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Oops! Last Time Your Kids Saw A Dentist?

Oops! Last Time Your Kids Saw A Dentist?

It’s back-to-school time for kids across America.

While the classroom may look different this year, cultivating excellent dental habits shouldn’t change one bit. Here are some of the things parents can do to keep their kids’ mouths healthy.

Should Your Children Get Cleanings?

Despite the presence of COVID-19, it should not be forgotten that dental checkups are still vital, especially for young, developing mouths.

While brushing twice, or even three times a day is certainly important, it’s hard for kids to brush away everything that’s harmful on their own. Early checkups prevent tooth decay and dental pain, both of which can lead to trouble concentrating and medical issues later in life. Early checkups can also help prevent cavities and stains, something a toothbrush cannot always accomplish.

What do dentists look for?

Dentists examine a child’s mouth with a number of factors in mind.

  • Evidence of negligent brushing and care
  • The nature of a child’s bite, which can signal the need for orthodontics
  • Gum inflammation, which can lead to gingivitis and other health issues
  • Baby teeth should begin to wiggle around the age of four, falling out between five and fifteen
  • Timely tooth eruption (are they coming in on schedule?)
  • Evidence of abnormal growths in the mouth

Checking your child’s teeth

Due to COVID-19, many kids have not seen a dentist in months. As a result, your child may need a set of x-rays, to detect issues early on. Parents should also make sure to bring along their child’s mouth guard or retainer to the orthodontist or dentist’s office; kid’s teeth are constantly changing and shifting, so a long period without a checkup may require appliances to be refitted.

What about sealants?

Sealants act as barriers for your child’s teeth, a great way to protect them from cavities. Typically, a thin coating of sealant is placed on the back teeth (molars), where kids do most of their chewing. This type of protection is often invaluable; in fact, the CDC reported that sealants shield against 80% of cavities for up to two years after application.

Back to school with healthy teeth!

Although it may not seem a priority, establishing and maintaining dental health is crucial during the early years. The past spring and summer have been hectic and worrisome for everyone, especially parents. Now that class is back in session, it is prudent to schedule a dental appointment for your child (and yourself!).

Written by Bryan Armetta
Edited by Clifford S. Yurman

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

What can cause damage to your teeth, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms? You may have heard of “bruxism” – learn what it is, and how to stop it.

It can keep your partner awake at night and do serious damage to your teeth. It can even be a cause of un-diagnosed jaw pain. Teeth grinding is a potentially serious problem.

Strangely, you may not even know you have this tooth-damaging habit until you experience unexplained jaw pain or your partner or dentist points it out to you. What causes teeth grinding and what can you do about it?

What causes of bruxism?

It isn’t completely clear what causes bruxism. It appears to be particularly common in children who often outgrow it at some point in their developmental cycle.

When it occurs in adults, it seems to be related to and triggered by stress and anxiety. Sometimes, correcting the underlying stressful circumstance can completely eliminate the symptoms and restore formerly peaceful sleep patterns.

How do you know if you suffer from bruxism?

If your partner or someone in your family has observed the chatter and noise emanating your grinding teeth, you have your diagnosis. You may also be grinding if you notice that your teeth appear to be worn down or you’re suffering from jaw pain or recurrent headaches.

Here’s a brief video about bruxism from the American Dental Association…

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your dentist who can check for irregularities that may suggest teeth grinding is taking place.

Now that you know the causes of teeth grinding, is there an effective treatment? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent grinding teeth:

Reduce stress

If you grind your teeth at night, it’s time to make an honest assessment of your stress level. If you’re overworked or worried about a particular problem, addressing the issue may reduce the frequency or severity of teeth grinding.

Try a natural means of reducing stress such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Biofeedback has also been successfully used to treat teeth grinding.

Take a long soak in a warm, fragrant bathtub before going to bed. If your anxiety is considerable, ask your doctor. or try the natural approach of drinking a cup of chamomile tea.

Check your medications

Surprisingly, the drugs you take may be contributing to your teeth grinding habit. Medications that can be problematic include certain classes of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure the medications you’re taking aren’t contributing to stress.

See Your Dentist

Whether or not you are successful in reducing bruxism, it’s important to check for damage to your teeth as a result of past grinding episodes. Since grinding can be the result of misaligned teeth, orthodontic therapy could also be applied. Restorative procedures could be used to return your bite to normal. And, a custom-made protective mouth guard could be designed for you.

Keep Careful Watch

If possible, have a partner or family member monitor you to determine if the frequency of your teeth grinding is decreasing. If so, you’ll know you’re on the right path to recovery.

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Dreams in which your teeth fall out are disturbing and can seem real. When you wake up, you may even check you still have a full set. A few theories try to explain why teeth-falling-out dreams occur. Take a look!

read more
Oops! Last Time Your Kids Saw A Dentist?

