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At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?

May 12th, 2021

You may have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces and other orthodontic care a lot earlier these days. There was a time, only a decade or two ago, when braces were mainly seen on teenagers, but that is beginning to change. If you’re wondering when to bring your child to our Grapevine office for an orthodontic evaluation, the answer actually has several parts.

The Telltale Signs

If your child has a very crowded set of adult teeth coming in, or if the permanent front teeth came in very early, these are signs that your child should see Drs. Schofield and Dad, regardless of age.

The Dental Age

Barring signs of trouble or early adult teeth as mentioned above, the time that your child needs to be seen for initial orthodontic evaluation depends not so much upon your child’s actual age, but on what is known as a “dental age.”

The dental age of the patient might be entirely different from his or her actual chronological age; for example, an eight-year-old could have a dental age of 13. It is part of Drs. Schofield and Dad and our staff’s job to determine the dental age and then make appropriate recommendations for the resolution of orthodontic issues if they are emerging.

The Official Recommended Age

The American Association of Orthodontists officially recommends that kids should see an orthodontist for the first time between the ages of seven and nine. Even if the child does not have all his or her permanent teeth, the teeth growth pattern can usually be predicted quite effectively by an orthodontist.

This allows for a proactive response to emerging problems, and this is the reason that some younger children are now getting orthodontic devices earlier in life. If a young child has serious orthodontic issues emerging, Drs. Schofield and Dad can usually address the problems immediately and then follow up with another round of treatment when the child has all the adult teeth.

Wishing all our moms a happy Mother’s Day!

May 5th, 2021

"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there." - Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Grapevine Kids. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for “being there” while their child is treatment, the moms who come to our office are all stellar individuals, so Drs. Schofield and Dad and our entire staff would like you to know that we appreciate you all!

Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy your special day!

Tooth Eruption Timeline

April 28th, 2021

Parents, and even older children, can become concerned about tooth development. Wondering when teeth should erupt, and being concerned when the teeth do not appear on schedule, is common. First, you need to remember that each individual is different. Guidelines are just guidelines, but Drs. Schofield and Dad and our team at Grapevine Kids thought we would pass on this information to help you.

Primary teeth

Children normally have 20 primary or baby teeth. The first two to appear are usually the lower central incisors between six to ten months of age. These fall out between five and seven years of age.

  • Two upper central incisors – eight to 12 months
  • Two upper lateral incisors – nine to 13 months
  • Two upper cuspids or canines – 16 to 22 months
  • Two upper first molars – 13 to 19 months
  • Two upper second molars – 25 to 33 months
  • Two lower lateral incisors – ten to 16 months
  • Two lower cuspids or canines – 17 to 23 months
  • Two lower first molars – 14 to 18 months
  • Two lower second molars – 13 to 31 months

As you can see, all the primary teeth normally have erupted before three years of age, but the timeline can vary by four to six months. Except for the lower central incisors and second molars, upper teeth tend to appear before lower teeth.

Permanent or adult teeth

Adults normally have 32 permanent teeth. However, four of these are wisdom teeth or third molars, which are often removed.

  • Two upper central incisors – seven to eight years
  • Two upper lateral incisors – eight to nine years
  • Two upper cuspids or canines – 11 to 12 years
  • Two upper first premolars or bicuspids – ten to 11 years
  • Two upper second premolars or bicuspids – ten to 12 years
  • Two upper first molars – six to seven years
  • Two upper second molars – 12 to 13 years
  • Two upper third molars or wisdom teeth – 17 to 21 years
  • Two lower central incisors – six to seven years
  • Two lower lateral incisors – seven to eight years
  • Two lower cuspids or canines – nine to ten years
  • Two lower first premolars or bicuspids – ten to 12 years
  • Two lower second premolars or bicuspids – 11 to 12 years
  • Two lower first molars – six to seven years
  • Two lower second molars – 11 to 13 years
  • Two lower third molars or wisdom teeth – 17 to 21 years

Please discuss any of your dental concerns during your visit with Drs. Schofield and Dad. If there is a problem with tooth development, the earlier we address it, the better the outcome. We specialize in pediatric dentistry and look forward to helping you and your child with all your dental needs. To learn more about tooth eruption, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Schofield and Dad, please give us a call at our convenient Grapevine office!

April Office Updates

April 26th, 2021

Happy April from Dr. Dad, Dr. Matthew, and the whole Grapevine Kids team! This month there is so much to look forward to! Both in our office and around Grapevine, TX community. Join us on today’s blog to learn the latest office updates, prize giveaways, and discover top-notch dental tips!

Are you looking forward to visiting the new Harvest Hall in Grapevine? Just down the street from our office on Grapevine Main Street, Harvest Hall is now open and we're enjoying the amazing food and atmosphere it has to offer. Before or after your next appointment, make sure you stop by and see this new must-see eatery.

The best part of our post-COVID world is seeing and reconnecting with friends and family that have been separated for so many months. As our community continues to get stronger, we invite you to return to the dentist and receive the oral care you need. Our office is proud of the hygiene, cleanliness, and safety measures we take to ensure your families have a safe and comfortable dental visit.

In the office, we're so excited about seeing our first recall patients and exams. Having been open for over six months now, we're getting to see our first patients and friends return for their cleanings and exams. It's so wonderful to reconnect and see your beautiful smiles again! The habit of seeing us every six months for your check-up and cleaning will provide your children a lifetime of health benefits and prevent any major dental problems from happening in the future.

If you have hesitations about visiting our office during this time, rest assured that our office is VERY unique in offering private rooms for ALL patients. Most pediatric and orthodontic offices have open-bay chairs where there is little to no barrier or separation between patients. We're fortunate to have an office that has individual rooms for each patient providing an extra step in protection and safety.

In other news, we have our first gift basket giveaway going on right now! Refer any friend or family member to the office and enter to win our gift basket full of board games, toys, and goodies galore! In addition to our gift basket giveaway, any NEW patient who mentions this blog will receive a FREE sonic toothbrush with their first check-up, exam, and cleaning. Call us today!

Do you use a mouthguard during sports activities? For small mouths, sometimes it’s hard to find a mouthguard that is comfortable and fits well. Grapevine Kids Dental and Orthodontics can help measure you for a custom mouthguard that will be comfortable to wear and in your very favorite color! Both of Dr. Matthew's sons are playing football and were recently fitted for custom mouthguards after the store bought ones were uncomfortable and hard to fit. We recommend using mouthguards for all team sports and many individual sports including: soccer, basketball, and, of course, football.

Did you know: you should change your toothbrush every three months? If you find your toothbrush is getting frayed or worn out before three months, you may be chewing on it instead of just using it to brush. Also, make sure to rinse out your toothbrush all the way after each use so the toothpaste doesn't build up between the bristles. You can even safely put your (non-electric) toothbrush in the dishwasher to freshen it up!

We hope everyone has a lovely spring season. We look forward to seeing you and your family in our office again soon!

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