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Pediatric Dentistry Information

Posted in Pediatric Dentistry | May 15, 2015

iStock_000008235598SmallParents are often concerned about the quality of healthcare their children are receiving from their pediatrician or dentist. Whether or not the child is comfortable is a big part of a parent’s decision making when it comes to these types of situations. Pediatric dentistry specializes in taking care of the teeth of children, making sure they are preventing future problems by teaching them the proper way to keep their mouth clean.

Children and teenagers are covered by pediatric dentistry. Those dentists who choose to specialize in this area of the field will focus on helping very young children get used to dentist visits and not fear them. New parents sometimes don’t know when they should start taking their child to the dentist, how to treat a baby with new teeth coming in and what to do when there is a problem, such as infant cavities and baby bottle decay.

Once a child grows into the double digits, they are more able to handle their oral hygiene on their own, as long as they listen to the dentist and their parents. However, parents must train their children from infancy how to clean their teeth best by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash several times a day. At first, it is the parent’s job to clean their baby’s teeth. A pediatric dentist will help mom and dad know when, why and how.

Pediatric dentists will tell new parents that a baby does not need to have his teeth brushed more than once a day. When he gets old enough to have a full set of teeth even baby teeth, up the number to two. If you are new parent and you have questions about how to best care for your child’s teeth, be sure to ask your pediatric dentist what you want to know. They will provide all the answers you need to make sure your child has excellent mouth health and know exactly how to keep it that way.

 


What are Dental Bridges?

Posted in Dental Bridges | April 15, 2015

slide3We’ve all heard of crowns and bridges used being in dentistry, but have you ever wondered what they actually are? Many people don’t know what they are used for, even though they have been used in dental procedures practically since the beginning.

A bridge is a replacement tooth that’s attached to surrounding teeth permanently to replace a missing tooth. There are several kinds of bridges and they are made from different materials. Usually, a separate tooth is made and placed into the empty area. Other times, a tooth is created using a composite resin or a similar material. As the material is not the same as the natural tooth, the surrounding teeth must be reduced in size.

Bridges are typically made from porcelain that’s fused with metal or gold. Sometimes a bridge is made entirely of porcelain. Each material requires a certain amount of space, and the adjacent teeth will be reduced to accommodate the material being used.

A crown differs from a bridge as it repairs a tooth that’s still in place but has been broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged. Crowns can fix almost any broken tooth, unless there’s not enough of the tooth remaining on which to adhere the crown.  Bridges are used when the tooth or teeth are missing completely, whereas a crown is applied when the tooth is still salvageable.

If you need a crown or bridge, your dentist will discuss your options and explain the procedures carefully with you. You’ll want to be comfortable and secure with any procedure he recommends, so don’t hesitate to express any concerns you have.

The dentist knows the details about your particular case and will recommend what he thinks is best for you. As with any medical procedure, you should ask any questions you have before the procedure is performed. Your dentist wants you to be comfortable with your decision as much as you do!


Don’t be Scared of the Dentist

Posted in Oral Health | April 15, 2015

shutterstock_96317711Are you terrified about your upcoming dentist appointment? You aren’t alone. The fear of the dentist is very common. It’s unfortunate as proper dental care is essential for good overall health. How can you get rid of your fear of the dentist? Here are some tips:

  1. Take great care of your teeth. If you’re terrified to visit the dentist, you’re likely more scare of dental procedures and equipment than the actual dentist. In order to avoid procedures that include the drill or pliers, brush twice a day, floss regularly, and use mouth wash. Your teeth will love you for it and your dentist will approve.
  2. Find a dentist who you enjoy talking to and makes you feel comfortable. This goes for the staff, too. Do your best to notice friendliness when you visit a dentist for the first time. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a dentist who’s kind, funny, and efficient. Most dentists understand that patients are a bit uncomfortable in their chairs. But they want you to be as calm as possible.
  3. Remember that you aren’t alone in your fear. The number of people who miss, cancel, or never make dentist appointments out of fear would probably surprise you.
  4. Use breathing exercises before your appointment. Concentrate on your breath to remain calm.
  5. Schedule small appointments separately to avoid having multiple procedures on the same day. This will keep your mind at ease knowing that you only have to endure the procedure for a short time. However for some patients, this might not be the right approach. If you’re a “get it over with” kind of person, schedule everything all at once. Then mentally prepare for a long dental visit.

