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Here at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, we take pride in staying up to date with all of the latest and greatest news and information in the dental industry. We also take pride in education our patients on their dental health and keeping them informed on happenings in the industry - which is why we have established this portion of our site! We invite you to browse the below articles and information!

 

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at our Norwood office or make an appointment online! 

 

September 2017

 

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.

 

December 2016
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!

November 2016
The Best Services for All Ages

Norwood, MA area professional offers children’s dentistry

 
Finding a practice in the Norwood, MA area that offers children’s dentistry at an affordable price is easy with the help of the team from Epic Lifetime Dental Care. Drs. Moreno and Miner are two dentists who are readily available to assist patients of all ages in their state-of-the-art practice. Their commitment to assisting children and adults is seen in their dental office.
 
Children’s dentistry is just one of the many focuses at Epic Lifetime Dental Care. Below is a sample of the services provided to the youngest patients in the practice!
 
Sealants and fluoride treatments – sealants and fluoride treatments can be applied to the surfaces of the teeth to reduce the likelihood of issues such as cavities and periodontal disease that many children are at risk for developing.
Mouth guards – high-impact sports may require children and teenagers to wear sport mouth guards to protect their teeth from unwanted, unexpected damage.
Dental cleaning – children sometimes have difficulty properly brushing and flossing their teeth, so we encourage parents to bring their children in regularly for a professional dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from all areas of the mouth.
Examinations – getting a dental examination and x-rays completed at least twice a year is the most effective way for patients to achieve healthy smiles. X-rays can see problems below the gum line or within the teeth that cannot be physically diagnosed.
Composite fillings – cavities that develop on the teeth may benefit from the placement of fillings. Our practice uses composite resin bonding for fillings as this material closely mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. 
Tooth extractions – removing teeth may be done for a variety of reasons including preparation of orthodontic treatment or addressing impacted wisdom teeth.
 
Drs. Moreno and Miner of Epic Lifetime Dental Care encourage Norwood, MA area patients to visit the practice to learn more about children’s dentistry. Contact their team today by calling (781) 349-4750 or visiting their conveniently located practice at 315 Norwood Park South. Their team works closely with patients of all ages to help in obtaining beautiful smiles for life!
 
The Different Types of Braces

Braces help us align our teeth. This kind of dental treatment is popular among kids and teens because it helps them align their teeth and, at the same time, it is seen as stylish. A dental treatment like this would cost a fortune, but it is all worth it when your treatment is done properly. But before deciding on having one, did you know that there are different kinds of braces?

 

Here are the different types of braces you ought to choose from.

 

1.      Traditional braces.

Their wires and brackets are made of stainless steel. Traditional braces are the most common type of braces among teens and kids. When you go to your dentist to have your braces tighten, you get to choose the color of the new rubber band. This kind of braces is the least expensive of all. Its downside is that it disallows you to eat hard and super sticky foods.

 

2.      Ceramic Braces

This type of braces is the least noticeable because it naturally blends with the color of the teeth. How? It has a tooth-colored complexion. The clear brackets blend with the teeth, and if you really want it to be natural looking, you can use tooth-colored wires too. Though it is more expensive than the traditional braces, it is one of the most effective treatment when it comes to teeth alignment.

 

3.      Lingual Braces

This kind of braces has a little similarity to traditional braces because you use wires and brackets too; however, it is placed on the inner part of your teeth. It is used by many artists because it really is unnoticeable from the outside. But, this kind of treatment is very expensive compared to traditional braces, and this is very difficult to clean.

 

4.      Invisalign braces

This type of braces is like a mouth guard. It is a clear plastic, and it is removable. If you really want your braces to be really unnoticeable, this kind of braces is good for you. But, this has a lot of disadvantages too. It is very expensive, and it is only suitable for adults. Moreover, it takes longer to have your teeth aligned.

 

Conclusion

Whatever kind of braces you pick, the first thing that you must consider is that you should be comfortable with it. Yes, you may have some trouble eating at first, but the good news is that this can make your teeth look absolutely gorgeous.

August 2016
Fluoridate Your Smile

Children’s Dentistry in Norwood MA Explains how Fluoride Protects Your Teeth

 

While people may not know it, one of the most important ingredients in toothpaste is fluoride. This is a notable point in toothpaste because it is the ingredient that works against the bacteria and improves your overall oral health. Even though we know it’s important, many people don’t know why fluoride is beneficial. Here, your children’s dentistry in Norwood MA will discuss fluoride and how much it can increase the chances of your smile staying healthy and staying strong!

 

When you eat, drink, bite your nails, smoke cigarettes, and do anything that comes in contact with your teeth, they’re in jeopardy of being damaged. Your enamel, which is the surface of your teeth, is constantly in threat from the foods and drinks you consume. This goes for children and adults—no matter what you eat or drink, there will be bacteria that wants to linger around and stick with your teeth and gums.

 

Bacteria feeds off of the food particles that you eat and will hang around for much longer than you want it to, but with fluoride, it’ll battle against this bacteria as well as strengthen your enamel. When you consume any foods or drinks, your enamel becomes weaker due to the acidity, sugar, and other components that break down the protective minerals covering the surface of your teeth. Saliva is also a helpful sidekick to recreate these minerals, but it’s not strong enough to do the job alone, which is where fluoride comes in.

 

When you brush your teeth or drink fluoridated water, it enters the bloodstream to become part of developing permanent teeth for children. It becomes a part of saliva and helps strengthen your teeth, fighting against acids so they don’t do as much damage to your enamel.

 

If you’re interested in our fluoride treatment, please call our children’s dentistry in Norwood MA at (781) 349-4750 to learn more and to see how it can benefit you and your family.

History of Orthodontics

Your Norwood MA Orthodontics Go Back in Time to See how This Treatment Changed the World

 

We’ve proven that orthodontics has provided patients with a completely new smile with the help of braces and other types of treatment in this field. While it may seem like orthodontics is a relatively new part of dentistry, your Norwood MA orthodontics wants to educate patients on the history of this service and how far we’ve come!

 

Around 50,000 years ago, archaeologists have found that people had crooked teeth and were using similar tactics to straighten them just like we do. Many of the Egyptian mummies had metal bands around their teeth to pull them into place and researchers showed that they used catgut to tie the bands and provide enough pressure to move their teeth.

 

Ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans (ancient Italians) also practiced orthodontics in their own merit, too. Etruscan women also wore gold bands around their teeth to keep them preserved after death. There were also records taken by Hippocrates, the famous ancient Greek physician, and a Roman writer named Celsus; Hippocrates wrote of dental irregularities and Celsus wrote suggestions about pushing your teeth together on a regular basis to put them in place.

 

In the 17th and 18th centuries, dental impressions were starting to take their place in this area of dentistry. But the real progression began in the 18th century, where Pierre Fauchard, well-known to be the Father of Dentistry, invented a bandeau. This tool is a metal that contained regularly spaced holes that fit around the teeth that work to correct their alignment.

 

When orthodontics began in the 19th century, there were a number of beneficial contributions that started to turn this area of dentistry into something incredible. The creation of the headgear, new literature, and other enhanced material helped make orthodontics a smile-saving part of a patient’s life.

 

To schedule an appointment or consultation for our Norwood MA orthodontics, please feel free to call our office at (781) 349-4750 to start your journey today!

July 2016
Dealing with Dental Stress

Discussing how Stress can Harm Your Smile with Your Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist

 

Dealing with stress is never an easy part of your day, but unfortunately, it can feel like it consumes you. When you’re worrying and stressing about something, it’s hard to recognize when your smile is struggling. Your Norwood MA pediatric dentist wants to “stress” the importance of why addressing and recognizing any stressful instances that affect your teeth can save your smile.

 

An instance where stress can get the best of your smile is when sores start to appear. These small spots can show up on, around, or inside your mouth. Below, we’ll delve into a couple of different sores that patients commonly find and how it occurs:

 

Canker Sores
These small, white and greyish spots can show up inside your mouth in pairs or more. Unfortunately, there is no particular reasoning as to why canker sores appear; they can be related to your immune system or a potential bacteria or virus. The one thing that has been linked is that these canker sores appear when a person is stress.

 

To protect yourself, we recommend avoiding spicy or hot foods, or any kind of food that has a high acidic level since it can easily irritate the area. Thankfully, most of these sores disappear on their own between a week or two. If they stick around for longer, it’s important to address this issue as soon as possible!

 

Cold Sores
These are also common, much like canker sores, and are caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). Cold sores show up on or around your lips and can also appear around your chin or underneath your nose. An outbreak can occur if you’re feeling upset or extremely stressed.

 

Unlike canker sores, cold sores are contagious, so treating this issue as fast as you can is highly recommended. They can heal on their own after about the same amount of time as a canker sore, but when you notice one is forming, address it as soon as possible!

 

Continue to protect your smile with your Norwood MA pediatric dentist by calling our office at (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment or consultation today.

Available Dental Services for Your Kids!

What services are offered by a pediatric dentist in the Norwood, MA area?

 
At Epic Lifetime Dental Care, our goal is to help patients of all ages for many, many years. Parents located in the Norwood, MA area seeking a quality dentist for pediatric care can visit our practice and enjoy treatment not only for their children, but for themselves! We offer a wide selection of services for children in our practice including:
 
Cleanings
While children may brush and floss their teeth after every meal, they may still struggle with the development of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. A professional cleaning can help in getting every area of the mouth, including those hard-to-reach areas.
 
Examinations
Looking for signs of periodontal disease and cavities is of utmost importance for a dental professional. Additionally, physical examinations also allow the dentist to see what teeth are coming into the smile during the transitional period and whether or not they will have sufficient space to erupt through the gum line without a problem.
 
Fillings
When cavities appear, fillings must be done to keep the cavity from becoming larger and more problematic. Fillings used in our practice including tooth-colored fillings completed with composite resin material for a more aesthetic appearance.
 
Sealants
By providing an extra layer of protection on the teeth, children can have a helping hand in making sure problems such as cavities and periodontal disease are kept at bay. Sealants are applied to the surfaces of the teeth to do just that!
 
Mouth Guards
Children who are interested in high impact sports may benefit from obtaining a dentist-approved mouth guard to protect the teeth from unwanted damage.
 
Interceptive Orthodontics
By starting orthodontic care earlier, many children can address problems sooner and reduce the need for orthodontic care later. Interceptive orthodontics can be done around the ages of 7 to 11 years old as a preventive measure.
 
Parents in the Norwood, MA area who are interested in getting their children in to see a specialized pediatric dentist should look no further than the team of Epic Lifetime Dental Care. We want to assist generations of family members in achieving and maintaining oral health and wellness. Contact our practice by calling (781) 349-4750 and scheduling an appointment with our dedicated dental professionals.
At-Home Dental Care for Kids

Tips for Home Care from our Children's Dentistry Team in Norwood, MA

 

Parents are busier today than ever before. We find ourselves running errands, cooking meals, taxiing the kids to baseball and football and piano lessons and all sorts of activities, finding lost homework . . . And still, it is necessary to somehow find the time to continually teach by example, and to meet our family's needs pertaining to health and wellness, which is one area where leading by example is ultra-effective!

 

Take oral health, for instance. When your children see you taking good care of your teeth and gums, they are more likely to pick up that this is important, and that they should do it, too. The staff at Epic Lifetime Dental has been providing children's dentistry services to families in and around the Norwood, MA area for several years. We understand that teaching kids to take really good care of their teeth may, at times, feel overwhelming. Some tips that we offer our patients include:

 

  • Get to it! There is no reason to put off caring for your child's future dental needs. Even before teeth are present, gums may be cleaned with a soft, moist cloth. An infant toothbrush can be used as soon as a single tooth erupts.
  • Hand it over. There is a fine line between teaching your child to brush and floss independently, and in setting them up for dental problems. Younger children can be given the reigns - to a certain extent. After they have brushed where they can, a second round should be done by a parent.
  • Get help. Pediatric dentistry should be just as common as visits to the pediatrician for general health checkups. Research has demonstrated significant improvement in comfort and confidence related to dentistry when children become familiar with dental care early in life.
  • Feed teeth. Food is fuel for the entire body - including the teeth! Parents are encouraged to limit sugary foods, and also foods and beverages that could cause erosion, such as high-acidic juices or soda. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are always a good choice because they are natural cleansers that carry healthy benefits, too.

 

 

Our staff provides gentle care for children, teens, and adults of all ages. For assistance in teaching your child healthy habits, give us a call.

May 2016
Why Should You Get an Orthodontic Treatment?

Norwood MA Orthodontics Lists the Number of Reasons that Patients Receive Orthodontic Work!

 

Dentistry has come a long way and has given millions and millions of people a healthier and happier smile. Professionals have done all they can for patients so they can share their smile with the world! When it comes to orthodontics, even the Egyptians wanted straighter teeth! Orthodontic treatments have the ability to not only improve the look of your teeth, but also how healthy they are and how it improves the rest of your day-to-day life. Look more into why you may need to receive treatment with the help of your Norwood MA orthodontics!

 

The main goal of receiving orthodontic treatment is to have your teeth in the correct position as well as a proper bite. Straighter teeth improves the way your smile looks while having a good bite makes it easier for you to speak, bite, and chew. Many patients find that after they receive any sort of treatment, their self-esteem and self-confidence goes through the roof! It can give them the extra boost that they always needed to take that extra step, whether that’s for a job interview or making new friends.

 

Receiving braces or invisible aligners can change more than just the way your smile looks! Check out some of the benefits of orthodontic treatment:

· Removes difficulty chewing or biting

· Eliminates mouth breathing

· Corrects any crowded or gapped teeth

· Improves your speech

· Corrects your jaw alignment

· Eliminates popping sounds in your jaw

· Eliminates protruding teeth

· Eliminates the need to grind or clench your teeth

· And more!

 

Here at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, we have a variety of orthodontic procedures available for patients of all ages. Whether you’re an adult or a teen, it’s never too late to let orthodontics improve your smile. Things will only improve! Don’t hesitate to contact your Norwood MA orthodontics to schedule an appointment or consultation regarding your treatment—call us today at (781) 349-4750.

Abscessed Tooth Truth

The top dentists in Norwood MA at Epic Lifetime Dental Care want you to know that an abscessed tooth is nothing to take lightly. An abscessed tooth is usually caused by a bacterial infection and ultimately means the tooth is surrounding by a pocket of pus. Abscesses can occur both at the root of the tooth and the gums next to the tooth, and each have their own complications and symptoms- which we will discuss today.

 

What are the symptoms of an abscessed tooth?

Symptoms will usually begin with swelling and pain that progressively gets worse. The abscess, which presents itself as a sore and/or tender mass, can typically be felt with a finger- and a bleeding of the gums may occur. Abscesses at the root of the tooth may be very sensitive to temperature. The patient may develop a fever and may take in less food and drink because of the pain.

 

What are the complications of an abscessed tooth?

Decay, gum disease, plaque, cavities and even dental work and surgery can be the top causes of tooth abscess. Left unresolved, an abscess can lead to the infection of surrounding tissue or bone, sinus or facial infections and even Ludwig angina- which is a swelling of the neck or tongue that leads to airway compromise and even possibly death.

 

If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, it is best to be proactive and call your dentists in Norwood at Epic Dental right away. If you believe the abscess has progressed into the serious swelling stages, seek emergency help right away.

 

Schedule your next visit with Epic Lifetime Dental Care by calling (781) 349-4750.

Manage Dental Anxiety with Music

Dental anxiety is a real condition that affects many of our Epic patients and countless others worldwide. Its impact can be absolutely devastating for those who have it…as it can result in patients skipping appointments, leading to disease, decay, tooth loss and more over time. Those with dental anxiety can have a debilitating fear of coming to the dentist, which can surface in the forms of sleep loss, panic attacks, breathing troubles and more.

 

And while Epic Lifetime Dental Care offers sedation dentistry for our Norwood patients, as well as a relaxing atmosphere and warm staff- sometimes that is not even enough. If a patient isn’t even willing to come into the office, we can have a hard time treating them, and the only way may be for them to break free of their anxiety on their own.

 

So what can help break a patient out of this anxiety? Well, for one thing, music is proving to be a huge help in multiple cases of those with dental anxiety. Piano based and classical music, in particular, has been proven to reduce fear, pain, anxiety and even lower heart rate and blood pressure too. Really any type of music can help distract a patient from their own thoughts- but maybe, just maybe, some Mozart can be a motivator for you!

 

If you are hesitant about coming to visit us, make sure you ask about sedation dentistry first! We have treated many patients with dental anxiety with sedation and have had amazing experiences. If you are looking for other alternatives, maybe try popping on your iPod with some music of your choice and kick back in an exam chair with us. We’ll work with you so that you are comfortable every visit!

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment- call your Norwood dentists today at (781) 349-4750.

March 2016
Dental Fossils

Children's Dentist in Norwood Provides Historic Information about Our Ancestors’ Teeth

 

We’ve come a long way in terms of evolution, but have you ever wondered how our teeth have progressed, as well? Our smiles have gone through a lot and still do to this day, even with all of the advances in technology that is at our disposal. Your children's dentist in Norwood wants to share some history about the way our teeth have molded to how they look now.

 

The most common fossils of our ancestors, also known as hominin, are mostly teeth since they’re the hardest part of the human body. This provides a lot of helpful information of the time period that they’re from, their diet and more. As humans continued to evolve, the teeth actually shrink. It’s most noticeable in the teeth in the back, which are your wisdom teeth. Nowadays, because of the work done to wisdom teeth over a period of time, most wisdom teeth are extremely small and in some cases, not even developed. But with hominins, their wisdom teeth were about two to four times larger than that.

 

The reason that modern human’s teeth have shrunk is because of the professional work that has been done over the years, molding smiles in the future.

 

There are also other speculations and ideas for the shift, literally and figuratively, in our teeth. Click here to read more about what researchers and scientists have to say about these fossils.

 

Make sure you’re always taking care of your smile by visiting your children's dentist in Norwood! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling (781) 349-4750.

Norwood Pediatric Dentist Warns Against Abscessed Tooth

Norwood Pediatric Dentist Warns Against Abscessed Tooth

 

As your Norwood pediatric dentists, we want your child to be as healthy as possible, which is why we want to warn against tooth abscess. Tooth abscess can become very serious and severe if not taken care of as soon as possible. It can lead to many different problems, and it can even cause death if not treated.

 

Tooth abscess is an accumulation of fluid, known as pus (dead tissue, white blood cells, live and dead bacteria) that forms inside the soft pulp, or roots, of the teeth. It can also form in between the gums, which typically originates from a bacterial infection.

If left untreated, the infection can spread from the roots of the teeth to the bone. Once the infection has spread, there may be swelling and pain. Typically an abscessed tooth is caused by an unfinished root canal, dental decay and cavities, and sometimes it can even be caused by a trauma to the tooth.

 

There are two different kinds of abscesses: periapical abscess and periodontal abscess. A periapical abscess is when the infection is within the actual tooth. A periodontal abscess is when the infection is within the gums. This kind of abscess typically occurs when food particles get lodged between the tooth and the gums.

 

Signs that you may have an abscessed tooth include: a toothache, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, pus draining from the gums, and sometimes even fever. If you think you may have an abscessed tooth it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment at Epic Lifetime Dental, call (781) 349-4750 today.

Don’t Let Your Sweet Tooth Win

Norwood MA Orthodontics Shows how to Protect Your Teeth from Sugar Cravings

 

Having a sweet tooth can be enjoyable, but it can also be extremely dangerous to your teeth. Treats, chocolates, desserts and candies are tasty and delicious, usually accompanied after a dinner, and can satisfy your craving. But your Norwood MA orthodontics wants all patients, young and old, to know why it’s important to curb your sweet tooth so you can protect your smile no matter what!

 

Even if you’re not consuming a lot of sweets and desserts, your diet could still be full of sugary foods and drinks that you enjoy on a daily basis. We want to help you fight your sugar intake, so we’ll be discussing some tips that can help your teeth and your overall health, as well.

 

Check the Labels
If you’re trying to protect your teeth from the craving of sugar, it’s important to check as many labels as you can. Although it may seem tedious, your health will thank you! There are constantly products that add unnecessary sugar (like bread and condiments), so notice the everyday food items that you consume on a daily basis.

