Posts for: February, 2016


Like the rest of their bodies, children’s teeth and mouth are on a rapid development track. By the time they’re young adults, they will have had two sets of teeth, extensive bone growth and a noticeable change in their features. The natural process is truly amazing.

But dental disease can easily derail their development, with tooth decay the most common problem children encounter. More than at any other time of life, preventive dental care is a top priority.

True preventive care for your child includes the entire mouth, not just the teeth. Our main focus, of course, is to head off tooth decay before it develops, including the application of topical fluoride or sealants when appropriate. But we also monitor bite development and provide protection against sports injuries or other forms of trauma with customized mouth guards.

You also have a part to play in your child’s preventive dental care. It begins when your child’s first teeth begin to emerge in the mouth — the point when you should begin brushing them. You can also reduce the risk of dental disease by providing a nutritious diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sugar, especially between-meal snacks.

You should also start regular dental visits around their first birthday. This is not only the best time to begin professional care, but your child will also have an easier time at this age becoming comfortable with visiting the dentist than waiting until they’re older.

Taking care of your child’s teeth is a working partnership between you and us: we provide the professional care your child needs to develop properly, while you look to their daily hygiene and nutrition, which is just as important for your child’s healthy development. Through our partnership, we can ensure your child is getting the very best start toward a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on preventive dental care for your child, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Wilmington Dental Associates
February 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

I Love Coffee but Now My Teeth are Brown; What Can I Do? How teeth whitening treatments can hide your coffee fix.

You love your coffee, several cups to wake you up in the morning. Now your coffee habit has turned your teeth brown and ugly. Don’t despair! Your teeth can be white again, thanks to new state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatments like those at Wilmington Dental Associates, your family dental office in Wilmington, Delaware. You can have a whiter smile in an hour!Teeth Whitening

It isn’t just coffee that can stain your teeth. Red wine and tea can also darken your teeth, as well as smoking. Even healthy foods like blueberries, because of their dark color, can stain your teeth.

The professionals at Wilmington Dental Associates want you to know about how aging can affect your teeth color. As the years go by, your enamel becomes thinner and more transparent, and you can see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. Dentin is yellow and as you age, it gets darker. The result is that your teeth are a much darker yellow than they were when you were younger.

You can try products from the grocery store, but their effect may not be as dramatic as you’d like. To achieve the most dramatic and lasting result, you should come into Wilmington Dental Associates for a professional teeth whitening treatment. You will have a whiter smile than you ever thought possible in a shorter period of time.

At Wilmington Dental Associates you can try the in-office teeth whitening treatment using a special whitening solution which is applied to your teeth. A high-tech light system is also used to enhance the bleaching effect of the solution. Your result is a gorgeous sparkling white smile in about an hour!

You can also try in-home teeth whitening treatments. You will receive custom-fitted trays and professional strength bleaching gel. You wear the trays filled with gel whenever you want, in the comfort and privacy of your home.

If you want to hide your coffee fix, teeth whitening treatments are the go-to solution for a whiter, brighter smile. Whether you choose the in-office or at-home teeth whitening treatments you will be very happy with your new smile. If you want to look your best call Wilmington Dental Associates, your family dental office in Wilmington Delaware and be on your way to a newer, whiter smile. Call today!

By Wilmington Dental Associates
February 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Find out why a healthy mouth in young children can equate to healthy smiles in the future.

You would probably agree that nothing is more important than the health of your child. But what does their health mean to you? When children's oral healthyou think about your child's physical health, you may think about their vision, their heart, or their limbs. The oral health of your child is just as important. From the office of our Wilmington, DE family dentists Dr. Michael Lenz and Dr. Anthony Vattilana, find out the importance of good dental health in children.

Children and Cavities

Your child should start seeing the dentists in Wilmington, DE by their first birthday. The sooner you can start establishing rapport with us the better for your child. While it might not seem possible, children can also develop cavities. In fact, with the increase in processed, sugary foods consumed, there are more and more children developing dental caries. Poor diet and poor oral care are two of the biggest culprits for decay.

The Importance of Oral Care

By brushing your child’s teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, as well as flossing between their teeth and along the gumline, you can ensure that their teeth develop strong and healthy. Brushing is an integral part of everyday hygiene and your child should start adopting these habits the minute their first tooth erupts. If you have any questions about how to care for your child’s smile, your children’s dentists in Wilmington, DE can offer up some helpful advice.

Young children may not have the dexterity or skills necessary to brush on their own until they are seven. Parents can help by brushing their child’s teeth until they reach about six years old. After the age of six, they should still supervise their oral hygiene routine until around 12 years old. By maintaining good at-home care, your child can also enjoy their healthy, cavity-free smile for years to come.

If it’s time for your child’s six-month cleaning and exam give your Wilmington, DE dentists Drs. Lenz and Vattilana a call today. Turn to Wilmington Dental Associates to properly care for every smile in your family.

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