Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When will my child get his/her first tooth?

For first-time parents wondering when their child will get his or her first teeth, expect teeth to first show when your child is between 4 and 7 months old. Sometimes, children – who the dental community refers to as “early developers”— have teeth develop as early as 3 months, and, more rarely, a tooth or two is visible at birth.
Your child actually begins to develop teeth when they are in the womb, where tooth buds start showing in the gums. Generally speaking, though, your child’s teeth will grow in this order: the bottom two middle teeth are first to appear, followed by the top middle teeth. After that, the teeth that make up the sides and back of your child’s mouth will start to come in.
Typically, the teeth do not come in straight, but straighten out over time as the mouth starts to fill out. The molars situated at the rear of your child’s mouth will be the last to appear. By the time your child turns three, he or she should have 20 teeth, all of which should remain in place until their permanent teeth begin coming in. 
Teething Symptoms
Currently, there is a debate among physicians and dentists as to whether or not teething causes various symptoms, or whether these symptoms develop coincidentally when a child’s teeth are growing in. In any event, your teething child might drool more frequently while teeth are appearing, which sometimes causes a facial rash.
Other teething symptoms include gum swelling and general gum sensitivity and increased irritability. Your child may also exhibit biting behavior, and they might have problems sleeping. Babies also commonly refuse food when a tooth is freshly ruptured through the gum tissue.
Some experts believe that teething leads to increased diarrhea and diaper rash. The theory is that the teething creates excessive salvia, some of which will end up in your child’s gut, loosening the stool, and resulting in diarrhea.
What is universally agreed upon by both physicians and dentists, however, is that if your child is teething and has a rectal temperature that exceeds 101 degrees Fahrenheit (or 100 degrees Fahrenheit if your child is younger than 3 months), or is experiencing any other symptoms that worry you, seek immediate medical attention.
How to Ease Your Child’s Teething Discomfort
If your child is suffering pain while teething, give them something to chew on. A cold washcloth, rubber gnaw, or massaging rattler are all excellent options. If your child has already advanced to eating solids, giving them something cold – like diced fruit or yogurt -- will ease the pain,. Rubbing a clean finger on your child’s tender gums will work if the aforementioned methods do not diminish your child’s discomfort.
If the teething discomfort persists, consider giving your child a dose of children’s pain reliever. Make sure to consult with a physician before administering the medication. For babies with a rash on their chin, rubbing away the drool with a soft cloth and then rubbing the affected areas with a thick layer of petroleum jelly typically reduces redness and sores.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 West Main St.

Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Top 5 Services a Cosmetic Dentist Can Do For You

