Good Better Best Dentistry

Good Better Best Dentistry

Good — Better — Best

Best dentistry 

Not just your best dentistry choices but virtually all of life has multitudes of good choices. Options abound through the course of any given day. Even when faced with good options there is always “good,” “better,””best” to select from. When we look at options for nutrition, for example, we have healthy options–that are good– and healthy options that are sustainable and organic for our best options. Fitness experts will tell you that consistently getting exercise, even if it’s only 15 vigorous minutes a day, is a good place to start. While optimal best case fitness would be 30 to 60 minutes 3 to 6 times a week depending on your level of fitness.  There are good ways to use recreational time and there are “going the distance” recreational enjoyment. Even sleeping has good, better, best; consistently sleeping 7 hours a night is good, getting 8 hours of sleep is better and getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, at a regular time, following a bedtime routine, or meditation, every single night, is best.

What “Best dentistry” means

Medicine and dentistry follow the rest of life, there are always options for good, better, best. We know, after years of evidence, that it all ties in together ultimately affecting your overall health. Science shows us that diet affects our health, diet affects the health of our mouth too. Sleep and even stress levels affect our oral health, not just our bodies. We know there will be cavities, potential tooth loss, restorations, cleanings, braces, prevention, hygiene choices and that all of those have their own set of good, better, best options.

Best overall

At Marilyn K Jones, we know that your optimal health is intertwined with your oral health. We understand that science is continually finding connections to oral health and other disease processes, like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, autoimmune disease, arthritis, cancer and more. Knowing this we carefully choose the kinds of procedures, the materials and the methods we use to keep your teeth and mouth at their best, weather we are filling a cavity, doing a full restoration on a missing tooth, addressing severe gum disease, or simply selecting hygiene products for your best smile.

Metals and how M. K. Jones Best helps you

Our office has a variety of options to hand pick the dental options that will give you the greatest impact, weather checking for sensitivities to metals, or safely removing old hardware, mercury leaching fillings or infections that can be manifesting or hiding out from previous restorations.

Best to avoid

Because we are a biological practice we are acutely aware that less chemicals and less toxins are important to you, your health and to future generations, we have options and educational material to help you eliminate fluoride and other potential hazards from your life.

Good, Better, Best.

Life is a balance, choosing the best choices you can is all any of us can do. Here at Marilyn K. Jones we want to be a part of that and help you get the best that you can. Call us today.

 

TMD and TMJ Finally Deciphered

TMD and TMJ Finally Deciphered

Wondering what TMD and TMJ are and how to know if you have it?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder often called TMJ or TMD can occur as a result of a dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw movement.

A number of things may contribute to chronic TMJ/TMD including; stress, teeth grinding or bruxism, and often malocclusions (or the misalignment of teeth).

Did You Know?
12% of the U.S. population is estimated to suffer from TMJ/TMD, that’s about 35 million people.
90% of TMJ/TMD patients are women

Often a sufferer of TMJ/TMD will try conservative measures, or self-care, at home before consulting a doctor or a TMD dentist. A TMJ/TMD dentist consultation can save a lot of time, but most importantly it can save a lot of suffering.

TMJ/TMD is painful and can inhibit productivity, sleeping, even quality of life.

Temporomandibular joints are meant to bear a lot of use and are definitely a workhorse in the body, making it no surprise that those muscles and joints take an enormous amount of stress, use and pressure to get them inflamed, irritated and painful.

Where to start with TMJ

TMJ Facts and tips

Symptoms can include:

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw-joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Numbness in hands and arms
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Locking jaw
  • Facial pain

Why See A Dentist?

A dentist familiar with and accustomed to seeing patients with this specific disorder will quickly determine all of the underlying problems that are contributing to pain and discomfort.

With a pinpointed approach to solving and mitigating the problem, you can be assured that you will feel results quickly. Don’t stay in pain or only temporarily alleviate the issue only to find yourself in the same situation a few months down the road.

What To Do Until Your Dental Appointment

  • Avoid chewing hard, crunchy or chewy foods.
  • Alternate between moist heat and cold packs to help reduce pain and inflammation in face
  • Heat applications help to improve circulation and carry away the fluids that have built up in the joint while the cool compress will then encourage the vascular structures to constrict helping slow further inflammation.
  • Take nonprescription nsaids or anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Practice stress management and relaxation techniques.
  • Don’t let valuable time slip away, get out of discomfort and pain sooner, contact us at Marilyn K Jones today and set up an appointment to help you start feeling better now!
More Than Brushing: Answers to Bad Breath

More Than Brushing: Answers to Bad Breath

Bad Breath doesn’t discriminate

Ever notice a friend turning away, even while you retell the best parts of your weekend? Of course we have all experienced bad breath and like a lot of people, the first reaction to resolving the problem; up our dental dental hygiene game. Brushing and flossing are key to a healthy mouth that smells fresh and clean but you don’t need to brush after every meal, floss multiple times and use swimming pool amounts of mouthwash to keep from offending friends with halitosis (bad breath).

