Did you know that you can start a daily flossing routine for your child’s teeth as soon as any two teeth touch each other? Of course, parents will initially perform the flossing. But as soon as children have learned to brush on their own, it’s time to teach them how to floss.
Learning good oral habits early in life plays a major role in having healthy teeth later. Many dental problems can be prevented with proper home care – a brushing and flossing routine – and regular dental checkups. Dr. Nishan Halim, dentist in Capitol Hill, DC, shares advice for parents on how to get children to brush.
Should I replace it or not? Many patients have questions about the need to replace their missing teeth. I recently received an email from one of my own family dental care patients who wanted to know whether to replace a molar. Here’s the question and my answer:
Are you unhappy with your smile? Are you teeth crowded or crooked? Today there are less expensive and less time-consuming alternatives to orthodontics that can give your teeth the appearance of perfect alignment. If you problem is not too severe, one of these may be just right for you.
A missing tooth can spoil your healthy smile. But did you know that unseen missing teeth – those in the back of your mouth – can also cause a variety of problems. Dentists recommend that nearly all your missing teeth should be replaced. The only exception? The last molars.
Has it been a long time since your last dental visit? Does embarrassment about the condition of your teeth prevent you from getting the treatment you need? If so, you are not alone. However, new procedures and materials now available to your cosmetic dentist in DC, allow your broken, decayed or missing teeth to be replaced and restored more comfortably than ever.
Have you ever been outside on a very cold winter day and noticed that taking a breath of the cold air through your mouth makes your teeth hurt? Maybe you can’t sip a hot beverage or eat something cold without a sharp ache. If any of these situations apply, you probably have sensitive teeth.
Good oral health requires regular dental exams and consistent at-home care. You visit your dentist every six months for an exam and professional cleaning. That’s good, but not enough. Brushing and flossing are equally important if you want to avoid cavities and other oral problems that affect your health and appearance.
It is a fact of life that the passage of time takes its toll on our teeth and dental work. After all, our teeth work hard for us every day. Even the hardiest and healthiest of natural teeth will show signs of wear and tear.
Dentists who specialize in family dental care are often seen as the first level of defense against dental abnormalities and disease. Regular preventive dental checkups provide routine cleaning and detection of oral health problems, but the patient is always an active partner in maintaining dental health.