Orthodontists 9/12/19 – gtg

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Aside from all of the basic tools that you see at the dentist’s office, the x-rays and other large machines, what you will find at the orthodontist’s office would be hope – hope that you will get the smile that you have been wanting for a long time. There have been so many technological advancements made in the field of orthodontics that the orthodontist, or otherwise known as the specialist that works with patients in repairing tooth misalignment and jaw misalignment, is able to help almost anybody that works through his or her door. It doesn’t matter if you have made the decision to see the orthodontist on your own because you are beginning to really break up about your smile, of if your dentist was concerned enough about the health of your smile to refer you to one – the orthodontist will be able to help you. If your dentist made the referral, your orthodontist can work with your dentist in creating a treatment plan that is especially catered to your health needs. If you are ever in disbelief about this, just ask for your orthodontist’s portfolio, and through that, you should be able to see all sort of cases that he or she has worked on and improved.

Just as a side note – it’s important to remember that if you truly want a beautiful smile, then it must be a healthy smile! Keep your teeth brushed, flossed and rinsed every day and this will add to the effects of a beautiful smile once your orthodontic treatment is underway and done.

The orthopedist will determine whether or not you will need braces, first of all, for your smile correction. If your case is not severe, then you will be possibly be given a retainer. Retainers will be used to manipulate your teeth together by using a wire that holds the teeth in place. If this is not effective by any means for you, or if the orthodontist thinks that you are not eligible for this treatment, then he or she will seek the alternative of braces.

We all know what traditional braces look like. These are the kinds that children and teens wear. Made out of steel, brackets are glued to the teeth that need correcting, and then the wires that are attached to the brackets are tightened to manipulate the teeth. This is the option that may have you wary of getting braces in the first place – for good reason, they can look a bit embarrassing! For those that need more discreet options in order to upkeep a professional appearance, there are certainly different options.

One of the most affordable options that are more discreet would be clear braces. Mechanically speaking, they work the same way as standard braces do, except they are made of different materials (sometimes plastic, sometimes clay or ceramic) and they are clear. It certainly can be noticeable to someone else if they were paying particular attention to your mouth, but otherwise, it’s a lot more discreet than the steel braces.

If you were hoping for something a lot more muted and quiet, there are lingual braces, which are applied to the back of the teeth instead of in the front. It makes it so that no one can notice at all. These kinds of braces will not work for everyone – first of all, your case needs to be eligible for this type of treatment, or else they may not be able to work for you at all. Secondly, many say that this method can be pretty uncomfortable, with the application of it generally complex and the wear slightly painful or bothersome. Whether or not you are eligible for this kind of treatment depends entirely on your case, and if you are thinking that this may be the better option for you, you will have to speak to your orthodontist directly about this treatment.

The last common option is Invisalign. Many of us have seen the commercials that feature them. They are clear plastic aligners that are measured and designed by a computer program and are individualized based on the person they are created for. They are made by a 3-D printer. They wear very clear and looking invisible for the person that needs to maintain a professional appearance, so this is essentially the ideal option. Every few weeks as your smile is corrected and improved, you will just need to visit the orthodontist again and have a new one made. This is not the most cost-friendly option though, so it’s important that you speak to an orthodontist about whether this option may be the right choice for you after all.

Your first visit to the orthodontist will be full of making choices for yourself, and he or she will be the main factor in the decision. Trust in your orthodontist, as he or she is looking out for the best for you.

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Smiling is arguably when a person looks their most beautiful, radiant, healthy self. A smile shows that you are healthy, happy, optimistic, and generally doing well, at least in that moment. Nobody should be ashamed to give a big smile, but for many, it’s extremely difficult not to be, and every smile is tarnished by a feeling of embarrassment. Why? Malocclusion.

Malocclusion is a category of dental malformation that involves the teeth not being properly aligned on the jaw line. There are all kinds of malocclusions, overbite, underbite, crowded teeth, etc. But all of them mean one thing for the person who has them: embarrassment. Through no fault of their own, people with malocclusions are often afraid to open their mouths, afraid to smile, perhaps sometimes even afraid to speak, if they don’t have to, all because their teeth didn’t grow in quite right. That is a problem.

Luckily, there is a solution to that problem, and it’s called orthodontics. Orthodontics is the science of realigning teeth that have not grown in properly, and getting good orthodontic care will improve your smile’s appearance. But isn’t that just dental care? Yes, orthodontics is a subset of dentistry, but usually if you have serious malocclusions, your dentist will suggest you see a good orthodontist. This is for the best, as the alignment of your smile is probably pretty important to you, and so you wouldn’t want to entrust it with anyone who isn’t a specialist in exactly that, would you?

