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Dental Info

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- Lisa

Dental Tips

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Four things are necessary for cavities to form -- a tooth, bacteria, sugars or other carbohydrates and time. Dental plaque is a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone's teeth. When you eat, the sugars in your food cause the bacteria in plaque to produce acids that attack the tooth enamel. With time and repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down and a cavity forms.
A permanent tooth that has been knocked out should be replaced in the socket and held in there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk and take your child and the glass immediately to Dr. Fulton. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
A mouth guard should be a top priority on your child's list of sports equipment. Athletic mouth protectors, or mouth guards, are made of a soft material and fit comfortably to the shape of the upper teeth. They protect a child's teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries. Any mouth guard works better than no mouth guard, but a custom-fitted mouth guard made by Dr. Fulton is your child's best protection against sports-related injuries.
Our office utilizes state of the art digital x-rays that are the safest and most accurate in the industry. We make dental x-rays safer using contemporary safeguards such as lead aprons and digital sensors that dramatically reduce patient exposure. The amount of radiation received in a digital x-ray examination is extremely small. Our office is particularly careful to minimize the exposure to our patient.
Fluoride is still shown to dramatically decrease a person's chances of getting cavities by making teeth stronger. Fluoride in the drinking water is the best and easiest way to get it, but our office will provide fluoride treatments on an "as needed" basis.
In the event of a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth on your face if it is swollen. DO NOT put heat or aspirin on the sore area, but you may take acetaminophen for pain. Call our office as soon as possible. During non-office hours Dr. Fulton can be reached for emergencies on his cell phone.
Dr. Fulton recommends that fluoridated toothpaste should not be used until age 3. Earlier than that, clean your child's teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. After age 3, parents should supervise brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure children do not swallow excess toothpaste. Nowadays, infant and organic toothpaste are readily available in stores.
Dr. Fulton recommends dental sealants which are clear or shaded resin applied to back molar teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Sealants fill in the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, which are hard to clean, and shut out food particles that could get caught, causing cavities. Fast and comfortable to apply, sealants can effectively protect teeth for many years.
Dr. Fulton restores dental implants to look and feel like your own teeth. Do you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth? Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, dental implants may be for you!
Try this psychological trick to prevent gagging: with your left hand, fold your thumb inside your palm and wrap your fingers round, squeeze a little but not too hard and your gag reflex should be gone, this works with 4 out of 5 people.
Dr. Fulton recommends an electronic tooth brush for superior cleaning, stain removal and plaque removal. Due to reduced mobility, older patients find them especially beneficial. We can discuss these benefits with you at your next dental visit and recommend a model to fit your specific needs.
Dr. Fulton promotes good oral hygiene through a daily home care regiment and professional dental cleanings every six months. Growing research is finding that bacteria and inflammation in your mouth are also associated with other problems, including heart attack and dementia, and may well jeopardize your overall health. Scientists have identified several associations between poor oral health and other health problems -- although they can't yet establish cause and effect. This list of health problems has been growing as research continues.
Nowadays, everyone wants a bright white smile. It is easy and commonplace to stain your teeth with many different things like tea, coffee and even pop. Plus, your teeth also naturally become more yellow as you age. If you want a whiter, younger smile; our office offers professional teeth whitening to brighten your smile.