Our Philosophy on treating Children…
Have children? We do too. Dr. Hogan is the father of 3 children and there are 6 other children to our staff. We understand children and Love treating children and young families.
Children are little adults who think like adults but maybe just can’t control their emotions all of the time. They need to be respected like adults. But we also understand that sometimes children just simply “aren’t in the mood.” Other times they might be overtly helpful and fun. Regardless of the type of day your child is having, our goal is to give ALL children a fun, positive experience EVERY time. We never force a very young child to get his teeth cleaned or to have a filling done. Our goal is to make your child into a good dental patient for life. You want your child to enjoy going to the dentist and to take care of their teeth as an adult. So when we see your child we focus on having a positive, good and fun visit.
Congratulations! We are excited with you for this joyous occasion. But let’s get to work. Your child’s dental care begins with your pregnancy. You have so much to think about during pregnancy but your teeth and gums need time and attention as well. When you are pregnant, small dental problems can become much worse. Gingivitis and periodontal disease can occur or advance more quickly than usual. Dental hygiene becomes much more important.
Also your diet habits will change. It is likely that you will want to eat more often and eat foods higher in sugar (carbohydrates.) This can lead to a rise in decayed teeth during your pregnancy. Unfortunately we see a lot of young mothers enter a pregnancy with no decay and leave that pregnancy with 4, 6, 8, maybe even 10 cavities! Be sure to drink plenty of water, brush, floss and see your hygienist at least one additional time during the pregnancy. Awareness, prevention and proper hygiene are essential to preventing cavities.
Babies and Young Kids
Start early! Take your child to Dr. Hogan before they are a year old. Show them that it is a fun, safe place and to become aware of dental issues while they are very young. First and foremost, you need to be aware of the effect that diet and hygiene have on teeth. Let us teach you how to prevent problems so that your child can have a healthy smile. When a child is born he or she already has 20 teeth. And just because you can’t see them all doesn’t mean they can’t get cavities. Teach your child good oral hygiene and visit with Dr. Hogan and your hygienist while they are very young.
Baby Teeth Matter
Baby teeth do more than just eat popsicles and give our kids cute smiles. Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth to find room when they come in. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for adult teeth to erupt. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. So proper hygiene and maintenance of baby teeth is essential. And when they get cavities then they should be filled and maintained.
Sometimes baby teeth even need root canals and crowns. It’s not always the parent or the child’s fault either. Some kids are just “born with bad teeth.” Of Dr. Hogan’s three children, one had several cavities that appeared before his first birthday. But thankfully after a few fillings, one root canal and one crown the decay was arrested when he was young and he has had no further problems. Early intervention was the key to success.
Teenage years are very important to your adolescent’s lifetime dental health. They are gaining more independence, interacting with the public more and gaining self-confidence. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. And it is very important to teenagers. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it.
Teenagers are on their own a little more and eating on their own much more. They need to know that sugary foods, sports drinks and soda contain a large amount of sugar. They also need to know that cavities form quickly when their diet isn’t correct and they aren’t flossing their teeth. There is a large risk that kids without any fillings or cavities in their pre-teen years develop several cavities in their teen years. The reason is simple. Poor hygiene practices combined with poor diet and nutrition lead to tooth decay.
Dr. Hogan and his hygiene staff can help your teenager prevent cavities by regular examination and education. Let us help your teenager preserve his or her healthy smile.
Some basic tips for Teenagers
- Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for 3-5 minutes.
- Floss between your teeth daily. Your dexterity is good enough to start flossing. Just do it.
- Avoid sugary snacks between meals and don’t drink sugar before bedtime.
- Wear a mouth guard to prevent injury if you’re playing sports.
- Don’t start smoking. It’s just not worth the damage you’ll due to your heart, lungs and teeth.
- Don’t pierce your lips, tongue or any part of your mouth.
- See Dr. Hogan and your hygienist every six months.