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What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Posted on 2/13/2018 by Lemond Hunter
When the teeth in the mouth come in crooked, many parents are concerned about how their children’s teeth are going to look once all of them come in and fill in the mouth. While this is something to think about, there are also many factors that go into the children’s teeth and what to expect from them when they start to grow crooked in the mouth. Crooked Teeth in ChildrenPermanent teeth that are just beginning to grow in the child’s mouth are actually quite crooked when they first come in. It is common for them to angle around the mouth and to be in different directions. When the other teeth start to fall out and more permanent teeth start to come in, the child will then start to have straighter teeth throughout the mouth. This is because the mouth has more room for them to come in and grow. However, when the baby teeth are being stubborn and do not want to move out of the mouth as the adult teeth start to grow in, then the dentist may need to remove the baby teeth from the mouth. This can give the adult teeth more room to grow. Sometimes the teeth just grow in crooked and when that happens and they do not straighten out or it interferes with the child’s jaw, then they may need to have braces put on to correct their mouth and their bite. This will straighten the teeth right out and ensure that they have a straighter, healthier smile overall. Speak with our office today if you want to learn more about braces and your child. Make sure they see our dentist for their checkups and cleanings for healthy oral hygiene throughout the years. Call us today to set up a time to come in....

Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Posted on 1/25/2018 by Lemond Hunter
Cold sores normally happen when you have the Herpes Simplex Virus. When you do see a cold sore, it is time to replace your toothbrush. Why is it so important for you to do this? It is because the herpes virus can stay in your toothbrush for many days after you see a cold sore pop up on your face. In order to get rid of this virus completely, you will need to throw away the old toothbrush and replace it with a new one. Here are a few other ways to prevent more cold sores and to get rid of them altogether. Leave it Alone If you find a cold sore on your mouth and it really does not hurt or bother you at all, leave it alone. This is one way to get rid of it and keep it from spreading to other parts of your body. However, it is very rare to have a cold sore not bother you that much. Although it still might bother you, you should still not touch it at all, ever. Keep from scratching or picking at it. If you do, make sure to wash your hands right away before touching any other part of your body so as not to spread it. Keep Your Toothbrush Out of the BathroomAlthough it is the place where most everyone stores their toothbrush, you really should not keep it in the bathroom. This is the worst place for a toothbrush because it is a really moist environment. A moist environment is a breeding ground for the herpes simplex virus and this can go on to your toothbrush and live. Then, once you brush your teeth, you will definitely get more cold sores. So, the best thing to do is, keep your toothbrush out of your bathroom and in a drier environment instead. Make sure to call us right away if you have any questions about preventing the herpes simplex virus. You can also call us for anything else you need to know as well....

Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Posted on 1/15/2018 by Lemond Hunter
We are only given two sets of teeth in our lifetime, and the first set we don't have for very long. Keeping up on oral hygiene will increase the lifetime of your adult teeth. You've heard the rules many times before. Brush two times a day, and floss once a day. Keep up with regular office visits and cleanings, so we can get into all those small spaces and look for warning signs. Those are all very important, but it's also very important to watch what you eat and drink. Let's talk about some of the effects foods and drinks can have on your teeth. What Kinds of Foods and Drinks Can Hurt Your TeethBelieve it or not citrus juices like orange, lemon, and lime contain harsh amounts of acid. They may be packed with vitamins, but they are also very high acid. Eating these fruits can also wear down your teeth. Wine also contains acid that can be harmful to tooth enamel. Carbonated drinks like soda, even diet soda, have high levels of acid and should be consumed in moderation. If you're going to have these beverages you should do so while eating. Wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing, because these drinks can soften your enamel and then brushing can do more damage. Try to avoid candy. Packed with sugar candy can do lots of damage to your teeth in general. Hard candy can even chip or break a tooth. Energy drinks are the worst. They have a higher acidic content than fruit juice and soda. Spicy foods can get you too. If spice is what you like try to aim for dinnertime. Drink water while you're eating to try to rinse your mouth. If you're going to be enjoying a beverage other than water or tea, try to use a straw so it limits to contact with your teeth. If you're worried about your tooth enamel, have no fear. We can do many things to help you save your teeth. You do have options. Get yourself some information on better foods to eat, and things you can do to slow down the wear process....

All Posts:

What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
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