Archive for August, 2016

Invisalign for Teens

Monday, August 29th, 2016
Invisalign for teens

Invisalign can help your teen achieve straighter teeth without the anxiety of traditional braces.

Unsightly traditional braces can be a source of anxiety for many teens, which can cause a lot of undue stress at a critical growing stage in their lives. Fortunately, Invisalign is an effective treatment that can offer your child all the benefits of braces with none of the drawbacks. Here are a few things you should consider to determine if Invisalign is right for your teen.

Back to School Dental Tips for Kids

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
back to school

Is your child’s smile ready for back to school?

It’s back to school season, and while you may have already picked out the latest wardrobe and school supplies, have you kept tabs on their smile? A dental examination is just as important as immunizations and booster shots for your child, and back to school is the perfect time of the year to get it done. As much as 19% of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated tooth decay, which can lead to difficulty eating, speaking, and most importantly — learning. Here’s a few things you should put on your back to school checklist to ensure your child’s dental health: (more…)

What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Monday, August 15th, 2016
baby bottle tooth decay

Baby bottle tooth decay can cause development problems for your child’s teeth.

When sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (milk, formula, fruit juice) cling to an infant’s teeth for a long period of time, they can experience what’s commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. While giving an infant a sugary drink or pacifier might be an effective way to get them to sleep, it can also be particularly harmful because the flow of saliva decreases during sleep. Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean it isn’t important to keep them in good shape. Baby bottle tooth decay can cause pain and infection, which if left untreated may result in a child developing poor eating habits, speech problems, or crooked and damaged adult teeth. (more…)

The Importance of Fluoride to Dental Health

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Fluoride helps remineralize our teeth.

The outer layer of the crown of a tooth, called the enamel, is made from closely packed mineral crystals. These minerals are lost and gained each day from inside the enamel. This process is called demineralization. When bacteria feed on sugar and other carbohydrates in your mouth they produce acids that dissolve the tooth enamel. Saliva helps balance this out by redepositing fluoride, calcium, and phosphate minerals back into the enamel. Whether it’s by drinking fluoridated water or using a fluoride toothpaste, fluoride is an essential component of enamel remineralization. (more…)

What to Do About Dentures That Don’t Fit

Monday, August 1st, 2016
poor fitted dentures

It’s important to make sure your dentures are fitting perfectly.

Making sure dentures fit properly is a number one priority for anyone who has them. As time goes on, dentures don’t change — but their mouths do. That’s why it’s important to practice proper care for your dentures and schedule regular dental visits. Here’s a few things you should know to keep your dentures, and your smile, in excellent shape. (more…)