1. Extrinsic – This type of discoloration takes place when the enamel (outer layer of the tooth) is stained; cola, wine, coffee or other beverages or foods can discolor teeth, as can smoking, which has been known to cause extrinsic stains.
From the distinct scent of pumpkin spice variations burning in the crisp air and to the hay rides and mugs of warm apple cider, there’s something about the fall that transports all of us back to childhood. If you’re an adult and are reading this, those childhood memories of the Halloween season most probably included gobs of sugar-inundated candy bars that kept you up all night from the sheer sweet-induced rush. Today, parents are a lot more health-conscious when it comes to their kids, and this extends to Halloween, as well.
Here we’ll take a look at the effect sugar has on children’s teeth and how it contributes to tooth decay and cavities. And while some candy is fine in moderation, of course, we’d like to offer parents 10 ideas for candy alternatives when passing out treats this Halloween – you can still be considered the “cool house on the block” while keeping neighborhood children (as well as your own) healthier. [Read more…]
When it comes to pediatric dental care, the goal is always to help find easy ways to create habits that will bring children a lifetime of good oral health. Indeed, instructing kids on good brushing habits can be a challenge, but with the right support in your corner it can be a breeze.
Youngsters in the process of learning about daily routines and hygiene always need a little prodding to stay on top of good habits – heck, most adults do, too! As parents, it is our responsibility to assist them in transitioning from completely dependent entities into capable, confident little adults.
One of the most unpleasant symptoms of poor oral health comes in the form of bleeding, sore or otherwise swollen gums. Sometimes, there’s nothing quite as annoying as inflamed, sore gums that seem committed to making our entire day miserable… but what’s behind the core causes of these symptoms? Is there anything that can be done to prevent them? What’s the best way to predict they may be coming?
What is gum disease? Also known as periodontal disease, it is classified by most dental professionals as a devastating infection that eventually leads to loss of teeth if not treated. While approaches such as possible surgical intervention, antibiotics and plaque removal have proven quite effective in slowing down the associated infection while restoring diseased tissues, the fact of the matter remains: The more advanced the disease, the more difficult it is to treat. The answer, then, is to understand and acknowledge the warning signs of gum disease before the affliction can grab hold of one’s overall oral health.