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3 Ways A Pediatric Dentist May Treat Your Child’s Cavity

If your child has developed a cavity, he or she may be concerned about how the decay will be treated at the dentist’s office. Sometimes, a child’s fears can be alleviated by explaining the process that will happen. Here are a few ways that your child’s dentist may treat a cavity: Dental Bonding Material If the cavity is extremely small and has not invaded the layers of the tooth that lie beyond the tooth enamel, the dentist may simply be able to clean the area thoroughly and apply a bit of dental bonding material. The bonding material is generally tooth-colored and covers the compromised area sufficiently to protect the tooth from additional decay. A Filling A traditional filling is usually placed after the affected tooth has been drilled or treated to remove the dental decay. The filling alone is generally suitable when no tooth infection has developed. However, if a severe tooth infection has developed, the infection must be treated before a dental filling can be applied.  The filling can be made of amalgam, resin or other suitable dental material. Before any drilling or removal of decay is performed, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to ensure that your child feels no pain during the filling process. Sometimes, if an injectable anesthetic is applied, the dentist will first rub a numbing solution on the gums at the injection site to offer even more protection from discomfort. A Filling and a Dental Cap If a cavity is quite severe and the structure of the tooth is damaged, it may require additional support after the decay is removed. In these...

Special Needs Children And Dental Care

Around 16% of all children in the US have special needs. The term special needs encompasses a variety of physical, developmental, or behavioral issues that can affect a child’s everyday life. Just like any other child, special needs children require regular health checkups and dental care. Dental care while young is especially important since it can prevent long-term oral health issues. However, with special needs children there are a few things that should be considered when going in for a dental checkup. The Dentist When it comes to getting dental care for a special needs child, the choice of dentist is extremely important. Parents or caregivers should look for a pediatric dentist who has experience treating special needs children. There are plenty of dentists out there who are willing to treat patients with special needs. The Special Care Dentistry Association also has a database that can help locate a special needs dentist near the patient. Calling ahead and making sure that the dentist is familiar with the child’s condition and able to provide dental care is important. It’s also important to have good communication with the dental office since a longer appointment time and other accommodations may be needed. Medicine One thing that is also needed when getting dental care for a special needs child is a thorough list of the medications that they are are taking and have taken in the past. Certain medications may have sugar in them, which can cause tooth decay. There are also medications that can reduce saliva production, which can also lead to cavities and other oral health problems. There are also plenty...

How To Help Your Child Break Their Thumb-Sucking Habit

Although sucking one’s thumb can be a natural habit, eventually your child needs to start to outgrow this habit. If your child continues to suck their thumb for too long, it could have consequences on their dental health. Consequences Of Prolonged Thumb Sucking It is okay for your child to suck their thumb when they are a baby. A baby sucks their thumb as a way to soothe themselves and it gives them a sense of security. Some babies suck their teeth in order to fall asleep. However, at some point, your child needs to stop sucking their thumb. When your child’s permanent teeth start to come in, your child’s thumb sucking can have long term consequences. As your child gets older, and continues to suck their thumb, the structure of the roof of their mouth can change and cause permanent damage. If your child continues to suck to suck their thumb as their permanent teeth come in, it can alter how your child’s mouth grows and develops and it can also alter the alignment of their permanent teeth. This can lead to serious dental problems down the line as your child’s mouth and teeth did not come in as they should have if your child did not suck on their thumb. Helping Your Child Stop If your child is getting to the point where their permanent teeth are going to start coming in soon, and they still suck their thumb on a regular basis, you need to step in and take action to help your child stop this habit because it can be detrimental as your child gets...

The Top Foods To Avoid To Protect Your Teeth

Not all food is made equal, especially when it comes to how food affects your teeth. Here are the top foods that cause damage to your teeth. #1 Ice The only thing that ice should be used for is keeping your drinks cool. You should not chew or suck on ice. Ice is a really tough and strong material, and when you chew on it, it can cause real damage to your teeth. Chewing on ice can wear down your dental enamel and can crack your teeth. #2 Coffee Coffee is not the best drink for your teeth. Excessive drinking of coffee drink on a regular basis can stain your teeth and can cause stains. Additionally, if you drink any of the popular coffee drinks made by major coffee chains, they contain a high amount of sugar in them. This sugar can do damage to your teeth as well. If you have to drink coffee, keep it to a minimum, brush your teeth when you can, and drink plenty of water afterwards to negate the staining effects and the effects of the sugar sitting on your teeth. #3 Sticky Foods Sticky foods are really hard on your teeth. Sticky foods can range from sticky candies to dried fruit. The problem with sticky foods is that they tend to stick to your teeth long after you are done eating them. All the sugar in those foods then are stuck directly on your teeth, helping bacteria grow. If you do indulge in sticky foods from time to time, make sure that you rinse your mouth with water to make sure that...

