Northgate & Voyager Office 13335 Voyager Pkwy. Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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Healthy Kids, Healthy Gums

A child’s smile is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Healthy smiles start with healthy kids and healthy gums. An important key to a child’s oral health starts with the basics – daily brushing and flossing. At Springs Pediatric Dental Care, Dr. Clinton Callahan and his staff take pride in serving Colorado Springs families, and they are trained in the latest techniques that help children and teenagers develop the habits now that can help them avoid gum disease and maintain healthy gums and teeth for years to come. It is no surprise that most of us do not think about a child or teen fighting gum disease, but we want to equip kids and parents with the facts. During your child’s visit, Dr. Callahan and our team of professionals will explain and demonstrate how kids should properly brush and floss their teeth each day to avoid gum disease. These preventative steps can produce better overall oral health and help your child develop healthy habits that can last for a lifetime.

From Plaque to Disease

Gum disease is a common condition, and many people experience it. The condition begins with a build-up of plaque, which is a filmy substance left behind by foods that are starchy or contain sugar. Plaque clings to the teeth, and the bacteria in plaque that collects on teeth and gums can cause damage over time. Plaque can be removed by thorough daily brushing and flossing, so it is especially important to remind children and teens to brush their teeth twice every day. When plaque collects on the base of your teeth, it can turn into tartar – a hardened coating of plaque. Brushing will not remove tartar; it must be removed by a dental professional. Plaque can also cause gingivitis. Take note if you notice your child has any of these common symptoms of gum disease:
  • Swollen or bloated gums
  • Reddish or purple-ish colored gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that pull back or recede, making teeth look longer
  • Noticeable new gaps between teeth
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • It hurts to chew
  • Teeth become loose
  • Changes in the bite (teeth do not align well anymore)
It is important to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Callahan, especially if you think your child might have signs of gum disease. He can evaluate the health of your child’s gums and recommended the right steps for treatment. The good news is, the effects of gum disease can be treated and potentially reversed with proper dental cleanings and consistent oral hygiene at home. As children and teenagers grow, we understand that their dental needs change. Dr. Callahan and the team at Springs Pediatric Dental Care know exactly what young patients need to cultivate the right habits and ensure their oral health stays on the right track. We take special care to put patients at ease. Parents, we want you to be involved and informed at each step in the process, so you and your child know exactly what to expect.

Questions?

Contact us or call 719-265-9600 today and plan your child’s next visit. We want to make your next appointment a pleasant experience, and we welcome you to visit our office located at 13335 Voyager Parkway, Suite 100, in Colorado Springs, CO. 80921. Every day we serve our community by providing caring, professional children’s dentistry. We want patients and parents alike to enjoy their visit to our office, and we look forward to welcoming you at your next appointment.
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Does my child need a dental crown?

There’s not a more heartwarming image than your own child’s big, genuine smile! You want your children to be happy, healthy, and active. A toothache can interfere with all of these goals — and tooth pain could indicate the need for a filling or dental crown. One study showed that 51 million hours of school are lost each year, due to kids experiencing dental pain1. Another reported that kids with poor oral health were more prone than healthy kids to miss school and perform poorly2. Some children develop pain from a cavity or cracked tooth, but it is possible for a child’s dental crown to fail, as well. So, even if your child’s toothache has been treated, pain can recur. If your little one has a toothache, it’s time to call Springs Pediatric Dental Care in Colorado Springs to book an appointment. We offer two locations to serve our patients. Call 719-265-9600 today!

Symptoms to Watch

Your child may complain of a dull, nagging toothache or pain that occurs due to a particular stimulus. Crowns are most often necessary for patients who experience:
  • Pain when biting or chewing (pressure sensitivity)
  • Pain remains for a period after biting
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold foods
  • Under/in an existing crown or filling

First Response

When your child complains of a toothache, your first reaction should be to floss around the tooth. Food or debris lodged between teeth can cause pain. Have your little one rinse and swish with water a few times. Brush teeth and see if the toothache goes away. If discomfort continues, schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist.

The Tooth Will Fall Out, Anyway

When a primary tooth needs a crown, you may hesitate to act. After all, the tooth will eventually fall out and be replaced by a healthy permanent tooth, right? Actually, when a tooth needs a crown, the damage is significant. If that damage is decay, it will continue to grow and could spread to surrounding teeth. In some cases, even unerupted permanent teeth have become damaged. Your child’s toothache will also worsen, if the tooth is not treated. At any time, a cracked tooth may break off, and this can create acute dental pain. To prevent further oral damage and to relieve your little one’s toothache, primary teeth with cavities and cracks should definitely be treated, as soon as possible.

What to Expect During a Dental Crown Appointment

You’ll attend to visits for the entire crown procedure. At the first appointment, we’ll administer local anesthetic and, in some cases, nitrous oxide to keep a child comfortable and relaxed during treatment. The dentist will prepare the damaged tooth to receive a crown, then take an impression of the prepped tooth and opposing teeth. Your child will wear a temporary crown for one to two weeks, until the lab-made crown is ready for placement. Front teeth may have a stainless steel or more natural-looking tooth-colored crown. If you prefer a tooth-colored crown, be sure to let the dentist know at the first visit. Molars need stainless steel crowns, for durability. At the second appointment, the dentist will replace the temporary with the permanent dental crown. After checking occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together when your child bites down), the dentist will make adjustments to the restoration before you leave.

Child complaining of toothache? Call now!

Located in Colorado Springs, our two pediatric dental offices make dental appointments convenient for most families in the area. If your child reports a toothache, don’t delay treatment. Call us at 719-265-9600 now to reserve your appointment.With kindly presented information and instruction, we’ll help you and your child address the underlying cause of the toothache. New patients are always welcome! ### 1: Amschler DH. A hidden epidemic: dental disparities among children. J Sch Health. 2003;73(1):38–40 2: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222359/
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