How Parents Are Harming Their Child’s Oral Health

It is natural for parents to want what is best for their children. In fact, it is the role of parents to ensure their children's welfare. Parents put a lot of effort into the physical and mental health as well as the emotional and social well-being of their kids. Unfortunately, some parents overlook their child's oral health. The condition of their child's teeth and gums somehow take a back seat.

This inequality to their child's oral health is often not intentional. It can be hard to figure out what one should or should not do to ensure their child's optimal oral health.

Below are a couple parenting mistakes that most parents do not think of that are hurting their child's oral health:

Giving their children bottles of juice or milk at bedtime. Giving your child a bottle of sweet goodness may make your young sleepy and quiet so you can catch up on some Zzz's, but it is also ruining their oral health. Sugar, especially processed and refined sugar is a sure way to increase the likelihood of your child getting cavities.

Food particles and sugar particles from beverages and meals get lodged in and between teeth if they are not rinsed out.

To avoid plaque and tartar build-up, your child's teeth and gums should be brushed and cleaned after every meal.

When babies go to bed with a bottle of anything other than water, they are consuming large amounts of sugar right before bed. Not only will the sugar likely keep them up, but the natural production of saliva slows down, providing a better environment for the plaque to grow and flourish.

If your baby is fussy, fill it with water instead.

Delaying their child's first dental appointment. Some parents believe that their child is to see the dentist for the first time after all their primary teeth have come in. For the optimal dental health of their children and for positive future dental experiences, parents are encouraged to take their child in to meet the dentist by their first birthday. This first dental appointment is more for the purpose of acquitting the child to the dental office. The first dental examination and cleaning should be done by the child's third birthday. The dental cleaning can be done before all the primary teeth have come in. Cleaning the gums where the teeth will erupt is necessary to ensure the teeth grow in healthy and strong. It is never too early to begin cleaning your child's gums and teeth.

Introducing your child to the dentist at an early age will decrease their fear of the dentist later on.

Not using fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is an essential mineral needed for teeth growth and strength. It makes teeth more resistant to cavities. Cavities can form as soon as the very first tooth erupts. Some parents think that cavities on their child's primary teeth do not matter because they will only fall out later. Cavities in primary teeth, however, can infiltrate into the permanent teeth underneath.

Using fluoride toothpaste (used in very small amounts and under supervision) can give young children a healthy and strong foundation on which to build a healthy, life-long smile upon.

Allowed or enabling thumb sucking. Thumb sucking is a natural tender for babies and toddlers. It is a comforting, coping mechanism. The thumb sucking behavior is expected for little ones, but it can be devastating to a child's proper oral development if it is allowed, supported or encouraged after the age of three. Thumb sucking over time causes teeth to grow crooked, creating either an under-or over-bite that can take many years of orthodontic work to successfully correct. Having crooked teeth and an incorrect bite will make it harder for your child to correctly speak and chew. The misaligned teeth and bite can also negatively impact their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Parents want what is best for their children, but sometimes their child's dental health does not take precedence. Some parents do not understand the importance of a healthy smile for their children. Others do not know how to give their children teeth and gums resilient to decay and disease. Parents, therefore, unintentionally do things that harm their child's oral health instead of better it.

Thumb sucking, feeding their children bottles of sugary drinks at bedtime, postponing taking their children to the dentist and not using fluoride toothpaste to clean their children's teeth and gums are common mistakes parents make concerning their children's oral health.

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Why Aching Teeth Should Not Be Ignored

Does your child have a tooth that aches? You may be tempted to shratch it as a part of teeth or a natural by-product of primary teeth falling out.

While teeth does involve discomfort, soreness and slight pain for your child, a child older than the age of three should not be experiencing much pain or discomfort when they lose their primary teeth and grow in their permanent teeth.

During teeth, the teeth are coming in for the first time, meaning that the gums will be sore and sensitive to something new.

When young children lose their primary teeth and grow in permanent teeth, the adult teeth will certainly take the place of the fallen-out primary teeth, not growing new teeth. This results in significantly less pain and discomfort.

If your child is past the teeth stage and has tooth aches and pains, it is likely a symptom of a larger dental health issue that requires immediate treatment.

Here are common dental health issues in which toothaches are a symptom of:

· Moderate to severe (deep) tooth decay

· A chipped or fractured tooth

· Gum disease

· Infected gums

· A damaged filling

· An abscessed tooth

· Bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching)

These conditions can become potentially serious oral health conditions if not treated, resulting in the possibility of proper teeth and gum functioning. Adult teeth can grow in crooked or decided which can cause an improper bite and increase the growth of tooth decay and gum disease causing plaque and tartar. If the abovementioned dental issues are not appreciated immediately, there can be the possibility of your child needing costly dental treatment in the future. The reduced ability to correctly use his or her mouth for speaking, biting and chewing can also negatively affect their quality of life.

All this can start with a minor toothache that only your dentist can examine, diagnose and properly treat.