4 Things You Probably Didn’T Know About Toothpaste

Even though you use toothpaste on a daily basis, there are probably still a few things that you don’t know about it. #1 Fluoride Is The Primary Ingredient Although many modern toothpaste contain a wide variety of different ingredients, the primary ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is one of the most effective ingredients at reducing tooth decay. Check your toothpaste and make sure that fluoride is on the ingredient list someone. It is the best way to protect your teeth from long-term decay. If your toothpaste doesn’t have any fluoride in it, consider switching to a brand that does to better protect your teeth. #2 Whitening Toothpaste Actually Works Whitening toothpastes actually do work to a certain degree. They work because they have mild abrasives in them. These mild abrasives help work and remove the stains on your teeth. The abrasives in whitening toothpaste have been formed specifically to be effective at cleaning debris and stains off of your teeth. However, it is important to keep in mind that these toothpastes do not contain bleach, so they are not going to make your smile super bright; they are primarily going to get rid of things that have built up on your teeth. They will help your smile, but if you want to go super white, you need to go for a professional tooth whitening procedure. #3 Less Toothpaste Is Better Do not pile on the toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Using a huge glob of toothpaste is not going to get your teeth cleaner than using a smaller amount. You don’t need to cover your whole toothbrush with toothpaste;...

3 Potential Dental Treatments For A Germinated Second Molar

A germinated tooth grows in malformed so that the singular tooth looks like two teeth fused together and separated by a deep cleft. Unlike dental fusion, which happens when two teeth join together and gives one less tooth in the jaw, germination provides an extra tooth in the row. When the germinated tooth is a second molar, the molar teeth in the rear of the mouth can become tightly packed together. There are a few potential general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry treatments for a germinated second molar. The exact treatment will depend on how much room the extra tooth is taking up and the current condition of the affected tooth and its neighboring molar. Root Canal and Dental Crown A germinated tooth has one pulp canal, which is the lowermost section of the root canal, but two upper pulp chambers. If the pulp inside one or both of those chambers has become damaged or infected, your dentist will want to conduct a root canal procedure before continuing with any other sort of treatment short of extraction. A dentist likely won’t bother to conduct a root canal procedure on a tooth that will need to be extracted anyway. The root canal procedure involves the dentist drilling access holes above the affected pulp chamber or chambers then scraping out the damaged or infected pulp material. If the germinated tooth is undersized and isn’t crowding the neighboring tooth, the dentist can then apply a porcelain and metal dental crown to close the holes and create the look of one tooth. Porcelain is the more natural looking option for crown materials but the...

Answers You Should Have About Getting Whiter Teeth

When it comes to keeping your teeth white, there are many things you can do to help and a lot of things you should be sure not to do. It can take a bit of research to learn about the best ways to fight off teeth stains and discoloration. Read some of the questions a lot of people ask about teeth whitening tips in this article, as well as the answers to them. What toothpaste is best for teeth whitening? When you are concerned over stains or discoloration happening to your teeth, selecting the right type of toothpaste can be helpful in keeping them white longer. Toothpaste that has baking soda and/or peroxide in it can be a good option. If you like the idea of using natural toothpaste, then you can mix together baking soda and peroxide yourself. Mix it until it is completely smooth and all the grittiness is gone. Otherwise, the abrasiveness can scratch the enamel on your teeth. What foods and drinks are the worst for keeping your teeth white? When you are worried about staining and discoloration, making changes to the way you eat can help too. Any foods or drinks colored with the use of food coloring can leave behind stains. A few examples include red fruit punch, colored candies and cake icing. What are some natural ways to whiten teeth at home? There are some different whitening methods you can do at home, maybe even with things you already have in your kitchen. Strawberries can be helpful in getting your teeth whiter. Along with adding them into your regular diet, you can...

