What New Moms Should Know About Baby Teeth

June 12, 2019

Every mom looks forward to seeing their baby’s first toothy grin, but most feel lost when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of baby teeth. The teething process for one can be a source of stress – for both baby and mom! How do you know if your baby’s teething, or if there might be something else more concerning to worry about? Then there’s the worry of looking after your tot’s little teeth once they’ve grown. You want to help prevent those pesky cavities from the get-go, after all. Don’t worry; we’re here to help ease your concerns. Read on to learn what every new mom should know about baby teeth. Babys-first-tooth-should-come-in-between-four-and-six-months What New Moms Should Know About Baby Teeth Understanding the Teething Process Parents can usually expect their baby’s first tooth to grow between four and six months, though a late bloomer may not welcome the first tooth until up to fourteen months. It all comes down to family history; your baby’s first teeth will likely come in when yours first did. When your baby’s teeth are growing, it’s important to understand the behaviour of your child. Sometimes your baby will simply be stressed with t

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May 13, 2019
Food And Your Oral Health

Your teeth and mouth are meant for more than just talking and eating. Chewing and swallowing make up the first steps in the process of digestion. What you’re eating doesn’t only affect your stomach or hips, it also affects your oral health. Poor nutrition can impact your mouth without you realizing it. We know so much more about health and oral health today than ever before. Brushing twice a day, combined with flossing is common knowledge to the general population. In addition to that knowledge, we now understand how food plays an essential role in our oral health. It is a vital part of keeping our teeth as healthy as possible. Even though genetics can take certain things out of our hands, we still have control over the upkeep of our teeth and gums. In addition to our toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, we can also keep our teeth and gums healthy by making strong food choices. Foods That Cause Tooth Decay What you put into your mouth feeds you and can potentially feed plaque that’s trying to develop on your teeth. Certain foods can be harmful to your tooth enamel. Foods that are rich in fibre, such as fruits and vegetables, are an excellent choice because they prompt saliva generation, which helps rinse your mouth. Saliva neutral

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April 15, 2019

You have choices when it comes to replacing lost teeth: dentures, bridges, and dental implants. You may think there isn’t much of a difference between replacement options. However, each type of dental prosthesis has its own advantages. If you’re looking for a more permanent replacement for your teeth, dental implants may be the right choice for you. Implants-are-installed-into-your-jawbone Signs You May Need Dental Implants How Do Dental Implants Work? Very basically, dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. Think of them as an artificial stand-in for your natural teeth. They consist of a titanium root surgically inserted into the jaw bone where the tooth previously sat. After surgery, there is a recovery period to give the bone and implant time to fuse (a process called osseointegration). Once fused, they provide a sturdy base for an abutment that holds the artificial tooth (crown). Dental implants generally have a high success rate and can last for years when maintained properly. Because of this, implants can be a practical long-term option for helping you regain good oral health. How do you know when to choose dental

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March 11, 2019
How Do I Know If I Need Braces

The invention of braces started in the 1700s with a French physician named Pierre Fauchard. His original creation was a flat piece of metal connected to the wearer’s teeth by a thread. A mere 200 years later, dentist Edward Angle began using 14- and 18-karat gold to create brackets that would hold the teeth in line. Since then, braces have evolved to allow children and adults alike to address oral health issues comfortably. Things may have been different when you were growing up. Dental care was often not considered an integral part of your overall health, and braces were just about straightening your smile. When they became more commonplace in the latter half of the 20th century, many people couldn’t afford them for their children, and insurance often didn’t cover them for adults. Making-an-appointment-is-a-great-first-step How Do I Know If I Need Braces Now we know that good dental health is an essential factor in your overall well being, and that having a properly aligned bite helps improve your life in many ways. Malocclusions — crooked, overcrowded, or overlapped teeth — need to be addressed to reduce wear on

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February 25, 2019
How to Make Your Child’s Dental Checkup Go Smoothly

It’s normal for children to have questions about going to the dentist. Usually, doctors and clinical environments mean something’s wrong. They don’t understand that this isn’t always true, especially not for dental checkups. The dentist will assess their teeth to address any issues before they can grow into a potential problem. It’s important you take your kids for dental checkups as early as under one year. It can be very positive experience if they understand that the dentist is on their side. For younger kids, it’s vital to prepare them for a checkup at the dentist. We want it to be a positive experience. Educating your child about what’s going to happen. Using kid-friendly language, you can help them understand why the dentist is here to help. When they understand what is going to happen, the appointment itself will go smoother. They’ll feel more confident and curious. Use these tips to make your child’s dental appointment a great one! Kids-as-young-as-one-need-regular-dental-checkups How to Make Your Child’s Dental Checkup Go Smoothly Understand Their Perspective Plan to ha

