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4 Tips for Caring Your Baby’s Teeth

Caring for your child’s dental health from an early age is important to give their teeth a healthy foundation to grow and develop. Because babies’ and toddlers’ teeth and gums are much softer than adults’, you have to take extra care to prevent decay. Here are four tips to help you care for your child’s teeth. Wash the Gums Before Teeth Grow in Even before your baby’s teeth have grown in, you need to take steps to prevent buildup of bacteria on the gums. Sugars from breast milk and formula and particles from baby food can stick to the gums and allow sugar-digesting bacteria to form plaque on the gums. When the baby teeth do erupt, plaque on the gums can begin the process of decaying the teeth almost immediately. To keep your baby’s gums free of plaque, you can gently wipe them with a soft, damp washcloth or a piece of gauze at least once daily. It is a good idea to get into a habit of doing this every day at bath time or after your baby has been fed the last time for the day. Toothpaste is not required, as plaque clings much more loosely to gums than it does to teeth. Use a Baby Toothbrush and Toothpaste As soon as your child’s first teeth start to emerge (usually around six months, but sometimes as late as 12 months), you should start a routine of brushing every morning and every night. Until your child is old enough to spit while they brush, use non-fluoridated toothpaste or only a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste to limit how much they swallow. When buying a toothbrush for your child, look for one one with a soft head and grip that will easily fit your child’s mouth without causing comfort. You should also make sure the handle is big enough for you to easily hold onto while brushing their teeth. Never Put Your Baby to Sleep With a Bottle Understandably, the longer your baby’s teeth are exposed to sugars, the higher the chances are that tooth decay will occur. Babies who are bottle-fed and toddlers that frequently drink from sippy cups can sometimes develop a unique form of cavities called baby bottle tooth decay. This type of decay is focused on the front teeth that are in direct contact with the nipple of the bottle or the tip of a sippy […]

5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Dental Bonding For Receding Gums

Your gums hold your teeth in place by covering the roots where they attach to the jaw bone, but age, disease, and bad oral hygiene cause the tissue to shrink over time. Receding gums expose the roots of the affected teeth. If you’re noticing yellow edges where the gum tissue is disappearing or sensitivity along those edges to heat or cold, inexpensive and quick dental bonding might be the best way to reverse the problem. How Does Bonding Work? Before trying to decide if bonding is the right way to handle your receding gums, you need to understand exactly how this dental process works. When trying to cover a small sliver of newly exposed tooth next to the gum, the dentist will Thoroughly clean the tooth to remove tartar Etch the surface and apply a conditioning coating to encourage strong bonding Apply the color-matched resin in layers to create a thick coating Trim, sand, and polish the resin until it blends in completely with the natural tooth. Bonding is a quick procedure, with each tooth taking less than an hour from start to finish. There’s no downtime for healing and you can start eating normally again during the same day. Do Receding Gums Always Require Attention? Most people first consider bonding because they’re unhappy with the color of the exposed tooth root or struggling with pain. However, don’t skip a visit to the dentist over your receding gums just because neither of those problems are bothering you. Receding gum lines are linked to serious gum disease, sudden hormonal changes, and infections under the gum line due to a lack of flossing. Get your gums checked when they recede even if you don’t plan to get bonding for a brighter smile. Why is Bonding Better Than a Graft? When using bonding to protect an overexposed section of tooth, you’re simply giving the newly visible section an attractive covering. This treatment won’t bring the gum line back to where it used to reach. Grafting is used to restore the line of gum tissue to its former location, but this treatment is far more complicated and expensive than bonding. First, bonding has practically no recovery time, while graft patients need liquid diets and careful tooth brushing habits for a few weeks after the surgery. More anesthesia is necessary for grafting too, and the gum tissue can always reject the transplant and leave you […]

