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What to Expect at your Child’s First Dental Visit?

This appointment is sometimes called a “check-up” because the dentist is taking a look at your gums and your teeth and checking to make sure they are healthy. The dentist will use this special tool that will let him feel all the little places on each of your teeth. Why does the dentist need this tool? The tooth looks small to us, but to the tiny, tiny sugar bugs, it’s a BIG PLACE! So this tooth counter goes on explorations to find tiny places where these sugar bugs are hiding. In fact, we also call the tooth counter an explorer because it explores your tooth. When the dentist is counting your teeth, you feel this little explorer tool “finding” these hiding places for the sugar bugs. Don’t worry; this won’t hurt you. The dentist cares about you, and wants you to feel safe and comfortable during your first and all visits to the dentist office.

Your mouth is a dark place, so how can the dentist see everything? Well, it’s simple. The dentist has a fancy light attached to his chair, and he can shine it in your mouth! Also, there is a small mouth mirror. It’s like the mirror in your bathroom, but much smaller. It’s so small, that it fits in your mouth! The light and the mirror really help the dentist see everything. The dentist or a handy assistant will also takes pictures of your teeth. These pictures are really important because they help the dentist see how your teeth are growing. What makes these pictures really special is that these pictures are like Superman’s x-ray vision which helps him see through buildings and objects. Just like Superman, you get to wear a cape when you get your tooth picture taken.

The tooth brush the dentist uses to clean your tooth is amazing! It actually tickles your teeth. You may call it the tooth-tickler. The toothpaste used by the dentist makes your tooth really smooth and slippery. Actually, your teeth become so slippery that the sugar bugs have a hard time holding on to your tooth! The dentist’s assistant has a straw called, “Mr. Slurpy.” This straw sucks all of the sugar bugs and water so that we can get rid of as much of them as possible. It also makes noise that can scare the sugar bugs! There is also this amazing tool that can blow air, and squirt water. The dentist uses this tool to help him see the bugs so that he can either blow them away or wash them away.

After your cleaning, the dentist will use one of his magical paint brushes to paint a medicine on your tooth that makes your tooth’s armor REALLY strong! It is called fluoride. This feels a little sticky at first, but as the enamel armor becomes stronger, the sticky feeling goes away. Why do you think you want your armor stronger? After this visit, the dentist will come up with a plan to protect your teeth, and to keep them healthy and beautiful. If the sugar bugs are breaking through the armor of your teeth, the dentist will fix it for you!

PARENTS: During the check-up, or first-visit, the dentist will get to know you and your child. The developmental status of your child will be assessed, such as height and weight, and of course the status of the teeth and gums. The dentist will inspect all teeth in the mouth, but also teeth that have yet to grow into the mouth. In order to see these teeth, x-rays will be exposed. We call an x-ray, a picture because your child will understand this. The “cape” is the lead apron that is worn with every x-ray.

Again, language is important. As stated above, fluoride is vastly important to the health of teeth. Fluoride acts to reinforce enamel so that it is more resistant to cavities. Essentially, the bacterial acids do not erode fluoridated enamel with the same ease as teeth with little or no fluoride. It is important to determine if your tap water is fluoridated. It is paramount to discuss this with your dentist. If your water is not fluoridated, your household may have increased susceptibility to cavities. Your dentist may prescribe supplemental fluoride if deemed necessary. Here is a fact that most dentist agree on: when treating your child, allow the dentist to be the authority figure. It is at times confusing to the child when two adults are giving multiple instructions. When children become uncooperative, allow the dentist to take control. Please do not make any threats to discipline, or bribe your child. The dentist will calmly take control and render treatment in an atraumatic, encouraging method to ensure your child remains comfortable.


Toddlers Teeth Grinding
Bruxism is the habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. It is a very common problem, most people are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth because they do it while they sleep. With grinding, the teeth slide back and forth over each other and with clenching the teeth and jaws are held tightly together. Most people realize they are grinding or clenching their teeth only after they begin to experience pain. Bruxism affects children and adults alike; it is not an age related problem. Pain or discomfort from colds, ear infections, allergies, dehydration or other ailments may cause children to grind their teeth. Parents can often hear the teeth grinding while their child sleeps. Most children will grow out of bruxing as they lose primary (baby) teeth and their permanent (adult) teeth begin to erupt.

People who grind or clench their teeth at night often wake-up with a headache, earache, or toothache as a result of bruxing during the night. In addition, the pressure on the teeth from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the teeth. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying dentin of the tooth becomes exposed. This exposed dentin causes the tooth to be sensitive to temperature changes and pressure as it leads directly to the tooth’s nerve. The exposed dentin is very soft and susceptible to decay. Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage and cause prior crowns and other dental restorations to need to be replaced. Bruxing can also loosen teeth leading to tooth loss.

