Improving Oral Health for Veterans

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Smile, soldier!

Whilst being a veteran may have some impact on your general health care and dental care, you must not let that prevent you from keeping your teeth in good shape. Brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist will keep you smiling for a long time, without the need for any emergency interventions. But, that might not be the case with some people, as they can get into problematic situations after getting back from the service.

A worrisome trend

Soldiers coming home after service usually have some difficulties adjusting, and that tends to translate negatively onto their health, in general. Sometimes, various other stress related diseases occur, some of which have to do with dental health. Neglect is one of the primary causes of deterioration in dental health, regardless of a person having served abroad, or not, but it tends to be more frequent with veterans.

Coming back, adjusting to a new old life, finding a new job, it can leave a mark on a person, especially if the country that they serve has worrisome dental plans for them, that is, some that favor only the 100% disabled or people who have been prisoners of war or have developed a dental condition, but only during the time they served.

While the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) does care for the veterans and their health, in terms of general health, dental care is another issue. Getting free care or discounts is almost impossible, especially for those that are not 100% disabled, according to their criteria. With that in mind, the veterans either have their teeth taken care of at a higher cost, or they do not, as is the case with most people, due to the high costs.

It is worth noting that the VA does support the veterans by giving them the opportunity to purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost.

Have no fear, there are alternatives

Seeing that this move from the VA is not such a good one, especially for those in need of treatment, you have individuals stepping up to help the veterans, as well as some larger dental care organizations.

A lot of dental organizations have risen to the cause with their Healthy Month Movement, dispatching a mobile trailer to more than 30 states throughout the year. They give free treatments to the veterans, with local community dentists coming to the trailer to help out.

Their idea does not only support the underserved veterans by literally helping them with dental problems, they also encourage more companies and people, in general, to join their cause and make the proud soldiers’ lives better.

Neither the veterans, nor their teeth should be neglected, so leave your worries behind, as there are people who will help you in your time of need. It is true, however, that you can help yourself, on a daily basis, with only a toothbrush and toothpaste.

5 Important Improvements in Dental Technology

 

Dental technology has taken gigantic leaps in the past 20 years

With technology on the rise, you can see improvements everywhere, from your blacksmith, to your astrophysicist, and they cannot be just ignored. Healthcare has also got its improvements, from better X Ray machines, digital technology to lasers, all of which are used frequently to improve the lives of many an ill person.

Dentistry, too, has not been overlooked, and innovations have made their way into the regular dentist’s hands, making their jobs much easier, and their patients very happy visitors.

Here are the 5 most important improvements in dental technology:

  • The Laser

Wherever you go, you must mention the laser, as it has been a very useful tool in helping the lives of people. Whether it is used in production or in healthcare, the laser has been effective in its job and in the case of dentistry, painless.

In dentistry, the laser is used to make certain procedures painless, and others, much easier. Lasers remove the need for a local anesthetic, as they make no direct contact with the affected area. Lasers are used in gum reshaping, teeth whitening and cleaning. There is even a laser diode that is used instead of the “explorer”, a tool for detecting tooth decay.

  • Dental Implants

Dental implants have been around for a while, but they have evolved into new teeth. Once a tooth is removed, an implant can be placed to replace it, and the procedures have become that much easier nowadays. They are also effective because they keep the mouth from falling, not to mention the esthetic value.

Crowns can also find their way here, as they are used to replace chipped or damage portions of a tooth, and they have improved over the years.

  • CAD/CAM Technology

This stands for computer assisted design and computer assisted manufacture, which is used to make the crowns for the teeth. Usually, before a crown was made, a dentist had to take a mold of a patient’s tooth and then make a temporary one, before a permanent one was completed in a dental laboratory.

Today, a tooth is drilled to prepare it for a crown, and a picture is taken with a computer. CAD/CAM technology jumps into action here, where a machine to which that same picture is delivered, makes a crown for that specific tooth, right in the office. The days of waiting and wearing a temporary crown are over.

  • Nitrous Oxide and Intravenous Sedation

One cannot just avoid mention Nitrous Oxide, especially when it made its way into dentistry. It is commonly known as laughing gas, but it helps sedate the patient, getting them to a relaxed state, but one where they can still communicate and interact with their dentist.

