8 Things You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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Life is hectic for new moms and dads and some function on very little sleep for several months. At The Fayetteville Dentist, where children’s dentistry is among our services, we don’t want the first year to fly by in a blur without busy parents giving a thought to their baby’s teeth.

Unfortunately “out of sight, out of mind” is often the case. It’s never too early for new parents to construct a plan for their child’s lifelong oral health.

1. Before the first teeth appear, wash gums with a soft damp cloth or piece of gauze after feeding.

2. Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Most new parents are cautioned from the beginning not to put babies to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. However, since baby-bottle cavities is still fairly common, this warning bears repetition. Baby bottle tooth decay is entirely preventable. If your baby will not sleep without a bottle, use only water. Moms who breast feed should understand that breast milk is just as effective at creating an environment for decay. If your child uses a pacifier, don’t dip it in sugar or honey.

3. Take your infant to the dentist early. That’s right—infant. Your child’s first dental exam should occur when the first teeth come in, usually between six months and one year of age.

4. When your baby’s first tooth peeks through, begin brushing gently with a small, soft toothbrush and a grain of rice sized dot of fluoride toothpaste. This helps keep that tooth decay-free while allowing your baby to get comfortable with regular oral hygiene.

5. From the ages of 3 to 6, the amount of toothpaste can increase to a pea-sized dab. Most children swallow instead of spitting. You don’t want your child to swallow more than a tiny smear of toothpaste. While fluoride is essential, too much can be dangerous.

6. Consider dental sealants. Sealants safeguard the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the cracks and fissures where food particles can hide, breeding harmful bacteria that doesn’t take long to create cavities. Sealants are especially essential in the back teeth which, due to the abundance of crevasses, are hardest to clean properly. During your child’s first check-up at our Fayetteville office, you can communicate with The Fayetteville Dentist Dentist about sealants. Sealants aren’t usually applied until all of the teeth have come in, but it’s a good idea to seek a dentist’s advice at your first visit.

7. Talk to us about pacifier use, thumb-sucking, or any other habits that affect teeth and jaw development.

8. Teach your toddler to drink from a cup as soon as possible. The fewest months your child uses a bottle, the better. Even if your child loves his bottle, you are going to have to take it away sooner or later.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we love our littlest patients and offer children’s dentistry, along with general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Check Out The Checkup!

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit with the dentist goes. At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule you’re next checkup with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311


When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life is chaotic for many of us. At times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter. Many important things get put on the back burner, but at The Fayetteville Dentist we strongly advise you not to neglect your dental care.

Here are some typical dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve an attentive two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a method to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Feel a Toothache
We hope none of our patients put off checkups and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t brush it off with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the tartar before it can hurt your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to understand that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. You can’t wrap it around a tooth to clean the whole thing. We have seen patients who are faithful floss pick users who neverthreless developed decay in places the floss pick skipped over day after day.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we urge our patients to brush and floss after every meal, to protect their smiles for life. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We’re open extended weekday hours, and on weekends, for your convenience.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Child Sees A Dentist

Fayetteville family dentistDid you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age? It’s true! The Fayetteville Dentist offers pediatric dentistry.

For many parents, it’s surprising to find that kids should visit the dentist at such an early age. In this post, we are going to review four reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

  1. Twelve months of age is about the time when a little one’s first teeth erupt. Once those teeth come in, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
  2. One of the things we’ll do at this first visit is clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.
  3. Visiting the dentist at an early age is a great way to help your child get used to our office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.
  4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults in establishing good dental habits in their children.

If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we believe in the importance of pediatric dentistry and are in line with the ADA. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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The Fayetteville Dentist Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Fayetteville Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Many of our patients at The Fayetteville Dentist get a couple of dental terms mixed up. In this blog post, we would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. It develops as the food you eat breaks down during the courwe of the day. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. If it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. It won’t come off with brushing your teeth. Regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove tartar.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, regular dental checkups remove any buildup and catches decay before it gets out of hand. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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This post from The Fayetteville Dentist is for new parents. It contains important information about kid’s dentistry, and caring for baby and toddler teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended.

Young children rarely spit voluntarily after you brush their teeth. Instead they swallow, so get them to spit. When your child’s teeth start to appear, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of kid’s dentistry advises parents to take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is essential for their oral health and also to help them become at ease with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call us right away to make an appointment. We keep extended hours during the week, and weekend hours too, for your convenience.

Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Never put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prohibit my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to guard enamel.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, bring this to our attention.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional counsel from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Ask us about dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is essential.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper methods are followed. The diagnostic advantage greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of harmful radiation exposure.

At The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we love having our youngest patients come in for a checkup. kid’s dentistry is one of our specialties. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your child’s next appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Correcting Severe Dental Problems At The Fayetteville Dentist

Correcting Severe Dental Problems in FayettevilleEach separate restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed at The Fayetteville Dentist can address a specific issue. A porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontia followed by tooth bleaching totally transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.

We live in an age where severe dental problems can be permanently corrected. You don’t have to participate in a TV makeover show in Hollywood to access these premium cosmetic dental procedures. They are available right here in the Fayetteville NC area.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about making positive cfhanges to your smile, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of your teeth. Schedule a consultation at The Fayetteville Dentist to discover the perfect combination of procedures to achieve your ultimate smile. We also offer pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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Should you stop flossing your teeth if you notice that it causes your gums to bleed? The Fayetteville Dentist says, in no uncertain terms, no! Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is hardly possible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to detrimental gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis gum disease and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in North Carolina and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease.

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could lead to gum disease. The good news is that, unlike cavities, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is essential to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever system you elect, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

At the Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC, we want each one of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. We recommend coming in to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next applointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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People with chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration it can cause. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we can help you with this distressing problem.

There are several possible causes of bad breath, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, brush your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to clean away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some committed oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prohibit particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

An examination and deep dental cleaning can also help. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and tartar off your teeth. During your examination, we’ll determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath. Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC. In addition to checkups and cleanings, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During PregnancyIf you are pregnant or about to be, your dental health may be the last thing on your mind. Yet many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. This post from The Fayetteville Dentist contains vital information about dental health for expectant mothers.

We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning by one of our hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often linked to hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plaque production which can lead to tooth decay. If you are eating multiple small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your dental care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. Once your bundle of joy arrives, remember we like to see him or her by the first birthday and offer excellent kid’s dentistry. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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