Children's Dentistry

At the office of Dr. Todd Briscoe, we are concerned with the oral health of both you and your children at all of the various ages and stages of life. Here is information on a variety of important issues of oral development.

Pregnancy & Oral Health

You are eating for two, sleeping for two, and yes – brushing for two! Ignoring the plaque on your teeth can lead to gingivitis anytime; however, when you are pregnant the gingivitis affects you AND your baby. Gingivitis or periodontal disease has been linked to low birthrate babies and pre-term delivery. To see what the Academy of General Dentistry has to say about brushing for two, Click Here.

Sleepless nights & pacifiers

Now that your baby is here, you may be experiencing a lack of sleep. Pacifiers can be a great way for your baby to calm himself; however, pacifiers need to be cleaned just like anything we put in our baby’s mouth. How should you clean it? How long should you let your child use it? What kind should you buy? Click Here

Teeth or no Teeth, Oral health is still important

Even before your child’s first tooth erupts, there are many things you can do to help prevent tooth decay. NEVER let your child fall asleep with any fluid other than water in a cup, bottle or even when nursing. Those fluids will convert into sugars and cause cavities.  Wiping your child’s gums, using a soft infant toothbrush, and using fluoridated water are some ways to give your child a good start – Click Here for more information from the Academy of General Dentistry.

Avoid the Brushing Battle!

If your child has become resistant to tooth brushing – challenge them with the video. Click the graphic to the left to watch the video.

If your child is too young for the video challenge, help her in any way you can and know that some tooth paste and a little brushing is better than none –  Click here for other tips

Six month Check up

Dr. Briscoe Recommends that his adult patients have regular preventive visits – every 6 months is acceptable for most adults. Well, 6 months of age is the perfect time for your child’s first visit! Just don’t schedule it near nap time and be prepared for some yelling from your child. Actually – yelling is good since your child’s mouth will be wide open and Dr. Briscoe can get a good look.  What else can you expect? Click Here.

Is your child eating “real” food?

There are a few food groups that can help your child’s oral health & tooth development. Foods with Calcium, Iron and Vitamin C are good things to incorporate in your child’s diet. What else do Dr. Briscoe & the Academy of General Dentistry recommend?  Click Here.

Home Defense against Tooth Decay

As a parent, you try to make the world as safe as you can for your child. You can help protect their permanent teeth by caring for their baby teeth. Flossing, brushing, fluoride, are good tools for defending against decay. What else? – Click here.

Emergency! Emergency!

Print out this fact sheet and inform yourself prior to a dental emergency is the first thing.  Click Here for a guide sheet.

In the middle of an emergency?  Call Dr. Briscoe @ 260-486-9950 OR 260-705-3008

Parents brace yourself; you’ve been told your child needs orthodontia

Orthodontics is more than a pretty smile. It is the treatment of many oral problems – jaw alignment, crowding, overbites, and underbites to name a few. Mouth breathing and sinus issues can also cause problems with teeth and jaw alignment. Click Here to read more about orthodontics.

Sealant or Cavity?

Our sealants are made of BPA free components and are placed in the tooth to prevent decay. Often teeth have deep grooves and depressions that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. This is a pain-free process used on permanent molars to help avoid cavities.  Click Here for more info.

Athletic activity & teeth

A mouthguard does more for your athlete than protect his or her teeth. It can also prevent a split lip or a jaw fracture. Your child’s team may provide a mouthguard, but did you know that Dr. Briscoe can make a custom mouthguard that will offer a better fit and more protection. More info? Click Here.

Ears, Belly Buttons & Tongues

So – your child wants to pierce his/her tongue. Dr. Briscoe wants them to know they have a high risk of infection & a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Chipped teeth, worn gum tissue and the always attractive increase in drooling are potential side effects. Want to know more? Click Here.

How wise is your child?

Ahh, the eruption of the 3rd molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth can cause havoc in your child’s mouth.  First, there may not be room for these additional teeth in your child’s mouth. Next, they may be too hard to reach and keep clean thus they become a source of infection and decay. Dr. Briscoe can help you decide the best treatment for your child. Click Here for more on wisdom teeth.

Acidic Drinks Destroy Teeth

Sport, energy and soft drinks are leading to unprecedented levels of decay and loss of tooth enamel for a new generation of youth and young adults. How can you prevent these problems? The Indiana Dental Association wants you to know about its Drinks Destroy Teeth program. They’ve even got an app on Google Play and the App Store. Click Here for some fast facts about the acid and sugar levels in your child’s favorite drinks.

Dessert anyone?

Sugar is natures best-known sweetener, but Xylitol is a sugar alcohol. Xylitol will actually prevent bacteria from attaching to the teeth and tissues in the mouth. Xylitol can be found in gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and other oral care products….even candy! Want to know where Xylitol is found? Click Here.

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