A Dental Examination: Are You Brushing and Flossing Properly?

Posted in Oral Hygiene | March 31, 2015

Dental DrillYou may think you’re an expert on brushing your teeth. After all, you’ve (hopefully) been doing it twice a day every day for your entire toothy life. If you’re 25 and started brushing your teeth yourself around the age of 2, this means you’ve brushed your teeth almost 17,000 times! However, are you actually doing it correctly? If you are missing a spot or incorrectly brushing your teeth, you’re not getting the full benefit of your toothbrush and paste.

Wielding Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is perhaps the most important tool in this process. The bristles should be relatively soft and rounded. But these bristles will wear out, and more quickly than you realize. One of the most common brushing mistakes is that you are brushing with an old brush. You should be replacing your toothbrush every 2-3 months.

The motions of brushing your teeth should be short and circular, like you’re scrubbing. You shouldn’t be pressing too hard, and if you’re smashing the bristles against your teeth, you are doing it wrong. Instead, keep things gentle. Brush the front and back of your teeth at a 45 degree angle, and brush the tops of your teeth straight on. Keep your brush moving so that you get all teeth multiple times.

You should also make sure to brush your tongue and palate. These are great places for cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Some toothbrushes today even have tongue scrapers added on the back of the bristle head.

Don’t Forget to Floss

If you are skipping your flossing session, you are definitely cleaning your teeth improperly. Flossing is so important, so don’t miss it.

Flossing is easy, once you find the right floss and know how to do it correctly. Hold your long string of floss with about 1 inch between your hands. “Saw” it in to the gaps between your teeth, but be gentle. You don’t want to force it down into your gums. When you get to the gumline, curve the floss up against your tooth and use it to scrape the side clean.

The Finishing Touches

Proper cleaning is easy, but it is surprising how many people make little mistakes with your teeth. Follow these steps, rinse your mouth well, and get your semi-annual professional cleanings, and you will truly be a teeth-cleaning pro.

 


Are Your Gums Bleeding?

Posted in Oral Health | March 15, 2015

233_2655384Do you notice a tinge of red every time you spit when brushing your teeth? That could be a sign that your gums are bleeding. The problem with many people is that they often ignore seemingly insignificant problems such as this, thinking that it is harmless and will disappear on its own. However, there are a variety of factors that may have caused your gums to bleed and some of them could be a sign of various oral health problems.

Possible causes of bleeding gums

Poor gum health is usually the reason why gums bleed. This traces back to your oral hygiene. It is essential to brush twice a day and to floss once a day. If you fail to practice such habits, your gums can become sensitive and start to bleed. Proper dental hygiene will improve the health of your gums and they will become less sensitive.

The risks of bleeding gums

Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease. It is important for this issue to be immediately assessed to prevent the growth of bacteria, and eventually, further gum damage.

If you have bleeding gums, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a consultation.


What Dental Procedures Require a Drill?

Posted in Dental Instruments | February 28, 2015

Dental DrillOne of the most frightening things about the dentist is the possibility of a dental drill being used. The sound of its high-pitched shrill can set people’s skin aflame with goosebumps. It is one of the main tools used in a root canal, which is one of the scariest dental procedures even if it really isn’t that bad for most people.

The drill is not just used in root canals, though. It is often used in cleaning procedures to remove decay. It can also be used to shape a tooth before a filling or crown is placed. If a filling or crown needs to be removed, a drill is used as well. The one drill is the main power source for many different attachments and tools as needed. So if you hear the sound, it may not mean actual drilling is happening.

The dental drill rotates at a terrifically high speed of up to 400k rpm. The attachments are called burrs and are used for many different applications. The drills themselves are usually diamond-coated steel.

Since the invention of the dental drill, there have been many technological advancements. There is now the water laser, for example, that make the dental drill almost unnecessary. Dentists and developers know that drill is linked to pain and can be the nightmares of children and adults alike. That is why they are pushing themselves to come up with alternatives when possible.

If you are scared of the dental drill, talk to your dentist about possible options and alternatives available for you.


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