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.”
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
What your dentist in Orange City, FL wants you to know
You may know someone who has dental implants. You really like the way they look, but you might be worried about the procedure itself. You may be wondering if dental implants hurt. The truth is placing a dental implant has become a state-of-the-art procedure that is easily tolerated by just about everyone. Dr. Andrew Yoon at Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL wants to help you discover just how easy and comfortable dental implants can be.
Dental implants are placed through a simple in-office procedure, usually requiring only local anesthetic, however additional methods of anesthesia are available if you need them. The implant itself looks like a screw, and is made of titanium, a strong material that is gentle to soft tissue and bone; your body won’t reject it.
During the healing period, your body will produce more bone to fuse with the dental implant and lock it in place. After your implant is secure and fully healed, Dr. Yoon will place a beautiful, natural-looking crown on top of the implant. Before you know it, you will have a beautiful new smile! Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. They can also be used to support dental appliances like dentures.
Dental implants are the revolutionary new solution to tooth replacement. Before dental implants, your choices weren’t wonderful. You could choose from living with a large space in your smile, to having a removable partial or denture which can move around when you eat, to having a dental bridge which involves cutting into healthy adjacent teeth.
Now, thanks to dental implants, you can choose a natural-looking, beautiful, conservative method of tooth replacement. Dental implants also help to preserve your bone structure and help you keep the youthful contours of your face. That’s because dental implants actually help to create more bone. Dental appliances like dentures or partials can diminish bone over time, causing your face to sag and look older.
Don’t allow fear of discomfort to keep you from getting the smile you deserve. The dental implant procedure is well tolerated by just about everyone, and Dr. Yoon is committed to providing you with the best care possible before, during and after your dental implant treatment. To find out more about what dental implants can do for your smile call Dr. Yoon at Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL. Call today and start working on your new smile!