November 4, 2019
Why would my child’s tooth need a crown?
There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend placing a crown on your child’s tooth. The main reason is if the cavity on the tooth is large. Baby teeth are not just smaller versions of adult teeth. They have thinner layers of enamel, the protective outer layer. A thinner layer means that a cavity can grow and affect the nerve of the tooth faster than it could in an adult tooth. Once a cavity gets close to the nerve, it will likely need nerve treatment, often called a “baby root canal” this is not as invasive as an adult root canal, but it does leave the tooth weaker and more prone to breakage if not protected. Cavities often occur on more than one surface of a tooth, so instead of placing multiple fillings on one tiny tooth, a crown would cover all of the surfaces. The crown will protect the tooth from future decay and breakage.
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October 28, 2019
Halloween may be known for haunted houses, creepy zombies and monsters that roam in the night. However, the sweeter side of Halloween, the overload of candy, can produce much scarier results than ghosts and ghouls. Completely avoiding candy at Halloween may be too difficult for you, and not very festive. So, here are some tips to help stay healthier during the holidays and avoid those terrifying cavities later on.
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October 21, 2019
Brushing After Breastfeeding & Bottle
Milk contains natural sugars in the form of lactose, which can cause cavities. Therefore, it is essential to brush your baby/child’s teeth after breastfeeding and bottles. The sugars from the milk can sit on their teeth if their teeth are not being brushed, and cause cavities. Often, cavities will appear on the upper front teeth because this is where the milk passes through and tends to pool. It is essential to brush after breastfeeding and after giving your child bottles of milk.
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October 7, 2019
Invisalign is a tooth alignment process, much like braces, that gradually straightens your teeth and aligns your bite. It involves a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn for 1 to 2 weeks each, before switching to the next aligner set in the treatment series. The clear aligners apply slow, gradual pressure on the teeth in strategic areas to change the positioning. “Attachments” are bonded onto some tooth surfaces to allow the aligners to have traction when moving the teeth. Invisalign treatment, on average, takes around 18 months, but each case is different, and the more complex the case is, the more time that may be needed.
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September 24, 2019
When Will My Baby’s Teeth Come In?
On average, the first tooth to erupt, or come into the mouth is one of the lower front teeth. This usually occurs around 6 to 8 months of age. Just like other milestones, a child’s teeth can develop at different rates. Some can be much earlier than six months, and some may not get teeth until they are close to their first birthday. Slower teething can be
a benefit in some ways. Once teeth erupt, they are exposed to foods that can increase the risk of cavities. Generally, children who experience teething early have a higher risk of cavities. Be sure to properly clean your baby’s teeth once they erupt in the mouth.
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September 10, 2019
One of the most important aspects when choosing the a suitable a mouthwash is to make sure it has the seal of approval from the CDA (Canadian Dental Association.) This seal of approval means that the mouthwash contains active working ingredients and can help to improve your gum and oral health. Mouthwash can help reduce gum inflammation, bleeding, and overall bacteria count in your mouth.
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August 20, 2019
Your dental hygienist will recommend that you come in for a professional dental cleaning every 3-6 months. The frequency is based on the health of your teeth and gums, certain risk factors, and certain medical conditions. But, what is a professional dental cleaning, and what does it involve?
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August 13, 2019
A comprehensive or complete oral exam is a detailed exam of your gums, teeth, jaw, mouth and overall oral health. This type of oral exam employs meticulous diagnostic strategies to ensure that all oral conditions are diagnosed. A complete oral exam takes place every 3 – 5 years or at the first visit to a new dental office. This type of exam is more comprehensive than the check-up exam performed during a dental cleaning. A comprehensive oral exam can identify oral issues due to the detailed nature of the exam.
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July 29, 2019
Having “soft teeth” is not just a saying; it may be linked to a real condition. The condition is called hypoplastic enamel, and it is becoming more prominent among children.
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July 12, 2019
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing, flossing and sometimes even mouth washing are all crucial factors involved in an adequate at-home oral hygiene regimen. Brushing and flossing help to reduce bacterial build up on the teeth and gums, which reduces susceptibility to cavities and gum inflammation. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day. Make sure to help your child brush and floss their teeth until around the age of 8. Begin using fluoridated toothpaste around the age of 3 (about the size of a grain of rice.) If your child is particularly cavity prone, try incorporating a daily fluoride mouthwash to help prevent further cavities.
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