If you’be been haunted or plagued with chronic, smelly, bad breath, or have that bitter, nasty, morning breath taste in the back of your throat on a regular basis there may be more to it than just oral hygiene.

First you need to tackle the obvious contributors;

  • Get your teeth cleaned by your dentist and hygienist consistently one or more times per year according to your dentist recommendation. This will eliminate contributions to bad breath from pockets of bacterial colonies and decay.
  • Brush with a regularly replaced, soft bristled toothbrush twice a day.
  • Floss all of your teeth once a day.
  • Consider using a tongue scrapper to take one last measure to eliminating bacteria and odor causing detris in your mouth. The bonus is you may start smelling and tasting better than ever before, plus-no bad breath!
  • Drink plenty of water. Water is what hydrates the body and a well hydrated bodies ensure lots of healthy saliva. Lots of saliva helps wash away the bacterium that typically cause gingivitis, plaque, and yes, bad breath.

Next address dietary contributors;

  • Obvious contributors to smelly breath like onion, garlic, that extra frothy latte, are easy to identify and hard to say no to, if you must indulge, brush or follow with gum or breath mints.
  • Eat a varied, healthful diet. Diets especially low in carbohydrates can contribute to bad breath, so excluding foods that can cause inflammation, but adding in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins like nuts or cheese can help mitigate bad breath caused when body chemistry is not ideal.

Sweep your environment for other culprits;

  • Literally keeping things as tidy and clean as possible can reduce the potential for allergies. Allergies are a big contributor to rhinitis that can contribute to post nasal drip and major halitosis. If your nose gets stuffy, you breath through your mouth a lot, you may have allergy related bad breath.
    • Keeping dust to a minimum, using air filters, especially hepa filters to get the cleanest air inside your living space.
  • Introduce a humidifier. Humidifiers can improve the moisture content of air and reduce inflammation in mucus membranes inside the mouth, throat and nose, all of which will help keep the body best able to tackle the kinds of bacteria and inflammation that can cause stinky breath.
  • Many people also find that flushing their sinuses with a neti pot, daily, significantly reduces pollutants, pollens and other irritants that add to the kind of sinusitis underlying in many cases of chronic sinusitis.

There are other reasons for long term, recurring bad breath that can be related to conditions you may need to see a doctor for. Cracks in teeth, cavities, deviated septums, loose dental restorations, even allergies to the dental restorations you currently have are included in the list of potential culprits. If you have addressed all of the above problems and bad breath persist, call us today for an exam to help you get to the root of the issue. No one should have to live with the uncomfortable embarrassment and stigma that goes along with long term, chronic bad breath.

Don’t forget that alcohol, smoking, some prescription drugs and illnesses can cause bad breath all on their own despite other measures you take to get rid of it.

 

Dental Laser Surgery: Improved Surgical Outcomes

Dental Laser Surgery: Improved Surgical Outcomes

Lasers and laser surgery in dentistry: reduce pain, increase healing times, increase patient compliance, and ultimately, with the best machines and practitioners, give greater precision.

Lasers aren’t new in dentistry but the applications and the precision continues to make heady improvements. Lightwalker lasers, used at Dr. Marilyn K. Jones, have been leading the way in advancements for almost five decades, in precision, performance, consistency, and overall perfection.

Since the 1990’s dentists have been using special lasers in dental treatments. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. The light from different lasers can be used to vaporize tissue, cut tissue, harden and enforce a bond between a filler and the remaining tooth, even to stop bleeding, cut away tissue or aid in whitening teeth.

Why Lightwalker Lasers are Special

With new innovations in surgical lasers comes viable solutions for patients and doctors to quickly and painlessly treat a myriad of oral conditions with improved healing, improved accuracy, and less overall invasiveness. Lightwalker Fotona lasers are so accurate and reliable they can be successfully used for very delicate procedures and very specialized procedures. Used to treat some types of decay or cavities, used in gum surgery, hard and soft tissue applications, for treating gum disease and even for a nonsurgical treatment and throat anomalies. Procedures that once were invasive, with long healing times are now nominally invasive, and have a much faster healing time with lasers and with much less trauma to sensitive oral tissue.

