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Dental Care And Children With Cleft Palates: What Parents Need To Know

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Children with cleft palates may require special dental care. Knowing what you can do to keep your child’s teeth healthy and his or her smile looking great is essential. Here are a few things to consider when preparing for your child’s dental hygiene. Coordinated Care Team Treating your child’s cleft palate means that you’ll need to seek care from several types of doctors. You’ll likely need to see a pediatric plastic surgeon, dentist, and orthodontist to provide a multifaceted approach to his or her oral health. In addition, you may also need the assistance of a speech therapist to help your child with any speech issues that the cleft palate might cause. Work with your pediatrician to find care specialists who have experience treating children with cleft palate. First Dental Visit Cleft palates can impact the positioning, number, and size of a child’s teeth. Scheduling a visit with a dentist before teeth start to come in can help you to know what to look for in terms of tooth growth. Your dentist can also show you how to care for your child’s teeth and gums to ensure that food particles don’t get stuck in the palate. Proper Dental Care Like any child, yours will need to brush and floss regularly to keep his or her teeth clean and healthy. A soft-bristled toothbrush can help to get the teeth clean without aggravating the palate area. You may find that you have to visit the dentist more often, particularly if your child has extra teeth that need to be removed. Your dentist will let you know if there are any other special precautions you’ll need to take, depending on the type and severity of the cleft palate. Post-Surgery Dental Care If your child has surgery to repair the cleft palate, your surgeon and dentist will show you how to care for your child’s teeth during recovery. Your child may be on a special diet of soft foods after the surgery, and eating utensils and straws are not recommended during the healing process. A large needle-free syringe or a squeeze bottle may make it easier for your child to eat yogurt, milkshakes and other blended soft foods. It’s important for your child to rinse his or her mouth out after eating to prevent food and liquids from building up around the incision. It may be a good idea to brush your child’s teeth to prevent him or her from accidentally touching the incision site. Caring for your child’s teeth and gums is an essential part of caring for your child’s teeth and gums. Work with your dentist to ensure that your child has proper dental care throughout childhood, and your little one can grow up with a beautiful, healthy...

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CAD/CAM Dentistry: The Future Is Here

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

In just about every area of life, computers and technology have dramatically improved products and services. The science and art of dentistry is no different. Now with the aid of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) which has been used in the manufacturing industry for years, dentists are now able to create superior crowns and veneers. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting advancement in dental technology. What IS CEREC? CEREC in the acronym for ceramic reconstruction. Crowns and veneers manufactured by CAD/CAM are made from ceramic, which is usually made primarily from a combination of the mineral feldspar and other materials. Feldspar is also high in silica, sometimes called quartz. Essentially, the final result is similar to a strong glass. What Is The Traditional Method Of Making A Crown? In order to fashion a crown the conventional way, an impression must be taken. This requires a warm wax-type substance that must be worked with quickly before it sets up. It is used to take an imprint of the tooth or, if the tooth is missing, the abutting teeth. This must then be sent to a dental lab, where the fake tooth is made. The resulting tooth is largely a combination of skilled guesswork and art, and while impressive, many times the process will need to be repeated, particularly if the initial impression was poorly done. How Does This Differ From Crowns Made By CAD/CAM? When your tooth (or the absent area between two teeth) is scanned by a computer, the resulting implant is far more accurate than the archaic, messy wax method. The computer reads the detailed measurements that the scanner took and then creates the tooth. The dentist can make subjective changes to measurements if needed during that visit rather than having to send the crown back to the lab for adjustments again and again. The dentist can also determine the tooth shade rather than just guessing. This entire process can all be done in one visit, from scanning to manufacturing the CERAC crown and installing the finished product. This saves the hassle of repeated visits. It also means you don’t have to leave the office with an unsightly, temporary metal crown, which frequently fall out, leaving you with extreme sensitivity. The advantage of one visit becomes even more obvious when it comes to repairing a damaged front tooth. You don’t have to have the embarrassment of a broken or chipped front tooth for any length of...