As it is with medicine, the more preventive measures are taken and the earlier the treatment begins, the likelihood of your child's teeth, gums and bite will properly develop and little additional dental work will be necessary.

When Should You Take Your Child Into the Dentist?

You may be wondering how you can tell whether or not your child's toothache is an indication of the abovementioned oral health conditions. You could do your own investigation online to find out.

Regardless of whether you know if you child has an immediate dental condition to treat or not, it is recommended that you take your child in to see their pediatric dentist when their toothache:

  • Lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
  • It is severe
  • It is accompanied by a fever, headache, earache or pain when opening the mouth
  • It produces a foul-tasting drain of infected or decay teeth
  • Swelling and bleeding of the gums around the tooth
  • Is the result of a cracked, chipped or lost tooth
  • Is sharp, constant or throbbing

It can be tempting to simply shrug off or dismiss your child's toothache , especially when there are no visible, physical signs of decay or disease.

Taking your child in for regular dental examinations and cleanings play a vital role in treating potentially serious oral health conditions that can cause teeth.

Even if your child has a great at-home dental care routine and there seems to be no signs of cavities or gum disease, contact your pediatric dentist today to schedule an appointment, especially if your child is uncomfortable and in pain from an aching tooth.

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Why an At-Home Dental Routine Is Important to Dental Health

You have likely grown up being told how important it is to see the dentist every six months. If you see the dentist twice a year, why does it matter if your at-home dental routine is a little lackluster? Is not a quick brush and maybe flossing enough to keep your teeth and gums in sufficient condition until the dentist does his or her deep cleaning magic?

Both regular visits to the dentist office and superb at-home dental care hygiene are necessary for optimal dental and gum health.

What is a Proper At-Home Dental Hygiene Routine?

An adequate at-home dental hygiene routine includes teeth brushing and flossing. Teeth brushing should be with a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening. The toothbrush should be changed every three months. Teeth should be brushed for a whole two minutes and in a gentle, yet firm circular motion. The gums should be nicely massaged as well with the toothbrush.

Flossing is often the most ignored and overlooked part of good at-home dental hygiene. It is tedious and time-consuming and can cause irritation and bleeding to the gums. Many patients simply do not want to do it. Proper flossing does take time. Both sides of every tooth are to be flossed and the floss should go just below the gum line.

If you do not floss often or consistently, your gums may sensitive and get irritated and bloody when you floss.

The Importance of At-Home Dental Hygiene

A lot of things can happen in your mouth over the course of six months. These things are often bad. Each time you eat food and drink sugary drinks, particles are deposited on and between your teeth and gums. If these particles are not regularly, thoroughly rinsed out, it builds up.

These particles begin to deceay and break with the help of your saliva. Saliva can partially remove some of these particles, but not all. When the molecules in your saliva interact with the sugars of the particles, an acidic reaction occurs. It is the product of this reaction that creates the devastating decay of plaque. The acid breaks down the enamel of your teeth, making them weak and intolerable to further decay, breakage and even coming loose.

The tooth decay can penetrate deeper into the teeth and even spread to the tooth roots and the jaw bone underneath the protective gum layer. Severe tooth decay can result in lost teeth and weakened jaw bones.

This devastating process begins as soon as food and sugary drink particles are allowed to sit and decay in the mouth for a mere couple of hours.

If one's teeth are not brushed before bed, for instance, the lodged particles can quickly turn into plaque and begin eating away at your tooth's hard, protective outer surface.

Just ignoring adequate teeth brushing and flossing for one day can put your oral health at a significantly higher risk of cavities and gum disease.

Proper at-home dental hygiene lowers your chances of getting oral health issues and conditions by reducing the build-up of plaque.

While brushing and flossing should be done daily, one can reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease even more by using alcohol-free mouthwash and for brushing one's teeth or rinsing with water after each meal or snack through the day.

Only your dentist can examine and treat dental health conditions and completely clean one's teeth and gums by removing hardened plaque, which is called tartar.

If it has been longer than six months since your last dental examination and cleaning, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist today. He or she can assess how well at your home dental care routine is and provide suggestions on improvement.

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What Is a Dental Emergency?

You take good care of your teeth and gums with a proper at-home dental hygiene routine. You also go to the dentist every six months.

Are there times when you need to visit the dentist unexpectedly, as in a dental emergency?

You do not even know what a dental emergency is. How do you know if you have one and why is it important to see the dentist as soon as possible?

What are dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies are often caused by accidents that result in blunt force trauma to the face or mouth. Knocked-out teeth, cracked, chipped or broken teeth, lacerations to the lips, inside of cheeks and gums, toothaches, headaches as well as excessive bleeding in the mouth are common examples of dental emergencies.

Dental emergencies cause great pain and discomfort, can lead to other, more complicated dental problems and inhibit one's ability to utilize the normal functionality of one's mouth and live a happy, normal life.

Why do I have to see the dentist right away?

In dental emergencies that involve lost, broken or chipped teeth or bleeding, cuts to parts of the mouth and face, jaw or headaches need to be treated by a dental professional right away.

