Posts for category: Preventive
Many of our favorite foods and drinks cause our teeth harm and we don't even know it! Apples, bananas, honey and salad dressings are just a few!
Tooth enamel starts to dissolve at a pH below 5. 5 and dentin at a pH below 6.7.
Be aware of how many acidic foods and drinks your children are eating everyday to preven acid erosion!
In January 2014, the AAPD launched Mouth Monsters, an exciting, and interactive way to get little minds interested in their oral health!
Published on November 17th, Mouth Monsters released "A Day of Dental Health." A simple "IQ" quiz to get little minds thinking about the health of the mouths!
Please follow the link for more information on the Monster-Free Mouths Movement!
Tooth decay in young children, sometimes known as "baby bottle tooth decay" often occurs when children are put to bed with a bottle or use a bottle as a pacifier.
Baby bottle tooth decay often occurs in the upper front teeth, but can also affect other teeth. The most common cause is frequent, prolonged exposure to sugar, such as milk or juice in your baby's bottle.
What can you do to prevent tooth decay in infants? The American Dental Association reccommends the following:
- Gently brushing your child's teeth when they start to come in
- Do not fill your baby's bottle with juice or soft drinks
- If your child uses a pacifier, use a clean one, not one dipped in sugar or honey
Help your child achieve a lifetime of oral health by encouraging healthy habits early!
Parents are always concerned about their child's health and well-being, thus, why we bring them to the dentist. We often get asked, "Are x-rays really necessary?" or, "I have heard these x-rays can cause cancer." Dental radiographs (x-rays) are extremely important in diagnosing and treating your child. The Journal of the American Dental Association published an article on the benefits and safety of dental radiographs.
Dental x-rays help diagnose tooth decay, gum (periodontal) disease, infections (abscess), and even certain types of tumors. Our dental team protects your child from any radiation by use of a lead apron, which is pulled up around their thyroid. We follow the ALARA principle, this stands for "As Low As Reasonably Achievable," when taking x-rays.
The October 2012 issue of the Clinicians Report gives a comparison of common radiation doses. For example, a single dental film gives off 7 microsieverts, a panoramic x-ray gives off 26 microsieverts. Compare this to a 5-hour airplane flight, which gives off 25 microsieverts, and the average from natural sources in one year, which gives off 3,000 microsieverts.
Dr. Swain and our team are more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about dental x-rays!