 

Don’t be Tempted
Sweets are always tempting, no matter what age you are! It’s harder for some more than others, but most people have a difficult time ignoring harmful treats since they’re easily accessible. This goes for bags of chips, small candies, and other equally easy snacks. If you’re one to eat in between meals, try to bring in your own healthy snacks like assorted fruits and vegetables.

 

Cut it Out – Completely!
Some of the best advice that people can follow who enjoy too much sugar is to cut it out of your diet completely. Sugary foods and drinks, whether they’re specified as candy or not, can be difficult to limit, so it may be easier to remove it altogether. Sugar can be extremely addicting, so elimination can be the key.

 

Taming your sweet tooth can be tough, but your Norwood MA orthodontics knows that you can do it for the sake of your smile! To continue keeping your teeth healthy and strong, schedule an appointment with our office today by calling (781) 349-4750.

Fun Tongue Facts

Norwood Children's Dentist With Facts that Roll off the Tongue

 

When most patients make an appointment with their #1 children’s dentist in Norwood at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, it usually is over an issue concerning their, or their young ones, teeth. What many may fail to know, that we wish for them to see, is that the health of your entire mouth is of our concern and what we take care of! From your gums to your cheeks, to the topic of today’s blog- your tongue- making sure all pieces of the oral health puzzle are healthy is essential to the doctor.

 

Even though most patients use their tongues for speech, swallowing and eating on a daily basis, we see that they know very little actually about their tongues. For that very reason, today we have provided some “tasty” facts on tongues and taste buds that may peak your interest:

 

-You have taste buds in places you didn’t even know! Sure, there are a majority on your tongue, but the back of your throat, inside your nose and at the top of the esophagus are all other places you have these taste-perception-sending cells.

 

-Your tongue is an amalgamation of different muscles- not just one! It has 8 different muscles altogether that intertwine and work together. It is also the only muscle that works away from the skeleton!

 

-Every tongue is unique! Your tongue is as unique as your fingerprint- everyone’s is different. And while you may not be licking your iPhone to unlock it anytime soon- means of identifying people by their “tongue print” are being researched.

 

-Average adult tongues have between 2000 and 4000 taste buds covering them. The cells within the taste buds responsible for how we perceive tastes can renew themselves every week!

 

For more information about your tongue and your taste buds, or to have our Epic dental team examine them at your next visit, call our Norwood MA dental practice today at (781) 349-4750.

February 2016
Timing is Everything

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist on Regimen Rights and Wrongs

 

Like most things, timing is everything when it even comes to dentistry. How often you bring your children to see their Norwood MA pediatric dentist…how many times you brush a day…how long you brush for: it all has some way of determining your ultimate “dental destiny.”

 

The people in charge of making such recommendations as the ones above, like the ADA (American Dental Association), do so after gathering years of research and taking into consideration the thoughts and expertise of thousands of oral health care professionals. They make these recommendations based upon the idea that most humans have some sort of internal clock, and thus an appreciation for scheduling and/or how long something may take. Whether we follow these recommendations or not, is a completely different story.

 

One area that is usually a little “murky” and left up to the interpretation of the patient is flossing. And no, not how often to floss, because that is typically once a day, but WHEN to floss. Before or after brushing your teeth...that is the question. The answer? As it turns out has a bit more to do with behavioral science than you may have ever thought too. See what experts say in an article and accompanying video by heading here: Dental Patient News.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the top Norwood MA pediatric dentists at Epic Lifetime Dental Care- call our office at (781) 349-4750.

Everyday Tooth Protection

Your Sedation Dentistry in Norwood Discusses the Roles of Your Teeth

 

It's no surprise that your smile is one of the most important parts of who you are. You want it to be strong, bright and healthy. This means taking care of your smile as thoroughly as possible! But it's also important to know how your teeth are working to help you so you can return the favor. Your sedation dentistry in Norwood breaks down some of the major roles that your teeth play and why at-home care is necessary.

 

Your teeth work hard every day, working on sugary foods, drinks, biting nails and enduring the worst, only to continue to stay shiny and functional! Every part of your teeth has an important role in order to give you the winning smile you wear every day. Below, we break down different parts of your teeth:

 

· Enamel: This is the hardest worker of them all! Your enamel is the surface of your teeth that protects the center, or the dentin, of the tooth. This is the visible, white outer part that's made of calcium phosphate, a rock-hard mineral. Your smile relies mostly on your enamel.

· Dentin: This is the part of your teeth underneath the enamel. Your dentin is made of living cells, which secretes the hard mineral of your enamel. If the surface of your teeth is weak and thinned, your dentin will become visible and vulnerable.

· Pulp: This doesn't just have to do with orange juice; the pulp of your teeth has blood vessels and nerves running through it. When the pulp of your teeth is damaged, this can result in the need for a root canal.

 

Click here to learn more about the structure of your teeth, and don't forget to take care of them by contacting your sedation dentistry in Norwood! Schedule an appointment today by calling our office at (781) 349-4750.

National Nutrition Month

Children's Dentist in Norwood on March (Nutrition) Madness!

 

While it may be a little too late to qualify for a “New Year’s Resolution” diet- your children's dentist in Norwood wants you to know it is never too late to change the way you eat! This coming March marks another National Nutrition Month, where the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics try to make everyday people more aware of what they eat and drink on a daily basis. We wanted to do our part today to let you know how your nutrition can impact your oral health in particular.

 

It is safe to say that most people aren’t thinking about oral health as soon as they eat something. They may consider how it tastes…smells…what it will do to their waistline and a whole load of other thoughts before the damage it can do to a smile. Even the small things, or supposedly healthy ones, such as “diet” products or a little lemon, can slide under the radar completely.

 

Items high in acid content (like those above) or especially sugary ones can lead to all sorts of dental detriments. Cavities, gum disease, lost teeth- you name it, and it is possible from your diet alone. Without being overly pessimistic, there are a whole group of things that can do your oral health good too.

 

Yes, milk, albeit a cliché- can do your mouth good. It, along with whole grain and wheat foods and more, contain vitamins and nutrients that not only improve your overall health- but the health of your mouth too. Many fruits and vegetables can also deliver mouth-saving blasts of vitamins and nutrients that ward off bacteria, whiten your smile and keep you healthy.

 

As with many things in the world of food and drink, there is a fine line between just enough and too much. The world won’t end if you have a soda every once and a while, but if you have a few a day, your mouth and body may not be thanking you for it in due time. Being aware of the difference between these two realities and knowing what it is you put in your body is the main National Nutrition Month- and we hope you stay vigilant of your diet not only through March but year-round as well.

 

For more information on National Nutrition Month as it relates to your oral health, call the office of your children's dentist in Norwood today at (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment!

Guide to Mouth Rinsing

Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentists asks “To Rinse or Not to Rinse?”

 

Every day your Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentists helps patients in establishing or editing their at-home oral health regimens. For most, this includes a double dosage of brushing and single dose of flossing throughout the day to maintain oral health. If you are asking to yourself, “what about mouth rinsing, though?” That is what we will tackle today.

 

The fact is mouthwash is not one of the absolute essentials when it comes to oral health. Although adding it to your regimen can help eliminate gum disease causing bacteria, freshen your breath, reduce your risk for tooth decay and whiten your smile too. Despite all of these positives- it does not replace the power that flossing and brushing have.

 

When considering mouthwash, many questions can come to mind: How often should you swish for? What mouthwash is best for you? What ingredients should I look for in a mouthwash? And last, but not least, do I even really need to mouthwash in my situation?

 

Although answers to every one of these questions may differ from patient to patient, we recently found an online guide that answered all of these inquiries and more quite well. You can review it here: Click Here.

 

For more information on mouthwash and your oral health, schedule an appointment with your Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentists today by calling (781) 349-4750. 

January 2016
Stain Relief for Teeth

Sedation dentistry in Norwood with Epic Lifetime Dental Care can be great for a number of dental situations. Fear or anxiety about a procedure like an extraction? What about the need to relax a bit more when relieving stains on the teeth with some teeth whitening? Although you will need to consult your Norwood dentist about if sedation dentistry is right for you, it can help in all of these procedures and so many more.

 

When it comes to procedures that can help in relieving stains on the teeth, of course visiting your Norwood dentists is the best choice- but unfortunately, it doesn’t always fix everything. One must watch their diet and partake in a daily oral health regimen to help prevent stains from setting in or developing again. And the “guidelines” one must follow do evolve over time.

 

See what you can be doing about your favorite foods, drinks and habits that can harm your teeth by clicking here.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the top providers of sedation dentistry in Norwood MA- call our office today at (781) 349-4750.

Ending Enamel Erosion

Children's Dentist in Norwood on Evading Erosion

 

No matter your age, as soon as you have teeth- enamel can start to erode. Your children’s dentist in Norwood treats patients for the outcomes, such as decay, sensitivity, staining and more every day…but it can ultimately all be avoided if proper care is taken. To help you keep your enamel, and your smile intact, today we will be looking at why enamel is so important, as well as what causes it damage.

 

Enamel is the clear, outer protective layer of the teeth. It keeps the innards of the teeth, such as the dentin and nerves, free from damage at the hands of the above detriments and more. And although enamel is the strongest surface in the body, it cannot regenerate- like bone or muscle. The damage that gets done to your natural enamel is final, and only can be repaired by your dentist in Norwood using state of the art treatments.

 

But why let it get to that point? Why not avoid whatever it is that causes the damage in the first place…right?

 

Well to start, try cutting out the acidic or sugary items you take in on a daily basis. Also, make sure to maintain a consistent and proper oral health regimen, including twice daily brushing and once daily flossing of the teeth. While these are the basic steps to take, there are so many more to consider too. You can review some more of these prevention tactics, as well as learn more about what enamel does for your teeth, by checking out THIS informational slideshow.

 

For more information on this topic or to schedule an enamel-saving appointment with your #1 children’s dentist in Norwood MA- call Epic Lifetime Dental Care today at (781) 349-4750.

National Children's Dental Health Month

In just a few days when February graces us with its presence, it will mark the 75th anniversary of the ADA’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! With your children's dentistry in Norwood MA’s dedication to oral health care for patients of all ages, today we wanted to share with you the new poster promoting the upcoming month- as well as to supply our readers with a few tips for children’s oral health care.

 

You can click here to view the new poster for 2016!

 

As you can see, this year’s theme is “Sugar Wars”- which we are sure has everything to do with the immense popularity of a recently released, similarly named movie sequel. To describe the poster in the ADA’s own words:

 

“The Smileys, McGrinns and K9 are in a spaceship, the USS SweetSwatter. It is equipped with toothbrush swatters, fighting against the Sweet Tooth Invaders for good oral health.”

 

Besides giving your children access to their very own spaceship, we recommend going over the following suggestions with your kids so that they develop their own regimens and recognize how important the health of their entire mouth is as they get older:

 

-Brush two minutes, two times a day.

-Clean between your teeth with floss daily.

-Limit snacks and eat healthy meals.

 

And last, but not least, make sure you are making regularly scheduled appointments with your children's dentistry in Norwood MA to ensure your child’s oral health is the best it can be at all times. Call our office today to schedule an appointment at (781) 349-4750.

December 2015
How CBT Can Beat Your Dental Anxiety

Sedation Dentistry in Norwood Isn’t Your Only Option to Fight Your Fears

 

We understand that there are many patients who have a strong fear of going to the dentist. This is no surprise, considering how many extreme horror stories there may be in the news from time to time. But we want to help our patients learn and understand why dentistry is important to their everyday routine. Here at Epic Dental, we offer sedation dentistry in Northwood, but we also want to share that this isn’t the only option to beating your fears.

 

CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, has been shown to help patients fight their dental phobia, as well as other anxieties that they have. This option is not only specifically for those who are afraid of going to the dentist, but for those who have difficulty facing other fears in their lives. Those who suffer from high anxiety and depressive thoughts also have their own worries and fears of dentistry.

 

Click here to learn more about the breakdown of CBT and how it’s beneficial.

 

If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry in Norwood and how it can conquer your dental anxieties, contact our office today by calling (781) 349-4750.

Plaque Prevention Program

Top provider of Orthodontics in Norwood on Beating Plaque

 

Not only in regular dental treatments, but even in braces cases from your top provider of orthodontics in Norwood- plaque can be a problem. Plaque is a sticky film, full of bacteria, that forms on the teeth after eating or drinking. The problem with plaque is that if it is not removed from the teeth promptly, it can cause all sorts of oral health problems.

 

Left untreated or unremoved by brushing and flossing, plaque can lead to tooth decay and cavities forming. If plaque builds up at the gum line, gum disease, tooth loss and many other issues can result too.

 

So besides brushing and flossing daily, what can you do to make sure that plaque doesn’t affect your treatment from the top providers of orthodontics in Norwood MA- or impact your smile overall?

 

Well today we have provided a list with some top Plaque Prevention techniques and tips for you to review- you can check them out by clicking here.

 

For more information on plaque prevention, or to schedule an appointment with your orthodontics in Norwood provider at Epic Lifetime Dental Care- call our office today at (781) 349-4750.

Poor Diets & Bad Habits Harm Smile

Adult & Children’s Dentistry in Norwood MA Discusses Importance of Dental Appointments

 

Taking care of your smile is popularly put on the backboard of importance of your health, but we want to make sure our patients know how many factors of your everyday routine contribute to the status of your smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day aren’t the only ways to protect your teeth and your children’s dentistry in Norwood MA wants to explain the risks of ignorance.

 

Tooth decay is becoming a serious epidemic, especially in children. With overconsumption of sweet treats, sugary juices, and more, researchers have shown that a majority of children’s teeth are suffering from tooth decay. But children aren’t the only ones in danger; adults who don’t keep up with their dental visits are also at risk if they have a poor diet or practice bad habits like smoking and drinking.

 

Learn more about what can happen to your smile without proper dental care, and make sure you’re keeping up with your appointments by calling your adult and children’s dentistry in Norwood MA at (781) 349-4750 today.

A Healthy Holiday Smile

The top provider of sedation dentistry in Norwood on Holiday Oral Health

 

Every year it seems the holidays take forever to get here…and then when they finally arrive out of nowhere, they are gone just as quickly. Of course, with all of the gift wrapping, party attending and more that you will be doing- your top provider of sedation dentistry in Norwood knows that your oral health won’t necessarily be the top priority or thing on your mind right now.

 

To help keep your smile on the “nice” and not “naughty” list this year, as well as to help you usher in 2016 with a smile you love- we wanted to provide some holiday tips and tricks for keeping your teeth in check today.

 

1.       Pass on chewy treats- from bowls of candy put out at the office to treats left in your stocking, the stickier the treat, the worse it can be for your teeth. Not only can these sugary treats attach themselves to your teeth and result in possible decay, but larger ones have even been known to pull out fillings or damage dental appliances!

 

2.       Don’t open presents with your teeth- we know that you are excited about the new toy you just unwrapped, but using a scissor or proper tool to open any packaging is essential. Even what seems like soft plastic can crack the teeth, which can require a New Year crown, root canal or worse.

 

3.       You are not the nutcracker- as mentioned above, the teeth can be put in harm’s way by hardened surfaces this time of year, especially while chomping down. This includes hard candies, ice cubes and the shells of nuts. Leave the nut cracking to your toy soldier to save your smile from harm.

 

4.       Say “No” to nail biting- we all get a little stressed and anxious around the holidays, it is fairly normal. Try not to turn to stress-relieving habits like nail biting during this time to avoid potential damage of the teeth and the spread of germs/bacteria from hand to mouth, or vice versa.

 

To schedule your first appointment of the New Year with your top provider of sedation dentistry in Norwood please call our office at (781) 349-4750.

 

Note: Please check our homepage and/or social media accounts to review our holiday hours.

 

Thank you in advance and enjoy your holidays!

November 2015
Negating Nailbiting

Stop Biting Your Nails With Your Pediatric Dentistry Provider in Norwood MA

 

A habit that your top providers of pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA see that has roots with young children, but can negatively impact oral health for a lifetime, is nail biting.

 

Not many patients consider the nails on their hands or feet to be very hard, but they in fact can cause as much damage to the teeth if chewed on as several other house hold or foreign objects. And besides the ability to fracture the teeth, a nail biting habit can also harm oral health in other means…which is what we will be discussing today…

 

Hand to Mouth

Take a moment and think about all of the surfaces you touch on a daily basis. From handles of toilets, to door knobs, keyboards and more—microscopic bacteria are more than likely coating all of these.

 

And although you can wash your hands or utilize bacteria eliminating sprays/wipes/etc., none of these items or practice can eliminate 100% of the bacteria you encounter. You also have to consider the fact that not everyone is as cleanly as you may be too…

 

With that said, the spread of bacteria that can harm not only the mouth, but the whole body, is only a handshake away…and by chewing at your fingernails- you are only making the transfer easier.

 

Mouth to Hand

On the flipside, our mouths have a great deal of bacteria in them as well that should stay in the mouth. If you happen to have any open sores on the hands, you can spread these bacteria or diseases (take HPV for example) to the hands and then to whatever surfaces you touch afterwards.

 

Of course one of the best means of avoiding either (or both) variations of this problem is to wash your hands frequently and be conscious of these environmental interactions the best you can. To prevent them from occurring even easier though? Defeat your nail biting habit. It may be a hard habit to break, but there are outlets of help available out there if you need them.

 

For more information on breaking your nail biting habit, or to prevent one before it begins- contact your top provider of pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA at Epic Lifetime Dental Care by calling (781) 349-4750 today!

 

Nighttime Oral Care Tips

Make Sure You're Saving Your Smile at All Times with Tips from Children's Dentistry Location in Norwood MA

 

Having a bright smile is something that all patients wish to achieve and it starts with learning at a young age. The importance of children’s dentistry in Norwood MA at our practice goes beyond our appointments. Unfortunately, if patients don’t work on their oral hygiene and attempt to improve it by brushing and flossing, their teeth can suffer in a number of ways.

 

Daily dental hygiene routines like brushing and flossing, while extremely important, are also extremely ignored, especially at night. Half of the US only brush their teeth one time in the morning and forgo the same action at night, which puts their dental health at a high risk of damage. There’s much more to taking care of your smile.

 

Click here to learn more about some nighttime tips to save your teeth while you sleep!

For Our Smiles, We Are Thankful

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist on Thanksgiving Favorites

 

There is no time quite like the holidays to bring the family together, enjoy a nice home cooked meal and appreciate the time you get to spend with one another. Thanksgiving is typically considered the “start” of these late-in-the-year gatherings, and should make one reflect and be happy for all they have.

 

But with so many things to be thankful for, your smile may not always outrank some other options. Coupling this with the potentially massive amounts of food that can be put on your plate, and our oral health can be put by the wayside for a few weeks. With that in mind, today your Norwood MA pediatric dentist wanted to discuss some of the healthier food options you can choose to show your teeth you are truly thankful for them this holiday season.

 

Turkey, potatoes and the works can take hours to get ready…so you and your guests always need a little warm up. Why not make that appetizer a veggie tray? Include some of the following options to help your guests not only be “held over” until dinner time but to actually help naturally clean their teeth too:             

 

Carrots, Broccoli Florets, Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, Cucumber slices, Olives & more.

 

When it comes to your sweet potatoes, try avoiding the gooey and sugary marshmallow topping. Although it may taste good, the marshmallow can get caught between the teeth and cause decay if not properly removed. If you really need that extra boost of sweet in your sweet, try a little brown sugar or maple syrup instead.

 

Lastly, who can survive Thanksgiving dinner without cranberry sauce? Yeah, we thought so. Instead of going with the canned version this year, which is very high in sugar content, try making it yourself! You can try out different amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners in your recipe that often times can come out to be better than the canned stuff anyway. It may be a bit more work, but it will be worth it in the end.

 

So with all of those great additions to consider, what can we avoid then? Although a plethora of desserts and carbs will be rolling at you- they are going to be the worst items when it comes to your oral health. Most deserts contain gratuitous amounts of sugar, and carbs from bread and other items can break down into sugars as well- both of which can damage and decay your teeth.  Try to watch the amount of both of these that you take in to avoid any holiday oral health hazards.