IV sedation is used during critical surgeries, like wisdom teeth removal, or other potentially painful treatments, even more so when a patient has anxiety, as it puts them to sleep, making them completely unaware of the situation and the procedure. This has saved many a dentist from troublesome conversations, and many a patient from stress and further tooth decay.

  • Better Fillings and Materials

Fillings have been a part of dentistry for a long time, but today, you can use newer materials that not only last longer, but do you the service of decoration, complementing the color of your teeth. New bonding materials, like resin, a sort of plastic, are used to repair a tooth.

Furthermore, there are porcelain and composite fillings that do a very good job of resembling a tooth’s original color, blending in perfectly.

 

Technology is surely to develop further, and there are more things that could be mentioned, as teeth and oral hygiene are as important as any other part in the body.

 

 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom-Tooth-RemovalWhat are wisdom teeth?

Most of us will develop a third molar set of teeth called more popularly the wisdom teeth. They usually break (erupt) through the gum tissue after the age of 17 and they were named for the time at which they make their appearance (between the ages of 17 and 25). Time when a young person might be pursuing wisdom with higher education.

Not everyone gets a painless experience when their wisdom teeth start to grow and some think that they should be named torture teeth. In general, third molars can partially erupt, whereas others will stay completely buried under the tissue. Some people never develop them, although a few will get 4th molars. Fortunately, these are rare.

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Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain the process of wisdom teeth removal. It can be done under:

  1. Local anesthetic, which completely blocks pain from your teeth and gums while you stay awake.
  2. General anesthetic instead, may be a solution for you, if teeth are difficult to remove or you feel anxious.

It is very important to tell your doctor your entire medical history, problems with the anesthesia or if you are prone to bleeding heavily. Your dentist may choose to take some X-ray images of your mouth, prior to surgery. It is required from patients to fast between 6 and 12 hours before surgery, if done under general anesthetic and a light meal and some fluids are permitted before surgery, if done under local anesthetic.

Wisdom teeth: to extract or not?

The extraction is usually done before going to college; but sometimes it is not necessary. First and foremost remember that your teeth are not everyone’s teeth. We are all different and some people in their 60`s can have four functioning wisdom teeth and they kept them because they were all fully erupted and functional.

The latest guidelines suggest that if you are 35 years old and wisdom teeth are not yet in your mouth, leave them alone, but check on them in x-ray every few years. If something is not broken do we need to fix it? It is your dentist who will evaluate the situation, but you have your say in the matter too.

Several factors need to be considered when evaluating wisdom teeth:

  1. The health of the second molar
  2. The presence of the gum disease
  3. The age of the patient
  4. The risk of dental crowding .(Many of us do not have room for our 3rd molars and dental crowding can become a problem, thus extraction can be a solution).

If you don’t have any problems after the eruption of your wisdom teeth, like infection, pain, swelling or jaw stiffness, impacted third molars, or any of the above suggested problems you should probably leave your teeth alone. One thing is clear though and everyone agrees:

The hard-to-reach location and awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult and we all know that oral hygiene is important for the overall health, so keep flossing and brushing wisely and daily.

Diabetes and Oral Health – A Few Tips

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Diabetes is a variety of diseases which affect the hormone insulin. The pancreas is normally the organ which produces insulin, which helps manage the sugar and fat in our body, mainly by helping your body store the food. Diabetes occurs when your body produces little or no insulin, or when it does not respond appropriately to the already present insulin. Since there is not cure as of yet, proper management is more than encouraged.

Your teeth could also be at risk if you leave your diabetes unchecked. There are several consequences that could occur due to bad health maintenance, and here are some of them:

  • The most frequent thing that can occur if you have diabetes and are not very vigilant about controlling it is xerostomia, or the dry mouth disease. It occurs when your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth hydrated. The tissues in your mouth then become sore and inflamed, which can cause problems in eating, as chewing and swallowing become difficult. Difficulty in eating makes it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels.
  • A disease related to this one is a fungal disease involving your normally friendly candida albicans, a fungus that lives in your mouth, without causing problems. But, with a deficiency of saliva in your mouth, and the added sugar because of the diabetes, you can end up with candidiasis (thrush), which makes itself known by white and red sore spots in your mouth.
  • Gum disease is another thing that you would want to look out for, especially if you do not control your blood sugar levels. With a lot of bacteria living in your gums, and high sugar levels, you can end up damaging the gums, and when the bacteria get there, they may cause an infection, which in turn raises the sugar level, again. Controlling your sugar levels is essential if you have diabetes, regardless of the potential disease that you might get.
  • Since the above two are intertwined, controlling your sugar levels is necessary to maintain general health, but, specifically, increased glucose levels can damage your teeth, as mentioned, as they find their way to the saliva. That way, they can damage the enamel, and the gums, too, leading to more problems

