The Perfect Road Map For Your Child’s Oral Health
On July 3rd, 1806, two years into their journey to chart the uncharted west of America, pioneer explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark reached a challenge of epic proportion – the Rocky Mountains. What next, they wondered? Without a map, they were forced to do what explorers do – explore, and hope for the best. So, that got us thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy map you could use to chart your own dental health? With that in mind, and in honor of our “Dog Days of Summer” explorers, we at Bucktown Dental wanted to share with you a few mile markers you can use to stay on top of your child’s health today, next year, and for years to come!
6 to 24 months
When you’re a new parent, life is a whirlwind, and the dental care of your newborn may not be top of mind when you look in their mouths and see no teeth! Here are some things to keep in mind:
Schedule a visit: As soon as that first tooth comes in, you’ll want to give us a call at 773-276-2757 to schedule a visit and set up a periodic exam schedule. Also, be aware the ADA recommends fluoridated toothpaste now for all children under the age of three. Don’t wait!
Ask us about:
- Home hygiene basics: Things like, tips and tricks on brushing and other care. There’s nothing better than having our hygienists give brushing tutorials – they’re experts!
- Preventative dentistry: The possible need for fluoride supplements
- Dietary strategies: Achieving a balanced diet early in life for good oral health later
- Feeding practice awareness: Bottle, breastfeeding, and no-spill training cups
- Non-nutritive oral habits: Thumb sucking, pacifiers
2 to 12 years old
Ah, the little ones are growing up. Teeth are coming in at all sorts of crazy angles, and you’re going crazy from the rise in obligations. Here’s a quick list of what to consider during this time frame:
- Preventative dentistry: Pit and fissure sealants can do wonders for keeping your child’s dental bills down, and their teeth in their head until they’re ready to fall out naturally. Ask us about them. They’re affordable AND useful. And, super-fast, you’ll be in and out in no time.
- Orthodontic Consultation: Visiting an orthodontist for an early consultation is best done around your child’s seventh birthday. With today’s technology, early intervention can reduce the cost and duration of braces when your child gets older.
The Teen Years
The years “everything” happens! As children start to come into their own, new habits and desires begin to unfold as well. You’ll have to address every imaginable concern during these years, from piercings, to calls for whitening, braces, and the need to refer yourself away from your pediatric dentist and to a general dentist for continuing oral care. So, speak with us about:
- Cosmetic Dentistry: What solutions are advisable now, and what things should be avoided.
- Teen social pressures: Smoking, alcohol, intraoral/perioral piercings and the like. Believe it or not, we can help a lot with this. Give us a call at 773-276-2757 to see how we can help!
- Orthodontics: Options for minimizing appearance and health problems later in life.
- Home hygiene tips: Brushing, flossing, choosing the right mouthwash.
- Craniofacial injury prevention: With your children’s possible participation in sports, you’ll want to get them a mouthguard. Hands down it’ll be one of your best investments in a healthy mouth. And we make great ones at Bucktown Dental!
Staying on top of your child’s oral health isn’t as hard as you think, and if you keep this schedule handy, you’ll be ahead of most of your neighbor's kids when it comes to a healthy mouth and body. Come to think of it … why not share it with them as well? They’ll thank you for the help.
Tooth replacement at any age is a challenge, but especially for teenagers. Dental implants in particular may not be possible yet for teens or young adults whose jaws are still developing. Because it’s imbedded directly into bone, the implant will not move with the jaw as jaw growth occurs, making it look potentially unattractive.
The best solution could be a temporary replacement until their jaw reaches maturity. One such option is a removable partial denture (RPD), an artificial tooth set in an acrylic base that resembles gum tissue. Although we associate dentures with older adults, an RPD works well for teens as a temporary measure. Perhaps the best version for a younger person utilizes metal clips that fit over adjacent teeth and hold the RPD in place. Although quite resilient, the wearer needs to be careful when biting into something hard (like an apple or similar firm fruit) or the artificial tooth may break off.
