EZ-Pedo co-founders Dr. Jeffrey Fisher and Dr. John Hansen introduced the first natural-looking, biocompatible Zirconia dental crowns for children in the U.S. They are actively involved in prevention programs designed to save and restore primary teeth and improve overall health.
Tooth decay is the most common disease of children. The Centers for Disease Control report that "Untreated cavities can cause pain, dysfunction, school absences, difficulty concentrating and poor appearance--problems that greatly affect a child's quality of life and ability to succeed." For example, two-thirds of California children suffer needlessly from poor oral health by the time they reach third grade.
"Prevention is the key to having fewer cavities; but for many children, untreated decay has progressed, requiring a different form of intervention to ensure that permanent teeth will come in properly," said Dr. Hansen, a restorative cosmetic dentist. "Brushing twice a day is essential along with flossing, rinsing with fluoride mouth wash, and chewing plaque-removing gum, combined with bi-annual visits to a pediatric dentist. A balanced diet also plays a role in the formation of healthy teeth and bones."
Dr. Fisher, a dentist anesthesiologist serving pediatric dentists in the greater Sacramento and inland valley areas, said, "Our goal is to help children who still have their primary teeth avoid having to live with chronic pain and low self-esteem due to tooth decay and bad breath. Some children with advanced decay become malnourished because they can't chew food. In rare cases, untreated dental infections can spread to the brain, resulting in death."
Early extraction of baby teeth causes space loss and leads to the permanent teeth coming in crowded and crooked, increasing the likelihood of costly orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, there are new all-ceramic, non-toxic materials available to save damaged primary teeth and to restore them to their natural appearance using crowns that are aesthetically pleasing and metal-free. For more information, go to www.ezpedo.com or www.2min2x.org.