Control Your Sugar Levels – Consult Your Dentist

While it may be obvious that any person with diabetes, no matter the type, should control their glucose levels, they should also consult with their dentist regularly, and inform them of their health issue, especially prior to any invasive procedure.

The general tips for maintaining your oral health remain, you have to brush and floss regularly in order to keep your mouth free of any germs and food that might get stuck between the teeth. Add to that the potential effects of diabetes, and you have to double your effort, especially if you are not a fan of glucose control.

Take your usual medications, eat before visiting your dentist, refrain from surgery until your blood sugar levels are normal and always consult your dentist, even if you have the slightest symptom of a disease in your mouth.

 

A Healthy Smile for A Healthy Holiday

 

The Holidays Work on Your Teeth While You Rest

Every year, the holiday season approaches and people start celebrating. That means that they eat a lot of food and depending on their attention to dental hygiene, they may or may not get their teeth in trouble.

One thing is for sure, the more you eat, the more you expose your teeth to the bacteria that lives in your mouth. That same bacteria thrives and grows in an acidic environment, one that is surely to remain if you eat a lot of sweets and fail to brush or wash it out with some healthy snacks or toothpaste. The neglection of oral hygiene, especially during the holiday season, can lead to severe dental problems and you should avoid that, by following the tips to come:

  • Brush frequently – bring a travel brush if needed

Most of the time, during the holidays, you will spend your time traveling, from one house to another, if not to another state or country, and that can lead to you neglecting or forgetting to wash your teeth. Bringing a toothbrush with you can solve that, especially since you will most likely be having a lot of meals and/or snacks.

  • Avoid chewing on food for hours

If you are a fan of movies, or movie marathons, or just like to sit with your friends and talk for long periods of time, you should note that eating food while doing so might be troublesome for your enamel. The bacteria in your mouth is surely going to have a field day if you chow down for hours, without a stop, a wash, or a healthy snack to wash out all the remains that might get stuck between your teeth or in other secluded areas in your mouth.

Be mindful of the snacks that you eat, bring some healthy ones, too. Sliced apples are healthy, taste, have a tendency to wash the remains from in between your teeth, and they produce a lot of saliva, that has that same effect.

  • Beware of wine

Everyone likes drinking a glass of wine during dinner, or just to break the ice, but not everyone knows that wine is highly acidic in nature and can eventually damage your teeth. Be sure to either wash your teeth between glasses of wine, especially if you had one during the day and plan on having another in the evening, or grab a glass of water, as water and saliva can take care of the acidity in your mouth.

  • Sweets are sweet but leave your teeth sour

Again, sweets may be rather tasty, and who can resist yummy, homemade caramel dipped marshmallows? Well, even if you cannot resist them, that isn’t a reason to be unaware of the damage that they might cause, or rather the acid that remains and helps the bacteria damage your enamel.

Brushing and flossing after snacks always helps, but, you also have another solution. Chewing sugar free gum can help produce saliva which, in turn, gets rid of the acid in your mouth. Some chewing gums have xylitol in them, which helps remineralization of the enamel.

  • Visit your dentist, even during holiday season

While some dentists might go on their own holiday, others will be working, so you should bear in mind that you can visit them for a checkup, if not for treatment. Do not hesitate a moment if you have any sort of pain in your teeth or mouth.

They will make your holidays better, if not with treatment then with a smiling nod, where you get out of the chair, knowing that everything is okay with your teeth.

 

Thanks Giving and Healthy Food tips

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Happy Thanksgiving Foods – Friendly Holidays

Thanksgiving always bring forth the hospitality in people, and that very same hospitality has food put on tables, many of them, that you end up with so much to eat, that you are surely to gain a couple of pounds during that one day.

All that food does have an impact on your body mass, but it also has an effect on your teeth, and that is usually a negative one, as people tend to forget that the teeth need some love, too, and not just the stomach and the taste buds.