In the case of damaged teeth, the teeth have the highest chance to be saved the sooner they are treated. Adult permanent teeth do not grow back once broken, chipped or fall out. Once it's gone, it's gone without a dentist beats it inside the small time window after the injury occurred. In the case of knocked out teeth if the patient recovers the tooth, takes care of it until he or she reaches the dentist office, there is a good chance it can be saved.

Lost teeth not only leave embarrassing gaps in your smile, but it can lead to the need for additional dental work in order to prevent additional oral health issues such as shifting teeth and the gradual weakening and breakdown of the jaw bone.

Any facial pain, headaches or toothaches are to be treated immediately, especially if it is severe, as they can be symptoms of underlying problems such as a jaw injury, fractured facial bones, a sinus infection or an abscessed tooth. All these issues can worsen, causing further damage and discomfort, lowering your sense of well-being. Sometimes dental and facial pain can be a result of a severe case of temporalmndibular joint disorder (TMJ) which affects the jaw and ones bite.

Any kind of severe bleeding and deep lacerations to the gums, inside of the cheeks or the lips should be cleaned and treated immediately to prevent the risk of infection.

Getting immediate treatment for your dental emergency not only can save your teeth, and your beautiful smile, but it can save you from getting possible life-threatening infections.

Most, if not all dentist will have an emergency phone number you can call if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency . If the emergency happens while the dentist office is open, go immediately and have the dentist look at it and treat it. If the emergency requires surgery, the dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon or to the nearest medical emergency room to have the emergency treated. If the dental emergency happens during after hours, the dentist or the dental assistant that answers the phone will direct you to the nearest medical emergency room if they are able to extend the office hours and treat you themselves.

A dental emergency is something that should not be taken lightly. In order to save your smile, your well-being and possibly your life, immediate treatment by a dental professional is necessary.

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The Benefits of a Healthy Mouth

We all want a healthy smile. A healthy smile is a white, perfect smile that we all want to show off. Did you know that having a healthy smile does more than boost your self-confidence and make you happier?

A healthy mouth also has numerous health benefits that lower dental and medical bills and make you live better. Some of the benefits of a healthy smile include:

Reduce Dental Costs

As with medical care, it is less expensive to prevent dental health issues than it is to have dental issues treated. A healthy mouth will have strong teeth and gums that are more resistant to decay and disease as well as other oral health issues that can result from the decay and disease. A healthy mouth can save you significant amounts on dental bills on future possible treatments.

Be Someone People Want to Be Around

A healthy mouth will give you that Hollywood smile that you can not help but show-off. People are drawn to people who constantly smile. A smiling person is not only seen as confident and friendly, but also happy and trustworthy. A healthy smile will draw people to you.

Being the center of attention means people will be close by. Do not ruin the chance to be popular, likeable person you've wanted to be with bad breath and with unappealing food particles in your teeth. If you take proper care of your teeth and gums and have that bright, white smile many people dream about, you will not have to worry about bad breath or having leftover food particles in your teeth.

Keep Oral Health Issues at Bay

Gum disease and tooth decay are common, easily preventable oral health conditions that can worsen over time, causing severe, irreversible damage to your mouth, hindering your ability to eat, speak and smile confidently.

The most severe cases of gum disease and tooth decay can result in lost teeth and a deterioration of bone tissue in the jaws.

Tooth pain, loose teeth, swollen, inflamed, bleeding gums are common symptoms of gum disease and tooth decay that can lower one's quality of life.

A healthy mouth, on the other hand is a mouth that is properly cleaned and care for. The regular rinsing out of the mouth and cleaning it removes the plaque build-up that leads to gum disease and tooth decay.

Strengthen and Build-Up Teeth

Your teeth are important and necessary for routine, daily living. You need your teeth to chew, bite and speak clearly. Teeth are strong, but poor cleaning habits, trauma and age can break them down over time. A healthy mouth is one that is cleaned twice daily using toothpaste that is designed to fortify teeth and scrub off attached plaque and bacteria from food and drink particles. The teeth building components of toothpaste not only keep teeth looking healthy and strong, but it makes them more resistant to the sensitivity and discoloration that often result from tooth decay.

Look Better

Plaque build-up leads to the production of enamel-destroying acid that then makes the teeth weakened and susceptible to sensitivity and staining. A stained, yellow smile is something no one is proud to show-off. A healthy mouth is one where the enamel is intact and strong, making teeth white. A white smile is something that we all aspire to.

Mouth and Body Connection

It may be surprising that the health of the mouth and the health of the body are interconnected. Oral health issues can be a symptom of an under medical condition and vice versa. They both affect and affect each other.

A healthy mouth, therefore, has many health benefits. Some of these health benefits include:

A reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes. Untreated oral health conditions can result in bacteria entering the bloodstream, which is not good for your heart.

Prevent or reduce the occurrence of diabetes. Gum disease and tooth decay can disrupt the control of blood glucose levels, which is the main complication with diabetes.

