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November 2017

 

October 2017
Effective Teeth Brushing Tips
These tips will make your brushing a bit more efficient and effective, but the most important tip for brushing your teeth is…brush them! Find a toothbrush that you like and that brings a smile to your mouth and just use it. 
 
Brush for two minutes at least twice a day
 
Two minutes can feel like forever when you’re in a hurry; most people give up after about 45 seconds. Electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer that runs for two minutes, making this an easy target to hit. It takes two full minutes to do a thorough job of cleaning your teeth. 
 
Don’t brush too hard
 
It doesn’t take a lot of strength or stiff bristles to push plaque off of your teeth. The trick is to be thorough and use proper technique. Brushing too hard can harm your teeth and irritate your gums. Use a soft brush and brush gently.
 
Brush at the right time of day
 
The most important time to brush is just before bed. The longest period of the day when you’re not eating is while you’re asleep. This is the time where bacteria will cause the bulk of decay and gum disease could be started. The second most important time is after eating breakfast. It’s important to brush your teeth in the morning, but the most advantageous time is after breakfast, not before.
 
Brush your whole mouth
 
Your tongue, cheeks, and all surfaces of your mouth can hold onto the bacteria that cause plaque. Brush your tongue and cheeks with your standard toothbrush and water, or use a tongue scraper to minimize bacteria.
 
Wait 30 minutes after eating to brush
 
After drinking a citrus drink or soda, delay brushing your teeth for a few minutes. It’s possible to spread the acid across more tooth surfaces if you brush too soon. Acid can erode the surfaces of teeth. If you’ve just eaten something acidic and must brush right away, rinse first with water before brushing. Sugar-free gum will accomplish the same feat. 
 
Use proper brushing technique
 
Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle. This will help you remove plaque without damaging your teeth and gums. Don’t apply too much pressure. Brush in small circles the width of the tooth. Tilt the brush vertically and brush up and down along the inside surfaces of the top and bottom teeth. 
 
To schedule an appointment with your top childrens dentist in Norwood, please call our office at (781) 713-4969.

 

September 2017
The Origin of Tooth Fairy Tales
Countries all around the world have unique traditions and folklore surrounding the tooth fairy. Most children growing up in the United States probably remember placing their tooth under their pillow after losing it and expecting to see money in its place the next morning. Here is a deeper look into tooth fairy legends across the globe.
 
Origins and the Beginning of the Tooth Fairy
 
Through the years, there has always been a good amount of intrigue surrounding children’s teeth. Europeans believed that once baby teeth were lost, they should be burned and destroyed immediately. Failure to do so would result in the children spending the entirety of their afterlife searching for them. Some cultures had more positive perspectives, believing that holding on to baby teeth was good luck and would bring the child many blessings. Throughout the 20th century, the modern tooth fairy that many of us know was created. Its story was woven through various stories from publications to build the legend that countless children learn today.
 
The Tooth Mouse
 
The tooth mouse is perhaps one of the most common variations of the tooth fairy. It is popular in western Europe, and the mouse’s name can change depending on the country. The story of the mouse dates back to around the same time period of the tooth fairy (late 19th century to early 20th century). Just like with the tooth fairy, the child places their lost baby tooth under their pillow and expects the mouse to visit them once they fall asleep to leave them a gift in exchange. One of the big differences with the legend is that the mouse will often leave candy or other treats instead of just money. Just like the tooth fairy in the United States, the tooth mouse has a significant media presence in certain countries and has been the main character of several books. 
 
After your child loses a tooth, it may take a few weeks to a month before the permanent tooth comes in. Understand that the small curvy bumps on your child’s teeth are normal and will go away after a few years at most. These ridges naturally wear away over time from normal eating and chewing. 
 
Please call our office today at (781) 713-4969 to schedule an appointment at Epic Dental, your top pediatric dentistry in Norwood, MA.
August 2017
Can Retainers Straighten Teeth?
It is a common practice for a patient to use braces as a way to straighten teeth.  After that, they are generally given a retainer in an effort to keep those straight teeth in place.  Braces and retainers are two very different types of equipment with their own unique purposes. What you may not have known is that retainers can sometimes be used without braces to correct small imperfections.
 
