Parents of newborn babies have a lot to deal with, from diapers to doctor appointments. Worrying about taking your baby to a dentist doesn’t have to happen until after the baby gets his or her first tooth – but how soon after that?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit a dentist by the time they are one year old. A good time to make the first appointment is when your baby gets his first tooth. If that seems a little early, consider that one in four preschoolers have cavities before they are four years old, with many kids getting their first cavity by the age of two. Continue reading
A bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health. Continue reading
Children live in a special world, where their top priorities are having fun, being silly, and avoiding activities that stand in the way of their good time. For this reason, children also tend to avoid daily rituals that don’t stimulate them in a fun way.
For most children, brushing teeth is ranked about as highly as cleaning a bedroom. So, how do you encourage enthusiasm in your children for something as necessary (and “boring”) as dental maintenance?
Most of us think of cosmetic dental treatments as an extravagance to be put aside for some future time. Fortunately the truth is that investing in a better smile can have a positive impact on more than just your looks.
Improve Your Oral Health?
If you have minor dental issues that you consider to be cosmetic, like slight spaces between your teeth, discolored teeth or a mild overbite, these issues could even be signs of problems that are developing or have the potential to cause oral health problems in the future. Continue reading
Most of us know what an overbite or underbite looks like, but there are other types of bad bites that can be less obvious. A healthy bite is one where your top and bottom teeth come together in a very precise way. If the bite is off, even a little bit, it can cause problems with your teeth, chewing and the function of your jaws. Dental problems can arise if you have a bad or uneven bite.
Crooked teeth can stress you mouth and jaws. If your teeth do not come together in a balanced way, you may unconsciously move your jaws in a way that eases discomfort or pain. Over time, this can affect the muscles and soft tissues of your face and jaw, causing TMJ symptoms. Continue reading
When you are going about your daily life, you probably are not thinking about the effect that bad habits have on the health of your teeth.If you are prone to any of these habits, let us know. We will schedule an evaluation to check the condition of your teeth and then discuss ways to break these bad habits or replace them with healthier ones. Below are a few bad habits that are harmful for your teeth.
We all know that soda is not great for our teeth. Soda is basically sugar water, regardless if it is diet soda or not. Soda is a highly acidic drink and this acid eats away at your enamel in the same way as the acids produced by bacteria. Instead of drinking soda, switch to water. To add some extra extra flavor, try infusing with fruit, cucumber or mint leaves. Continue reading
One of the most common dental conditions is tooth decay. Dental fillings are the most popular restorative dentistry procedures performed in our office every year. Patients of all ages are subject to tooth decay. The good news is that unattractive metal amalgam fillings are a thing of the past.
Amalgam fillings were the only option for repairing tooth decay years ago. Amalgam fillings could not adjust themselves to changes in temperatures and other conditions, they would move and eventually break within teeth over a number of months or years. This caused the fillings to fall out, or even worse, for teeth to crack. Continue reading
Eating habits and food choices can lead to tooth decay or cavities. Studies show that snacking on sugary foods and sipping sugary drinks all day long can damage your teeth. Plaque is a very sticky substance that adheres to a person’s teeth. Over time, the acid in the plaque will start to dissolve a person’s tooth enamel. This in turn leads to holes in the tooth, which are known as decay. There are a few measures you can take to prevent tooth decay.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
One of the most important things you can do is brush your teeth regularly and correctly. That is the first and foremost way to prevent against cavities, tooth decay and other unwanted germs in your mouth. Continue reading
Maintaining good dental health is very important in life. This is because teeth play a very crucial role in food digestion. The enamel of your teeth is a protective coating and is the hardest substance not only on your teeth but in the human body. Despite its strength it is possible to wear away at your enamel over time. Therefore it is important to understand how you can strengthen your tooth enamel.
Many adults have taken to drinking bottled water. This is not only bad for the environment, but for your teeth as well. Most city water sources provide fluoride that helps protect your teeth from decay. It is a good idea to drink tap water to continue to get the fluoride you need to strengthen your teeth. You should also use a fluoride toothpaste and speak to your dentist about getting fluoride treatments at your dental cleaning appointment. There are also some foods you can eat to aid in providing more fluoride to your teeth including green tea. Other drinks good for your teeth are cranberry juice and red wine. However, be aware of staining it can cause to your teeth. Continue reading
The effects of excess weight go beyond the known health risks like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is also linked to poor dental health, periodontal disease, and even tooth loss. Surprisingly, studies have shown that men and women who have a BMI of 30 and above experience a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than those who fall within the healthy body weight range. More surprisingly, women who are classified as overweight with a BMI that ranges between 25-30 have a greater risk of gum disease than men. It is believed that fat tissue creates a hospitable environment for macrophages, which can lead to inflammation and degeneration of gum tissue more easily. Continue reading