Posts for category: Oral Health
Kids get pretty inventive pulling a loose primary (baby) tooth. After all, there's a profit motive involved (aka the Tooth Fairy). But a young Kansas City Chiefs fan may have topped his peers with his method, revealed in a recent Twitter video that went viral.
Inspired by all-star KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes (and sporting his #15 jersey), 7-year-old Jensen Palmer tied his loose tooth to a football with a line of string. Then, announcing “This is how an MVP gets their tooth out,” the next-gen QB sent the ball flying, with the tooth tailing close behind.
It appears young Palmer was no worse for wear with his tooth removal technique. But if you're thinking there might be a less risky, and less dramatic, way to remove a loose tooth, you're right. The first thing you should know, though: Primary teeth come out when they're good and ready, and that's important. Primary teeth play an important role in a child's current dental and speech function and their future dental development. For the latter, they serve as placeholders for permanent teeth developing within the gums. If one is lost prematurely, the corresponding permanent tooth might erupt out of position and cause bite problems.
In normal development, though, a primary tooth coming out coincides closely with the linked permanent tooth coming in. When it's time, the primary tooth lets you know by becoming quite loose in the socket.
If you think one of your children's primary teeth is ready, clean your hands first with soap and water. Then using a clean tissue, you should be able to easily wiggle the tooth with little tension. Grasp the tooth with the tissue and give it a little horizontal twist to pop it out. If that doesn't work, wait a day or two before trying again. If it does come out, be sure you have some clean gauze handy in case of bleeding from the empty socket.
Normally, nature takes its course from this point. But be on the lookout for abnormal signs like fragments of the tooth left behind in the socket (not to be mistaken for the top of the permanent tooth coming in). You should also look for redness, swelling or complaints of pain the following day—signs of possible infection. If you see anything like this, make a prompt appointment so we can take a look. Losing a primary tooth is a signpost pointing the way from childhood to adulthood (not to mention a windfall for kids under their pillows). You can help make it a smooth transition—no forward pass required.
If you would like more information about caring for primary teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Importance of Baby Teeth” and “Losing a Baby Tooth.”
Being a parent can be a rewarding role. But it's also hard work, especially the effort required in keeping children healthy. In that respect, there's one area you don't want to overlook—their dental health.
Taking care of their teeth and gums has two aspects: their current state of dental health and their ongoing development that impacts future health. Fortunately, you can address both the present and the future by focusing on the following areas.
Prioritizing oral hygiene. From the moment your child is born, you'll want to practice daily oral hygiene to keep their teeth and gums clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. This starts even before teeth erupt—simply wipe their gums with a clean wet cloth after feeding. As teeth emerge, begin brushing each one with a small amount of toothpaste. Around your child's second birthday, start training them to brush and floss on their own.
Limit their sugar intake. The biggest threat to your child's teeth is tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria. These bacteria multiply when they have plenty of sugar available in the mouth, one of their primary food sources. It's important then to reduce the sugar they eat and limit it to mealtimes if possible. Also avoid sending them to bed with a bottle filled with sweetened liquids, including juices and even formula.
Visit the dentist. You're not in this alone—your dentist is your partner for keeping your child's teeth healthy and developing properly. So, begin regular visits when your child's first teeth appear (no later than their first birthday). You should also consider having your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6 to make sure their bite is developing properly.
Practice oral safety. Over half the dental injuries in children under 7 occur in home settings around furniture. As your child is learning to walk, be aware of things in your home environment like tables and chairs, or hard objects they can place in their mouths. Take action then to move these items or restrict your child's access to them.
Good habits in each of these areas can make it easier to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy and on the right development track. That means good dental health today that could carry on into adulthood.
If you would like more information on children's dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children.”
Damaged bridges or crowns can interfere with your mouth’s normal functioning. Sensitivity to certain foods may increase, chewing may become difficult, and your mouth may begin to feel awkward. A visit with Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Brent Johnson to repair your crown or bridge at Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, located in Mcdonough, GA.
What are some risks for crown or bridge replacement?
One of the main factors is the age of dental work. If you have had your bridge or crown for several years, then it may be time to have a dentist inspect them to make sure everything is okay.
Another reason you may need to replace them is that sometimes the bridge or crown is a poor fit in the mouth. This may result in awkward chewing or talking. Sometimes the bridge cracks because of the inability to fit into the mouth properly.
If you have sustained an oral injury during sports, an accident, or using your teeth as tools to open items, you may need to have your bridge or crown replaced.
How do I know it is time to replace my crown or bridge?