Your teeth do a lot for how уου look to others. A nice set of truly white teeth саn instantly enhance уουr appearance and confidence, while a set of less than perfect and less than white teeth саn hаνе the contrary effect. Since a lot of score is put on beauty and the way people look, many people are visiting a dentist to hаνе countless procedures like dental implants or porcelain veneers performed.
Below are the top five services your dentist саn do for уου:
Teeth Whitening
The enamel – or the outer mοѕt layer of уουr teeth – іѕ οftеn tarnished due to a number reasons such аѕ aging, stains from food or drink, or οthеr chemical degradation.
A dentist саn whiten уουr teeth for уου by removing the brown or yellow staining that has occurred. Thеrе are, in fact, numerous uncommon procedures by whісh уου саn get уουr teeth whitened: chemical whitening, mild acid whitening, harsh teeth whitening and laser teeth whitening.
Thеѕе gentle dental procedures саn range from јυѕt a few hundred to numerous thousands of dollars and mау demand јυѕt one or many visits to a local dentist to hаνе the treatment concluded.
Gum Surgery
Yουr gums are the frame on whісh all of уουr teeth are placed. Often, due to lack of proper care and hygiene, the gum might be infected or the actual gum tissue in between the teeth might become weak. Moreover, уου might even hаνе a ‘gummy' smile – one that exposes a lot of gum in comparison to the teeth. Gum surgery саn fix thіѕ problem along with any οthеr issue that might arise due to уουr gums.
Dental Implants
A dental implant іѕ a rod of titanium, whісh іѕ affixed surgically to уουr jaw, such that іt becomes an anchor for a natural looking false tooth or a set of false teeth. The titanium fittings that are used in the implants are inserted into the jaws and are very successful in fusing with the bone (osseointegration). Thеrе are again three uncommon types of dental implants (уουr dentist will talk аbουt thеѕе with уου in great detail) – root form implants, plate form implants, and subperiosteal implants.
Typically, if уου are missing a tooth and hаνе enough bone left in that рlасе to hold the rod, and then уου саn go for a dental implant.
Contouring and Reshaping
Dental contouring and tooth reshaping are again two well lονеd procedures that go hand-in-hand. Thеѕе procedures саn correct ѕοmе of the mοѕt common complaints that people hаνе with thеіr teeth, such аѕ broken teeth, a chipped tooth, cracked teeth, and overlapping teeth.
Tooth Bonding
Thіѕ іѕ a procedure in whісh a composite resin filling іѕ placed in уουr teeth, used typically in the refurbishment of decomposing teeth, making improvements and improving the color of уουr teeth аѕ well. The entire treatment саn be used to improve stains, and fill up gaps between the teeth.
Уουr dentist саn do all thіѕ and more. No longer do folks hаνе to simply deal with the teeth and gums thеу hаνе been given. A dentist can now do a lot more than ease tooth ache and tooth pain, or perform dentistry such as root canals or crowns. By being able to find a dentist, thеу саn correct nearly anything concerning thеіr mouth to get the perfect smile thеу hаνе always wanted.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's the advantage to Invisalign?

Invisalign, which we happily provide at A Family Dental Care Center, is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment if you’ve been apprehensive about the thought of metal braces. During your initial visit, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.
Invisalign treatment, which consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every couple of weeks, can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites and more. Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into place, creating the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. During treatment, patients wear the aligners all day and night, except for during meals and when they’re brushing and flossing; cleaning your teeth and eating are a snap since you can easily remove your aligners! And because they’re clear, no one will know that your teeth are steadily straightening!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tea: A Healthier Drink for Teeth and Gums

What is a person to drink if they want to protect their teeth and gums, but don’t want to settle on just water? Sugary sodas can give you cavities and damage the enamel on the teeth. Coffee can leave stains that are difficult to scrub clean with just a toothbrush. New research from July/August issue of General Dentistry suggests that the solution may be tea, with green tea being a top choice.
Why Tea?
Anti-oxidants in tea have long made it a favorite healthy substitute for the coffee habit. They are known to reduce free radicals and which can produce symptoms of disease and aging. However, new research shows that tea has the same effect on tooth enamel as water, but it’s ultimately tastier to drink. It also contains nutritional components not available in water. Not only will you fill your body with needed anti-oxidants, but you also won’t be creating any new cavities, as long as you don’t load your cup up with sugar. Catechin is one of those anti-oxidant compounds that are also shown to promote better tooth and gum health too. Catechins are within both black and green teas.
Green Tea is the Best Choice
Although any tea will have natural anti-oxidants, green tea appears to be the best choice if you want to preserve your dental health. It won’t discolor your teeth and the study showed that it also helped men with gum disease to reduce bleeding and gum recession with a minimum of only one cup of green tea per day. Green tea can come in a variety of flavors and gives a nice energy boost when you first wake up.
Make Sure it’s Unsweetened

If you can’t stomach green tea, the next best choice is black tea. Black tea can come in more flavors than green tea and many find it more palatable. Herbal teas were not included in the study results. Despite your choice of beverage, one thing is certain: If you sweeten your drink, you increase the chances of irritating your gums and damaging your tooth enamel. Sugar is acidic in nature and will attack your teeth and gums, even when it’s put in a cup of green tea. To get the most health benefits from your morning cup of tea, focus on increasing the tea content and reducing the sugars. If you can drink your tea without any sweeteners whatsoever, you’ll be doing the best you can to protect your teeth and gums from future damage.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403