Basics of a Retainer
 
After your braces get removed, the orthodontist will offer a custom-made retainer.  This is used to keep the teeth from shifting out of their new positions.  There are several types of retainers currently available.  Some of them are removable while others remain in the mouth.  Retainers are generally worn for about 6 months and sometimes longer.  Many people are often required to wear their retainer even while they are sleeping.  Once your braces are removed, it could take up to several years before the dentist allows you to stop using a retainer.
 
Straightening Teeth with a Retainer
 
There are some people that can just use the retainer to make small adjustments to their tooth position.  The orthodontist will know what is best for your mouth when you visit for a checkup.  They will offer an analysis of your tooth structure to see if a retainer will work for you.
 
As an adult, overcrowding of the teeth is a good reason to use a retainer.  These adjustments are normally only minor and easy to correct.  If a child has a bite that is out of alignment, or malocclusion, they might also be able to wear a retainer.  In addition, occasionally when there is a narrow upper jaw or underdeveloped palate, the dentist might recommend treatment with a retainer.
 
Retainers should be removed when eating, brushing your teeth, and playing sports. If you want to ensure that your teeth remain in their positions, be sure you also wear your retainer while you sleep.  This is a common time for the teeth to move out of alignment.  If you have any questions about orthodontics in Norwood, give our office a call at 781-713-4969.
July 2017
What Are Shark Teeth in Children?
The term shark teeth are used when a child develops an adult tooth but the baby tooth has yet to fall out.  This creates a double row of teeth in the child’s mouth.  This isn’t a common occurrence, but it can happen from time to time.  Children may think this event is cool, but inevitably it will cause a parent to worry.
 
How Does This Happen?
 
Generally, a permanent tooth will push below the child’s baby tooth and cause it to become loose and fall out.  The baby root will dissolve making it much easier for the adult tooth to come in.  When this baby root doesn’t dissolve, the adult tooth will push through in a different spot and give the appearance of shark teeth.
 
What to Do?
 
If your child finds two rows of teeth in the mouth, give a gentle touch to the baby teeth to determine how wiggly they are.  Have you child continue wiggling it with their clean fingers or tongue to see if that helps it become loose.  You can also provide some healthy, crunchy foods to eat.
 
Crunchy Foods to Try: 
• Apples
• Dried Bananas
• Carrots
• Granola
• Nuts
• Pretzels
Normally the tooth will become loose on its own and the emerging tooth will find its way to the proper place within the mouth.
 
A Visit To Your Norwood, MA Pediatric Dentist
 
If after a few weeks of working with the baby tooth you are experiencing no significant changes, you may need to see the professional help of your dentist.  In some circumstances, it might be best to have your family dentist pull the baby tooth to help the adult tooth into its proper position.  
 
Above all, you want to always remain calm so that the child doesn’t experience unnecessary worry or stress.  Don’t tell your child that what is occurring is abnormal or unnatural, just explain that it is part of their oral health journey.  Maintaining proper dental hygiene and a nutritious diet will also be important for them as they continue through their years of growing adult teeth.  Be sure they keep the regular visits with the dentist.
June 2017
Caring For Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is one of the most effective at home ways you have for caring for your oral health. A toothbrush does more than just removing surface stains from the teeth. This toothbrush is always the most effective ways in removing plague from the gum line to avoid gum disease later in life. In addition, brushing your teeth is one of the most effective ways at removing debris that may be causing bad breath. However, many people do not realize that the way they are caring for their toothbrushes, is making these brushes less effective.
 
Tips for Care
 
Here are the toothbrush maintenance tips that you need to always remember. Through following through on these tips, you are doing your mouth a world of favors!
 
1. Never ever share a toothbrush with someone! If you do this you are exchanging bacteria and microorganisms that may be present in one person’s mouth. It can lead to many issues such as infections, overall bad oral health and even worse breath.
 
2. Each time after you use your toothbrush, be sure to rinse this thoroughly. Remember, your toothbrush is removing debris from the teeth so it is sufficient to say that many toothbrushes have this debris on them when they are put up. Rinse this under warm water to ensure all remaining debris and toothpaste is removed.
 
3. Always store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow this air dry after each use. If you were to put this in a closed location, this encourages the growth of microbial, which can lead to infections in the mouth and overall bad dental health.
 
4. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. This may be sooner depending upon the person. You want to replace this when the bristles become matted or frayed. 
 
Brushing Technique
 
Your dentist can explain the proper brushing technique to ensure that you are properly doing this. However, remember that when brushing this should touch all the surfaces of the tooth. A soft bristled toothbrush is often recommended so no irritation occurs. 
May 2017
Do I Have an Overbite?
As a child, you may have loved Goofy, Bugs Bunny or Gopher from Winnie the Pooh. If you have a child, they may love the playful snowman Olaf, from the film Frozen. These characters are memorable because of this trait: two prominently protruding teeth. Those protruding teeth are in the dental world is known as an overbite. While cute in cartoons, in real life, an overbite can cause both health and cosmetic issues.
 
Overbites Can Cause Uncomfortable Symptoms
 
An overbite is defined as a condition where the upper teeth extend forward covering the lower teeth. This condition can also be called malocclusion. Usually, an overbite is not a serious dental issue, but depending on the degree of severity of the misaligned teeth, it is important to get it checked by a dentist to see if any issues may occur.
 
Overbites can cause the following:
-Jaw pain
-Increases chance of tooth decay
-Accelerated wearing down of tooth enamel
-Change in smile and appearance
-Lack of confidence
 
Fix an Overbite with Orthodontics
 
Visiting our on-site orthodontist to analyze your overbite is the first step. X-rays will most likely be taken. Sometimes, there is overcrowding of the teeth and a tooth extraction may be needed prior to getting braces. Both traditional braces and clear aligners are also an option depending on the condition to help fix your overbite. Your children's dentist in Norwood can help your child or you to feel relief from the symptoms of an overbite and improve your smile. Call us today at (781) 713-4969.
April 2017
The Amazing Tooth

Your childrens dentist Norwood discusses in detail the the amazing anatomy of your tooth and what danger your teeth faces

 

The teeth are quite complex in composition and your childrens dentist in Norwood thought it might be a good idea to go deep in explaining what comprises the tooth that adds to your smile, your healthy digestion of food, and is part of what makes the shape of your face.

 

Enamel

The first layer of tooth that we all are familiar with is the Enamel. The enamel is the hardest surface in the human body and is composed of strong minerals, one of which is calcium phosphate. This hard surface is resistant to cavities.
 

Dentin

Under the enamel and under the cementum that forms along the roots of the tooth is the dentin. Dentin is a living cellular material of tissue and a bone-like substance making up the majority of structure of the tooth. 
 
Cementum 
The cementum, surrounding the roots of the teeth, is like enamel but softer. Cementum assists with the stability of the roots by attaching to the fibers that anchor the tooth to the jawbone. Anchored strong to the jawbone the teeth can withstand the ‘daily grind’ of biting and chewing food.
 
Root Canal
Going deeper into the tooth is the root or pulp canal. This root canal is the sensitive part of the tooth where nerves are and where the blood and nutrients flow to keep the tooth alive.
 
Your teeth are amazingly strong. However, it takes proper oral hygeine as well as regular check-ups with your dentist in Norwood to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
March 2017
When to see a Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA

 

Every baby erupts their primary teeth at different times and in different order. But it is generally recommended to see a pediatric dentist when a child ranges from the age of four months to two years old.

 

A dental appointment should be scheduled immediately if your child is experiencing any sign of dental problems.

 

Here are the 5 signs that every parent should watch out for:

 

1.      Toothache

This is the very obvious reason for an immediate dental visit. For some, toothache can easily be cured by a pain reliever. However, it is crucial that your child should see a dentist even if the pain is gone. Relieved pain is not an indication that a problem in the teeth is ok. There is always a possibility that the pain may occur again if the problem is left untreated.

