Teething Troubles: What You Can Do

Everyone loves babies—except when they’re wailing. Teething may be the problem.

Teething occurs when baby teeth start coming through the child’s gums, usually beginning at about age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with a clean finger, teething ring, cool spoon, cold wet washcloth, or pacifier. Your dentist or pediatrician also may recommend a special numbing salve for the gums. Continue reading Teething Troubles: What You Can Do


Older Adults: Don’t neglect Dental Care

Older adults may have dental concerns that can’t be totally taken care of with just brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at their dentist’s office.

Your dentist may have talked with you about the dental health issues that arise later in life, such as dentures or dry mouth. You can keep your teeth and gums in fine shape by continuing good dental care, no matter what concerns you have.

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Preventive Dentistry: Sealants

Applying sealants on the chewing surface of permanent teeth may offer some children supplemental protection against tooth decay. Sealants are thin plastic coatings that seal off the pits and fissures (depressions and grooves) on the biting surface of the posterior (back) teeth.

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First Smiles: Keep Them Healthy

Your baby’s first tooth is a major milestone in growth and development. As parents, we cherish those first toothy smiles.

Following good oral hygiene habits and visiting a dentist regularly will help ensure that your child has a healthy smile for years to come.

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Recovering from oral surgery

Oral surgery may be required for a variety of reasons. You may have an impacted tooth trapped in the jawbone or a tooth that is poorly positioned and damaging neighboring teeth. It is especially common to have these types of problems with growing wisdom teeth. Oral surgery is also necessary for the placement of dental implants and for a few types of gum treatments.

After surgery, it is normal for the area to be tender for the first few days but, in most cases, over-the-counter pain relief is enough to ease any discomfort. You should avoid aspirin because it thins the blood and can make your mouth bleed. In some cases your doctor may suggest prescription painkillers. Whatever your method of pain relief, be sure to start taking it immediately after surgery – don’t wait until pain sets in. It’s far easier to prevent pain than to make it go away.

Here are some steps you can take following surgery to promote the healing process:

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What’s baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant’s teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque. Every time a child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks the teeth and gums. After numerous attacks, tooth decay can begin.

The condition also is associated with breast-fed infants who have prolonged feeding habits or with children whose pacifiers are frequently dipped in honey, sugar or syrup. The sweet fluids left in the mouth increases the chance of cavities while the infant is sleeping.

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If your child needs anesthesia

If your child needs a difficult or complex dental procedure, your dentist may recommend options for sedation to help control your child’s anxiety. It’s important to be informed about the benefits and risks of any dental treatment for your child.

Before any type of procedure, give the dental office your child’s most up-to-date health history – including allergies and any medications that your child is currently taking. Here are some questions you may want to ask your dentist about sedation procedures:

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Diet, diabetes and tooth decay

If you are one of the  Indian with diabetes, you’re probably aware that the disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body.

What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum (periodontal) disease than those who do not have diabetes.

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3 Good Reasons to See a Dentist BEFORE Oral Cancer Treatment

1 – Feel better Your cancer treatment may be easier if you work with your dentist and hygienist. Make sure you have a pretreatment dental checkup.
2 – Save teeth and bones A dentist will help protect your mouth, teeth, and jaw bones from damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy. Children also need special protection for their growing teeth and facial bones.

3 – Fight cancer

Doctors may have to delay or stop your cancer treatment because of problems in your mouth. To fight cancer best, your cancer care team should include a dentist.

Protect Your Mouth During Cancer Treatment

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Dentures Can Restore Your Smile

A good smile can boost your self-esteem and enhance your health, so losing your natural teeth can be devastating. Unfortunately, about three out of five people ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. In fact, some of us lose most or all of our teeth because of decay, gum disease, or injuries.

Luckily, modern dentures that replace lost teeth look more natural and feel more comfortable than the dentures your grandparents may have used.

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