 

Your Norwood MA pediatric dentist hopes you have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you have any questions about this topic or need to schedule an appointment, feel free to call our office at (781) 349-4750.

 

October 2015
Save Your Teeth from Halloween Treats

Childrens Dentist in Norwood with Sweet(s) Advice

 

Since Halloween is right around the corner, children and adults alike will feel obliged to indulge in candy a little more than usual. It’s tradition, right? Unfortunately, eating a large amount of candy in this short amount of time can hurt your teeth more severely than you know! In order to protect your smile, today your children's dentist in Norwood will be discussing what all of these candies can do to your teeth and how to avoid harming them.

 

Because the consumption of candy is tenfold on Halloween, teeth are more vulnerable than ever. This time of year, parents are less strict on their children to let them enjoy this spooky, fun holiday, but having some restriction is important. It’s no secret that sugar is known to cause cavities, where much of the problems begin in children dental issues. When children (and adults) consume sugar, the sugar is turned into bacteria and lives in the crevices and spaces between your teeth. If it’s left there without being properly cleaned, no matter how long, your teeth are consistently being harmed.

 

Cavities are small holes in your teeth created by acid erosions from bacteria lingering. The surface of your teeth, called your enamel, works to protect the center of your teeth, called the dentin. When your enamel is being worn down and damaged is when the risks of tooth decay increases. Of course, parents don’t wish to “ruin” their children’s Halloween night, a beneficial fact that parents can hold onto is that there are some candies that are better than others!

 

Although there is no candy that’s necessarily good for your oral health, chocolate candy and candies much like it easily dissolve in the mouth. These candies are more likely to be washed away by saliva or rinsing your mouth out with water. When you eat or allow your children to eat chewy, sticky candies, these are more likely to get stuck in between and on your teeth, lingering and causing a higher chance of cavities and tooth decay.

 

Here are some small, helpful tips to prevent damage to your teeth:

  • Although tempting, eat small amounts of candies and make sure to rinse your mouth out with water after eating. This lowers the acidity levels of the candy and helps protect your teeth a little bit more.
  • Eat candies that will dissolve in your mouth instead of eating chewy, sticky, or sour candies that will stick around longer.
  • And, as always, brush your teeth an hour after you’ve eaten and you’ll be able to continue protecting your teeth, just like any other day!

 

Don’t let Halloween be an excuse to harm your smile. Contact your children's dentist in Norwood for your bi-annual check-up appointment by calling (781) 349-4750 today!

September 2015
Reasons to Wear a Retainer

What Follows Your Norwood MA Braces Treatment

 

As a top provider of Norwood MA braces, your dentists and orthodontists at Epic Lifetime Dental Care help patients every day achieves a new, straighter smile. However, even when you are done that big long voyage with your braces, the overall treatment has not yet been completed.

 

After braces treatment, you will need to wear a retainer for a period of time to ensure all the hard work we just did does not get ruined. One of the “downsides” are that retainers are removable- and due to that, sometimes patients will be less interested in wearing them and just take them out. This could put your teeth in great harm.

 

To show you how important it is to wear your retainer after braces, today we will be discussing a few of the top reasons WHY to wear a retainer:

 

Teeth Can Revert

Our teeth have a tendency of “remembering” where they came from. Once they are moved by a treatment with braces, they may not really pay attention to how happy YOU are that they moved- and stride to go back “home.” By wearing your retainer, you are making a compromise with your teeth. You get to keep the new, straight smile you love and they get to stay in their new home- to adapt and not revert to their old ways. The ligaments and bone surrounding the teeth will take some time to stabilize, but will be worth it when completed.

 

There Is One Out There For You

Not all retainers are the pink plastic and wire types of the past. Different colors, even clear alternatives, are available today to make you comfortable with your choice that suits your individual needs.

 

The More You Wear, the Less You Will Wear

At the beginning of retainer treatment, you will have to wear it quite often. Over time, however, you will be able to wear it less and less until you do not have to wear it at all. Ease your way out of orthodontic treatment gently and slowly to avoid any teeth from reverting to old positions or even getting worse.

 

 

For more information on orthodontic services from your top provider of Norwood MA braces, call our office today at (781) 349-4750.

Helping Kids at the Dentist

Your Children’s Dentistry in Norwood MA Provides Tips on How to Make Kids Comfortable during their Appointment

 

Taking care of your children’s teeth are more important than ever, with new stories everyday about how kids all over the world are suffering from tooth decay. Because their teeth are vulnerable and new, it’s easy for them to suffer from cavities from eating candies and chocolates a little more than usual. Without helping them understand how important their dental care is, children aren’t very likely to brush and floss their teeth on their own. If you’re looking for a children’s dentistry in Norwood MA, then look no further than Epic Dental!

 

Children’s dental care should start at a very young age, around at least the age of 1. Introduce your child to the idea of dentistry and why it matters! There is a popular misconception that their baby teeth aren’t as important as their permanent teeth, but their baby teeth are holding the space for what’s to come! Ignoring their dental care until you visibly see an issue may be too late for your child’s dentist to reverse it.

 

When it comes to bringing your child to their appointment, the best thing to do is be positive! Explain to your child that the dentist wants you to have the best smile that you can, so they’ll be checking their teeth to make sure they’re strong and healthy. If you show any resistance, your child will quickly pick up on this and become fearful or upset. If your child is already afraid of going, listen to them and help convince them that going to the dentist is something bad, but something good.

 

Avoid using any terms that may make them fearful of going. Using words like “hurt” or “pain” or “nervous” may worry them into fighting against going. If this happens, try to relate to your child that you also go to the dentist and you enjoy it every single time.

 

Finally, letting your child and their dentist build their own relationship is extremely important. If your child isn’t comfortable or doesn’t trust their dentist, this process will always be an issue in the future. At this time, step back and let your dentist do the work—they’re a professional who’s able to work with kids in their own way.

 

For more tips on helping your kid adjust to their children’s dentistry in Norwood MA, call our office at (781) 349-4750. And don’t forget to make an appointment, too!

Dental Signs and Symptoms

Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentist on Indicative Signs

 

Many roads may lead a patient to their Norwood MA pediatric dentist. They or their children may be suffering from a wide variety of dental complications that can manifest in very different ways.

 

Fortunately, there are typically standards of how common dental problems come to the surface in the first place. It is this that gives doctors the ability to study and learn from the past and apply that to the current and future of cases.

 

With that all in mind, today your Norwood MA pediatric dentists will go over three very common dental symptoms, what they can be a sign of and when/why you should schedule an appointment for our staff to assess them.

 

Oral Sores

A sore or abrasion in the mouth can come from a variety of circumstances. A bite on the cheek, a cold sore, canker sore or worse- oral cancer- can all appear to be relatively the same to the amateur eye, but can have very different outcomes. If you have ANY oral sore that lasts for longer than a week and it has seen no improvement, visit your Norwood MA pediatric dentist for assessment and treatment ASAP.

 

Bleeding Gums

Most patients will first discover they are battling bleeding gums while they spit some toothpaste out after brushing and flossing during the day. Inflammation and bleeding of the gums could indicate early stages of gum disease, like gingivitis, and also be a clue that you may not be flossing or brushing enough/properly. More serious issues, like later stages of gum disease that result in tooth loss, structural and tissue damage can also result. Improve your regimen and see our office if bleeding gums persist.

 

Sensitive Teeth

Teeth sensitivity is one of the most common dental issues in the world. Extreme pain and ache after being exposed to hot, cold, sweet or sour stimuli can often indicate that your diet has eroded the enamel of your teeth over time. Sugary and acidic options can create holes in the teeth, leaving the nerve at the center as a primary target and source of ache. Besides diet, sensitive teeth can also be indicative of gum recession, gum disease, or fractures in the teeth- all of which should be treated by Epic Lifetime Dental promptly.

 

For more information on any of these dental symptoms, or if you or your child are experiencing one yourself, call your Norwood MA pediatric dentist today at (781) 349-4750.

What to Eat with Braces?

Time to Enjoy Your Meals with Braces in Norwood MA!

 

Getting braces is an important moment in a patient’s life, no matter if they’re an adult or a teen. Because of the dramatic change in their everyday routine, wearing braces will cause a patient to change one of the most important parts of their day—their diet. Thankfully, with your braces from Norwood MA, we’re here to help our patients enjoy foods that are safe to eat during this process.

 

Soft foods are always your best bet, which can eliminate a large part of your diet if you’re not particular to them. If you continue to eat foods that are too harmful, not only will your teeth suffer, but so will your braces. You can break the wires and brackets, prolonging your treatment and making the process even more difficult and painful.

 

Here is a list of foods that are safe to enjoy during your time with braces:

· Dairy: Soft cheeses and yogurt are easy to eat and easy to clean. They’re less likely to get stuck in small crevices between your teeth and braces.

· Softer meats: Chicken, meatloaf, meatballs, and lunch meats are easier to chew and aren’t so tough on your teeth or your wires and brackets.

· Seafood: Many seafood dishes like salmon, tuna, and crab are soft and full of flavor, making them extremely easy to eat without many difficulties!

· Fruits: Bananas, strawberries and other berries are sweet and enjoyable, along with being safe to eat! These fresh fruits are beneficial to your teeth, as well, but some can be too abrasive and sour for your enamel.

· Sweets: Don’t think that desserts are off the table! Ice cream, pudding, jell-o and the like are still available. Just make sure that you don’t overindulge and remember to brush an hour after you’ve eaten!

 

If you want to learn more about what’s safe to eat, contact our office about our braces in Norwood MA by calling (781)-349-4750 or clicking here to request an appointment or consultation.

August 2015
Forming School Time Habits

Top Providers of Children's Dentistry in Norwood MA with Tips!

 

As summer starts to wind down and you prepare to get the kids back to school, we know that oral health may not always be #1 on the priority list. Being the top providers of children’s dentistry in Norwood MA, however, Epic Lifetime Dental Care has to and always does care for our younger patient’s mouths.

 

One of the hardest parts of getting a child to participate in a healthy regimen is establishing the habits to begin with...and adding the distractions of school can definitely make things more complex. To try and help our parents out today, below we have gone over some suggestions for forming healthy school time dental habits for your young ones, and maybe even for you too!

 

As you may be able to tell from reading our weekly blogs, a lot of oral health correlates to diet.

 

One of the best steps you can take at home, related to your child’s diet, is to make sure they are eating healthy before they go off to school, and when they come home. Make sure they are heading out the door without large amounts of sugars and acids that can be brought on by breakfast cereals and juices. These can, over time, lead to dental decay, disease and worse for your child, and no one wants to go through that.

 

Replace that bowl of cereal with some oatmeal and/or fruit…the sugary juice with some milk and see great improvements in oral health.

 

Unfortunately, we do not always get to watch over our little ones and their diets as we do at home. While they may purchase some more “inappropriate” options at lunch that may largely be influenced by the school’s policies, do what you can. Pack them healthier options like fruits and vegetables as snacks and some of the healthier beverages aforementioned to do your part. Try learning more about your child’s schools lunch options and go over the positives and negatives of these options with your child if they have the ability to make their own choices for lunch.

 

Lastly, setting a daily brushing and flossing regimen is essential. Getting your child into the habit of doing these before they go to school and before they go to bed should be a major goal. Try enticing them by playing a favorite song while they brush or rewarding their good behavior every once and a while with a nice not-too-sweet treat or toy perhaps.

 

If you need any more help getting your kids into an oral health regimen during the school year, make sure to ask your top providers of children’s dentistry in Norwood MA for some more suggestions at their, or your, next appointment.

 

Call our office today to schedule! You can reach us at (781) 349-4750.

Prevent Tooth Decay for Children

In Norwood MA, your Pediatric Dentist Wishes to Protect Kid’s Teeth from Acid Attacks!

 

With school fast approaching, it’s important to take proper care of your children’s dental care so they have their smile ready for their new year! It’s no surprise that kids love and will do almost anything to indulge in as many sweets as they can, but parents need to monitor this because cavities and tooth decay could be right around the corner. In Norwood MA, your pediatric dentist at Epic Lifetime Dental Care is here with facts about the process of tooth decay and how to help your children avoid it.

 

Every time your child eats, their teeth are breaking down the sugars and bacteria from the foods and drinks they’re consuming. During this process, said sugars and bacteria are attacking their tooth enamel and breaking down the protective layer of minerals that coat their teeth. The acids that are produced by bacteria do their best to wear down their enamel, but their saliva is there to recreate those protective minerals. This process is occurring all day long, along with the help of toothpaste to boost the recreation of minerals.

 

For cavities to develop, a child’s dental care is subpar, as they’re not getting enough attention to their teeth and gums. If they consume a lot of foods and drinks that contain large amounts of sugars, then their teeth are being constantly attacked by acidity with no sign of relief from toothpaste and floss. Once the minerals from that tooth are lost, there will be a small hole in said tooth that a dentist has to fix with a filling in order to keep it safe.

 

The best advice for children’s oral health is this: watch what they eat and make sure their teeth are being brushed! At a young age, every parent should help their children brush their teeth in the morning and at night, teaching them the proper way to clean so they’ll be able to know for the future and understand the importance of dental care. Kids are also likely to want to copy their parents in terms of their diet, so provide a good example and show them your healthy foods and drinks so they’ll want to enjoy the same!

 

If you have any more questions about your children’s oral health, contact our location in Norwood MA for your pediatric dentist by calling this number (781) 349-4750 or clicking here to request an appointment today.

Let Speed Braces Help You!

Children’s Dentist in Norwood Discusses Speed Braces, a Revolutionary Means to Straighten Your Smile Faster!

 

For teenagers and adults alike, sometimes orthodontics is a must. While braces may look unsightly, it’s worth going through so not only are your teeth straight but so your oral health is the best that it can be. The downsides to braces are the physical look of them that can be embarrassing for both adults and teens and the amount of time that they need to be worn. If these are concerns for you and you’re in need or orthodontic treatment, then your children’s dentist in Norwood has the best option for you—speed braces!

 

Your first question is probably, “What are speed braces?” This question is understandable since this type of treatment is relatively new to the orthodontic field. Speed braces are a new form of traditional braces that work at least 50% faster, are 1/3rd of the size, and are easier to deal with! There’s a new form of comfort than original braces don’t provide since there’s a significant amount of less pressure and friction.

 

If you’re the right candidate for speed braces, you’ll first have to go through a periodontics procedure which includes traditional braces for a short amount of time so your bones are able to adapt quicker and are able to predict the movement of speed braces. This is the most efficient way to make sure your teeth are going to get the best treatment that they can when the speed braces are put on.

 

Visiting your dentist after you’ve gotten your speed braces put on will occur every two weeks to make sure the procedure is going well. The treatment itself, however, will only last 3-9 months, depending on your unique dental situation. These speed braces are easier to eat with, easier to clean, and infinitely more comfortable to deal with!

 

After your treatment, you’ll be given a retainer to maintain your straight, healthy smile and be on your way! It’s as simple as that. This treatment is available for teens and adults alike, so don’t hesitate to contact your children’s dentist in Norwood by calling our office at (781)-349-4750 or clicking here to request an appointment or consultation today.

Why Fruits & Veggies Matter

Learn from September’s Month Awareness why Fruits & Vegetables should be Incorporated in Every Meal

 

September is right around the corner, which means that children are getting ready in their best outfits for the first day back at school! While having a snazzy outfit is important, something else that improves your appearance is your smile. Scheduling a check-up appointment is only half the battle—what’s essential to make sure that your children are eating the right foods for lunch to maintain their healthy teeth.

 

To help promote better foods for children, September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month! Throughout the upcoming month, we want patients to know how important it is to integrate multiple fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet to lessen the risks of diseases for the young and old.

 

Snacking is one of the most harmful activities that children partake in. Although it’s important for children to eat more than three times a day (because they need more energy than adults), many children eat snacks like chips, pretzels, candies and more that are harmful to their teeth. Since their teeth are still growing, they’re more susceptible to cavities and other dental issues.

 

A great substitute for children’s harmful snacks is fruits and vegetables! They’re just as convenient to pack as a travel-sized chip bag and they work to clean, strengthen and improve your child’s smile. Try giving your children these snacks so they’re able to get the right energy without any consequences:

 

· Celery and carrots: Both crunchy and delicious, these raw vegetables work to strengthen your children’s teeth since there’s more jaw movement to properly break them down.

· Apples and pears: These sweet fruits are also crunchy and naturally hold water in them so your children’s mouth will be refreshed while also working with their teeth! They also clean their teeth and help loosen any lingering, harmful food particles from their previous meals.

 

To learn more about September’s month awareness, look through their website to learn about healthy alternatives for snacks and meals that will not only maintain your children’s oral hygiene but make it that much better! To schedule a check-up appointment, call our office at (781)-349-4750 or click here to request your appointment online.

July 2015
How to Eat Safely with Braces

Norwood MA Braces Location is Here to Improve Your Bite

 

Getting braces can be a rite of passage for many teenagers that can lead to an enhanced life, but not without a significant amount of trouble along the way. One of the major difficulties that come with getting braces put on is eating. The way your jaw moves and the way you chew changes with this new addition to your mouth. There’s much more poking and prodding, tugging and pulling, but your Norwood MA Braces location, Epic Lifetime Dental Care, is here to tell you ways to eat properly during your new oral transition.

 

One of the most important tips to remember when you’re eating with braces is to take your time. Being methodical about the way you eat is going to benefit you in the long run. If you eat too fast, or don’t think about the way you’re eating, then it could cause brackets and wires to break and food to get stuck in places where it could seem impossible to get out. When you’re eating, biting into something will be challenging, so try to eat food that you can eat with a fork and chew with the side of your mouth.

 

When it comes to the kinds of foods you eat, there are going to be a lot of limitations that can include some of your favorite meals. Snacks like nuts, almonds, seeds, and the like should be completely taken out of your diet. It’s too difficult to enjoy because they’ll get stuck in your brackets and you’ll have to brush your teeth a lot until you get everything lodged out. Soft foods are your best bet.

 

Other kinds of foods to avoid are stringy foods, or foods that melt and become stringy. Pasta plates with long noodles like spaghetti will need to be cut up because of the noodles are too long, they’re more likely to get stuck. Melted cheese will be everywhere if you attempt to enjoy this, unfortunately.

 

If you’re still curious about other foods to avoid, or foods that are safe to have, contact your orthodontist at your Norwood MA Braces location, Epic Lifetime Dental Care by calling this number (781)-349-4750 or clicking here to request an appointment.

Dental Phobia and You

Sedation Dentistry Norwood Wants to Beat Your Fears & Brighten Your Smile

 

For many patients, dentistry can be an intense fear, even a phobia that stops them from scheduling and going to basic dental check-ups. Difficulties in their oral health can easily pop up without their knowledge and they may not know before it’s too late. Your sedation dentistry Norwood location is here to discuss dental anxiety, for adults and children alike, and how Epic Lifetime Dental Care can help!

 

Dental anxiety is a very common issue that a large majority of the American population suffers from. Because of this, patients may hold off on going to their scheduled dentist appointments, or may cancel them altogether! Between all of the rumors, exaggerations, and folk tales that people have heard about going to the dentist, this issue can easily and quickly build up in their heads and force them to avoid making an appointment.

 

Sedation dentistry may be one of the most efficient methods for patients who have dental anxiety, or dental phobia. There are a few different types of sedation, which depends on the level of anxiety or phobia that a patient has. There are oral sedatives, which can be given to a patient the night before their appointment (so they’re able to sleep comfortably without worrying about their appointment) or between 30 minutes to an hour before their appointment. IV sedation is also an option, as well as nitrous oxide sedation (or laughing gas). These options all include a local anesthetic so the patient won’t be able to feel any pain during their appointment.

 

Children can also have an extremely difficult time going to the dentist. Between all of the screaming, kicking, and crying, children find these appointments completely traumatizing. If you want to avoid the chance of your children growing and having dental anxiety or phobia, then it’s recommended to make sure you start introducing dentistry at an early age so they understand the importance of keeping their teeth healthy.

 

If you experience dental anxiety or phobia and want to discuss this during your appointment, contact your sedation dentistry Norwood location, Epic Lifetime Dental Care, by calling this number (781) 349-4750 or requesting an appointment by clicking here.

