Willow Pediatric Dentistry of Tecumseh

No Show Policy

If the appointment is not cancelled or rescheduled with a 24 hour notice, we reserve the right to charge $35.00 per occurrence. The $35.00 fee will need to be paid before future visits in our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sippy cups should be used as a training tool from the bottle to a cup. It is recommended that ONLY WATER be used in sippy cups throughout the day. Mealtimes are the best time to have any other drink including milk and/or juice.

Drinking liquids that contain sugar (including milk, fruit juice, sports drinks, pop, etc.) throughout the day, encourages demineralization of teeth. It takes the mouth approximately twenty minutes to naturally cleanse sugary liquids from the teeth with saliva.

Six month routine check-ups with your pediatric dentist are the best way to monitor the condition of your child’s teeth and to ensure cavities are not developing.

Sports drinks contain high levels of acid and sugar content causing erosion of enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth. As the enamel wears thin, teeth come more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Children should avoid sports drinks and hydrate with water to minimize dental problems, sports drinks can be as bad as soda for your teeth!

If a sports drink is consumed to replace lost electrolytes after physical activity or exercise, below are some tips to help reduce teeth damage:

* limit frequency

* use a straw to minimize contact with the teeth

* swallow immediately and do not swish around

If you have dental concerns or questions related to sports drink consumptions, please contact our office.

X-rays are a vital and necessary part of your child's dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain dental conditions can and will be missed because they cannot be seen during visual examination. X-rays not only detect cavities, but they are also used to evaluate injury, to track the progress of dental development or plan for orthodontic treatment. Dental care is more comfortable for your child and more affordable for you if dental problems are found and treated early.

With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small. In fact, the x-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected dental problem. The equipment used today restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest and filters out unnecessary x-rays. High-speed film and lead aprons assure that your child receives minimal amount of radiation exposure.  

Dr. Jody is trained to manage a wide spectrum of dental emergencies and is committed to providing the best pediatric dental care. The information below is to help guide you when being presented with some of the most common dental emergencies. Please remember to stay calm and contact us with any questions.

 

 

Toothache

 

There are several different causes for a toothache - a few of them are listed below:

 

* Tooth decay (cavity)

* Tooth fracture

* Infected gums

* Abscessed tooth

* Tooth or gum injury

 

Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and clean the area thoroughly to make sure there is no food trapped in the tooth or gums. If the pain still exists, over the counter motrin or tylenol may be given (as long as they are not allergic or have any other contraindications for these medicines). Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight. Do not use aspirin or heat on the gum or tooth.

 

If there is significant facial swelling, swelling that involves the eye or under the jaw line or if the child has trouble breathing or swallowing go to the local emergency room or urgent care facility.

 

If your child is experiencing a toothache, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

 

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

 

The baby tooth should never be replanted because of the potential damage to the developing permanent tooth. If needed, over the counter motrin or tylenol may be given (as long as they are not allergic or have any other contraindications for these medicines). Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight.

 

If bleeding cannot be stopped with pressure or there is excessive bleeding please take your child to the emergency room.

 

If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, please call the office to set up an appointment.

 

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

 

Time is very important with avulsed adult teeth. Locate the tooth and rinse it in cold water by holding it at the top and not the root end. Do not scrub or clean the tooth with soap. If possible, reinsert it back into the socket and hold it in place with a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If you are unable to hold the tooth in place, place it in a cup of milk or saliva and bring it to the office. Contact our office immediately - time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

 

If you cannot reach our office within 15-30 minutes, please seek treatment at the local emergency room so the tooth may be reimplanted and have a higher chance for long term success. Reimplanting the tooth should happen as soon as possible and ideally within one hour of avulsion.

 

The teeth affected may be splinted to the neighboring teeth for approximately 7-10 days. Depending on the tooth and its development, the tooth may need a root canal within 7-10 days. The tooth will require several follow-up appointments and there may be an incident where it is not recommended to replant the tooth because of the time out of the mouth is excessive. We are unable to guarantee a successful outcome for the tooth.

 

Bitten Tongue or Cheek

 

Place a cold compress on the area to keep the swelling down. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth. If there is a lot of bleeding or the bleeding can’t be controlled with constant pressure after 20-30 minutes, call the office or take the child to the emergency room.

 

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

 

If the cause of the chipped or cracked tooth was a serious accident, look for the following warning signs and go to the emergency room and call your pediatrician.

* Bleeding from the ears or nose

* Dizziness

* Disorientation

* Loss of consciousness or having passed out

* Changes in vision

If your child does not have any of those signs present, inspect your child’s mouth to see what tooth is chipped or cracked. Rinse the mouth with warm water and place a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling. If you are able to locate the broken piece, bring it with you to our office. Once you are in the office, we will be able to recommend the best method of treatment.

If needed, over the counter motrin or tylenol may be given (as long as they are not allergic or have any other contraindications for these medicines). Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight.

Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Abscessed Tooth

 

An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms around the root caused from an infected tooth due to trauma or a deep cavity. The abscess may form as a pimple or bubble on the soft tissues of the mouth. If you are concerned your child may have an abscess, call our office to schedule an appointment. If left untreated, an abscess can progress to a serious, life-threatening bacterial infection. Once you are in the office, we will take a dental x-ray and recommend the best method of treatment.

 

If needed, over the counter motrin or tylenol may be given (as long as they are not allergic or have any other contraindications for these medicines). Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosing based upon your child’s age/weight. If there is significant facial swelling, swelling that involves the eye or under the jaw line or if the child has trouble breathing or swallowing go to the local emergency room or urgent care facility.

 

Broken Braces or Wires

If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it’s not easily removed, cover the sharp portion with chewing gum, a cotton ball or orthodontic wax. If the wire is stuck in the tongue, gums or cheek, do not remove it. Contact your orthodontist or provider who place the appliance. A loose or broken appliance which is not causing any pain or discomfort does not usually require emergency attention.

Severe Blow to the Head

Call 911 immediately or take your child to the nearest emergency room.

 

Possible Broken Jaw

Keep the jaw from moving with a towel or handkerchief and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Take your child to the nearest emergency room.

Fostering a well balanced and healthy diet for children from an early age helps form habits that result in a lifetime of strong teeth. Teeth, bones and soft tissues of the mouth need a well balanced diet like the rest of the body. 

Make sure to feed your child a variety of foods from the five major food groups. You can lessen the risk of dental caries and oral decay by limiting your child's intake of certain foods that can contain a lot of sugar such as sweetened sugar drinks and juices, sticky foods, candy, and things that get stuck in the tops of the teeth. Choose nutritious snacks such as fruits and vegetables and avoid frequent snacking. The more frequent your child snacks, the greater chance for tooth decay.

If you have questions regarding healthy food for the teeth, please ask your dentist and hygienist. 

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