Here at Progressive Family Dentistry, we want to combat the thought that the dentist is mean or scary!
In the eyes of children, everything is much bigger and more frightening. The thought of traveling somewhere where a person will look around in their mouth has the potential to cause a lot of anxiety. But what if we change that narrative?
Children are curious creatures, and are learning constantly. If we take that into consideration and begin their relationship with the dentist positively, there is a good chance their anxious feelings will ease!
When a child visits the dentist for the first time, it is less about their teeth and more about building a trusting relationship with their dentist! To make it better, why not let the dentist use your mouth as an example of how a cleaning would look?
Kids love to watch us and learn from us. If you as their parent are comfortable while the dentist or dental hygienist acts out a cleaning, then they can do it too!
After your child has gotten comfortable with the idea of a dentist as a friend, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, gums, and oral issues and schedule an appointment for a later date.
If your child has dentist anxiety, or is in need of a regular dentist, make an appointment today!
Fluoride: What Is It?
How many times have you gone to the dentist and heard about fluoride, but never really knew what it was? Today, we will be discussing fluoride, what it is, what it does, and why it’s important to your dental health. Not many people know that fluoride is a natural substance that is found in nature through water, soil, and some food. Even in these forms, fluoride helps decrease the possibility for tooth decay. Since tooth decay is arguable the most common health problem afflicting children and adults alike, the effort to increase fluoride exposure began years ago.
Fluoride is used throughout the dental profession with hopes to benefit the life of one’s teeth. Some uses are in toothpaste, varnishes, fillings, and even special brands of floss! Statistically, fluoride has the potential to reduce tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent, which has safely protected children from cavities for years. It helps prevent tooth decay multiple ways, including changing the structure of enamel in children younger than 7 to increase resistance to acid, and also reducing the ability for bacteria to produce acid that harms the tooth.
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When taking care of your oral hygiene, there are structures in your mouth other than your pearly whites that need to be checked! The structures holding your teeth together are an important aspect of your dental health like gums, roots, and nerves!
This aspect of dentistry is known as periodontics, and their job is to make sure everything around your teeth is healthy and working efficiently!
It is important to keep up with your routine dental exams to catch early signs of inflammation, disease, or injury related to these structures within your mouth.
The Progressive Family Dentistry team is here to help with all of your dental needs! We will do our best to care for you and your teeth to help avoid gum disease or other ailments! Contact us today for an appointment!
The symptoms experienced with the above ailments can be different with each patient, but the most common are:
If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment with Progressive Family Dentistry so we can help get you professional care!
The most important word for your dental health is 'prevention'. It is important because you are taking action to keep your teeth safe before they are in danger. That is the best way to keep them healthy as you age and participate in activities that may cause harm to your teeth. It is important to prevent damage to your teeth, and one way to do so is by using a fitted mouthguard!
For children, mouth guards can help prevent chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and even prevent teeth from being knocked out during team sports. From soccer to softball, a mouthguard can be what stands in the child’s way of an unscheduled dentist appointment!
An important aspect to a mouthguard is finding one that fits correctly, because if it doesn’t fit, it won’t protect you as well! To ensure your mouthguard fits properly, come down to Progressive Family Dentistry and have it custom-made! Tailored to your child’s teeth and mouth can be a wonderful way to prevent teeth injury while they participate in their chosen sport.
A custom-fitted mouth guard is also very important when considering a child who has braces. Ensuring the proper fit of the mouthguard will prevent pain and irritation of the braces, as well as a proper barrier between the metal braces and your child’s cheek and lips.
When you receive your custom mouthguard from Progressive Family Dentistry, we will go over the proper care techniques such as rinse before and after each use by brushing it like you would brush your teeth, bring it with you to your checkups to ensure it’s proper fit, never leave it in the hot sun or water, and check for wear and tear!
We can't wait to see you and fit you with your very own mouthguard!
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
One of the worst feelings to experience is being in pain, yet not knowing where or why. With Cracked Tooth Syndrome, this is the frustration felt by both client and dentist. Because the tooth has yet to break, it can be difficult finding the small, incomplete, crack. While it may be understandable that the crack can not be viewed by the naked eye, it also does not show on X-rays, or is located beneath the gum surface.
What are the Causes?
As with most dental cases, there are preliminary factors which cause the problem. With Cracked Tooth Syndrome, the grinding of teeth, fillings too large for the tooth, after a root canal, and too much pressure on the teeth are most common.
Measures to prevent Cracked Tooth Syndrome include discussing with your dentist ways to stop the grinding and clenching of teeth, receiving quality dental care from a professional, and properly taking care of your teeth.
At Progressive Family Dentistry, we treat you like family to ensure your care is reliable and efficient. Call us and schedule your appointment if you are experiencing tooth or gum pain, today!