A healthy mouth will increase the chances of having a healthy baby. Mothers with healthy mouths are less likely to have a premature baby. Healthy mouths also may reduce the risk of delayed conception and impotence.

A healthy mouth can decrease the risk of developing dementia. It has been observed that poor dental hygiene, and therefore, unhealthy mouths increase one's chances of having dementia by around one third.

Sure, a healthy mouth will give you that great looking and great feeling smile of a Hollywood celebrity. It can also reduce your dental bills, lower your risks of developing oral health issues and can even make you healthy overall.

Proper dental care furnished of a daily at-home dental hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist are key in giving you that beneficial healthy smile.

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Oral Health Related Quality of Life in Older Populations

The dental diseases that older people are particularly prone to are root caries, attrition, periodontal disease, missing teeth because of earlier neglect, edentulism, poor quality of alveolar ridges, ill-fitting dentures, mucosal lesions, oral ulceration, dry mouth (xerostomia) , oral cancers, and rampant caries. Many of these conditions are the sequelae of neglect in the early years of life, for example, consumption of a cariogenic diet or lack of awareness regarding preventive oral health behaviors. All these problems may increase in magnitude because of decreasing immunity in old age and because of coexisting medical problems. As a result of poor systemic health, the older patient often does not pay sufficient attention to oral health. In addition, medications like anti-hypertensives, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, and others lead to xerostomia (the subjective feeling of oral dryness, which if often associated with hypofunction of salivary glands), and the absence of the protective effects of saliva in the oral cavity increases the predisposition to oral disease. Financial constraints and lack of family support or of transport facilities can also affect access to dental services in later life.

Untreated oral diseases can have deleterious effects on comfort, aesthetics, speech, mastication and, consequentially, on quality of life in old age. Caries and periodontal disease are progressive processes and lead to tooth loss if not treated adequately. Tooth loss will usually cause functional impairment, for example, with regard to chewing and esthetics, depending on the location of tooth loss. Untreated dental diseases may results in sensitivity, severe pain, abscess, cyst and even tumor.

The major barrier in oral health care of older adults is underestimation of their oral health care needs. Dental care for older people is often limited to emergency care and is not aimed at retaining teeth. The aim of this study is to describe oral health diseases and their impact on health and daily life activities and improve their quality of life through simple advice for oral care.

The proposed study will use a cross-sectional design with pre-post evaluation of oral care interventions. The study will cover three health care settings such as nursing homes, health clinics, and dental clinics. Older patients who will be visiting the selected study sites will institute the study population. Three hundred older patients (age 75 or more) irrespective of sex will be selected from OPD sites based on registration. Patient's personal profile, oral examination and health status records will be collected using a structured questionnaire. Researcher will perform all activities related with study interventions and will collect information from the patients. The data will be processed and analyzed using SPSS for Windows software. Descriptive statistics and bi-variate (Chi-square) and multi-variable (ANOVA) statistical tests will be used to describe study variables and significance tests for assessing effects of interventions.

This research is on various aspects of age-related oral health problems, provision of preventive and curative treatment for various oral diseases to the elderly. This study will contribute to existing research and help oral health care providers to improve the quality of life of this population and aid in the attainment of successful aging.

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Dental Implants 101 – All You Need to Know

Despite the great advances realized in the modern medical sphere, and in this case, dentistry, many patients are still subjected to excruciating and most of the time, costly teeth ailments. This ranges from tooth decay, to gum disease or even external injury to the teeth. Unfortunately, the traditional solutions to treat such problems like dentures or bridges are mostly ineffective, and sadly short-lived. However, this is not the case anymore. As such, many competent dental practitioners are now embrocing revolutionary treatment plans as the best solutions for their patients' maladies. One of these is dental implants.

What are dental implants?
These are quite simply diminutive metallic posts (usually titanium) that are inserted into the patient's jawbone, underneath the gums to serve the role of the roots of teeth .. This provides a sturdy base for introducing teeth replacements, which are meant to mimic natural teeth . As the implant is designed to fuse with the jawbone, it can offer a very stable support to false teeth. These devices have a solid success-rate, and in most cases, provided that the patient contains impeccable oral hygiene, these insertions often through an anterior lifetime.

What are the different types of dental implants
According to American Dental Association, there are 2 main safe types of these products, which are the Endosteal and Subperiosteal varieties. The first are inserted directly into the jawbone through surgery. When the nearby area heals, the dentist will execute a follow-up procedure that fixes the post to the implant. In the long run, false teeth can then be affixed to this post, either in an individual manner or in a group of bridges and dentures. On their part, Subperiosteal implants consist of a metallic frame that is fixed within the jawbone, just beneath the gums. The minute the gum heals, this frame will have been solidly integrated into them. This frame comes with posts, which are meant to protrude through the gum tissue. Just like the Endosteal dental implants, false teeth can be attached attached to these posts.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
When compared to most traditional solutions for tooth loss, dental implants are infinitely more beneficial. In the first place, the bridges and dentures positioned on implants can not slip or even shift in the oral cavity. This is a particular advantageous when it comes to patients eating or talking in a stress-free manner. Also, the crowns fixed onto these implants tend to have a more natural feel than traditional dentures and bridges. This is simply because the latter have to be secured on both sides of the gaps the missing teeth left. Finally, dental implants do not necessitate the dentist to prepare or ground the surrounding teeth for them to securely hold the replacements teeth.