Bruxism causes irreversible damage to the teeth and damage to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) of the jaw. Muscle spasms in this joint cause pain and can limit how wide the mouth can opens. In some cases it even prevents the mouth from opening or closing completely, a condition commonly referred to as “lockjaw.”

The causes of bruxism are not fully known, several factors may be involved, among them are, stressful situations, sleeping disorders, an abnormal bite and crooked or missing teeth. Bruxism tends to be cyclical. People will grind their teeth for a period of time, then stop for a while and later return to bruxing again. Stress in our daily life is believed to be a contributing factor. Unfortunately, there is not a definitive cure for bruxism. The best way to treat it is to intervene early with a night guard that will protect your teeth and your TMJ from permanent damage. Regular dental check-ups are important for detecting damage caused during the early stages of bruxism. A dentist will look for abnormal wear spots on the teeth and evaluate for other possible symptoms. A night guard may be recommended to help protect the teeth and TMJ from the effects of bruxism. Night guards are made out of acrylic and are custom made to fit each person. They are worn while sleeping in order to prevent further wear and possible cracking of the teeth. The night guard slips over your teeth on either your upper or lower jaw. The guard works by preventing contact between opposing teeth on the upper and lower jaws. A night guard will relieve some of the pressure caused by grinding or clenching. Some individuals find the night guard relieves tension headaches caused by their constant muscle spasms.

It is necessary for chronic bruxers to protect their teeth as it is more difficult and expensive to restore broken or worn teeth. Your dentist can make a custom night guard that will provide you with the highest level of protection from further wear. Another option is a “boil and bite” mouth guard that can be purchased from your local drug store.


Baby Tooth Decay

Childhood dental caries also known as baby bottle tooth decay is a bacteria that is caused by exposure of infants teeth to liquids containing sugar such as milk or juice. Its prevalence is epidemic and scientific evidence suggests that it is infectious and transmissible disease. Streptococcus mutans being the primary microbiological agents involved. Caretakers with untreated disease may transfer the disease to kids without being aware of it. Frequent consumption of liquids containing fermentable carbohydrates may increase the risk of this. Poor feeding practices may lead to severe early childhood caries. Frequent bottle feeding at night and repetitive and extended use of no-spill training cup may lead to this problem. Infants and toddlers experiencing tooth decay have much greater probability to develop dental caries in primary as well as in permanent teeth.

The child becomes susceptible to decay as soon as the first tooth appears usually at around six months of age or so. Severe tooth decay may need dental restoration or extraction, but prevention is better because tooth decay is preventable. Liquids that may cause this problem may include milk, formula, fruit juice, sweet beverages, etc. Decay may occur when sweet liquids or candies are left in the mouth for extending period of time. Each time a child drinks these liquids bacteria in the mouth use these sugars as food and produce acid. Acid produced by bacteria attacks for 20 minutes or longer and after many attacks, the teeth can start to decay. How often and for how long you put these into your child’s mouth will determine the health of your child’s teeth. Giving sweetened drinks many times a day and allowing the child to sleep with the bottle in mouth may develop and progress dental caries. Use of topical application of antimicrobial therapy appears promising. Mothers should make sure not to share their forks spoons and utensils with their kids at early stage. Sterilized bottles and utensils should be used. Frequent feedings with sugar also needed to be avoided.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Following points needed to be looked into to prevent dental caries:
Regular flossing.
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes.
Brush your teeth the right way and learn different techniques of brushing.
Fluoride containing mouth wash can also prevent tooth decay.
Do not drink after using a mouth wash.
Make use of natural mouth wash e.g. apple cider vinegar.
Try to avoid consumption of high carbohydrates and sweet food.
Choose from healthier food choices for strong and healthy teeth and gums.
Instead of refined carbohydrates make good use of whole grain cereals and other complex carbohydrate sources.
Avoid all sources of sugar for over all good health benefits as well as for healthy teeth and gums.
Use sugar free chewing gum after meals.
Rinsing your mouth after each meal and drink will have long lasting good effects on teeth, mouth and gums.
Drink tap water if fluoridated.
Avoid too frequent snacking.
You may use dental sealants to avoid dental cavity.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing.
You may also opt to take fluoride oral supplements.


Pediatric dentist – gtg

Your children really need to see their kids dentist on a regular basis, not only for your children, but also for yourself. Even if your children brush their teeth regularly many things can happen that only regular check ups and a professional cleaning can address. Teeth are an invaluable part of a persons mouth as well as their overall health, more than most people realize. Here are just some of the problems and costs that not getting a regular dental checkup:

A visit to your kids dentist is very important as no matter how good your child brushes, there are going to be times when they get a cavity. Not doing something about it will just make it worse, until it is going to make their tooth rot away. This is going to cause bad breath, and it will cost far more to have it extracted than just taking care of it in the first place. If the cavity is close to other teeth, that one cavity can start to create problems for all the teeth next to it.