When to Floss

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist on Flossing Timing

 

Not only in the medical field but in any issue worth debating (or not worth debating) in life, two schools of thought can collide with their opposing ideologies. Dentistry is of course not exempt from this premise.

 

Is fluoride really beneficial? Can teeth whitening be harmful? Is the best means of treatment a root canal or an extraction? So on and so forth…

 

With all that said, today your Norwood MA pediatric dentist attempts to take a stand on one of the direst of dental dilemmas: should a patient floss before…or after brushing their teeth?

 

Whether the answer truly is before or after…a great deal of importance in this issue is placed upon patient perception.

 

Those in the school of thought of flossing before are there because they like placing the hard component of their work first. They came home from school, wrote that long research essay THEN played some video games to relax. They believe that by completing the seemingly “more tedious” task (in this case, flossing) first- brushing will be all that much easier and thorough for a patient. The idea that flossing beforehand can loosen up some particles between teeth that the brush can then sweep away also is a pillar in this side.

 

Someone who may be in the school of thought that flossing AFTER brushing is beneficial may also rely on some of the previous rhetoric, but used differently. They believe that by doing the hard thing first- an attitude of “my work is done here” can set in, resulting in a poor brushing follow-up. A patient is more likely to brush well under 2 minutes and miss many key spots in the mouth if this idea comes to fruition. From a physical standpoint, flossing after brushing may benefit the teeth more because it can work residual fluoride from toothpaste in between the teeth more efficiently.

 

So when should you floss?!

 

Though we wish to not be anti-climactic, the answer is…daily. There does not seem to be any hard science or evidence to prove that before or after is the better practice…just doing it at least once daily is what counts most for the health of your mouth.

 

For more information on your daily flossing regimen or to make an appointment with your Norwood MA pediatric dentist, call our office today at (781) 349-4750.

Best Snacks for Kids Teeth

Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA on Mouth Healthy Snacks

 
As you will notice reading our Epic Lifetime Dental Care weekly blog, your diet plays a huge role in your oral health. And no matter how much your children may desire to eat whatever they want, this fact, unfortunately, does not exclude them. 
 
With this in mind, today your top providers of pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA have compiled a list of some of the best kid-friendly foods that can help benefit their growing mouths and teeth.
 
Fruits and Veggies!
 
It is indeed rare to find a kid in this day and age excited about biting into a piece of celery or a carrot, but they do exist! More fiber-rich options like these previously mentioned ones not only can help scrub the teeth to remove stains and lingering food particles, but also can provide the mouth with much-needed vitamins and minerals. 
 
Add an apple to their lunch pail to help with the above vitamins and minerals, and also to increase saliva production and gum strength. Apples, while healthy, also of course are a good deal sweet- so can be a great replacement for kids with a sweet tooth.
 
One of the things about almost all fruits and veggies too: portability and flexibility. Cut them up, leave them whole or throw in a small serving of fat-free ranch, peanut butter or other dipping sauce to ensure they are eaten more regularly. Just make sure the snack doesn’t become 100% about the extra sauce on the side.
 
Calcium Rich Options!
 
Items like cheese and plain yogurt not only constitute as other portable options but ones with a range of benefits. By adding foods like these to your kid’s diet, you can protect their teeth from acidic erosion and strengthen the teeth and gums. Add other mouth-healthy sides like almonds or other nuts to this and you not only have a variety of yummy textures but a great deal of oral health protection.
 
If you ever need assistance in having your child take on a healthier diet to benefit their teeth, do not hesitate the office of your number one provider of pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA to schedule an appointment. Contact us today at (781) 349-4750.
 
Importance of Braces Care

Norwood MA Braces Orthodontist Wants Your Smile to be the Best!

 

If you’ve just finished getting your braces put on, then congratulations! You’re on your way to creating a healthy, wonderful smile with the help of your orthodontist. Your next steps may be difficult, tedious, and downright upsetting (just because of the foods you’re advised to skip out on), but taking care of your smile-in-progress is significant when you’ve got new braces. Here at Epic Dental, your Norwood MA braces location, we want you to know why proper care for your braces is important.

 

Your daily dental routine is going to double when you have braces. There is a higher chance that there’s going to be food stuck there or other issues with your brackets and wires that just come with this procedure. While it may be annoying, the better you take care of your braces, the less likely you’ll have your time wearing them extended. Patients who ignore their dental routine are forced to have their time extended because there’s something that your orthodontist has to fix, which results in more time it needs for its proper use.

 

Dental problems like cavities, gingivitis, and other bacteria build-up issues are more likely to happen to braces wearers than non-wearers. If your routine isn’t up to par, then it’s highly possible that you may experience one of these problems.

 

While no one likes to do this without braces, we understand that it’s difficult to floss with braces, as well. But it’s important to know that foods and bacteria are twice as likely to get stuck and linger in between your teeth and on your braces. Ask your orthodontist about the proper way to floss your teeth with your braces and what may happen if you don’t.

 

Your orthodontist may also suggest purchasing a new toothbrush that’s specially made for patients with braces. They’re created to give patients a better brush and be able to come in contact with anything that’s stuck on your wires and brackets.

 

Contact your Norwood MA braces location for more tips on how to properly take care of your new braces. Call this number (781)-349-4750 or click here to request an appointment today.

June 2015
When To See The Orthodontist

First Visit to your Norwood MA Braces Provider

 

Every patient has a unique and individual smile all to their own. And getting to help and take care of these individual smiles is one of the best parts of being an Epic Lifetime Dental Care dentist. We recognize that even though no mouth is truly “perfect,” we wish to help you get not only the best looking smile you can, but also the healthiest one possible as well. This long path of personal oral health, of course, starts at an early age- but how early should your child be coming to see us concerning Norwood MA braces?

 

For orthodontic purposes, it is agreed amongst dental professionals that the magic number, in this case, is “7.” It is around the age of 7 that children start to lose their baby teeth, and while those teeth do play an important part in the formation of the mouth, it is when the adult ones come in that the most potential issues can develop.

 

By bringing your child to see us around age 7, your Norwood MA braces professional can assess their bite and look for any conditions that could be potentially developing as they grow into adulthood. Size, placement, spacing and shape of the teeth are key details that will be scrutinized, as they ultimately can become issues that may require care at a later date.

 

Although some potential preventative and cautionary steps may be suggested or taken at this time to prevent further damage from growth spurts, treatments are usually less comprehensive and more specific to certain issues for younger patients. Taking these steps at that age often will lessen the chances for intensive orthodontic needs as your child grows, but cannot be guaranteed.

 

While many children may not be able to have any problems identified at these early appointments or the doctor may not choose to take any action either, these visits can still have tremendous value. In the event a major orthodontic issue is brewing, your top provider of Norwood MA braces will be there to see your child through it and deliver the top notch care that we are known for.

 

To request an appointment in our Norwood office, please call (781) 349-4750 today!

Why to Wear a Mouthguard

Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood MA on Mouth Protection

 

As top providers of pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA, Epic Lifetime Dental Care knows how much your little one is going to want to be outside playing around this summer. Rather they are engaged in organized sports leagues or just playing with friends, accidental dental injuries are possible from a variety of circumstances. In order to help prevent these accidents the best we can, today we will be discussing the benefit of mouth guards not just for your child, but for the mouths of all those who are active in your life.  

 

In pretty much any sport or activity, contact or not, when an object, another person, or another surface is involved you have the potential for dental harm. And while rules requiring mouth guard usage may change from league to league, sport to sport, age range or level, not everyone will always follow these rules.

 

Many athletes, especially teens, will ditch the mouth guard because of its appearance or how it can inhibit vocalization during a play. While they may not see the benefits of the mouth guard in these instances, they will see it when it comes to saving their mouth and body from damage.

 

Not only is the mouth guard helpful in protecting the teeth from breaking or falling out, but they can also help prevent more serious injuries. Blows or trauma to the head and/or body that should have many times resulted in concussion, fractures or neck injury often can be prevented because of how the mouth guard is designed to work in line with the jaw and our bite.

 

But what makes a good mouth guard? If in the market for one, there are a few basic things you can look for. Make sure that first and foremost it is comfortable. It should fit well, allow you to breathe easily, communicate efficiently, be durable and stay in place during active periods. The mouth guard should also be easy to clean, for hygienic purposes of course. There are varieties of mouth guards that cover only the top teeth, but ones that cover both top and bottom can be especially beneficial in full-contact sports.

 

For more information on mouth guards and protecting you and your little ones mouth this active summer, contact your top provider of pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA by calling (781) 349-4750 today.

Why is Sedation Beneficial?

Sedation Dentistry Norwood Location Discusses Benefits for Patients

 

While there are people who don’t go to the dentist simply because they don’t want to or don’t feel like it, there are also people who don’t go because of their fears. Dentophonia, or having a fear of going to the dentist, prevents people from getting the proper dental care that they need. If you are too afraid to go to the dentist, go to Epic Lifetime Dental Care at your Sedation Dentistry Norwood location.

 

Having the option of sedation dentistry is helpful in a number of ways. Like previously stated, there are people who have phobias of going to the dentist and can’t imagine going through any procedure normally. The sedation relaxes them, so the patients will be calmer and the dentist will be able to perform. Also, the sedation eliminates a majority of the pain by increasing the patient’s tolerance. As opposed to full anesthesia, which would be more expensive, the dentist is able to work with very little to no anesthesia.

 

If you’re the kind of person who has a busy schedule with no time to come in for multiple appointments, then sedation dentistry allows you to have a longer procedure, but lesser appointments. Having a tight schedule is very common, so it’s better for you to come in for one session, and it’s better for the dentist to finish the procedure in one sitting. You’re not only saving your time, but the dentist’s time as well!

 

While you’re saving time, you’re also saving money! Though the procedure may be longer, you won’t be paying for multiple sessions over a certain period of time. Talk to your dentist if it would be more beneficial for your wallet to have that one session until of more.

 

If you’re still curious about sedation dentistry and the benefits of it, feel free to contact Epic Lifetime Dental Care by calling this number (781) 349-4750 or making an appointment here!

Top Foods & Drinks to Avoid

Saving Your Summer Smile with Your Childrens Dentist Norwood Location

 

There are well-known items to avoid your teeth from becoming stained. Coffee and smoking are two of the most popular, but there are other harmful substances that can damage the surface of your teeth and make them become that unattractive yellow color that patients do their best to steer clear of. Here are some foods and drinks that Childrens Dentist Norwood location wants you to think twice about before using.

 

Tea
People believe that just because they avoid drinking coffee and switch to tea means that they’re off the hook, but that’s not the case. Tea is still a dark liquid, much like coffee. Many different kinds of tea have tannin in them, which is also in wine, and it is notorious for damaging the surface of your teeth. If you’re unable to avoid tea altogether, then try drinking more water in your daily regimen, while also brushing your teeth when you’re finished.

 

Berries
Since it’s summer and nothing feels better than a handle of fresh berries, it’s easy to pop these in your mouth for a quick snack or add them to a meal. But berries have the ability to damage your enamel, as well, since they have a large amount of color pigments within them. You’ve seen how easy they can stain clothes and other surfaces—why would your teeth be any different?

 

Cough Drops
Even though these are beneficial for your throat doesn’t mean you should substitute it if you have a sweet tooth. Cough drops do the same damage to your teeth that other candies do because you’re sucking out the flavors, which are sticking to your mouth and teeth. Also, make sure you don’t bite down on these! They can cause chips or cracks on your teeth, maybe without your knowledge, which can cause serious damage down the road!

 

If you’re wondering what other foods and drinks could be doing more damage to your mouth than you previously knew, don’t hesitate to contact your Childrens Dentist Norwood location at this number (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment today!

Summer Time Tooth Care

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists on Summer Care Tips

 

In the summer, rules for the kids may become a little bit laxer than usual. Bed times may extend because of no school, certain snacks may be eaten more often and different activities sought after too. Unfortunately, these behaviors can also correlate to a little extra leeway for dental care, which can negatively impact your children in the long run. Your Norwood MA pediatric dentists know this reality all too well, and today are here to discuss some summer time tooth care tips for you and your child.

 

As mentioned briefly, later bedtimes can result in a deviation from other familiar patterns. We have seen plenty of families who may harmlessly allow their child to stay up an extra 2 or 3 hours because of how late the sun sets, and teeth brushing time gets thrown out of whack as a result. This can happen because these later nights can also come more fatigued parents, not just children. Kindly enforcing the nightly brushing and flossing regimen can easily become lost, but you must try your hardest for it not to be. Rather that means cutting back everyone’s bed time (even your own) to compensate, do what you need to get your child brushing and flossing before bed.

 

Certain restrictions on foods and beverages can potentially go by the wayside a little more during the summer season as well. While parents may not want their children to be sent off to school full of sugar, things can change when there are less social responsibilities in the summer. Allowing your child to have some soda to cool down or a bowl of sugary cereal to start the morning may be nice and lenient, but not beneficial. Make sure to have plenty of fruits and veggies around the house for kids to snack on, as well as lots of water, perhaps with some cucumber or lemon in it, to keep them hydrated in the heat.

 

By ensuring you and your children stick to your usual daily at-home oral health regimen, and maintain a healthy diet, you can be doing both of your mouths and bodies good beyond the summer months.

 

For more information on this topic or to schedule an appointment with your Norwood MA pediatric dentists at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, please call our office today at (781) 349-4750.

May 2015
Before Braces

Things to Know Before Getting Braces in Norwood MA

 

Now a days braces are extremely common as a method for straightening teeth. Although many patients will have encountered orthodontic work before they turn twenty, there is still a lot of misconception surrounding braces. If you’re planning to get braces in Norwood MA, you might want to consider these lesser known facts before your first appointment with us.

 

There is no age limit for braces

Many people think that orthodontic braces are solely for teenages. While teenagers are definitely the most common orthodontic patients, adults are increasingly getting braces too. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you may also be able to benefit from getting straighter teeth too. The most important consideration before getting braces is to ensure that your gums and jaw bones are healthy. Your Norwood MA dentist will be able to assess your entire mouth before implementing an orthodontic treatment plan.

 

The reason for a growing demand in adult braces varies. Perhaps they were unable to afford braces as a teenager, or maybe they didn’t wear their retainers the last time they had braces, which causes the teeth to become crooked again. Others may have more complicated issues involving jaw surgery.

 

Your bite matters

Although the main esthetic function of braces is to achieve a straighter smile, your bit also matters. One of the most important things we will evaluate is your bite. Your bite is the way that your top and bottom teeth meet when you open and close your mouth. As your doctor, we are just as concerned with how your mouth function as we are with making your teeth look great. You wouldn’t want to sacrifice chewing properly, being able to speak, or suffering from TMJ headaches just because your teeth were straightened without attention to your bite.

 

Not every type of orthodontic treatment is right every patient

You may have seen commercials for Invisalign or other teeth straightening methods on television. Although these are great products that you should definitely consult your orthodontic professionals in Norwood MA about, not every treatment is the right fit for every patient. Your mouth and teeth are unique to you, so this means your treatment plan will not be the same as another patient's plan. If you have your heart set on invisible braces instead of traditional metal braces, we invite you to have a conversation. We will assess which treatment plans are best for your needs. We may even have suggestions that you haven’t considered yet. So don’t get hung up on one type of bracket or one type of treatment before your consultation.

 

There's a lot more to braces than what meets the eye. The first step to straighter teeth always starts with a consultation, so click here or call us at (781) 349-4750 to schedule your consultation today!

Handling Dental Emergencies

Techniques like Sedation Dentistry in Norwood and more for Urgent Issues

 

Having a tooth knocked out, broken or chipped are often instances we would refer to as a “dental emergency.” And while these traumatic events can be brought on by a number of varying circumstances, one thing is for sure: they wait for no one. At the time you least expect it, an accident can occur and cause your mouth serious harm, but do not fret! With the help of pain and anxiety reduction techniques such as sedation dentistry in Norwood, our Epic Lifetime Dental Care office can help get your smile back to its former glory in no time.

 

Today we will be discussing how to deal with a dental emergency in the interim of your accident and being able to come into our Norwood office for your appointment. Please note, that for any more serious injury to please seek the attention of a hospital or call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

When dealing with a tooth that is knocked out, the first step to take is finding the tooth and gently cleaning it. Run hot water over it and then pat it dry to remove any debris that may be on the tooth. The next step may be one some are uncomfortable with, and that is to place the tooth back in the socket. If you can accomplish this without disrupting the nerves or tissue, it is recommended. If you do not want to attempt this, store the tooth in milk or in between your gum and cheek on your way to the doctor. Never store the tooth for extended periods in water.

 

Cracked or broken teeth can be another troublesome tooth dilemma. After suffering whatever trauma may cause the crack, make sure to wash your mouth out with warm water. The shards of the tooth are sharp, and you would not want to cut your mouth on them. If you find any “substantial” pieces of the tooth, try to hold onto them and place them in milk. Lastly, make sure to place a cold compress on the area of impact afterwards to reduce swelling.

 

No matter the cause of oral injury, with the help of sedation dentistry in Norwood and other techniques, our office can help get your smile back intact quickly, painlessly and efficiently.

 

To schedule an appointment with our Norwood MA office, please call (781) 349-4750 today! 

What are My Sedation Options?

Your Sedation Dentistry Norwood Explains the Different Types of Sedative Options Available

 

Sedation dentistry is frequently used on patients who have high anxiety or stress about dental procedures. Essentially these patients, with professional guidance, choose to use sedatives during treatment in order to achieve a more relaxed state that is almost sleep-like. Sedation dentistry is often used during procedures that require an extensive amount of time in the treatment chair or, as mentioned previously, for patients who exhibit dental phobias. Most forms of sedatives simply alleviate anxiety by putting patients in a sleep state, so that little is felt or remembered from the dental procedure.


Depending on the extent of the patient's phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be used. These include conscious sedation with oral sedatives, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and intravenous (IV) sedation.


Oral Sedatives

Diazepam is a very common medication that is used as an oral sedative. These can be given to a patient the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes to an hour before the dental appointment. Oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anesthetic will still need to be administered at the beginning of the procedure.


Nitrous Oxide Sedation

This form of sedation is an inhalation sedation. It is more commonly known as laughing gas and is used to induce a state of relaxation. Similar to oral sedatives, nitrous oxide is not a pain reliever so a local anesthetic will need to be administered prior to the procedure to eliminate pain.


Intravenous (IV) Sedation

This sedative is delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow. Medication that is administered intravenously is administered through the veins. This option provides patients with extremely rapid calming effects to curb any dental anxieties or phobias. Although many patients will begin to feel more alert as soon as the medication is stopped, you should still not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment.


If you think you might be a candidate for dental sedation, please feel free to contact our sedation dentistry Norwood office at (781) 349-4750. We’ll help decide which sedation medication is right for you and you’ll feel more comfortable with your dental procedures.

Significance of Speech Disorders

How Our Tongues Affect Our Talk

 

With the month of May being “National Better Hearing and Speech Month,” your Norwood Pediatric Dentist wanted to take the opportunity to discuss the importance of the latter half of this: speech. Every day your teeth, tongue, lips, cheeks and rest of your mouth plays a huge factor in the way that you speak by combining multiple complex systems in hopes of articulating a clear result.

 

Sometimes, however, there are mouth related conditions, such as OMDs, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, that can negatively impact speech.

 

What are OMDs and how do they affect my speech?

 

OMDs correlate to the tongue’s placement in the mouth either while speaking or swallowing. It may move too far back or forward, in between the teeth during speech or rest. This can result in an outward tongue thrust and speech impediment with certain sounds (such as “ch” “sh” or “th”) that can dissipate with age, but can also stay around until corrected.

 

Causes of OMDs?

 

Although allergies, enlarged tonsils, and heredity can cause OMDs, so can some dental related issues. Chronic thumb sucking, teeth grinding and biting at other objects, especially while still young, can alter the shape of the jaw and teeth- that may lead to OMDs. These causes may also lead to other orthodontic and dental work being required as the patient ages, as well.

 

How are OMDs diagnosed and/or treated?

 

A dentist or orthodontist may be able to diagnose OMDs when the tongues continual pressure affects alignment or eruption of the teeth. Consistent airway blockage due to this behavior could also be a warning sign.