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Parental Tips For Ending The Nightly Fight About Toothbrushing

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you struggle to get your children to brush their teeth? Are you dreading the cavities that your family dentist will discover during your child’s next dental exam? In order to keep your child’s teeth in good condition, it’s important to establish good dental hygiene habits when they’re young. Unfortunately, this can be difficult to do when they don’t yet fully understand the consequences of not brushing. Instead of a daily fight with your child or children, here are some tips that will get them wanting to brush their teeth: Let them pick their own equipment: Just as you have your own favorite flavors, so do your children. The heavy mint taste of adult toothpastes can be too strong for a child, especially for younger children. Your child might prefer a berry-flavored toothpaste or a toothpaste that has no flavor at all. If you like to shop the sales, buying a sometimes-expensive separate toothpaste for each child may make you cringe. But just think of the money you’ll save at your family dentist when you don’t have to pay to have lots of fillings fixed. Similarly, let your children pick out their own toothbrushes. Younger children may enjoy character brushes that sing, blink, or otherwise do something when they brush. Older children may simply want a “cool” color that differentiates their brush from the brushes of everyone else. Offer daily rewards: Rewards can be something edible, such as a sugarless gum or candy that your family dentist says is okay to consume after brushing. Or it may be something less tangible, such as allowing your child to stay up a little later when he or she brushes his or her teeth. Whatever you choose to reward your child or children with, make sure that you reward them consistently. Children can’t always see long-term consequences, such as potential cavities, but they can easily grasp immediate rewards. As they grow older, good brushing should become a habit that no longer needs to be rewarded.  Don’t make a fuss: Sometimes, children are stubborn and will refuse to do something in an attempt to take control of a situation. While you don’t want to let them walk all over you, you don’t want to yell at your child or children for not brushing their teeth either. Yelling can make them subconsciously associate brushing their teeth with them having done something bad. Instead of yelling, acknowledge that your child did not brush his or her teeth and tell them firmly that you do not approve. You can then send them to bed early or take away a favorite toy as a consequence of his or her actions. If your child chooses to relent and brushes his or her teeth, the toy should be given back or they should be allowed to stay up until their usual bedtime. For a family dentist, click this link or do an online...

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Three Dental Veneer Questions Answered

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Correcting cosmetic dental issues can seem like an overwhelming task because you may find it difficult to understand the various treatments that your dentist can use to correct these problems. Dental veneers can be an effective solution for treating a host of issues that dental patients may experience. To help you better evaluate whether dental veneers will be a viable treatment for your issues, you might benefit from having the following three questions answered. What Is The Purpose Of Dental Veneers? When you have dental veneers installed, the dentist will apply thin shells to the surface of your teeth. These shells are designed to mimic the look and texture of natural teeth. As a result, this can be an extremely practical solution for repairing a host of cosmetic issues. For example, severe staining, chipping and cracks can be hidden by placing veneers over the damaged teeth. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, this treatment may also help to provide some structural support to teeth, which may help to reduce the risk of further cracking or chipping. How Will Your Dentist Install Veneers? When you receive dental veneers, it will be necessary for the dentist to remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth. This is done to make room for the veneer. While this may sound unpleasant, it will cause only minimal discomfort and will be completed fairly quickly. Once this layer has been removed, an adhesive will be added to the surface of the teeth before the veneer is placed on it. This process will be repeated for each tooth that requires the veneers, and the number of teeth that are receiving this treatment will determine the length of time that it will take. However, most patients will be able to have this procedure completed in a single session that will last no more than a few hours. Do Dental Veneers Need Any Special Care? Your new dental veneers will not typically require special care for you to maintain them, but you will still need to brush and floss as you would your natural teeth. Also, when you receive your dental cleanings, the dentist will need to inspect any of your veneers to ensure that the adhesive is holding the shell in place. Opting to have veneers installed can be a great option for addressing a number of cosmetic issues with your teeth. Appreciating the various issues that veneers can address, the process of installing veneers and the type of care that they will require will help you to make a sound choice when it comes to choosing your cosmetic dental...

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Teeth Whitening 101: 3 Tips For Using At-Home Whitening Strips