Dental Reshaping And Contouring: What You Need To Know

Healthy teeth can play a big role in your confidence, and many aren’t blessed with a naturally perfect set. Cosmetic dental procedures grow increasingly popular, with Americans spending 2.75 billion dollars on cosmetic treatments each year, as people look for ways to improve the appearance of their pearly whites. You might be looking to fix overlapping teeth, irregular shaped teeth, or small chips. Dental reshaping and contouring is something you might be considering, especially if you have some minor defects in your teeth that you want to fix with immediate results. What Is Dental Reshaping and Contouring? Dental reshaping is also commonly referred to as dental contouring. It’s a procedure that is often used to fix issues many people have with their teeth, ranging from small chips to crooked or overlapping teeth and it can usually be done within a single session. The changes made in dental reshaping and contouring are often immediate and subtle. A thin layer of enamel from your teeth is removed using dental instruments in order to polish away chips, make room for overlapping teeth, or help in fixing teeth that you find extra pointy or too flat. What Is The Procedure Like? Before going ahead with dental reshaping and contouring, you’ll need to have X-rays done in order to ensure your teeth are healthy enough for the procedure. If your teeth are in good shape, your dentist will then mark any imperfections and highlight whatever areas may need sculpting. The actual procedure involves removing small amounts of enamel to help alter your tooth’s shape, length, or surface. Anesthetic is usually not required because only a thin layer of enamel is being stripped away from the surface of your teeth. However, you’ll probably feel vibrations from the drill as your teeth are being sculpted and polished. Using air abrasion techniques, dental instruments, and bonding, your dentist will work to eliminate or minimize imperfections on the surface of your teeth by using a sanding drill or lase. Strips that resemble sandpaper are used to help contour the sides of your teeth. A coating is then applied afterward to provide a better, smooth finishing. What Are The Pros To Dental Reshaping and Contouring? Because your dentist is removing small amounts of enamel, the procedure can be very quick, painless, and inexpensive. The results will be immediate, and it can all usually be done within one session. It can […]

5 Things You Need To Know About Root Resorption

Root resorption occurs when your body eats away and then dissolves the cells that make up the roots of your teeth. This is a serious problem that can lead to tooth loss if it’s not treated. Here are five things you need to know about root resorption. What are the signs of root resorption? There are often no signs of root resorption, but some people will experience pain or discomfort in the affected tooth. Some people also develop a pink spot on the affected tooth, and the tooth may become grey or black as the pulp within the tooth dies. For people who don’t show symptoms, the only way to diagnose this condition is through x-rays. This is why it’s important to see your dentist regularly for checkups; your dentist will take routine x-rays during your visits and may notice the signs of root resorption in your images. What causes root resorption? There are two types of root resorption: internal and external. Internal resorption means that your roots are breaking down from the inside and the inner lining of the pulp chamber is affected. External resorption means that the outermost tips of your tooth roots are breaking down first. These two types of resorption have different causes. Internal resorption is thought to be caused by inflammation within the tooth. This can happen if you have an untreated cavity that allows bacteria to enter the pulp of your tooth. The pulp becomes infected and swollen, and if it’s not treated, may die. External resorption has much different causes. This type of resorption seems to be caused by trauma, like cracking or breaking a tooth, as well as orthodontic movement, like getting your braces tightened. Cysts or tumors on your jawbone can also lead to root resorption. How serious is root resorption? Root resorption is a serious problem because it can lead to loss of your tooth. This can happen if too much of the root’s structure is destroyed. Seeking prompt treatment can help you avoid this unpleasant situation. Can dentists treat it? It’s possible for dentists to treat root resorption. The usual treatment for internal resorption is root canal therapy, a procedure you may already be familiar with. During this procedure, the damaged or dead pulp is removed and replaced with gutta percha, an artificial filling. This procedure stops the progression of internal resorption. External resorption is harder to treat, but […]

Chronic Bad Breath? Check Your Digestive System And Diet

If your morning breath is less than stellar no matter how much you brush and floss your teeth, check your diet and digestive system. Sometimes, bad breath develops because of what you eat and drink every day, even if you practice great oral hygiene. Some types of food and beverages contain ingredients or additives that change the flora or healthy bacteria inside your stomach, liver and intestines. These problems clog up your digestive system overnight and produce foul odors that travel up to your throat and mouth in the morning. Here are two digestive problems that affect your oral health and the solutions for them. Gallstones and Stomach Acids The liver is the part of your digestive system that processes and removes contaminants from your blood. It relies on a tiny organ called the gallbladder to make bile to break down fat, sugars and other byproducts of the digestive system. But when your liver clogs up with too many byproducts, the gallbladder can’t release enough bile to get rid of them and develops hard substances called gallstones. Gallstones release toxins inside your blood that bypass your liver and travel to your large and small intestines instead. The toxins eventually backtrack to your stomach and mix with its acids. If the acids become too great, they push up toward your throat and mouth in a process called heartburn. You develop a harsh sulfuric scent that causes morning breath. In many cases, you can control the sulfur scent in your mouth by brushing your teeth and tongue, or by seeing your dentist for a thoroughly mouth cleaning. But if you don’t change your eating habits, simply cleaning your mouth and seeing your dentist won’t be enough to stop your morning breath. You can remove the toxins from your liver and gallbladder and keep them healthy by limiting how much fatty and sugary foods you consume during the day. Also, avoid processed food items, such as hot dogs and luncheon meat. Processed foods contain unnatural additives and chemicals, such hydrogenated fats, that help them last longer or stay fresher after food manufacturers make them.  Instead, eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, which protects your digestive system from bad bacteria and promotes healthy bile production in your gallbladder and liver. Also, consume watery fruits to keep your body hydrated. Water also controls the acids in your stomach. If you still have concerns about your […]

