What’s Mine is Yours—Including My Cavities

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It’s common practice for parents to taste their baby’s food before feeding it to them, but has this practice contributed to more cavities than necessary? We think so. Early Childhood Caries – or ECC for short – is one of the most common childhood diseases. It’s a serious health problem, and is characterized by severe decay in the teeth of infants or young children. Fortunately, it is easily prevented. Unfortunately, too many people don’t know about ECC and so don’t take proper precautionary measures to do so. ECC is generally a consequence of parents and/or guardians tasting a baby’s food and/or letting that baby put their fingers into the parent’s or guardian’s mouth. If ECC is not treated early on, it can cause severe pain and swelling in the mouth, face and neck. In extreme instances, operations are the only way to stop the baby’s dental pain and suffering. There …

What You Need to Now About Canker Sores

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So, you have a sore inside of your mouth that’s making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Even when your mouth is relaxed, it’s painful – with a tingling or burning sensation always reminding you that “hey, I’m here!” When you check out the pesky bugger in the mirror, you see that it’s a round, white-ish/grey-ish sore ringed with red. Your first thought: you have an abscess in your mouth. Don’t worry – it’s nothing that serious! What you are experiencing is a little something called a canker sore. Canker sores are annoying, yes, but they’re not dangerous. The most harm they can cause is maybe a slight fever and swollen lymph nodes. While they seem to last forever, in actuality, they only last for a week or two. And that’s without treatment. Why Do Canker Sores Happen? The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, but there is a strong correlation …

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Thumb-Sucking

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Thumb-sucking is a natural habit for infants and toddlers – so natural, in fact, that it oftentimes begins in the womb. However, it’s also natural for parents to worry about the effect it will have on their child’s smile, and in many instances, their future “social life.” While most parents know that thumb-sucking can cause damage past a certain age, what many don’t know is at what age thumb-sucking becomes detrimental to the formation of the teeth, or what kind of lasting damage can occur if not stopped in time. It’s important that parents recognize when it’s time to put an end to the thumb-sucking , and that they have a clear idea as to how to do so in the most natural way possible. That’s exactly what this blog post is meant to do: to help you determine when your child is ready to stop the habit, and how …

Protect Your (and Your Child’s!) Smile with This Underused Tool

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 600,000 individuals end up in the ER each year because of sports injuries. Of those 600,000, up to 200,000 can be prevented with one simple tool: the mouth guard. Yet, even with these high numbers, only 55% of Americans report that they or their child wears a mouth guard to both practice and games, while a startlingly low 22% wears them at games only. Dental injuries are the most common type of sport injury, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety… An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer from an orofacial injury when they’re not wearing a mouth guard. And, unfortunately, these injuries are hardly ever of the minor variety. Oftentimes injuries to the face result in permanent damage to the entire facial structure and can require extensive amounts of medical attention. In fact, just …

How to Ease Your Child’s Discomfort During Teething

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In the parenting world, this is almost like a bad word, as it wreaks of non-stop crying, long days and even longer nights. The only thing keeping parents from losing their heads entirely through this tough growth period is the fact that their children are suffering far more than them. While there isn’t much you can do to ease your baby’s discomfort while they’re going through this painful process, you’re not completely helpless… To ease your child’s discomfort – even if it is only temporarily – there are a few tricks that I’ve learned myself as a parent, and that other parents have shared with me. They are:     Lightly rub numbing gel across their gums with your finger or a piece of gauze.     Let them chew on a cooling ring     Give your baby a teething biscuit or a piece of toast     And if all else fails, …

To Bridge or Implant: What’s the Difference?

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For anyone who has lost or broken a tooth, you know how anxiety inducing this can be. Our smile is usually the first thing people notice about us, and when there are obvious gaps or chips, it can create embarrassment. In the past, one of the only permanent choices was getting a dental bridge. Today though, you can also replace missing teeth with dental implants, also known as prosthodontics. Both have wonderful aesthetic benefits for the patient and have made great improvements over the years. Deciding which procedure is best for you usually depends on candidacy and overall oral health. What is a bridge? A bridge is technically an oral prosthesis that is permanently attached to surrounding natural teeth. It’s called a bridge, because it bridges the space from the missing tooth, between two or more natural teeth. The procedure is simple. First, any remainder of the broken or missing …

Dental Spring Cleaning

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When spring finally breaks through, people tend to think of spring-cleaning for their closets, homes, and yards. But, what about spring-cleaning for your smile? Start the new season out fresh by going back to basics of dental health. With all the advances of dentistry, especially in cosmetic dentistry, it’s easy to forget what the main purpose of dental care is all about – clean, healthy teeth and gums. It’s as simple as that. While I can say that I’m excited about the amazing advances that dentistry has made even in the last few years, it’s important to remember the basics of dental health. Just as a friendly reminder, here are a few tips for your everyday care so that when you come in to see us there are no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. –       Brush your teeth twice a day – morning and night. We’ve all known …

E-Cigs May Be the New “Cool,” But Are They Safe?

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For decades, cigarettes have been promoted as “cool,” especially to young adults. Despite common knowledge that smoking has a negative impact on teeth and the entire body, people have continued the practice. In fact, smoking has been a part of the human lifestyle for as long as we can remember. The earliest history of smoking dates back to Central America in the 9th century. Tribes made smoking tubes from reeds and other available materials. Over the years, traditional cigarettes have been snuffed out by advertising laws, increasing taxes, and the banning of their use in public places in entire states. But marketers aren’t worried. They are moving on to a new “cool” product, the electronic cigarette, and it’s working. Young people are picking up the new habit by the multitudes. Introducing… E-Cigs Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs are a battery operated smoking device. They don’t contain tobacco, but instead they utilize …

MI Paste – Mystery Solved

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Are you tired of the appearance of your teeth? If so, MI Paste is a fabulous solution which can vastly improve the look and health of your smile. Specifically, MI Paste can help remove the annoying appearance of white spots and tooth discolorations. In addition, dentists recommend it as a viable treatment for some cases of sensitivity and dry mouth. While this is all great news, you may be asking more questions like: What is MI Paste? The MI stands for Minimally Invasive, and it’s a fabulous milk-derived phosphopeptide that binds calcium and phosphate to the surface of teeth. MI Paste is a water-based, sugar-free cream that is packaged in a tube like toothpaste. It’s a non-surgical solution that dentists recommend to improve the look and health of natural teeth. What Does MI Paste Do? MI Paste helps strengthen your teeth, minimize cavities, reverse tooth sensitivity, repair discolorations, positively impact …

Dangers of Grinding Your Teeth

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You’re probably familiar with the stories of people grinding their teeth in their sleep, but do you ever wonder if you might be doing it too? Since it happens while you sleep you have no control over it and if you sleep alone you may have no way of finding out whether you do it or not. One way you can find out if this is happening to you is you may constantly wake up with a headache or a sore jaw. The other way to find out is to have your dentist check for signs of teeth grinding. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism and it can be a serious problem if it goes untreated. You may have heard that grinding your teeth down to stubs is only a myth, but it actually can happen in severe cases. What most people don’t know is that it can …