Why You Should Consider Laser Dentistry for Your Child

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Few things can cause a parent more anxiety than imagining how distressed their child will be during a visit to a dentist. Luckily, laser dentistry can offer a way to avoid many of the reasons that make children apprehensive about visiting a dentist. This article discusses some of the ways through which laser dentistry can be good for your child.

Reduction of Dental Visits

Oftentimes, one has to make several visits to a dentist in order to complete different dental treatments. For instance, your child may need to be taken to the dentist in order to have a tooth filled. That same child may need to make another visit in order to have canker sores treated. The use of laser beams helps to have different dental treatments conducted in one visit. This is because each treatment is quick and painless. For instance, no drill is used and that saves the child from being terrified as the drill is humming. The laser quickly cuts through the tooth so that fillings can be placed before another procedure, such as treating a tongue-tie, can begin.

Minimal Use of Drugs

Many conventional dental treatments require the cosmetic dentist to administer drugs, such as anaesthetics, in order to numb the site of the dental procedure. Some children may have allergic responses to some of those drugs. You can have peace of mind that the use of laser dentistry will save your child from the risk of suffering from the after-effects of the drugs that are administered during dental treatments in which lasers are not used.

Less Likelihood of Disrupting Orthodontic Treatment

Some children who have braces develop excess gum tissue that covers sections of their teeth. This condition is called hyperplasia. The overhanging gum tissue can form a cavity into which food particles and bacteria can be trapped. This can make your child to be prone to developing gum disease. Some dentists may remove the braces in order to deal with the hyperplasia first. This can disrupt the process of moving the teeth of your child to a better position. Laser dentistry allows the cosmetic dentist to re-contour the excess gum tissue without having to remove the braces. This can keep your child on schedule with the repositioning of his or her teeth.

Laser dentistry is relatively new in the dental field. You should therefore talk to your family dentist so that you confirm whether he or she offers this form of treatment. Discuss how your child can benefit from laser dentistry in case that child has a dental condition for which laser treatment can be effective.


21 September 2016

Dental Health: Not To Be Taken For Granted

As a retired dentist, I work with charities which visit developing countries and educate children about dental care. It gives me great satisfaction to revisit these communities and see how proud the children are of their efforts. I am acutely aware that good dental hygiene can help prevent a range of serious conditions when these children become older. I started this blog because it greatly distresses me that many people in Australia do not seem to care for their teeth as much as children in these poor communities. This is happening despite ready access to items like toothbrushes and toothpaste which are luxuries in the places I visit. It is my hope that this blog encourages you not to take dental health for granted. My greatest wish is that you can be as inspired as the children I see in my charity work. Please read on and enjoy.