Your kids dentist is your best bet to insure your child starts their young years with the proper respect for their teeth and gums. If you have ever seen the movie “Castaway” with Tom Hanks, you get a glimpse of what happens if your children don’t take care of your teeth. Not only is your child’s mouth going to hurt, but can have headaches, infections of the mouth and gums that can spread to other parts of your body, and in worst case scenarios, even cause death. If you don’t get your children in for regular checkups, they face a whole lifetime of problems with their mouth and gums, and this doesn’t even begin to cover deformities, or the need for tooth straightening.

Over the course of your child’s lifetime, the costs of not visiting your kids dentist and getting regular check ups far outweigh regular exams. A standard office visit may cost you a hundred dollars, every six months or so, but having to have teeth removed, or even more extensive surgery can add up to thousands of dollars. Many insurance companies even cover the costs of preventive dental maintenance, but don’t cover the costs of having to have work done because of your own negligence.

If you take your child regularly to your kids dentist, not only will a dentist be able to spot problems early on and right away, but usually be able to take care of them with minimal costs. Waiting and going in only when your child absolutely has too, will cost you much more, take far longer per visit, and the healing time will be longer, or their mouth may not even heal at all.

Over all the cost of not visiting your kids dentist far outweigh going in on a regular basis. Usually, if routine check ups are started early in children, and the basic guidelines for proper dental hygiene are followed, routine visits can be as little as once a year. Some dentist even give family discounts, and have payment plans for those who don’t have insurance.


Getting your child into a regular pediatric dentistry program is very important for their future condition of their teeth. Its amazing that the same people who would never consider missing an appointment with their barber, hairdressers or even their car mechanic or astrologer think nothing of canceling their child’s regularly scheduled dental appointment without a qualm. When you stop to consider that keeping a regularly scheduled dental appointment twice a year can save your child’s health, their looks and your money why would you not want to make these visits a priority?

Regular Pediatric Dentistry Visits Can Help Keep Your Childs Teeth and Mouth Healthy

The condition of your child’s teeth and gums can affect their overall health to a large degree. Loose or missing teeth and cavities can make eating painful, causing those who have such conditions to avoid fresh raw fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods simply because it hurts to chew these foods. This can lead to a lack of much needed vitamins and minerals which can effect their energy, their moods and even their ability to fight other illnesses. In addition periodontal disease has been linked to such serious health conditions as diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimers. Regular visits to your child’s dentist will enable their dentist to check the condition of their teeth and treat any problem that may arise while it is small and easily treatable thus saving your child from the risk of more serious health problems down the line from conditions and diseases that could have been easily treatable if found early.

Regular Pediatric Dentistry Visits Helps Your Child To Look Better

Let’s face it, no one looks their best when they have yellow, stained, chipped, or even missing teeth. Regular visits to their dentist often includes periodic teeth cleaning, capping, and treatments to keep your teeth healthy, white, and looking their best. In the event that for some reason a tooth does need removed their dentist can do it quickly and painlessly and then make them a bridge so that no one needs to know that they ever had a tooth removed. He also gives them advice on things they can do at home to help keep their teeth looking their best between dental check ups which all results in helping them to look your best, day in and day out. After all, everyone knows that a white dazzling smile makes people look friendlier, happier, and more confident than people whose smile is less dazzling.

Pediatric Dentistry Can Save You Money

Many people put off their regular dentist visits saying they simply cant afford the cost of these twice yearly visits. While dental visits aren’t cheap and we all understand that economic times are difficult the cost of dental and other medical care will be much higher if you have periodontal disease, cavities, or other dental problems and leave them untreated. Not to mention that you could be setting your child up for months of pain which in turn can affect your overall health and result in loss of wages. In the end, you can end up spending huge amounts of money you cant afford on medical bills that could have been avoided. When you think about all the reasons why you should take your child to visit their dentist regularly shouldn’t you make those visits a priority in your life?


Finding the Best Children’s Dentist

Alongside finding the best doctor available in your area, finding a good children’s dentist is equally as important. Your child’s teeth need to be looked after as well as the rest of their body; if they do not receive proper dental care then it can influence how they feel physically and medically. Their smile is one of the first things that people see, and you want it to look its best at all times. Visiting the dentist regularly can help them achieve this.

There are some basic things you should look for when trying to find the best children’s dentist in your area. You should find one that is of course fully qualified, you can ask to see what qualifications they have. In many situations they are on display in their office or reception area. If you are at all concerned you can search for them on the internet and check their patients comments about them. You should feel comfortable around your child’s dentist, and they should have good patient skills. A good dentist will be prepared to listen to you and your child, regarding your worries or concerns. You often don’t want to have to tell the receptionist how you feel; you want to be able to tell the person who is treating your child.

