One fond memory that all children cherish from their childhood is that of their baby teeth and placing them under their pillow at night – so that the tooth fairy could exchange them for coins and other goodies! What a way to turn pain into joy and leave the children smiling at the end of the ordeal! However, not all children have it easy and there may be a need to intervene and pull the tooth in some cases when there is extreme discomfort.
In my family practice, the end of the summer is a busy time for back-to-school dental exams. I see parents who are more well informed about their children’s dental care than ever before. They help their children develop healthy daily routines of brushing and flossing and provide a healthy diet. But many are looking for additional ways to prevent cavities. One tool available is the dental sealant.
Should you replace missing teeth? The missing tooth that spoils your healthy smile certainly gets your attention, but those unseen missing teeth – those in the back of your mouth – can also cause a variety of problems. So when patients ask me whether they should replace missing teeth I usually say yes. The only exception? The last molars.
Are Waterpiks better than traditional Flossing?
One of the most widely spoken about debates in the world of dentistry today is the one between waterpik and flossing for dental cleaning. While waterpik has been recently developed as a tooth cleaning method, it has gained widespread popularity due to the many advantages it offers. Before I move on to discuss a few of those pointers, it is essential to understand what exactly Waterpik is.
Looking for a new dentist is a big deal. You’re not just searching for someone to clean your teeth. The right dental practice allows you to feel comfortable and safe, whether you’re going for a routine procedure or a dental emergency. Here’s what the American Dental Association suggests you do to find the best dental fit for you and your family.
In my lifetime dentistry has evolved from a narrow focus on teeth and gums to an awareness of how dental health connects to a patient’s total health and well-being. We know, for example, that several types of cardiovascular diseases may be related to oral health. And lifestyle choices like smoking and diet are linked to tooth decay and gum disease. In my practice, I promote a comprehensive approach to dentistry that addresses the overall health status of my patients.
It’s sad but true. Men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty. Flossing is even more challenging for some of these guys.
Does your smile look old? A smile is one of the most important parts of your face – an attractive smile gives a youthful and healthy appearance. But as we age, even the hardiest and healthiest of natural teeth will show signs of wear and tear.
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night feeling breathless? It can be scary, right? Has anyone told you that you snore? Maybe even complained about it? These are both symptoms of sleep apnea. Even though many people suffer from the effects of this problem, it remains a serious condition that is still not well understood.