The Benefits of our Lightwalker Fotona Dental Lasers for oral laser surgery and other procedures Include:

  • A full range of hard- and soft-tissue treatments
  • Extremely precise hard-tissue cutting and ablation
  • Easy and effective endodontic treatments
  • Little or no bleeding surgical procedures, with simultaneous disinfection
  • Easy-to-select operating modes for greater simplicity
  • Greater patient satisfaction and less operator fatigue
  • Excellent training and support for medical staff

Do You Need Oral Surgery or Have Sleep Apnea?

Contact our office and we can schedule you for a quick consultation to see if our Lightwalker Fotona surgical lasers can treat or help remedy your dental, oral, or sleep apnea related problems.

Canker Sore Q and A

Canker Sore Q and A

Canker sore 101

Getting a canker sore is painful, unlike other common problems in the mouth, canker sores do not always have a definitive reason for their occurrence.  Following a few simple guidelines will reduce the likelihood of a canker sore, but it’s important to remember that while frequency can be decreased it won’t always prevent future sores from developing.

Canker sores are small, shallow lesions, usually grey or white “holes” or small craters, sometimes with angry red edges that form on soft tissues in your mouth such as gums, cheeks and even on the tongue. Canker sores are not on the lips, or outsides of the mouth, like cold sores–they are always inside the mouth. Canker sores are not contagious like cold sores and are not caused by a specific virus but infections and illness can make our mouths more susceptible. Canker sores can appear as a solitary lesion or in groups of two to six small lesions. The patients with the highest frequency of canker sore occurrence range in age from around ten years old to about twenty years old. Ultimately, cold sores can happen at any age.

The increased incidence of canker sores in young patients may be related to how frequently young patients immune systems are challenged. A canker sores can be disruptive to eating and sleeping habits, but they do go away on their own in a matter of days, not lasting longer than about two weeks at most. While a canker sore may not be a sign of imminent “oral doom”, they are extremely uncomfortable and painful, and in patients who are prone to them, getting more canker sores sooner, rather than later, is likely.

Things likely to increase canker sore frequency:

  • Hormones–Fluctuations in hormones can stress normal responses in the immune system and affect other normal functions in the body.
  • Stress–Both physical stress to the mouth itself, or the body can weaken the mouths protective and restorative abilities, as can excess stress of any kind. Physical, mental, emotional stress–if in abundance–impair our bodies ability to run all of its many systems efficiently. Canker sores are actually mini ulcers inside the mouth, resting and maintaining good stress management can help reduce canker sore frequency and duration.
  • Oral Trauma–Just as mentioned above–stress can cause canker sores, stressing the sensitive tissue inside your mouth with aggressive brushing, using a firm bristle instead of a soft brush, or from appliances worn inside the mouth that rub all are linked to higher instance or canker sores and mouth ulcerations.
  • Viral infection–While no specific virus has a direct link to causing a canker sore, viruses do compromise and strain the immune system. Staying hydrated and resting during an illness can help your body save energy to fight the infection and help prevent a subsequent cancer sore or other secondary infections.
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencyIn historic times people were much more likely to suffer from scurvy and other disease processes brought on by malnutrition, these days thats far less common but canker sores still find a frequent link in people who are depleted, even minimally, of various minerals and vitamins. A diet lacking in vitamin B, zinc and folate (folic acid) or those who have low iron are the most susceptible to canker sores brought on due to nutrition.
    Immune system compromised
  • Food sensitivities and food allergies–Another culprit to recurring canker sores; foods that you may be sensitive, or allergic to or foods that are especially caustic as in the case with pineapple and other acidic fruits.
  • Health conditions like Crohn’s–or other immune compromising diseases–Those who suffer from any condition that impairs the digestive system or severely compromises the immune system are much more predisposed to experience recurring canker sores.

Prevention tactics and strategies

  • Avoid foods that are irritating or that you have potential allergies to.
  • Avoid aggressively brushing, too hard toothbrushes.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, saliva helps keep vulnerable tissues healthy.
  • Choose healthy foods high in complex vitamin B and other essential nutrients like zinc and folate.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing morning and night and also flossing daily.
  • Manage stress with healthy activities and periods of rest, and ensure you get a proper amount of sleep every night.

If you do find yourself suffering with a painful canker sore there are some things that may help mitigate the discomfort even if they don’t cure the problem overnight.