We live in an amazing time, when most of our problems actually have a solution. We tend to take this for granted, but having misaligned teeth is an excellent example. There was a time that how your teeth grew in was just your lot in life, there wasn’t a lot you could do about it. But now, that is no longer the case; there is plenty that can be done, and modern science has lots of ways to help. But how?

There are a variety of solutions offered for dental issues by orthodontists, and not all of them necessarily require the time and devotion that braces do. If your malocclusion is less severe, then you may only require something like a spacer, which is used to create more space between two teeth that have grown in crowded together. Or if you have several teeth that are problematic, but only in one section, you may be given a retainer, which you can put in and take out, and isn’t affixed to your teeth for long-term treatment. Since a lot of people think going to the orthodontist means getting braces, it’s good to be aware that that isn’t the only treatment.

However, if your problem is more severe, then braces may indeed be necessary. But that’s not as bad as it sounds, because there are actually a lot of different types of braces to choose from. It isn’t entirely necessary, anymore, to go with a mouth full of metal, when you have more choices, many of which are much less obtrusive.

Of course, everyone knows about the standard wire braces, mostly worn by children. These are by far the most versatile and effective form of malocclusion correction, but as I was saying, they are not your only option. Still, because they are so effective, they are great for kids, because kids don’t care as much about their personal appearance, in most cases. But when choosing braces for correcting crooked teeth, you are not doomed to a mouth of metal.

There are actually several other options for correcting your malocclusions. One of them is clear braces. Clear braces are pretty much exactly like wire braces, but are made of a clear plastic material, so that they are less visible. However, these are still more visible than most of the other discreet options, but are also the most versatile, since they can be applied to virtually all the same situations as metal braces, since they’re pretty much the same thing.

But most adults will prefer that their braces be as invisible as possible, and to that end, several other options have been invented, that can allow you to correct your smile without being embarrassed even more by obvious braces. One option is called lingual braces, which are actually metal like wire braces, but instead of running along the fronts of your teeth, they actually go along the backs of them, instead. This makes them the most discreet option, although they are not quite as versatile, because they can’t be applied to quite as many types of malocclusions. Still, it can’t hurt to ask your orthodontist about this option.

The other option is Invisalign. Invisalign is a proven smile correction system which is the perfect compromise between versatility and invisibility. Invisalign braces are plastic sheaths that fit directly over your teeth, and are nearly invisible while also being applicable to a wide variety of malocclusions. Be sure and mention all of these possibilities to your orthodontist, to help you decide what best serves your needs.

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The main way that we realign the teeth these days is with the use of braces. This is something that is insanely common here in the United States, so common, in fact, that one out of every three people in the country will, at some point, have their teeth realigned with the use of this amazing series of pieces designed to help put the appropriate force on the teeth. This being the case, there’s been constant improvement in the technology that we use to realign the teeth, and I do mean constant. There is a lot of improvement yet to come, I’m sure, but for the time being, we’ve still made a whole lot of progress when it comes to fixing the alignment of our teeth, and no mistake.

Now, if you pay attention to the way that technology goes, you can always find a pattern. In some cases, the pattern is that things are getting bigger (like when it comes to televisions), or they’re getting more defined (again, we’re talking about televisions and the like, although in an interesting twist, you can actually watch the evolution of the cellphone go from big to small to large again as soon as we were able to use the internet in order to watch things like television shows or Netflix. If you can figure out the demands that people will have, you can literally watch as the technology charts its course.

So, having said all of that, here are just a few things that have been done to improve the standard metal braces since it came out in the seventies, or to improve on the design in some way.

1. Ceramic or porcelain brackets

The first big upgrade was the use of things like ceramic or porcelain brackets. I know, this doesn’t sound like a big deal to a lot of people, but the reality of the matter is that one of the biggest complaints that people had when it comes to the whole idea of braces was that they are, in fact, so very visible. You see, it’s very hard to hide the fact that you have a mouthful of metal, and the only thing you could do to hide it, for a long time, is to never smile and to never talk in public if you want to make sure that no one knew you had braces for kids, teens, or adults.

With the advent of porcelain and ceramic brackets, though, you had a big change in how discreet your brackets were. No longer were they something that you had to work hard to hide, but rather, you only had to worry about hiding the long metal wire that goes around brackets. Having said that, no, you couldn’t replace that wire with anything ceramic or porcelain, and so far, they haven’t developed a bracket that has the same amount of ability to hold the tension required in order to allow the teeth to realign.

