Archive for February, 2014

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Preventing 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.

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Teething Toddlers

Teething is the word used to describe the lengthy process by which a child’s baby teeth merge from their gums. For most kids, this begins around the age of six months and continues until all twenty teeth are erupted. This usually ends by the time the child is around the age of two or two and a half years old. If you have a new baby and you 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 bottom front teeth appear first then the top two front teeth. The teeth also fall out in the 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 should be contacted.

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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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Sedation for Your Kids

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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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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