Did you know that an estimated 28% of children ages 2-5 have cavities? It’s a common misconception that baby teeth aren’t that important, but nothing could be further from the truth. Although there are multiple factors that contribute to childhood cavities, there’s one that’s especially harmful (but completely preventable). Known as “baby bottle tooth decay,” it causes rapid, severe decay that can be devastating to a child’s oral health. Keep reading to learn more about this condition and what steps you can take to keep your child’s teeth healthy!
August 14, 2018
June 8, 2018
If you have good oral hygiene habits, you may not worry much that something could happen to your teeth. In reality, though, a dental emergency can strike anyone, even folks who are diligent about brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Such incidents could be due to an accident, an infection, or an oral health problem that was present for a long time and suddenly decided to announce its presence. When you find that your mouth is in pain, please don’t hesitate to visit your emergency dentist in Alamo Ranch. Getting professional care right away can relieve your agony and save you time and money.
November 29, 2017
If someone mentions a dental issue, you probably think of cavities or gum disease. These issues can be uncomfortable and unfortunately too common among American adults. However, what you may not realize is that other types of dental pain that are just as common, like orofacial pain. If you’re experiencing jaw pain in Helotes, this post is for you!
November 20, 2017
The widely known fact that your mouth is directly correlated to the health of the rest of your body may leave people puzzled as to why dental insurance isn’t automatically complied with your medical insurance. Why are they separate entities?
If you’re confused just as many patients are about the differences between medical and dental insurance, your dentist is here to help clear the air in this week’s blog post.
October 23, 2017
If you have a child, you’ve definitely heard of the anti-bullying campaign that’s been sweeping the Nation. Most statistics relate to pre-teens and teenagers, starting right around when children turn 12 years old. But have you ever thought of how bullying may start even younger than that, say…less than 10 years of age?
Your dentist is here to unveil the unfortunate power of bullying and also empower parents to help stop it. Let’s take a deeper look at how parents and dentists alike can help our youth feel more confident and unfazed by bullies at school.
October 16, 2017
If your child starts to show an interest in their oral health, you’ve got to jump on that opportunity! Usually, parents fight tooth and nail (no pun intended) to get their children to simply brush their teeth.
While brushing and flossing remain the best ways to prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease, older children may take an interest to mouthwash. If they’re wondering about adding mouthwash to their oral hygiene routine, you should be prepared with the knowledge to guide them in the right direction.
Your children’s dentist is here to inform you all about mouthwash and when your child should start using it. Here’s what you should consider when deciding whether to let your child use mouthwash as part of his or her oral hygiene routine.
September 27, 2017
It’s not your teeth that make you feel less than confident in your smile, it’s your gums. When you smile, your upper lip stretches up high enough to expose a pink ribbon of gum tissue, giving you a “gummy smile.”
Most patients aren’t fond of this look, complaining that it makes their smile appear childish and ruining their polished, mature appearance. In the cases that you have longer gums than teeth, the dimensions of your smile may seem “off.”
Let’s explore gummy smiles and what your dentist may be able to do to help you get the smile of your dreams.
September 17, 2017
During your last dental appointment, you had undergone a typical dental checkup including dental x-rays and a professional cleaning. After your dentist reviews your x-rays, they come back to tell you that you have a cavity, even bringing the dental x-ray with them to show you where the problem resides. The only problem is, you have no clue what you’re looking at or what you’re looking for.
Although you would have to undergo the same training and education as your dentist to become an expert, this post can help you understand what your dentist uses x-rays for and how to better understand them.
August 23, 2017
It takes a lot of work to prepare for the school year. There’s the endless back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, and school supplies—but are your kid’s mouths healthy and ready to conquer the school year as well? Their smile should be healthy, shining, and bright for when they walk into their classroom for the first time of the year. If your child has all of the other bases covered for going back to school, get them into visit their Helotes dentist. We can not only get your kids ready to smile confidently on their first day of school, but also offer great dental tips to help you get through the rest of the year with healthy smiles.
August 21, 2017
Sometimes it’s easier to let your children’s imagination run wild rather than hitting them with the reality of certain situations. This is true when it comes to the Easter bunny, Santa Clause, and even the tooth fairy. For instance, when your child loses his or her’s first tooth, how should you approach that situation? When your child loses a tooth, they’re starting to grow up. It’s literally their body’s process of making room for their permanent adult teeth. Don’t think about it too much—you can still balance the idea of the tooth fairy coming to visit while still educating your children on the very real importance of great dental health. Your dentist near Helotes can help you set tooth fairy expectations that encourage your children to continue to take care of their developing smiles.