Oops! Last Time Your Kids Saw A Dentist?

It’s back-to-school time for kids across America.

While the classroom may look different this year, cultivating excellent dental habits shouldn’t change one bit. Here are some of the things parents can do to keep their kids’ mouths healthy.

Should Your Children Get Cleanings?

Despite the presence of COVID-19, it should not be forgotten that dental checkups are still vital, especially for young, developing mouths.

While brushing twice, or even three times a day is certainly important, it’s hard for kids to brush away everything that’s harmful on their own. Early checkups prevent tooth decay and dental pain, both of which can lead to trouble concentrating and medical issues later in life. Early checkups can also help prevent cavities and stains, something a toothbrush cannot always accomplish.

What do dentists look for?

Dentists examine a child’s mouth with a number of factors in mind.

  • Evidence of negligent brushing and care
  • The nature of a child’s bite, which can signal the need for orthodontics
  • Gum inflammation, which can lead to gingivitis and other health issues
  • Baby teeth should begin to wiggle around the age of four, falling out between five and fifteen
  • Timely tooth eruption (are they coming in on schedule?)
  • Evidence of abnormal growths in the mouth

Checking your child’s teeth

Due to COVID-19, many kids have not seen a dentist in months. As a result, your child may need a set of x-rays, to detect issues early on. Parents should also make sure to bring along their child’s mouth guard or retainer to the orthodontist or dentist’s office; kid’s teeth are constantly changing and shifting, so a long period without a checkup may require appliances to be refitted.

What about sealants?

Sealants act as barriers for your child’s teeth, a great way to protect them from cavities. Typically, a thin coating of sealant is placed on the back teeth (molars), where kids do most of their chewing. This type of protection is often invaluable; in fact, the CDC reported that sealants shield against 80% of cavities for up to two years after application.

Back to school with healthy teeth!

Although it may not seem a priority, establishing and maintaining dental health is crucial during the early years. The past spring and summer have been hectic and worrisome for everyone, especially parents. Now that class is back in session, it is prudent to schedule a dental appointment for your child (and yourself!).

Written by Bryan Armetta
Edited by Clifford S. Yurman

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

“Grounds” for Attention: Don’t Ignore This Condition!

What can cause damage to your teeth, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms? You may have heard of “bruxism” – learn what it is, and how to stop it.

It can keep your partner awake at night and do serious damage to your teeth. It can even be a cause of un-diagnosed jaw pain. Teeth grinding is a potentially serious problem.

Strangely, you may not even know you have this tooth-damaging habit until you experience unexplained jaw pain or your partner or dentist points it out to you. What causes teeth grinding and what can you do about it?

What causes of bruxism?

It isn’t completely clear what causes bruxism. It appears to be particularly common in children who often outgrow it at some point in their developmental cycle.

When it occurs in adults, it seems to be related to and triggered by stress and anxiety. Sometimes, correcting the underlying stressful circumstance can completely eliminate the symptoms and restore formerly peaceful sleep patterns.

How do you know if you suffer from bruxism?

If your partner or someone in your family has observed the chatter and noise emanating your grinding teeth, you have your diagnosis. You may also be grinding if you notice that your teeth appear to be worn down or you’re suffering from jaw pain or recurrent headaches.

Here’s a brief video about bruxism from the American Dental Association…

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your dentist who can check for irregularities that may suggest teeth grinding is taking place.

Now that you know the causes of teeth grinding, is there an effective treatment? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent grinding teeth:

Reduce stress

If you grind your teeth at night, it’s time to make an honest assessment of your stress level. If you’re overworked or worried about a particular problem, addressing the issue may reduce the frequency or severity of teeth grinding.

Try a natural means of reducing stress such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Biofeedback has also been successfully used to treat teeth grinding.

Take a long soak in a warm, fragrant bathtub before going to bed. If your anxiety is considerable, ask your doctor. or try the natural approach of drinking a cup of chamomile tea.

Check your medications

Surprisingly, the drugs you take may be contributing to your teeth grinding habit. Medications that can be problematic include certain classes of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure the medications you’re taking aren’t contributing to stress.

See Your Dentist

Whether or not you are successful in reducing bruxism, it’s important to check for damage to your teeth as a result of past grinding episodes. Since grinding can be the result of misaligned teeth, orthodontic therapy could also be applied. Restorative procedures could be used to return your bite to normal. And, a custom-made protective mouth guard could be designed for you.

Keep Careful Watch

If possible, have a partner or family member monitor you to determine if the frequency of your teeth grinding is decreasing. If so, you’ll know you’re on the right path to recovery.

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Teeth-Falling-Out Dreams: What Do They Mean?

Dreams in which your teeth fall out are disturbing and can seem real. When you wake up, you may even check you still have a full set. A few theories try to explain why teeth-falling-out dreams occur. Take a look!

read more

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