Try these tips to alleviate canker sore pain:

  • Rinse your mouth. Use salt water or baking soda rinse (dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup warm water).
  • Dab a small amount of milk of magnesia on your canker sore a few times a day.
  • Avoid abrasive, acidic or spicy foods that can cause further irritation and pain.
  • Apply ice to your canker sores by allowing ice chips to slowly dissolve over the sores.
  • Brush your teeth gently, using a soft brush and foaming-agent-free toothpaste.
  • Homeopathic treatments and options are numerous as well. Coconut oil can help soothe and coat the ulcerated tissues while inhibiting bacterial growth. Some people find the appropriate essential oil may decrease pain and increase healing by supporting overall tissue health.

Treating a canker sore can generally be done over the counter but your dentist can prescribe medicated rinses and ointments that contain steroids, or other medications if indicated. Please call if for an appointment if you have severe canker sores, repeatedly experience them, have more than a couple at a time, have a sore lasting longer than two weeks or experience any other symptoms with your canker sore, such as fever, lethargy, difficulty swallowing, unusually large sores, pain that is not alleviated with over-the-counter medication, or sores that are spreading.

 

Silent Signs of Gum Disease, Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Silent Signs of Gum Disease, Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gingivitis, gum disease, periodontal disease, what exactly are they and how are they different?

The terms gingivitis, gum disease and periodontal disease all have one thing in common, they all relate to disease in the gums. Gum disease, in one stage or another, affects an estimated 50% of adult americans today.

When the tissue that surrounds and support your teeth becomes infected or inflamed, you have gum disease. Initially gum disease is painless, many patients don’t know they have it, however gum disease happens to be a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gingivitis is a milder stage of gum disease than periodontal disease.

If left untreated gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease. All forms of gum disease are caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacterial colonies that are constantly forming on teeth.

Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

Fight Gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis, save your smile!

Fight Gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis, save your smile!

  • gums that bleed easily
  • red, swollen, tender gums
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • any change in the fit of partial dentures

Some factors increase the risk of developing gum disease. They are:

  • poor oral hygiene
  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • genetics
  • crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  • pregnancy
  • diabetes
  • medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives

If you suspect you have gum disease or have any of the above conditions, see the dentist, because the sooner you treat it the better.  If you have gingivitis, the beginning stages of gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis, is much more chronic and can be tougher to eliminate. Periodontal disease, left untreated, leads to the loss of gum tissue, connective tissue, and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. Left untreated, teeth can begin to feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. Usually periodontal disease progresses slowly but it can progress quite rapidly. The best way to prevent progression of periodontal disease is to closely work with your dentist, regular cleanings, never skipping brush or flossing, and discontinue use of nicotine and alcohol, both of which contribute to gum disease.

Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke. Other links have been established to the progression of gum disease, besides tobacco and alcohol one study now conclusively links lack of sleep to worsening gum disease.

It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. To prevent gum disease and its effects, regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.

Save teeth by fighting gum disease

Save teeth by fighting gum disease

Remember: You don’t have to lose teeth to gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily (flossing), eat a balanced diet, get seven or more hours of sleep, reduce the use of alcohol, stop using tobacco and schedule regular dental visits to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and beautiful smiles.

Dental Restoration; a New You

In a state of restoration

Statistics suggest the average American between 35 and 65 will lose 3 adult teeth in their lifetime, not including wisdom teeth that many adults remove intentionally.  That number may seem staggering, to some but is drastically lower than statics dating back to the 1970s when losing 6 to 8 teeth or more in a lifetime was normal.

Where to start

If you have ever been faced with tooth restoration due to loss or infection you know that the choices can be overwhelming. Once you know that you are going to need to replace a natural tooth with an artificial one you begin weighing all options.  Ceramic implants are considered the gold standard of restoration but the choices can still seem convoluted, considering dentist have so many procedures available to patients. For a multitude of reasons, cost and time being two big factors, patients occasionally find themselves considering getting a bridge, just for now, until they are ready to take that big step into oral surgery and getting a permanent ceramic implant.

