A focus on prevention: Responsible pediatric dentistry in Las VegasPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
Tooth decayThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite tooth decay as the most common chronic childhood disease in this country. Incidence of cavities is on the rise in toddlers and preschoolers.
Dr. Lim works closely with parents, providing education on causes of early childhood caries, such as prolonged contact with sugars in breast milk, formula, and juice (baby bottle syndrome). He advises on tooth-healthy nutrition, including when to start baby drinking from a cup. He shows parents how to introduce children to home oral hygiene, with gentle brushing techniques.
Regular dental visits should begin at age one or when baby’s first tooth erupts. These checkups allow Dr. Lim to detect signs of tooth decay and other oral problems early, when they may be most easily reversed or treated. He may also suggest sealant to help chewing surfaces of teeth resist decay
Gum diseaseYou may think that only grown-ups with stressful lives, poor oral hygiene, diets that lack proper nutrition, and detrimental lifestyle habits like tobacco and alcohol get gum disease. That’s not true! Gum disease does not discriminate – anyone of any age, including children can be susceptible.
In addition to encouraging healthy eating and good oral hygiene, Dr. Lim talks with parents about warning signs of gum disease, like chronic bad breath and blood on the child’s toothbrush. Prevention and early management will help your child enjoy a healthier mouth and body for life!
TraumaEach year children incur thousands of oral injuries on the playground, field, court, or sidewalk. Dr. Lim explains the benefits of custom fit mouth guards. Sports guards allow children to enjoy healthy physical activities with proper protection for teeth and soft tissues (and a mouth guard may reduce risk of concussion).
Alignment and biteAs your child grows, regular hygiene appointments, with x-rays when needed, provide an excellent opportunity for Dr. Lim to monitor the alignment of baby and adult teeth. If he sees indications of malocclusion or bite problems, he will recommend appropriate treatment with Invisalign, or refer you to a trusted orthodontist.
Do you share Dr. Lim’s philosophy of prevention and gentle pediatric dentistry? Call Hillside Dental in Las Vegas to schedule your child’s appointment. The number is 702-666-8584.