The 4 Most Common Pediatric Dental Problems

When it comes to your child’s health, there are probably numerous things that you take into consideration. A child’s general health is something that most parents think about on a near constant basis. However, there are numerous phenomenona and bodily orientations that parents tend to forget about. Among the most common of the forgotten forms of child health care is related to dental issues. Many parents simply believe that since a child’s set of teeth will be replaced with adult teeth, they need not worry about oral health as much as other parts of the body. Nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn of 4 of the most common pediatric dental problems, many of which parents tend to ignore. Tooth Decay Caries, commonly referred to as tooth decay, are one of the most common problems that you can find with regards to a child’s oral health. This is indeed a strange case, since tooth decay is easily preventable. One of the most important things you can do for your child is monitor his or her dietary habits. Carbohydrate-laden foods, such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta, as well as sugary stuffs, such as soft drinks, cookies and candies, should be kept to an absolute minimum. All of these foods can lead to deposits on the teeth, which can lead to plaque and tartar, which are the primary sources of tooth decay. Sensitive Teeth Usually, if your child’s teeth are sensitive, it is your child’s baby teeth that are the culprit. Numerous children, especially when the enamel on their teeth has not gained the strength that adults are used to, are subject to having sensitive teeth. This means that hot and cold substances can cause them mild annoyance to severe discomfort. Children who are subjected to poor dietary habits can also suffer from such problems, as sweets and carbohydrate-laden foods can lead to small cracks in the enamel of the tooth, which can cause sensitive teeth. There are numerous solutions to this problem, including tooth pastes especially designed for individuals with sensitive teeth, as well as nightguards specifically designed to curb sensitivity in teeth. Bruxism Bruxism, commonly referred to as grinding of the teeth, is a problem that is preventable, but can become a habit that seems so natural (and even addictive) that it can be a difficult phenomenon to put a […]

Tooth Damage In Your Child And How You Can Prevent It

Your child relies upon you as their parent to teach them how to take care of their oral health. If your child learns how to brush their teeth too aggressively, they can do permanent damage to their teeth. The following information explains tooth damage and how to prevent it by teaching your child proper brushing with a formed habit. Prevent Tooth Damage and Sensitivity According to a nationwide member survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry, one in three dentists say aggressive tooth-brushing is the most common cause of sensitive teeth. Your child may not see damage to their teeth this early in their life, but as they repeat the learned habit of aggressive brushing, their teeth will become damaged as they grow older.  When your child has learned to scrub their toothbrush over the surface of their teeth, it will wear it away at the enamel. Over time, this can leave channels along the base of their teeth and cause their gums to recede, exposing sensitive dentin. As your child becomes an adult, they may experience sensitive teeth when they eat hot, cold, or sweet foods as a result of their exposed dentin. Receding gums will expose the root of your child’s teeth when they are an adult, increasing the chance of them getting a cavity in that area. This can cause their teeth to be more prone to staining, sensitivity, and cavities, and it increases their risk of tooth loss.  Teach Good Brushing Technique As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your child new skills, including how to brush their teeth properly. While your child is young, they should learn how to brush their teeth without scrubbing or damaging their teeth and gums. And, if you are guilty of aggressively brushing on your own teeth, this gives you an opportunity to relearn this task the right way and make it your own habit.  When you brush your child’s teeth, use your fingertips to hold the brush, not the palm of your hand. Don’t bend the bristles on the toothbrush as you clean their teeth. Brush their teeth with a light touch, as if you were cleaning the surface of an expensive painting. While you do this, your child will learn how the toothbrush should feel as it cleans their teeth. Then, when they begin to do the brushing on their own, they will copy your movements.  Having a soft-bristled toothbrush may not be enough to protect […]