5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving:

A healthy thanksgiving should be one of your goals, as every time you consume a large amount of food, especially if that happens through a prolonged period of time, you can do serious damage to your teeth, which definitely makes things worse.

The following tips will not only help you understand which foods to avoid, but also, which foods to consume, without fear of the negative effects.

  1. The Thanksgiving staple meal, turkey. Yes, your favorite dish, the one that everyone prepares, is not only yummy but it also does wonders for your teeth. How so, you may ask? Well, it is full of proteins, which do wonders for your teeth, and help strengthen them. But, your teeth are not the only beneficiaries of the good sides of turkey, but your bones, too, which take pleasure in you consuming the proteins.
  2. Cranberries, which may not be as sweet as you would like them to be, by themselves, but coupled with some sugar, which should not damage your teeth in low amounts, could make for a great snack. Cranberry sauce is especially nice, and if you make it by yourself, you can control the number and amount of ingredients that you put in the mixture, especially sugar. Among other things that cranberries bring to you, like vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, you also get to wash and clean your mouth of bacteria, as they tend to send them packing.
  3. Cheese, orange vegetables and onions. Cheese is not only very tasty, but also full of calcium which strengthens the enamel, as well as your bones. Orange vegetables like squash, carrot, and pumpkin, have vitamin A in them, which helps rebuild the enamel. Onions are full of ingredients that help combat the unfriendly bacteria in your mouth. You will find that they are at their best in their raw form, and most likely a part of another dish.
  4. Avoid sugary food. Sugars attack the enamel, forming plaque, which can cause a lot of damage, if unwashed and untreated. Be ready to floss and wash after a meal, a travel brush comes really handy in these situations.
  5. Timing your meals is a great way to avoid excess meals, or many of them chained one after another. Eating constantly keeps the acid levels in your mouth high, which tends to do damage to your teeth. Be sure to take a pause, or wash your mouth with some apples, carrots or onions.

 

While it might be more than difficult to keep yourself from eating all the tasty food that is on the table, or tables, you can always remember to wash or floss, or take a healthy, tooth cleaning snack at the end of it all, and you’ll make your smile last longer and be whiter.

 

 

Addressing the Severity of Tooth Decay

 

What is Tooth Decay?

The lack of proper oral care and frequent checkups can lead to tooth decay, which is damage that eventually happens if things are left untreated. It occurs when you neglect the fact that plaque is always forming on your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky substance, full of bacteria that feeds on sugars that you consume. It is acidic by nature and can destroy the outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, if you do not wash your teeth relatively frequently.

The damage caused by plaque can get through the enamel, the toughest part of your teeth, and get to the middle layer, the dentin. Dentin has a lot of nerve endings, and once it gets damaged, you will feel pain when it is exposed to sweet, cold, hot, sticky and sour food. This is called a cavity.

There are different treatments for different steps of the infection, and you should know about them:

The Severity of Damage and the Treatments

Whether your enamel has been compromised, or your dentin or pulp, you should know that each and every step is treatable, except the most severe ones, where tooth extraction would be the only option, to save the gum and the surrounding teeth.

The enamel:

The selection of treatment depends on the severity of the enamel damage. If it has yet to break through the enamel, you might even get through with just a fluoride toothpaste or fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens the enamel.

If the damage is more severe, and has broken through the enamel, you will probably need a filling. A material is used to fill the hole that formed, thusly restoring the tooth to its original state, or as close to it as possible.

The dentin:

In this case, depending on the level of damage, you will most likely need a crown. A crown, sometimes called a cap, is made out of different materials, and serves the purpose of replacing the missing parts of a tooth. It is also used in other cases, when the tooth is chipped from physical trauma. It is worth knowing that severe damage causes the need for crowns, so you should really take action before that.

The pulp:

Once your pulp gets damaged, since it is full of nerves and blood vessels, you will in most cases get an infection. That can lead to trouble really fast, and depending on the severity of the infection, you might even need to get your tooth extracted, or even more, if it infects the gums, and spreads to the surrounding teeth.

Prevent It, You Won’t Regret It

Most of the damage caused to the teeth by decay can be prevented by frequent brushing and flossing. Taking care of the bacteria that feeds on sugary food should be a daily activity. Visiting your dentist on time will also prevent the need for any invasive procedure and will definitely make your time spent there as pleasant as a chat in the park.

