Dr. Medina Dadurian is a pediatric dentist practicing in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Dadurian specializes in the oral health of children. Pediatric dentists tend to patients ranging in age from infancy to teenaged years. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Dadurian takes care of a childs teeth, gums and mouth. Children can face dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease without proper care. Pediatric dentists can provide dental examinations, give cleanings and treatments, repair cavitities and dental injuries like fractured or knocked-out teeth, diagnose oral conditions and more.
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The first question is how old is your son. Usually root canal therapy is recommended for a baby tooth which has decay near or into the nerve of the tooth because the adult tooth is no way near ready to grow in. Saving the baby tooth is to help maintain the integrity of the arch and to hold the spot for the adult tooth when it is ready to grow in. READ MORE
The sound of teeth grinding at night is concerning. The first question, how old is your daughter? Very young children, up to and including age 7 yrs old have been known to grind their teeth while asleep as a result of teething(their adult molars would be growing in then). Second question, is your daughter sensitive to environmental elements? Children who have post nasal drip/congestion as a result of dry air, allergies, etc do grind their teeth in an attempt to open their airway while sleeping. It would still be a good idea to consult your pediatric dentist to confirm/or rule out teething. READ MORE
I commend you for taking your child for dental check ups and cleanings quarterly!!!! I don't recommend teeth whitening for pts under 16 years of age and definitely not "routinely". READ MORE
Great question!!! Absolutely!! The earlier you start good habits the better they are received!! READ MORE
Good question! Generally speaking, there are 2 groups of elastics: 1. To hold the wire within the brackets in the teeth and 2. To apply a specific point of pressure on a tooth further move it into position. READ MORE
While it's never advocated to consume toothpaste, your daughter should be fine, if indeed it was only three times (with the proviso that she didn't consume half or the whole tube of toothpaste at once). It may be advisable to physically supervise her brushing sessions to ensure that this does not occur again. If it should happen again, immediately give her a cup of milk to drink (milk inactivates the fluoride in the toothpaste). READ MORE
Ten months of age and no teeth present is still within the normal range. If your child is over 18 months and no teeth have surfaced, it is advisable to seek an opinion from your pediatric dentist. What are the teething patterns of your and the father's families respectively? Eruption patterns are also inherited! READ MORE
Teeth whitening toothpastes are only removing the food and extremely superficial staining of the food to make your teeth appear white. If you want your teeth whiter, you need to get them professionally bleached, then use these other products to maintain you hard earned whiteness! READ MORE
Being able to spit out adequately is a developmental milestone that children reach at the age of 6 years. It is not recommended to encourage mouthwash use in younger children. The only mouthwash 6 years of age and older children/adolescence should use is a fluoride rinse to help prevent cavities. READ MORE
Bottle feeding in and of itself isn't the problem. But the practices surrounding the use of bottles for feeding could be an issue. For instance, never leave the baby alone, lying on its back, and give a full bottle to be consumed. The liquid could back up into the ear canals and cause an infection, milk remaining in the mouth if the baby should fall asleep can cause cavities in all the teeth. The baby should always be in a sitting position when drinking from a bottle with an adult wiping out the mouth with a clean, new wet gauze to refresh the gums/tongue and brush the teeth with water at least. READ MORE
Bleeding gums are a concern at any age. It is very important to floss AND brush teeth daily, especially at bedtime so that the mouth and gums are clean during the 7-9 hours of sleep. This could be a result of hurried oral hygiene practices in addition to hormonal changes associated with puberty or the signal of something more serious. It's best to follow up with your regular pediatric dentist first. READ MORE
Swishing and spitting are a developmental milestone that we achieve at age 6 years. If your toddler wants to copy you with mouthwash, put a little water in a cup and have them practice swishing with water after you've flossed and brushed their teeth. Introduce mouthwash when they turn 6 years of age. READ MORE
That's wonderful news! Absolutely brush the 4 teeth with a infant tooth brush. Just dip the brush in some water, then scrub. You may want to use a gauze pad to massage and wipe the gums and the inside of the cheeks, too (a brush may be too harsh in these other areas). READ MORE
One answer to your question lies in the answer to this question: at what age did your daughter first teeth erupt into the mouth? The timetable for the exchange of baby teeth is dependent upon the growth timetable of the baby teeth. If she received them towards the later part of the range table then she'll exchange them a little later than her peers. It's best to check with her pediatric dentist to make sure she's on track. READ MORE
So many factors weigh in on knowing the right time to initiate orthodontic treatment. Your child's skeletal age, developmental age, and jaw relationship are just a few factors that need to be considered. Usually at age 7 years, if there is a cross bite, then a palatal expander is utilized to widen the upper arch in preparation for traditional braces later. Otherwise, generally speaking, 7 years is young to initiate traditional orthodontic treatment. The best advice is to ask your child's pediatric dentist for guidance! READ MORE
These are all valid questions and concerns! Definitely ask your orthodontist how they handle these issues. Generally speaking, there usually are no "injuries" during the fitting process for braces. There will be an adjustment period of a few days to one week once the braces are applied. Generally you can expect soreness of the teeth and lips as you get accustomed to the new lip movements needed to speak/eat/drink. Tylenol/Motrin and warm salt water rinses usually manage the discomfort. I have not heard of an orthodontist numbing the mouth with local anesthetic for the application of braces. They may however apply a topical gel for temporary relief. READ MORE