Pros and cons of a temporary fix

Getting a bridge will have a permanent and detrimental effect on the teeth nearest the tooth that needs replacing:

  • To get a proper fit and bonding to the bridge your healthy teeth will need to be filed down, stripped of their outside protective cover, made small enough to allow for the substantial bridgework to fit and be secure
  • Should those nearby teeth not be in the greatest shape, then you may have to sacrifice additional teeth, further away, to bond the bridge to.
  • Bridges have a finite life span.
  • Ten years is about the max but even that is not guaranteed.
  • Bridges can be pulled off from eating sticky foods.
  • Cracked or broken bridges can result from a variety of foods consumed also.
  • Bridges can discolor or the areas around the bond yellow or fade.
  • Since the nearby teeth must be compromised in order to secure the bridge, those sacrificial teeth are more prone to disease, infection and rot.
  • Eventually the healthy gum tissues often recede, shrink and pull away from the bridge.
  • This can leave an unsightly and noticeable gap between the bridge and the gum line. (Besides leaving a noticeable gap it also becomes a trap for particles of food and debris that feed pockets of stinky bacteria)
  • Additionally, since there is not a tooth in the jawbone the bone mass in that area will diminish over time. This can affect the surrounding teeth, especially if you have multiple teeth replaced, it can also affect your jaw line and the contours of your face.
  • Outcome: a bridge means you will need additional dental work just to maintain and support a tooth replacement that will still, no matter how well you take care of it, need replacing.
    Permanent solutions for your dental restoration

    Permanent solutions for your dental restoration

    Did you know that getting a ceramic implant would allow you to skip all that? Yes, Often in one or two visits you can have a permanent, lifetime restoration of a lost tooth. Usually there is a visit to ensure the procedure went well and that you have healed all the way. After that? After that you are set. Smile away and be confident that you have the closest thing to your natural teeth possible.  Feel good that you  are supporting the rest of your teeth and even your overall health.

    Call our qualified team to get your restoration consultation today.

Healthy Mouths Are Juicy

Healthy Mouths Are Juicy

Healthy mouths are juicy

Millions of Americans experience dry mouth often enough for it to affect their oral health. Dry mouth, also called Xerostomia, is the result of not having enough saliva in your mouth. Having less saliva in the mouth may be only slightly noticeable or extremely uncomfortable depending on the severity and duration of the condition.

  • A dry, sticky feeling in the mouth
    • Or food clinging to teeth or the roof of mouth
  • Dry nasal passages, a dry or hoarse throat
  • Excess or frequent thirst
  • Trouble tasting, chewing or swallowing
  • Sores in the mouth or dry cracked lips
  • Burning tongue or tingling sensation

These are some of the most common symptoms associated with dry mouth. Besides being uncomfortable, prolonged or frequent, dry mouth increase the incidence of gingivitis, tooth decay and mouth infections.

It’s bad to get dry

  • Less saliva makes mouths more acidic
    • Acidic saliva creates the ideal condition for bacterial growth
  • Without enough saliva to dilute the acid teeth are weakened and easily attacked by bacteria
    • The constant increased acid makes teeth more susceptible to decay
  • Less saliva, means more chewing to make food easier to swallow
    • More chewing means more wear and tear on teeth
  • Remineralizing teeth with healthy foods and strengthening enamel can only happen if there is adequate saliva in the mouth.
    • Dry mouth prevents remineralization

With hundreds of things that contribute to dry mouth, individuals may experience multiple conditions that add to the likelihood of having dry mouth. With over 500 types of medications potentially creating or adding to the condition of dry mouth, learn as much as you can to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Some of the most common causes:

  • Medications, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and certain drugs all are common culprits of dry mouth
  • Medical conditions like lupus, diabetes, sjogren’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and several other conditions are also associated with significantly elevated risk of dry mouth
  • Nerve conditions or nerve problems
  • Salivary duct obstruction
  • Normal changes associated with changes in hormones
    • Especially related to pregnancy or menopause
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and excess caffeine intake
  • Inadequate hydration
  • Age
    • It’s common as people age for the mouth to be more prone to xerostomia

What can you do?

Get juicy

Get juicy and crunchy! The best ways to combat a dry mouth include increasing your hydration efforts and snacking on things that naturally help the mouth create more saliva. Sugar free candy or gum are handy for between meals, road trips, and times when you may not be able to sip on extra water.  Juicy snacks like apples and fruit are an excellent source of mouth hydrating juices, plus the crunchy fruits and veggies help dislodge detris and bacteria from teeth surfaces.

Get enough water

Staying hydrated, can drastically help combat the effects of dry mouth. Slippery saliva coats teeth, carries minerals that help strengthen enamel, dislodges food particles, rinses away bacteria, and dilutes acids in the mouth. Double check that you’re getting enough water. Various studies recommend 8 or more glasses a day, some newer studies suggest converting total body weight to ounces and drinking 2/3rds of that volume daily, adding more in hot or humid climates, and up to 11 additional ounces per thirty minutes of vigorous exercise.