2. New metals

Now, another big upgrade is that they changed the metals that you use in the whole thing. Now, if you skip over the ceramic options, you can get newer metals, metals that are more long-lasting than the ones that came before. You see, for a long time, the problem that came up from time to time was that, well, the mouth just isn’t a hospitable place. When you leave your brackets in the mouth, they wear down. Now, on the other hand, these newer metals are more able to last long without having any issues with them falling apart or anything similar, and this is a good thing for you if you’ve got them in your mouth for a long time.

3. Invisalign

Invisalign is basically a rebuild of the idea, starting from the ground up. Invisalign is a series of retainers, basically, which are made of a hard plastic, and when they are put in the mouth, they slowly realign the teeth in order to make them more and more straight, until you get done with the treatment plan and, hopefully, you end up with teeth that are straight and a smile that you can be proud to show off for the rest of your life. It also allows you to do the work of fixing it with a lot less hassle than you would think.

So, in the long term, braces have changed, and over time, they’re going to continue to change, and the reason that they’re changing is because we have new demands on what we’re doing and how we like to live.

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There are things that you can do to make sure you are going to look your very best. Why is it important that you look your best, you may be asking? Well, the fact is that you are going to find that if you don’t take care of how you look to the people that you are encountering on a daily basis, you are going to find that you don’t get ahead in life, and honestly, looking poorly is one of those things that can make your life a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be. This being the case, if you aren’t happy with how you look, here are just a few things that you may want to be taking into consideration considering how you can fix up just one portion of your looks, your smile (and let’s face it, the smile is one of the more important facets of how you look, too, because if you don’t have a winning smile, you are going to end up having a lot more trouble in life in general).

1. Getting Issues Treated Quickly

As any doctor, dentist, or orthodontist is going to tell you, it is essential that if you have any sort of issue, you get it treated as soon as possible. Waiting longer allows the issue to get worse. It allows the issue to also become more expensive for you to be able to fix, and that means that if you don’t end up taking care of the issue in a timely fashion, it can be all the more expensive for you when you finally do get around to fixing it.

2. Examination

Now, when it comes time for you to see your orthodontist (if, indeed, such time does come), you are going to find that you will be getting examined for quite some time before ever anything is done. And the reason behind this is pretty simple to understand. The fact is that an examination is required to figure out the underlying issue, what is causing your smile to be out of its proper alignment.

3. Surgery

And I know that when it comes to fixing up your smile and the alignment of your teeth, a whole lot of people are jumping straight to using some sort of orthodontics, but I don’t think that you need to be worried about that so much. It is really more of the fact that you may need to worry about things like getting your tooth cut out. And in some cases, this may be just what you need, to get a tooth or two removed in order to make sure the rest of your teeth and can get better aligned.

4. Standard Braces

When it comes to aligning the teeth, something that a lot of people look at is standard braces, and this makes a whole lot of sense. You see, in the forty years and change since first the standard metal braces came into use, you will notice that it has become, and managed to stay, the most common and most popular method for realigning the teeth.

5. Ceramic Braces

Of course, that popularity doesn’t mean that it isn’t something that can be worked on, and one of the ways in which it has been updated a bit is with the use of ceramic brackets in place of the metal ones. This was done to cut down on the amount of metal that would be in the mouth, because if there is anything in this world that is not discreet, it is having metal on your mouth. Ceramic braces, of course, don’t mean that they are perfect or discreet enough or anything like that, mind you.

6. Invisible braces

Invisible braces, like Invisalign, take the idea of discreetly realigning the smile and take it to a whole other level. Basically, they allow you to make sure that you can fix up your smile with the use of invisible plastic braces that make sure your smile is going to be straight and that no one will notice that you are working on fixing them up. Invisalign for adults helps correct smiles discreetly, and helps to ensure that your smile is going to look its very best with discretion and comfort.

So, if you are looking for a way to make sure your smile can look its very best, it is about time that you look into what your orthodontist can offer you. Trust me when I say that your smile will thank you in the long run.

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Orthodontics 8/26/19 – gtg

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More and more people are becoming open to undergoing cosmetic dentistry to boost up their confidence and to attain that charming and unforgettable smile. There is indeed a huge impact made by first impressions, and amongst the most important elements of that impressive first impression is the smile. A person’s oral condition tells much about him or her. The condition of the teeth even in the aesthetic aspect could inarguably affect the day-to-day life. Therefore, in today’s setting, dentistry is no longer only about pulling out or filing a hole in a tooth. It has become an important resort to improve one’s appearance and boost self-esteem and, consequently, many other areas in one’s life.

