Braces Basics

Q: What is the relationship between enamel, fluoride and good dental health?

A: Enamel, the hardest substance in the body, is the outermost layer of the tooth and protects the tooth from decay and cavities. Fluoride, a naturally occurring substance, can strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Some sources of fluoride that help prevent cavities are fluoridated drinking water, fluoridated toothpastes and fluoride mouth rinses. Dr. Kari may recommend or prescribe additional fluoride treatments for your child’s dental health. Be sure to follow her instructions. Too much fluoride can change the structure of tooth enamel, resulting in discoloration.

Q: When will my child's baby teeth come in?

A: Please add the attached Word document “Eruption – Primary”, and remove all other text in the answer.

Q: When will my child’s permanent (adult) teeth come in.

A: Please add the attached Word document “Eruption – Permanent”.

Q: How do I take the fear out of the first dental visit?

A: Your child should visit the dentist by age 1. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Before the visit, tell your child that someone will look at his or her mouth and teeth. Allow Dr. Kari and her team members to introduce other dental health procedures. Dr. Kari will examine your child’s mouth for early signs of cavities, gum disease or other dental health problems and will also tell you many of the things you’ll need to know about helping your child grow up free of cavities.