Health Tip: Schedule Baby’s First Dental Visit

 

It’s never too early to begin caring for the teeth, so your baby should visit the dentist soon after the first tooth emerges.

The American Dental Association offers these suggestions to help parents plan baby’s first dental visit:

  • Schedule the appointment in the morning, when children are often well-rested and tend to be more cooperative.
  • Focus on the positive and minimize your own worry. Don’t let your child pick up on any of your concerns or anxiety.
  • Never threaten your child with a visit to the dentist.
  • Do not bribe your child to visit the dentist.
  • Have a discussion about going to the dentist so your child can prepare.

Here at our office, we see patients as early as one year old. This visit is focused on educating the parent on how to properly care for their baby’s’ teeth. Most times, the baby does not sit in the dental chair at all! A quick look at the teeth (if baby allows) and the appointment is soon complete! Unfortunately if baby does not cooperate or tolerate our work as he/she grows up, we would then have to refer the child to a pedodontist, which is a dentist specializing in children’s oral health.

We would love to meet your little one! Schedule an appointment with us today!

 

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Gum recession

Gum recession is a common problem affecting millions of Americans to some degree. If you have it, you will notice that the pink gum tissue surrounding one or more of your teeth has shrunk or receded and left the tooth-root surfaces exposed. How does this happen? And does it require treatment? The answers to both of these questions will vary from person to person. The good news is that treatment is available for those who need it.

The way you care for your teeth can be a major factor in gum recession. If you do not effectively remove plaque (bacterial biofilm) from your teeth daily, you may develop gum inflammation, gum disease and/or recession. Conversely, if you brush or floss too hard or for too long, you can also damage your gums. Please remember that it doesn’t take a lot of pressure to remove biofilm; you just need to make sure you get to each tooth, right down to the gum line.

Other causes of gum recession include: mal-positioned and/or prominent teeth that are not fully encased in supporting bone; muscle attachments (frenums) pulling at the gum line; habits such as holding foreign objects (nails, pins) between the teeth that press on the gum tissues; and badly fitting oral appliances such as dentures, braces and even lip piercings.

Besides not looking too great, gum recession can lead to anything from minor tooth sensitivity to tooth loss in the most severe cases. If you are experiencing any discomfort from a loss of gum (also called “gingival”) tissue, we’d certainly like to know about it! We would be happy to examine your condition and make recommendations.