There are now numerous procedures and treatments that one can choose from to achieve exactly what he or she wants with their pearly whites. However, selecting such procedure does not mean it can be done without the dentist’s advice. Most dentists are willing to discuss with their patients the best options in terms of expenses and favorable results. The following are simple descriptions of some of the most common procedures considered as cosmetic dentistry:

Teeth Whitening: Teeth often get stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee, tea, or red wine) or poor oral hygiene and some people born with darker shades of teeth can now lighten them without having to remove the teeth’s natural outer layers. The procedure is very quick, where tiny laser beams are shone on the teeth that have been applied with whitening chemicals. The laser speeds the whitening process and can lighten the teeth to up to six shades.

White Fillings: To save a cavity damaged tooth, dentists sometimes suggest filling it rather than extracting. These are for cases wherein the holes are not yet too big and deep. White composite fillings are preferred by more people over the silver amalgam because of its appearance and other benefits. We get to select the fillings made of porcelain or a composite material that closely matches with the color of the teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of the teeth and smile. Many people have got their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their oral appearance.

Bridges: An alternative for removable dentures, especially for those who have only one or two missing teeth are bridges. This is done by crowning two teeth on either side of the gap where a false tooth or teeth are attached in between the two crowns.

Crowns: Crowns are tooth coverings that can be made of porcelain and special kinds of metal. Crowns are designed for different purposes and a thorough discussion with the dentist can help a lot.

There are so many more procedures under cosmetic dentistry and getting the best and most appropriate one can only be done by having a discussion with your dentist. Amongst the other procedures are Orthodontics, veneers, correcting the bite, and jewels. Yes, even small pieces of jewelry can now be implanted on the teeth.

Among many other advantages of cosmetic dentistry, a beautiful smile is the most significant. It makes us feel younger and full of youth.

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Orthodontics has always been associated with teenagers or children. Unfortunately, many people in grew up with crooked teeth and dealing with self-esteem issues because of this. This is different nowadays. More and more adults are getting treated by Orthodontists. Braces are no longer just for kids or teenagers. They are for everyone who wants to correct something with their teeth. Many are getting the perfect smile that they have always wanted.

Getting Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry. It is a field of specialty that deals with treating bite problems and crooked teeth. Orthodontists generally treat people with overbites, underbites and crooked teeth. If you are suffering from the same condition, then you are a good candidate for an orthodontic procedure.

On your initial visit, your orthodontist will study your dental problem and provide the necessary assessment. He or she will examine or evaluate your facial and oral structure. He or she will likely get photographs of your bite, mouth and face as well. You will also have to an x-ray of your mouth taken. He or she will get an impression of your bite as well.

You will get the assessment of the problem on your next visit. Your orthodontist will also suggest possible treatment plan. Usually, it takes about two years to correct these kinds of dental problems. Of course, the gravity of the condition plays a huge factor in determining the length of treatment.

Braces for Adults

Yes, you can wear braces. It doesn’t matter if you are 30 or 40, you can still wear braces. Age does not determine whether or not you could get orthodontic treatment. However, adult orthodontics can be very painful, so you need to be aware of that before you pursue any form of treatment. It is, therefore, very important that you secure the services of a competent specialist to help you correct your problem at the shortest possible time and the least cost. Fortunately, you have numerous orthodontists to choose, so you will never lack of choices.

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Pediatric Dentist 8/26/19 – gtg

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Scientific studies have shown that crooked teeth on children are often hereditary. If your child is suffering from crooked teeth, there is no need to worry since it can be easily corrected by a pediatric dentist.

Although some got it from poor care of baby teeth, crooked teeth are a problem that has to be remedied as soon as possible. Children as young as seven years old who have crooked teeth must consult a pediatric dentist to asses the situation. The dentist can then take appropriate measures that will solve the problem.

The reason for this is that the earlier the treatment for crooked teeth starts, the sooner it will give results. Since the bone structure of children is still soft and pliable, pediatric dentists may then use dental braces to correct the crooked teeth when permanent teeth erupt which usually happens when your child is 8-15 years old.

Dental braces are the most prevalent solution to crooked teeth. They are made from various materials such as metal, plastic, and ceramic. Dental braces function by applying pressure to the teeth to force them return to their proper position. This is done through the use of brackets and wires which evenly distribute the pressure on the teeth that need to be corrected.

This process is gradual but effective. Your child will wear the dental braces for the required period of time to ensure that the correction is done properly. The pediatric dentist will recommend the period of time as well as how to take care of their maintenance.

Recent technological breakthroughs have provided another kind of dental brace which is made from a different material but functions the same if not better than the conventional dental braces.

The dental brace known as Invisalign is made of clear molded plastic and is transparent, therefore invisible. With this technology, both children and adults alike can be treated for their crooked teeth without showing their dental braces.

