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Posted by on 5:08 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons That Wisdom Teeth Should Not Be Left In The Mouth

Although their name may suggest it, wisdom teeth do not have any special significance. They are simply the last teeth in the mouth to erupt. Positioned behind the second molars, wisdom teeth usually don’t present until a person becomes a teenager or an adult. Unlike the other teeth in the mouth, wisdom teeth are often targeted for routine extractions. The extraction of a wisdom tooth can be used as a preventive measure to stop the development of unsavory issues that typically accompany the presence of a wisdom tooth, or the removal of the tooth can be performed to treat issues that have already arisen. Here are a few reasons that wisdom teeth should not be left in the mouth: Wisdom teeth are more susceptible to decay. Wisdom teeth are not made from an inferior tooth material. Wisdom teeth are made from the same tooth material as the other teeth in the mouth. However, the positioning of the teeth can make it difficult to clean them properly. The head of a toothbrush is unlikely to be able to reach behind a third molar. In addition, flossing in that area can also be difficult. As a result, a wisdom tooth is more likely to develop cavities and other signs of decay. Once the tooth starts to develop cavities, the decay can spread to the other nearby teeth, especially to a tooth that is adjacent to a wisdom tooth. By having the wisdom teeth removed, you can prevent the decay of bordering teeth. Wisdom teeth may cause problems even if it never erupt from the surface. A wisdom tooth that never erupts may be growing in a misaligned configuration within the jawbone. This may not seem bothersome, since the tooth is not presenting. However, if a wisdom tooth continues to grow beneath the surface of the gums, it can cause a great amount of discomfort. A wisdom tooth may place pressure on the adjacent teeth as it grows. In addition, the patient may feel tenderness and discomfort each time he or she closes his or her mouth. The gums at the site where the wisdom tooth should have erupted may also become irritated and inflamed. To determine the positioning of a wisdom tooth that has not presented, your dentist can take a dental x-ray. If the tooth is not growing in a proper manner, the dentist can still extract it from beneath the gums. If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with a local dentist. Click here to learn more about wisdom teeth...

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Posted by on 10:15 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Become An Orthodontist’s Mortal Enemy

If you’re reading this it’s likely you’re the parent of a child who needs or is receiving orthodontic treatment. As with most things in life, seeing you and your child can be either a pleasure or a nightmare for the orthodontist you choose, depending upon your behavior. Here you will learn a few things that drive orthodontists up the wall, and how to avoid (or ensure) becoming an orthodontist’s mortal enemy. Making Excuses As a parent it is tempting to defend your child at all costs. You’d do anything to prevent them having to confront difficult problems, and that’s a hallmark of a caring parent. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, however, a lack of accountability on your child’s part can become supremely frustrating. Not only is it annoying to hear a parent say that there’s a good reason little Timmy isn’t wearing his rubber bands, has broken off another bracket, or has enough plaque build up to choke a walrus, it also makes treatment take a lot longer. Little could be more frustrating. Missing Appointments Some orthodontic patients are minors. That means it’s still a parent’s responsibility to get the patient to their appointment in a timely manner. If you’re failing at this you are succeeding at making enemies of everyone in the office. You’re wasting their time, and you’re wasting even more of your own time and your child’s time. Missing appointments means that treatment is delayed. Being late to appointments means you may have to reschedule, and that creates paperwork and delays all around.  Keeping Bad Habits When is the last time you told your little patient they couldn’t have that soda, taffy, or caramel? When is the last time you handed your kid a whole apple to munch on? When is the last time you nagged your kid to brush their teeth on their lunch break at school? If the answers to those questions are “never, today, and never” you’re on your way to a showdown of Superman v. Batman proportions (or maybe just a stern talking-to from the orthodontist). If neither of those things sound exciting it’s time to start encouraging healthy orthodontic habits in your child. Sure, making enemies is easier than making friends, but with your child’s oral health at stake are you sure you’re doing all you can to be on your orthodontist’s good side? Double check this list and get back to...

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