How your family can benefit from biological dental services in Central, HK
Dr. Titania Tong is a biological dentist. For more than two decades, she has been caring for the smiles of patients in Central, HK, utilizing biocompatible materials and techniques that promote whole body wellness. She urges you to consider how each member of your family can benefit from healthy, holistic dental services.
Central, HK kids enjoy family dental services
Whether you call it tooth decay or cavities, dental caries is one of the most prevalent diseases in children. Fortunately, it is also highly preventable. In Dr. Tong’s holistic care, cavity prevention is deeply-rooted in healthy nutrition and oral habits, rather than just the application of topical fluoride.
Using educational tools and hands-on instruction, Dr. Tong guides parents in handling issues such as:
- How to satisfy baby’s comfort desire for a nighttime bottle, without harming developing teeth
- Planning meals and snacks that help to build strong teeth
- Organic supplements that boost a child’s natural resistance to tooth decay
- The importance of daily hydration with plain, fresh water
- Caring for an infant’s teeth and gums
- Teaching toddlers how to brush and floss
- When to begin regular dental visits (hint – it is never too early!)
With an early plan of holistic dental care, your child may never have a cavity. Why is this so important? Since baby teeth are destined to be replaced by secondary dentition, it is still common practice to fill cavities with silver-colored amalgam, which contains mercury. The potentially harmful effects of toxins from tooth decay and mercury are cumulative. They build up and remain in a child’s body over time, even after the tooth is gone. Dr. Tong uses only mercury-free and BPA-safe composite materials when a filling is necessary.
From “tweens” to teens and young adults
Good dental habits tend to last a lifetime, if they can survive adolescence. During this period, it is natural for kids to push boundaries, including oral hygiene. At this age they may resist almost any structure mandated by parents.
As a dental professional (whom your child may have been visiting as long as he or she can remember), Dr. Tong holds something of an authoritative position. She uses this advantage to gently reinforce the benefits of dental care from the patient’s perspective. She talks about avoiding the embarrassment and possible ridicule associated with bad breath or unattractive teeth. She discusses peer pressure to participate in dangerous behavior such as smoking, using smokeless tobacco, consuming alcohol, or taking illicit drugs and their effect on dental health. With older children, she may explain costs, inconvenience, and discomfort associated with future dental work necessitated by neglect now.
Most importantly, she encourages kids to feel good about taking responsibility for care of their mouths and health.
Dad and mum, too
Most new parents direct the majority of resources toward family care, and their own dental health may take a back seat. As children grow, finances and time constraints may ease up a bit. That makes it a perfect time to get oral health back on track.
Even if you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, you won’t get a lecture from Dr. Tong. You will get a treatment plan tailored to your needs. She helps you prioritize treatment to get your mouth healthy. This may include:
- Composite fillings (adults get cavities, too) that blend beautifully with the smile
- Gentle therapies to get gum disease under control and maintain a healthy oral environment
- Other treatments that may be less pressing but beneficial, such as repair or replacement of old, worn or damaged dental work with lovely non-metal options, or addressing TMJ dysfunction
- Cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, bonding, or veneers to help you love your smile again
Care for mature family members
Eventually, we find ourselves looking after a senior family member . . . or becoming one! Dr. Tong also provides care focused on the needs of mature patients. At this stage, chronic dry mouth may become an issue due to medical conditions or medications. Nutrition and management of gum disease become critical to overall wellness. There may be a need for tooth replacement with dental implants or implant-retained dentures. Dental care, integrated with other healthcare providers, is available for Dr. Tong’s older patients.
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