Bridges don’t always show signs of decay or other oral problems. Increased pain and prolonged irritation are signs that it may be time to replace your crown, bridge, or both. Most bridges can last about 7 years, but it isn’t uncommon for them to last much longer than that.
Another way to know if a crown or bridge needs repair is if it is cracked or has broken off. If this is the case, your dentist will have to remove them and tend to any anchoring natural teeth that have been affected. Because bridges rely on neighboring teeth to function, repairs are usually comprehensive.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks or Dr. Johnson to replace your crown or bridge, call Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Mcdonough, GA, at (678) 583-0330.
If you're intrigued by the strange and bizarre, here's one to pique your interest: geographic tongue. It's a rare condition that causes the appearance of red patches on the tongue surface, surrounded by grayish-white borders, and which look a lot like continents on a map (hence the name). But although it may look odd, geographic tongue won't harm your health.
The condition is also known as benign migratory glossitis, so named because it's not cancerous and the patches seem to move or “migrate” around the tongue surface. The most common causes are thought to be stress or hormonal disruptions in those predisposed to the condition. Many researchers believe zinc or vitamin B deficiencies in the body contribute to its occurrence. It also seems more prevalent among non-smokers and pregnant women, as well as occurring as a family trait.
The red patches are created by the temporary disappearance of some of the papillae, tiny bumps on the tongue's top surface. The patches can abruptly appear during a flareup and then disappear just as suddenly. But as “angry” as the patches may look, geographic tongue is not considered a health danger. It isn't normally painful, although people can experience stinging or numbing sensations emanating from the patches that can be mildly uncomfortable.
Because it's also rare, you're not likely to encounter it personally. But if you or a loved one does begin to notice red patches on the tongue, there are a few things you can do to lessen any accompanying irritation. For one, cut out foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, eggplant, mint or highly spicy or acidic foods, all of which have been known to increase discomfort. You might also avoid astringents like alcohol or mouthwashes that likewise irritate the patches when they occur.
Although geographic tongue can't be cured, your dentist can help you manage symptoms when they arise with the help of prescribed anesthetic mouthwashes, antihistamines or steroid lozenges. These not only can help lower any discomfort or irritations, they may also lessen the duration of a flareup.
For the most part, geographic tongue usually causes more embarrassment than physical discomfort. But with a little help from your dentist, you can keep it to a minimum. Geographic tongue may be odd, but it's nothing to worry about.
If you would like more information on geographic tongue, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Geographic Tongue: No Cause For Alarm.”
Failing to properly manage and care for your oral health could result in you shelling out thousands of your hard-earned money in restorative dentistry procedures. But by having an effective preventive dental care plan in place, you can save yourself from these costly procedures. In a nutshell, preventive dentistry is all about promoting the importance of consistent oral hygiene practices to help prevent a variety of oral health conditions and diseases.
Effective preventive care combines your at-home oral hygiene and professional treatments by your dentist in McDonough, GA, Dr. Robert Brooks, or Dr. Brent Johnson of Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. These include the following activities.
Your Oral Care Habits
The American Dental Association states that brushing twice daily and once-daily flossing remains the most crucial preventive dental care technique. Done right, consistently, and with proper techniques, these can effectively get rid of plaque and prevent it from building up and turning into tartar. Tartar, which only your dentist can remove, is a sticky, hardened substance that contains bacteria that produces acid responsible for causing gum disease and decay.
A diet rich in nutritious foods is vital to your oral and general health. Foods that contain excess carbs and sugars feed bacteria-causing plaque. Likewise, a low-calcium diet raises your risk for jaw deterioration and gum disease.
Regular Dental Appointments
Because most dental issues don’t display any symptoms during the early stages, if you do not see your dentist regularly, you might not know that you have a problem until it causes significant damage. To avoid this, schedule and go to routine cleanings and checkups with your dentist in McDonough, GA, twice-yearly, or more if you have an increased risk of developing oral diseases.
These are thin coatings of composite resin that are painted on permanent teeth’s chewing surfaces. This is especially vital to prevent tooth decay in kids and even older individuals who have deep grooves in their molars.
Stop Smoking and Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
These not only affect your oral health but your general health as well. Besides bad breath, dry mouth, increased plaque accumulation, gum disease, and teeth stains, smoking is a top risk factor for all sorts of cancers and various health diseases.
For More Information About Preventive Dental Care, Talk to Us
Dial (678) 583-0330 to book a consultation with your dentist here at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, Dr. Robert Brooks, or Dr. Brent Johnson, today.