It’s important to start good dental habits early in life. Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, they serve very important functions for children’s overall health, nutrition, and they are placeholders for permanent teeth. Let’s talk about some tips for maintaining your children’s teeth for life:
Schedule your child’s first appointment before their 1st birthday, as soon as they have their first couple teeth. This is important because it allows your children to acclimate to the office environment and allows us to catch any problems early.
Help your child brush twice a day for 2 min starting when the first tooth comes in. For children under 6 years of age, use a drop of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice and try to keep them from swallowing the toothpaste.
Limit intake of sugary liquids for your infant or toddler, particularly around bedtime or naptime. Never allow them into their cribs with a bottle.
For older children, limit snacking and sugary drinks only to mealtimes – serve only water between meals.
Healthy teeth mean healthy kids, healthy adults, and less pain, less missed schooldays, and less cost (both dental and medical) over time. For more tips, check out 2min2x.org!
Did you know that 69% of adults age 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth? And, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. That is approximately 20 million US citizens with no teeth, and more than 100 million people will some missing teeth. Every year, about 80 million teeth are removed, most of which could have been saved with early intervention and treatment of the underlying cause (decay or gum disease).
What happens when a tooth is lost? There are biological, emotional, and physical costs associated with losing teeth. Firstly, as soon as a tooth is lost, the body begins to break down the bone in the area, leading to a larger area of bone loss that can affect adjacent teeth. Your other teeth in the area will also begin to shift over to close the space. The area can potentially become somewhere food get trapped, possibly causing teeth next door to begin to decay as well. In addition, the additional bite force on the adjacent teeth can cause the bone around the teeth to break down and teeth themselves to loosen. There are also emotional costs – a smile is one of your most important assets both in your career and in your personal life. Physically, being unable to chew food properly can lead to decreased sensation of fullness, weight gain, and lack of appropriate nutrition leading to a host of other consequences.
Here at Hub Family Dental, we offer 3 options for replacement of missing teeth: implants, bridges, and removable dentures.
Dental implants replace your tooth from crown to root, and are designed to last a lifetime
Dental implants have been around for the last 30+ years with a 98% success rate. They preserve your bone, preserve the teeth around the missing space, and function just like all of your other teeth. They are made of a titanium core with a porcelain crown. The surgery is usually less than an hour long, and you can have teeth that will look, function, and feel like your own for a lifetime. There is less adjustment involved since everything is precision fabricated to fit together. They rarely need to be replaced when done correctly. In addition, they do not ride on gums, making them much more comfortable and less likely to cause long term irritation of the soft tissue.
Replacing One Tooth
Replacing Multiple Teeth
Replacing All Teeth
Fixed bridges are another option for replacement of one or a few teeth
Fixed bridges rest on teeth on either side of the space to replace the missing tooth or teeth. They are usually made of porcelain, sometimes with a metal substructure. They can look very natural and are a good option in the case of compromised adjacent teeth. They do not maintain your bone, and they can potentially cause damage if the teeth adjacent to the space are healthy. Bridges can be used to replace missing soft tissue also with the use of pink porcelain to match the gums.
Removable dentures are economical, but come with many disadvantages
Removable dentures (whether full or partial) are the most economical option for replacement of one or all teeth and the surrounding gums and bone, but they can be bulky and difficult to get used to. They are made of plastic in the case of full dentures, and plastic one a metal subtructure in the case of partials. They rest on the gums, causing the possibility of irritation or sores, and they require multiple appointments both for fabrication and adjustment. In addition, they do not preserve the bone in your mouth and will need to be refitted periodically as your bone resorbs (shrinks down) over time. They need to be taken out and cleaned every time you eat, as well as every night.
Partial dentures can possibly cause increased tooth mobility since they clasp onto adjacent teeth, and the metal clasps are occasionally visible when you smile. Full dentures depend on suction from the patient’s saliva as well as the anatomy of the bone, which can be unfavorable if you have been missing teeth for many years or if you are taking multiple medications. In addition, full dentures have been shown to recapture only about 10% of the chewing efficiency of natural teeth, which can affect your nutrition and quality of life long term.
There is an option to place implants with locator attachments to “snap in” the lower denture, which can greatly increase chewing efficiency and retention of the denture. This is a great “in between” option that is still economical but achieves an improved quality of life.
Have you always dreamed of fixing your smile but didn’t think it possible? Were you afraid of the time involved, the potentially astronomic cost, or the pain? Are you an adult who can’t imagine the thought of going back into metal braces? Here at Hub Family Dental, we strive to get you to your dream smile quickly, painlessly, and cost-effectively.
Have you ever wondered if you’re getting as far back as you need to with your toothbrush? As of last week, a dentist in Chicago named Craig Kohler debuted his new invention – an electric toothbrush that can live stream HD video while you brush! Called Prophix, the toothbrush will become available sometime next year.
In the meantime, come see us here at Hub Family Dental – every patient that comes to see us for an examination gets photos taken of their teeth with our digital intraoral camera so you can see how things are looking in real time. Instead of having to learn to read your xrays or listening to a long explanation, you can see everything as Dr. Pardesi does. This is a great tool to help you become more informed about your dental health, as it gives you a clear understanding of your teeth’s condition, and it allows you to make a more informed decision regarding your treatment options. A picture really is worth 1000 words!
Original article can be found here: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/19/now-you-can-live-stream-the-inside-of-your-mouth-while-you-brush.html