Correcting Your Child’s Bite Issues

As your child’s jaw grows and adult teeth replace baby teeth, you may notice a slight change in his or her smile. The difference is often related to the way the bite develops, as it is possible to develop misalignments. There are four different types of bite disorders that often develop throughout childhood: cross, open, under and over bites.  Without early intervention to correct the developing misalignment, it is possible that your child might require surgical correction in the future. In an attempt to avoid surgery, orthodontists usually recommend the three following methods to retrain the jaw and fix the misalignments. Play the Clarinet Holding a correct mouth position can help position the jaw in a correct alignment as it grows. Unfortunately, without a corrective device, the insurmountable effort required to physically hold that position is unrealistic. Your child’s orthodontist may recommend enrolling your child in clarinet classes to mitigate the jaw’s tendency to develop a severe misalignment. Over time, the way clarinet players have to hold their mouth to create the right notes can potentially have a therapeutic effect on jaw alignment. Since this treatment does not have any real drawbacks and since it allows your child to learn a new skill, it is a good starting point for bite correction. Popsicle Sticks If your child’s orthodontist notices jaw growth issues as major adult teeth are replacing baby teeth, it may be possible to train the teeth to reduce the potential for misalignment. The least invasive way to train the teeth as they are coming in is by biting down on a vertically aligned popsicle stick. The end...

The Lowdown On Dental Problems During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, it is very common to experience a whole slew of symptoms. One symptom that is shrouded in mystery is a sudden increase in oral health problems. From cavities to teeth sensitivity, pregnancy and dental problems can go hand in hand. If you want to solve the puzzle of this pregnancy problem, read on to shed some light on this issue. What Causes Dental Problems During Pregnancy? First, it is important to address why dental problems occur in pregnant women. There are several myths surrounding this issue. For example, many women are told they experience oral health issues due to lower calcium levels. This statement has been disproved, but there are legitimate reasons for these problems. The primary causes are: Hormonal Changes – As you may know, women experience a huge increase in hormone levels during pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone levels rise quickly to help fetuses stay healthy and thriving. The American Pregnancy Association mentions that these hormonal changes make pregnant women more susceptible to bacterial damage. Lack Of Proper Care – Many women believe that they cannot visit the dentist during their pregnancies. This often causes them to skip their six-month checkup, which is crucial for catching signs of cavities and gingivitis. Though some dental procedures should not be performed during pregnancy, it is safe and beneficial to visit the dentist. What Kind Of Dental Issues Are Most Common? Some oral health problems are more common than others during pregnancy. Some of the common issues that pregnant women experience include: Gingivitis – Pregnant women are more likely to experience gingivitis. Plaque buildup on and near...

Which Type Of Braces Is Best For Your Situation?

If you are planning on getting braces in the near future, then you will need to decide what kind of braces you want. There are several very popular types, and some might not be perfectly suited to your situation. To help you make a more informed decision, here are overviews of three of the most popular types: Traditional Metal Braces Your first and most obvious option is to get a regular set of metal braces that attach to the outside of your jaw. These braces are going to be a bit uncomfortable, but they will also likely be the cheapest. With these braces, you could spend anywhere from $3000 to $7000, but you will likely end up paying a value near the low end of that spectrum. Good insurance can drop the price quite a bit, especially when compared to other types of braces. Unfortunately, regular metal braces are also going to be more visible. If you aren’t concerned about your smile, then that’s nothing to worry about, but if you are a bit self-conscious, then you might want to consider another option. Ceramic Braces Next, you have ceramic braces, which are actually very similar to the previous option. The biggest difference is that ceramic is used instead of metal, which ultimately results in a much more subdued appearance and a higher cost. If you are concerned about the appearance of your smile, then ceramic braces are a great choice. They will be incredibly difficult to spot, which means that people probably won’t even know that you have braces unless you tell them outright. As far as cost is...

About Me


When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor. However, after volunteering at the hospital for a few weeks, I could tell that cleaning up vomit and dealing with death wasn’t really something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I decided to give the dental field a try, and so I enrolled in a few dental assisting classes at my local community college. I absolutely loved learning about the subject, and when we started working in real clinics, I knew that I was in the right place. As you go through the dental articles on my website, I hope that you can decide whether working in the dental field is right for you.