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Posted by on 10:59 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bad Dental Habits Your Kids Need To Break

No matter how many times parents remind children to brush their teeth before bed, few children love all the work that’s involved in taking excellent care of their teeth. In fact, some kids can inadvertently develop some pretty bad dental habits that they need to break right away. If your kids have done the following, be sure to take action to help them develop new, healthier habits. Drinking Before Bed The occasional glass of water when a child is really thirsty is okay. However, don’t make the sippy cup a typical part of your children’s nighttime routine. When kids consume sugary drinks and juices before bed, the sugar from the drinks can contribute to problems like tooth decay. If kids do need to drink before bed, always be sure that they always brush their teeth again afterwards, even if they already brushed them earlier in the evening. Sucking Their Thumb Some children have a hard time giving up the self-soothing technique of sucking their thumb. If it continues after the kids turn five, it becomes a bad habit that needs to be broken because it can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues. Try explaining to children why they need to stop and offer alternative self-soothing techniques. For example, you may state something like, “Instead of sucking your thumb when you feel bad, why don’t we talk things out.” Every time the child successfully does not resort to sucking their thumb, give them praise and rewards. Also, you may opt to place a band aid on the thumb as a reminder. Eating the Wrong Types of Snacks Since it’s not practical for most kids to brush their teeth every time they take a bite of something, it’s important that their between-meal snacks not be ones that could spell disaster for their dental health. Sugary snacks like candy and beverages like soda should be avoided between meals. It’s best to save indulgences like sweets until after a meal where tooth brushing is not far behind. Finally, instilling good habits is easier than correcting bad ones, but it’s possible to switch out bad habits for good ones. Keep in mind that the point is to be making progress and encouraging your child to make better choices. If you find that you’re making mistakes yourself, the best thing is to point it out so that you can both learn from the situation. Contact a general dentist for more...

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Posted by on 10:41 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Potential Dental Treatments Needed When A Paramolar Is Present

Paramolars are rare spare molars that grow alongside the traditional row of molars. The paramolars tend to be much smaller than the other molars but the small size doesn’t mean the extra tooth can’t cause some major problems. There are some potential dental care treatments that might be needed when a paramolar is present and causing problems for your other teeth. Braces to Treat Crowding Teeth grow into proper position following the path of the shed baby teeth. If there is a problem as adult teeth erupt, such as the presence of an extra tooth that gets in the way of other teeth erupting, an issue called crowding can arise. Crowding occurs when erupting teeth start to cross over each other due to a lack of space. The result can cause bite issues and self-confidence issues due to the uneven look of the crowded teeth. Crowding can be treated with orthodontics but your dentist will want to remove the paramolar first to ensure the other teeth will have enough room to move into proper position. Depending on your case, it is possible that the dentist can use clear braces rather than metal braces. The clear braces might require more office visits to be fitted with more progressive orthodontics trays but the clear braces are often preferred in adult patients who don’t want a mouth of metal. Dental Crowns to Fix Shape Issues   The paramolar can also cause neighboring teeth to grow in misshapen due to the size constraints. If you have a tooth or teeth that are the wrong shape or undersized, your cosmetic dentistry office can treat the problem with some simple dental crowns. Dental crowns are porcelain or porcelain backed with metal and cover the entire outside of the misshapen or undersized tooth. The crown changes the shape while maintaining the health of the tooth inside. Crowns are ideal when the tooth doesn’t have significant decay or trauma damage but simply needs a new appearance. Dental Extraction and Implant for Severe Damaged Tooth The crowding can cause out of place teeth to become more vulnerable to damage. If you have a severely damaged tooth due to the crowding, your dentist might also want to remove that tooth along with the paramolar. But the spot for the extracted tooth can’t simply be left open or crowding could occur again as neighboring teeth shift into the hole. So your dentist will recommend a dental replacement such as a dental implant. Dental implants are costlier but also offer one of the most natural looking and feeling dental replacement options out there. The implant requires the implantation of a metal root into the jawbone, which will fuse the root into place, which isn’t a slow treatment process. But the end result is worth the longer treatment time. Visit for more information....

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Posted by on 10:22 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Dental Problems Associated With Cleidocranial Dysplasia – And How Your Dentist Can Help

Cleidocranial dysplasia is a rare genetic condition that effects the bones and, as a side effect, the development and appearance of the teeth. There are a few different dental problems associated with the condition and the treatment method will depend on the combination of symptoms present. Here are a few of the ways a dentist can help treat the symptoms of cleidocranial dysplasia. Orthodontics for Crowding Dental crowding is a common symptom due to the late presence of baby teeth and the late emergence of adult teeth. Arriving permanent teeth won’t have the proper amount of space to erupt and will thus start to cross over into neighboring spaces, which will eventually lead to a crowding problem. Crowding is typically treated with orthodontics first to move the teeth into proper position as much as possible. In some cases, teeth are crowded so badly that a tooth or teeth will need to be extracted to provide adequate space for the remaining teeth to move into proper positioning with the aid of the braces.   If the crowding is a major problem before all of the permanent teeth have erupted, the orthodontist can install small, temporary implant roots in the vacant spaces to keep that space open for the erupting tooth. The implants are removed once the orthodontics have finished straightening the other teeth.   Dental Crowns for Peg Teeth Peg teeth that have wider than usual tops with duller cusps are another common symptom. This problem is mostly a cosmetic dentistry issue and can be treated with some dental shaving, if the tooth is overly large, and then topped off with a dental crown. A dental crown is simply a porcelain casing backed with metal that slips down over the peg tooth and is then bonded into place with a bonding compound. The crown changes the look of the tooth while also providing extra protection for the natural tooth structures inside.   Bone Graft and Implant for Severely Weakened Tooth   Osteoporosis is commonly present in patients with this condition. If you have a tooth that is severely weakened due to the underlying osteoporosis or due to decay or trauma, the dentist might want to remove the tooth and install a dental replacement like a dental implant. Dental implants do a better job at improving bone and gum health in the area than any other dental replacement option. But dental implants have permanent roots that need to be implanted into your jawbone then fused into place with the healing bone. Osteoporosis makes the bone too weak for this fusing. So your dentist might want to perform a bone graft using donor bone to strengthen up the jawbone enough for the implant root to be stable. For more information, contact a dentist, like Scott W. Murphy, D.M.D.,...

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