Archive for February 2016

Saliva is an important part of our oral health, which contains proteins, minerals, and antibodies that prevents tooth decay. Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a medical condition due to lack of saliva. Some of the reasons that cause dry mouth include medications, medical treatment, and tobacco use. Good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing after each meal are very important for people who are diagnosed with dry mouth.
Your dentist may suggest a special oral gel or rinse to help restore moisture and reduce your risk for cavities.
Other ways to keep your mouth moisture include:

  • Chewing sugar-free gum
  • Avoiding carbonated drinks, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol
For more information, click the link below to read the article published by the American Dental Association (ADA):
http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ForThePatient_0215.ashx
 

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the airway is blocked and causes the throat tissue to vibrate. Sleep disorders cause several major health threatening problems and can also speed memory loss. The University of Michigan Health System studies on 147 children ages 3 to 12 who were suspected of having sleep apnea. The result shows children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have a lower level IQ and some of them have behavior issues such as inattention, hyperactivity, social problems, and perfectionism. According to this study, by treating sleep apnea they can approach the higher level of IQ. Also, proper sleeping will lead to behavioral improvements in future.

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/656-sleep-apnea-affects-high-achieving-students-too

#SleepApnea #Fresno #Dentistry #FresnoSmileMakeovers #SleepDisorder #TreatSnoring
 


 
TOOTHACHES ARE A SIGNAL that something is wrong, and should not be ignored even if pain is off-and-on. Although tooth decay is often the main reason of a #toothache, a dental examination is required to identify the cause. Other causes of toothache can be due to gum disease, infection, tooth trauma, bite trauma, teeth grinding, and tooth eruption (babies & children)

Contact your dentist if you feel any discomfort or pain in your mouth.
 
#Fresno #Toothdecay #Fresnosmilemakeovers #Dentistinfresno #Clovis #Dentist #Cosmeticdentistry #Teeth #gumdisease


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February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Has your child seen a dentist? Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is the best way to prevent oral health problems. A trip to the dentist also can educate you on how to properly care for your child’s teeth and to identify his or her dental needs. Early visits will help to familiarize your child with the dental office, too, which helps to reduce anxiety and fear, and make visits more stress-free in the future.
 

Can tooth decay affect infants?

Yes. Tooth decay in infants and young children most often occurs in the upper front teeth. This decay, commonly referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay,” is caused by prolonged exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Your dentist can tell you more about what you can do to help prevent the development of this condition.
 

When should my child first see a dentist?

The ideal time is six months after your child’s first (primary) teeth erupt or by the child’s first birthday. This time frame is the perfect opportunity for the dentist to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. Your dentist may even provide or recommend special preventive care to thwart oral health problems.
 

How can I protect my child’s oral health?

Parents should provide their child’s oral hygiene care until the child is old enough to take responsibility for the daily routine of brushing and flossing.
A proper regimen of preventive home care is important from the day your child is born. To help prevent tooth decay, talk to your dentist and follow the tips below:
  • Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
  • As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.
  • To avoid teeth misalignment due to sucking, monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers, and thumbs.
  • Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juice, or sweetened liquids.
  • Avoid filling your child’s bottle with liquids like sugar water and soft drinks.
    • Encourage children to drink tap or fountain water.
If you purchase bottled water, make sure that it is fluoridated. Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes mineralization.
  • Find out if your public water supply is fluoridated. If it is not, your dentist or your physician may prescribe fluoride supplements.
  • To build self-confidence, encourage the child to brush his or her own teeth when he or she is old enough. Always monitor the child’s brushing technique and thoroughness to ensure proper technique.
  • The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.
 

Does the AGD offer any resources for my family?

Yes! Check out the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) consumer Web site, www.KnowYourTeeth.com—the Internet’s go-to resource for all things dental. Areas of the Web site include a dental diary with helpful calendar reminders, useful articles on dental care and oral health for patients of all ages, a “Life of a Tooth” animated timeline that explains how the teeth and mouth change over a lifetime, a dental advisor to whom you can pose questions, information on finding a highly qualified general dentist for your family, and much more!
 
 


 
If you are pregnant, it is very important to see a dentist in a regular basis. A sudden surge in hormones particularly estrogen and progesterone can affect the oral health, and can accentuate the way that gum tissues respond to plaque. It is imperative for you to maintain dental and gum hygiene and keep your dental appointment with your dentist. Plaque accumulation causes gingivitis, which is red swollen gum and very prone to bleed. "Pregnancy Gingivitis" to some extent can affect any pregnant woman. Pre- gingivitis condition gets worse during pregnancy and if it is not resolved, can turn into periodontitis, which is more severe type of gum disease along with bone loss.
Gingivitis and baby's health:
There is a strong link between gingivitis, low birth weight and pre-term pregnancy. High accumulation of bacteria in plaque can enter the blood through puffy tender bleeding gum and get to the placenta in uterus and stimulates the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which can induce miscarriage.
My recommendations:
Thoroughly floss and brush your teeth particularly close to the gum line twice a day and after each meal. Eat nutrition rich in Vitamin C. Keep your dental visits to allow your hygienists and dentist to remove plaque and control gingivitis.
Dental procedures:
Such as filling cavities can be postponed to the second trimester as long as they are not dental emergencies. Elective procedures should be performed after the baby's birth. Any X-rays should be avoided if possible.
 
Sam Namdarian DMD