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are like most people, you probably yearn for a dazzling white smile. While you could certainly achieve this by going to the dentist, it might not be an expense that you can fit into your budget. Luckily, there are white strips that you can use to whiten your teeth at home. If you want to get the most out of these store-bought white strips, keep these three tips in mind: 1. Blot Teeth Dry One tip that you should consider implementing is blotting your teeth dry. Doing this before applying the white strips will ensure that all of the bleach penetrates the stains on your teeth, as they won’t be wet or slippery due to saliva. It will also ensure more even results, as all of your teeth will be the same dryness. So take a minute to blot your teeth before you apply the strips. 2. Choose A Kit Wisely You should also be very careful when choosing an at-home whitening kit. There are a variety of whitening strips on the market and some will work better than others. In general, try to stay away from one-hour whitening kits unless your teeth are already fairly white. Since it will take time to remove deep stains, you will usually want to opt for a kit that offers enough strips for one to two weeks. However, if you are simply maintaining your white teeth, a one-hour kit will work fine. Since the stains are shallow, these quick kits work great for maintaining your teeth in between more intensive teeth whitening sessions—whether at home or at the dentist office. 3. Position Carefully Finally, make sure that you position the strips carefully onto your teeth. Ideally, the strips won’t be touching your sensitive gums. Once in place, use your fingernail to gently smooth the strip onto your teeth. Move slowly to ensure the strip is completely touching every part of your teeth that you want whitened. This tip might be simple, but it will help tremendously when it comes to having evenly white teeth. Whitening your teeth at-home is certainly a budget-friendly method for achieving a dazzling smile. However, if you want to get the most out of your kit, you should follow these tips. As always, consult with your dentist before you attempt any type of at-home whitening to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, as whitening strips can cause some irritation. Contact a dental office like Treasured Smiles Dentistry to learn...

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3 Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you believe that your teeth are too yellowed or that they simply look either too large or too small? Then there are a number of procedures that a cosmetic dentist can perform that can help you out with this situation. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about just a few common cosmetic dental procedures that you might find of some interest. Enamel Contouring Enamel contouring is a process wherein the shape of your teeth themselves is altered. If you suffer from oddly shaped or badly damaged teeth, then this process might benefit you. Crowded and overlapping teeth are just two of the issues that enamel contouring aims to solve. The teeth in question are actually “shaved” using a set of specifically designed tools. This procedure aims to give a more traditional look to teeth that might look a bit odd. Gum Contouring If you believe that your teeth look either too small or too large, the process of gum contouring can help to rectify this issue. If you have a “gummy” smile, in which it might appear that your teeth are too small, the process of gum contouring will serve to raise your gums away from your teeth, revealing more of your teeth in question and giving you a whiter smile. On the other hand, you may believe that your teeth look a bit too large. Gum contouring works in this regard by thinning out your gums and arranging them in such a way that they are spread out a bit more over the teeth. This will give you a smile in which you can see less of your teeth and more of your gums. Teeth Whitening Among cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening happens to be one of the easiest tasks to perform. For those of you with yellowed teeth, due to either poor oral hygiene or smoking, this procedure will greatly benefit you. After a thorough cleaning of your teeth, a solution will be placed on them that will serve to get rid of the yellow tint. There might be cases where the yellowing might be a bit too ingrained within the teeth itself, and, as such, might require a stronger version of the solution that includes bleach. If you can benefit from any of the listed procedures, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment with a local cosmetic dentist’s...

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2 Natural Rinses To Help Avoid Developing A Receding Gum Line While Wearing Braces

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A receding gum line exposes the root of your teeth to the external elements. This cause tooth sensitivity and increased possibility of tooth decay. If your receding gums are left untreated for a long period of time, then this can result in you eventually losing your teeth. As a result, it is important, to try to prevent the issue before it occurs. Individuals who wear braces experience an increased likelihood of developing receding gums because it is a lot more difficult to thoroughly clean around braces. This allows bacteria to grow around your gum line. The easiest way to prevent this is by fortifying your dental care routine when you have braces. Luckily, there are a few natural rinses that you can use to help do this. Olive Leaf Rinse Olive leaf is an antibacterial herb that is used in times of sickness in order to kill off viruses and bacteria. The herb is commonly sold in health food stores as an extract. In order to create your olive leaf rinse, place a one or two peppermint leaves into a small pot of hot water. Add up to ten drops of the olive leaf extract to the water and place it on the stove to boil. Once it boils, remove it and set it aside to cool. Direct the rinse around your gum line. Use your mouth to guide it in between the brackets and small gaps. Keep he rinse in your mouth for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. Use the olive leaf extract at least once a day in order to keep bacteria away.  Oregano Rinse Oregano is commonly used as a seasoning to prepare meals, but it is also used to fight off bacteria infections. Dried oregano can be used to create a rinse that will help to keep your gums clean and prevent a receding gum line while you wear braces. Start by placing three spoonfuls of the dried herb in a bowl. Fill the bowl with hot water and add a slice of lemon. Cover the bowl and allow the mixture to steep for a few hours. Use the oregano rinse immediately after your meals in order to clean your mouth and protect against bacteria growth. Make sure to work the rinse around your braces and concentrate on your gum line. Keep the rinse in your mouth for several minutes before spitting and repeat this process. While wearing braces can make cleaning your teeth a bit more difficult it is not impossible. Receding gums can be prevented with the help of these antibacterial rinses. For further assistance, contact a local dentist, such as one from HC...