Traumas are never easy!!! Regardless of your daughter's age, it's recommended to see a pediatric dentist (who receive special training in handling pediatric and adult trauma to the teeth) to evaluate the teeth/bone in the area of the impact. They can better prepare you for all the possible future scenarios that can affect the teeth in the area. Rationalizing with a distraught child is one of the most difficult parts of parenting. READ MORE
What a fun age in life both as a child and a parent! A two and a half year old usually eat/drink frequently throughout the day due to her small stomach size. Ideally, you should be flossing and brushing her teeth after each meal/snack/drink...except if it's water. The most critical time of the day to thoroughly brush a child's teeth is right before bed. In that way, you will have cleansed her teeth and mouth of everything she has consumed throughout the day and will not fuel the bacteria in her mouth to cause decay over time. READ MORE
Thumb sucking can "orthodontically" move the bone and teeth in the area causing the need for braces in the future depending upon how her teeth and jaws relate. Speak to your pediatric dentist to suggest alternatives for this self comforting habit. READ MORE
Bad breath can be attributed not only from the mouth but also the stomach and the sinuses. If your son is developing allergies, has a constant runny nose, frequent ear infections, the bad breath may be due to the accumulation of nasal mucus in the back of the throat. It's best to discuss this with your son's pediatric dentist and pediatrician to narrow down the possible causes of the bad breath. READ MORE
The ADA and AAPD both recommend that children be seen every 6 months (twice a year) for their routine check-ups. Prevention is key to good dental/oral health! READ MORE
The critical issue with candy is the format the candy is in: hard, chewy, sticky, tacky, crunchy; the sugar content per serving; how often it is consumed in the day/week. The worst candy to consume is a sticky/chewy/tacky one because it concentrates the sugar where it adheres to the tooth and takes mechanical removal from the tooth surface. The saliva cannot clear it from the mouth, changing the pH in the mouth and supporting bacterial growth over extended time. The perfect recipe for decay! The best, least damaging candy that one can have daily (in moderation) is dark chocolate. On an American diet, that would be 1 ounce (2 mini red wrapper Dove bars or 4 purple foil Hershey's kisses) per day. READ MORE
Typically, orthodontic treatment is usually begun once all the baby teeth have fallen out. HOWEVER, it really needs to be evaluated on a case by case presentation. You should really consult with your dentist and orthodontist to know what plan of action is best for your overall success. READ MORE
This should be an exciting milestone in a young life! Your son's response is becoming more prevalent with the generation. Maybe a trip to the library to read some books about tooth loss would help with perspective for your son. "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" series has a great one dealing with going to the dentist and tooth loss. Share your own tooth loss memories highlighting the positive aspects (tooth fairy's visit and the prize she may have left you). Remind him that it's a process that everyone in the family has experienced, nothing bad has happened to anyone because of it, and it's part of growing up. Bonus point is that there is an adult tooth growing in to replace it!!! How cool is that!! READ MORE
Congratulations on having a strong, assertive young toddler! Just like with other aspects of parenting to this point, you had to be gentle and consistent with your position. The same applies to oral hygiene. The best way to clean teeth of any age is with the brush and floss. May I suggest that she be allowed to brush her teeth in the morning but the adult n charge at bedtime be the one to floss first then brush her teeth before lights out. In this way she can stretch her independence muscles and you still have a strong sence of how well she's accomplishing her task. READ MORE
Being a child and a parent in the 21st century has its comforts and its difficulties. Unfortunately, these are one of the difficulties. Your nurturing, consistent, unwavering message should remain the same daily; flossing and brushing of the teeth is a daily hygiene practice. Although your daughter may be very mature in some aspects of her personality, this point may not be one of them. May I suggest an "independence" compromise? She still may need you to be the hands-on parent in helping with flossing and brushing nightly (the most important one of the day). Your daughter can be responsible for the morning brushing before school (this one is the less critical one of the day). READ MORE
Wonderful news!! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all children be seen on or about their first birthday for their dental examination and cleaning. It's time to start seeing the pediatric dentist and continue with 6-month cleanings. READ MORE
That's wonderful! He is exhibiting age-appropriate behavior with his disinterest in brushing and you're exhibiting solid parenting in helping him brush. Keep it up!!! Children typically don't do an appreciable good job of brushing until they are "smitten" by the gender of choice and realize that hygiene matters. That's usually in adolescence/high school age. Parents must continue to provide onsite "cheerleading" support and once in a while hands on help to maintain good oral hygiene. Parenting is a very demanding job, harder today then ever, but your child will develop independent, good oral hygiene practices eventually. Be patient. READ MORE
This is always a concern for tooth and bone development. Some children do outgrow their intolerance as they hit puberty. There are other foods that are calcium-rich. The key to unlocking their availablity and absorbtion is the concept of food pairing. For example, certain cheeses taste better with a tomato or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar; but more importantly, the acidity from the tomato helps unlock the calcium in the cheese for the body to process and utilize. READ MORE
What are the chances that the spaces in my daughter's teeth will recur when her permanent teeth grow in?
Spaces between all the baby teeth have a higher chance of a more desirable alignment of the permanent teeth with little to no crowding. Wait till the incisors and canines fully exchange to evaluate orthodontic and/or frenectomy treatment. READ MORE
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