1. Start Young
American Dental Association (ADA) states a child’s first dental visit should be no more than 6 months after the first tooth erupts, or by the child’s first birthday. Our “Happy Visit” which is a child’s first dental visit is designed to teach a child good oral hygiene, show them our fun instruments, and meet Dr. Jang to count how many teeth your little one has and examine them.
2. Lead By Example
Brushing and flossing your teeth with your child can not only be a great experience with them, but also start good habits. If your child’s teeth have not erupted you should wipe gums and tongue with a warm wash rag. When babies are born, they typically have around 20 teeth partly formed inside the gums. We highly recommend parents or guardians to bring their children with them to their dental visits to get them comfortable with the office.
3. Emphasize The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Primary teeth (baby teeth) can begin to form decay as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts (around 6months old) which can cause pain. You and your children should brush 3 times a day and floss at least once a day to prevent this from happening.
4. Be Mindful Of Your Words
Talk about going to the dentist with your children even if the appointment is not scheduled yet. Libraries/ Bookstores have a great selection of books about visiting the dentist you can read to them. Once you visit the dentist with your child be mindful of your words, you should AVOID using the words shot, drill.
5. Parents Preparation For The Dental Appointment
When scheduling an appointment you should ask for the morning due to kids being well rested and tend to be in a good mood to cooperate. When talking to your child while at the dentist you should use a neutral tone of voice and be positive. Kids do great when they are given constant affirmation for example; “you are doing great.”
Flossing should be part of good oral hygiene habits. It is a step often forgotten because even nowadays, many people think that you can avoid problems only by brushing your teeth regularly. But if your dentist and your hygienist constantly repeat to you that you need to floss more, it’s because it’s very important step. Flossing completes tooth brushing because dental floss goes where a toothbrush cannot reach.
Here are 6 very good reasons why flossing is so important:
To avoid gum disease-
Dental plaque is made up of harmful micro-organisms which include bacteria, viruses and protozoa (microscopic parasites). If there is plaque left betweenteeth and near gums, it can accumulate and cause inflammation. This is the first phase of gum disease which is called gingivitis.
If gingivitis is not taken care of, it may develop into periodontitis, a more advanced and more severe stage of the disease. Periodontitis damages thealveolar bone that holds teeth in the jaw. If not treated, this disease may therefore eventually lead to tooth loss.
To avoid dental caries-
Brushing alone can not clean the whole area around a tooth when there is another tooth beside it. Flossing completes tooth brushing by removing dental plaque and food debris remaining in the inter-proximal region (the area that is between two teeth). That region is a place where tooth decay commonly forms.
To prevent halitosis-
If dental plaque that is found between teeth is not cleaned, it will eventually release a bad smell from your mouth. This is a major reason why a person may suffer from bad breath (halitosis). Tooth decay and gum disease, also caused by dental plaque, are a source of a bad smell in the mouth as well.
To prevent tartar build-up-
If dental plaque accumulates around the teeth without being removed, it can turn into tartar by the calcifying action from the saliva. Tartar can also cause gum disease. The continuous cleaning of plaque, mainly by using dental floss, can delay its formation. But only regular cleanings and scaling in a dental office can remove the tartar around teeth.
To reduce the risk of heart disease-
People suffering from heart disease must be very vigilant with their oral hygiene. The mouth is an entry point to harmful bacteria that may reach cardiac tissue. Infective endocarditis is the inflammation of a part of the heart caused by bacteria. One of these bacteria is the streptococcus which enters the body from the oral cavity.
Moreover, if you suffer from heart disease, by keeping your mouth and teeth clean, you can reduce the risk of complications. You must be very thorough by brushing at least twice a day, and also floss daily.
To avoid the complications of diabetes-
There is evidence that diabetes can be aggravated when someone has gum disease. That's why oral hygiene measures of brushing and flossing are very important to accomplish.
In addition, a person who suffers from diabetes has organs that usually heal more slowly. Tissue inflammation can therefore develop more rapidly, particularly at the gum level. It is very important to remove dental plaque and tartar regularly to avoid developing or complicating gum disease.
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma.
Taking these images allows us to properly diagnose and provide treatment in dentistry.
Read below to find out why.
1. Look for decay between the teeth
Sometimes cavities are not visible with the naked eye.
2. Check for Bone Loss
X-rays will show areas of bone loss, the severity, and the type of bone loss.
3. Check for decay under fillings and crowns.
X-rays can be the only way too check these areas.
4. Look for infections at the tip of the roots.
X-rays confirm an infection near the bone, and localize the lesion.
5. Identify calculus
X-rays can show calculus forming on the teeth and the severity of it.
6. Provide information during dental procedures
X-rays show existing procedures of the teeth and surrounding structures (root canal therapy, implants).
Allows dental professionals to document condition at a specific point in time and aid in developing a treatment plan.