Posts for: March, 2018
Regular dental visits are just as important for healthy teeth and gums as daily brushing and flossing. Not only will these visits reduce the amount of hidden or hard to reach bacterial plaque (the main source of dental disease), but they'll also boost the chances problems with teeth and gums are caught early and treated.
A lifetime habit of dental visits should begin around your child's first birthday, but children can be stressed or even frightened by trips to the dentist. This could stick with them, causing them to avoid regular dental visits when they become adults. The absence of professional dental care could prove hazardous to their dental health.
Here then are some things you can do to “de-stress” your child's dental visits.
Begin and sustain regular visits early. By not waiting a few years after age one, your child has a better chance of viewing it and subsequent visits as a normal part of life.
Choose a “kid-friendly” dentist. A pediatric dentist is trained not only for dental issues specific to children, but also in creating a comfortable environment for them. Some general dentists are also skilled with children, taking the time to talk and play with them first to ease any anxiety.
Stay calm yourself. Perhaps you've discovered, often in an embarrassing fashion, that your children are watching you and taking cues on how to act and react. Be sure then to project a sense of ease and a “nothing to this” attitude, rather than nervousness or anxiety. Your child will follow your lead.
Set the example. Speaking of following your lead, your children will intuitively pick up whether you're serious about your own dental health, which could influence them. So be sure you practice what you preach: daily oral hygiene, a dental-friendly diet and, of course, your own regular visits to the dentist. Your actions about your own dental care really will speak louder than words.
If you would like more information on effective dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”
How professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentists in Bedford can renew your smile
Dental stains can take the fun out of smiling, making you self-conscious about showing your teeth. If your dull smile is making you lose confidence in yourself, it’s time to say goodbye to your dental stains. It’s time to say hello to professional teeth whitening! Your dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA want to introduce you to the answer to a sparkling new smile, professional teeth whitening!
There are many reasons why your teeth are stained, dark, or yellow. Common foods and beverages like berries, coffee, red wine, and tea can all leave their mark on your smile. If you smoke or chew tobacco, chances are your teeth have taken on some dark brown stains.
The normal aging process changes your smile too. Your enamel becomes thinner as you age. Thin enamel means you can see through to the yellow layer underneath, called dentin. That’s why your teeth look dull and yellow as you get older.
You can change what your lifestyle and aging have done to your smile, thanks to a professional teeth whitening treatment. People love professional teeth whitening because treatment provides:
- Dramatic results, making your smile up to 8 shades whiter
- Quick treatment, requiring only about an hour
- Lasting beauty, giving your results that can last up to 5 years
Great Meadows Dental Group offers two teeth whitening treatment options which guarantee great results. You can choose from:
- In-office whitening, which takes about an hour; it’s a great option for busy people or if you have a special event coming up, like a reunion or even an important job interview. You can look your best in a short amount of time.
- Take-home whitening, which is a kit containing custom-trays and a supply of whitening gel; it’s a great option if you want to whiten at your own pace and in the privacy of your home.
Make smiling fun again by choosing a professional teeth whitening treatment! For more information about teeth whitening and other cosmetic and restorative dental services call your dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA today!
When you're first startled awake in the middle of the night by a loud, gritting sound emanating from your child's room, you may have two questions: how can such a loud racket not be harmful to their teeth? And, how can they sleep through it?
While it sounds earth-shattering, teeth grinding (medically known as bruxism) is a common habit among children. It involves an involuntary grinding, clenching or rubbing of the teeth together, either during the day or during night sleep.
While certain medications or conditions could be factors, it's believed most teeth grinding arises from the immaturity of the part of the neuromuscular system that controls chewing. It's believed to trigger a night episode as the child moves from deeper to lighter stages of sleep toward waking. Older children and adults typically handle these sudden shifts without incident, but a young child's under-developed chewing response may react with grinding.
If a child's teeth are normal and healthy, teeth-grinding typically won't create any lasting damage. But because grinding does generate pressures greater than the teeth normally encounter, it can be harmful to decayed teeth or those with enamel erosion due to high acid from consumption of sports and soda drinks. And it's also a cause for concern if the habit continues into later childhood or adolescence.
To avoid these problems, it's best to keep your child's teeth as healthy as possible by practicing daily brushing and flossing, and regularly seeing a dentist for cleanings, treatments and preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants. And be sure to limit sugar and acidic foods and drinks in their diet to protect against decay and erosion.
You can also take steps to minimize teeth grinding and its effects. Consult with your physician about any medications they're taking that might contribute to the habit. If there are psychological issues at play, seek therapy to help your child better manage their stress. Your dentist can also fashion a custom night guard worn while they sleep that will prevent their teeth from making solid contact during grinding episodes.
Most importantly, let your dentist know if your child grinds their teeth. Keeping an eye on this potentially harmful habit will help lead to appropriate actions when the time comes.
If you would like more information on teeth grinding, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Children Grind Their Teeth: Is the Habit of 'Bruxism' Harmful?”