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Natural And Harmless Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

I saw these tips from Dr. Wright and thought I'd share. Foods have natural chemicals in them that can actively affect stains and your teeth. I know people who suck on lemons or pickles frequently and for long periods of time. The results is I've seen their enamel dissolve away, never to return. Don't think that because it's natural, it's harmless.

All acids will dissolve enamel when the pH goes below 5.5, but our teeth are made to handle short-term exposure to acids, followed by long periods of natural remineralization from the rebuilding minerals in your saliva. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to enjoy all the wonderful foods with low pH.

So with the ideas mentioned here, we're dealing with acids so it's important to use these techniques for just long enough to brush them into the teeth, and then rinse them off to raise the pH back up above 5.5 to normal mouth levels. Your teeth were made to handle short-term acid application so whiten away, the natural way.​

Impacted Teeth In The Midsection Of The Mouth Are (Mostly) Preventable

Stop It Mom IMPACTED PREMOLARS

When you hear about impacted teeth, aren't you usually thinking about wisdom teeth? They're the most commonly impacted teeth in the mouth.

What does "impacted" actually mean when it comes to teeth? It means ​any tooth that is prevent from coming into its rightful place in the mouth. It doesn't matter whether it's stopped by another tooth (most common) or bone or any other tissue.

It's easy to understand why wisdom teeth get impacted. They're the last teeth to the party and if the room is too crowded, they're not going to be allowed to enter.

But what about teeth in the midsection of the mouth. Canine teeth (fangs) and premolars are the next most common teeth to get shut out. If that's the part of the mouth where the teeth are crowded, then first come first served. The stragglers are just out of luck.

What does this mean if it happens for your child? 

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Would You Rather Your Child Have A Very Large Lower Jaw Or Normal Sized Jaw?

Lower jaw oversized or normal sized

I love human variation. We’re all different, but equally valuable. I can’t say enough about that.

But jaw size variations can make things difficult. It’s not just about appearance. It’s about how things function. Because your mouth is a working mechanism between upper and lower jaws, it’s best that these two opposing jaws be close enough in size to work well together.

If you haven’t already read it, please read the post about smaller size lower jaws. It will save me repeating a lot of similar points (which saves you time reading) Continue reading

Would You Rather Your Young Child Have A Baby Tooth Root Canal Or Baby Tooth Pulled?

Baby tooth root canal or pulled tooth

 

If you’re like most moms I’ve spoken with, you think that baby teeth are disposable teeth. You take care of them to a certain extent and see how much mileage they can give your child.

So if something goes wrong with your four-year-old’s baby molar like in the picture, you might reason that it’s going to fall out anyway so just have the baby tooth pulled, right? You wouldn’t invest much into baby teeth if push came to shove.

If I just described you, please read on. Trust me, it’s important.

I think it’s great that we have these baby teeth while we’re learning how to take care of them. In humans there are normally 20 baby teeth, but there are typically 32 permanent teeth, and some of these permanent ones begin to develop right around the time of birth. Continue reading

Choose a Skilled Dentist Who Treats Your Child Well

Dentist looking in mouth

Option 1: Dentist with great abilities, but treats your child rudely and impatiently. The type of dentist you might stay with because of the quality of the work, but you secretly hate every minute you’re there.

Option 2: Dentist with poor abilities, but treats your child like royalty. You’re tempted to keep getting dental services there because they make your child feel so wonderful inside (while their dental health is slowly crumbling and risking a lifelong dental nightmare).

Thankfully, there’s a third option. Watch.

Don’t Let Insurance Companies Dictate Your Child’s Dental Care

Ever since I can remember being in practice, I was always concerned about great quality of work for my patients. No dental work lasts forever (yet), but my goal was to be retired before any of my work needed replacing.

Don’t you wish all dentists had that goal, especially when working on your child? Long-term thinking in your child’s dental care is paramount, and yet some just think, “Oh, they’re baby teeth so they don’t really matter.”

If you hang around this blog long enough you’ll see how that can be disastrous thinking.

So what is the driving factor for who does dental work on your precious child? Is it price? Is it quality of work and materials? Is it a bit of both? Continue reading

Would You Rather Your Child Have A Very Small Lower Jaw Or Normal Sized Jaw?

 

“Dr Paul, come and see this!” I was being summoned to another room by a visiting orthodontist. He said, “Look, I think I just did myself out of a braces job.”

He wasn’t complaining. He was marveling! He had altered a genetic trait in a young boy that now no longer needed braces.

Genetics can be very strong for certain traits. What features commonly appear in your family? Continue reading

Would You Rather Your Teenage Child Have A Permanent Tooth Pulled Or Root Canal?

It’s a tough decision when your teenage child has a permanent tooth with a cavity deep enough that it infects the living tissue in the center of the tooth (the pulp). Your only long-term health option is to remove the infected pulp tissue. You can do that and still leave the hard part of the tooth in place (root canal) OR you can have the tooth pulled, which also removes the infected pulp.

Most people think of the financial cost. If you choose to have a root canal, not only do you have to remove the infected pulp for the health of the body, but you also have to structurally repair the damaged hard part of the tooth to stand up to the mechanical load of chewing. These two procedures, root canal followed by a crown, can cost upwards of $3000 to $4000… and that’s for just one tooth.

The alternative is to pull the tooth for about $100 to $200. BIG DIFFERENCE.

But both will have long-term consequences so long-term thinking is critically important, but each option also has its pros and cons. Neither option is always right or always wrong. Continue reading

Prevent Dental Disasters From Abscesses and Cysts – Part 2

Yesterday we had the first half of the story of a young man whose disastrous dental nightmare could have been prevented.

He made his own problem worse by not following written instructions. Too many of us gloss over the details, but the best lessons are in the details.

Watch the second half of the story. You’ll discover that there was a happy ending, but the price carried a pretty hefty cost.

CLICK HERE to view Part 1

Prevent Dental Disasters From Abscesses and Cysts – Part 1

X-ray dental cyst

Nothing breaks a mom’s heart more than seeing her child suffering. It’s even worse if you know the suffering could have been prevented.If your child gets an abscess, over time it can turn into a cyst.

If your child gets an abscess, over time it can turn into a cyst. Sudden flare-up of either one can turn deadly. Thankfully, that outcome is uncommon, but never take abscesses lightly.

Today’s post is a short story to make a point every mom should learn and understand.

Watch the video and see what you think.