Posts for category: Dental Health

By Annelise Hardin, DDS
May 07, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Cavity  

Concerned that your child may have a cavity? Here at South Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, your dentists, Dr. Annelise Hardin and Dr. Shauna Woody, can help diagnose this issue and provide relief—read on to learn more.

What causes cavities?

Bacteria does. It multiplies in the plaque and tartar that collects on and around teeth. When not completely removed by brushing and flossing, the bacteria begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Over time, a hole (i.e. cavity) forms.

If undetected, a cavity invades soft inner pulp and nerves and may lead to tooth loss. Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problems in children, reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, it is preventable and treatable with help from our Chapel Hill office.

Treating a cavity

Dr. Woody or Dr. Hardin detect decay during an oral exam. She can see it on the surface of the tooth or uncover it with digital X-ray imaging.

Cavities change the color of a child's tooth. Dark brown spots usually indicate decay, and your dentist will gently probe the area to detect changes in surface texture. Interestingly, decay may appear initially as a white spot, indicating the start of a cavity.

To restore the tooth to full health, your dentist may use the innovative Waterlase iPlus laser. This handheld instrument gently removes the decayed enamel without the need for anesthetic.

Small cavities on primary or adult teeth respond well to the Waterlase while larger areas of decay require specialized tools. Either way, composite resin is the material of choice to fill these cavities. It's natural-looking in color and sheen, requires less enamel removal than amalgam, and lasts for years.

Preventing cavities

Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily must begin early. Parents should help their very young children with these oral hygiene habits and supervise youngsters until the age of ten.

In-office preventive care adds a layer of extra protection. Women's Health reports that toothbrush and floss may miss up to 30 percent of harmful plaque, so bring your child to South Village Pediatric Dentistry every six months beginning at age one or when the first baby tooth arrives.

Learn more at South Village Pediatric Dentistry

We want your child to have a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Call Dr. Annelise Hardin or Dr. Shauna Woody in their Chapel Hill, NC, office for more ways to avoid cavities: (919) 967-2773.

By Annelise Hardin, DDS
October 28, 2019
Category: Dental Health

According to statistics published by the ADA Health Policy Institute, the rates of untreated tooth decay are decreasing among young ChildVisitchildren, which is a good sign. It’s up to parents to keep these trends moving in a positive direction with the help of a pediatric dentist. Consider these tips for how to maintain the health of your child’s smile, and establish a strong relationship with pediatric dentists Dr. Annelise Hardin and Dr. Shauna Woody at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.

Brush and Floss with Your Child at Home
You serve as the best example for your child of what to do to keep their teeth white and clean. Spend the extra couple of minutes each night to brush and floss with your child. Also, reward them when they brush their teeth in the morning without being asked. These actions, done regularly, will help create new, healthy hygiene habits that they’ll carry with them for many ears. At-home care is especially important if you want to help preserve your child’s smile.

Update Your Child’s Daily Nutrition
Besides visits to your Chapel Hill, NC pediatric dentist, the food that your child eats has a major impact on their dental health. First off, reducing the child’s consumption of sugar-filled snacks and replacing them with natural sweets (like sliced apples, pears, and grapes) will help reduce the production of cavities. These are some additional foods to give your child for preventative pediatric dentistry:

- Probiotic-rich foods like low-sugar yogurt drinks.
- Foods high in calcium, like cheese.
- Nuts, seeds, and protein-rich foods.
- Vegetables like spinach and broccoli, which are antioxidant-rich.

Make Time for a Visit
It can be a challenge to find time in your schedule to go to the dentist, but it's crucial if you want to maintain the health of your child’s smile. Call 919-967-2773 today to schedule an appointment at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, providing preventative pediatric dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.

By Annelise Hardin, DDS
October 22, 2019
Category: Dental Health

Most young people need basic cavity treatments and fillings at their dentist’s office to keep their teeth in good condition. However, some pediatric-dentistrypatients require special needs pediatric dentistry in order to help them maintain a strong, beautiful, and healthy set of teeth. Does your child need this extra attention? If so, read on to learn how Dr. Annelise Hardin, your dentist at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, can provide dental care for your special needs child.

