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Tacoma, WA

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Learn About Visiting The Dentist

At what age should my child visit the dentist?

Learn About Baby Teeth

Why are baby teeth important?
How do I develop good brushing habits?

Learn About Periodontal Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Learn About Dental Implants

Who Is A Candidate for Dental Implants?

Is Cosmetic Dentistry For Me?

Common Cosmetic Procedures

Your Questions Answered!

What Age Should My Child Visit the Dentist?

Bird Family Dentistry follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines for a First Visit By Age 1. Visiting the dentist at an early age sets a positive foundation for a lifetime of dental visits, and helps you understand how to care for baby teeth and what to expect as your baby grows. These first visits not only help your child acclimate to a new environment and feel safe and comfortable, but they build a relationship between your family and your pediatric dentist. When a dental emergency occurs, you and your child will know whom to call and have the security of knowing your doctor.

Early visits to the dentist can also help you identify any problem areas, pathologies, or future issues that you may not be aware of, and set the course for your child's healthy development.

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Your child's baby (primary) teeth help them develop physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Physically, your child's teeth help them chew, and provide placeholders as their permanent teeth grow and develop. If their primary teeth need to be extracted (pulled) before they are ready, it could indicate problems as they grow and when their permanent teeth are ready to erupt (come in to the mouth).

Your child's teeth also assist their mental development. As children learn to form sounds, speak, and communicate, their tongue, lips, cheeks, and teeth are all part of sounding words correctly and learning to express their thoughts. Well-functioning teeth also help a child's concentration; if they are in pain from a diseased tooth, research shows they perform poorly in school and can also develop other negative behaviors as a result of their discomfort.

We all appreciate a beautiful smile, and children are no different. Emotionally, children can struggle if they have noticeable disease and decayed teeth. Children are less likely to fully smile, and they can develop habits that follow them for a lifetime.

How Do I Develop Good Brushing Habits?

It's important to set a good foundation early on (as with any habit). Start by brushing your baby's teeth twice a day (and wiping their teeth after each time you nurse), and sing fun songs while you brush. Your child may struggle and not enjoy brushing, but it is important that you firmly and gently establish this important habit early.

When children are older, use a brushing chart with stickers that they receive each time they brush. Flossing should start when teeth start touching, generally about age 6 or 7, or depending on how closely spaced your child's teeth grow. Why Is Hygiene Important?

What is Gum Disease?

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don't know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. Click Here to Learn More.

Who Is A Candidate for Dental Implants?

Are you missing teeth and wondering what options are available to you? Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. With advanced technology and state-of-the-art dental techniques, dental implants can be a very affordable treatment as well.

Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. Learn About Dental Implant Placement

Common Cosmetic Procedures

Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments. From very basic procedures such as dental bonding, to full Smile Makeovers that may include replacing silver (amalgam) fillings with composite fillings, aesthetic gum contouring, veneers, and tooth whitening, your cosmetic dental experts in Tacoma, WA can provide you with the smile you've always dreamed of.

Learn more about our cosmetic dental services:

•  Composite Fillings
•  Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
•  Porcelain Fixed Bridges
•  Porcelain Veneers
•  Tooth Whitening

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Bird Family Dentistry
4707 S Junett St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 777-0252

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