January 20, 2020
Reduce/Eliminate a Soother and Thumb Sucking Habit
Both a soother and finger or thumb sucking both cause suction and put pressure on the jaw, which is fragile while still growing. These habits can both cause the palate to rise and the upper jaw to become narrow, causing issues with the bite and the way the teeth close together. Often these habits at an early age can lead to the need for braces later on. Try to remove the soother around two years old and stop the finger/thumb sucking habit as soon as you notice it.
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January 13, 2020
A nightguard is a mouth guard used overnight to protect your teeth, jawbones and jaw joints from the wear and tear from nighttime grinding and clenching. The official name for these habits is called “bruxism,” and it affects many more people than you would think. Bruxism is considered a sleep movement disorder. A nightguard is a transparent oral appliance that is made to fit your teeth. It may cover all or a portion of your teeth, depending on the type. They can also be fabricated to be worn on the top or bottom.
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January 6, 2020
A food trap can occur between two teeth that have a slightly loose or open area of contact. An opening or space between teeth allows food to become trapped while eating. Sometimes the food trap can be noticeable and annoying. Or it may go completely unnoticed, depending on the size and severity. Some food traps pose a risk to the health of the teeth and gums in the area if not addressed.
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December 23, 2019
Tooth decay is the penetration of bacteria and acids through microscopic tubules and channels into the underlying structure of the tooth. Cavities are not caused all at once, but slowly with time from certain risk factors. The first step of a cavity is the penetration into the enamel (outer layer) of the teeth. This stage is usually slow-moving because the enamel is extremely dense. At this time, the cavity can be halted and may not need to be fixed, with the right combination of proper oral hygiene and fluoride. Once the cavity can penetrate the underlying tooth structure called the dentin, it can move quickly as the dentin is less dense, and thus needs to be fixed with a filling.
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December 16, 2019
There are several different options for tooth whitening that you should consider before based on your needs and expected results. It is a good idea to first learn about types of teeth stains. There are two types of staining, internal staining and external staining. External staining is staining from darker pigmented foods and drinks (usually coffee, tea, red wine, blueberries, etc.). External stains also come from smoking, which causes an accumulation on the outer surface of the teeth. Fortunately, these stains can be removed during your dental hygiene cleanings. Internal staining are stains that have travelled to the inner layer of the teeth and changed the shade of the teeth. Thankfully, there are solutions for both of these types of staining.
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December 9, 2019
You may be wondering about the difference between having a regular check-up exam and a complete oral exam. During a check-up exam, your dentist will perform a check to monitor your oral health, address any concerns and have dental Xrays updated if they are out of date.
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December 3, 2019
Learn how to reduce the risk of chipping or fracturing your teeth by following the recommendations below. You will also learn if you are at risk for chipping your teeth.
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November 25, 2019
Even before baby teeth begin to erupt, around the age of 6-10 months when the first baby tooth comes through, it is essential to start a regular oral hygiene regimen with your baby at home. It is recommended to use a damp cloth or piece of gauze to wipe your baby’s gums after bottles and before bed to remove sugars from the milk. As soon as the first baby tooth erupts, you can begin using a small toothbrush and non-fluoridated toothpaste to brush. The baby teeth will erupt between the age of 6-10 months until around 25-33 months. Baby teeth may be susceptible to cavities as soon as they break through the gum tissue into the mouth, so it is vital to have a good oral hygiene regimen.
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November 19, 2019
Gum disease is an umbrella term used to describe several gum issues. It includes gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. The term also includes periodontitis, which is an inflammation of the bone, ligament and supporting structures of the teeth. Gum disease can also be used to describe temporary, aggressive types of gum issues such as ANUG (acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis.)
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November 15, 2019
My child is snoring, should I be concerned?
Snoring in children is something that should be assessed by a healthcare provider. It may be innocent and related to illness or allergies if it is a rare occurrence. However, if this is a more consistent habit, it could be a symptom of something more dangerous such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
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