Posts for: February, 2016
As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce
We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.
Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.
Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.
Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.
What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.
If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
The term “makeover” is a powerful word in today’s society. It’s used for a variety of things — hair, body, lawn — that need more than a different style, a little toning or some new shrubs. A makeover is a transformation, replacing the dissatisfying status quo with something new and dynamic.
Your smile and its various components — teeth, gums, jaw structure and facial features — might also be a candidate for a makeover. This involves more than just a few modifications. It’s the answer to a smile we avoid showing in photos, cover with our hand when we’re speaking or laughing, or makes us feel older than we really are. In other words, it’s a comprehensive change to a smile that inhibits us from fully expressing ourselves in our friend, family or career relationships.
Of course, for any makeover to succeed, it must follow a plan. A smile transformation is no different. The process begins with what we call a “smile analysis”: a comprehensive examination that determines the exact condition of your entire mouth. This enables us to identify problems and defects, understand how they interact with your other facial features, and then recommend a treatment plan that effectively addresses these issues.
The plan isn’t complete, though, without your input. You may want a complete renovation — to restore missing teeth or change their shape, color and brilliance. On the other hand, you may be more comfortable with a few subtle changes, perhaps even keeping slight imperfections that you see as part of the real “you.” Whichever path you take, the end result is a smile that makes you happy, and proud to show to others.
The various techniques and materials available through cosmetic or restorative dentistry can turn any disappointing smile into a beautiful one. Your journey to that newer, brighter smile begins with your next dental visit.
If you would like more information on smile makeovers through restorative or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Like many dental procedures, root canals have erroneously developed something of a reputation for being far worse than they really are. In fact, root canals are an essential procedure used to help to save a damaged tooth, and prevent further health risks and complications. It can also potentially prevent costly future dental work.
The dentists at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA perform root canals to treat tooth infections and damage to the nerves (pulp) under the surface of the teeth that can cause pain and the death of permanent tissue. Root canal procedures are also know as endodontics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Q: Is it painful?
A: Not really. For patients at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, a root canal is usually no more painful or uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. When a root canal becomes necessary, the patient is most likely suffering from nerve damage to the tooth, which can cause moderate to severe pain. Treatment with a root canal actually relieves tooth pain.
Q: Why are they necessary?
A: Like other living organisms in the body, the teeth contain nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When an infection or inflammation develops in this part of the teeth, a root canal is used to clear the infection, which if left untreated can lead to the formation of an abscess. Studies have shown that inflammation and infections in the gums and teeth can lead to complications and potential health risks in other parts of the body as well.
The most common causes of dental problems that lead to the need for endodontic treatment are severe tooth decay, where bacteria reaches the pulp of the tooth, and traumatic injuries such as an accident, where a chip or break in the tooth exposes an opening through which bacteria can funnel through to the nerves.
Q: How does the procedure work?
A: The procedure is fairly straightforward and typically completed in just one dental visit. The tooth and surrounding gum area are numbed, and the damaged and dead pulp tissue is removed through a small opening in the tooth. The area is then cleaned and disinfected, and filled with dental material, which is then sealed to prevent access of new bacteria. The entire process is quite similar to a standard dental filling.
Q: What is the recovery like?
A: Recovering from a root canal is similar to most standard dental procedures. Some patients experience temporary sensitivity in the tooth, which typically clears up within a few days of the procedure.
Q: How do I know if I need a root canal?
A: A dental exam will show whether the procedure is necessary. Persistent pain, swelling, or a throbbing sensation in the tooth should be examined immediately.
Contact a Dentist in North Attleboro
To learn more about root canal procedures, contact a dentist at Unique Dental Care at (508) 399-8800 to schedule an appointment for a dental exam today.