Who is the ideal for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for these devices should possess healthy gums as well as sufficient bone matter on their jawbone to effectively support them. At the same time, they will be required to stay devoted to maintain the health of their oral cavity. This includes impeccable oral hygiene along with regular dental checkups.

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Ways to Choose the Right Cosmetic Dentist for a Brighter and Wider Smile

Do you want to have a smile that slays? Choosing a cosmetic dentist is your first step to that Hollywood smile. Choosing a skilled professional is vital for ensuring great results. Here's how to identify the right professional to help you achieve that great smile:

  1. Seek referrals

Do you know people who have undergone cosmetic dental treatments ? Begin your search by asking for referrals from your network. Ask your friends and family if they know a dentist who is skilled. Take their contacts and book an appointment for consultation.

You can also get referrals from other dentists and medical professionals you know. They can help you by searching their professional network. References are the best way to find a skilled professional.

  1. Find out more about their work

The internet is a great source of information. You can find out more about the doctors and their work by searching the internet for information. You can also find listings for doctors in your area.

Many professionals post before and after photos of their patients to show the results of cosmetic dental treatments they offer. These photos will help you in identifying a skilled expert. It's important to differentiate between commercially produced photos and those that represent actual patients.

  1. Look for a specialist

Not all dentists are created the same. Do you want to have dental implants? Choose a practitioner that performs these types of treatments on a regular basis. They should have received post-graduate training and be actively practicing their craft to ensure the best results.

  1. Look for professionals with credentials

If you have identified a cosmetic dentist with good reviews and is highly recommended, check to see if they are qualified for the type of work they do. Check to see if he or she is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Only highly qualified and skilled persons are allowed membership to this association. You can there before be confident in a dentist who membership is current.

  1. Go for consultation

Once you have identified a practitioner that you feel is the right fit, call their office to schedule an appointment for consultation. This is your opportunity to meet the doctor and see their practice. Are you comfortable with the dentist? Is the practice well equipped? Are there many patients?

Do not compromise when it comes to your smile. Choose a professional that will get you the results you seek for your dental care.

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Why Regular Dental Cleanings Are Important

Going to the dentist may seem like a chore, but it is something we should all do on a regular basis to maintain our healthy smile. Now I know what you're probably thinking – 'why can not I just keep my teeth at home, by myself?' well, you can and you should but that is in addition to going to the dentist, not an instead of scenario.

So, if we brush and floss at least twice a day, that's great, right? Yes, that is what is recommended but it is also recommended that you see your dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least once every nine months. Why? So they can continue to check for things like gingivitis, oral cancer and the like and nip problems in the bud before they become big (and painful) ones.

Say you have had a root canal on a tooth and over time that tooth has become weakened. The dentist may suggest you get a crown. If you do not do the procedure right away, the tooth may further deteriorate and you'll be left with a whole lot of pain, infection and the possibility that you could lose the tooth all together. Or, you can go for your checks, get the necessary information, take the path your dentist recommends and suffer a little discomfort now rather than a world of hurt later on. Going to the dentist on a regular basis allows for them to monitor situations like this and guide you to the most pain-free option for fixing the problem.

Dental cleansings are also helpful in maintaining that healthy smile, making sure your teeth are all healthy and clean, your gums are healthy and your bite is great. Maintaining good oral health also leads to better overall health, so you'll want to get right on that of forgotten appointment!

To prevent cavities, stop tooth loss, brighten that smile and freshen your breath, there is nothing like a professional cleaning. Oh, and while you're there that they'll do X-rays that can show them any potential problems while keeping them on file to compare to subsequent films they will take on other days, keeping tabs on your teeth from the inside as it were.

So, go ahead and make that appointment. You'll be glad you did when your mouth gets a clean bill of health and you see all of your daily brushing and flossing paying off!

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Kids and the Dentist

Honestly, does anyone actually like going to the dentist? Even if you are going for something that you know will not hurt, like a cleaning, there is a fear associated with sitting in that chair. The noises, the memories, the anxiety come flooding back, and we can unintentionally rub that off onto our children, making them a mess when it's their turn for an appointment. It does not have to be that way and really, dentistry is always evolving, making most appointments pain free, yet the worry lingers.

So what do you do when you want to take your kids to the dentist and you want them to have a great time at their appointment? The number one thing is to keep your dental stories to yourself. Do not inundate them with that time you had a cracked tooth that hurt like crazy, or that time you broke a tooth and it bled like the dickens. Root canals, fillings, even cleanings can have crazy stories associated with them, but your kids do not need to know that.

