This month marks 100 years since the opening of the Panama Canal. While the Panama Canal is integral to worldwide shipping, a root canal can be integral to your everyday comfort. Sometimes a cavity is just too deep to be fixed and may require a root canal. Root canals are necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or diseased. The pulp contains the blood vessels and the nerves of the tooth, which run like a thread down into the root. The pulp tissue can die when it’s infected or injured. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Your dentist may then place a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger and protect it. Causes of an infected pulp could include:
a deep cavity
repeated dental procedures
a cracked or broken tooth
injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
Sometimes it is hard to see if kids are using the proper technique when brushing. This oversize mouth model helps kids practice, and allows you to show them each area that they should brush on their teeth. If you don't have time to do the craft, simply have them practice brushing the top, outside, and inside of an egg carton. When flossing, make sure kids remember to curve the floss into a C shape against each tooth when they reach the gums and gently rub the floss back and forth (illustrated example).
Flossing daily and brushing twice a day for two minutes will help you enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles!
Brothers Connor, Keenan and Caleb are our newest winners from our No Cavity Club! Connor likes swimming and horses while Keenan likes motorcycles and ninjas. Caleb is your traditional boy who likes baseball and Legos. Let's join them in being cavity fighting ninjas and brush those teeth!
During March Madness people often talk about their brackets and how they're doing. But rarely outside of our office are they talking about the brackets found on teeth! Brackets are a component of braces which aid in straightening teeth.
If you have a bad bite or your teeth are crooked or out of alignment, you may benefit from braces. Braces can help improve your smile and make your teeth straighter. They can also improve your dental health and overall health because untreated orthodontic problems can make it hard to bite and chew and can interfere with eating. If you have a bad bite, you may also be prone to cavities or gum disease because it may be hard to clean your teeth. Braces come in many different styles, including tooth-colored plastic braces or traditional metal braces that come in a variety of colors. Removable clear retainers can sometimes be used. If you've ever wondered if braces would improve your smile, give us a call and we can help you decide the best option for making your smile everything you'd like it to be! Information from www.mouthhealthy.org
Did you know that thumbsucking is one of the top ten concerns of people who visit the American Dental Association's website mouthhealthy.org? Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy and help them learn about their world. Young children may also suck to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep.
After the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may develop problems with their baby teeth so be sure to go in for regular dental visits and check with your dentist f you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth, or are concerned about your child’s thumbsucking.
Tips for helping your child stop thumbsucking:
Praise your child for not sucking.
Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure or needing comfort. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child.
For an older child, involve him or her in choosing the method of stopping.
Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.
If the above tips don’t work, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe a bitter medication to coat the thumb or the use of a mouth appliance.