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January 30, 2019
Your mouth might reveal a lot about your health

Practicing good oral hygiene means more than just keeping teeth clean and your breath fresh. Digestion starts in the mouth, making it a hotbed of bacteria. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash help control that bacteria and fight acid buildup. Taking time to strive for a healthy mouth is important. Did you know, though, that this area can reveal the first signs that something isn’t right in other parts of the body? Learn how teeth and gums can uncover underlying health issues and how a dentist can help. Is-your-mouth-telling-you-something Signals Your Mouth Sends About Overall Health

Your Mouth as a Gateway to Health

Understanding the direct link between the mouth and body helps doctors detect when there might be a health problem. Bacterial buildup on the teeth can put your gums at risk of infection; inflammation can eventually lead to periodontitis. Harmful bacteria might spread through the bloodstream and affect other organs. Note these warning signs — your body may be sending signals that you need to see your dentist or doctor:

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December 27, 2018
call your dentists

In a dental emergency, you need to act quickly. A few hours can mean the difference between saving a tooth and losing it. At this time of year, with so many holiday parties – and so many opportunities to crunch candies, nuts, and ice from your cocktail (or to show off your decades-old breakdancing moves), it’s important to know exactly what to do if you crack or chip a tooth late at night and need to find a dentist after hours.

Is it an Emergency?

First, you need to determine if your tooth problem is really an emergency or if it can wait for an appointment. In general, it’s an emergency if you are at risk of losing a tooth, if you can’t stop the bleeding, or if you are in severe pain.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Are you bleeding from your mouth?
  • Are any of your teeth loose or cracked?
  • Do you have severe pain?
  • Is your mouth or facial area swollen?
  • Do you have swelling in your gums?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, seek emergency care immediately.

What to do First

Call your dentist. All good dentists have an after-hours emergency phone number and should give you this information on your first visit. If you don’t have a dentist, search the internet for “emergency dentist” in your area. Most emergency

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November 29, 2018
11 Dental Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a time to have fun and eat heartily; but moderation and good oral hygiene will avoid future problems with your teeth. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa may offer plenty of sweets and special beverages that can damage teeth if we aren’t careful. Here are some tips from dentists to help prevent cavities and save your teeth from damage. Follow these simple suggestions to keep your smile looking bright this holiday season and into the new year.

  • Stick to a routine – Brushing twice a day is integral to maintaining strong health. Make time to brush and floss like you normally would in-between holiday celebrations, even when your schedule gets hectic. It can be difficult to make time for usual routines (especially when you’re tired), but your mouth will thank you for protecting the teeth and gums.
  • Carry a cleaning kit – For most people, the holidays mean parties and special occasions. Bring a portable cleaning kit with you to parties (at work and elsewhere) and clean your teeth on the go. Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Use the kit to keep teeth clean no matter how busy you become. It’s especially important for social gatherings when you have food trapp

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October 15, 2018
Wisdom Teeth Removal: 11 Recovery Tips

If you’re like about 85% of the population, you might be told by your dentist that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Although it’s possible to spend your whole life with wisdom teeth intact with no problems, there are several reasons why it might be necessary for these teeth to be extracted (e.g. overcrowding, installing implants, damage to nearby teeth, gum disease, or extensive tooth decay). Wisdom tooth removal is a routine surgery; however, recovering from the extraction will take some time and plenty of rest on your part. It’s normal to experience pain, discomfort, and swelling while recovering, and it’ll take time before things get back to normal. Thankfully, there are ways to take care of yourself after oral surgery to ease pain and get well faster. Removal-of-wisdom-teeth-is-a-routine-procedure Wisdom Teeth Removal: 11 Recovery Tips

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September 14, 2018
Foods and Habits to Avoid when Wearing Braces

Your dental braces were designed to withstand chewing many types of food, but they are not immune to damage. Particular foods and habits can harm your braces and hamper your teeth’s realignment process. If you want to improve your smile within the treatment period established by your orthodontist (and avoid the extra cost of repairs), keep clear of the following foods and habits: Foods-and-Habits-to-Avoid-when-Wearing-Braces-2 Foods and Habits to Avoid when Wearing Braces

  1. Chewing on ice Ice can break or chip your teeth. Frequent chewing of ice may damage and affect the tension of your braces. While teeth are generally sturdy and resilient, they are not strong enough to withstand the stress that hard ice puts on them.
  2. Munching on sticky and hard substances Sticky substances like chewing gum or caramel can damage, bend, or loosen brackets the same as hard or crispy foods. Avoid these foods completely or cut them into smaller pieces so you won’t exert too much force when chewing.
  3. Drinking bottled water Plain tap water is recommended for someone wearing braces; most countries’ public water sources contain fluoride. Fluoride fights decay and facilitates

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