Another option, a bonded bridge, is a fixed solution similar to a traditional bridge. Whereas a traditional bridge is supported by crowns affixed to the teeth on either side of the empty socket (and requiring extensive alteration of the teeth to accommodate them), a bonded bridge attaches to the supporting teeth with wing-like projections of dental material that attaches to the backs of the adjacent teeth, hidden from view. Although not as secure as a traditional bridge, they can conceivably endure until the teen’s jaw structure is ready for an implant or other permanent solution.
Choosing between an RPD and a bonded bridge will depend on a number of factors, including the teen’s individual bite, clenching or biting habits and the health and strength of supporting bone and gums. Regardless of the type of solution chosen, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, especially around a bridge. If bacterial plaque is allowed to build up on tooth surfaces, it could result in an infection that can damage both gums and bone, and reduce the chances of a successful implant in the future.
All these and other considerations should be discussed after a thorough examination. From there, we can advise you on the best course of action to restore both appearance and function until it’s time for a permanent restoration.
With the summer beginning, it truly is important that you get your face looking fresher and your smile glowing. There's nothing more important than feeling good about yourself and being happy. You can find many non-invasive facial rejuvenation processes you are able to get. These processes include dermal fillers, Botox, thread lift, platelet rich plasma therapy, and teeth whitening. You can see immediate results with a some of these facial rejuvenation procedures.
Dermal Fillers are used for cheek augmentation, lip augmentation, and to soften facial wrinkles. Injection dermal fillers is a simple and non-invasive. Shots are also one of the only treatments showing results almost immediately. We use dermal fillers such as Radiesse and Belotero.
Botox injections are used for anti-aging treatment of face wrinkles, (facial lines) such as frown lines (angry 11’s). forehead wrinkles, lines at the corners of the eyes (Crow's-feet), and neck wrinkles. Botox is also used for eyebrow lift and for face slimming. Botox injections are also used to treat headaches.
Thread lift is a procedure used for tightening of sagging skin. In Thread lift treatment, Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are injected into your skin. The skin is pulled to attain skin tightening. Thread face lift is a great “lunchtime” facial rejuvenation process that can improve the look of sagging skin.
In PRP (platelet rich plasma therapy) therapy, your own blood is treated to concentrate platelets and then reinjected into skin. The skin is aroused, using this method and it creates more collagen, causing your skin to restore itself and tighten through the course of 6-8 weeks. Although results may require some degree of patience, platelet rich plasma therapy introduces no side effects and is amazingly effective.
If you have stained, dull, or discolored teeth, teeth whitening procedures can effectively restore your glowing smile. Teeth whitening may be done at home or as an office procedure. Office teeth whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results.
Facial rejuvenation is not only for girls. Looking good is an edge to men in their careers and social life. Areas of most concern for men include sagging neck skin and muscles, fatty “jowl” area and double chin. Clearly, the aims of facial rejuvenation for men are rather distinct, as men usually do not need their faces "feminized". Non-invasive facial rejuvenation is especially attractive for men as it offers solution that is fast with “no down time “.
Dental implants are the first choice when compared to other options to restore lost or damaged teeth.
A dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Alternatives can cause bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, talking and other tasks of everyday life. Brush and floss the teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the manner you'd natural teeth.
A dental implant crown emerges from the gum almost like a natural tooth. It offers you a tooth replacement which is different from the fused teeth of a traditional bridge. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse with your jawbone. They give you a long term alternative. Traditional dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with appropriate care frequently more than 10 years. Dental implants can continue a lifetime when correctly placed and cared for.
Dental implants are the only dental restoration alternative that heals and maintains natural bone. They actually help to stimulate bone growth and prevent the bone deterioration caused by tooth loss. If you have implant dentures, you can always keep your dentures in your mouth, not in a cup. In contrast to removable dentures, implant dentures are stable and comfortable. They allow you to talk, laugh, smile, kiss, yawn or cough without fear of a denture moving or falling out of your mouth. In addition, with implant restorations, you can enjoy your favorite foods and bite into virtually anything.
Putting a tooth-supported bridge demands grinding the teeth away on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thus damaging healthy teeth to restore. The altered healthy teeth are attached to, the bridge, and support. Without impacting healthy teeth, dental implants go in the place where your missing tooth root was, in the jawbone.
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”
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