Keeping a smile beautiful sometimes is cause for creativity. Depending on the quality and state of a person’s teeth at time of treatment resorts in a process called dental bonding. This procedure takes tooth-colored resin and molds it into the desired shape of the tooth.
When to receive a dental bond
Prepare the Tooth
Depending on the condition of your tooth, the dentist will prepare the tooth accordingly. Drilling of the tooth in order to change the shape could occur and the client will be under general anesthesia. Often, drilling is not necessary.
In order for the resin to firmly attach to the tooth, the surface needs to be roughened. The color matched resin will then be applied in the desired shape and hardened with a blue light. After the hardening of the resin, the dentist will further shape the new tooth to blend with the others.
At Progressive Family Dentistry, the dental bonding experience will be made easy and as comfortable as possible. If you or someone you know is in need of dental bonding, please reach out to our specialized team today!
In light of the upcoming film depicting the life of the well known band, Queen, today we are going to discuss a dental phenomenon the lead singer experienced known as Hyperdontia.
When a person has more than 32 teeth, it is characterized as Hyperdontia. While this condition has a low percentage of occurrence, sitting between 1% and 4% of the population, it is more common in males than it is females. The cause of hyperdontia is unknown, however, suspicion focuses on genetics as well as the dental lamina (the cell zone that initiates the formation of a tooth germ that forms a tooth).
While this condition is rare, it impacted the entertainment world through the voice of Freddie Mercury. Even though he declined treatment for his hyperdontia, it is better to be evaluated and treated for this disorder because of the possible clinical and functional issues. Treatment for hyperdontia generally consists of the removal of the extra teeth. Mercury's reasoning for not receiving treatment was justified by his reasoning that his voice would differ after the removal of the four extra molars.
Bohemian Rhapsody and other songs perhaps wouldn’t sound the same if the lead singer wasn’t subjected to such an interesting dental occurrence. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
If you or a family member is in search of a dentist, look no further than Progressive Family Dentistry! With amazing customer service and a positive disposition, the staff here will make you feel right at home!
Taking a trip to the dentist every six months is a great way to keep up with your dental health, but what if you have to miss your appointment? We have put together a list of early signs that your teeth may be in trouble!
Sore Mouth: Have you woken up one morning and are experiencing unusual sensation such as tingling or soreness? This may be a sign of a forming dental issue such as gingivitis.
Jaw Pain: Dental pain is not only subjective to pain within the mouth. The pain can also carry into the jaw and cheek areas of the face.
Tooth sensitivity: While sensitive teeth are becoming more common due to intake of sugar and wearing of enamel, tooth sensitivity can also be signs of a oncoming cavity.
Bleeding gums: Did you brush your teeth this morning and spit a bit of blood while rinsing? Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation and gingivitis.
Dry mouth: The feeling of not having enough saliva in your mouth can be irritating and uncomfortable. It can also be an early sign of you dental health declining.
Redness: redness in the gums or tongue may seem like a normal occurrence, but if your teeth and gums are healthy, it isn't as normal as you think. Redness can be a sign of irritation or infection!
Swollen face or gums: a swollen face may be a sign of an infection in or under a tooth in the upper or lower parts of you mouth.
Broken teeth: if you teeth are broken, seek urgent dental assistance in order to correct it before you cut the inside of your cheek.
Halitosis (bad breath): Bad breath can occur because you haven’t brushed your teeth, but also because of thrush or tonsillitis.
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, call Progressive Family Dentistry and make an appointment with our experienced professionals. We will help you receive the dental care you need and deserve!
Has your child ever asked you how many teeth they have, why their teeth fall out for the Tooth Fairy to collect, or why teeth don’t all look the same? Well, you may have to handle the question about the Tooth Fairy, but we can answer the other two!
A child has 20 teeth in total. These are the teeth that will fall out and end up under their pillows for the Tooth Fairy to leave them money. Both the upper and lower jaw include 2 canines, 4 incisors, and 4 molars. The reason they do not look the same is because they each type have their own function.
Teeth located in the front of the mouth, the ones predominant in a smile, and help bite off food for you to eat. Coincidentally that they are located in the front of the mouth, they are also the first type of teeth to come from the gums in babies.
Canines are the sharp teeth located on the sides of ones forward jaw. These teeth help tear or bite into food that is too difficult for your incisors to penetrate.
Molars can be tricky to explain in a child. The Molar category is broken into two sections. Premolars and Molars. Premolars are not located in young children because they do not begin growing until around the age of 10. Molars are the biggest and strongest teeth. These grind up food and therefore assists in the digestive process. Wisdom teeth are included in the molars of adults once the grow in, adding to 32 teeth in an adult!
Let your child know how many teeth they have and how many teeth they will have when they grow up and see what they say! Let our team know their funny or smart responses the next time you bring them in for their appointment with us at Progressive Family Dentistry!
The Progressive Team