Dental Care for Your Infant

Dental Care for Your Infant

Before a baby even breathes their first breath, their dental health is already being affected. This means that, if you are pregnant, not getting enough vitamins and minerals is already setting up your child’s teeth to be brittle and susceptible to cavities. If you’re a pregnant woman you should be treated for gum disease to prevent passing these bacteria onto your child.

Your child will start to get their first teeth at around six months old. Until they reach the approximate age of three, they will continue the teething process. These first few years are very important as far as dental health is concerned. This is when they will learn good hygiene habits and set the pace for their general mouth health.

As soon as your kid has a visible tooth, it is time to start brushing. There are many fluoride-free and child safe kinds of toothpaste out there, but I recommend opting for a toothpaste with fluoride. You do need to watch your children to make sure they do not swallow the “regular” toothpaste, but, considering that 25% of children have at least one cavity by age seven, it is more important than ever to protect their teeth. Do not use a lot of toothpaste on the brush, just a smear until they reach age three, then you can put a small dap on.

As soon as you see your child’s first tooth emerging, schedule a dental visit. Ask your dentist, Dr. JJ. Edderai, 305-947-7999, what techniques are recommended for brushing motion and duration. Be sure to take your kids to all of their follow-up visits. This is the best chance to detect decay early enough to treat it. Recent studies have shown that children who saw the dentist earlier in life had smaller dental bills, in years to come, then those who didn’t go in until later in childhood. This amount was up to 40% lower.

Tooth decay is the most common of childhood maladies. It can affect the way your children eat, how well they sleep, and how easily they learn. Especially if they have pain from their cavities. Most parents don’t realize that flossing daily is recommended for kids too. Do not put this off just because your kid has their “baby teeth.” Before your child even sprouts teeth, bacteria is forming in their mouth. As they eat more foods, they are exposed to more bacteria.

As soon as there are two teeth next to each other start helping them floss. You can use the flossers designed for kids but slide it back and forth, from one tooth to the one next to it, to remove the most residue and bacteria.

If you had a lot of cavities when you were a kid, there is a higher chance your kids will too. This may be caused by genetics or bad habits, but your dentist will need to know in order to maintain the best treatment. Often, when caught soon enough, cavities can be treated with fluoride instead of drills. This teaches your kids to not fear the dentist, which will keep them more willing to go.

On one last note, do not share spoons, cups or forks with your kids and never rinse your baby’s pacifier with your mouth or saliva (you’d be surprised how many people do this). This transfers your bacteria to their mouth. Trust me, the bacteria in adult mouths is way worse and you don’t want to transfer these “adult bacteria” into baby immune systems.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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Gold Teeth Going Away as White Smile Craze Takes Over

Gold Teeth Going Away as White Smile Craze Takes Over

A decade or so ago, to “bling” out your mouth in gold teeth was all the craze. While it is still popular in certain circles, more people are looking for a healthy, realistic look. During the height of its popularity, the gold-tooth craze was bringing in about $2.7 billion to the gold industry every year. Unfortunately for the industry, this number has dropped by 60% in the last five years.

The use of better ceramics, CEREC machines, and the outrageous price for gold have all contributed to its decline in the dental industry. The thing about fads is that they come into style, then go out of style just as quickly. Some fads, like tie-dye, eventually come back into style, only to disappear once more. Whether gilded teeth ever come back into fashion, only time will tell.

Having teeth fixed or fashioned with gold is not a new concept. As far back as 630 BCE, gold was used by the Etruscans to make dental bridges. Women of the upper class would remove an incisor (or two) and have it replaced with a golden tooth. This was a symbol of their status and standing in society.

Dental patients today have more choices and options than ever before. Ceramic crowns, laser whitening, bleaching, and advances in cosmetic dentistry make it possible for anyone to have the whitest and brightest smile of their whole lives. Gold can still be used on the back teeth as a filling, but many people still prefer the ceramic type.

When it comes to the back teeth, a gold crown is very strong and enables a lot of preservation to the tooth structure. It will not fracture like porcelain can. When done by a qualified dentist, a gold filling or crown can last a very, very long time. The downside, aside from its golden glow, is the price tag on gold. Even with the drop in price, it is still over $1,200 an ounce, making it too expensive for the average household budget. In comparison, you could get six or so composite resin fillings for the price of one gold tooth.

Nowadays, a gold “grill” is usually seen on celebrities. Regardless of if you go for the natural look or want to your mouth to sparkle like the sun, a dentist can make your smile into whatever you want it to be.

