Archive for March, 2015

Sealants

Dental sealants are a type of special coating that act as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone teeth. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves in other teeth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Applying sealants during childhood will protect the teeth throughout the most cavity prone years. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. Sealants can last for many years if properly cared for, and will last longer if you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid biting hard objects. During routine dental visits your dentist will check the sealants and may recommend reapplication or repair when necessary. Ask your dentist about sealants today.

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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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Preventing Decay of Primary Teeth

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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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