby’s Teeth Right Away

Dr. Nancy Vertel with Half Moon Dentistry in Surrey, Brit- ish Columbia, shares tips on how parents and caregivers can ensure health dental habits.

According to the story:

Start early—From baby’s first days, parents should gently clean baby’s gums and teeth as they come in. Plan the child’s first visit to the dentist around their first birthday. This will help establish the relationship, get them familiar with the dentist and ensure their mouth and teeth are developing as they should. Subsequent visits will reinforce this positive experience, Vertel says. Further, by alleviating fears children may have with the dentist—or better yet, preventing those fears in the first place—they’ll grow into young adults with a positive outlook toward the dentist and dental care.

Monitor brushing—In addition to teaching and modelling positive brushing habits, parents also need to monitor children’s brushing until at least age seven or eight, says Vertel, who is happy to help parents with tips and techniques. Once the molars start to touch, it’s time to also begin flossing.

Snack smart—Watch out for sticky snacks and treats— everything from raisins and fruit leather to crackers and chewable vitamins and supplements can get caught between teeth and could lead to cavities.
The full article can be found at marketplace/smart-solutions-for-taming-baby-teeth-troubles/.

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