In ten years it is possible that the stark white smiles will fade away as most trends do. In its place, we may see people going for the natural look, slightly less than white, with flaws and character. No matter what trends take hold, a healthy mouth will ALWAYS be in fashion. So between your cosmetic visits, make sure to get those brushings, flossings, and dental visits in. It is much easier to whiten and brighten your teeth when they are healthy to begin with.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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Avoid the ER for Dental Emergencies

Avoid the ER for Dental Emergencies

Every year, millions of people go to the hospital for dental problems. Whether it’s an abscess, a lost or broken tooth, or swelling, people rush to the ER to get treatment. Decades ago, when dentists were 8-5 Monday through Friday, this could be understood. But, when most dentists offer off-hours treatment this is no longer the best option when you’re in pain. In the North Miami Beach area, you can call Dr. Jean-Jacque Edderai 24 hours a day at 305-947-7999.

According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, in the state of Florida, trips to the ER for dental problems is costing millions in taxpayer money every year. Within the past decade, trips to the ER for dental problems rose by 57 percent. Half of the $193.4 million came from Medicare and Medicaid. This is a pointless expense since modern emergency rooms are not equipped to do anything for you. All they can do is give you a painkiller and/or antibiotic and tell you to go to a dentist.

The question then becomes, if dentists are more available then ever for emergencies, why are people still flocking to hospitals? Part of it may have to do with the Medicare/caid program in itself. In some states, like Florida, Medicaid only has to cover emergencies related to dentures, draining abscesses, and extracting teeth. Adding an option to pay online has helped some people, but it is not the only measure that we should be taking.

Since less than 10% of Florida dentists take Medicaid, many people aren’t getting desperately needed root canals and fillings. So the damage, then the pain, get worse. Until patients are out of options. The flux of people to the ER can’t be placed directly on Medicaid though. Nearly 40% of those who went to the ER for dental problems paid cash.

If there was a greater focus on prevention, then a lot of these visits could be avoided. If the $1500 per ER visit was put towards early treatment and education, we would see fewer problems, period. Another step we should be taking, as a country, is to cover routine visits and fillings. It is a twisted notion that people should have to be in excruciating pain before they can get the help they need. We don’t just see this in dental insurance, health insurance almost never covers preventative measures (one exception being birth control).

As a dentist, it is difficult to see a person with tooth pain, which is arguably the worst type of pain. By the time a person is in pain, a special procedure is a given. You are not going to go in with tooth pain, get a shot in the arm and be on your way. By the time there is pain, drilling, and filling, and applying crowns are all likely outcomes. If we instead took the time and put the money into educating people, we could save time, money, comfort, and even lives.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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All about toothpaste: Which one is best for you?

Everyday people are bombarded with decisions: Where to eat? What to wear? What to order at the coffee place? The sad part is that one of the most important choices gets less that a fraction of a second’s thought… what toothpaste to get.

Many people buy the brand their mom used or whatever is on sale. With all of the toothpaste out there, making a choice may seem like a moot point but when it comes to toothpaste they are all designed for specific needs and have different purposes. All toothpaste are not created equal.

All the terms floating around like “whitening,” “For sensitive teeth,” “cavity fighting” makes a person feel like they have to choose just one of these for their smile. The main ingredient in toothpaste is some type of fluoride. With children’s toothpaste, the concentration of fluoride is usually lower than in paste designed for adults.

Any adult toothpaste with a level of 1,000 ppm or higher of fluoride is effective in cavity protection. A whitening toothpaste contains a mild abrasive which scrubs the discoloration from teeth. This is not the best choice for those who already have cavities as the abrasives can ultimately expand the area of the cavity. There is still some controversy about the long term effects of whitening toothpaste.

Those who smoke will often find their dentition taking on a darker hue than normal. The stains on a smokers teeth require a stronger abrasive for removal. The tar which deposits is thicker than coffee stains. Smoker’s toothpaste should be used with a cavity-fighting toothpaste.

While anti-plaque toothpaste removes plaque, it also reduces the damage done by existing plaque. There are several ingredients which are active in plaque reducing pastes. Most will use Zinc Citrate or Triclosan. Since plaque is responsible for forming cavities and is one of the reasons that teeth fade, it is a good general choice if you don’t have a purpose beyond a healthy mouth.

Weak enamel and the forming of cavities can both lead to teeth sensitivity. Teeth may be sensitive to heat, cold, and/or pressure. Since these issues have a root cause (pun intended) it is important to consult a dentist to determine or more work is needed.

Elderly people should consider a toothpaste designed to fight receding gums. If gums recede the patient can experience sensitivity and risk exposing the roots of their teeth to food and bacteria. There are toothpaste which are specially designed for almost any dental condition.
Triple action toothpaste is the trifecta, they whiten, fight cavities, and will aid in the freshening of breath. Still, when the focus of the patient is on just one of these, it is beneficial to use a specific toothpaste-type between regular brushings.

Always remember that once teeth are gone, they are gone forever. Proper care in every stage of life is the best way to ensure that teeth remain intact for a lifetime. It is much easier to prevent it than to try to fix the damage later. Before changing an existing dental care regimen be sure to consult with a dentist.

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