 

Some of the best forms of treatment are related to behavioral therapy. These means will help the patient increase strength in, coordinate with and become aware of the muscles in the mouth and tongue, helping them to speak and swallow easier.  

 

Disorders like OMDs are just some of the ways that the mouth can affect speech and overall impact an individual’s life. Other issues such as TMJ disorders, oral cancer, saliva reproduction issues and various misalignments of the teeth can also affect speech, and be diagnosed and potentially treated with the assistance of dental professionals like your Norwood Pediatric Dentist..

 

To further discuss the importance of your mouth in speech, or to schedule an appointment today, please call (781) 349-4750.

April 2015
Benefits of Invisalign

Why To Choose Invisible Orthodontics in Norwood MA

 

As key providers of orthodontics in Norwood MA, the dentists at Epic Lifetime Dental Care often treat patients who wish their teeth were straighter than they are now. In the last few years, several major developments in orthodontic work, including clear and invisible braces, have evolved. These products, such as Invisalign, have become more popular of a choice than the traditional metal braces that so many have worn in years past. Although our office offers both forms of treatment for patients of all ages, this blog was composed in order to exemplify the benefits of invisible braces over their metal counterparts.

 

The first aspect or angle that begs to be looked upon considering this issue is exactly that, looks…appearance and aesthetic. Invisible braces are clear retainers that most people cannot even detect are on the teeth, compared to the metal brackets, bands and wires worn in traditional braces. The “mouth full of metal” look never really seems to be a #1 choice for any patient, and neither is the fact that a considerable amount of food could get caught in said brackets, which is typically avoidable with clear braces.

 

Speaking of food, it is encouraged to take your clear braces out when either eating or drinking- so you can use your natural teeth without any discomfort. Also to ensure even greater comfort- invisible braces are custom made from a medically approved, hardened plastic with no rough edges or pieces. This of course is a bit different than metal braces which have some tricky edges and wires that could irritate the surrounding tissues of the mouth if rubbing them against the appliance.  

 

Time of treatment is the last real comparison to make when it comes to these two forms of orthodontic procedures. Where traditional braces are cemented on the patient until the doctor removes them, typically after a 3-5 year treatment…invisible braces can be removed at any time, and usually are worn for a year or two to complete most goals.

 

While it seems “clear” that invisible braces do have a number of advantages over metal ones, they also can cost a bit more and are not suited for every patient’s case. In order to discuss options of orthodontics in Norwood more with your Epic Lifetime dentists, please call (781) 349-4750 today!

My First Extraction

Why would I want to get my tooth pulled? For first timers, having your tooth pulled may seem like a strange procedure, but when a dentist recommends a tooth extraction it’s for a necessary reason. The most common reason why your doctors at Epic Lifetime Dental Care would need to extract a patient’s tooth is in the case of an over-crowded mouth. This is especially popular amongst potential orthodontic patients in order to create more space to allow for orthodontia.

 

Another common reason for having a tooth extracted is when evidence of an infection is present. The tooth must be pulled when the infection is so severe that the damage extends to the tooth’s inner pulp, which houses the nerves and blood vessels. A tooth with severe pulp damage will cause extreme discomfort because of the exposed nerves. Worried about the pain of having a tooth pulled? There is no need to worry! Epic Lifetime Dental Care is an experienced sedation dentistry in Norwood, so we’ll be sure that you’re numb and comfortable before we start pulling. Of course, there are also many other reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary, but these may vary from patient to patient.

 

My Tooth Needs to Be Extracted... What Happens Next?

As an experienced sedation dentistry in Norwood, we make sure there is minimal discomfort and pain. Each patient receives an appropriate sedation plan, which typically involves Novocain to numb the procedure area. Once the patient is properly sedated, we will extract the tooth using a pair of dental forceps. If the tooth is impacted, or underneath the gum line, we must careful cut away the gum and bone tissue in order to remove the tooth. There is no reason to fear of any pain or discomfort because you’ll be completely numb and sedated. Once the tooth is successfully removed, the patient receives gauze to help preserve a healthy blood clot. You want to ensure proper healing in order to avoid a dry socket, a painful condition where the blood clot in the socket breaks loose and exposes the bone underneath.

 

Tooth extractions have become a widely used and usually very safe dental procedure. However, like with any medical procedure, there are some risks. Tooth extractions can provide an opportunity for bacteria to get into your bloodstream, so if you’re at risk for infection be sure to let your Norwood sedation dentistry know before your procedure. Taking antibiotics before and after your surgery can help reduce these risks.

 

Aren’t you glad for sedation dentistry? Thanks to sedation dentistry, we can ensure that our patients are always comfortable, happy and healthy even if we have to perform a tooth extraction!

Time Sensitive Treatments

Sedation Dentistry of Norwood Doctor Talks Time Frames

 

With all of the means of cheap travel, social media and constant forms of entertainment available to the world in this day and age, it can be quite easy to “stay busy.” However, sometimes the timelines for plans we make just do not coincide with the types of treatment we must seek for our teeth. Luckily for you, Epic Lifetime Dental Care, top providers of sedation dentistry in Norwood, not only offer anxiety relieving sedation techniques for a multitude of procedures, but we also specialize in various cosmetic dentistry practices. Today we will be looking at three of the top procedures we perform in relation to a specific time window you may have for an event.

 

Your friend has tickets to the Sox-Yankees game at the beginning of May and wants you to come on a double date with his girlfriend and her friend. With only a few weeks, how can you change your initial hesitation due to the color of your smile though? With in-office or take-home whitening systems available from our Norwood location, you can see dramatic changes to the shade of your teeth in even one sitting. The bleach used by our dentists is much stronger and faster acting than any in-store kits, toothpastes or mouthwashes and can help make your smile so bright it may be “blinding” to your blind date.

 

What if you have approximately 6 months till an art exhibit in which you are displaying a new piece you created? Lots of hand-shaking, new faces and maybe new deals to be made…but you should be making the breadth of your creativity the focus, not the gap in your teeth. With the help of dental implants, you can have a replacement of any missing teeth that feels and looks more natural than ever before. A special procedure bonding a titanium “root” to your natural tissue and bone is topped with a realistic crown, a false tooth, which will never allow anyone to know there was space to begin with.

 

Lastly, you have a year or so until you come together with your true love in the perfect destination wedding, but don’t want to say “I Do” with a crooked smile. Thanks to invisible and clear braces, like Invisalign, you can have an more aesthetically pleasing and quicker alternative treatment, compared to traditional orthodontic metal braces By going through a series of medically approved, hardened plastic, removable retainers- your teeth will shift little by little and soon be just as you wished for the big day.

 

If you interested in any of these cosmetic procedures or in finding out how sedation dentistry in Norwood can be beneficial to your treatment plan- please call our office today at (781) 349-4750.

History of Sedation and Anesthetics in Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Norwood Discusses the History of Sedation and Anesthetics in Dentistry

 

Oral sedation is used in dentistry for patients with general dental anxiety or prior dental trauma. Your sedation dentistry in Norwood is happy to help patients feel more at ease by providing sedation to patients with high anxiety or patients undergoing invasive procedures.  

 

Aside from nitrous oxide and ether, the modern age of sedative medications and anesthesia began in the 19th century with bromides and chloral hydrate. Chloral hydrate, generalized as a CNS depressant that acts rapidly and lasts for about 30 minutes, was synthesized in 1832 by German chemist, Justus von Liebig.

 

In 1845 a dentist by the name of Horace Wells attempted to demonstrate the use of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic agent at Harvard. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful and booed of the stage. Nitrous oxide is still used today and is one of the most common forms of anesthesia used in dentistry. Poor Horace Wells never received the credit he deserved for bringing nitrous oxide to the forefront of anesthetics used in dentistry.

 

Then a year later, in 1846, a dentist by the name of William T.G. Morton gave a sulfur-ether compound to a patient about to have oral surgery from Dr. John Warren. This event occurred at Harvard University and is known as the origin for anesthetic dentistry.

 

Today, dentistry relies on anesthesia to eliminate any pain or discomfort a patient may feel from an invasive surgery and comes in a variety of forms including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Oral pills are mainly used for drug sedation to help patients feel more relaxed and less aware of their procedure and pain.  If you are interested in sedation dentistry in Norwood, call us today at (781) 349-4750. 

Functions of a Retainer

Norwood MA Braces Follow-Up Essentials

 

While seeking Norwood MA braces or other orthodontic treatments from our Epic Lifetime Dental Care office, multiple steps must be followed for a successful result. Of course, the first step will be to have your braces applied and kept on for the (usual) 1-3 years your treatment calls for. Following the braces being removed, wearing your retainer is a next step and process that is just as essential as its predecessor.

 

But what are retainers?

 

They are custom fit acrylic appliances that keep the teeth in their new position post-braces. They can be either clear acrylic or hardened plastic with wire.

 

How long and when do I wear my retainer?

 

Typically for 6 months after you get your braces off your retainer should be worn at all times except while eating. After a follow-up evaluation, you may be able to wear your retainer just at night until your orthodontist clears you. This can be over a period that varies patient to patient, but can often be about a year total.

 

What does a retainer do?

 

As previously mentioned, it keeps your newly moved teeth in place. Right after your teeth have shifted thanks to braces, they are not settled into the bone, tissue and muscle at this new spot. The retainer allows the teeth to become acclimated to this new area so not to shift around or back to their previous state.

 

What happens if a retainer is not worn?

 

Not wearing a retainer can lead to the teeth reverting to their old misaligned state or even result in a new form of misalignment. This shifting back can begin even after just a few days of not wearing a retainer, and if your retainer does not fit due to this, it should be reported to your orthodontist right away.

 

Avoid having to undergo your Norwood MA braces treatment again by wearing your retainer after stage one of your treatment is complete. You worked so hard and endured a lot to this point, so why spoil it now?

 

For more information on retainers or to request an appointment, please call (781) 349-4750 today!

March 2015
Keep Your Brush at its Best

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists Keep Your Toothbrush in Top Shape

 

Here at your Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentists we recognize the importance of your toothbrush. Your number one weapon against tooth decay and oral health issues for home certainly does see its fair share of battles with all sorts of bacteria. But how can you help keep your brush healthy in between all of that scrubbing away at the enemy of your mouth’s well-being? Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your brush at its best: 

 

The first and most simple step to take would be flushing your brush out with hot water and rubbing it gently with a finger, before and after cleanings. The high temperature and “shake-up” given to the bristles will eliminate any germs that may be lingering or sticking on. Storage of the brush also plays a crucial role in ensuring bacteria does not develop. Make sure your toothbrush holder is well ventilated, upright and not in contact with any other objects. Every holder can be different, and if it applies to your type of holder, make sure to wash the bottom out frequently to avoid any “gunk” (bacterial) build up overtime as well.

 

Replacement of a toothbrush is also a necessary step to take in order to maintain great oral health. At the minimum, you should be getting a new toothbrush about every 3 to 4 months. If you brush the recommended 2-3 times daily, however, it is possible your brush will see a decline in quality and need a change within a month or so.

 

Make sure not to borrow a friend’s brush and to give your own brush a little extra “deep” cleaning when you are sick to prevent it from turning against you.

 

The quality of our toothbrush can sometimes get lost in the haze of all of our daily activities that keep us busy, but should not be ignored. If you feel your toothbrush may have gotten the best of you, please contact your Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists at Epic Lifetime Dental by calling (781) 349-4750 or by CLICKING HERE to make an appointment today! 

Dental Workout Worries

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists Spotting You at the Gym

 

As the summer approaches and begins to melt away the remnants of the, what some would consider, “Epic” winter we have had…many will be trying to get in better shape. Hitting the gym is a fantastic way to fight those winter blues and be beach-bod ready for the months coming. But did you ever wonder if your workout routines could actually be potentially adverse to the health of your mouth? Here at your Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists we have the scoop on what to avoid at the gym to keep your grin in tip-top shape.

 

One of the issues with those who frequent the gym is the amount of sports drinks they may be ingesting to fuel their workouts. While these drinks may contain certain nutrients and vitamins that allow you to exercise more efficiently or longer, they could also contain harmful sugars and acids. Prolonged exposure to these two ingredients could lead to plaque buildup, decay, inflammation and a list of other problems your teeth may not be able to “sweat.”

 

The main problem we have seen come from constant workouts, however, is the amount of mouth breathing that occurs. Mouth breathing has been shown to be detrimental to teeth in a number of instances, not just while during exercise. The fundamental issue here is the lowering of saliva production levels within the mouth. The more dry the mouth gets, the more susceptible to bacteria build up and enamel wear you become.

 

The good news to take from all of this is that no matter the damage these issues may cause, they are avoidable. By drinking more water, or at least following all your sports drinks up with water, you take the sugars and acids power from them. And while training yourself to breathe from your nose more often may not be the easiest to do, if you are putting up those impressive numbers on the bench- you can do anything.

 

We here at your Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists office can help you get the amazing smile to match the rest of your amazing physique this Summer. Call Epic Dental at (781) 349-4750 to make an appointment today! 

Sedation as Anxiety Relief

Sedation Dentistry in Norwood Truly Helps

 

It is estimated by dental professionals that about 1 in 10 Americans suffer from either dental anxiety or dental phobia, a fear of the dentist. Where people with anxiety have irrational and growing fears that might make them miss appointments, people with phobias have a more serious condition. Panic attacks, loss of sleep and even getting sick just thinking about the dentist or an appointment plagues those with a dental phobia…but there could be a solution. We practice sedation dentistry in Norwood at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, and although it has benefits for a wide range of candidates, today we wish for you to know more about it as it relates to those with anxiety or phobias.

 

Patients suffering from either condition might go months or years without dental care, resulting in serious oral health issues. It is not uncommon for one of these patients to have infected teeth or gums, bad breath or other problems that need resolution at the hands of a dentist. By sedating a patient, we take away the worry and can perform whatever procedures are needed, panic free. A patient can be put at ease with a number of options and in a degree of levels to help relieve their concerns.

 

From oral sedatives, to intravenous, laughing gas and general anesthesia- the options and degrees of sedation vary. The onset time for each option differs and most (except general anesthesia) require a pain reliever to be injected or coupled with it for all treatment to be most effective.

 

The level of sedation can go from light, all the way to a deep sedation, where the patient is borderline unconscious and unaware. In the “deeper end” of these levels, assistance with breathing is usually needed, and is typically only used in oral surgeries.

 

Besides using these methods of sedation, there can be methods useful at an early age to prevent an anxiety from developing. By bringing children to the dentist while still young so that they become familiar, making sure they maintain healthy routines at home, and by not talking about your own dental fears or issues to them- you can set a child up for a life less likely to be affected by the fear of the dentist.

 

By actively practicing sedation dentistry in Norwood, we believe we give patients with dental anxiety or phobias the ability to be more comfortable and seek the care they deserve. Please call (781) 349-4750 to discuss sedation dentistry benefitting you, or to make an appointment with us here at Epic Lifetime Dental Care, today!

 

Root Canal Awareness Week

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists on Root Canal Awareness

 

This week, March 22nd to 28th, is Root Canal Awareness Week, and your Norwood MA pediatric dentists wanted to do their part to discuss the benefits and process of this tooth-saving procedure with you, the patient. 

 

Did you know an overwhelming majority of the population, some 70%, fear not only the loss of a tooth, but the procedure of a root canal? Tall tales of the pain endured during root canal therapy are widespread, but on average- not very likely or accurate. The ultimate irony is derived from the fact that the only way to NOT lose a tooth in many circumstances is to give it a root canal, making it one of the most frequently utilized endodontic treatments.

 

A root canal could be helpful in cases where a patient is in severe pain because of a tooth that has suffered at the hands of substantial decay, repeated procedures on the same tooth, or fault dental work causing cracks. Quite literally at the center of the procedure, and the pain, is a pulp tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves that have become inflamed or infected.

 

To resolve this pain, the pulp must be removed and the tooth filled. Due to the surrounding tissues being quite nourishing all by themselves, the tooth can continue having a “healthy life” without the pulp present.

 

For this procedure, the pulp is removed via an opening made in the crown of the tooth. Once all of the infected pulp is eliminated, a thorough cleaning of the cavity of the tooth is performed, then filled and sealed. A permanent crown and filling will be created to give the tooth a natural color and bite, being applied, more than likely, at a follow up visit.

 

And that is all! Just these few steps and you can keep the natural appearance, sensation and biting force of your original tooth, compared to the replacement of it altogether.

 

The need for a root canal can only be diagnosed by Epic Lifetime Dental Care, your Norwood MA pediatric dentists. Call our office at (781) 349-4750 to make an appointment to address any tooth pain you may be experiencing, today!

February 2015
Orthodontic Myths

Norwood MA Othodontics Office Clears up Myths Regarding Braces

 

We offer Norwood MA orthodontics, and over the years, we have had many patients express their fears and “facts” about braces. What we have come to notice is that many of these patients have fallen for common myths regarding orthodontics.

 

Myth 1: If the wires are tighter, you can have your braces off sooner.

 

Although that may seem to make sense, it is actually false. Although a certain amount of fore is necessary to move your teeth into the desired position, too much force can damage the surrounding bones and tissue. It is important that your orthodontist uses a delicate balance of forces.

 

Myth 2: Wires need to be changed every visit.

 

Although this may have been true in the past, braces have come a long way. New advancements have made it possible for the wires to be bent in all different ways and then revert back into their original U-shaped form. The wire may need to be changed periodically, but not everytime.

 

Myth 3: Wisdom teeth are causing your other teeth to shift and be crooked.

 

 

Teeth can shift overtime on their own. Even those that have had their wisdom teeth extracted may still experience a shift. Many people think that wisdom teeth can cause over crowding; however, there is little evidence to support this.

 

Myth 4: Only braces can straighten teeth.

 

If you are looking for a Norwood MA Orthodontics office to straighten your teeth, chances are you will have quite a few options. You can straighten your teeth without ever wearing braces—instead you can straighten them with Invisalign!

 

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that will slowly move your teeth into the desired position. Unfortunately Invisalign is not for everybody. Those with extreme cases may not be recommended for Invisalign treatment.

 

These are just some of the myths out there about Norwood MA orthodontics. If you hear any other rumors that you would like to clear up, call Epic Lifetime Dental at (781) 349-4750. We’d be happy to clear up any false misconceptions about braces.

 

To schedule an appointment to straighten your teeth call us today!

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Dentists Explain Sedation Dentistry Norwood MA

 

Our sedation dentistry Norwood has helped many patients overcome their fear of the dentist. Phobia of the dentist is common, believe I or not, and many people would rather suffer from a toothache than visit their dentist.

 

However, more and more practices are offering sedation dentistry to help ease their fear. Sedation dentistry has helped many people—young and old!

 

What is sedation dentistry?

 

Sedation dentistry Norwood is a type of dentistry that uses medication and anesthetics to help patients relax during their dental treatment. There are different levels of medication used. Some of the tactics will put patients to sleep, others the patient will be awake and responsive but in a relaxed state of mind.

 

The different types of sedation dentistry:

  • Minimal Sedation: This type of sedative helps the patients to relax, but the patient will still be awake.
  • Moderate Sedation: (AKA Conscious Sedation) Patients may slur their works, and they may not remember much from during the procedure, but they will remain awake.
  • Deep Sedation: You are barely conscious with this type of sedation, but you can still be awakened.
  • General Anesthesia: This is the strongest type of sedation and is typically only used for surgical procedures. With this type of medication, patients will be completely unconscious.

 

Sedation dentistry can be used for both children and adults. Typically, with children, a lower sedative is given. Sedation dentistry is safe for children, but it is usually only used for children that have an extreme fear of the dentist.

 

Sedation dentistry is great for those with the following issues:

  • Can’t sit still during their dental visit.
  • Have an extreme fear or phobia of going to the dentist.
  • Have a low tolerance for pain.
  • Those with overactive gag reflexes.
  • Need a significant amount of dental work.

 

Our sedation dentistry Norwood doesn’t recommend sedative for every patient. If you think that sedation dentistry may help you, be sure to contact Epic Lifetime Dental to see if it is recommended. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment today!