Often children visiting the children’s dentist are nervous, so making them feel at ease is very important. You want to have a dentist who explains what they are aiming to do, and not over complicate the procedures. It is nice to know what the dentist is aiming to do before they place a drill in your child’s mouth and you can’t say no. The cost will come into deciding which dentist to visit; it is not cheap to see a dentist so make sure that you choose him wisely as if you are not happy with the work you will still often have to pay.

Asking people in the local area will give you an idea of who the good and bad children’s dentists are. If someone’s child has had a bad experience with a dentist then they are often willing to tell everyone why. This can be a good opportunity to hear the dentists good and bad points. Although remember that some of it could be made up, so you need to ask a few people to establish a fair opinion on them. Visiting the dentist clinic unannounced will give you a good idea of how they work. If they have no patients at that time then ask to see in their dentist room. Ensure it is clean and that you feel everything looks safe and hygienic for your child. Often a good dentist will have a waiting list for patients, so if you can phone up and make an appointment immediately then this might be a concern.

Once you have found a children’s dentist that you are happy with, and then ensure you go and have your child’s teeth checked out. Your child needs to keep them looking their best for the next time you want to smile at someone. If you are happy with the treatments they got then ensure you tell people, as someone else might be looking for a good pediatric dentist. And the best way of letting people know is word of mouth, this is very important in business.


You may think that choosing a pediatric dentist is a simple thing to do as there are many resources both online and off line that you can search through. As pediatric dentistry procedures are incredibly important for child, you want to make sure that you are choosing the right dentist to work with. Here are five things that you should be looking into when you try to choose a pediatric dentist.

You should first find out all that you can about the experience pediatric dentist has. How long have they been practicing? You should most definitely keep in mind that the more experience that the dentist has the better the chance you have for your procedures to turn out just the way that you want them to.

You need to be asking for referrals from the pediatric dentist that you are considering working with. Getting referrals for dentists is going to give you first hand information concerning everything from the performance of the dentist to simply how pleasant they are to converse with.

Next you should be checking to see what the pediatric dentist’s availability is. Will they be available on both week days and weekends? Will they be able to give a phone consultation? The times that the dentist you are going to work with for pediatric dentistry will affect your daily schedule so at the very least you need to be able to discuss issues with you by phone.

When you are speaking with your potential pediatric dentist you should ask to see pictures of the procedures that you are looking to have done. This is a really smart idea as you will be able to get an idea about what your teeth will look like after the procedures that you are having done have been completed. Additionally you should be looking into asking what is all involved in the dental procedure or procedures that you will having. This way you will have a much better understanding of the entire pediatric dentistry process.

What are the possible complications of having a pediatric dentist procedure done? Are there any potentially serious risks that you should be informed of before making the choice to have it done? Any competent dentist will fill you in on all of the risks and complications that are involved in all pediatric procedures. You should also be sure to consult with the dentist to see what the cost for all of the procedures will be. This will assist you in budgeting money for any costs that your insurance might not cover. You want to find a dentist to work with that will do a quality job on a pediatric dentistry procedure at a fairly reasonable price.

If you can get quality answers to these questions while you are looking for a pediatric dentist for your child, then you are well on your way to finding a great dentist that will have your child’s teeth looking fantastic. Never be afraid to ask any questions and it is always worth it to you to get the answers you are looking to get.


Crowns And Bridging

A root canal is a dental procedure that all of us are familiar with. Root canals are something we all dread, although when someone else is getting the procedure most of us find it to be somewhat amusing. When someone asks for a root canal on the other hand, most of us, including dentists, find it to be very absurd to say the least.

A crown is fabricated using an indirect procedure. The tooth is modified and prepared by using special instruments and a copy of the tooth preparation is made is made by taking an impression The crown is then “permanently” cemented onto your tooth preparation. A fixed bridge refers to a prosthesis that will span the area of a missing tooth, known as a pontic. The procedure involves a local anesthetic and the preparation of two or more abutment teeth. Once this has been accomplished, an impression is made and sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication of your new tooth. This procedure will take five to ten days and will encompass two to four appointments. (A crown procedure takes two to three office visits.)

Although many aren’t aware of this, root canals have been around for many generations. Many years ago, ancient civilizations used this method to save teeth that would have been lost otherwise. These civilizations offered root canals to those such as queens, kings, pharaohs, and the rich. The teeth from peasants were normally extracted and sold to aristocrats.

Many years ago, doctors believed that worms were the reason for tooth decay. They also believed that there were many ways to kill the worms, including rinsing the mouth in one’s own urine both day and night. Although this is sick to say the least, this remedy was discarded in 1728, proven to be non effective and replaced by other more suitable treatment. As time passed, doctors proved that the best way to stop the pain was to clean and remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth.

Root canals are a very common procedure these days, as they help to save the tooth by removing the dead or dying pulp. The pulp exists inside of the tooth, and can spread to abscess if it isn’t taken care of. The tissue in the pulp is kept alive by the blood vessels that come from the tip of the root and travel along the root canal into the tooth.

