One of our most popular series on your social media has been interesting animal teeth facts we have found over the years. We decided today that we would share some awesome animal facts within a blog to share with your kids and their friends! What is your favorite animal? Hopefully, we have an awesome animal teeth fact about them!
As most of you animal loving people out there know, animals have different teeth depending on what foods they eat! Similar to our teeth, they come in different sizes and shapes! Meat-eaters tend to have sharp teeth, while plant-eaters have flat teeth. Do you know which category humans fall in? That's right- both! Humans have sharp teeth in the front of the mouth, and flat teeth in the back.
Do you like sharks, or do you think they are scary? Did you know that they lose teeth every week, and get new ones when they lose the old ones? That means sharks can have up to 20,000 teeth in a lifetime! Woah! We humans only get 32 when we are adults, that's why we have to take great care of them!
Did you know that humans have something in common with giraffes? Before we tell you, can you guess what it is? We share the same number of teeth! Giraffes and humans each have 32 teeth!
Crocodiles are known to have pretty sharp teeth. They have around 60 in their mouth and will grow 2-3,000 in their lifetime. That's a lot of teeth if you ask us!
Would you consider an elephant's tusk to be a tooth? We do! They are actually the longest teeth in the entire world!
Animals such as rabbits and squirrels have teeth that never stop growing! That is why it's so important that they chew on foods such as nuts and acorns!
Insects such as mosquitos have 47 teeth! They are super tiny and can only be seen with intense magnification!
Do you love horses? An interesting fact about a horse's teeth is that they weight more than it's brain!
Did we have a fact about your favorite animal? If not- let us know and we will do some research and write another blog including your favorite animal! Until then, keep smiling!
It isn't good when you rub your tongue along your teeth and feel an empty space where there shouldn't be one. This could only mean you have chipped a tooth. Teeth, along with many other parts of the body, have limits to their strength. What do you do when your tooth becomes chipped, broken, or possibly fractured?
The best first step is to call your dentist and set up an appointment. If you wait or take too long, your tooth can become even more damaged and possibly infected. If these two occur, you are increasing the likelihood of having to lose your tooth completely.
While you are waiting to be seen by your dentist, take pain medicine to lower the discomfort you are feeling. You can also rinse your mouth with salt water.
If the break has caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum. this will help prevent it from cutting your cheeks or tongue.
If you must eat, avoid biting down on the side with the broken tooth.
Your dentist, when assessing your tooth, will know the proper treatment for it such as filling or bonding. If you want more information on these treatment techniques, read more in our other blogs!
If you or a member of your family is looking for a dentist in the Lowcountry area, Progressive Family Dentistry would love to schedule an appointment with you!
Summer is quickly approaching, and that means there will be a lot of fun and interactive ways to show off that smile of yours! We are here to ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as can be!
For young children, it can be difficult to keep their teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible, especially if they are at the age where they can do just about anything by themselves! So how can you be sure they brushed but still keep their sense of independence? After all, keeping their teeth clean is in their best interest!
Drink water before and after meals. By doing this, your child is washing away germs, plaque, and bacteria from their teeth. After the meal, the water is also serving the purpose of brushing their teeth.
Feed them grainy fruits. Summertime is the perfect time to add watermelon to your kid's diet. Watermelon has a natural grainy texture that will brush your child's teeth without them even knowing!
Cut back on sugar. We all know that sugar leads to cavities, so do the best you can to monitor the amount of sugar your child eats on a regular basis.
It's important to keep oral hygiene a fun task for kids, and when they visit us a Progressive Family Dentistry, we will continue to make it a fun and wonderful learning experience!
There are a lot of interesting facts about your mouth, the teeth you have, and the practice of dentistry! If your kid loves learning, knowing new and fun facts, or is just a curious kid, talk to them about these cool dentistry facts!
Did you learn something new today? If so, let us know which was your favorite fact in the comments of this blog! If you want to keep learning more about Dentistry, follow our social media pages!
What do you think when you hear the term abscess? When it comes to dentistry, we think of the build-up of pus within the teeth or gums. These dental abscesses can cause a client pain, discomfort, and lead to more problems.