Dental Health Month leads to a Dental Healthy Life

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists Discuss NCDHM

 

Even as National Children’s Dental Health Month has come and gone, here at your Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists, Epic Lifetime Dental, we believe the importance of taking care of your children’s teeth can never be stressed enough. The notion of “they’re just baby teeth, they get a fresh start soon anyway,” is a silly one- and we whole heartedly believe you have to teach your children to love their teeth from day one in order to establish a life-long healthy tradition.

 

“Well, my kid just finally conquered the whole ‘potty’ thing…how can I expect them to learn to love their teeth so easily?”

 

To start, frequent exposure can be a great way to make anyone, even your children, feel dedicated and comfortable with something they are unfamiliar with. Children should get twice yearly check-ups starting at about their first birthday, and twice yearly from then on out.

 

“Ambience,” so to say, is also important to an impressionable mind. Make sure the practice you take them to is “child-friendly” in atmosphere and report- just like your dental professionals here at Epic Lifetime, Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists. Feeling comfortable in uncommon surroundings can not only establish a sense of trust in the new patient, but also combat any fear that could be brought on in young minds.

 

Using potentially “scary” words to your children concerning the dentist should also be avoided. Terms like “needle,” “drill,” or “pull” can start you off on a bad foot when you have not even gotten out the door to the appointment yet.

 

Lastly, sometimes a little reward (hopefully of the non-sugary variety) can show the little ones how proud of them you are for being such “big boys and girls” and being so brave.

Schedule an appointment today with your Norwood MA Pediatric Dentists by calling (781) 349-4750 to establish your children’s lifelong commitment to a healthy smile.

January 2015
5 Foods to Avoid with Braces

Avoid These Foods if you Have Norwood MA Braces

 

If you’ve recently gotten Norwood MA braces there are some foods that Dr. Matthew Miner recommends avoiding. Certain foods are more likely to get caught between your braces and some can even damage them.

 

1. Avoid Chewing on Ice

 

Chewing on ice is bad for you whether you have Norwood MA braces or not! Due to the hardness of ice, chewing on it can severely damage your braces. If you continuously damage your brackets and/or wires, you may require a longer treatment time.

 

2. Stay Away from Hard Foods

 

Just like ice, biting into hard foods can also cause damage to your Norwood MA braces. Nuts, lolly pops, hardened bread, etc. should be avoided if you have braces. If you can’t resist, try breaking them into smaller pieces before consumption.

 

Foods, such as peanuts, for example are hard and require a stronger bite force. Biting hard into these foods can cause damage to your Norwood MA braces, or worse, your actual teeth! We recommend eating chopped peanuts if you really can’t resisit.

 

3. Avoid Foods High in Sugar and Starch

 

Sugar and starch create a breeding ground for bacteria. If you have braces, sugay and starchy foods are more likely to get trapped between the wires and brackets, which in turn increases your likelihood of dental decay.

 

4. Try to Avoid Chewy Meats

 

Certain types of beef are not recommended for those with Norwood MA braces because they require more chewing. Meat that is stringer and lean may require a harder bite which in turn might damage your braces and require you to wear your braces for longer.

 

5. Raw Carrots and Apples

 

Raw carrots and apples are extremely hard and biting into them can damage your Norwood MA braces. If you really love carrots and apples, try to cut them into smaller pieces. Slicing an apple before you eat it will be much better than biting into its’ hard surface.

 

Regardless of when you got your Norwood MA braces you should avoid these foods as best your can. If you think you’ve damaged your brackets and wires contact Dr. Matthew Miner as soon as possible. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment today!

5 Ways to Cease Thumb Sucking

Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA Advises on How to Stop Thumb Sucking

 

Our Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA has had many parents inquire about thumb sucking. Thumb sucking is very common for children. Many children suck their thumb because they find it comforting, it helps to put them to sleep, and/or because it makes them feel good.

 

Thumb sucking isn’t necessarily a bad habit until a child is past a certain age. Thumb sucking beyond the age of 2 can cause problems down the line. Dentists at our pediatric dentistry Norwood MA warn that continuous thumb sucking can result in speech impediments and/or a misaligned jaw.

 

If thumb sucking is a problem for your child, try and follow these 5 tips from your pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA:

 

1. Try to limit the timing that your kid sucks their thumb—be sure to explain that it is an activity that shouldn’t be in public and should only be done during nap time and at night.

 

2. Instead of telling your child that they cannot suck their thumb anymore, try and praise them when they are not sucking it instead. This will make them want to stop for themselves.

 

3. Try to talk to your child about why thumb sucking is bad. Explain to them in a way that they will understand, and be sure that they know you are there to help. If they aren’t ready to stop now, they will be at a later time. Be sure they know that when they’re ready you’ll be there.

 

4. If your child has been injured, do not tell them they can’t suck their thumb. This is a habit that is comforting to a child, so by prohibiting them from doing so you may further traumatize them.

 

 5. Try to teach your child self-awareness. If you notice that they are sucking their thumb, say something along the lines of “Do you know you are sucking your thumb right now?” If your child answers no, help them recognize when they are doing it.

 

If you child is sucking their thumb for reasons of comfort, our pediatric dentistry Norwood MA recommends giving them a blanket or stuffed animal instead. This is a better way of comforting themselves.

 

For more advice on how to stop your child from sucking their thumb, or to schedule an appointment for a checkup, call out pediatric dentistry Norwood MA at (781) 349-4750.

Sedation Dentistry for Kids!

Learn About our Sedation Dentistry Norwood MA for Kids

 

We offer Sedation dentistry Norwood for our pediatric patients. Many parents have told us that their children suffer from anxiety about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry is safe, effective, and can help to ensure that your child has a pleasant dental visit.

 

For our pediatric dentist, we offer conscious sedation dentistry Norwood. This will help them to calm down and sit still long enough to undergo treatment; however, the child will remain in a conscious state of mind. Your child will still be able to respond to voices and/or stimulation.

There are different methods for sedation dentistry Norwood. We can administer sedatives for

 

your child in different ways:

  • Inhaling a gas
  • Swallowing medicine in a syrup or pill form
  • Receiving medicine through a shot
  • Receiving medicine through a vein

 

The most common type of sedation dentistry Norwood is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This type of sedation is great for children with a mild or moderate fear. It can help to relax them and ensure that they feel safe and comfortable during their treatment.

 

Typically a child will be administered this type of sedative through inhaling a gas. It is a safe method and it is quickly eliminated from the body. It leaves just enough time for the dentist to complete their work. Be sure to feed your child only liquids or a light meal a few hours beforehand so that they don’t get nauseous.

 

For children that are extremely anxious, we may recommend a stronger type of sedation dentistry Norwood. With this type of sedation your child will still be conscious but you may need to carry them home after their visit. This type is typically administered orally.

 

For more information about our different options for Sedation dentistry Norwood, contact Epic Lifetime Dental by calling (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment or for questions. 

Latex-Free Dental Office in Norwood

Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA Maintains a Latex-Free Dental Office

 
Many patients walk into their pediatric dentistry Norwood MA and experience a runny nose, sneezing, and possibly even itchy and swollen eyes. However, at our pediatric dentistry this won't happen.
 
Why do patients experience these problems when they visit the dentist?
 
Many dental practices use latex products, and many people, often unknowingly, have allergic reactions to latex. They can even be cause by certain products and medications that a dentist uses. 
 
Our pediatric dentist Norwood MA maintains a latex-free dental office so that we can provide dental care to all of those in need. 
 
What is latex?
 
Latex is a natural rubber harvested from trees. It is often used to create gloves, syringes, and masks used in many dental offices. However, these same products can be made from other materials as well. 
 
To ensure a pleasant and allergy-free dental office, our office doesn't use latex products. This can help to ensure that patients won't be sneezing and uncomforable during their visits. Don't let a latex allergy stop you from keeping up with your dental checkups.
 
It is important that you visit your dentist at least once every 6 months, or as recommended. Don't let your allergies stop your from having a healthy and beatiful smile. Call (781) 349-4750 if you are tryinf to find an allergy-free pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA. 
 
 In addition to being a latex-free pediatric dentistry Norwood MA, none of our products have BPA (Bisphenol A) added.
 
To schedule an appointment, or for questions and concerns contact us by calling (781) 349-4750 or click here
December 2014
Protecting Teeth with Sealants

Norwood Pediatric Dentist Advises Children to get Dental Sealants

 

As the best Norwood Pediatric Dentist, Epic Lifetime Dental Care warns parents that dental caries affect between 60-90% of schoolchildren in industrialized countries. A great way to help prevent dental caries from affecting your child is to have dental sealants put on their teeth.

 

What are dental sealants?

 

Dental sealants are a thin plastic sealing that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. They help to protect teeth from dental decay and they ae usually painted onto the back of the teeth. The sealant quickly bonds into the grooves of the teeth to create a protective shield over the enamel.

 

Are dental sealants for everybody?

 

Yes, dental sealants are for everybody. However, your Norwood Pediatric dentist tends to have children get dental sealants more often than adults. Adults cannot get dental sealants unless they have no dental decay and no fillings in their molars.

 

Children that get dental sealants put on their teeth as soon as their permanent teeth come in can be protected throughout the cavity-prone years. They can even help to protect baby teeth, and healthy baby teeth more often than not signify healthy adult teeth.

 

How long will my dental sealants last?

 

Dental sealants can last up to 10 years, however, you may need to have some touch ups done when you visit your Norwood Pediatric dentist for check-ups. Your dentist will ensure there are no cracks, chips, etc. They can also replace the sealants as necessary.

 

To ask your Norwood Pediatric dentist if dental sealants are right for you, call call (781) 349-4750 or click here to schedule an appointment. And remember, dental sealants can be beneficial for children, teens, AND adults!

Fighting Cavities

Norwood Pediatric Dentist Educated on Dental Decay in Children

 

Your Norwood Pediatric Dentist is concerned with the rise of tooth decay amongst children. Tooth decay is a highly preventable disease,  but millions of children still suffer from it. A child is five times more likely to suffer from dental decay than asthma.

 

What is dental decay?

 

Dental decay is another term for cavities. They are typically caused by poor oral hygiene habits and high sugar diets. There are many different things parents and children can do to help keep their mouth healthy.

 

How can I prevent dental decay in my child?

 

Be sure to teach your child how to brush and floss, and make sure that they brush twice a day and floss once a day. Teaching your child proper oral hygiene habits at a young age can help encourage them to carry these habits on with them throughout adulthood.

 

You Norwood Pediatric Dentist also recommends being aware of their diet. Try not to feed them food and beverages that are high in sugar, and try to limit snack time between meals. Eating snacks between meals exposes the teeth to sugar and bacteria for longer periods of time.

 

It is also vital that you bring your child to your Norwood Pediatric Dentist at least once every 6 months. Bringing your child to the dentist as recommended can help to discover problems early on. Typically damage is reversible if discovered at an early time period.

 

How can dental decay affect my child?

 

Dental decay can hinder your child’s social and cognitive development. It can also cause low-self-esteem once the decay has compromised the appearance of their smile. Children with healthy teeth and beautiful smiles are more likely to be successful in the future.

 

If dental decay is left untreated, it can cause severe damage to the teeth, lead to bacterial infections, and possible even death. If you think your child may be suffering from dental decay, be sure to call your Norwood Pediatric Dentist as soon as possible.

 

For more information on how to properly brush and floss, or to schedule an appointment with a Norwood Pediatric dentist call (781) 349-4750

Benefits of Fluoride

Norwood Pediatric Dentist Discusses Benefits of Fluoride Treatments

 

Our Norwood Pediatric Dentist recommends having your child come in for regular fluoride treatments. The outer layer of our teeth, known as enamel, is constantly under attack by acid and bacteria. Fluoride helps to restore some of the lost minerals and strengthen the enamel.

 

What is fluoride?

 

Fluoride is a natural occurring element that is found in many foods and beverages. Having your Norwood Pediatric Dentist complete Fluoride treatments can help to prevent tooth decay by making the teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.

 

This natural occurring mineral replenishes the teeth and can be beneficial for both children and adults. There are many ways once can consume fluoride, one of which is to have special treatments done at your Norwood Pediatric Dentist office.

 

What forms is Fluoride available?

 

Fluoride is available in many different forms. One can benefit from fluoride just from drinking water infused with this mineral. There are also toothpastes and mouth rinses that can help to increase a person’s fluoride intake. For stronger forms of fluoride you may need a prescription from your Norwood Pediatric Dentist.

 

At Epic Lifetime Dental Care we can provide fluoride treatments in which a gel, foam, or varnish is applied directly to the teeth. These kinds of treatments are much stronger than fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses.

 

At what age is fluoride intake most crucial?

 

According to your Norwood pediatric dentists, it is extremely important for children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to have adequate fluoride exposure. This is the time frame of which the adult permanent teeth come in. Fluoride helps to strengthen and protect developing teeth.

 

To learn more about fluoride treatments, or for more information on how you can protect your teeth, contact your Norwood Pediatric Dentist by calling (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment today!

Heart Disease Linked to Periodontitis

Your Norwood Pediatric Dentist Reminds you to Floss Daily!

 

As your Norwood Pediatric Dentist, Epic Lifetime Dental Care reminds you to ensure that your child is flossing daily. It is important to both brush and floss, and it is critical to teach your children this at a young age.

 

Children that learn to floss are more likely to carry the habit on with them into adulthood. Brushing cleans 65%, however, the remaining 35% is cleaned by flossing. If you aren’t sure the proper ways to brush and floss, be sure to contact your Norwood pediatric dentist.

 

Flossing is extremely beneficial to both children and adults. It helps to access the hard to reach places that a toothbrush cannot. It can also help to keep your overall health intact. Your Norwood pediatric dentist says to floss before you brush for maximum results.

 

Flossing your teeth can help to remove malodorous bacteria that cause bad breath. It can also help to prevent dental decay, gum disease, and other health issues. Researchers have found a direct link between gum disease and heart disease.  

 

As the best Norwood pediatric dentist, we want you and your child to have a healthy smile for a lifetime. Flossing can help to prevent gum disease. Gum disease is a very serious condition that can lead to many other issues including heart disease and tooth loss.

 

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, those that suffer from periodontal disease are twice more likely to develop coronary disease. Flossing helps to prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and bacteria from between the teeth and along the gum line.

 

For more information on how to properly floss, or to schedule an appointment with your Norwood pediatric dentist, call (781) 349-4750! Ensure that your gums are healthy. 

November 2014
Caring for Babies' Teeth

Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA Explains how to Care for a Baby's Teeth

 

The doctors of our pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA have some tips for those who are new mothers. If you have recently had a new baby, it is important to take proper care of their mouth. Even though they don’t have teeth yet, their oral hygiene is still extremely important.

 

Baby teeth act as the place holders for the adult permanent teeth. They start to pop through the gums, and if the gums aren’t clean, they can begin to decay immediately. Food particles and plaque can buildup on a baby’s gums, and for this reason, it is important to take proper steps to keep their mouths clean.

 

You should clean out your baby’s mouth twice a day, sometimes even more. To clean out their mouth is simple and easy. Do not use a toothbrush at this point because it can hurt them and damage their gums. All you need is a soft moistened piece of gauze or a washcloth. You will not use a toothbrush for your baby until their first tooth has popped above the gums.

 

All you have to do is gently wipe down your baby’s gums with the moistened washcloth or gauze at least twice a day. No toothpaste is needed at this point either. It is especially important to do this after a feeding and before bedtime.

 

Once their baby teeth have begun to grow in, you can graduate to using a toothbrush. Just be sure to use a small one with really soft bristles! The brush should have a small head and a large handle. You only need to start off with a  smudge of toothpaste, and then when your child turns 3, you can begin using a pea-sized amount.

 

Be sure to brush the front and back of their teeth. It is important to continue to care for your child’s teeth until they are able to do so on their own. Usually, by the time a child is 6, they can brush on their own and take of their teeth without needing assistance.

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for decay as the baby teeth grow in—this will look like white or brown spots on the teeth. You should bring your baby to Epic Lifetime Dental around the age of one to ensure their teeth are as healthy as can be.

 

For more information on how to care for your child’s teeth, or to schedule your baby’s firs appointment, call (781) 349-4750 or click here!

Teaching your Children

Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentist Shares Tips with Parents

 

As a Norwood MA, pediatric dentist, we understand how important good oral hygiene is. It is extremely important to teach young children good oral hygiene habits, as well as proper ways to brush and floss.

 

A great way to teach your good oral hygiene habits is to set an example. Let them see you brush your teeth twice a day, and maybe even let them help as you help them! If you brush your teeth before they wake up, change your daily routine a bit. Kids learn by seeing and doing. Show them that you take good care of your teeth!

 

Children also find it helpful to relate to peers. Find youtube videos of other children around the same age as them and show it to your child. This will help them understand that everyone else brushes as well—not just adults!

 

Another great way to help your child remember to brush their teeth is to make it the same time as story time. Read your child their bedtime story while they brush! This will help to make brushing the teeth seem more fun.  

 

Brushing the teeth is really important. Skipping out on brushing, even just once, can cause plaque to buildup. Shop your child what happens throughout the day by giving them a plaque disclosing tablet. This is a chewable tablet that will change the color of their mouth and highlight the areas where plaque buildup exists.
 

Showing you children the before and after of brushing your teeth will encourage them to be sure they have a clean mouth. For more tips on practicing good oral hygiene techniques with kids, visit our pediatric dentistry. Call (781) 349-4750 or click here to schedule an appointment!

Healthy Baby Teeth

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist Educated on Healthy Baby Teeth

 

Your Norwood MA Pediatric dentist wants to ensure that you and your family have the healthiest teeth possible. It is important to understand basic steps to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. You can start your child’s life off with healthy teeth by taking a few simple steps during pregnancy.

 

We highly recommend that expecting mothers take calcium supplements as well as folic-acid supplements throughout their pregnancy. This will help their babies to have strong healthy teeth. Folic-acid supplements also help to prevent babies from being born with a cleft lip and palate.

 

Once a baby is born, it is important to wipe down their gums using a soft, moist cloth. Once the teeth start to come in, typically at around 6 months, parents can use a soft children’s toothbrush twice a day.

We recommend that parents brush their child’s teeth until they reach the age of 6. Up until this point, children cannot adequately brush and care for their teeth on their own. This will also help to teach children proper oral hygiene skills as well as get them in the habit of brushing and flossing daily.

 

Children are at risk for tooth decay as young as nine-months old. For this reason it is important to take care of their teeth and gums. By rubbing their gums even before the teeth have begun to come in, you can ensure that some of the bacteria is removed.

 

It is important to take your child to the dentist at an early age—as young as 1-year old! The earlier an issue is discovered, the better chance dentists and patients have at reversing any damage.

 

To schedule an appointment for you or your child at Epic Lifetime Dental, call (781) 349-4750.

Well-Balanced Diet

As a Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentist, Epic Lifetime Dental Care wants to warn parents that dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Dental decay, luckily, is easily preventable. Feeding your child a healthy diet and ensuring they take proper care of their teeth can keep them strong and healthy.

 

A child’s diet affects their overall health as well as their teeth. For this reason, it is important that your child consumes a well-balanced diet. Giving your child too much of something can cause them to become ill, or worse.

 

Dental decay and cavities are caused by sugar. It is important to keep your child’s sugar intake at a minimum level. Certain foods and beverages are higher in sugar than most things, and it is important to avoid these things.

 

Children love soda, candy, cookies, and sweets, and sugar loves their teeth. To protect your child from dental decay, try to give them healthier snacks that are low in sugar. Many parents don’t realize the high sugar-content in certain drinks, but always check nutrition labels before you give it to your kids.

 

Regardless of what you eat during the day, following these tips can help you maintain healthy teeth for your child:

 

  • Be sure that they are drinking plenty of water. Saliva and water help to eliminate some of the plaque that sticks to the teeth.
  • Keep a well-balanced diet: Be sure to eat something from each of the five major food groups every day. Keep the food groups in mind when giving your child a snack.
  • Ensure your child is brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

 

Click here for a list of the five major food groups.