The main difference of the conventional and Invisalign is that the former is fixed on the teeth for a period of time while Invisalign can be taken off when eating, which gives additional comfort to the patient. Another difference is that patients wearing Invisalign get new aligners every couple of weeks to progress the correction period of the teeth. Most importantly, Invisalign is clear, thereby eliminating the appearance of ugly metal braces.

If you feel that your child needs braces, consult the pediatric dentist in your area. It won’t take much of your time especially if you did it within the time frame mentioned above. After the visit to the pediatric dentist, they will advise as to whether your child should wear conventional braces or Invisalign.

No matter what corrective measure you choose, dental braces can get results in a period of time. Once the braces are removed, the crooked teeth are gone to reveal beautiful, straight teeth.

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It isn’t really uncanny for cute little infants and toddlers to suck their thumbs in the same way that they drink their baby bottles. It can be quite difficult for very young minds to move past the habit of sucking some sort of pacifier; hence children develop the thumb sucking habit. Aside from being just a simple habit, the act is also presumed to give children that comfort and security they need for their fragile and innocent thinking.

Just as it develops over a period to become a regular part of the routine, thumb sucking is expected to eventually fade away on its own. By the age of four or five, a child should have moved past the stage of habitually sucking his thumb or perhaps a pacifier for refuge. Upon attending school he/she must have realized that the action is a liability or burden when interacting with other people. His/her self-esteem drops whenever someone notices and laugh about it.

However, for some children, thumb sucking doesn’t go away that easily or quickly. Some of them continue the habit in their early teens and thus produce dental problems that require expensive and lengthy treatments. In such instances, parents need to step in and help their children as early as possible to stop the practice.

So, how should mature adults handle their child’s thumb sucking conundrum efficiently so that their youngster can benefit from a grown-up life free of the hassles that the condition results in? There are several methods available these days and here are some that parents can try:

Make use of authority as well as peer pressure to enforce the idea that the habit should be stopped.

This is the most typical approach of parents when they want to correct any unhealthy or debilitating habit of their offspring, which is also sometimes associated with the punishment system.

Commanding children to obey orders is usually effective although it can be risky at times because either of these may develop as well: fear or anger. Fear can foster timidity, whereas anger can instill rebelliousness. What’s important for adults to note is that they should be in control, especially in terms of guiding the young mind to healthy living.

If negative reinforcement fails to work, try the reward system.

For more liberated parents that prefer equality in relationship rather than hierarchy, positive reinforcement may be a more recommendable technique. Rather than noticing the wrongdoings of the child such as when he’s caught sucking his thumb, praise him for not doing it. In this way he can regain the confidence he might have lost from the humiliation of failing to control his thumb sucking habit and thus exert more effort in successfully stopping it.

Weaken the habit by distracting him with other non-expensive or cheap activities and hobbies.

More often than not, a trigger exists for nearly every habit developed by an individual. It may be a blanket, a toy, a playground, a food, a location, a sound, a beverage—anything could provoke a child to suck his thumb even unconsciously. Identifying that trigger would greatly help to easily manage and limit the occurrence of thumb sucking.

Another technique that people usually try is placing a reminder that can be immediately spotted, such as a tape wrapped around the thumb, so as to become more conscious of the habit and be able to control it.

It is also possible to set-up a diversion system such that when the habit is known to persist, an activity or hobby should be done in order to shift the attention to something else other than the thumb sucking practice.

Consult with a pediatric dentist in for the possible use of a mouth appliance or device.

If all else fails, a dentist or specialist in his office may be able to help in recommending or prescribing a more fail-proof solution. It may be more expensive than the above mentioned home remedies but it’s definitely worth a try—especially in showing love for a family member.

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Nearly every toothpaste contains fluoride as its main ingredient: sodium fluoride, calcium fluoride, etc. All top dentists and specialists in the country as well as in other continents agree that every effective toothpaste they will recommend to their patients should should contain fluoride.

But why fluoride—how did people come up with idea to mix it in a tasty, foamy mouth paste? How effective is the chemical in maintaining dental hygiene? And the most important question of any concerned patient who cares about his own life and health and that of his family, is no other than this: Is it safe?

Fluoride and Its Tremendous Benefits

The ninth element in the periodic table has the chemical symbol F and is named fluorine.When this basic atom becomes charged, meaning there’s an imbalance in the positive and negative charges within the atom, it is then called fluoride.

This fluoride ion can combine with other ionic or charged chemical compounds to create a new stable substance. When it mixes with calcium, it can become calcium fluoride; if mixed with sodium, it’s turned to sodium fluoride. These two substances formed are the common ingredients of either cheap or expensive toothpastes.