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Why Are Sugary Drinks So Problematic For People With Braces?

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You might be working to straighten your teeth, but you do get cravings for sugary drinks — maybe a carbonated soda or a cold bottled lemonade on a warm day. While you know that sugar isn’t good for your braces, it can’t be that big of a deal to consume a soda or other drink with sugar every once in a while. Or is it?   Many Sugary Drinks Have Low pH One of the biggest issues with many sugary drinks — soda, juice, and some tea or coffee beverages — is that they are very acidic. The low pH in the drink means that your teeth are at increased risk of decay at a time when they are more vulnerable because you can’t clean them quite as easily.  In fact, the acid in the drink can attack enamel right around where braces attach to the tooth. A single sip of a sugary drink can act as a catalyst to start the process of decay. Once the orthodontic appliance is removed, white spots or lines will remain because the area protected by a bracket for braces will be all right, but the space right next to them will show damage. Acid in Sodas Can Weaken Teeth’s Structure Phosphoric acid that is found in dark soft drinks and citric acid in lemon-lime sodas are dangerous to tooth enamel, even at low levels.  But it can also leach the calcium out of your bones and teeth over time, especially when combined with caffeine — which is in some dark sodas like cola and some root beer. Bone mineral density in women who drank cola regularly was 5.4 percent lower in their hip area than in those women who drank less than one serving per month. Just like the acid can impact bones, it can also weaken your teeth. Is There Any Way to Safely Consume a Sugary Drink? Any time you introduce an acidic, sugar-based food or drink into your mouth, you risk damage to your tooth enamel. But the reality is that you most likely will have the occasional beverage that you shouldn’t. Here are the steps you should take to enjoy the drink with the least destruction to your dental well-being: Choose the least acidic option. Cola may have up to 10 times the ability to damage your teeth as fruit juice does. When picking a soda, root beer may have less acid than colas. Pick the least bad drink that will satisfy your cravings. Always use a straw. The straw gives you the taste of the drink on your tongue but bypasses the teeth more than drinking from a glass, bottle or can. Consume the drink with food. Particular foods, including cheese and yogurt, have been shown to be especially good for oral health; cheese can even raise the pH in your mouth. Don’t linger over the drink. Drink it and stop so that the time your teeth are in contact with the acid is minimized. Rinse with plain water after your sugary drink. Dentists used to recommend that you brush as soon as possible after eating, but now there’s evidence to show that brushing tooth enamel weakened by acid could do more harm than good.   Brush regularly. While you shouldn’t brush immediately after eating or drinking...

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3 Benefits Of A Dental Bridge

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have decided to replace one or more extracted teeth, you may be considering a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance that is secured in the mouth of the patient. The bridge includes one or more false teeth in the center of the bridge with a dental crown on each side of the appliance. The false tooth or teeth replace the natural tooth or teeth that have been extracted, and the dental crowns fit over the teeth that border the gap left after the extractions. The dental crowns are secured to those teeth to ensure that the dental bridge remains stable in the mouth. In fact, the dental bridge becomes a permanent appliance in the patient’s mouth once the crowns have been bonded to the underlying teeth. Here are a few benefits of having a dental bridge: Appearance Gaps left by missing teeth can certainly cause one’s appearance to suffer. However, a dental bridge can restore the look of the patient’s smile. The crowns and false tooth or teeth of a dental bridge are matched to the color of the patient’s other teeth. In addition, a mold of the patient’s mouth is used during the fabrication of the bridge to serve as a guide. This ensures that the dental bridge and the contours of the crowns and false tooth or teeth match the patient’s mouth precisely. Chewing Ability If a bridge is used to replace multiple lost teeth, it may improve the patient’s ability to masticate his or her food. When multiple teeth are missing, it can be difficult to eat healthy foods that have a hard or coarse texture. Thus, the patient’s diet can suffer, and he or she may not receive the nutrients that are needed for optimal health. A dental bridge restores the chewing ability of the patient. In addition, unlike other dental appliances, such as traditional dentures, which may move about when the patient chews or speaks, a dental bridge remains firmly in place. Less Dental Shifting When a tooth is lost, the remaining gap in the mouth allows other teeth to migrate from their proper position. This can result in dental misalignment. However, when a dental bridge is installed, there is no gap remaining to allow extra space for dental movement. Thus, it is often best to have the dental bridge installed as soon after an extraction as possible If you are interested in having a dental bridge installed, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your...

