Orthodontics for Children

WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE THEIR FIRST VISIT TO AN ORTHODONTIST?

It can be a common misconception that oral care is simply a luxury, and as adults with completely developed teeth this may be true. However, at a young age tooth care is extremely important for insuring healthy, functioning teeth. So, the important question is when should children begin to visit an Orthodontist? This question can be answered by observing the development of teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 12, when the facial structure and teeth further grow and develop, an Orthodontist is able to best correct any incorrect growth that might be occurring in the child’s permanent set of teeth.

Tooth development occurs in two stages; the first set of teeth, called primary teeth, and the final, permanent adult tooth set. The early stages of oral development are a crucial time for the teeth of children. Primary teeth begin to break through the gums around six months of age, typically emerging in a pattern of front teeth to back teeth (1). A disruption of this order is one of the main causes of child dental problems; leading to the growth of teeth in the spaces of other teeth, infections, and crowding in the mouth.

Even though the primary teeth may appear to be straight and orderly, the underlying adult teeth are experiencing a number of changes that could potentially lead to malformed permanent teeth. By the age of 3 the primary set will be completed and the growth of the jaw and facial bones will begin to increase. It is important to remember that during this period of growth a child’s teeth will go through a lot of normal changes, such as the seemingly crooked appearance of the front permanent teeth. This is a problem that will simply correct itself as the rest of the permanent teeth come in, filling in spaces and providing the pressure needed to move each tooth into its proper position (1). However, not all mouth oddities are normal and therefore it is important to consider early Orthodontic visits.

Recognizing the signs of primary tooth trouble is essential to good health in a child’s teeth. Children who are experiencing even slight discomfort caused by tooth abnormalities will engage in actions intended to relieve the
irritation, such as sucking on the thumb, grinding their teeth, or biting of the cheeks and roof of the mouth (2). Such actions tend to appear more frequently around the age of 7, when the progression from primary to permanent teeth is in motion. Your Dentist will examine and will discuss early orthodontic intervention to correct and guide musculoskeletal
discrepancies. Give us a call and bring your son or daughter for your early orthodontic intervention exam.

Reference:

1. “Your Child’s Teeth: Development Chart and Eruption Schedule.” WebMD. WebMD, 26 June 2015. Web. 26 June 2015.http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs- teeth>.

2. “A Child’s First Orthodontist Visit.” A Child’s First Orthodontist Visit. N.p., 26 June 2015. Web. 26 June 2015. http://www.dentalassociates.com/braces-orthodontics/childs-first- orthodontist-visit/>.

Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?

Question by Lisa: Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?
It’s a 10 week program. The tuition is $ 3,500 due up front. I’m thinking about signing up for their application for their credit card so I can make monthly payments, but I doubt I’ll get approved. I have my bachelors degree in speech pathology but I only applied to one school for the masters program and I did not get in. I applied to dental assistant jobs that say they will train the right person, but unfortunately, I received no calls. I’m just trying to find a decent paying job so I can move out of my parents house and live on my own. Anyway, they say DA’s make 29-37,000 in Michigan. I have to pay back the money they loan me on their credit card in 18 months at 14.9% interest. I’m not good with numbers and calculations, but should I just apply anyway?

Best answer:

Answer by jannsody
Please be aware that their website doesn’t mention anything about being accredited in any way (not even nationally accredited which is basically worthless 🙂 In addition, the school is NOT accredited by the “American dental association”.

Please also instead consider the more affordable (and usually more reputable) *community college* and/or the *state-public university* (or even the county vo-tech adult school) as long as the program is accredited within the industry. Just an fyi that “American public university” is a for-profit school.

For U.S. colleges (though please still forgo those for-profit schools): http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

General career info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh and can search.

Before considering dental assistant training, please look through some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers a dental assistant/dental hygiene program or a local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which can be difficult for some to handle.

To search for an accredited dental assistant program: http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx

With regard to moving out, you may be aware, but saving up one’s money is crucial before having enough to get one’s own place 🙂 How about working out a budget of your monthly expenses vs. how much money you have to work with, at this point.

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History of Implants

By Dr. H. Kopel

Thousands of years ago teeth were replaced with bamboo, copper and iron implants. Even animal teeth and tooth shaped sea shells have been attempted as implants. Of course none of these ancient solutions were successful. In the 1800’s gold was tried too, but never successfully as the body would always reject these foreign substances.

In the mid 1900’s titanium was discovered to possess the properties that allowed the bone to fuse to it allowing Dr. Branemark to successfully place the first modern dental implant in 1965. Over the last few decades much research has been done regarding dental implants. Experimentation in shape and surface coating for the modern titanium implant has resulted in our current implants which are very predictable and well integrated into the jaw bones.

Implants are now considered the standard of care for replacing missing or badly damaged teeth. In the past when tooth extraction was necessary removable appliances or drilling down perfectly good teeth to make fixed bridges would be required for tooth replacement. Today’s implants allow us to provide strong, long lasting solutions to replace missing teeth for our patients.

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