There are three types of abscesses, Gingival, periodontal. and periapical. The difference is determined by the area affected by the abscess,
Although there are three different areas of the mouth that are affected by an abscess, the symptoms and pain may be felt similarly. The symptoms include,
There are treatments for abscesses and should be performed as soon as a client is feeling any of the above symptoms. Treatments include,
If you believe you have an abscess of any kind, please notify your dentist or come to Progressive Family Dentistry in order to be seen and helped. We would love to assist you in feeling better again!
Going to the dentist can be intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the tools they use on a regular basis. In the spirit of lightening the feelings of dread toward dentistry, we thought it would be good to go over the common instruments used by dentists!
The mouth is such a difficult place to see everything to ensure treatment is working. In order to see all the small spaces behind and around a client's pearly whites, a dentist will use a small mirror attached to a long holder. This mirror helps the dental hygienist see and remove plaque and other residues from your teeth. It also assists dentists during oral surgeries and procedures.
In order to view your mouth in a dry form, one will need to remove saliva and water from the mouth. This is done by using the suction device. While this device may sound intimidating, it won't harm you.
In order to remove plaque from the teeth, a hygienist or dentist must use a scaler to scrape any residue buildup on a client's teeth. This device isn't made for comfort and is sometimes the reason why clients don't like coming to the dentist. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent a hygenist's need to use the scaler excessively.
In order to effectively remove tooth decay, one must use a dental drill. As scary as it may seem, this tool is always used when necessary and is handled appropriately by the dentist. Keep in mind that we want what is best for the client, and it is only a temporary feeling of pressure and loud noise.
When becoming familiar with the tools a dentist uses, clients should always remember the tools are used to keep their oral health and hygiene optimal. At Progressive Family Dentistry, we want our clients to be as comfortable as possible during their visits and procedures. If you are in need of a dentist, please reach out to us today!
If you have had your wisdom teeth removed, perhaps you are familiar with the term, dry socket. If you have never heard of it before, then keep on reading!
Dry socket is an infection that is caused when a nerve and related tissue are left exposed after a tooth is pulled. Leaving such sensitive materials open for bacteria to penetrate is never a good idea, but the chances of dry socket is increased in those who smoke, have poor oral hygiene, and are prone to dry socket.
Only a small percentage of people get dry socket- roughly 2%- 5% of people, in fact. For those who do suffer from this condition, it can be very uncomfortable.
Dry socket is easily treatable, however, through the use of anti-inflammatories such as aspirin to lower the amount of discomfort felt. If that doesn’t work, your doctor can prescribe other medication to get rid of the infection.
In order to prevent dry socket, it is important to keep your oral hygiene optimal after having a tooth extracted. Always listen to your dentist’s care plan instructions after a procedure.
Who is ready for a fun and friendly game night?! We sure are!
On Thursday, May 9th at 6:00pm the Jennie J McMaham Library is hosting a Family Game Night and is inviting you to be a part!
This event is great for the whole family, so don’t miss out! We love taking care of your family’s teeth and oral health, but now is the time to have a little fun, too!
Play games, enjoy each other’s company, and keep on smiling!
For directions, click the link below to be directed to the Journal Scene post: https://www.journalscene.com/events/#!/details/Family-Game-Night/5807469/2019-04-11T18
Do you love food? Do you love fun? This month of March, we are in the midst of a wonderful event of the Lowcountry called the Secret Food Tours!
Book a tour with your family today and travel through history as you enjoy select meals and view historic scenery along the way! This isn’t just an eating tour, you will actually be able to go behind the scenes and meet the head chef of some restaurants!
While you enjoy this experience this fun adventure with your family and friends, remember to keep your teeth looking sharp by brushing them when you get home!
To learn more, follow this link, https://www.journalscene.com/events/#!/details/Secret-Food-Tours-Charleston/5837537/2019-03-20T11
Do you know about Dental Bridges? They are a cool and effective treatment for those who may have missing teeth!
What do they do?
What are the different types?
As the most common type of dental bridge, this selection utilizes teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth).
This type of bridge is used when there is a tooth available on only one side of the missing tooth. This type isn’t widely used, and not recommended for the back of the mouth.
This type of bridge uses metal or porcelain wings in order to bond to the surrounding teeth
If you, or someone you know, has a couple of missing teeth and are in need of a bridge or individual replacement teeth, send them on in to Progressive Family Dentistry!
The Progressive Team