 

Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

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Mouth cancer is a serious issue, a disease that has been diagnosed in 40000 people in the US in the year 2014. Cancer itself is defined as an uncontrollable growth of cells that are damaging and invasive towards the surrounding tissue.

Mouth cancer makes itself known as a growth on the palate, the lips, the tongue, cheeks, sinuses, and the pharynx, that is, the throat. It has the ability to spread to the surrounding areas, and in two ways:

Directly – Where it infects the immediate surroundings, the jaw and the surrounding skin. Indirectly, that is, through the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system runs throughout the body, and it uses vessels and glands to produce cells which combat diseases and other nuisances that are in the way of your body’s normal functions.

Mouth cancer which spreads to other parts is known as a metastatic oral cancer, and it is often referred to as a secondary. The usual place where you will find secondary’s is in the lymph glands in the neck.

Mouth Cancer Causes and Tips for Prevention:

There are various causes of mouth cancer, and while most of them are not clear, things that you can point a finger at, there are several risk factors that have been determined for sure.

Firstly, tobacco is a giant risk factor for developing mouth cancer. People who indulge in smoking or, even worse, heavy smoking, are at a huge risk of developing mouth cancer, and even more so if they engage in smokeless tobacco. Chewing tobacco and even using snuff can increase the risk of mouth cancer.

Alcohol also increases the risk, especially for heavy drinkers, even those who partake in binge drinking. Occasional drinks can increase the chance, but if you are moderate, you can still enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages without fear.

Excessive exposure of your lips to the sun can also increase the development of mouth cancer, even more so for those who were exposed at a young age, and for longer periods of time.

A certain nut, that is, a betel nut, actually a seed from the areca palm tree, contains a psychoactive substance, arecoline, which is similar to nicotine in effect, and is often consumed with tobacco. They are chewed, and mostly in southeast Asia, where the tradition of consuming them increases the risk of developing mouth cancer, especially when combined with tobacco.

A bad diet choice can also impact your overall health, and lead to a possible cancer. If you do not balance your diet properly, you might end up with more than just a poor physical outcome, as your immune system also depends on the food that you eat.

The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is a virus that affects the skin and moist membranes, like the ones that you have in your throat and mouth. HPV is sexually transmitted, but, it could be transmitted with just close skin contact.

Last but not least, you should know that poor oral hygiene is also another risk factor in developing mouth cancer, and that is something that you can definitely put a stop to, as are the other things on the list, by paying attention to the details.

Regular brushing, flossing and taking care of your teeth and mouth will keep them healthy, especially without tobacco or alcohol, and with a good, well balanced diet.

 

Lastly, you should note is that at any sign of trouble, you should contact your dentist immediately, and to prevent that, you should visit your dentist on a regular basis, following the tips above, to make the visit that much better, and to prevent any unpleasant situations that might otherwise arise.

Addressing Dental Anxiety

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Dental Anxiety – A Frequent Cause of Oral Hygiene Neglection

Dental anxiety has been a frequent thing in dental practices, and dentists are used to seeing this, even more than once a day. While it can get rather trying at times, to ease the mind of many a scared patient, it is one of the most important things, as happy and smiling patients bring fewer tiresome surgeries and a good reputation.

While the cause of dental anxiety may have its root in different places, the result is usually more or less similar: neglect in dental hygiene, fewer appointments at the office, no show appointments, and in the worst-case scenarios, terrible infections that spread to the jawbone and other parts of the body. Addressing this serious issue is a really important task for any dentist, and luckily enough, nowadays you have many ways of dealing with it.

A Pleasant Dentist is Half a Job Done:

Walking into a dental practice where you are greeted by smiles and a pleasant atmosphere is surely to make you feel more welcome. Some of the patients that have anxiety usually feel unsure of themselves, especially if they had poor hygiene. Being judged and scolded for bad hygiene is a frequent concern. A pleasant nod and a reassuring tone can help the patients feel better.

You should be aware that most patients are also afraid of the unknown, since they put themselves at the mercy of their dentist, who is in their personal space, doing things that they most likely do not know, and which they certainly cannot see. This can lead to anxiety, as the unknown is a frequent fear with people.

