Does your dental insurance maximum restart in January? Have you already paid your deductible and know you have dental work still to be done? Be sure to schedule your appointments soon to get the maximum benefit from your insurance. Our schedule fills up very quickly toward the end of the year because so many insurances rollover in January, and it can be difficult to get an appointment.
Summertime is here! And so is the opportunity for helping your children learn to care for their teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends three ways you can help your children keep their beautiful smiles despite the summer.
How much saliva does the average person produce every day?
That means that in your life, you may produce over 10,000 gallons of saliva! Why is saliva important? Saliva cleans your teeth, neutralizes acids in your mouth and prevents bad breath.
Sippy cups! All of my kids used sippy cups, of course. As much as our kids love juice and other sweet drinks, and could on occasion have those safely with a meal, my recommendation for your children is water only in the sippy cup, so that sugar isn't pooling in your child's mouth and causing decay.
And the bonus? It's so much easier to clean the sippy cup when your child is done!
Read more here for recommendations from the American Dental Association: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/training-cups?source=facebook&content=sippy_cups&__prclt=XOWH5VG7
Our recommendation is for parents to continue brushing and flossing a child's teeth at least until the age of eight. This ensures proper brushing and additionally creates good habits. If you would like to know how to brush and floss your child's teeth better, we are happy to help!
Additionally, did you know that too much swallowed toothpaste can be unsafe? Parents should help their kids follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association below.
Tooth trivia: Did you know that George Washington had dentures? Contrary to the myth, his dentures were not made of wood, but were made of human and cow teeth, and even elephant ivory. If you're curious, read more here: http://www.snopes.com/george-washington-wooden-teeth/
We know that many patients feel anxious about visiting the dentist. At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we care about you hope to help you cope with your anxiety because we care about you and your overall health. Click below to read some great tips on how to cope with dental anxiety.
Keep you and your family's oral health in tip-top shape with the Oral-B Bluetooth electric toothbrush. You can get this toothbrush in a complimentary bag with other goodies such as toothpaste, tooth floss, and mouthwash at Creedmoor Family Dentistry.
The Oral-B toothbrush app on your phone will track your tooth brushing, letting you know if you've brushed long enough or if you're brushing too hard. It will track your tooth brushing and let you know if your brushing has improved.
Dr. Willis uses this toothbrush in his own home for himself and to teach his four children good tooth brushing habits.
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When a patient is in pain, or has an infected tooth nerve, I often recommend root canal therapy as a way to treat existing or avoid future pain. An infected tooth can be very painful, so during the procedure I will first anesthetize the tooth and the surrounding area. I then remove the infection, clean the tooth canal, and fill the space with a safe, heat-activated plastic material that will help prevent reinfection.
After the root canal, it is common to feel minor discomfort because of inflammation around the tooth. This should only last a few days, and I will make sure you have the most effective pain reliever necessary.
One of the most important factors in how long a root canal-treated tooth will last is the quality of the dental restoration on top of the tooth. So, it is important to complete follow-up visits to place a crown or a filling over the root canal, so that bacteria doesn't once again enter into the canal.
I'm looking forward to helping you be more comfortable and restoring a beautiful tooth.