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|Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM||comments (70)|
Tooth decay can be prevented with good oral care. It is much simpler and more affordable to prevent tooth decay than to repair a decayed tooth. Daily cleanings, healthy eating habits, and the right amount of decay-fighting fluoride can help your child's teeth.
Cavities are caused by tooth decay, a disease that damages and breaks down teeth. Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, loss of teeth and loss of confidence. Children with tooth pain cannot eat or sleep properly and may miss days of school. Even worse, an abscess (pus-filled sac) from a cavity can cause serious or even life-threatening infections when left untreated.
Cleaning your Child's Teeth
Teeth should be brushed twice a day and flossed once a day to remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses can make tooth enamel more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay and also helps repair areas where the acid attacks have already begun.
Healthy balanced diet
For good dental and overall health, be sure your child eats a balanced diet with foods from the major food groups. Avoid cookies, candy and other sticky sweet foods as snacks. Encourage healthy choices like carrots, crackers and water instead.
Professional dental services, such as regular cleanings, fluoride treatments and the application of sealants that prevent tooth decay, can save money and reduce the need for further dental treatment. Talk to your dentist about your child's dental needs and at what age they should start scheduling visits.
|Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM||comments (313)|
ADA ANNOUNCES DENTAL SYMPTOM CHECKER:
To start the New Year off, the ADA is revealing its newest resource for the public, ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™, which helps people make better-informed decisions about their oral health. With an intuitive interface, the application allows people to select:
Their gender and age
What part of their face or mouth symptoms are occurring
What type of symptoms they are experiencing
Any degree of pain that may be caused by their symptoms
After the various categories have been selected, the ADA Dental Symptom Checker provides a list of possible oral-health conditions. The Symptom Checker is not meant to diagnose or replace the role of the dentist. In fact, many of the conditions emphasize the importance of seeing a dentist or physician.
The ADA Dental Symptom Checker can be accessed via MouthHealthy.org, or by downloading it for iPhone® and iPad® on the App StoreSM, or Android™ devices on Google Play™.
|Posted on March 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM||comments (2)|
Recently our office received a copy of WebMD, while glancing through the articles I found a great one on dental phobia written by Lisa Zamosky. I'd like to share some of her article here with you.
Does the thought of succumbing to the dentist's chair send a jot of anxiety through your body? When it comes to triggering a fear response, few things can set people off like an upcoming trip to the dentist.
That fear can set in early. Threatening comments from a parent, such as "If you don't brush your teeth, you'll have to go to the dentist," can leave a lasting negative impression. But today there's no need any longer for people to fear dental pain, modern dentistry is virtually painless.
New dental instruments and technology have come a long way over the past few decades. New topical anesthetics that numb the area before and injection are more profound and keep patients comfortable during injections and deep cleanings. New, thinner disposable needles are being used to deliver anesthetic into the gums at a slower rate, easing the discomfort from the pressure of the injection.
Nitrous Oxide ("laughing gas") relaxes patients during more involved procedures. And many offices offer iPods, headphones, and TVs that help put your mind at ease.
Talk to your dentist or hygienist about your concerns and give them the chance to make it a better dental experience by offering you the numerous comforts they have at their disposal.