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Preventive dentistry begins with the first tooth. We offer FREE DENTAL EXAMS to new patients 18 months and younger. We know that the establishment of good oral hygiene practices will prevent unnecessary decay throughout childhood. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and helping your child belong to the cavity-free generation.
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If you have cavity-causing germs in your mouth, you can easily pass those to your baby. Sharing utensils, cleaning a pacifier with your mouth or other activities that share saliva can pass germs that could cause problems for you baby's earliest teeth. It is important for parents to see the dentist regularly to keep their mouth clean and avoid passing cavity-causing germs to their babies.
Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your child's teeth and gums. Getting the debris off their teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the mouth from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids.
Start cleaning your baby's mouth after birth, using a a small piece of wetted gauze or a washcloth to wipe away plaque on your infant's teeth as they erupt. As your baby's teeth erupt, begin brushing them with a small, soft bristled toothbrush. Avoid using fluoridated toothpaste on your child until he or she reaches the age of 2. Use only a small, pea size amount of toothpaste being careful not to let them swallow it.
By the age of 4 or 5, your child should be able to begin brushing his or her teeth with the parent brushing them a second time. Once there is contact between the baby teeth, begin flossing your child's teeth once a day.
Most dentists agree that brushing two times a day is the minimum. If your child eats sticky foods during the day, a simple brushing with plain water or rinsing the mouth with water for 30 seconds will help keep the teeth free of plaque. Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Your body's own saliva is also an excellent cavity fighter, because it contains special chemicals that rinse away many harmful materials. Chewing a good sugarless gum will stimulate saliva production between brushing. Read More...
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically begin to develop in early adolescence, and may attempt to erupt into the mouth around the ages of 17 to 20.
Wisdom teeth are sometimes removed after the roots are somewhat developed, or at least three-fourths developed. This is usually in the adolescent years. In many cases, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly, have a proper bite relationship, or have healthy gum tissue around them. Often, wisdom teeth improperly erupt and become impacted, requiring them to be extracted, or pulled. Although they are like any other teeth, most people continue to have normal bites and well functioning sets of teeth in their absence.
When we open our mouths, condyles, or the rounded ends of the lower jaw, glide effortlessly along the joint socket of the temporal bone. A soft disc lies between the condyle and the temporal bone to ensure smooth motion. This disc absorbs shocks to the temporomandibular joint from chewing and other movements.
Temporomandibular (jaw) disorders, also called "TMD" or "TMJ syndrome," are a general class of health problems associated with the jaw. TMD may occur when the jaw twists during opening, closing, or side-motion movements. These movements affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing.
TMD is not just one disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) and the muscles that control chewing. Although researchers don't yet know how many people actually have TMD, the disorders appear to affect about twice as many women as men, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Fortunately for most people, jaw joint or jaw muscle pain is usually not a sign of a more serious problem. Pain and discomfort from TMD is temporary and sporadic, and can come in waves or "cycles."
Only a small percentage of people with TMD pain develop significant, long-term symptoms, according to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Temporomandibular disorders fall into three main categories:
- Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD, which is discomfort, or pain in the muscles that control jaw function and the neck and shoulder muscles
- Internal derangement of the joint, dislocated jaw or disc, or injury to the condyle
- Degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders in children and young adults have received increased attention in the past few years. There is controversy regarding the significance of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders in children, the value of certain diagnostic procedures, and what constitutes appropriate therapy.