So, what does fluoride do for the teeth? This ingredient helps the tooth in its re-mineralization, which is the process of replenishing the mineral content it has lost. More often than not, minerals are dissolved from the enamel, which is the tooth’s outer layer, every now and then because of cavities or holes created. These pearly whites, much like the bones, are made up of minerals including calcium and fluoride, to name a few.

Causes and Effects of Fluorosis

Based from the explanation above about fluoride, it would appear that it is very good for the teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t always exactly the case. Too much of anything is harmful for the body, and in this case, too much fluorine can result in dental fluorosis or worse possible fatal poisoning.

The reason why children’s toothpastes were recently introduced isn’t just because of marketing. The real motive behind them was that they’re manufactured with significantly lesser fluoride than the ones for adults. Unlike fully developed permanent teeth, children’s deciduous teeth are still fragile as they undergo development; too much fluorine in their surface creates spots on them that later on can become permanent discolorations.

That is only the first half of regular fluoride toothpaste’s harm for young, underdeveloped teeth. The other one is what should be watched out for carefully, especially for parents who worry too much for their family, in particular their offspring.

Fluoride intoxication presents itself as severe stomach cramping, nausea, and vomiting, just to name a few. It happens when children’s very young bodies happen to ingest more than enough fluorine that it can handle. For the general public knowledge, this roughly equates to half a tube of adult toothpaste.

How to Prevent Fluoride Poisoning

It isn’t unusual to hear news about children swallowing toothpaste and suffering the consequences just minutes later. After all, children do the darndest things. It is essential for parents to guide their children as they brush their teeth, and teach them the proper way to do it. Children’s toothpaste is also recommended by pediatric dentists to secure the safety of their oral cavity as well as whole body.

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It isn’t uncommon for very young children to have memorable blunders and funny moments when speaking, especially if it’s their first time and they still have a lot to learn. This is experienced by nearly every person, girl and boy alike, and becomes a family memory that isn’t easily forgotten.

However, if the individual’s problem with pronouncing words or certain syllables persist over time and has become embarrassingly noticeable, it may be worse than just a childhood glitch that’s supposed to go away. One factor that parents might account for is the occlusion of the upper and lower arches of teeth—more commonly known as the bite.

Occlusion: The Closing of the Mouth

In the English thesaurus, the word occlusion is synonymous to closure. Dictionaries identify the term as a noun that means closing off. In medical science though, specifically in the practice of dentistry, occlusion is more prominently defined as the bite. When the mouth occludes, it simply closes off to hide the oral cavity. But when the teeth occlude, the upper and lower arches meet for the sole purpose of biting; otherwise, a disorder may exist.

There are three (3) identified key purposes of occlusion: mastication, speech, and swallowing. Mastication refers to the breakdown of food both chemically and mechanically, which is the initial stage of digestion. Speech in this regard denotes verbal communication or utterance of ideas by sound production. On the other hand, swallowing is simply the movement of the soft palate and related parts to allow passage of digested materials in the digestive system while closing off the nasal cavity to prevent non-gaseous particles from entering the respiratory system.

According to top pediatric dentists, problems concerning the bite, which are all generally classified under malocclusion, should be diagnosed as early as possible and fortunately can be treated. Among the most obvious signs of malocclusion are teeth misalignment and the resulting deficiency in pronouncing some vowels.

Malocclusion and Its Various Forms Affected by the Teeth

There are basically three (3) classifications of occlusion and are named simply as Type I, Type II, and Type III. For mankind, normal bite is expected to fall under Type I occlusion, wherein the upper arch is slightly more forward to the lower when the teeth meet or occlude.

Malocclusion may be caused by either jaw alignment or teeth arrangement; the latter is more evident among adolescent and adults whose permanent teeth have all erupted, while the former usually persists from a younger age. Between the two, teeth misalignment can be corrected with braces and may postpone treatment for a longer period.

Several reasons may exist in the misalignment of the teeth and in effect result to malocclusion. One of them is overcrowding, which may be caused by wisdom tooth eruption even when the arch no longer has space for it to grow; or it may also be due to supernumerary or extra tooth that all of a sudden erupts out of nowhere—typically a congenital condition. Another is wide gap between teeth produced by either an extraction or a disease in which the tooth never developed to begin with and so it didn’t erupt.

As a precautionary measure, parents are recommended to immediately consult with the best orthodontist dental office at the first sign of malocclusion. This is essential to avoid lengthy and expensive procedures, as well as prevent the problem from worsening, so that the child can enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth and a correctly aligned set of teeth.

