When you have a newborn, taking the child for a dental checkup might be the last thing on your mind. But, by the time the child celebrates his or her first birthday, or has had a tooth for six months, it's time to take a proactive role in the child's oral hygiene by scheduling a visit with the dentist. While many children will adjust to these new surroundings with curiosity, others might feel nervous and need a little coaxing.
Being diagnosed with periodontal disease can be devastating; after all, some types of the disease are not curable, nor are their effects reversible. Not to mention, depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, you could even be faced with the threat of permanent tooth loss. Fortunately, if you've been diagnosed with periodontal disease, there are steps you can take to manage it and potentially save your teeth in the process.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a couple of ways to change the actual shape of your teeth. Dental veneers and bonding both serve a similar purpose of creating a new front for your natural teeth but the two vary in the degree of change achievable with veneers generally offering more change versatility. So there are certain situations where dental veneers work better than bonding.
Always consult with your dentist to make sure your particular situation would work best with veneers.
Salivary glands line your mouth and produce saliva via ducts. The glands are located in pairs near the rear of your mouth inside the cheeks, under your tongue, and near your lower jaw so that your mouth remains well and evenly lubricated. Saliva plays important roles in keeping your teeth clean and strong, maintaining oral bacteria, and making chewing and swallowing comfortable. But swelling in the salivary glands can impede the production of saliva and lead to increased infections, cavities, and dryness.
If your toddler is like most, oral brushing is not a priority on their to-do list throughout the day. In fact you may even have to deal with complaints or tantrums from time to time when you encourage a quick brush before bed. But you don't have to let brushing time become a battle – here are four ways to get your toddler to brush their teeth without any complaints: