Birmingham children’s dentist and pediatric dental issues
June 22, 2016
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Angelica Rohner is highly skilled in all aspects of dentistry for kids in the Birmingham area. She knows what can go wrong with young teeth and gums and how to prevent those common problems.
Is pediatric dentistry in Birmingham important?
You bet it is. Did you know that 57 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 11 have problems with missing or decayed teeth, or they have one or multiple fillings? How has this statistic from the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation evolved?
Dr. Rohner believes it’s lack of simple preventive dentistry. Brushing twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily removes plaque and tartar and reduces the incidence of gum disease and cavities. A low sugar and carb diet helps, too. But without parental supervision of these essential disciplines at home, children suffer:
- Tooth decay (including baby bottle decay from bedtime feedings)
- Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis with gum recession and bone loss)
- Learning problems
- Speech issues
- Problems with development and eruption of secondary teeth
Tooth avulsion and fracture from accidents and sporting activities and late loss of baby teeth (causing misalignment of adult teeth) frequently occur in children as do tooth sensitivity issues.
Besides good oral hygiene at home, Dr. Rohner believes kids need in-office dental care as soon as that first tooth erupts, or by at 3 at the latest. Baby teeth require just as much attention as adult teeth as they are the pathways for healthy tooth alignment in later childhood and adolescence.
What concerns your Birmingham pediatric dentist?
During a kids’ check-up, your Birmingham pediatric dentist inspects for tooth decay, gum disease, bite problems and overall development of the face and jaw. Your professional team at Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry offers a wide range of preventive dental services, including:
- Plastic sealants that coat the chewing surfaces of back molars to protect them against decay
- Fluoride treatments, a great adjunct to fluoride rinses and toothpastes, to strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities and tooth sensitivity
- Digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to find small problems before they get out of control
- Hygienic cleanings that gently remove plaque and tartar home brushing and flossing miss
Dr. Rohner delivers safe sedation dentistry that puts kids at ease during complex procedures. She carefully assesses tooth alignment and refers for orthodontic care if necessary. She and her caring staff also are available for emergency dental advice and treatment. They’re just a phone call away!
Avoid common dental problems
Your child can grow up with a healthy, bright smile and expect to keep if for his or her lifetime. Come see your pediatric dentist in Birmingham twice a year for cleanings and exams. They’re the safest way to avoid common oral health problems in kids. Contact the office for an appointment convenient to your family’s schedule.
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