Posts for: December, 2016
You can't go wrong with an early start caring for your child's teeth and gums. In fact, dental care should begin in earnest when their first tooth appears.
You should begin by gently cleaning your infant's gums and new teeth after each feeding with a clean, water-soaked washcloth or gauze pad. Once they start eating solid food, you should transition to a soft-bristled brush with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Around age 2, you can increase that to a pea-sized amount and begin teach them to brush for themselves.
The next important element in your child's dental care is beginning regular dental visits around their first birthday. There are good reasons to begin visits at this time. There primary teeth should now be erupting in earnest and you'll want to begin prevention measures against tooth decay if needed. You'll also want to get them used to going to the dentist early in life: if you wait a year or two later, they may not respond well to the unfamiliar surroundings of a dental office.
There are also a number of things you can do to support hygiene and dental visits. You should not allow your child to sleep with a pacifier covered or a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk, juices and other sugar-containing liquids will raise the risk of tooth decay. And speaking of sugar, limit their consumption to meal times: snacking constantly on sugar can create an environment ripe for decay.
Of course, dental disease isn't the only hazard your child's teeth may face. Accidents can happen and your child's otherwise healthy teeth could be injured. So, make sure they don't play too close to hard furniture or other features around the house they could fall on. If they should begin playing contact sports, invest in a custom mouth guard — avoiding an injury is well worth the cost.
Getting into dental care with your children as soon as possible will set the foundation for good oral health. And the example you set will stick with them as they take on their own dental care when they're older.
If you would like more information on caring for your child's teeth, 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 “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
Not all dental flaws require extensive cosmetic dentistry. Find out if dental bonding could help.
Cosmetic dentistry is pretty amazing because it allows our Winter Park, FL dentist, Dr. James Outlaw, to create and craft the most beautiful smiles to give patients the teeth they have always dreamed of having. Cosmetic dentistry can tackle everything from the very small issues to full on makeovers. Of course, if you are someone who only needs to address more minimal cosmetic flaws then dental bonding might be a great option.
There is a reason dental bonding has quickly become such a popular cosmetic option in Winter Park. In fact there are several reasons! Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin (the same resin used to fill a cavity) over certain flawed areas of a tooth or tooth, molding and crafting it to the ideal shape and then hardening the resin with a light beam. The process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour and it’s completely painless and non-invasive!
Dental bonding is painless and can be performed at your next dental visit. Of course, before you can get bonding it is important that you sit down and talk to us about what you are looking to achieve through cosmetic dentistry, particularly dental bonding. We will need to fully examine your smile to make sure that bonding is the best choice and will give you the results that you want.
Dental bonding is able to address many dental problems, including:
- Cracks and chips
- Small gaps between teeth
- Misshapen or uneven teeth
- Teeth that are too short
Bonding is a great cosmetic option for anyone looking to make minor to moderate tweaks to their smile. Of course, bonding cannot tackle more serious issues. If you are dealing with more severe flaws then dental veneers or other cosmetic options may be better suited to your needs.
Want to find out more about dental bonding? Ready to find out whether bonding could improve your smile? Then don’t wait any longer to turn to Outlaw Dental in Winter Park, FL. Call us today to book your consultation.
If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”
What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.
You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.
Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.
Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.
“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…