Decay is the main reason for pulp in the tooth dying. Once the decay has reached the pulp, it will keep eating away until the pulp has died. Once it dies, the toxins from the decay will be released into the root tip and make its way into the jawbone. If not taken care of properly, the jawbone can become infected, which can lead to death in rare cases.

To fix this problem, the dentist will need to perform a root canal. During the procedure, he will numb the area then drill a hole into the tooth. Using various tools and equipment, he will go down inside of the tooth and scrape away the nerves and dead pulp. This is a very effective procedure, although very time consuming as well. In most cases, a root canal can take several hours, although it is the only way to stop the dying pulp and save the tooth. Even though it may take a long time – it is more than worth it when it saves your tooth from being extracted.


All About Cavities

A cavity is a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time. Cavities are also called dental caries.

But why would your tooth develop a hole? Blame plaque. That’s a sticky, slimy substance made up mostly of the germs that cause tooth decay. The bacteria in your mouth make acids and when plaque clings to your teeth, the acids can eat away at the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel.

If you don’t go to the dentist, the acids can continue to make their way through the enamel, and the inside parts of your tooth can begin to decay. If you’ve ever had a toothache or heard an adult complain about one, it may have been because there was a cavity that reached all the way inside a tooth, where the nerve endings are.

Cavities are a form of tooth decay. Tooth decay is enhanced by what we consume, how we take care of our teeth, and the amount of fluoride in our toothpastes. If your family has a history of tooth disease or teeth problems, then you may inherit same. This is very common, as many people inherit tooth problems that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Cavities are a very serious situation, and if left untreated, can result in the destruction of the tooth. This can also destroy the nerves as well, resulting in an abscess. An abscess is very serious, as it infects the root tip. If left untreated, an abscess can result in death. Although you may not realize it, cavities are a very serious matter that can quickly spread to something even more serious.

Adults who suffer from a dry mouth are more at risk for cavities, as they have a lack of saliva in their mouth. Dry mouth is very common, and is normally the result of medications, illness, and radiation treatments. Tobacco users will also suffer from dry mouth, as the tobacco will use up the saliva in the mouth and leave the user with nothing to keep his or her mouth moist.

If you visit your dentist on a regular basis, he will check for cavities. Without visiting the dentist, it is impossible to tell whether or not you have a cavity. Most cavities develop below the gums, and you won’t be able to see them. If the cavity exists in the tooth, you will be able to see it, as it will change the color of the affected area. If you notice a color change or a blackened area in your tooth, you should make an appointment with your dentist immediately.

What you consume is a big contributor to cavities. If you consume a lot of candies or drink a lot of soda, you will be at a higher risk for cavities. Foods that are rich in sugar or starch are consumed by bacteria found in plaque, which will produce acids that eat through teeth. This acid is very harmful to teeth, as it can eat through the dentin and enamel in no time at all. If you don’t do something about it, the acid will continue to eat at the tooth until there is nothing left – leaving you no choice but to get the tooth extracted.

Over time, the tooth enamel will begin to break down beneath the surface of your tooth, even though the surface will appear to be fine. Once the acid has managed to eat away enough of the enamel below the surface, the surface will collapse, which results in a cavity. After this has happened, if you don’t get it treated, the tooth will continue to be eaten and the cavity will continue to spread until all of the tooth has been consumed, after which the enamel will be gone and your root will be exposed – which can be very painful.

Cavities will more than likely develop in the pits of chewing areas around the back teeth, between your teeth, or near the gum line. No matter where they occur, the easiest way to spot them is to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to do x-rays and find out just how bad they are and tell you what options you have. If you visit him in time, he will be able to save the tooth and stop the cavity before it spreads throughout your tooth.


Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.

Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental caries—an infectious disease—is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.

Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:

•Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child

•Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations

•Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)

•Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)

•Repair of tooth cavities or defects

•Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder

•Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease

•Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth

Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind.

A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. When your pediatrician suggests that your child receive a dental exam, you can be assured that a pediatric dentist will provide the best possible care.

There are many children and adolescents that require clinical care by a pediatric dentist, physician, or other healthcare professional.

Thumb sucking is one of the most common habits of children. The habit starts early in life, with 90 percent of newborns showing some form of hand sucking by 2 hours of age.

Thumb sucking is normal in infants and young children and should cause no permanent problems if it is not continued past the age of 5. Likewise, it is generally harmless for infants to use pacifiers.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that most children stop thumb sucking on their own between the ages of 2 and 4. The Academy states there is no reason to be concerned until the front teeth start erupting. At this point, some problems may occur, including bite problems, or protruding front teeth. Other problems that may occur with thumb sucking are sore thumbs, infections, and calluses on the thumb.

It is thought that pacifier use may actually be better than thumb sucking for the following reasons:

•Pacifiers are softer and cause less damage to the teeth.

