Teething Toddlers

Teething is the word used to describe the lengthy process by which a child’s baby teeth emerge from their gums.  For most kids this begins around the age of six months and continues until all twenty teeth are emerged.  This usually ends by the time a child is around the age of two or two and a half years old.  If you have a new baby and are wondering when you need to worry about teething you should understand that some kids don’t have their first teeth appear until around the age of eight months, and some may even have what is known as delayed eruption.  Most teeth appear in the same order or sequence.  The first two bottom front teeth appear first, then the top two front teeth.  The teeth also fall out in this same order when the adult teeth begin to emerge.  If your child has reached the age of ten months and has not yet had any teeth erupt it is a sign of delayed eruption, and the dentist or physician must be contacted.

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It is very important to try and prevent decay of your child’s primary teeth. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth decay can occur. Watch this “Your Dental Health” for some helpful preventative measures that you can take.

Sedation for Children

The American Dental Association offers the following questions that parents and guardians should ask concerning in-office sedation or general anesthesia for their children. Who will provide the pre-operative evaluation of the child including their past medical history such as  allergies, current prescription medications and previous illnesses? What is the recommended time the child should be without food or drink prior to the procedure?  Will any sedation medication be given to your child at home prior to their coming to the office and if so how should they be monitored? These are important questions to ask prior to your child’s procedure. After the procedure, make sure to follow all instructions given by your doctor and be sure to have emergency contact information if there are any concerns or complications after returning home.

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Pregnancy & Your Teeth

It’s no secret that pregnancy is an important time in a woman’s life.  However, misunderstandings about the safety of dental care during pregnancy may cause women to avoid seeing their dentist. The fact is, your dentist can create a treatment plan that is safe, effective, and essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease during pregnancy.

The most common oral disease for pregnant women is gingivitis.  This buildup of plaque that causes inflammation of the gums should be treated with a professional cleaning in addition to proper tooth-brushing and flossing.  If left untreated, bacteria from excessive gingivitis can travel to the uterus and possibly trigger the production of certain chemicals suspected to induce premature labor.

If you’re planning on becoming pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, you should see your dentist.  He or she will assess your oral condition and map out a proper, safe dental plan for the rest of your pregnancy.

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Braces

If you have a malocclusion(or “bad bite”) ,crooked or misaligned teeth, you may benefit from braces.  Braces can help improve your smile and correct these problems.  They can also improve your overall health. Untreated orthodontic problems can lead to cavities or gum disease because it may be hard to clean between your teeth.  Braces come in many different styles, including natural colored braces or traditional metal braces in a variety of colors. Sometimes removable retainers that are smooth, clear, and virtually invisible can be used.  Remember- people of all ages can benefit from braces.  If you are unhappy with your smile consult with your dentist.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders arise from a variety of complex physical, emotional, and social issues.  They can also be devastating to your oral health.  More than 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.  These eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health.  Without proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily.  The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Vomiting frequently causes strong stomach acid to flow over your teeth. The tooth’s enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape, and strength.  If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to seek counseling and talk to your health care provider.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in, between the ages of 17 and 21 when you gain maturity or wisdom. Sometimes they do not have enough room to grow normally. When that happens, your dentist may refer to them as impacted or crowded and they may need to be removed. Not everyone’s teeth develop in the same way. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any pain or other problems they may be affecting your oral health. The most common problems are decay, infection, crowding, or damage to other teeth. Those next to the wisdom teeth are more prone to developing gum problems. It’s important to see your dentist regularly so he or she can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth.

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