 

For more tips on how to keep your child’s mouth health contact Epic Lifetime Dental. Also, remember to schedule them appointments for their checkups! If your child is in need of a checkup, call (781) 349-4750 or click here to schedule an appointment

Inconspicuous Invisalign

Learn About Invisalign in Norwood MA

 

At Epic Lifetime Dental we have many different patients, young and old, that ask us about Invisalign in Norwood MA. Invisalign is a great and inconspicuous way to straighten your teeth. It can help you achieve your dream smile without anyone even being able to tell! If you have crooked teeth, be sure to ask us if Invisalign is an option for you.

 

Invisalign is a great alternative to braces. Invisalign consists of a series of clear, tight-fitting aligners that are custom-made to slip over your teeth. Invisalign, however, is not a good method of straightening teeth for children—it works best for adults and teens.

 

How does Invisalign work?

 

You will be fitted periodically for clear aligners if you opt for Invisalign. They are made from a clear plastic or acrylic material, and they fit tightly over your teeth. They are easily removed by the wearer for eating, brushing, and flossing.

 

Your teeth will shift little by little, and every few weeks you will need to get fitted for a new aligner. You will need new aligners until your teeth are in the desired position.

 

How long does it take to straighten teeth using Invisalign?

 

The length of time it takes to straighten teeth using Invisalign typically depends on your unique circumstance. Some people have more crooked teeth than others, and may require more time. Treatment typically takes between 10 to 24 months depending on the severity of your situation.

 

If you are an adult that had braces in the past, and your teeth have shifted just a bit, you can fix them with Invisalign in as short a time period as 10 weeks!

 

Invisalign is a great solution for many of our patients. Unfortunately, however, Invisalign is not recommended for everyone. To learn more about how you can straighten your teeth, or to find out if Invisalign is right for you, call (781) 349-4750 or click here to schedule an appointment.

October 2014
Good Habits

Norwood Pediatric Dentists Warn Against Tooth Decay in Children

 

As your Norwood Pediatric Dentists, we want to ensure that your children grow up with big, strong, and bright smiles. Recent surveys have revealed that it isn’t uncommon for children to forget to brush their teeth, and if you want the best for your child, we highly recommend reminding them.

 

Brushing teeth should come as naturally to children as wearing a seat belt in the car. Most children automatically put seatbelts on for themselves, and they grow up learning that they have to wear a seat belt. Brushing their teeth should be no different!

 

Seatbelts may protect their lives, but clean and healthy teeth help to improve their quality of life. Today, tooth decay is the single most chronic childhood disease in the United States according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

 

Many parents neglect their children’s teeth thinking they are just baby teeth and will fall out anyway. Despite that common false misconception, it is still important to take care of baby teeth. Teaching children to care for their teeth at young ages will cement it in their mind as necessary habits.

 

Studies revealed that tooth decay in children is five times more likely than asthma, four times more common than childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes.

 

Teaching children good oral hygiene is beneficial to both the parent and the child. If your child has poor oral hygiene they are more likely to get cavities and need other dental work. This means that parents will need to give up some of their time to take their kids to the dentist.

 

Don’t let your child be one of the many suffering from tooth decay. Be sure to teach them how to brush and floss, and make sure they know to brush for two minutes two times a day!

Importance of Early Orthodontics

Benefits of Orthodontics in Norwood

 

It is highly important to consider orthodontics in Norwood for your child. There have been multiple studies that found straighter teeth to be associated with confidence. It has also been noted that crooked or aesthetically unattractive smiles tend to cause children to be bullied.

 

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are more likely to be bullied if they have crooked teeth. Not only can straightening the teeth give your child more confidence, but it can benefit them in many other ways as well. It is much easier to clean teeth that are straight, and clean teeth usually mean less or no cavities.

 

If your child’s teeth are crooked they may eventually feel pain in their bite. This can be caused by a number of reasons. Dental crowding may be another issue that can require your child to have braces.

 

It is best to take your child to the orthodontist around the age of 7. The younger the child, the easier it is to shift the teeth into the desired position. This will also be beneficial to the child because they will go through their teenage years as well as adulthood with straight teeth.

 

It has been found that those with straighter teeth have more confidence and are therefore more likely to be successful at making friends, obtaining a satisfying career, and of course looking good!

 

Studies have shown that individuals with a high self-esteem are more likely to persist at challenging tasks, resist conformity pressure, and are more independent and less sensitive to criticism.

 

To find out if your child is a candidate for braces call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment at Epic Lifetime Dental!

Calming your Child

Norwood MA, Pediatric Dentist Discusses Children's Dental Fears

 

As your Norwood MA, Pediatric dentist, Epic Lifetime Dental wants to ensure that you understand how important it is to bring your child to the dentist. Children may need to visit the dentist up to 10 times, maybe even more, before they even stat kindergarten!

 

If your child is scared of the dentist, there are some things you can do to alleviate their anxiety and fear. Start taking your child to the dentist at the age of 1. This will help them to find a dental home and get used to it being a regular part of their life—Just like checkups!

 

Keep it simple and don’t explain too much to your child of what the appointment will consist of. Doing so can raise even more questions, and in turn, may scare them more. Keep a positive attitude about their dental visit and avoid saying things such as “everything will be fine.”

 

Avoid certain words that may trigger their apprehension and fear, such as “shot,” “hurt,” and “pain.” Tell your child that the dentist is looking for “sugar bugs” so that he can clean them off. You can tell them that the doctor is just checking their smile and counting their teeth; it is probably best not to tell them much more than that.

 

Play “dentist” with your child before you bring them in—pretend you are the dentist and look at your child’s teeth using a mirror. Also, count their teeth—this is a great way to help them learn numbers as well! Be sure not to make fake drilling noises because this can scare them!

 

Your Norwood MA, pediatric dentist also recommends avoiding bribery. Instead of telling them they will get a reward if they behave, praise them for good behavior after the appointment has ended. Surprise them with a small toy or a sticker afterwards—do not give them sugary candy as an encouragement!

 

If you need to bring you child in for a checkup call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment!

September 2014
Time for Braces

How to know when it is time to Seek Norwood MA Orthodontics

 

If you or your child need Norwood MA orthodontics treatment, there are a few things  you should consider:

 

Firstly, it is recommended that orthodontic treatment is started at around age 7. Since a this age the teeth are not done growing, it is easier to shift them into the desired position. Before even considering the orthodontics, you should take your child to see your Norwood MA family dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Seegert.

 

It is important to have healthy gums when having orthodontic treatment. If your child has gingivitis or periodontitis, the orthodontics can further damage your gums and worsen the condition.

 

The most common problems often seen in young orthodontic candidates are deep bit, under bit, and crowded or overlapped teeth. A deep bite is when the upper teeth extend beyond the lower teeth and cover the lower teeth more than 1 millimeter. An under bite consists of the lower jaw protruding further than the upper jaw. And lastly, the crowded or overlapped teeth occur when the jaw is too small, and there isn’t enough space for the permanent teeth.

 

If debating whether or not it is time for your child to visit the orthodontist, you should consult your family dentists first. Call your orthodontists right away, however, if your child is experiencing any of the following:

 

            -Difficulty Chewing

            -Open Mouth Breathing

            -Thumb Sucking Habit

            -Clicking Sound When Opening the Mouth or Chewing

            -Cheek Biting

            -Difficulty with Pronunciation of Certain Sounds (V, F, W, etc)

            -Night Grinding of the Teeth

 

Don’t hesitate to contact your family dentists if you are considering Norwood MA orthodontics. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment and found out if braces are right for you or your child!

 

Dangers of Dental Plaque

If you’re searching for a pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA, you won’t find ones with dentists that care about their patients as much as we do at Epic Lifetime Dental. It is extremely important to us that our patients have healthy teeth and are well educated on oral care. As your dentists, we want to educate you on dental plaque.

 

Not everyone knows or understands what dental plaque is. Dental plaque is a thin coating of bacteria on the teeth and it feeds off of sugar. This is why eating things with high sugar content are more likely to damage the teeth.

 

Plaque that remains unremoved can cause tooth decay and lead to cavities. It can also become tartar and calculus, which are more advanced forms of plaque and require special dental tools to remove.

 

Plaque can cause many serious dental problems if not taken care of. It can develop along the gum line and cause gingivitis and periodontitis, which are both different stages of gum disease. Advanced gum disease can result in losing your teeth or them requiring extraction.

 

By brushing twice a day, and flossing at least once a day you can reduce the amount of dental plaque in your mouth. It helps to rinse out your mouth with water between meals as well. Cavities can be painful and inconvenient, and if untreated can lead to sever problems.

 

If you are not sure of the proper ways to floss and brush, be sure to contact your pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA and ask your dentist to demonstrate. It is extremely important to reduce the amount of dental plaque in your mouth. If you are having trouble removing plaque, or if it has advanced to tartar or calculus, be sure to call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning as soon as possible!

Dangers of Mouth Breathing

Our pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA understands that mouth breathing is a subconscious thing. Many children and adults during allergy season breathe out of their mouth because their nasal cavities are clogged, however, there can be some negative effects to those who breather from their mouth.

 

Children that breather through their mouths instead of their nose can develop many different problems later on in life. They may experience long and narrow faces/mouths, gummy smiles, gingivitis, and sometimes even crooked teeth.

 

Mouth breathing can also prevent children from receiving a good night’s sleep, which in turn can affect their academic success and physical growth. Mouth breathing has also been known to cause high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart problems, and other medical issues.

 

For children with narrow mouth passages, dentists can use expansion devices to help open them up and make it easier for people to breath. The tonsils can also be removed as a way of increasing quality of breath.

 

If you think your child has a problem with mouth breathing it is highly recommended to talk to your dentist and to even take them to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.

 

It is often not realized how damaging mouth breathing can be. If you notice that your child is breathing from their mouth a lot, be sure to take them to our Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood MA. It is important not to hesitate and to visit your dentist as soon as possible. The outcomes of mouth breathing can only worsen as the child ages.

 

You can breathe easier by knowing your child can breathe easy! Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment for you or your child, or even just for a consultation. We want to be sure that you and your family are as healthy as can be. 

Listen to the Music

Soothing Dental Axietywith and without Sedation Dentistry in Norwood MA

Sedation Dentistry in Norwood MA is a common solution used to help patients with extreme anxiety. This type of solution, however, can be expensive and can even cause patients to become more anxious and nervous.

 

Although this may be one of the more commonly used solutions to anxiety at the dentist office, it isn’t the only solution. There have been many times that patients at our Norwood MA dentist office are able to relieve their fears with a few simple steps.

 

One common method, other than sedation dentistry, that patients use to relieve fear is to listen to music. Patients that bring headphones and music of their choice can put on whatever artist they typically find soothing and comforting. This often helps our patients to relax and feel more comfortable.

 

The music itself is very common to the patients, but this technique is also successful because it blocks out background noise. It has been proven that certain receptors in the brain cause anxiety in patients that hear drilling sounds and other sounds that dental machinery produces.

 

By listening to calming music, patient can block out any and all background noise. Our Norwood MA dentists want our patients to enjoy their visit and to feel relaxed and comfortable. We encourage patients to do whatever they need in order to ease and discomfort.

 

If listning to music, however, does not help you, you can ask your doctor what options they have as far as Sedation Dentistry in Norwood MA goes. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment and ask your doctor what they would recommend for you. Sedation dentistry is extremely helpful, however, it is not ideal for every patient. 

Special Needs and Special Care

Visit a Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist you can Trust!

 

Unfortunately it has been proven that children with special needs are at higher risk of oral health problems, and as your Norwood MA pediatric dentist, we want you to help your child maintain good oral hygiene.

 

If you have a special needs child, it is important to find a dental home for your kid before they reach the age of 12 months. At Epic Lifetime Dental Care, we can work with you and your family to ensure that your child is happy and feels comfortable, and most importantly, is healthy!

 

We can help to educate parents on how to maintain and teach oral care for their special needs child. Many parents are unaware, but certain things they may be doing can unintentionally promote tooth decay. Below-average weight or unique food allergies in children may require them to be on special diets, but some of these “diets” can be harmful to oral health.

 

Children’s medication, for example, often comes in the form of sugary syrup. Giving your child this medication n before bed, as directed, can hurt their teeth. The sugars will remain on the child’s teeth while they sleep, and contribute to cavities and decay.

 

It may be required that your child takes these medications, and if that’s the case, there are other things parents can do to better their oral health. Your Norwood MA pediatric dentist may recommend more frequent applications of fluoridated tooth paste and mouthwash. They may also recommend having your child rinse their mouth out with water continuously throughout the day.

 

It is important to take your special needs child to a Norwood MA pediatric dentist that knows their history and understands their special needs. By bringing your child to Epic Lifetime Dental, we can provide preventative and routine oral care and help to prevent oral disease. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment for your child!

 

 

 

Take Away your Toothache

Everyone gets a toothache at some point or another, and your Norwood, MA dentist wants to be sure that you understand what is causing your toothache. Toothaches are not always caused by the same thing, however, the most common cause is cavities. If you have a toothache, it is important to see your dentist in Norwood, MA as soon as possible!

Many people often avoid the dentist, even if they have a toothache! If you have a toothache and it subsides after a short time period, it is still crucial that you visit Epic Lifetime Dental. Teeth can ache for many different reasons. Usually if you have a dental cavity or decay, the first sign is feeling pain when you eat something sweet, very hot, or very cold.

What are the symptoms of a toothache?

Symptoms of a toothache vary depending on the issue.  If you have an abscessed tooth, the first symptom you notice may be pus near the source of the pain. An abscessed tooth occurs when the bone surrounding the teeth is infected. It is extremely important to see you dentist straight away if you think you may have an abscessed tooth.

Pain and pus can also be a sign that you have gum disease. Gum disease typically causes inflammation of the gums, and they often bleed after flossing and brushing. Certain symptoms, especially when occurring together, can be a sign that there is something extremely wrong with your oral mouth. Visit our Norwood MA Family Dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty Breathing or Swallowing
  • Swelling Around the Area of a Tooth
  • Pain when you Bite
  • A Foul-Tasting Discharge

 

Don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you think you may have a problem. If you wait to visit Epic Lifetime Dental, your condition can quickly worsen. If you do have a toothache and cannot see your dentist right away, there are a few things you can do:

First, try to schedule an emergency appointment. If you are not able to do so, there are some self-care remedies that can temporarily alleviate the pain:

  • Rinse with Warm Salt Water
  • Gently Floss to Dislodge Trapped Particles
  • Take an Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
  • Apply a cold Compress if there has been Trauma to the Tooth

 

These may help to temporarily relieve the pain, but regardless you should pay a visit to your Norwood MA Family Dentist as soon as possible! By visiting your Norwood MA Dentist, they can complete an oral exam to determine the location and cause of the toothache.

If you have a toothache, be sure to call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment today. Be sure to mention if you think it may be a dental emergency!

August 2014
Tooth Fairy Beacon App

Norwood MA Pediatric Dentist Encourages Dental Hygiene

 

Recently, the doctors at our Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood MA learned of a great app called “The Tooth Fairy Beacon.” This app is a great way to encourage kids to take good care of their teeth, and it helps to get them excited when they lose a teeth.

 

The features on this app let children explore what the tooth fairy’s world is like. The app includes a personalized, gender specific experience for boys and girls, oral hygiene tips from America's Toothfairy, a personalized message from the Tooth Fairy, and a tooth scanner and beacon. The app also incorporates social media; users can share on facebook, twitter, etc. when they lose/lost a tooth.

 

One of the biggest problems for the tooth fairy is getting underneath the child’s pillow to retrieve the tooth, but now this this new app, kids can leave their tooth on their parents iphone and the tooth fairy can easily access it!

 

This app is available for users to download for only a $1.99, and creators of the app are in partnership with the Tooth Fairy and National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF). NCOHF is America's Toothfairy®, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating America's number one chronic childhood illness — pediatric dental disease. For every download, a donation is made to the foundation.

 

If your child wants to see the inside of the toothfairy’s world, download this app recommended by your pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA, Epic Lifetime Dental. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, call (781) 349-4750.

 

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Caring for your Braces

Norwood MA braces

 

If you have Norwood MA braces, there are a few thing you should know. Certain foods should be avoided because they can get stuck in your braces, cause cavities, and even damage the braces. Having to repair braces can be uncomfortable and won’t be necessary if certain precautions are taking.

 

It is best to avoid some food in particular, specifically the following:

 

  • Ice: Ice is the worst enemy of braces, and it is extremely important to avoid ice. Chewing ice is bad for your teeth regardless, but it can be especially damaging if you have braces. Ice is hard, and if you bite ice at the wrong angle, you can immediately break you braces.
  • Hard Foods: Hard foods such as lolly pops, popcorn, corn chips, hard cookies, etc, should be avoided when wearing braces. These foods are harder than most others, and they require a stronger bite to break them up and to chew them. This will increase your risk of damaging your braces.
  • Sugary and Starchy Food: Gum, caramel, skittles, snickers, ice cream, candy, and soft drinks should be avoided with or without braces. These foods are typically unhealthy for you and contain large quantities of sugar and starch. To avoid cavities try to stay away from these foods, especially while wearing braces. Food tends to get stuck between braces and the teeth and is extremely difficult to remove. This allows a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Raw Carrots and Apples: These items are hard and can knock your braces off and bend the wires.

 

It is important to treat your Norwood MA braces with care, or your treatment time can be extended. Call Epic Lifetime Dental at (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment if you think you may have damaged you braces.

Helpful Hygiene Tips

Orthodontics Norwood MA

 

If you are searching for orthodontics in Norwood MA, Epic Lifetime Dental is the place to call. Their dentists are caring and create a warm and welcoming environment for their patients. They want to see that their orthodontic Norwood patients have the best results, which is why they are sharing some helpful hygiene tips.

 

Having braces and wearing a retainer makes it a lot easier for food to get stuck. If the food is left there, it can cause cavities and even lead to more severe issues. As important as it was to brush your teeth before the braces/retainer, it is even more important now! Be sure to brush at least 3 times a day with braces with a soft bristled brush. Also, after each meal, rinse your mouth out with water to remove some of the food particles. It is important to brush the braces as well as the teeth and gums. Be sure to replace your toothbrush at least every three months, or until the bristles stat flaring.

 

Some people believe that it is not possible to floss with braces, however, those people are incorrect. It is not only possible, but it is just as important as brushing! They even produce a type of dental floss made specifically for those with braces!

 

Try to avoid foods that are hard to bite, for these can damage the braces. Also, avoid sticky foods such as caramel and gum. These can get stuck inside the brace and be difficult to remove even with a toothbrush. This will create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

If you have a removable dental apparatus, be sure to clean that as well!

 

Follow these tips to have the best results. Call (781) 349-4750 if you’re looking for orthodontics in Norwood and want to schedule an appointment with the best Norwood dentists!

Orthodontic Options

Learn About Your Orthodontic Options in Norwood

 

If you need orthodontics in Norwood, Dr. Miner recommends the most orthodontic treatment chosen by professionals—braces. There are other options, but what is best for you depends on the severity of the issue, as well as your age.

 

Sometimes, surgical orthodontics are performed if the jaw is misaligned. Aligning the jaw can help a patient speak better, chew better, look better, and even breathe better. Usually the jaw is fixed so that it is in the desired position, and then the teeth are straightened out.

 

Another rising popular treatment is clear aligners.  This allows the teeth to be straightened without braces; it is a clear material that is molded to the shape of the patient’s teeth, and it invisibly straightens the teeth. These aligners are a great treatment choice because they are easily removed so that wearers can eat and brush without any constrictions.

 

The most common treatment option, braces, can be attached to the teeth using either metal or ceramic brackets. They are usually placed in the front of the teeth, however, they can also be placed behind the teeth.

 

If you want straighter teeth schedule an appointment with your dentist to find `out which treatment option is right for you. If you’re looking for orthodontics in Norwood MA, call (781) 349-4750 today!

Eliminating Anxiety

Sedation dentistry in Norwood has been known to be a miracle for people with extreme phobia and high-anxiety about going to the dentist. There have been instances of people letting their oral health get extremely poor because they avoided the dentist for so long. If left untreated, many oral issues can lead to disease, sometimes death, and get so bad that they are no longer salvageable after a certain point.