•The plastic rim on the pacifier provides some relief of the tension placed on the teeth.

•Pacifiers can be cleaned.

Consult your child’s physician if you are concerned with your child’s thumb sucking. Generally, it is not a problem for children under the age of 5.

A baby’s first tooth usually appears between the ages of 5 and 7 months. Some babies get their first tooth a little earlier and others a little later. Often, the two middle bottom teeth come through the gums first, followed by the middle four upper teeth. By the time children are 30 months (2 and 1/2 years) of age, all 20 baby teeth are usually present.

Teething is the process of teeth moving and breaking through the gums. This is a normal developmental stage for your baby.

What are the symptoms of teething?

The following are the most common symptoms of teething. However, each baby may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

•drooling more than usual – drooling may start as early as 3 or 4 months of age, but is not always a sign of teething

•constantly putting fingers or fists in the mouth – babies like to chew on things whether or not they are teething

•swollen, or puffy area on gum

•fussiness or crankiness

Teething does not cause colds, diarrhea, or high fever, but it can make a baby uncomfortable. If your baby becomes sick around the same time teeth are coming in, it is important to evaluate the symptoms of that illness independently of the teething. Call your child’s physician for advice if your baby is sick.

How can you help your child with the discomforts of teething?

If your baby is cranky with teething, try giving him/her hard rubber toys, teething rings, or cold teething toys to chew on. Do not freeze teething toys or rings as these can hurt your baby’s gums. You can also rub your baby’s gum with your finger. Teething gels (i.e., Anbesol®, Orajel®) are not needed or helpful as they are quickly washed off with drooling. Something cold on the gums usually soothes and numbs the gums better. Ask your baby’s physician about pain relieving medications for teething.

Nursing caries, or tooth decay, can be caused by children sleeping with bottles. This is also called baby bottle tooth decay. It is caused when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice – anything except water. It usually affects children between the ages of 1 and 2 years. Breastfed infants who fall asleep while breastfeeding are also at risk.

The following are the most common symptoms of nursing caries. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

•white spots on the teeth

•early development of cavities (brown areas on the tooth that lead to tooth destruction)

The following are suggestions to help prevent nursing caries:

•Do not allow your child to go to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water.

•Wean your child from the bottle in a timely manner.

•Begin good early mouth care of the gums and teeth.

•Give fluoride supplementation, as recommended by your child’s physician.

•Have early dental visits for your child.


A child suffering from a toothache is not the only one suffering. The parents are also suffering as they don’t want to see their child in pain. It is imperative to see a pediatric dentist immediately.

In our modern world, toothache is very preventable. We only have to learn things that make up what we call as good oral hygiene. There are five things to consider when we talk about this.

Good oral hygiene does not only give our kids the pleasure of flashing that perfect smile but also being confident with themselves. And we don’t really have to worry about toothaches if we teach our kids to prevent them with good oral hygiene.

Here are the top five things to do in order for our kids not to suffer from a toothache:

Lessen their sugar intake- all kids have a sweet tooth. But it does not necessarily mean that we will be frequently giving them sweets and drinks with high sugar content. The idea is to reduce the amount of sugar that our kids take daily. We can do this in several ways. One is to look for substitute products now out in the market those tastes as well as they are used to less the sugar. The market is flooded with these kinds of products nowadays. By the way, less sugar intake does not only mean no toothache but can also help avoid diseases that are attributed to high sugar intake.
Brush Twice A Day- tooth decay is caused by the formation of plaque and cavities. This happens when the mouth has sugar which the bacteria can work with. By brushing the teeth twice a day, we lessen the sugar in our mouth thereby depriving the bacteria inside from materials to work with.
Flossing- flossing is important since it will remove residual food in between teeth. If those residual foods are not removed, bacteria can work with it and cause tooth decay which will later result in toothache.
Pediatric Dentist- your children need a regular visit to their pediatric dentist. Since they specialize in kids, pediatric dentists can easily identify potential dental issues and help prevent them. Bring your kids to the best dentist for children in your area.
Be the model- kids love to emulate adults. So by showing them that you yourself is practicing good oral hygiene, they will too. And it is not only with brushing your teeth in front of them. It is recommended that you take them with you during your dental check ups. This way, their interest in dental care will be triggered and will also prepare them for their visit to their pediatric dentist. Just make sure though that their visit to your dentist is pleasant enough to encourage them to also visit their pediatric dentist.
If you follow the suggestions above, we are pretty confident that your children will not suffer from unwanted toothaches. Also, you will be spared the time, money, and hassle that a toothache may bring.


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Oral Cancer: The Silent Killer


More than 30,000 Americans will receive an oral cancer diagnosis this year. In five years, less than 57% will still be alive. It affects everyone today, not just tobacco users. We don’t have products to prevent oral cancer, but we have advances in dentistry to diagnose the disease in the early stages. We use the Vizilite Plus test to identify cancerous lesions.

