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By Colesville Dentistry
November 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health

When it comes to dental health, you might say celebrity interior designer and television host Nate Berkus is lucky: Unlike many TV personalities, he didn't need cosmetic dental work to achieve — or maintain — his superstar smile. How did he manage that? Nate credits the preventive dental treatments he received as a youngster.

“I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child. Healthy habits should start at a young age,” he told an interviewer from Dear Doctor magazine. We couldn't have said it better — but let's take a moment and examine exactly what these treatments do.

Fluoride treatment — that is, the topical (surface) application of a concentrated fluoride gel to a child's teeth — is a procedure that's often recommended by pediatric dentists. Although tooth enamel is among the hardest substances in nature, fluoride has been shown to make it more resistant to tooth decay. And that means fewer cavities! Studies show that even if you brush regularly and live in an area with fluoridated water, your child could still benefit from the powerful protection of fluoride treatments given at the dental office.

Another potent defense against cavities is dental sealants. Despite your child's best efforts with the toothbrush, it's still possible for decay bacteria to remain in the “pits and fissures” of the teeth — those areas of the molars, for example, which have tiny serrated ridges and valleys where it's easy for bacteria to grow. Dental sealants fill in and protect vulnerable areas from bacterial attack, greatly decreasing the risk that future dental treatment will be required.

Why not take a tip from our favorite celebrity interior designer, and ask about cavity-preventing treatments for your children's teeth? If you would like more information about fluoride treatments or dental sealants, please contact us for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Topical Fluoride” and “Sealants for Children.”

By Colesville Dentistry
November 12, 2013
Category: Oral Health

If your infant is extra cranky and seems to want to chew everything in sight, it's a good bet that the first tooth is on the way! For parents, this is cause for both celebration and concern. After all, no parent wants to see a child suffer even a little bit. Decades ago, when a teething infant showed signs of discomfort, a parent might have rubbed some whisky or other strong liquor on the child's gums — a misguided and dangerous practice. There are far safer, more effective ways to help your child through this exciting yet sometimes uncomfortable phase of development. Here are our top five teething remedies:

Chilled rubber teething rings or pacifiers. Cold can be very soothing, but be careful not to freeze teething rings or pacifiers; ice can actually burn the sensitive tissues of the mouth if left in place too long.

Cold, wet washcloths. These are great for gnawing on. Make sure the washcloth is clean and that you leave part of it dry to make it more comfortable to hold.

Cold foods. When your child is old enough, cold foods such as popsicles may soothe sore gums. However, make sure you confine them to mealtimes because sugars can cause tooth decay — even in very young children.

Gum massage. Massaging inflamed gums with your clean finger can help counteract the pressure from an erupting tooth.

Over-the-counter medicine. If teething pain persists, you can give your baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but check with a pharmacist or this office for the correct dosage. The medicine should be swallowed and not massaged into the sore areas, as this, too, can burn.

So when does it all begin? Some babies start teething as early as three months or as late as twelve months, but the typical time frame is between six and nine months. Usually the two lower front teeth erupt first, followed by the two upper front teeth. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eyeteeth). Most children have all 20 of their baby teeth by age 3.

If you have any questions about teething or the development of your child's teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles.”

Silver Spring Dentist Dental ImplantsMissing teeth have long been replaced conventionally with fixed bridges or dentures.  However, with advancements in dentistry, our Silver Spring dentists, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore, utilize dental implants to replace missing teeth for a more comfortable and permanent solution. 
For our patients in Silver Spring, dental implants are so natural looking that you may forget you ever lost a tooth.  We understand that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.  And with missing teeth, you may find yourself hiding your smile due to spaces and gaps. 
Whether you are missing one or more teeth, we want to help you gain your smile back through dental implants in Silver Spring at Colesville Dentistry.  Dr. Hysong and Dr. LePore work together to ensure your smile is fully restored, along with your confidence. 

What are Dental Implants and Why Would I Need Them?

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to substitute a missing tooth or teeth and helping to stop or prevent jawbone loss.  They are alternatives for the root portion of your tooth and consist of a threaded titanium screw or post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. 
Dental implants are used for tooth loss, which can occur for a number of reasons, including neglecting your teeth and gums with a poor diet and poor oral hygiene, naturally with age and also due to trauma.  Athletes such as rugby players and boxers often lose their teeth due to trauma.  The loss of teeth can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem due to the aesthetic implications as well as causing bite problems and difficulties eating. 
Tooth loss may occur because of:
  • Tooth decay
  • Root canal failure
  • Gum disease
  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Excessive wear and tear
  • Congenital defects
Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition.  Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants may provide a simple remedy with proven results that will bring confidence back into your smile. 
Dental implants are not for everyone, but with proper consultation with our Silver Spring, MD dentists, Dr. Hysong and Dr. LePore, a proper decision and treatment plan can be created for your tooth loss.  If you are ready to regain your confidence and enhance your smile, contact us today to see if dental implants are the best choice for your smile.
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