 

2.      Facial swelling around the jawline

Facial swelling in the jaw line may be a sign of an underlying problem inside the gums. Often, this swelling is partnered with painful throbbing, starting from the inner gum where the roots of the teeth are. This is a serious problem that needed to be check immediately by a pediatric dentist.

 

3.      Sudden tooth sensitivity and appetite loss

If your child develops a sudden aversion to his favorite food or develops sensitivity to hot and cold beverages, then it is a sure sign for dentist checking.

 

4.      Fever

For most babies, a fever is a sign of an eruption of a tooth. This is due to the fact that teething babies love gnawing just anything around them. They can have an infection through bad hygiene and unclean toys.

 

5.      White spots in the teeth

Initial tooth decay can occur without any warning and can progress rapidly. At the first stage of the decaying process, your child may not feel at first. A white spot on a tooth is the first sign of tooth decay on the inside. Random white spots appearing on your child’s teeth may an indication of severe enamel decay.

 

As a parent, you should regularly check your child’s mouth and look for abnormalities on the teeth. Prevention and early detection of dental health problems among children are crucial. At an early age, you should inculcate to the children the benefits of regular dental visits.

Guide to Pulling of Baby Teeth

Childrens Dentist Norwood

 

You cannot tell exactly when baby teeth start to fall. Children are different, and their teeth develop differently. But if the primary teeth stay for longer periods in the mouth than normal, a dentist will determine whether or not they have to be pulled by coercion. The health of permanent teeth depends on a large extent on the development and handling of baby teeth. Generally, this is what happens during this transformational stage.

 

●             Age

Anytime from age five to seven, kids will start losing their primary teeth. Although, some kids may start losing teeth as early as when they are 4 years old, which is totally normal. Other kids with Down syndrome start losing baby teeth at later ages. Girls are known to lose teeth earlier than boys. To completely lose all the baby teeth, it may take around six years.

 

●             Cautions

You need to know when to pull your child's loose tooth. Loose teeth may be uncomfortable or painful, and parents are tempted to pull them out. Care must be taken when determining the loose teeth. As a general rule, the teeth that came in first will be lost first. Note that premature pulling of teeth adversely affects the growth of permanent teeth.

 

●             Other factors that necessitate baby teeth extraction

Far from the natural falling of baby teeth, there are other circumstances that require the removal of primary teeth.

 

1.                  over retention

This is when the primary teeth stay for long in the mouth; hence, a dentist extracts them.

 

2.                  Periodontal diseases

These are gum diseases that cause the decay of the baby teeth which is painful.

 

3.                  Accidental damage

A child can experience a nasty fall and cause a tooth to crack.

 

4.                  Orthodontic

Extraction is done to prevent malocclusion.

 

Now you know when to pull your child's loose tooth. Take the necessary precautions and encourage oral hygiene for your toddler to develop healthy teeth.

 

February 2017
What are lingual braces and who wears them?

Norwood MA Orthodontics offers Lingual Braces for it's Patients

 

There are a lot of orthodontic treatment options to get the perfect smile.  One of the options for those who are quite conscious about getting teeth straighteners is the lingual braces.  While they are not as popular as other orthodontic treatments, lingual braces have been around since the mid-1970s.

 

What are lingual braces?

 

Lingual braces are teeth braces that are placed behind the teeth facing the tongue. They are also called invisible braces since they are not visible from the front.  These are perfect options for those who do not want any of the braces to show.

Procedure for lingual braces:

 

- Teeth impression- A mold of your teeth is sent to a dental laboratory to make custom-made jackets.

- Trying out the tray of braces- The customized braces still on a tray are tried on your teeth for the perfect fit.

- Prepping the teeth- Your teeth where the braces will be placed are cleaned and prepped.

- Putting on the lingual braces- The braces are cemented and attached on the back of your teeth. Unlike the conventional braces where each bracket is placed one by one, the lingual braces on a tray are placed simultaneously. After making sure that all the jackets are properly attached. The trays are removed, leaving only the lingual metal jackets.

- Installation of arch wires. Arch wires are then installed to the brackets. They are the ones that provide tension to move the teeth.

 

Who are the best candidates for lingual braces?

