Calling All Tooth Fairies:
Every child loves the tooth fairy. But as a parent, it can be tough to know the proper way to help your child when his or her primary tooth is ready to come out.
First, it helps to understand what’s happening in your child’s mouth. Children have 20 primary teeth, which are often referred to as “baby teeth.” At about age 6, permanent teeth begin to push through the gums, and primary teeth become loose and fall out. By about age 13, your child will have most of his or her permanent teeth.
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Dental Health Quiz
1. If your gum bleeds, you have gum disease: True/False
2. Gingivitis, an early form of gum disease caused by the inadequate removal of plaque, is reversible: True/False
3. Healthy teeth and gums reflect your body’s overall health: True/False
4. Dentists recommend fluoride consumption for adults and children of all ages: True/False Continue reading Dental Health Quiz
Professional models, actors, and politicians do it. They’re changing their smiles—and they have influenced a growing number of people to take the same step by asking dentists to give them veneers.
Simply put, a veneer is a covering, something like the thin layer on a piece of furniture that gives it the look of natural wood. When it comes to your teeth, a veneer refers to a thin covering made of porcelain or composite resin material. It can mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and generally improve your smile.
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If you have kidney disease, you may need to take extra care of your teeth and gums. That’s because you may be at risk for certain mouth problems.
For example, people with kidney disease may develop bad breath. This is caused by a metabolic problem that produces chemicals. These chemicals are exhaled through the lungs and can cause bad breath. But healthy oral habits go a long way toward controlling these problems. To control bad breath, brush your teeth gently at least twice a day, paying special attention to the gum line and floss at least once a day.Brushing the tongue is also helpful because many of the odor-causing bacteria are located on the back of the tongue.
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Your next dental appointment may require sunglasses. No, you’re not going to the beach—your dentist is using a laser. A laser produces a very strong beam of light that causes a reaction when it comes into contact with human tissue. Lasers can cut, remove, and reshape oral tissue.
Dentists use different types of lasers for different types of dental procedures. For instance, they may use one kind of instrument to perform surgery and another to assist with whitening procedures. Here are some other ways in which dentists use lasers:
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