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How Often Should My Child See the Dentist? Parents often asked the question, “How often should my child see the dentist?” Your child should visit the dentist every 6 months for cleanings and checkups. Depending on your child’s oral health, more visits may be recommended. Fluoride treatments are also recommended twice a year to help...
Invisalign is an increasingly popular option for patients who are looking to straighten or correct their teeth. Invisalign offers many critical advantages over braces for most patients. However, your Invisalign system still requires some general care in order to make sure that you’re getting the best results for your efforts.
You are probably – and hopefully - used to your gums looking a lovely pink color. While their exact shade can vary, healthy gums are usually light to coral pink, although they can be pigmented, which means there are some areas which may be a slightly different shade of pink. This is known as hyperpigmentation and is usually nothing to worry about. However, there are some situations which can cause this delicate, soft tissue to become discolored. One way in which your gums might change is that they may develop either a yellow coating along the line where your teeth meet them, or a general yellow-ish hue. Here is what you need to know about what causes yellow gums and what you can do if this happens.
Since flossing can be a tricky and time-consuming process, it tends to be the first part of our dental routine that goes out of the window when time is short, or we are particularly tired. Sometimes we skip it simply because we can’t be bothered, and it’s not as important as brushing our teeth anyway is it? Wrong! Flossing every day is just as important as daily brushing, and here’s why.
Perfectly straight teeth are a highly desirable trait, but unfortunately one that very few people are naturally blessed with. Instead, most of us have to contend with teeth that have gaps between them, are overlapping or crooked. Overbites and underbites are also common. The trouble is that some of these problems can cause further difficulties with our oral health. This is because food debris and bacteria can become trapped in the smallest of space, which are very hard to clean. Decay and other damage can then ensue.
You have probably heard of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. However, far fewer people know about hypopnea, a closely related condition that is also characterized as a sleep disorder. Both are relatively common and can cause patients to experience a range of unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Fortunately, there are also things that you can do to help prevent either condition from occurring.
Many tooth loss patients are deterred from dental implant treatments out of fear that it will be painful. After all, the idea of having a titanium screw surgically implanted in the jawbone would make most people wince in pain. However, many people are surprised to find out that dental implant patients actually feel minimal discomfort during their treatment. Most patients claim that the dental implant treatment itself hurt far less than the actual tooth extraction process.
Do you procrastinate on trips to the dentist, due to fear of the dentist or a busy schedule? Unfortunately, there are many reasons that make it easy to put off going to the dentist, which could be bad news for your dental health, even if you brush and floss meticulously. Waiting too long to see the dentist can escalate oral health problems, like tooth decay and gum disease, and it can even lead to foul smelling breath. Bad breath can be a humiliating condition, but fortunately, it’s usually easy to treat. If you’ve already noticed that you have chronic bad breath, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our office as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most fundamental aspects of your at-home dental care routine. By brushing after meals, you can remove food particles that may get stuck to or between your teeth and prevent the production of plaque and dental decay that could compromise your dental health. While brushing with water alone is better than not brushing at all, you should not underestimate the importance of using toothpaste.