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How to From Good Oral Health Habits

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 By admin

Habits are hard to create and hard to break. Which means that they are very powerful. Most people have routines and habits that they follow every day. These can start when you get out of bed or when you are getting ready to go to sleep. They affect every aspect of life. Our brains automatically create shortcuts, allows us to do things without thinking about it all the time. The problem is that some of these shortcuts aren’t always good for us. We forget to do certain things, and say we don’t have time, or come up with some other excuse.
Oral health is something that everyone should have routine for. The problem is it is often too short, or infrequent, or maybe not at all. This could include drinking too much sugar or brushing to quickly, or not flossing. Here is how to create a good routine to keep your teeth healthy.


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Why Dental Checkups are Important!

Posted on February 16th, 2018 By admin

One of the main reasons that dental work can be costly for many people is because they don’t visit the dentist regularly. Researchers say that half of all adults haven’t visited the dentist in the last 2 years. Almost a quarter only visit the dentist if they have an issue with their teeth. This is a problem though because many people are living with pain in their mouth, as well as a large percentage of adults have tooth decay.


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Do Baby Teeth Cavities Need to be Filled?

Posted on February 9th, 2018 By admin

Although children have a set of teeth that will fall out and eventually be replaced, it is still important to take care of their baby teeth. Our permanent teeth are actually guided by the baby teeth. Which means that if the baby teeth are missing or badly damaged, it can actually cause the permanent teeth to grow in poorly. It is important to start teaching children how to take care of their teeth from a young age. Even if you try to keep their teeth free from cavities, it can still happen. But you may ask, “is it worth actually taking care of the cavities since they will fall out anyway?” The answer is yes! Here are the reasons why.


Do cavities need to be filled? 

While it is true that they aren’t permanent, they are still the only teeth that children have for many years. To keep their mouth healthy it is important to have cavities filled.


What kind of fillings?

Similar to adult teeth, children’s fillings generally are made from either metal or composite. There are other materials used in adults teeth such as gold and ceramic but these are rarely ever used for kids. For children, metal is one of the most popular filling materials because it is one of the fasted to use. It also is less expensive. Many parents would prefer to save the money the teeth will fall out eventually. If you have dental insurance, then the type of filling may be decided by the insurance plan.

Depending on the amount of decay that has occurred, the dentist will drill it out and then fill the void. If they decay is severe then a crown might be necessary.


Other issues that require a crown or fillings.

While tooth decay is the most common reason for fillings. There are other circumstances that might require a filling or crown. This would include damage caused to the tooth by trauma. If a tooth brakes or cracks, then a filling or crown may be used. Or if the tooth is misshapen then a crown can correct this. The purpose of all of these fixes is to prevent pain, keep the teeth healthy so that the adult teeth grow in as straight as possible.


When is extraction necessary? 

The main reason to keep baby teeth, is to keep enough space for the adult teeth to grow. But sometimes extracting a tooth becomes necessary. If a cavity isn’t caught quickly enough, then it might require the tooth to be removed. Sometimes a false tooth will be put in the gap to keep the correct amount of space between the teeth.


How many fillings can be done at one time? 

The amount of fillings that can be done in one sitting is often decided by the dentist. Some will do them all at one time, and others will only do one during each visit. The reason behind this is usually determined by how the child responds. It is very difficult for a dentist to work on a crying child.


If you are nervous about your child’s first filling, talk to the dentist and they can help put you and your child’s fears at ease. No matter how good the dentist is, there is no substitute to good in home oral care. Teach your kids how to brush their teeth, and floss. Set a good example for them to follow!



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9 Tips to Cut Down on Sugar

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 By admin

Nearly everyone knows that sugar isn’t good for your teeth. But despite everyone knowing this, sugar related dental problems are the most common issue we see. But the fix is also pretty obvious. All you have to do is consume less sugar. Not only will it strengthen your teeth, lessen your risk of cavities,  but it can also help you lose weight! Here are some tips for reducing the amount of sugar you consume.


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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Posted on January 26th, 2018 By admin

Dental x-rays are an extremely common procedure and are considered safe. Digital dental x-rays use a very low amount of radiation and this is much less than is used for many other similar procedures at hospitals. If you are worried about x-rays and the potential health risks they pose, then we hope this blog puts those fears to rest. As a comparison, when an x-ray at the dentist is performed properly, with safety precautions, you are exposed to as much radiation as you would experience on a 1 – 2 hour airplane trip.


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The Different Types of Sedation.

Posted on January 19th, 2018 By admin

Many patients have anxiety about certain procedures and sedation can be a great tool to help with these fears. This is called sleep dentistry and there are multiple options when it comes to sedation. Being put to sleep can seem scary for some people, so the purpose of this blog is to talk about the different types of sedation and their uses.