Helping your patients understand the procedure, the realistic outcomes and risks may definitely help them feel better. Some patients respond better to a visual guide as opposed to a verbal one, so you might want to consider adding video presentations, or getting access to some online.

Multimedia – Every Dentist’s and Teacher’s Friend

Video presentations have been in practice for a long time, and they are more than just an effective way of presenting information, they engage other senses and ways of learning. They can also be fine-tuned so as the information that comes out is more suited to the audience at hand, let’s say, patients with serious anxiety, those with a more realistic approach, and of course, children.

While pretreatment presentations do a wonder of preparing your patient for what is to come, you can always use videos on demand during the treatment to further ease the tension of sitting in a dentist’s chair. You can play for them whatever they require and add music, too. Relaxing music, rock or heavy metal, anything and everything can be used to suit your patients’ needs, as you have the option of selectin the music they enjoy.

Fear Not the Pain That Need Not Be There

Most patients are also fearful of pain, especially if they are expecting it, and expecting it in abundance or high intensity. That can lead them to completely avoid their dentist, whether it’s an appointment for a checkup or for a treatment.

There are so many anesthetics and medications that can help alleviate, ease or completely get rid of pain during treatment that the patients really have no need to worry.

Furthermore, advancement in laser technology has allowed lasers to be implemented into dental practices, leading to almost painless or painless procedures, as it removes physical contact with the affected zones.

 

 

Pediatric Dentistry

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Pediatric Dentistry – A Precious Smile

 

 Oral health care is a big part of our life, as oral health influences the overall health, and in many ways than one. The best thing about it is that you can start your oral care very early, by yourself, that is, even at the age of eight. Before that, however, it is up to the parents to help their children maintain good health care, and develop healthy habits regarding their teeth. Pediatric dentistry has received much attention lately, and with a good reason, because the best place to start is the very beginning, so here are some tips that every parent should know:

 

Sugar can be really bad for the teeth:

It has been said many times, and people do repeat it often enough, and for a good reason, too. Sugar is really bad for your teeth, because it ends up as plaque on your enamel, thus making it less and less effective in protecting your teeth. That leads to caries, and even further, if the problems persevere.

When it comes to children, the problems can be even worse, especially if you disregard the healthy habits that your child needs to develop. Here are some tips to avoid those problems, and parents, pay attention:

  • There is a lot of sugar in medications. If your child drink syrup or drops that are used for cough, you should be vary, as these are best taken with meals, so that you can avoid staining the teeth afterwards. You should definitely avoid taking them before bed, especially after brushing your child’s teeth.
  • Brush frequently, but try to make it a fun activity, as your child will likely be uninterested in brushing if you transform it into a chore. Make it fun, play games, sing to your child, and try to have as much of a positive experience as you can.
  • Try to add a lot of fruit, that is, apples, and of course, water, to your child’s diet, as that can help with washing away the plaque or other elements that might turn into plaque.
  • Consult your dentist regularly, and try to make the visit to the dentist a fun activity, too, as they will develop healthy habits from that, as well as get rid of any fear or unpleasantness that might follow up on those visits.

 

Further tips with pediatric dentistry:

 

When it comes to children below the age of 5, you should be extra careful, as their gums can be very sensitive. If you want to wash their teeth, or tooth, given that they start coming out somewhere between 12 and 18 months, it is advised to use a wet cloth instead of a brush, in order to keep the gum from being injured. After the age of 3, you may want to start using a soft brush, and have in mind that teeth cleaning is all about having the right motor skills, which need to develop. Constant practice helps with that, especially when it comes to washing your children’s teeth, something which a lot of parents are unfamiliar with at the beginning. Add regular visits to you pediatric dentist to your agenda, and you will be on the right track to making the childhood and the rest of your child’s life, a really pleasant one, as a white smile is the best kind of smile.

 

The best way to prevent childhood tooth decay is by establishing a dental home for your child before their first birthday. Familiarizing them with a pediatric dentist early on will help your child get more comfortable visiting the dentist and keeping their mouths clean. After finding a dental home, visit the pediatric dentist every six months to make sure that their mouths are staying clean!

 

Pediatric dentists care for children of all ages. From first tooth to adolescence, we help your child develop a healthy smile until they’re ready to move on to a general dentist. We work with you to teach your kids healthy brushing habits, inform them about the importance of flossing, and give them dietary tips that will keep their mouth clean for years to come.