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2 Dental Concerns That Could Affect Your Baby Or Toddler

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Even though very young children generally have a limited number of teeth, there are some dental concerns that primarily affect babies and toddlers. Here are two of them: Sucking the Thumb Your little one may have been sucking his or her thumb since before he or she was born. However, this seemingly harmless practice can become problematic if it continues during the period in which your child’s teeth are presenting.  As your child sucks his or her thumb, pressure is placed on the palate. This pressure can cause teeth to become misaligned over time. In addition, the sucking may affect the child’s bite, causing the teeth of the top and bottom palate not to meet as they should. Often, these issues can be treated using orthodontic devices, but they may be avoided altogether if thumb sucking is stopped early enough. Here are a few ways to help encourage your child not to suck his or her thumb: Give your little one other things to keep his or her thumbs busy. If your child’s hands are occupied with toys or other objects, he or she is less likely to suck his or her thumb. A child may suck his or her thumb even while sleeping. If this is the case with your child, you may be able to remove the thumb from your child’s mouth during episodes of rest without your little one even knowing that you are doing so. Praise your child for any progress. Instead of shaming or scolding your little one you can reward him or her for refraining from the undesirable activity.  Bottle Feeding, Especially During Rest  Feeding your child from a bottle doesn’t usually cause many problems before your little one’s teeth start to erupt. However, it’s never a good practice to use a bottle filled with milk or juice as a soothing or comforting tool.   Some parents offer their child a warm bottle of milk to help lull him or her to sleep. However, the use of milk, juice or other sugary drinks during periods of rest can result in baby bottles mouth, which is a form of severe dental decay.  The liquid tends to pool in the mouth of the child as he or she rests. In addition, as a child sleeps, the swallowing reflex is less active and saliva production is slowed. The teeth are bathed in the sugar solution until the child wakes or the bottle falls from his or her mouth.  To help prevent issues with bottle-related decay, try the following:  Use an alternative soothing method, such as rocking your baby or offering him or her a pacifier. Exchange juice or milk for water. Water will not decay the teeth if a child falls asleep. To learn more about issues that can affect your baby’s dental health, consult with someone who specializes in dentistry for children in your...

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Get Better Sleep To Prevent Teeth Grinding

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you grind your teeth at night, you may have experienced problems such as tooth damage and jaw pain. These aren’t fun to deal with, so you’re likely curious as to how to stop engaging in the habit. There are many methods to help prevent teeth grinding, but one you may not have thought of is to get better quality sleep. Fatigue is linked to teeth grinding, so you will want to do what you can to get refreshing sleep every night. Below are some tips on how to achieve this. Fall asleep/wake up at the same time each day To adopt better sleeping habits, the first thing you should do is set a time to go to bed and wake up each day. You should take your daily habits into account when deciding on these times. For example, if you work at 9 am and need 2 hours to be at work on time, you should plan to wake up for 7 am. Decide on how much sleep you need to feel well-rested, and subtract this amount of hours from your set wake-up time. This will determine the time you should be asleep by. Avoid sleeping in on weekends You will get your best quality sleep if you have consistency in your sleeping schedule, and this includes weekends. So if you use weekends to catch up on sleep, it is time to change that! Do what you can to get an appropriate amount of sleep each and every night. This may involve increasing the amount of hours you sleep if the current amount doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed. Create a pre-bed routine If you suffer from insomnia, you will want to create a nightly routine to help you relax before bed. This may involve activities like reading a book, practicing meditation, or listening to calming music. Experiment with different things to see what helps you relax the most. And whatever you do, avoid checking your phone or computer! Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed Caffeine and alcohol interfere with sleep quality, increasing the odds you will grind your teeth at night. So watch your intake of these substances before bed. You may want to create a log of what you drink each day to see if your teeth grinding symptoms (such as jaw pain and headaches) increase after drinking certain things. The above tips should help you get the restful sleep you need to prevent teeth grinding. However, if you don’t notice a change in how often you grind your teeth, you will want to consult with a dentist to learn more about this...

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