Instead, tell your children that the dentist is a friend who wants to check on their lovely smile, count their teeth and make sure everything is as it should be in their mouth. Starting kids off early with a great relationship with their dentist can set them up for a lifetime of actually enjoying those appointments.

Never confuse you kids with 'dental' jargon, instead explain that the dentist is going to use a little mirror to see all of their teeth, and that he or she will then use a special toothbrush to polish those pearly whites. There is nothing to be afraid of and you can even 'play dentist' come teeth brushing time to get the little ones used to the idea.

Keep it simple. Tell your kids you are taking them to let the dentist check their tea. Do not go into what may or may not happen subsequent to the visit, play it by ear and go one step at a time. This lessens the confusion. If your child is still a bit nervous tell him or her she can ask the dentist questions as they go and if you have a great dentist, he or she will not have any trouble explaining what they are doing as they do it. Less anxiety and less worry makes that visit to the dentist something to look forward to!

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Dental Health Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Increased awareness about the importance and benefits of orthodontic treatment to achieve a healthy dentition and a pleasant smile are stimulating adults to seek more treatments today to improve their dental aesthetics than in the past.

Currently, the amount of Orthodontic Treatment Procedure provided to adults covers 30% of orthodontic practice. The desire for a better smile is being promoted not only by the patient, but the general dentists are also more informed about the possibilities of tooth movement in the adult to facilitate the establishment of function and health to the different components of the stomatognathic system.

But are we aware of everything we realize when we undergo orthodontic treatment? We will list the benefits of orthodontics, beyond the smile. Nowadays, along with teeth whitening treatments or the placement of porcelain veneers, orthodontics is the most requested aesthetic dental treatment in dental clinics.

In short, orthodontics has many benefits, much more than the mere fact of getting a beautiful and aligned smile.

Benefits of orthodontics:

1. Improves the position, function, and aesthetics of dental pieces: This is perhaps the benefit that is most clearly seen.

2. Get the bone and gums to look healthy: The correct occlusion and position of the teeth propitiate that both the bone and the gums are healthy.

3. Get the mouth to improve its condition and also oral hygiene: The correct alignment of the teeth facilitates Dental Health and proper cleaning of the entire oral cavity and, therefore, improves the overall condition.

4. Relieves possible excess pressures on the jaw joint: Correction of the bite and position and alignment of the teeth corrects malocclusions that sometimes generate pressure on the joint.

The correction of the bite and position and alignment of the teeth corrects the malocclusions that sometimes generate pressure on the joint.

5. Improves digestion: A malocclusion can cause the food not to be chewed properly. This makes swallowing and digestion of food more difficult. Once the bite is corrected, this problem is also solved.

6. Reduce mouth infections, tooth decay, and periodontal disease

By improving the general condition of the mouth, along with the ease of Oral Health, the risk of caries and contracting some other type of periodontal disease is reduced. It facilitates tooth brushing, and it is easier to remove dental plaque, which also prevails the formation of tartar.

7. Can improve even speech and pronunciation

Some patients with severe bite problems may have problems articulating words and / or pronounce them. When they undergo orthodontic treatment, these difficulties for speech are improved and corrected.

8. The risk of dental trauma is reduced

Patients with protruding frontal teeth, for example, are more at risk of trauma. Different Types of Orthodontic Treatment are available to deal with this problem.

9. Enhances the patient's self-esteem

A patient who has had problems with malocclusion or crowding or poor positioning of the teeth will often have felt embarrassed when smiling. In some cases, this feeling even provokes complexes.

When the situation changes and improves your dental health and appearance, these complexes disappear and make the patient feel much more confident and socialize without problems.

10. Increase the quality of life

As a result of all the above mentioned, in short, it significantly improves the quality of life of the patient, both physically and psychically.

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Why Bullying Might Be Linked to Teeth Grinding

With the prevalence of social media and the pressure on children to grow up more quickly these days, it's never been harder to be a child. Now a recent study has found that children who grind their teeth could be being bullied. Obviously, teeth grinding is a sign that parents should be aware of and which could help draw attention to the fact their child is being bullied.

Adolescents who suffer from bullying are more likely to grind their teeth in their sleep. The research found that they went nearly 4 times as likely to suffer from sleep bruxism or tooth grinding and clenching. This was compared to children who were not being bullied. Bruxism is a largely nocturnal sleep disorder where sufferers grind or clench their teeth while sleeping and this can create substantive oral health problems.

The human jaw is capable of exerting a great deal of pressure which over time can wear down teeth or which may lead to them becoming chipped and cracked. Often people with bruxism will have oral pain. It can spread to their face and even down into the neck and shoulders. It's not unusual for people with bruxism to have migraines. Without the correct treatment, bruxism can cause irreparable damage to the teeth and even to the jaws.

It may seem strange to link bruxism to bullying. In fact, bruxism is often associated with stress and bullying could be a significant contributor to a child's stress levels.

