Posts for: November, 2013

By Charles Dean
November 25, 2013
Category: Oral Health
PreventingToothDecayinChildren

If you think cavities are an inevitable part of childhood, think again; tooth decay, which is actually an infectious disease caused by bacteria, is completely preventable. This is a good thing, because tooth decay can be painful and interfere with a child's ability to eat, speak, and focus in school. Parents have a big role to play in helping their children's teeth stay healthy. Here are some things you can do:

Establish an oral hygiene routine. Good oral hygiene practices should start as soon as the first tooth appears. An infant's teeth should be wiped with a clean, damp washcloth each day. Starting at age 2, a brushing routine should be established using a soft-bristled, child-sized brush and just a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Children need help brushing until around age 6, when they have the dexterity to take over the job themselves — and learn to floss.

Limit sugary drinks and snacks. Sugar is the favorite food of decay-causing oral bacteria. In the process of breaking down that sugar, the bacteria produce tooth-eroding acid. Too much exposure to this acid will leave a small hole, or cavity, in the tooth and create an entry point for the bacteria to reach deeper inside the tooth. Beverages that are sugary AND acidic, such as sodas and sports drinks, are particularly harmful.

Make sure your child sees the dentist regularly. Routine exams and cleanings are a must for good oral health. Even if your child is doing a good job maintaining an oral hygiene routine, there are places where bacterial plaque can build up beyond the reach of a toothbrush and floss. These areas require professional attention. We can also give your child an in-office fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and reverse very early decay. In some cases, we will recommend dental sealants to smooth out the little grooves in a child's back teeth. This is a quick and easy in-office procedure that will keep out food debris and bacteria for years. And, of course, we can monitor your child's dental development.

If you have any questions about tooth decay or the development of your child's teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”


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Fans of the classic bumbling-buddies comic film “Dumb and Dumber” will surely remember the chipped front tooth that Jim Carrey sported as simpleminded former limo driver Lloyd Christmas. Carrey reportedly came up with the idea for this look when considering ways to make his character appear more “deranged.” He didn't need help from the make-up department, however… He simply had his dentist remove the dental bonding material on his left front tooth to reveal the chip he sustained in grade school!

Creating a Bond
A dental cosmetic bonding involves application of a composite filling material that our office can color and shape to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed. This is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip.

Alternatives
When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.

A veneer can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface also may be necessary to fit a veneer.

A chipped tooth makes an impression, but generally not a flattering one. Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” hit the theaters, the only thing Jim Carrey had to do recently to hint at a sequel for his nitwitted character was tweet a photo of that goofy grin!

If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


By Charles Dean
November 05, 2013
Category: Oral Health
beavercreek oh cosmetic dentistDid you know October 27th was Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s birthday? Many people remember Roosevelt as the outdoorsy president or the founder of the Progressive Party. But, here we have five interesting facts you maybe didn’t know about the 26th president of the United States.
  1. The president formally established the name “The White House” when he emblazoned it on his stationery.
  2. The “Teddy Bear” was named after the president.
  3. The first president to receive the Medal of Honor, posthumously.
  4. First American to be honored the Nobel Peace Prize in any category.
  5. Many journalists and the public noted that Roosevelt was favorable because of his “presidential smile.”
 

A smile to last a lifetime

 
His spirited attitude was infectious, and many Americans put their trust in President Roosevelt. His smile, energetic vision and raised fists wowed the crowds and transformed our government. The public’s favorable opinion was due to his strong political decisions—and his smile. 
 
One of the most iconic photographs was after President Roosevelt received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was one of the first presidents to be documented smiling with his teeth. And the public loved that about him. The president had straight, strong teeth that caught people’s attention, and his smile radiated confidence. With a bright and straight smile, you can also have the confidence to take over the room and wow your friends and family.
 
Your Beavercreek dentist offers cosmetic services for all of your dental needs. Some services include dental implants, Invisalign, teeth whitening and braces in Beavercreek.
 
Who is your favorite president, and why?

By Charles Dean
November 04, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Fairborn   Dental Hygiene  
fairborn OH cosmetic dentistSofia Vergara is comedy gold on the show Modern Family, which is in its fifth season. Audiences love her accent, knack for comedy and infectious smile. Vergara always flashes a set of pearly whites. Why wouldn’t she have a perfect smile? She went to school to become a dentist. 
 
While still living in Colombia, Vergara pursued her dental degree, but she found herself leaning more towards acting. With only two semesters left, the Modern Family star left school to pursue a career in television, as a TV host. Although she found her true passion in acting, Vergara strongly promotes oral health.
 
“My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!” Vergara told People magazine.
 
We know Sofia Vergara isn’t crazy. Proper oral hygiene is the key to a happy, healthy mouth. Regular checkups at the dentist office helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Your Fairborn cosmetic dentist offers professional teeth cleaning and cosmetic dentistry services. You can get teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dental implants in Fairborn.  Leave your dentistry needs to us. We can create an infectious smile, just like Sofia Vergara’s dazzling grin.



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