Posts for: November, 2017
Like the rest of their bodies, children’s teeth and mouth are on a rapid development track. By the time they’re young adults, they will have had two sets of teeth, extensive bone growth and a noticeable change in their features. The natural process is truly amazing.
But dental disease can easily derail their development, with tooth decay the most common problem children encounter. More than at any other time of life, preventive dental care is a top priority.
True preventive care for your child includes the entire mouth, not just the teeth. Our main focus, of course, is to head off tooth decay before it develops, including the application of topical fluoride or sealants when appropriate. But we also monitor bite development and provide protection against sports injuries or other forms of trauma with customized mouth guards.
You also have a part to play in your child’s preventive dental care. It begins when your child’s first teeth begin to emerge in the mouth — the point when you should begin brushing them. You can also reduce the risk of dental disease by providing a nutritious diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sugar, especially between-meal snacks.
You should also start regular dental visits around their first birthday. This is not only the best time to begin professional care, but your child will also have an easier time at this age becoming comfortable with visiting the dentist than waiting until they’re older.
Taking care of your child’s teeth is a working partnership between you and us: we provide the professional care your child needs to develop properly, while you look to their daily hygiene and nutrition, which is just as important for your child’s healthy development. Through our partnership, we can ensure your child is getting the very best start toward a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.
“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “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!”
That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.
Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:
- Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
- Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!
So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”
What your dentists in Fargo want you to know about dental implants
If you are missing teeth, chances are you’ve asked yourself what to do next. Should you live without the teeth, or should you replace them? Should you get a partial, denture, dental bridge, or dental implants? The dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND want to help answer your questions.
So, should you live without teeth or should you replace them? The truth is living without teeth can cause problems with your digestion and your overall health because you won’t be able to chew your food well. You may also suffer self-esteem and self-confidence problems because of your lost teeth and may stop smiling. Definitely, you should replace your lost teeth.
Should you get a partial, denture, dental bridge, or dental implants? Although there are many choices for tooth replacement, dental implants are the best choice in many ways. When you restore your smile with dental implants, you can count on:
- A naturally-beautiful smile because dental implants look just like natural teeth
- A completely stable smile because dental implants are embedded in bone and won’t move around when you eat and speak
- A healthy smile because you can brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth
Removable dental appliances like partials and dentures, and dental bridgework are great solutions to tooth replacement, but they simply can’t match the looks and function of dental implants. In addition, your dental implants are stain-resistant making them the perfect choice for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
Your dentists at Anderson Dental begin your dental implant treatment with a consultation and thorough treatment plan to ensure your needs and expectations are met. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to discuss your treatment and ask questions.
Then your dentists will send you to a carefully selected expert to insert the dental implant screws. These implant screws function as the “roots” of your missing teeth. After a healing period, beautiful implant crowns are placed on top of the implant screws, and you have your new smile!
If you need to restore your smile think about dental implants! They are the high-tech, state-of-the-art way to bring back your smile. For more information about dental implants call Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson and Dr. Breding at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND today!