Get in touch

Make sure and discuss dry mouth with your dentist. Your dentist can pay close attention to prevalence of changes associated with dry mouth and make suggestions that are most likely to improve the condition.  Discuss symptoms with your regular practitioner to make sure medications you are using aren’t contributing to the problems and if they are your doctor can help you weigh the pros and cons and if other choices are available.

Children; First Dentist Visits

Children; First Dentist Visits

The First Year

By twelve months old your child can have as few as one or two teeth or as many as twelve teeth. In the time between two and three years of age kids get their full set of baby teeth with molars appearing last and the front middle teeth usually emerging first. Often the exact moment a child’s first dental visit is recommended can seem arbitrary. Some recommendations call for a dental visit at age one and some recommend as soon as teeth first appear. With such a wide range it may be hard to decide how urgent that first dental check up should be.

First Impressions and a Positive Experience

A good rule of thumb is to start regular check-ups with the dentist after the first tooth has erupted, or by the age of one at the latest. Very young children become accustomed to visiting various places and can quickly build a positive impression of the dentist office when they have several quick, easy and positive visits. Learning to sit in the dental chair, open up and say, “ah” and having fingers and tools in their mouth can seem strange for a little one. A small child with a few positive past experiences will be much more inclined to trust the dentist if and when a bigger issue should arise.

Quick and Invaluable

A first visit to the dentist can be a very brief visit or last up to thirty minutes. The dentist will check bite alignment, teeth, and soft tissues. Since decay can start as soon as teeth erupt, the dentist will also thoroughly check teeth for signs of decay, and go over at home care with you and your child, and if indicated they may perform a gentle cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, any stains and quickly polish teeth.

Questions and History

If you have any questions or concerns there will be time to discuss these things as well. Questions you have may range from fluoride use, number of times and length of time to brush, appropriate tooth brushes, or discussing previous bumps and tumbles that may leave teeth chipped or injured, mentioning those events can help your dentist evaluate potential future issues.

Best Times To Set Up Appointments

Earlier in the day many children will have a much higher tolerance for new experiences and new people. A goodnights rest, and a nice breakfast will set the stage for successful dental visit and exam. Bringing a favorite toy, book, or blanket can also be helpful in building confidence while visiting a new place like the dentist office.
Finally

First time dental check-ups are ice-breakers. They set young children up for positive experiences when visiting the dentist in the future. Being extra patient and calm go a long way in sending the message that there is nothing to be worried about or afraid of. Talk to your little one in the days leading up to your appointment. Telling small children how dentists help keep our teeth healthy and strong also relays a comforting, reassuring message.

If your child is already older than one and has not yet been to a dentist or more than six months have passed, this is a good review, now is the perfect time to get that appointment booked.

Whole Body Wellness

Whole Body Wellness

Keeping your whole body healthy starts in the mouth.

The road to getting and staying healthy is often a lifelong commitment to making and setting goals, re-evaluating ability and circumstance, then course correcting as needed. In the span of a lifetime this pattern can become a cycle repeated often.

As our understanding of the human body and whole wellness expands and science expands to include things previously not validated outside of traditional western medicine. New emerging information tells us that many things are responsible for influencing our whole health. For decades practitioners believed there to be a link between many traditional medical practices and other less conventional practices and now many of those perceptions are finding validation through extensive research.

In recent years science has confirmed that even the health of our teeth and gums affect our overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and many other disorders can all be affected by the health and wellness of teeth and gums.

As we build healthy habits and healthy bodies, and as we remember to be vigilant in the ways to preserve our healthy teeth and maintain optimal health be mindful of the many other ways we can integrate to optimize our best level of whole health.

Integrative Medicine and Whole Body Wellness.

Integrative Medicine is not a new practice but more of a merging of traditional Western Medicine and more nontraditional methods of medicine such as acupuncture. In a recent article from Kurir Magazine the effectiveness and principles are outlined and explained. Dr. Momir Dunjic a gynecologist in Belgrade contributed to and provided the information discussed in the article. He is the president of the European Integrative Medicine Congress and Assoc. Prof. of Gynecology & Obstetrics at the School of Medicine Pristina, Serbia.

“…- We forgot that if some lifestyle and environment caused the disease, then we have to teach that patient that they must change those circumstances, because they will not be saved from their disease by returning to the same environment and the same way of life as before.”

For more information and for the full article click here.