Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day Week brings us the opportunity to honor all of our moms! We have all been shopping to find Mom the perfect gift and make the perfect memory on Mother’s Day.
Would you believe we spend over $20 billion to remind our mothers how much we care?
Making Memories for Mom on Mother’s Day
This wonderful holiday just shows us that mother’s play a huge role in our lives and in our hearts. This is an international holiday. And Mother’s Day might contribute to making May one of the largest global shopping months of the year.
We all feel like a little bit like children again as we shop for Mom’s special gift. Likewise, many of us have added stepmothers, aunts, and friends to our list. Thus, Mother’s Day has become more than a holiday for mom.
You see, we have discovered a full 35% of the Mother’s Day shoppers are buying gifts for grandmothers, sisters, friends and even daughters. Experts say this is “effectively expanding the reach of the holiday.” Before we continue to our dental topic of the day, take a look at our surprising national Mother’s Day shopping list:
- We will spend on Cards: $813 million.
- Flowers will claim $2.6 billion.
- Jewelry is a very popular choice for Mom: $4.6 billion.
- Pampering Mom results in quite a few Mother’s Day gift-cards that garner Personal services: $1.8 billion—We have to say, that’s a whole lot of manicures!
Ultimately we spend a retail total: $23.1 billion
And the newest way to spend, online shopping contributes its own amazing total sales: $6.9 billion
So Happy Mother’s Day from Our family at Dentistry for Children, to Yours!
And Now–A Special Message for Moms-to-be: Celebrate Your Baby’s First Birthday With Us!
We hope to see your baby here at Dentistry for Children by the time he or she is 1 year old–or on the occasion of the eruption of that first precious tooth. We will celebrate! No, we won’t break out the cavity-causing cake and ice cream. But we will become your child’s dental home. You’ll be surprised how much fun your child can have with the Dr. Troy King and his friendly staff.
When your child is a year old, or even just 6 months, we urge you to establish a Dental Home. This can be an important step in your child’s dental health.
And Now: Myths Mothers Need to Know
We try to dispel the old idea or myth that the first set of teeth are not important. We intensely dislike hearing, “They are only baby teeth…they are going to fall out anyway…” Check out our previous blogs on the importance of proper care of “baby teeth.”
Parents Who See Us at the Age One Dental Visit Learn the Secrets of Happy, Healthy Teeth:
You see, our Age One Dental Visit will set the stage for your child’s lifelong dental health habits. Our Dental Home parents know that “primary teeth serve as the guides for the permanent teeth and are critically important to the health and function of their adult successors.”
If you think about it, primary teeth are your main teeth for most of your time as a child. We do not lose them until about age 6. We lose the last ones at about 12, so we must take care of them.
A Pound of Cure or an Ounce of Prevention? Most Mothers Prefer Prevention!
We specialize in prevention at this Dental Home. What really is prevention anyway? We believe in stopping an anticipated problem before it even starts, that’s prevention.
By the way, that first-year visit is more than a quick hello. Of course, we hope to prepare for a lifetime of good oral habits, but we also want to collect baseline information on your child’s oral health. This might also include preventative measures which can help us to “simply nip problems in the bud.”
For Mothers and Fathers: The Lessons of Raising “Good Teeth”
We are proud to educate mothers and fathers on family oral health. We are your family-style dental guide during your child’s life. In those first years, the months fly by. And then, you will see your child’s smile changing radically. Of course, the first few years are full of adventures. You will learn such lessons as:
- “Risk Assessment for decay,
- Hands-on teeth cleaning training,
- Nutritional counseling,
- Proper cups for Drinking, and
- Fluoride recommendations.”
The result of these lessons is to realize this is just the beginning of your dental journey.
Fear Not that Age One Visit
We want to make sure your baby has no underlying conditions that might blow up into problems in the future. “The Age One Visit may also reveal underlying conditions that may indicate future problems, and determine how often follow-up visits might be needed.”
On the one hand, “children with low risk for oral or dental disease might only be seen annually or semi-annually…” We will keep careful watch until the primary (baby) teeth have erupted. Then we will watch the biting function or occlusion.
On the other hand, some children rank at high risk for dental or oral problems. We will arrange our scheduling to accommodate a visit every 2-3 months. In that way, we can stay ahead of the problem.
A Mother’s Nightmare: BBTD
It’s very sad to realize that there are several types of tooth decay that attack mainly babies and small children.
BBTD is a special pattern of tooth decay. For many years, we have known about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. We also know it can be instigated primarily by that sleep-time bottle. And that bottle used to be very popular among young mothers.
The Sleep-Time Bottle: An Obsolete Custom
Whether the bottle held formula, juice or Kool-Aid, it contributed to serious decay between the ages of 12-15 months. If the bottle held sugar, then later, the teeth held decay. However, recently we found similar cases of early, severe tooth decay and they did not fit the known pattern of bottle usage.
Thus we realized that BBTD might be too narrow a term. Now, we speak in terms of Early Childhood Caries (ECC.) This term reflects the “broader concept of the problem of tooth decay in infants and young children. ECC includes cavities associated with many causative factors, mostly sugars.
Now the new term includes several causes of early decay:
- The continuous use of a “Sippy-cup,”
- At-will breastfeeding throughout the night,
- Use of a sweetened pacifier
- Or the regular use of sugar-based oral medicine to treat chronic illness.
ECC is a Fast Paced Destroyer
ECC progresses quickly. It can eat from the “hard, outer enamel layer of the tooth into the softer, inner dentin” within 6 months or less…”
Likewise, this insidious type of decay travels through the mouth. It first affects the upper front baby teeth at about 8 months old. Then, it travels to the back teeth to attack the primary molars at 12 months. If left untreated, it will inexorably head from the molars to the front incisors on the bottom.
“At its most severe stage, ECC may then affect the lower front teeth.”
But the good news is, even if your baby has a genetic disposition for this, there are ways we can treat it. Remember ECC is a disease, and it’s an important reason to follow our suggestion: Take your Baby to the dentist within the first year.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and thank you for reading the blog at Dentistry for Children.