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Every year, millions of Americans lose their teeth, usually due to tooth decay. The war with cavities has been going on since the dawn of mankind’s civilization and some people have won the struggle throughout the course of their lifetime. However, there are also cases when the outcome is rather bad and unfortunate, although not totally unexpected: painful extraction and sometimes distressing natural loss.

But adults aren’t just the only ones who are faced with tooth loss as a result of dental caries, which is the technical term used in dental offices to also refer to cavities. Even children and their deciduous or baby teeth can suffer from cavities and lead to immediate decay or loss. How is it possible? The explanation as follows might help one understand.

Dental Caries: How the Holes are Created on Teeth

The oral cavity, according to experts, always has microorganisms living in it—day in and day out. Bacteria and germs are able to reside within but with carefully maintained habits, oral and dental hygiene can be achieved and secured.

Some bacteria remain in the mouth even after all the effort put into cleaning it; they usually do little harm considering the body’s normal response to threat and danger, which is to regenerate cells and fight the harmful microorganisms. These germs and microbes aren’t exactly the ones that create the cavities on teeth, rather the acidic substance they secrete.

The metabolic process involved in the production of this acid that erodes the tooth’s enamel or surface requires the breakdown of complex carbohydrates—in a word, sugar. The more sugar is consumed, the more acid is produced and the faster the secretion becomes. This is the very reason why the top general dentists always recommend their patients to avoid sweets in their diets and point out that sugar causes the increase of cavities.

Tooth Decay: How Cavities Damage and Weaken Teeth

Acids are known to be potent chemical elements that burn or eliminate anything that gets in their way. In the case of bacteria and germs secreting acidic substance, the teeth’s outer layer suffers the initial damage. This part of the tooth is called enamel and is made up of hard minerals.

The enamel is able to re-mineralize or replenish its lost mineral content caused by the caries so as to protect the more sensitive part within called the dentin. However, if the rate of acid production is significantly faster than the re-mineralization process, the tooth is doomed for rapid and inevitable decay or deterioration.

From Baby Bottle Tooth Decay to Early Childhood Caries

The best pediatric dentists call the cavities on children’s deciduous teeth as early childhood caries. A dental filling may be able to resolve such problem in a child who is afraid and still hesitant of painful dental treatment but experts prefer exodontia or tooth extraction in order to give way to the permanent tooth later on and prevent unbearable toothache in the near future.

Even babies who still have to learn the basics of tooth brushing can also have cavities in their very small milk teeth. This is more commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. The name derives itself from the idea that the baby’s bottle, which may contain milk or other drinks except water, can be left on the infant’s mouth as he relaxes to sleep. With the carbs remaining in the oral cavity, bacteria continuously secrete their harmful substance to damage the fragile little teeth.

Top specialists in therefore suggest parents to always be attentive of their son or daughter’s oral health, even before they can begin understanding the world.

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Many young patients often wonder what their pediatric or general dentists see when they open their mouths. The answer is pretty simple: the oral cavity. But what does this hole contain exactly? The key parts that are of high importance to any health professional are teeth, gums, and tongue.

The Pearly Whites: Stainless and Glossy Teeth

Teeth may be classified under either of these categories: heterodontia and diphyodontia. The former refers to the type of teeth according to their location in the oral cavity as well as function. The latter meanwhile simply denotes the difference between the deciduous and permanent teeth that develop in a person’s lifetime.

For children, the number of deciduous or baby teeth that erupt in their youth is no more than twenty, meaning molars have no baby teeth counterparts. On the other hand, at most thirty-two (32) permanent teeth are generally expected to erupt for a normal human being. This is even lesser if the wisdom teeth never grow.

Beginning in the middle, the eight teeth in front that are most prominent when smiling are called the incisors; they’re divided into central and lateral incisors, and are sharp by nature to cut and slice through foods. Beside them are the canines that have the unique single cuspid or cusp that’s meant to hold and tear down food. They are followed by two sets of premolars or bicuspids, which are characterized by their two cusps.

Finally, at the back of the mouth, one can find the two to three sets of molars—the thickest teeth hidden at the farther end of the oral cavity and are shaped with the most number of cuspids, which is four (4). For experts, they’re known to be designed to grind and crush foods, just like the premolars, so that the digestive system can easily digest the pulverized particles mixed with bodily fluids such as saliva.

The Gum Lines: Soft and Fleshy Gingival Tissues

The tender and fleshy tissues surrounding two-thirds of the part of the tooth, also known as the root, are called the gums—more technically referred to as the gingiva. These gums cover the maxilla and mandible, which are the upper and lower jaw bones respectively, and they protect the roots from damage and injury. They secure the teeth’s attachment to the bones so that they can’t be extracted or uprooted easily.

