Archive for January, 2016

First & Regular Visits

Regular dental check-ups and preventative dental care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, provide your child with “smile” insurance.  Plan your child’s first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than his or hers first birthday.    Consider it a “well baby check-up” for your child’s teeth.

During your child’s first visit, your dentist will check:

***for cavities

***to see how well the teeth are being cleaned and offer  suggestions if necessary

***to make sure the proper number of teeth have erupted.

***to see that your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride and to.

*** Answer any questions or concerns that parents may have.

Routine dental exams will help assess your child’s dental health through the years.   By age seven, it is recommended that your child receive an orthodontic evaluation.

Your dentist is always there to provide key information to help you take of your child’s oral health.

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Bad Breath

Bad breath can be caused by smoking, gum disease, dry mouth, various medical conditions, improper or inconsistent dental healthcare, or strong foods like garlic and onions.   Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable.

Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath. When brushing, remember to brush your tongue to help remove this sulfur compound.

Gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria.  A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath.

Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth.  If this is the case, your dentist will investigate it and suggest treatment options.

With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.

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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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