The Goals of Pediatric Dentistry
Children are mostly unaware of the importance of good dental care until they are taught by their parents and seen regularly by a dentist. Pediatric dentistry is focused on giving children the proper preventive care, restorative therapies, orthodontic treatments, and general dental attention that they need to maintain a healthy smile. Pediatric dentists typically serve children from the time they are born until they reach age 18.

Looking After Special Needs Dental Patients
The dental team here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC is experienced in working with young patients who have special needs. They understand that these children are particularly sensitive to dental anxieties, being around strangers, and having their teeth treated in an unfamiliar place. Here at our special needs pediatric dentistry, you can look forward to compassionate care from a gentle dentist that has advanced training working with children who need extra attention.

Treatments to Consider for Your Child
The more you visit the dentist with your special needs child from a young age, the easier the experiences will be as time goes on. These are some of the treatments to consider as your child gets older:

- Appliances that will help discourage thumb sucking.
- Fluoride treatments to harden enamel (sometimes recommended when baby teeth erupt—consult your dentist).
- Dental sealants to prevent cavities (as early as age five).
- Orthodontic appliances to straighten the teeth (pre-teens).
- Safe sedation treatments and techniques to relax your child during appointments.

Put Your Child in Caring Hands
Here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, the goal is to provide your special needs child with caring, focused dental treatment to ensure that they maintain a healthy smile now and in the future. Dial (919) 967-2773 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Annelise Hardin at her special needs pediatric dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.

By Annelise Hardin, DDS
July 30, 2017
Category: Dental Health
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It’s Time for Back-to-School Dental Checkups!

While the heat and fun of summer are certainly not over yet, Labor Day and the start of the new school year are creeping closer and closer with every blistering hot day here in Chapel Hill. That means back-to-school shopping, errands, and appointments, and scheduling your child’s dental checkup should definitely be one of them.

Catching Dental Problems Early Will Keep Kids in School

Unlike popular belief, the number one health problem that keeps children from attending school is dental work, either from being signed out for major dental work or for the recovery time required after major dental work keeping them from going back to school. In order to prevent the underlying dental issues that contribute to having to leave school to see their pediatric dentist, ensuring that your child has regular dental checkups is key to pre-screening bigger problems down the road. With the amount of free time that kids have during summer break, this is the optimal time to visit the dentist and have dental work done when there’s no school to miss.

Start the New School Year Off with a Clean Slate

As with many new beginnings with children, the best way to acclimatize them to a new school year is to stick to a routine. As the years go by, ensuring that the same back-to-school routine is in place will help them get ready and get excited about going back to school, which makes it the perfect time to incorporate a dental checkup.
Back-to-school is all about new, clean, and revamped things – new clothes, unsharpened pencils, and being healthy and ready for the new year. This includes any medical checkups too – so keeping your child’s dental checkup appointment scheduled as a part of the back to school routine ensures that your child goes back to school healthy.

Your Child Needs a Dental Checkup Twice a Year

The importance of routine and pre-screenings are vital, but even more important is that your child sees their dentist for a checkup and cleaning once every six months. While that may seem like common knowledge, it can be easier than you’d think to forget to ensure that your child is visiting the dentist regularly. Ensuring that you schedule a back-to-school appointment not only keeps your child from missing school and keeps them on a routine, it helps you to remember the season of the appointment and to keep to it.

Think of it like it’s a part of the back-to-school checklist: you want to make sure that your child has everything they need to be happy and healthy at school, so why not make dental health a part of that checklist?

Schedule your child’s back-to-school dental appointment in Chapel Hill today

Ensure your child’s teeth sparkle on their first day back school by making an appointment with Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry for a checkup. Call us at 919-967-2773 or request an appointment.