Monthly Archives: October 2018
As the days begin to grow shorter and temperatures cool off, your child begins to think about the annual ritual of dressing up in a costume and running door to door to beg for candy. Halloween is the highlight of your child’s autumn; it is up to you to find the best ways to keep them safe … and that includes keeping their teeth safe as well. Your dentist can demonstrate ways you can be proactive to protect your child’s teeth.
A Parent’s Responsibility
Many parents do not realize that they should begin taking their child to see the dentist around the age of twelve months. This early start in dental care will help steer caregivers in the right direction to help their child maintain optimum dental health during early formative years and beyond.
Your child needs to learn how and when to brush and floss; this requires diligence, supervision, and patience as your child may try to evade this daily responsibility. A reward system works well (as long as the reward is not a sweet treat); trips to the park or a favorite book or game can be awarded when daily oral care goals are achieved.
Daily oral maintenance should be coupled with a healthy diet. The occasional sweet treat is allowed, but should not be daily fare. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and healthy grains should comprise the majority of the daily diet. Do not allow soda or sugary beverages to be consumed (with the exception of a special occasion) – encourage your child to drink water. This habit can be promoted early with baby bottles and sippy cups.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Your dentist can help educate you and your child. Additionally, topical fluoride treatments are available to fortify protective dental enamel. Teeth not already impacted by decay can be treated with dental sealants that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to close off avenues where cavities are most likely to form.
On Halloween night, instruct your child not to consume anything until you have had the chance to inspect all their goodies. Limit consumption to one or two pieces, and make sure your child brushes before bed. Teach your child early on about generosity – allow them to keep a small amount of their bounty and donate the rest to the less fortunate.
Gum disease is one of the major threats to a person’s overall dental health. Statistics show that 47.2% of adults who are 30 years and older have some form of gum disease.
Gums start to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have tartar on them
One of the treatments of gum disease is deep cleaning.
What is Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure. It typically involves Two steps: scaling and root planing.
Scaling is the process of removing plaque, stains, and tartar from the teeth at and below the gum line using a special scraper.
Root planing is a treatment that removes cementum and/or dentin. The procedure is cleaning and smoothing the teeth, so the gums reattach to them. Because the teeth are cleaned and smoothed below the gumline, bacteria are less likely to bind to the teeth once again.
Scaling and Root planning may take multiple visits to complete them. As long as you take care of your teeth after you undergo a root scaling and planing, the progression of your gum disease should come to a halt. Your gums will begin to heal, and as they do, they’ll become pink once again.
After Root Scaling and Planing
You Shouldn’t feel much pain or discomfort after the procedure, although mild sensitivity can last for week. Usually more frequent maintenance cleanings are recommended by your dentist to maintain gum health.
To schedule an appointment for a routine dental exam to prevent gum disease or if you suspect you have it, contact Bliss Dental, serving DFW area, by calling 972-307-7777 (Dallas) Or 469-300-7677(Euless)
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