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Why do baby teeth matter?

Do baby teeth really matter, they will fall out eventually? Has this thought ever ran through your mind? If you said yes, you are not alone. Probably late at night as you tackle your ninja like child who is a world champion in toothbrush evasion. As moms we have all been there, if you have kids like mine you become an expert in distractions. But these teeth do have a very important job. Here are some of the reasons we need to win the daily toothbrush battle, and even add in flossing! Chewing / Nutrition Remember when those cuties were eating nothing but puree until they got their first chompers in. One of the roles of baby teeth are of course to allow proper chewing so they are not limited in nutritional options. Introducing proper oral hygiene early will ensure your kids can keep their baby teeth up until they…

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Jan 19, 2018 | Posted by
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New year smile transformation!

New Year New Smile ! Do you dream of starting the new year with a confident new smile? Well below are answers to our most common questions to transform your smile!   My teeth are crooked and crowded, how can I straighten them? The best way to correct this is with orthodontic treatment. Depending on the severity of the crowding this could mean Invisalign (clear aligner trays) or regular metal braces.   My teeth are too dark and stained, How can I get them clean and white? To start we need to make sure you have recently had a thorough professional dental cleaning. If after this the teeth could still be whiter we recommend professional zoom whitening. This in office whitening will immediately take your teeth several shades brighter and comes with custom bleaching trays to touch up the whitening at home if needed over time.   My front teeth…

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Dec 31, 2017 | Posted by
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Toothbrushing Do’s and Don’ts

Do you know that one of the most basic oral hygiene tasks we do on a daily basis, most of us are doing it wrong? We all hear that’s it’s important to brush our teeth twice a day in order to maintain a healthy mouth but did you know that by brushing your teeth the wrong way you can actually be harming your gums. Most adults are told to brush when we wake up and before bed for about two minutes, but that really doesn’t explain the how? Most of the patients we see simply scrub horizontally with a medium bristled toothbrush and pressure. So what is the right way to brush … the answer isn’t so simple. There are certain techniques used for different types of oral conditions. In general – Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums for the back teeth and brush using gentle…

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Oct 5, 2016 | Posted by
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Pregnancy Oral Health

Our bodies are changing a lot during pregnancy and with all the hormones floating around it is no surprise our mouth will be affected too. One of the biggest changes in the mouth with pregnancy is the health of the gums. There is a common condition termed pregnancy gingivitis, which involves gum inflammation and irritation due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. The gums become more sensitive to the normal factors that cause gum inflammation such as plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. To combat this we suggest pregnant women come in for cleaning more often on a 3-4 month schedule.   There is also a tendency for new mothers to experience more cavities than they had prior to becoming pregnant. There is a misconception that this is due to the “baby stealing the calcium from the teeth”. However this is not the case, as unlike our bones…

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Sep 27, 2016 | Posted by
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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth also known as third molars form under the gums of children for many years as they grow up and become fully formed in the late teens or early twenties. They either erupt into the mouth or can often become partially or fully impacted due to improper positioning. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can cause crowding, damage to adjacent teeth, cause damage to the jawbone, or even the nerves. Wisdom teeth can become stuck in various positions and angulations and never fully come into the mouth. Sometimes if the wisdom teeth are completely impacted under the gums and bone and causing no problems they can be left alone. However if they erupt partially into the mouth it can cause problems. Food and debris can get caught under the gums of the partially exposed tooth and cause swelling, infection and pain. This is a condition called pericoronitis and is resolved…

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Jun 29, 2016 | Posted by
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