The Movable Muscle of the Mouth: Flexible and Mobile Tongue

The only muscle in the oral cavity that rests in the floor of the mouth is called the tongue. Its movement can be controlled to serve several functions, one of which is to speak properly. Apart from the benefit of improving speech patterns with the tongue, the flexible muscle also moves the food inside the mouth in order to help the teeth digest it properly.

The taste buds on top of it respond to the chemicals ingested, inevitably triggering the production of saliva and other gastric juices to chemically breakdown food particles. specialists strongly recommend brushing this surface as well with either the toothbrush or a tongue scraper so as to remove bacteria that could build up over time and cause severe, costly problems in the long run.

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Pediatric dentists aim to provide quality dental care to your children.

Here are several things that we need to know more about pediatric dentists:

Child Friendly- pediatric dentists specialize in children’s oral care. For that matter alone, we are certain that they are adept in methods that will ensure that our children will have a pleasant and memorable experience with them. The environment of the clinic of pediatric dentists are designed especially for children.

Parent Friendly- the interaction of the pediatric dentist is not limited to children only. In fact, the main line of communication is between the parent and the pediatric dentist. Since children are not old enough to understand dental advice, it is the parent who will teach and guide the children to practice good oral hygiene.

Specialist- pediatric dentists underwent two to three years of specialty training after dental school focusing on dental care for children. Since pediatric dentists deals primarily with children, they are trained to effectively communicate with children.

Up-to-Date- since they specialized in children, a pediatric dentist is well-versed with the latest dental advancement.
Now that we have a fairly good idea of what to know about pediatric dentist, it is now only a matter of choosing who to trust with the dental health of our children. This is important since we want not only our children to be comfortable with the dentist, but ourselves as well.

This is because we as parents are the ones who will see to it that the instructions of the dentist will be followed by our children. A healthy relationship is needed.

It is important to be aware that children, just like adults, need regular dental check ups. Good oral hygiene must start at an early age. Scientific evidence shows that early childhood dental problems will affect the growth of permanent teeth. As we all know, a lot of problems may arise then.

Pediatric dentists are the same everywhere. You can be assured that they will take proper care of the dental health of your children.

A quick search online will let you find the best children’s dentist in your area. You can easily make an appointment for your child. Pediatric dentists will ensure that your child will experience a memorable visit to the dentist and will in fact anticipate the next visit. You would not be surprised anymore if they want to visit the dentist sooner than they should.

We all love to see our children have that wonderful smile and be confident that they are practicing good oral hygiene.

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You might often wonder when is the right time to take your children to a pediatric dentist. There are several ways to prevent and avoid early childhood dental problems.

Since your child usually has a large intake of sugar from milk, fruit juices and other sweetened drinks, it is best to visit a pediatric dentist the earliest time possible.

First, we have to understand that early childhood dental problems will affect the development of the primary teeth which will also affect the proper growth of the permanent teeth. It is always better to prevent than to cure. This also helps to prevent fear of the dentist, which usually occurs when you wait to go to the dentist until a problem occurs and you are already in pain.

Second, by visiting the pediatric dentist the earliest time possible, we will know all the facts we need to learn to make sure we teach our children good oral hygiene. Additional knowledge won’t hurt on our part.

Since studies have shown that poor oral hygiene will lead to problems in speech, self confidence and eating habits, the ideal visit to the pediatric dentist, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is six months after first tooth appears.

If your child is already a year-old, a dental check-up is needed. From here, your child will have a regular dentist visit which may be twice a year or as recommended by the pediatric dentist.

It is heavily suggested not to wait for your child to experience toothache or grow cavities before even thinking about the pediatric dentist. This is usually the case where parents ignore the dental health of their children thinking that since they only have temporary teeth, a dentist is not needed. Nothing could be more further from the truth as explained above.

You also have to consider that a regular dental check-up will teach your children to practice good oral hygiene. The end result of this is you avoid expensive treatments and possibly procedures on your child’s teeth since they have been taking care of them from an early age. We all know what one has to go through in a root canal procedure.

In our modern world, it is very easy to look for the best pediatric dentist in town. A quick search online will give you an idea of the available dentists in your area. Say, you are from San Antonio, Google “best pediatric dentist in San Antonio” and you will get results immediately. It is the same wherever you live.

The important thing to consider is that we take care of our children. Whether if it is for their books, toys, clothes, or a visit to a pediatric dentist, let us see to it that it will be provided.

We all do love children smiling at us especially if they flash that perfect smile, courtesy of your teaching them good oral hygiene and of course with the help of their pediatric dentist.

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