Your Child Does not Have to Be Bullied to Have Bruxism

While it's possible your child may be grinding their teeth because they are being bullied, this is not always the case. Bruxism is actually quite common among children, particularly those under the age of 11. In fact, it's so common that pediatric dentists may only treat this condition when it causes severe tooth wear or pain, or when a child has trouble sleeping.

It's a para-functional activity meaning it's outside of normal activity. Children are often intolerable to these kinds of habits that are frequently subconscious. Other common childhood habits include nailbiting, finger or thumb sucking, and cheek biting. When a child becomes aware of their habits, they can often be stopped or their behavior can be modified.

It's a little trickier when a child has bruxism because it occurs during sleep .

When Do Children Develop Bruxism and Which Factors Place Them More at Risk?

In a healthy child, sleep bruxism can begin as early as age 1, soon after they get their front teeth. At this age, it's possible teeth grinding is due to the immaturity of the muscles controlling chewing. It's thought that bruxism occurs at the point when sleep changes from deep REM sleep to non-REM sleep. It's been found that in young adults more than 80% of bruxism episodes occur during non-REM sleep while just 5 to 10% during deep sleep.

In children, bruxism tends to be more frequent in those who breathe through their mouth or who snore. It's thought there may be a connection between obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism. Obstructive sleep apnea is where the airway becomes partially or completely blocked due to the tongue and muscles at the back of the throat relaxing. This allows the tongue to fall backward, blocking the airway.

Sleep apnea can be dangerous because often often partially awake many times each night. This prevails restful sleep which affects a child's growth and development. There is also a possibility that bruxism is linked to enlarged tonsils which in turn may obstruct the upper airway. Sometimes removing the tonsils or adenoids in children has helped to reduce teeth grinding. Yet another possible factor is asthma and infections affecting the respiratory system.

Prescription drugs such as antidepressants and drugs for ADHD can possibly contribute towards teeth grinding habits. The number of children being prescribed these drugs is growing. Bruxism in older teens can sometimes be associated with smoking and drinking alcohol and to illicit drug use.

Treating and Preventing Bruxism

In many cases, children will outgrow bruxism and often treatment may not be recommended by a pediatric dentist. However, if there are signs of tooth wear or other indications that bruxism is potentially long-term damage to their dental health, a dentist may suggest treatment. It can sometimes be difficult to tell if tooth wear is due to a current bruxism habit because teeth grinding habits can vary over time.

Another possible factor in teeth grinding might be diet. As consumption of sugary sodas has increased, this has contributed to enamel erosion. Additionally, fruit juices and sports drinks are often very high in sugars and may also be acidic. Your child's pediatric dentist may suggest analyzing their diet to see if any foods could be causing tooth wear. If this is likely, they can suggest ways to improve your child's diet to help preserve their teeth.

If your child does have bruxism, your dentist will want some information about other symptoms associated with this problem. These symptoms may include headaches, especially waking up with a bad headache, jaw pain or an earache. If your kid's pediatric dentist presents their teeth grinding needs treatment, they may suggest a custom-made thin plastic night guard. Made from a tough thermoplastic material, a night guard or night splint usually fits over the upper teeth.

This is so that when your child tries to clench or grind, their lower teeth glide harmlessly against the plastic. While this approach may be suitable for children who have their adult teeth, it may not be appropriate if your child still has their baby teeth. If there is a possibility of bruxism being due to an obstructed airway, your pediatric dentist may refer your child to an ear nose and surgeon specialist.

Where prescription drugs may be causing the problem, it could be worth taking your child to see their pediatrician. They may be able to prescribe a different medication or they might adjust the dosage. It's always vital to talk to their pediatrician first before discontinuing any drugs or adjusting the dose yourself. For many children teeth grinding will be a harmless habit that they will simply outgrow, however horrible it may sound to parents.

However, it's always worth getting expert advice to determine the cause and to discover if treatment is required.

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Things You Must Know Before Choosing Dental Implants and Its Benefits

Regaining your smile and confidence is everyone's dream, especially after you lose some of your teeth in one way or the other. A full, well arranged set of pearly whites gives you a good smile, and allows you to speak well, and have a natural face shape. This is why when one loses a tooth, they need to have it replaced. One of the best ways to do this is to have a dental implant.

Why Go For Dental Implants – The Benefits

  1. They are strong as well unstable

These implants, if well fitted by a qualified and experienced dentist, restore a missing tooth, making you feel like you still have your natural tooth. They are the best option for teeth replacement as they are strong, stable and durable, and can be used for a lifetime if well taken care of.

  1. They are cheaper in the long run

Unlike the traditional bridges, which are supported by teeth that will require replacement after a few years, dental implants can stay on for all your life, only requiring a bit of care and adjustments. This means that despite the cost may seem reliably higher than for bridges, you end up saving more over the years.

