Myths about Tooth Decay

Myths about tooth decay are abundant. Watch this weeks video to get the facts!

Malocclusions

 

Malocclusions are the abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth. This may result in teeth that look protruded, crowded, or unevenly spaced. Alternatively, some people with malocclusions may appear to have straight teeth, but the upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. Teeth that are abnormally aligned are harder to clean, and therefore may experience higher instances of tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth loss. Malocclusions also may interfere with proper jaw development leading to problems with chewing and speaking. Orthodontic treatment is the best remedy for malocclusions and can create a beautiful and healthy smile through braces, aligners or oral surgery.

Antibiotics

Did you know, sometimes, dentists recommend some patients take antibiotics as a preventative measure during dental exams? Watch this week’s Your Dental Health to find out more.

Tooth Decay

It is very important to try to prevent decay of your child’s primary teeth. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur.
One of the risk factors for this “baby bottle tooth decay” is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids containing sugar. These liquids could include milk, breast milk, formula, and fruit juice. Tooth decay can also occur when parents or caregivers put a baby to bed with a bottle – or use milk, formula, or juice as a pacifier for a fussy baby.
If you use a pacifier, use a clean one. Never dip a pacifier in sugar or honey before giving it to a baby. Prolonged use of pacifiers can harm the teeth just like prolonged thumb sucking, but it is often easier to wean a child from a pacifier than a thumb. Encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday, and discourage frequent use of a training or Sippy cup. Never allow a baby to take a bottle to bed at night or naptime.

Cosmetic Vs. Restorative

Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canels, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist. For Your Dental Health, I’m Dr. Richard Caron.

Fluoride

 

Using fluoride can have positive, lasting affects on your dental health. Watch this video to find out more.

Sleep and Dental Health

 

Sleep can affect your dental health!