Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)

One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.

Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water.

After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.

If you have questions regarding good dental care for your baby, give us a call at Dental Forum Group (425) 357-1818 or simply write it down here.

Bridges

Bridges

When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of position, which can lead to a change in your bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease.

In the case of missing teeth, we may recommend the placement of a bridge, depending on the condition of the adjacent teeth and your preference. A permanent bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side of the missing tooth or teeth. A removable bridge, or removal partial denture, usually consists of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.

Three -unit bridge replacing a molar toothThree-unit bridge replacing a missing molar tooth

If you feel you are a candidate for replacement of a missing tooth, give us a call at Forum Dental Group (425) 357-1818 .  Feel free to ask any questions on the blog.

Clean Teeth and the Prevention of Lung Disease and Cancer

A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology (gum specialist’s journal) suggests it may have more of a relationship than previously thought.  The study reported that of those patients hospitalized for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other types of lung disease had a significantly higher likelihood to have gingivitis or periodontal disease compared to those patients in a control group with healthy lungs.  It is not yet clear why those patients had more lung problems, but bacteria from the mouth make their way into the respiratory system.  Some researchers suspect these bacteria trigger the lung problems.

Another study published in the journal Lancet Oncology suggests that you can lower your risk of cancer (especially lung and pancreatic cancer) by as much as 14% by preventing gum disease.  Again, the exact reason why this relationship exists is as of yet unknown, people with gum disease do have higher levels of inflammatory response chemicals in their bloodstream, which can be linked to cancer and other diseases.

The bottom line here is that brushing our teeth for two minutes, twice per day and flossing at least once per day, can not only help prevent gum disease, it may also keep our lungs healthier and lower our risk of cancer.  And make sure to get to the dentist twice a year at least to have a professional dental teeth and gum cleaning.  This is very important, not only for our mouths, but our overall health.

Orthodontic Treatment-Am I too old?

“I’m too old to straighten my teeth.”

“so my teeth are crooked:  I’m not that vain”.

Maybe you’ve heard these comments before or have said them yourself.  Many people deny themselves from considering straightening their teeth because they see it as only an issue of vanity, or view their misaligned teeth as a sign of their individuality.

Many  believe that alignment of the teeth is merely a cosmetic issue, or treatment for younger people, but  it is much more; proper tooth alignment not only makes us look great, but also makes sense from a health standpoint.

Our teeth are engineered to handle stresses in their log axis.  When the teeth are in proper alignment, they handle those stresses very efficiently.  Other structures within the mouth, such as the bones that support the teeth, the muscles moving the jaw around, the tendons and ligaments holding the bones and muscles in place, and the gums, all benefit from proper alignment.  Over time, teeth that are not in proper alignment can become damaged as well as the surrounding structures.  Dentists treating gum disease and jaw joint  disorders encourage re-alignment of the teeth as part of their therapy for these problems.

To maintain efficient dental hygiene, it is much easier to brush and floss teeth that are properly aligned than those that are not.

Maintaining healthy smiles for a lifetime involves keeping our teeth aligned properly.  Let us know if you would like to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers

A Porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of tooth to improve its cosmetic appearance. Veneers are very thin (approximately 0.5 millimeters), translucent porcelain (ceramic) facings, that are made in laboratory after an impression of the prepared tooth is made. Porcelain veneers are fixed permanently to the front surface of tooth, using a special adhesive-bonding technique. The porcelain surface covers the tooth surface completely.  Porcelain veneers are placed to improve the aesthetics (shape, spacing, and color) of natural teeth, to correct crowding or to replace discolored or fractured composite bonded fillings.

Advantages of Ceramic (Porcelain) Veneers

  • Porcelain Veneers are long lasting.
  • Porcelain is very adequate material for veneers due to its resemblance with natural enamel of teeth and it is very resistant.
  • Compared to traditional crowns, veneers are more conservative and only a minimal thickness of enamel removal is required.
  • Compared to a metal core crown, the aesthetics is superior.  There is a natural translucency.
  • Unlike natural tooth structure and tooth-colored fillings, their highly glazed surface does not stain from food or drink
  • Porcelain veneers are the first choice for correcting the form of anterior teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers allow best correction of tooth misalignment, gaps, forms, and shade with superb aesthetics.
  • Gingivitis, receding gums and exposed crowns margins are the problems with crowns and far less with porcelain veneers.

How are Porcelain Veneers placed?

Before placing a porcelain veneer, it is necessary to trim the enamel of the front side of tooth.  The porcelain veneer is fixed with a special, very resistant adhesive on the trimmed surface of teeth. Porcelain is better than other material used for dental reconstruction such as composite because it is harder, less porous and the gums tolerate it better.

Conditions in which porcelain veneers are not advisable

  • When a tooth is broken and the portion lost is bigger than portion remains.
  • When enamel is not strong enough to attach a porcelain veneer.
  • When an individual is a chronic teeth grinder (bruxer).

If you are wondering if a veneer is right for you, give us a call at Forum Dental Group (425) 357-1818 or simply ask your question here.

Mouth Guards

Sports Dentistry is the prevention and treatment of facial/oral injuries and related oral diseases in sportspersons. According to the “International Academy for sports Dentistry”-‘Sports Dentistry’ is the branch of dentistry that involves prevention of oral sports injuries and treatment of Dental athletic injuries. It also involves the collection and dissemination of information on dental athletic injuries and encourages research in the prevention of such injuries.

Mouth guards can come in a variety of colorsMouth guards come in a variety of colors

Sports dentistry at Forum Dental Group

Enthusiastic participation by the young ones in sports exposes them to high risk of injuries. Sports dentistry provides information related to dental/ facial trauma or when a tooth is knocked out or about athletic mouth guard types and designs.

Athletic Mouth Guard: A mouth guard is like a crash helmet for teeth, which helps in protecting the teeth from damage in any physical sports. A mouth guard ( gum shield) is made specially to fit the athlete’s mouth. An incorrectly fitting mouth guard is hard to hold in place, inefficient and interferes with speech and proper breathing. So mouth guards should not be worn without the being custom made for the individual.

Kinds of sports injuries that a mouth guard prevents. A mouth guard can prevent very serious injuries of jaw fracture, cerebral hemorrhages and concussions. It helps to avoid the situation where the lower jaw gets jammed into upper jaw.

If you are considering a mouth guard to protect your teeth or those of a loved one and would like to know more, give us a call at Forum Dental Group (425) 357-1818