Pregnancy is an exhilarating time, filled with excitement and preparation for your new baby. Taking care of our teeth while pregnant can often be the very last thing on our minds and most of us have no idea just how important it is! Both for you and the new baby, maintaining optimum oral health during pregnancy is a must!
Most dental services and procedures, including dental x-rays, tooth extractions, dental fillings, and dental cleanings, can be done during pregnancy safely, with tooth extractions recommended during your second or third trimester. Fillings should be discussed with your dentist beforehand. The following infographic covers common dental service you can get while pregnant or read on to find answers to the most common questions about dental care during pregnancy. Continue reading “Dental Care During Pregnancy”
You have probably heard that fluoride is beneficial to building strong teeth and preventing cavities, but you may not understand how it works or when to use it. Within this article, we’ll explore the benefits of fluoride and how to use it to improve your family’s oral health. Continue reading “Should You Opt-In or Out of Fluoride Treatments?”
Many adults do not like going to the dentist. However, as anxiety-producing as it can be to sit in that chair, the results of regularly visiting your dentist cannot be beat. It should come as no surprise that the same is true for children.
Ensuring that your kids develop good tooth brushing habits is one of the best preventative measures you can take to ensure the longevity of their teeth. Of course, making sure that your child regularly visits the dentist for check-ups is also an important component of instilling oral health habits to last a lifetime. Here are a few tips to prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist’s office and set them up for success. Continue reading “Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist”
Mouth guards often convenient protection for your pearly whites in many situations ranging from sports to bruxism (grinding your teeth). In addition to protecting your teeth using shock absorption, a mouth guard can also prevent injury to your cheeks, gums, tongue and jaw in the event of a direct impact to your mouth, or inadvertent grinding.
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Establishing good dental hygiene at an early age can set your child up for dental success! Even though baby teeth are bound to fall out, it’s still really important that you take steps to brush your child’s teeth (before they are able) and supervise the brushing habits of toddlers and young children.
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If your little one’s teeth have begun to fall out, and their permanent replacements appear to be lagging far behind, you may wish to consider a space maintainer to minimize future orthodontic work. Believe it or not, the absence of your child’s teeth might seem cute now, but those tiny little gaps can cause deep gouges in your pocketbook as you watch them fill up with teeth that don’t belong there. Space maintainers are simple to use, kids get along fine with them, and they have become the de-facto standard for protecting the cosmetic and functional aspects of your child’s dental health.
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It’s something that parents fear almost as much as children: a trip to the dentist. In fact, the idea that getting your teeth cleaned will invariably prove painful is so ingrained in popular culture that the TV Tropes writes, “Poor dentists. The prevalence of dental fear amongst people of all ages and educational levels leads to dentists being unfairly stereotyped in popular culture as sadistic torturers.” Continue reading “Is your child ready for Westend Dental?”