Diagnodent: What is it?

The Diagnodent is a laser cavity scanner. It identifies cavities in their earliest stages, when they are small and easy to fix. I will use this to check teeth that have no existing fillings. The FDA has certified it as 100% accurate.

Fluoride Treatments: Not just for children anymore.

As we get older, our gum tissues often times will recede thus causing the root surface of the tooth to become exposed. The root surface is softer than the enamel and decays faster. When the root surface is clean and fluoride is applied, it helps to remineralize the tooth surface and strengthen the teeth to help prevent future tooth decay.

Comprehensive Periodontal Charting: Why is it done?

Your gums are like the collar of a turtleneck sweater around your teeth. Periodontal charting measures the gum pockets to see if the collar is loose, or tight, around your teeth. It is the only accurate way to diagnose the health of your gum tissues. Without measuring these pockets, we can only visually monitor the color and consistency of your gum tissues. It would be like going to your general physician for an annual physical and he doesn’t take your blood pressure. When you hear the numbers, all is okay if the pocket depth is in the range of 1-3, and the gum tissue doesn’t bleed.

Arestin: Fight infection right where it starts

Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Arestin is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we place Arestin painlessly under the gums in the infected site. This immediately begins the fight against the bacteria and continues for up to 21 days.

Desensitizing Agents: They really work!

I hear from so many patients that they had to give up drinking cold drinks or eating ice cream because of a cold sensitive tooth. Often times, it is due to root exposure that can be corrected by applying a desensitizing agent. It only takes a couple of minutes, is pain-free, and it can last for several months.

Sealants: Why wait until it needs to be drilled?

A sealant is a plastic material applied to the chewing surface of molars and premolars, since this area of these teeth is difficult to clean with brushing, and the highest incidence of decay starts in the molars. Anesthetic and drilling is not necessary for placement of sealants. People of all ages can have sealants to prevent future fillings. They are not just for children.

Halimeter: How confident can I be about my breath?

Many people wonder if their breath is the best it can be for that special someone or that really big meeting. About 80% of bad breath is caused by gases given off by the dead bacteria involved in gum disease, called volatile sulfur compounds. We utilize a Halimeter to measure these compounds and provide an immediate indication of the presence of bad breath.

ClosysII Products: Why do we recommend these products?

The ClosysII products reduce sulfur compounds in your mouth due to the active ingredient, chlorine dioxide, and as a result, your breath will be more pleasant. On a clinical note, the product helps to make your gums less permeable to harmful bacteria.


Types of Braces You Can Choose From

No one likes having a mouth full of braces, but they are the best way to get straight teeth. Any time you can use your teeth to accomplish the look you want, you are better off in the long run. Veneers, crowns, and snap-on teeth all serve their purpose, but straightening your real teeth is the best long-term solution. As long as you take care of your teeth, the benefits of your braces should last a long time.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type of braces people get. Your dentist will attach metal brackets to each of your teeth and then attach wires to the brackets. You might suffer from some gum irritation when you first get your metal braces, but your gums and cheeks will adapt.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces, because the brackets are ceramic instead of metal. They blend in better with your teeth. You usually have to pay more for ceramic braces, and not all dentists offer them.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Adults are especially fond of this option, because they are far less visible than other types of braces. Your dentist makes alignment trays that fit over your teeth and slowly straighten them. As your teeth progress through the straightening process, your dentist will give you new trays. You can take them off to brush and floss your teeth, which is a huge advantage over other types of braces. The biggest disadvantage to clear braces is that they are the most expensive option.

Lingual Braces

Another good option for “invisible” braces are lingual braces. They work similarly to metal braces, but the brackets are on the back of your teeth instead of the front. They are also more expensive than regular metal braces, but they look a lot better.


Snap-On Teeth Are a Good Temporary Solution

Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Many Solutions for a Better Smile

Snap-on teeth or clip-on smiles are removable dental appliances that don’t require any drilling, injections, adhesives, or filing down to attach to your teeth. They are designed to fit over your real teeth to give you a more even and appealing smile. They are made of resin and are very strong, so you don’t have to worry about damaging them.

Advantages of Snap-On Teeth

You can wear your snap-on teeth at all times, even while eating, and they don’t interfere with the way you talk.

If you have a special occasion coming up that you want to look good for, you can get a snap-on appliance quickly.

Snap-on teeth can be used without you having to go through any invasive procedures to get the look you want.

If you need to get veneers or another more permanent solution, but want to know how you’ll look with them, you can try out a snap-on teeth appliance first.

You can choose the shade you want your snap-on teeth to be, and they will maintain that color for a long time.

Disadvantages of Snap-On Teeth

Snap-on teeth don’t look as natural as more permanent solutions, such as crowns and veneers, because snap-on teeth aren’t attached to the gums.