 

Lingual braces function just like that of the conventional braces. Those who are candidates for conventional braces are also candidates for lingual braces too.  It is usually the patients’ choice of what orthodontic treatment they want to be done and what treatment they are more comfortable with. The best way to know whether you are a candidate for lingual braces is to ask and discuss with an orthodontist about it. Here are some common considerations to qualify for them.

 

Lingual braces are a good option for people who want orthodontic treatment and at the same time, those who want to keep the treatment to themselves.  They work quite the same as that of the conventional braces as an orthodontic treatment. The only major difference is that one is obvious to other people and the other is not.

January 2017
How elastic rubber bands are used in Orthodontics

Orthodontics Norwood 

 

Orthodontists place braces in your teeth to realign crooked teeth and correct jaw alignment issues. The main components of braces are the brackets that are placed on top of each tooth and the archwire that connects the brackets together.

Orthodontists use elastic rubber bands with braces. They are an essential component of the orthodontic process because they provide the necessary force to move your teeth and jaw into proper alignment.

 

There are two types of elastic rubber bands used in orthodontics:

1. Ligatures

·         Ligatures are the tiny rubber bands that give your brackets color. They hold your brace's archwire in place.

 

2. Interarch Rubber Bands

·         These are elastics which are used to adjust your bite and jaw alignment. They are typically placed on brackets with hooks. They must be removed during meals and when brushing and flossing your teeth.

 

Ligature Do's & Don'ts

·         DO: During your dental appointment, do be sure to choose a ligature color that you like. Most orthodontist offer a wide array of colors to choose from. You can choose a single color, 2 colors, or even get a different color per bracket.

·         DON'T: Don't attempt to try and change the ligatures yourself. Ligatures are placed with precision and care by a trained orthodontist and tampering with the ligature could compromise your dental health.

 

Interarch Rubber Bands Do's & Don'ts

·         DO: With clean hands, remove your interarch rubber bands before a meal as eating with them on is very difficult. Remember to take note of the placement of your interarch rubber band and ensure that you place them on the proper brackets.

·         DO: Return your interarch rubber bands back in their proper place after eating and brushing. Be sure your hands are clean.

·         DON'T: Do not put the interarch rubber band on any bracket other than the brackets that the orthodontist placed them on. Doing so could compromise your jaw's alignment.

Tips for Children with Sensitive Teeth

Children's Dentistry, Norwood MA

Not all kids enjoy brushing their teeth because some of them have sensitive teeth. Just like adults, children can have sensitive teeth too. Before you can treat your child’s teeth sensitivity, it’s important to find out what could be causing their sensitivity.

 

Causes of Sensitivity

 

The most common reason why some children have sensitive teeth is due to tooth enamel erosion. They may have injured a tooth through an accident or from playing sports. Another cause of sensitivity is when the tooth dentin is irritated and exposed to bacteria due to biting of hard candy. Cavities can lead to tooth sensitivity.

 

There have also been many cases of teeth sensitivity in children with autism. But most of them actually don’t have sensitive teeth. They just tend to have more sensitive sense of smell and taste compared to non-autistic children. This causes them to have a negative reaction when it’s time for brushing.

 

Treating your child’s sensitive teeth

 

  • Desensitizing toothpaste

Using a desensitizing toothpaste will help ease your child’s sensitivity. Make sure to visit a pediatric dentist first, so your child will be prescribed with the right toothpaste.

 

  • Not using a toothbrush and toothpaste (children below 3 years)

As recommended by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, it may be even better to not use a toothbrush and toothpaste if your child is below 3 years old. After noticing that your child has sensitivity issues, just use a clean washcloth to clean your child’s teeth until you can visit your pediatric dentist.

 

  • Fluoride solution

For children who have sensitive teeth due to cavities, your pediatric dentist may have to apply fluoride on your child’s teeth which will help remove the cavities. A fluoride gel to use at home may also be prescribed.

 

  • Soft-bristled toothbrush for kids

Help reduce the risks of sensitivity in your child’s teeth by making sure that he/she brushes every day using a soft-bristled toothbrush intended for kids. This will prevent cavities and gum diseases.