  1. They protect your jaw and bones

When left with an empty space, your jaw becomes sooner to other infections and diseases that may weakened your jaw bone. Also, if not supporting a tooth, the jaw bone loses its firmness and strength. Filling such spaces with an implant ensures that your jaw remains healthy and strong.

  1. They help maintain your face shape and smile

When you lose teeth, the face appears sagged, sunken and sad. Even when you are happy, people may not notice it easily. With these implants, you get back your natural face shape and the smile that everyone can recognize. Not many people will even notice that you lost some of your teeth.

The bottom line is, dental implants that are well fitted by a skilled general dentist help you to enjoy your life in private and public without having to worry about your smile, your face, or your missing pearly whites. Also, unlike the removable dentures and other teeth replacement options, implants are firm and stable and you will not be worried that you will lose the tooth while laughing, eating or talking. Enjoy your life normally by simply getting an implant from a highly skilled and qualified dental surgeon today.

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What Are The Benefits Of General Dentistry?

General dentistry includes all types of oral care. It begins with dental examination which then leads to dental cleansings and any other treatment that may be necessary to keep up with your oral health. So it follows that general dentistry means preventive care. As we all know, prevention is better than cure. Several benefits of dentistry are apparent.

But what does general dentistry involve? General dentistry is a comprehensive term that includes all kinds of basic oral care. Dental exams including x-rays, dental cleansing, fillings and tooth decay prevention, root canals, crowns and bridges, tooth extracts, implants and bonding are all part of dentistry. As we mentioned, general starts with a dental exam. Usually the first thing that the dentist orders after the examination is dental cleanings. Cleaning the teeth of plaque and tartar ensures that your teeth and gums remain healthy.

General dentistry allows your doctor to identify any oral health issues that may cause problems in the future. Treatment, if necessary can be started early so that the problem does not get out of hand. This is the most important benefit of dentistry.

Dentists recommend an oral exam every six months to catch problems early. During a dental examination, your doctor will look for signs of tooth decay and other gum related issues that may pose a threat. Cleaning of teeth is also recommended every six months. This too is like an exam where the doctor checks your teeth and clears the plaque build up which, if left unattended can be a source of swelling of the gums and discomfort.

During the oral examination, x-rays may reveal the sunset of tooth decay. To save the tooth from further damage, the doctor may recommend fillings and sealants. This is a benefit of dentistry that comes from preventive care. The tooth is saved and the patient is saved from the trauma of a tooth extraction that might have become necessary in the future.

Apart from maintaining your oral health, Professional General Dentistry offers other indirect benefits as well. Regular oral check-ups ensure that your dental expenses are under control. By taking care of potential problems early, you are saving money on future expensive dental treatments. Also, you retain your original set of teeth with a simple flossing and brushing routine for a longer time.

Dental clean ups leave your teeth looking clean and bright, another cosmetic benefit of general. A good set of teeth leads to a brilliant smile which in turn boosts your confidence. And, of course, you have no fear of major oral disease like oral cancer or gum disease because the symptoms are treated on early and treated effectively.

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Interpretation of Teeth Falling Out Dream

We all have dreams when we are sleep, and one of the most common dreams is dreaming about losing teeth. Talk to your friend about it and he will tell you the same thing. As a matter of fact, everyone will relate with you as far as seeing this dream goes. After you had this dream, you may get anxious. And you will find out how it can be interpreted. Read on to know more.

False Teeth

If you see false teeth while asleep, know that it points towards you hidden fear that others will judge you. Aside from this, it points to a low self esteem. If you see false teeth over and over again, it may mean that you are afraid that your secrets will be disclosed.

Teeth of an Animal

If you see animal teeth, it represents the hidden animal urges in your heart, and you may be suppressing these urges for too long. However, there can be other meanings or possible interpretations as well.

A Person without Teeth

When you see someone else losing their teeth, it shows that you are worried about your feelings of effectiveness and agency as you grow older. It may also mean that the people in your life do not give you the credit that you deserve.

Tooth Spitting

If you see your mouth full of teeth that you want to spit out, it may indicate that you have an emotional toxicity in your life. Usually, it happens when there are a lot of toxic people around you in your real life. So, what you need to do is “remove” those people from your life. Let's take a look at some other possible interpretations of teeth dreams.

  • You may lose a loved one.
  • You or one of your loved ones may die.
  • You or your loved one may get a disease.
  • You may lose power or the power may get weaker down the road.
  • You may get self conscious about the way others perceive you.
  • Someone you know may not be telling you the whole truth or they may be hiding as to what actually happened.
  • You may experience a change in your religious or spiritual faith or beliefs.
  • You are anxious because others made fun of you in front of people you know.
  • You may go through an event that will change your life and you will earn a lot of wealth.
  • You may lose a lot of money down the road or you may lose an asset.
  • You dislike the career path you chose and you keep a lot of hatred for this.

So, these are some possible interpretations of teeth falling out dreams. If you have these dreams often, know that they may indicate something important about you or something important that is going to happen in your life in the near future. You can also get in touch with a dream interpreter. Hope this article is helpful.

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