Internal Sinus Lifting And Maxillary Sinusitis: What You Need To Know

If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental implant can help restore your smile. Dentists can offer several types of implants, but surgery is often difficult in certain parts of the mouth. Sinus lifting is a form of dental surgery that can make it possible for a dentist to install an implant in your upper jaw, but this procedure can increase the risk of a disease called maxillary sinusitis. Find out how sinus lifting can affect your sinuses, and learn more about the risks you need to consider before you have this type of surgery. Why the upper jaw implants are sometimes tricky To successfully install a dental implant, you need to have enough bone height in the affected jaw. Bone loss sometimes occurs as a result of severe periodontal disease. If you have had missing teeth for a long time, you may also find that your body reabsorbs the remaining bone. Anatomically, the upper jaw bone is also naturally thinner than the lower jaw, which means that an implant could damage one of your sinuses. The shape and size of the maxillary sinus next to the upper jaw varies between patients, but the sinus can also grow larger as you age. As such, upper jaw implants are often more complex in older patients. How sinus lifting works Sinus lifting (also called sinus grafting or sinus augmentation) is a surgical procedure that increases the amount of available bone in your upper jaw. A dental surgeon can use bone from another part of your body (autogenous bone) or from a donor. Surgeons can now even use bone matter from a cow. There are various methods of sinus lifting. With internal sinus lifting, a surgeon will cut open the gum tissue where your back teeth were to expose the bone underneath. He or she will then open a small window in the bone, gently pushing the sinus membrane away from the jaw. The surgeon will then insert small particles of bone material into the space where the sinus was. He or she will generally add several millimeters or bone to the jaw. After four to nine months, the wound will heal, allowing your dentist to install dental implants. Unfortunately, complications can arise from this method. Complications from internal sinus lifting Internal sinus lifting normally leads to painful swelling and bruising, and a hematoma (a solid swelling of blood outside a […]

What You Should Know About Clear Braces

As an adult with crooked teeth, you don’t want to walk around with noticeable metal braces. There are a few invisible braces options that make straightening your teeth less noticeable. The term clear braces often refers to ceramic braces, and if you are thinking about correcting your crooked teeth, you need to check out these facts about ceramic braces. They Are Similar to Metal Braces The design of ceramic braces is basically the same as metal braces. The two main features that metal braces and ceramic braces share are the brackets and archwire. The brackets are those small squares that are bonded to the front of each tooth. The archwire is the wire that runs along the teeth, connecting each bracket. The wire is the force that pushes the teeth into their new position. Bands placed on the back teeth hold the wires in place, keeping them tight. Depending on your specific misalignment issues, there are other pieces that may need to be used, such as rubber bands, springs and hooks. Ceramic Braces Are Less Noticeable Than Traditional Braces The big difference between metal braces and ceramic braces is that they are less noticeable. The brackets are made from ceramic that is either tooth-colored or clear, which causes them to blend with your teeth. While some ceramic braces still have the silver-colored metal wire, some people choose a wire that is frosted to appear white or tooth-colored. If you need other pieces, such as rubber bands, they can also be clear or tooth-colored to create a less obvious appearance. Ceramic Braces Offer Excellent Results Because ceramic braces are basically the same as metal braces, they work exceptionally well. Other invisible options, such as Invisalign aligners and lingual braces, which attach to the back of your teeth, are not great at correcting severe misalignment issues. Ceramic braces can fix just about any problem to create the best results possible. Cost Sits Somewhere in the Middle When you compare the costs of the four common braces options (metal, ceramic, Invisalign and lingual), the cost sits somewhere in the middle. Metal braces are the cheapest option, costing $3,500 to $7,000. On the other end of the spectrum, you have lingual braces, which cost about $6,000 to $13,000. Invisalign and ceramic braces both sit in the middle, averaging between $3,500 and $8,000. The Brackets Require Care While modern ceramic dental brackets are made to […]

Keep The Tooth Fairy On Time: What You Need To Know About Your Child’s Baby Teeth

Every child loses their baby teeth at some point, but how and when those teeth come out is more important than you might think. If you’re not sure whether your child’s baby teeth are moving along in a healthy way, it’s good to understand what development should look like and what the potential complications are. When Will My Child Lose Their First Tooth? Children lose their baby teeth based on when they first started teething. Usually, the oldest tooth is the first to go, so keep an eye on the ones they grew in first. Normally, baby teeth start coming loose as early as age four or as late as age seven. If your child hasn’t had any loose teeth by age 8, you should consult a pediatric dentist. There may be nothing wrong, but there’s also a chance the adult teeth have become impacted and can’t grow in on their own. When teeth become loose, don’t be alarmed if they take weeks to come out. Some loose teeth will fall out just days after first being wiggled, but others can stay in place for over a month. Daily tooth wiggling will help the root break away safely and speed up the process, but make sure your children avoid pulling or jerking on the old teeth. Regular flossing and brushing both speed up baby tooth loss and help to prevent infection. What If A Baby Tooth Is Lost Early? Baby teeth aren’t permanent, but losing them before they’re ready to come out can cause some permanent damage to the teeth and gums. Children often lose teeth in accidents during sports or horseplay, but responding to the injury quickly can help you prevent further harm. If your child has knocked out a tooth that wasn’t previously loose, you should immediately seek out care from a pediatric dentist. This is especially important if the gums continue to bleed, since losing a tooth to trauma can sometimes cause injuries that require stitches to heal. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth lose the support it used to provide them. The longer a gap remains open, the easier it is for the teeth on either side of it to drift into the empty space, which blocks the adult tooth from coming in. To prevent this, dentists will place a temporary spacer in between your child’s remaining teeth. Once the new adult tooth started […]