Archive for July, 2013

The Link between Secondhand Smoke and Cavities in Children

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Not only is smoking bad for your physical and oral health, but a University of Rochester study from 2001 found that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop cavities. As if you needed another reason to give up smoking.

Researchers looked at federal health data on nearly 4,000 children, aged 4-11. Researchers assessed smoking exposure by measuring the blood for cotinine, a by-product of nicotine. The rate of cavities in children was nearly double in smoking households.

“What I think is the most powerful potential mechanism is smoking during pregnancy, because it causes low birth weight, and prematurity, and poor growth, including problems with tooth formation,” said researcher C. Andrew Aligne, MD, assistant professor of general pediatrics at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine..

Dental Cavity Statistics

  1. 42% of children 2 to 11 have had dental caries in their primary teeth
  2. 21% of children 6 to 11 have had dental caries in their permanent teeth
  3. Over 19% of children ages 2-19 have untreated cavities
  4. Children 2 to 11 have an average of 1.6 decayed primary teeth and 3.6 decayed primary surfaces
  5. Children 6 to 11 have about 0.45 decayed permanent teeth and 0.68 decayed permanent surfaces
  6. Children lose 50million hours of school annually because of bad teeth

“For parents, it’s not a good idea to smoke around your kid. This is potentially just one more reason on top of all the other good reasons [to quit smoking],” said Aligne.

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  1. Passive Smoke Linked to Cavities in Children WebMD

How to Brush Your Teeth

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Brushing your teeth can be a complicated procedure. There are so many teeth in your mouth, it is important they each get the care they deserve.woman smile

When it comes to brushing your teeth, make sure you are using a good toothbrush. The bristles shouldn’t be too hard so they are gentle on your gums. Additionally, the head of the toothbrush should also fit comfortably inside your mouth. Use a fluoride toothpaste because it helps remove plaque and strengthen enamel.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, the first step is to wet the toothbrush and apply a pea sized amount of toothpaste onto the bristles.

Next, make sure to brush carefully and not miss any teeth and brush in a short circular motion, not a long horizontal one. Once you have brushed the exterior of your teeth, make sure to brush the interior as well. Then gently brush your tongue because germs can hide there. The tongue is the most commonly skipped area of the mouth when it comes to brushing. Lastly, rinse out your mouth with either water of mouthwash and then wash off your toothbrush to remove all the excess toothpaste.

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What Candy Can I Enjoy With Braces?

Friday, July 12th, 2013

As many dentists will tell you, eating gummy candies while you have braces is a big no-no. However, going without candy for the duration of your braces wearing days will be a challenge. Instead of quitting the sweets cold turkey, just know which candies will be kind to your braces.Basket of Sweets

Sweet Treats You Can Enjoy With Braces-

  • Chocolates (fudge, truffles, nuts)
  • Hard candies/sucking candies (provided that you do not try and chew them)
  • Ice Cream

Sweet Treats You Should Avoid With Braces-

  • Gummies
  • Taffy
  • Chewing on hard candies
  • Gum

The sweets you can enjoy while you have braces is not contingent on the amount of sugar inside of it but rather the amount of pressure it will put on your teeth and braces which may cause the brackets to break. For a complete list of what treats you can and cannot enjoy, it is best to speak with your dental professional directly.

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http://www.drmehan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89:what-kinds-of-foods-can-i-eat-with-my-braces&catid=47:faq-c&Itemid=54

Dealing With A Toothache

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Are you experiencing a sharp, throbbing, or constant pain in your tooth? Have you noticed swelling around the tooth? Do you have a fever or headache? Have you noticed any foul-tasting drainage coming from the tooth?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you have a toothache. And while this may seem like an issue you can ignore and wait for it to go away, it’s not. A toothache can be caused by a number of different dental health problems, from tooth decay, tooth fracture, and an abscesses tooth to a damaged filling, bruxism (grinding teeth), and infected gums. Ignoring a toothache could result in the worsening of one of the above dental health issues.

You should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if your toothache lasts for more than one day, if the toothache is severe, or if the toothache is accompanied by a fever, earache, or pain when opening your mouth.

Treating a Toothache

When you visit your dentist, he/she will conduct a physical exam, looking at your mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. X-Rays may be taken if your dentist thinks it is necessary.

Your dentist will also ask you several questions about the pain.

  1. Where is the pain?
  2. How severe is the pain?
  3. When did the pain start?
  4. Where is the pain located?
  5. What makes the pain worse or better?

Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. So once the source of the toothache is discovered, your dentists will take the appropriate actions to alleviate the pain.

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At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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Source: Dental Health and Toothaches WebMD