2421 Ford St, Golden, CO 80401
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The Importance of baby Teeth

 

 

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Baby teeth are as important to infants and children as permanent teeth are to older children and adults. The average for first teeth to erupt is 6 months of age and all 20 primary teeth usually erupt by the age of three. 

Baby teeth:

  • are necessary for children to chew properly
  • hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums
  • are necessary for proper speech

If a child loses a baby tooth too early, the space must be saved with a space maintainer. Accidents and dental disease may be reasons for a primary tooth to be lost. If space is not maintained, the new permanent tooth may erupt out of its proper position. This can effect the positioning of other teeth that leads to crowding and bite misalignment that needs correction with orthodontics.

Regular dental check ups that offer preventative measures and diagnose disease early on, are important tools in keeping baby teeth healthy and in place until the permanent teeth are ready to erupt.

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Spring Tooth Fairy education

As Spring comes to an end, we want to thank the following day cares and preschools for having us.

  • Kindercare in Golden
  • Kindercare in Green Mountain, Lakewood
  • 5280 childcare center in Golden
  • Wheatridge Recreation Center in Wheatridge
  • Irwin Preschool in Green Mountain, Lakewood

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It truly is a joy to teach young children. Our team has put together a fun and engaging presentation. Our tooth fairy starts with reading a funny book about her adventures and we put on a puppet show that talks about what to expect at the dentist. We discuss how kids can take care of their teeth at home and how they can even floss on their own . We include all children in the "sugar bug game" and play "pass the happy tooth" to quiz them on what they have learned.

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Every child goes home with a gift of dental necessities to help inspire them take care of their teeth. When it comes to kids, our goal is always prevention and education. 

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Getting braces off on time

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Your orthodontist will put together a treatment plan just for you. This treatment plan with include an estimate of time. There are things a patient can do to help with getting braces off on schedule. 

  • Coming to every appointment that patient is told to schedule
  • Keeping the teeth clean. Better oral hygiene can allow teeth to move quicker. 
  • Follow instructions given by the doctor and assistants. For example, wearing rubber bands if told to do so.
  • Stay away from certain foods that we tell you to. Such as sticky foods and hard foods. Chopping up solid foods like apples or hard crusted bread is recommended. This helps reduce broken brackets and wire damage.
  • Don't chew on things such as pencils or finger nails. Nervous habits like these or even playing with orthodontic rubber bands can prolong amount of time in treatment due to pushing teeth out of line.
  • Don't damage orthodontic appliances by chewing on ice, drinking soda/energy drinks, and eating sugary foods. These things can damage braces and sugary foods can cause tooth decay too.

Our team has a wooden nickel reward program for following instructions like these. Patients can save up these wooden nickels and choose from a handful of fun gift cards such as itunes and Target.

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