You should not use them to cover up your problems instead of fixing the real underlying issues.

They can break if you aren’t careful with them or if you eat hard food a lot.

You cannot change the look of your natural bite or jawline with a snap-on teeth appliance. They follow the natural lines of your teeth.

They have a short life span compared to other, more permanent solutions. They are fragile, and they wear and tear because of constant attachment and removal. Snap-on teeth appliances are only expected to last you between three and five years.


Natural Strategies For Cleaning Dentures

There are many consumers who are eager to find natural strategies for cleaning the dentures that companies provide. These individuals might be tired of paying top-dollar at local drugstores for soaking tablets and cleansing pastes, or they may be anxious to use household ingredients that are easy to recognize and lack chemical agents. No matter what your motivation might be, there are several things to know about using self-made products to freshen up these structures.

Creating An Effective Soak

Many seniors have discovered that adding just one to two teaspoons of baking soda to tepid water is the perfect way to create a low-cost soaking solution. Not only is the resulting mixture inexpensive to produce, but it is also free of any harsh and unrecognizable chemicals. Baking soda is an all-purpose product that is best known for eliminating strong and unpleasant odors. It is not abrasive and thus, using modest amounts to create a soaking solution should not cause any aesthetic or structural damages to artificial teeth. Best of all, it will help to create a bright and fresh-smelling smile.

People can also mix equal parts water and white vinegar to create a soak for their teeth. This will help to break down stubborn stains, loosen trapped food debris and eliminate unpleasant odors. This mixture is tough enough to get the job done, but gentle enough for people to avoid causing damages to their dentures. It is important to remember, however, that artificial teeth should never be placed in water that is either too hot or two cold. Temperature extremes can cause these products to warp or crack and could alter the way in which they fit the mouth.

Products To Avoid Using In Self-Made Cleansers

You may be tempted to add a small bit of chlorine bleach to your homemade soaking solutions. It is important to note, however, that bleach can cause irreparable damages to these structures. It can lead to drying, cracking and warping. It will also bleach the pink palate and gum portions of the dentures, making the smile look unnatural and unpleasant. Thus, it is always better to stick with either baking soda or white vinegar, when making your own soaking solutions at home.

Finding low-cost and effective ways to keep your dentures clean may not be easy. Fortunately, there are a number of common household items that can assist you in your efforts. People should always learn the effects of using different mixtures on the teeth, however, before switching from store-bought cleaners to solutions that they have created on their own.


Glitter Like Gold: The Leprechaun’s Tooth-Friendly Fruit Salad

Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Many Solutions for a Better Smile

Did you know that the leprechaun can use a great smile to create gold? That’s why the leprechaun wants you to take care of your teeth. And he wants to share his fruit salad recipe, which will help your your teeth glitter like the gold.

Behind the Leprechaun’s Recipe

The reason this fruit salad is such a dental delight is because of malic acid. You will be using Granny Smith apples, apricots, carrots, blackberries and tomatoes. They all contain hefty amounts of malic acid. This compound will wash away any stains on your teeth. And malic acid will dissolve the adhesive biofilm of plaque.

Oral pathogens secrete acids to erode your teeth, and this can eventually cause cavities. Malic acid will help stop oral microbes before the damaging process begins. 

Malic acid also stimulates saliva production. Saliva carries powerful enzymes that help remineralize your teeth. Remineralized teeth will be able to withstand bacterial attacks. Saliva will also balance the pH level in your mouth. A balanced pH level will reduce the reproduction of oral microbes, and will eventually kill them.

The salad will also require a touch of kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean dish made of fermented and seasoned vegetables. You can purchase these vegetables online or at your local health food store. The probiotics that kimchi contains will be a great addition to your salad. Probiotics are your mouth’s best friend because they consume the harmful oral pathogens in your mouth.

Be sure you talk to your dentist about the aforementioned ingredients. He or she should be aware of any changes to your dental care regimen.The Leprechaun’s Tooth-Friendly Fruit Salad

You will need the following ingredients:

1 Granny Smith apple
2 apricots
2 carrots
1 tomato
2 to 3 leaves of lettuce
2 spoonfuls of kimchi
A dash of sea salt
A dash of black pepper
A tablespoon of olive oil

Follow the directions below to make the salad:

Peel your carrots.
Cut the apple, apricots and tomatoes into small pieces.

Tear the lettuce into small pieces.
Mix the ingredients in your salad bowl.
Top the mixture with the blackberries. Continue mixing.
Add the sea salt, black pepper and olive oil.
Top the salad with the Kimchi and serve.

Including tooth-friendly salads in your diet will help your smile, as good oral health will prevent many dental ailments. As mentioned earlier, be sure to speak to a dentist about any changes to your diet; your dentist will have other suggestions. And remember that your smile can help the leprechaun create a bigger pot of gold!