What can I do to relieve the pain from my baby’s teething? Your baby is irritable and sleepless, has red and swollen gums, is heavily drooling, and is constantly rubbing and biting his/her gums… Does this sound familiar? It’s possible that your baby may be teething. Teething is the process of an infant’s primary teeth erupting through the gum line, beginning typically around the age of six months to one year. Primary teeth are necessary for a baby to learn how to chew and to speak, and to create space in the jaw for the eruption of permanent teeth later on in life. Teething can be extremely painful and uncomfortable for infants. However there are several remedies available in order to relieve the pain and discomfort:
Chewing on Ice
Chewing on ice damages your teeth. Frozen hard ice cubes can easily crack and chip your teeth.
Metal rubbing against gums results in damaged gums. Another problem with tongue piercings is that constantly biting down on metal can cause chipping or cracks in teeth. Tongue piercings also lead to increased bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to several problems. [Read more…]
Porcelain veneers are one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer here at Florence Dentistry! Porcelain veneers are thin and custom made materials that cover the front of the teeth in order to enhance appearance. Porcelain veneers can be made to change the color, shape, size or length of the front of the tooth. [Read more…]
Many of us brush our teeth, and think, “well that’s good enough.” Unfortunately, this is not true. Flossing is a key element to our overall dental health. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which is good, but this isn’t enough. Flossing is important to remove bacteria that are trapped in between your teeth and under your gums. [Read more…]
A common appliance that is used for patients that grind their teeth at night is a night guard.
First, let’s start off with the basics of grinding and clenching. Grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep is very common. Most patients are unaware that they do this, as it occurs during their sleep. Clenching your teeth results in many tooth problems. When clenching and grinding occurs, the upper and lower teeth move back and forth which causes them to flatten each other out. This can result in cracked teeth, receding gums, pain in the nerves, and in some cases tooth loss. To fix these problems procedures such as roots canals, extractions, crowns or many others may have to be done. [Read more…]
Brushing your teeth daily is important for your oral health. Here are some tips and tricks on how to brush your teeth the right way, in order to ensure the cleanest and shiniest smile!
- Choose the right toothbrush. If it feels like you are opening your mouth too wide then your toothbrush is probably too big. If it feels like you can’t reach all your teeth then your toothbrush is probably too small. Find one that suits you best.
- Electrical or manual toothbrush? It doesn’t matter. This is a personal preference. Electrical toothbrushes do make it easier for some people, but manual will do the job too if you brush well.
- In order for you to brush your teeth the right way, make sure you brush for at least two minutes! Most people go under this time. Try to divide your mouth into four sections, and spend 30 seconds on each section.
- Brush twice a day! (For two minutes each time)
- Don’t brush too hard. You don’t want to over do it. Plaque removes fairly easily; therefore a gentle brush will do the job.
- To brush your teeth the right way you must also use the right technique. Have your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and then do up and down motions.
- Change your toothbrush every three to four months. It is important to do so as the bristles on toothbrushes start to break apart after time.
An important component to good oral health is your diet. Factors such as what you eat, and how often you eat will affect your oral health. Sugars and carbohydrates are converted into acid, and the acid attacks the enamel on your teeth. This is how cavities are created. Therefore there are foods that are good for your teeth, and there are many that aren’t.
Foods that are good for your teeth are:
– Chicken and other meats
– Cheese [Read more…]
A question we often ask ourselves is “how often should I visit the dentist?” For most people going twice a year to the dentist is enough. This is the general rule, but some individuals may require more frequent visits. Those who have little risk of cavities or gum disease are fine with going twice a year, but those who have higher risks of dental diseases (smokers, diabetics, weak immune systems, prone to cavities) should visit the dentist more frequently. [Read more…]
There is nothing worse than not receiving a good sleep. It results in being tired, and not being able to fulfill our days with maximum energy. Some of us do not receive a well-rested sleep due to sleep apnea. It is a condition in which someone stops breathing for 10 or more seconds in his or her sleep. Due to this, the body receives information to wake up and breath. This problem results in individuals not being able to receive a good sleep, which affects mood, health, stress, and energy.
Sleep apnea can lead to further problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type two diabetes, weight gain, stroke, depression, or ADHD.
Halloween is right around the corner. This is an exciting night for everyone! Dressing up, trick or treating haunted houses, and most importantly what we all love the most… free candy. Now even though many of us love filling ourselves up with plenty of different types of candies on Halloween, our teeth don’t enjoy the experience as much.
Too much sugar on your teeth can result in plaque build up, and therefore result in cavities. In order to avoid cavities, and still be able to enjoy Halloween, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind!
-The best time to enjoy your sugary treats is at the END of a meal. This allows for there to be plenty of saliva in your mouth, which helps for the sugar to be washed away. [Read more…]