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Silver Solution: Is SDF Safe for Toddlers?

March 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — wyliedentistry @ 7:05 pm
Little boy in green shirt fist-bumping dentist

As your toddler’s guardian, you’re expected to provide for all their physical and emotional needs, including their smile. While it’s easy to believe that their baby teeth aren’t as important, caring for them correctly goes a long way toward preventing tooth decay and gum disease that can impact their overall oral health. One popular method many dentists use to treat cavities is SDF, or silver diamine fluoride. This substance is known to halt enamel erosion in its tracks, but is it safe for young children? Keep reading to find out!


How Can My Child Eat Healthy on a Soft Diet?

February 13, 2024

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Little girl smiles

Children are notorious for roughhousing and neglecting their oral hygiene, both of which being common reasons for someone to need a dental crown. While dental crowns can restore a damaged tooth to its original appearance and function, they need a few days after being placed before they can handle harder foods. If your child has recently received a dental crown, you might be wondering how they can get all the nutrition they need when on a soft diet. Here’s a list of nutritious foods your child can enjoy while recovering from the procedure.


Why Should I Have My Child’s Metal Fillings Replaced?

January 12, 2024

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Smiling child

Dentists have used fillings to treat tooth decay in patients of all ages for centuries. Up until recently, the most favored material for dental fillings was amalgam, a blend of metals such as silver, copper, and mercury. While these were effective at restoring damaged teeth, they can be quite visible within someone’s smile and may put the patient at risk for higher levels of mercury in their blood. Here’s why replacing your child’s old amalgam restorations with tooth-colored fillings may be a great idea.


From Preparation to Placement: 5-Steps of Placing Children’s Dental Crowns

December 21, 2023

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It’s actually not uncommon for children to get dental crowns to help protect their temporary teeth from falling out too early. However, the thought of having to undergo a procedure like this can make you and your little one feel anxious and uneasy, especially if you don’t know what to expect. You’ll be relieved to know that the treatment can be completed in five simple steps by your child’s pediatric dentist. Read on to learn what each step entails.


How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

November 10, 2023

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child at dentist to get dental crown

Dental crowns are crucial protectors for both adults’ and kids’ compromised or decayed teeth, providing essential restoration and enhanced aesthetics. The lasting strength of these crowns depends on factors like chosen material, oral care, and overall dental health. Regular brushing and flossing significantly contribute to extending the life of dental crowns. Keep reading as we explore the typical lifespan of dental crowns for kids, potential factors for their failure, and effective ways to enhance their longevity.


How Dentists Use Color to Make Dental Crowns Look Like Teeth

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wyliedentistry @ 1:58 pm
A girl smiling with two metal dental crowns

Whether you need to repair a child’s damaged tooth or improve the appearance of their smile, a dental crown could be the perfect solution. One of the most important aspects of dental crowns is ensuring that they blend in with natural teeth. This is where the artful science of color-matching comes into play.

If you’re curious how dentists use color to help restorations match existing teeth, continue reading!


The Longevity of Children’s Dental Fillings: What Parents Should Know

September 7, 2023

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portrait of a smiling child

Dental health is as essential for children as it is for adults. One common procedure among children is getting dental fillings. But once those fillings are in place, many parents wonder, “How long can they last?”


4 Reasons to Choose a Metal-Free Dental Crown for Your Child

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wyliedentistry @ 3:46 am
young girl with a metal dental crown

When your child’s pediatric dentist states that your little one has a decayed or damaged tooth, you may wonder how they plan to address it. Will they need a dental filling? Is it so bad that the tooth needs to be extracted? In certain situations, the infection may be too severe for a filling to suffice but not enough to warrant a root canal or tooth extraction. In these instances, it may be that a dental crown will be enough. In the past, traditional amalgam was the only way to protect these teeth; however, nowadays, children, just like adults, want a less noticeable option. Here are four reasons to choose a metal-free dental crown to repair your child’s smile.


When Is It Safe for My Child to Receive Fluoride?

July 10, 2023

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small child brushing teeth

Keeping your little one healthy is key, and that includes their smiles. It’s crucial to protect your child’s teeth and gums from cavities and decay, even at a young age. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended by dentists, but there’s ongoing discussion about the right amount and when to start using it. Keep reading to learn if fluoride is safe for your child and when they should begin using it for dental protection.


Are Fillings Necessary for Baby Teeth?

June 5, 2023

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Dentist looking in young child’s mouthYour child’s baby teeth are only in place for a few years, but they are influential in their oral health and development. The biggest threat to teeth is tooth decay, despite being preventable. Cavities are common, especially in children. If your child has a cavity, their pediatric dentist will recommend a dental filling. Although the tooth will eventually fall out, not treating it can have lasting consequences for your child’s dental health. Here’s why fillings are necessary, even when it’s a baby tooth.


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