 

Make sure to visit your pediatric dentist for regular dental checkups while your child’s teeth are still developing. This will help avoid future dental problems.

 

Removable Retainers vs. Fixed Retainers

Retainers are retention devices used to maintain a completed orthodontic treatment. These devices are able to hold your teeth in their modified position to avoid a treatment relapse. An orthodontic treatment relapse is when the teeth moves back to its original position after the completion of the treatment. Since the probability of a relapse occurring is high, the maintenance of the treatment is vital to ensuring that your efforts and money isn’t wasted.

 

For retainers, there are two options: Removable or Fixed. The obvious difference of both is that fixed retainers are permanently attached to your teeth unless the metal breaks. Choosing which retainer to obtain may affect your hygiene habits or lifestyles. We’ve listed a few things below to help you choose which retainer is more apt for you.

 

1.      Liberty to choose a Material. Removable retainers can be made completely out of plastic, but you also have the option to choose a retainer that has a plastic base with metal material to hold on to your teeth. For fixed retainers, a metal material is attached to the back of your front teeth. No substitute materials are available for fixed retainers yet.

2.      Protection Range. Removable retainers are tailor-fit to your modified teeth, this includes your front and back teeth. For the fixed retainers, however, only the front teeth are retained and the back teeth are more prone to relapse.

3.      Commitment. Removable retainers require more effort in terms of commitment as you may remove them but should remember to wear them at the specific times and frequency prescribed by your dentist. Failure to follow this schedule increases the possibility of a relapse. This commitment is not felt by those who choose fixed braces as they are attached directly to your teeth. The fixed retainers are not permanent, however, as they may break and would require replacing.

4.      Cleaning Regime. Cleaning removable retainers is very easy; you would need to remove them from your mouth and brush as you would your teeth. Fixed retainers require a more intricate flossing and cleaning method to ensure no leftover food are stuck between the wires.

5.      Aesthetic. Although not important to most, some may feel awkward with how most removable retainers are obvious when used. Since fixed retainers is only wire attached to the back of the front teeth, having them is not seen or noticed by anyone else.

 

These pointers can help you determine which type of retainer you should get. You should note that retainers regardless of what type you choose, is a life-long commitment. So, make sure to choose the one that is most comfortable for you or the one that aligns with your priorities.

Available Orthodontics for Your Smile

Visit Norwood, MA area dentist to learn about orthodontics

 

Orthodontics have gotten a bad rap over the years. Many patients think of orthodontic treatment as services only for teenagers. Many patients who enter adulthood with an imperfect smile often ignore the possibility of obtaining a more beautiful smile as they do not want the embarrassment of traditional braces. However, a properly aligned smile is more than just aesthetically pleasing. It can improve the function of the smile and reduce unwanted wear and tear on the teeth due to poor bite alignment. The team of Epic Lifetime Dental Care provides Norwood, MA area patients with solutions:

 

• Traditional braces – for some patients, traditional braces are still the way to go. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to reposition the teeth into better alignment. More severe cases of malocclusion may require traditional braces. Most patients have their braces for approximately one to two years depending on a variety of factors.

• Invisalign – patients with mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth who do not desire traditional braces may be better suited for Invisalign. Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear aligner trays to reposition the teeth over time. These trays are more discreet, easy to remove, and affordable.

• Lingual braces – patients concerned about the appearance of traditional braces may ask the team about the benefits of lingual braces. This is the placement of braces behind the teeth (inside the mouth) for a less obvious appearance.

• Retainers – after orthodontic treatment, patients are advised to wear a retainer at night to maintain the results for a lifetime!

 

At Epic Lifetime Dental Care, we provide patients with the utmost in dental treatments and solutions. Norwood, MA area patients seeking orthodontics no longer have to visit a completely different office for help. Drs. Moreno and Miner have a specialized orthodontic team readily available to assist with a variety of misalignment and malocclusion concerns without having to refer patients out to another professional. Contact the practice today to learn more at (781) 349-4750 or with a visit to our facility at 315 Norwood Park S. The team of Epic Lifetime Dental Care is here to help!