Have you ever wondered why it’s necessary to get a filling in a child’s primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, if they are going to fall out anyway? Some parents have this thought, and it’s important that you know that taking care of their primary teeth is just as important as protecting their permanent ones.
If you’ve been reviewing your health routine after the summer months, have you considered that your oral health plays a big part in your overall health and well being? Don’t take your teeth for granted! Here are some reminders to boost your dental habits and set you on the right path to long-lasting oral health. Read on to find out more.
Accidents happen and can lead to tooth damage, whether that’s getting hit by a ball during sports or biting on something hard. How do you know if it’s a dental emergency though? We want patients to know that your care and comfort is our top priority, and if you find yourself in a situation where you have tooth pain or the following symptoms, please call us right away. Keep reading to learn more.
Did you know the most chronic disease in children is cavities? Even though your child may brush and floss daily, they might not be brushing as properly as an adult would or using the right amount of toothpaste. Also, consuming sugary foods and drinks contributes to tooth decay because bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar and leave behind an acid that eats away at the tooth’s enamel. How can you help your child fight tooth decay?
Even though baby teeth do fall out, it’s still important to care for them, as they are critical to your child’s dental health and development of their permanent teeth. As soon as the first tooth erupts, or breaks through the gum, you can begin setting good oral health habits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth, or as many people call them, baby teeth, begin to grow around 6 months of age. Daily cleaning and regular dental checkups will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health.
Preventing tooth decay is just as important for adults as it is for children. While we tend to think that it’s only kids who get cavities, adults can get them too. Even if you brush twice a day and floss, bacteria in the mouth, frequent snacking, or drinking sugary drinks can lead to this common dental condition. There is a treatment, however, that adds a layer of protection that will help protect your teeth from harmful bacteria. Read more to find out about this procedure.
A dental crown is a cap that goes over a damaged tooth with the purpose of restoring its appearance and functionality. This treatment is used for many different reasons, the most common being due to a large cavity that can’t be fixed with a filling. If a tooth is severely decayed, weakened or cracked, a crown can help preserve and protect what’s left of it.
You may be thinking of ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy during these challenging times. One of the things we want to remind our patients is that your oral health plays an important part in overall health. In particular, periodontal disease, or gum disease, can be harmful to your teeth and gums and it can increase your risk of some major health problems. Read more on how to prevent gum disease.
Do you lack the confidence to flash your pearly whites because of an annoying little chip on your front tooth? Details like this can be fixed with dental bonding. Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that consists of the application of tooth-colored composite resin to blend in and repair chipped, fractured, discolored, or decayed teeth. The process is targeted to fix problems similar to those repaired by veneers or crowns, but it’s faster and more convenient, since it can be done in a single visit.