 

With the sedation dentistry approach, anxious patients take a sedative pill, such as Halcion, about an hour before their dental appointment to help them relax. When the patient gets to the office, the dentist may give more pills, depending on how well the first one worked. Before sedation dentistry, patients with such phobias often were given anesthesia and were completely out.

 

During sedation dentistry appointments, patients are not actually asleep. They can still respond to the dentist’s questions and commands but aren't likely to remember any of it. The sedatives are expensive though, but patients with severe phobias often feel that it is worth it.

If you have a fear of the dentist, don’t let any problems go unresolved. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment for your sedation dentistry in Norwood. 

When to Eliminate Pacifiers

Pediatric Dentist in Norwood Explains Pros and Cons of Pacifiers

 

Our Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood MA has gotten many inquiries regarding pacifiers. Parents are constantly debating the issue of whether or not to wean their children off of pacifiers. So, when is it time to stop giving your child a pacifier?

 

Well, there are many factors that typically go into the decision. Pacifiers have been found to have both negative and positive consequences, so how do you know what is best for your baby? The dentists at Epic Lifetime Dental recommend weaning your child off of pacifiers by the time they reach age 2. Extended pacifier utilization can result in a misalignment of the teeth and jaws later on in a Childs’ life.

 

Continuous sucking on a pacifier can cause the auditory tubes to become abnormally open, which allows secretions from the throat to seep into the middle ear. This is the reason why middle ear infections are extremely common in children that continue to use pacifiers or constantly suck their thumb.

 

Pacifier use may have negative effects if a child continues to use them for too long, however, if used for the right amount of time they have a lot of benefits. It has been proved that pacifier use has prevented Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in many babies. The pacifier prevents the child from going into too deep of a sleep, and as a result, it is possible for the infant to be aroused from a deep sleep that could result in the stopping of breathing.

 

When searching for a pacifier for your child, it is best to find one that has ventilation holes in the shield just in case it is swallowed. It is also highly recommended to limit pacifier use to bedtime only.

 

If you are not sure whether or not it’s time to wean your child off of a pacifier, contact our Pediatric Dentistry in Norwood MA for more information. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment for you or your child. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Can Braces Cause Dizziness?

Dentist Explains possible Side Effects from Obtaining Orthodontics is Norwood

 

It is common for patients receiving orthodontics in Norwood to experience dizziness. This, however, contrary to popular belief, does not mean that you will feel dizzy when/if you get braces.

 

Typically when braces are tightened, there is pressure placed on the teeth as well as the nerves and jaw. The bones are often pushed against the nerves which have been known to result in dizziness.

 

The rule of thumb is to take note of when you begin to feel dizzy. It is important to pay attention to the duration of the dizziness. If it continues for more than a day or so, it is extremely important to contact your orthodontist or dentist and let them know. If it subsides after a short time period, then there is most likely nothing to worry about.

Often at times dizziness is caused by something other than braces, but people mistake it to be the cause. Those with TMJ disorder, or those that are constantly clenching and/or grinding their teeth, are highly likely to experience dizziness as well as headaches.

 

Interestingly, there are several times when TMJ disorder, and the associated dizzy, can be immediately brought to a halt using braces. The use of braces can not only help teenagers and adults to align their teeth, but they also help to ensure that people won’t have to suffer from any kind of dizzy spells whatsoever.

 

If you are experiencing continuous dizzy spells after receiving your orthodontics in Norwood, be sure to contact Epic Lifetime Dental immediately. If you constantly experience dizziness and haven’t had braces, talk to your Norwood MA orthodontist to see which treatment is right for you. Call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment or consultation. 

Importance of Baby Teeth

Peditric Dentistry in Norwood Explains why Baby Teeth are Important

 

Our pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA wants parents to understand the importance or proper oral health care in children. It is common for adults to slack in their child’s dental care, because many times, adults think that baby teeth are unimportant since they will fall out anyway. This, however, is not true, and by neglecting your child’s teeth at a young age, they can have more severe problems in the future.

 

Interestingly, babies develop their teeth before they are even born. The teeth, however, don’t show until the baby is a little older. Typically babies are expected to have their first tooth break through the gums at approximately six months of age.

 

Baby teeth are like place holders for the permanent teeth. If not taken care of, they can decay faster, weaken, and are more likely to crack and/or require an extraction. If they do lose their teeth too early, they may need to wear space maintainers so that when their permanent teeth do grow in, they grow in straight.

 

As the adult teeth grow in, the baby teeth fall out. If the adult teeth come in long after the baby teeth have fallen out, they are more likely to require orthodontics and other dental work when they get older.

 

Good oral care at young ages can help your child learn to speak better, eat, and even be more confident in them self. Plus, good oral hygiene at young ages typically carries on into adulthood!

 

Don’t let your child’s teeth go unnoticed. Be sure to take care of them like you would if there were permanent. If you think your child’s teeth aren’t in good condition, be sure to call your pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA at (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment.

Point of a Palate Expander

Dentist Explains use of Palate Expanders for Orthodontics in Norwood MA

 

If you are looking for orthodontics in Norwood MA, we can walk you through every step of the way. Sometimes out orthodontists will recommend that our patients receive a palate expander. We want to be sure that they understand why they may need this, and what it does.

 

Sometimes a mouth is too over crowded, and this could skew the braces treatment. A palate expander works by moving the jaw a little bit at a time. Initially the palate expander may feel uncomfortable and irritating, but overtime the wearer will adapt to this feeling and get used to it. For people that find them too painful, dentists will sometimes offer the option to use a retainer instead.

 

It is best to have orthodontic work done at earlier ages. This way, if you do require a palate expander, it is much easier because at young ages the roof of the mouth is still pliable. If braces and palate expanders don’t work for adults, they may need to have surgery.

 

The palate expander is a tool used to widen the jaw. The expander can be activated with the help of a screw that is on it. You need to turn the screw, or the key, and the appliance gets tightened in your mouth. It does not come out of your mouth and remains fixed until the dentist decides to remove it.

 

Your Norwood orthodontists will show you how to tighten and loosen the expander. Your dentist may, however, require periodic visits to ensure that the expander is tight enough and in the right place. The expander is typically kept in place for about three months, and then it is removed and the braces are put on.

 

If you are ready for your orthodontics in Norwood MA, contact Epic Lifetime Dental. We ensure that your visit will be comfortable for you. Call us today at (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment.

July 2014
Have no Fear, Sedation Dentistry is Here!

It isn’t unheard of for someone to be scared of the dentist; however, thanks to the fairly new dental technique Sedation dentistry, in Norwood, patients can have a relaxing, comfortable, and pain-free visit. Sedation dentistry in Norwood involves the use of sedatives being administered to the patients. Depending on the strength of the sedative, the patient will most likely be conscious, however, it will cause them to be at their utmost relaxed mindset. The patient will be so relaxed that it will seem as if they are asleep. Typically, with the use of sedation dentistry, patients remember very little or none of the procedure.

 

This technique is not used all the time. It is often used for patients who have a fear of the dentist, or for patients that may require a long and painful procedure. Sedatives are also safe, and sometimes used, for children. Some kids have trouble staying still for an extended time period, and this will help them relax.

 

There are typically 4 different types of sedative: oral sedatives, Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas), Intravenous (administered through an IV), and general anesthesia. If you are interested in sedation dentistry in Norwood, MA, call (781) 349-4750 to contact Epic Lifetime Dental and schedule an appointment.

 

Source: http://sleepdentistry.blogspot.com/

I Wanna Be Sedated

Sedation Dentistry Norwood MA

If you are scared of the dentist, Sedation Dentistry in Norwood MA may be the answer for you! A lot of people tend to be extremely sensitive to pain, more so than others. As a result, the doctor may have difficulty obtaining the desired level of numbness for their patient. In some cases, sedation or general anesthesia provide the patient a pain free experience and counteract any discomfort the patient may feel. By giving a patient sedatives early on during their visit, Epic Lifetime Dental can ensure that the patient is calm and sedated to the extent that they most likely won’t remember when or how they were given the anesthetic injection. They patient may not even remember the procedure at all!

 

Sedation dentistry is great because it has minimal side effects; almost none at all. Anesthesia is known to make patients tired and nauseous; however, sedatives do not have this effect. It can also encourage better oral health in patients. Once the dental procedures become a positive experience for nervous patients, they don’t mind coming to the dentists for repeat procedures. As a result, they receive adequate dental care and have good oral health. To make an appointment for sedation dentistry, Norwood MA, call Epic Lifetime Dental at (781) 349-4750 or click here to make an appointment.

 

Orthodontics 101

Norwood MA orthodontics

If you think you may be in need of Norwood MA orthodontic work done, visit our well-equipped dental office. Orthodontics is the section of dentistry that corrects misaligned teeth and jaws and plays an important part in overall proper oral health. Orthodontic issues left unattended can result in serious conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Our Orthodontists are highly trained after dental school at an ADA approved orthodontic training program to provide you with the best treatment possible.

 

So how do you know if you should be visiting an orthodontist?

Some common orthodontic treatments include: Overbites, Underbites, Crossbites, Open Bite, Misplaced Midline, Spacing and Crowding. If you are experiencing any of these you may want to consider the use of orthodontics to ensure complete oral health. A visit to your dentist or orthodontist can determine, through diagnostic tools, if you will benefit from orthodontic work. 

 

Orthodontic treatments are categorized by fixed and removable appliances. Braces represent the most well-known fixed appliances. However, they are not the only orthodontic treatment. Removable appliances include the use of: aligners, removable space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances lip and cheek bumpers, palatal expander, removable retainers and headgear. The proper Norwood MA orthodontic treatment depends on your unique needs.

 

To schedule an appointment and find out which treatment is best for you, call (781) 349-4750 today!

 

 

 

An Eggcellent Learning Activity

Children's Dentist Norwood, Norwood MA Pediatric Dentisr, Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert

 

If you are in need of a children’s dentist, Norwood, visit Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert. Our highly qualified Norwood MA pediatric dentists want to ensure that you and your child have fun while learning how to brush teeth. We discovered a great learning activity that will encourage children not only to brush their teeth, but to understand the importance of good oral hygiene.

 

The activity consists of dying hard-boiled eggs and dyeing them using drinks such as dark soda, pink lemonade, or apple juice. Let the eggs soak in the liquids for several hours until the shell is dyed. The colored egg shells will represent teeth before they are brushed. Next, give your child toothpaste and a tooth brush. Let your child brush the color of the egg away, representing how food can stain our teeth, and how brushing can keep them healthy, clean, bright and white!

 

Another step to this activity that will further your child’s dental hygiene knowledge is to give them a screw driver and allow them to poke holes in the egg; his will represent cavities. Be sure to explain to your child what a cavity is and why it is bad. Also, be sure to explain why brushing is important to avoid cavities. This will help to make sure your child brushes multiple times a day. Your children’s dentist, Norwood, wants to make sure that your child’s teeth stay healthy and white! Try this fun and easy activity to teach your child.

 

Call Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert at (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appoint with the best Norwood MA pediatric dentists.

 

Source: http://teachingmama.org/an-egg-cellent-way-to-learn-about-teeth/

Tooth Decay in Babies

Our pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA wants you and your baby to have strong, health, beautiful teeth for a lifetime. For this reason, we are highlighting the importance of weaning children away from breastfeeding at an early age. If breastfed for too long, your baby can have tooth decay. Tooth decay in babies is more common than most people think!

 

In the U.S. alone, 1 in every 5 babies younger than 14 months has tooth decay. Although babies will lose their teeth fairly soon, it is still important to ensure they maintain good oral hygiene. Untreated cavities in young children can lead to pain, poor eating habits, problems in speech development, crooked teeth, and damage to the permanent teeth. Although it isn’t the actual breast milk causing the decay, the combination of the breast milk with other foods is a threat.

 

If pregnant, be sure to eat food high in calcium and phosphorous so that your baby will have strong teeth once they grow in. Also, despite the fact they may not have their teeth yet, it is still important to clean their mouths; use a wet towel and softly wipe off their gums. Be sure to gently brush with an extremely soft bristled brush once the teeth do begin to grow in. Try to avoid giving your child sugary foods, and don’t let them fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water! Otherwise, sugar can stick to their teeth while they sleep and speed the tooth decay process. Be sure to bring your child to the dentist as young as 12 months to ensure your child’s mouth is healthy and that their teeth are developing properly.

 

If you are looking for a pediatric dentistry in Norwood MA, call (781) 349-4750 to schedule an appointment with warm, friendly, and caring dentists.

June 2014
Top 3 Tips for Dental Health

Good dental hygiene is extremely important in order to avoid gum disease, cavities and periodontitis. Too many people suffer from these symptoms due to lack of proper dental health. Adopting these tips will help keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

 

Top 3 Tips for Dental Health

Important factors go into choosing what toothbrush and toothpaste to use. Toothpaste that contains fluoride will provide you with the best results and the most protection. Use a soft bristled brush in a gentle, circular motion while brushing.

 

Flossing is an important part of maintaining good dental health and should be done every night before bed. Gently use the floss in back and forth motions between your teeth making sure to reach all of them. Flossing your teeth before brushing will ‘clear the way’ for the fluoride in your toothpaste to do its job.

 

What you eat can also greatly impact how healthy your mouth is. To help maintain strong gums and teeth consume plenty of Vitamin C and calcium. Strawberries, red peppers and dark green vegetables are all high in Vitamin C and Spinach, tofu and orange juice are all rich in Calcium.

 

For more tips on maintaining your healthy smile, contact our dental office at (781) 349-4750. 

Preparing Your Child for Their Dentist Visit

If your child has their first, or an upcoming, dentist appointment at our Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA, or any of our other MA dentist offices, there are many things you can do to prepare them:

 

Start Young: Take your child to the dentist as young as a one-year-old, or until their first tooth starts to grow. This will give them the idea that dental visits are a routine thing. This will also ensure your child is more comfortable with their dentist as they grow.

Keep it Simple: Don’t reveal too much about the dentist visit beforehand; this could raise further questions and scare your child. Also, never promise “everything will be fine,” because if they do need a procedure done, they may lose trust in you as well as the dentist.

Watch Your Words: Don’t use the words “shot,” “hurt,” “pain,” or anything similar. Use words and phrases that will encourage your child, such as “clean, strong, healthy teeth.”

Consider a Pretend Visit: Play pretend with your child; you be the dentist. Simply just look inside their mouth and count their teeth—be sure not to mimic drilling noises!

Don’t try and Relate: Don’t take your child with you to your dentist appointment. You may be subconsciously nervous, and your child can pick up on that. It may also mislead the child; generally pediatric dental offices have gams and fun pictures up for kids.

Prepare for Fussing: Your child may fuss in the chair, but don’t get in the dentists way; simply just hold your child’s hand and remain next to them for comfort.

Avoid Bribery: Bribing your child with snacks if they are well-behaved at the dentist sends the wrong message. It may also cause them to think there is a reason to be scared. Award them for good behavior after the visit by giving them a new toy or a sticker.

Emphasize the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene: This will instill good brushing and hygiene habits for them as they grow older.

 

To read more about how these simple steps can help your child, click here: http://bit.ly/TA4Tkk. Visit our Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA, by calling (781) 349-4750 or schedule an appointment online.

Thumb-Sucking Concerns

Pediatric Dentistry Norwood MA, Dr. Felipe Moreno Discusses Thumb-Sucking

 

Our Norwood Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Felipe Moreno, cares about you and your child. There are a multitude of concerns parents have about their child’s teeth. One big concern for parents of younger children is thumb-sucking.

 

Does your child have a thumb-sucking problem? If so, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. It is possible for thumb-sucking and pacifiers to cause damage to a baby’s teeth; however, this damage is most likely reversible. It is common for children to be thumb-sucking for up to 24 months. If your child has been sucking their thumb for 24 months or above, you should consult your pediatric dentistry, Norwood MA, just to make certain there is no real damage done. Usually even up to 48 months of thumb-sucking there is still no significant damage.

 

To be sure that your child’s teeth are healthy and strong, contact us at (781)-349-4750 or click here to make an appointment online. 

Conquering Fears of the Dentist

Many people are scared of the dentist, but at our dental facility we take various precautions, such as sedation dentistry, in our Norwood MA dental office to help put patients at ease. It is important that our patients trust us; having trust in our abilities and skills will help patients feel more comfortable during their visits.

 

There are many things patients can do to eliminate their fears:

                -It is recommended that patients bring a friend and/or family member for support.                      This will help to calm their nerves.

                -If possible, make an appointment with us early in the morning. This eliminates                        extra time to dwell on the appointment.

                -Bring headphones and listen to music. This will drown-out any noises produced by                  our dental machinery. Calming music is sure to help you relax!

 

Our adult and children’s dentists in Norwood will do our very best to accommodate nervous patients. We offer sedation dentistry in our Norwood MA dental office, and will provide any other assistance possible. To see a dentist you can trust call (781) 349-4750 to make an appointment or click here!

 

 

Invisalign for Teens

Braces Norwood MA, Norwood MA Orthodontics, Dr. Miner

Many teenagers need braces in Norwood MA, however, that doesn’t meant they want them. Now, with advanced technology, teens have more than one solution for straighter teeth to choose from. One of the most popular choices is Invisalign. Invisalign has many advantages over traditional braces:

 

-Invisalign is virtually invisible. Although you may feel it inside your mouth, and perhaps even shifting your teeth, it goes unnoticed by most. Traditional braces have visible brackets and wires.

-Invisalign is a smooth plastic material, where as traditional braces can poke and irritate the mouth.

-Invisalign is easy to remove, which allows users to eat whatever they want and to brush their teeth more easily. Traditional braces have certain foods that are prohibited and require more of an effort when brushing.

 

Call your dentist today to find out if Invisalign is right for you! Come visit our dental office if you are looking for braces in Norwood MA.

 

Source: http://www.invisalign.com/teen

 

May 2014
Pediatric Bruxism

Teeth Grinding in Children

Does your child appear to be sleeping soundly but making ‘grinding’ noises? If so, your child may be grinding his / her teeth at night. Parents who hear these sounds are often alarmed and worry that their child may be stressed and causing damage to their teeth.

 

Teeth Grinding or clenching, known as bruxism, affects nearly 30% of children. While many children will outgrow this habit, some continue to grind their teeth into their teens and adulthood.

 

If you notice your child clenching or grinding their teeth, a visit to your Norwood, MA pediatric dentist should be your first stop! Dr. Felipe Moreno will be able to assess your child, and let you know if you should be worried.

Childhood bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors, but here are the most common:

-          Stress: A child, or adult, who experiences high level of stress or anger during the day, is more likely to grind their teeth at night then someone who does not.

-          Misalignment: If your child has a misaligned bite or a mixture of ‘baby’ and ‘adult’ teeth, they may be more likely to grind their teeth. A consultation with our Norwood, MA orthodontic staff will solve this type of grinding.

-          High Energy: High energy children may not be able to ‘calm down’ or able to control the muscles that are causing the grinding.

-          Teething: We typically think of infants when we think of ‘teething,’ but your child is experiencing teething all over again as his ‘adult’ teeth come through. This pain can cause temporary bruxism.

 

Your Norwood, MA pediatric dentist can help you manage your child’s symptoms, discuss treatment options, and also make you aware of any long term damage that can occur.

To schedule an appointment or consultation with your Norwood, MA dentist call (781) 349-4750 or click here.

Should Adults Use Invisalign?

Many of our Westwood, MA patients think that traditional braces or clear aligners are only for teenagers. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Invisalign was created with busy adults in mind! Invisalign does the job of traditional braces, but look nothing like traditional braces! Invisalign is a set of clear, plastic aligners that are used to slowly and gently guide your teeth into their proper positions.

 

No matter how young or old you are, it is never too late to improve your dental health or your smile!

 

Common Reasons Adults Need Invisalign:

-They neglected to wear their orthodontic retainers as children

-They never received orthodontic treatments when they were younger

- Their wisdom teeth repositioned their tooth alignment

 

Whether you have crooked or crowded teeth, Invisalign can help align your smile; allowing you to chew more effectively, clean between your teeth more effectively, and to be more confident.

Many patients feel that they are ‘too old’ for Invisalign, but you are never too old to receive the smile you deserve! Contact your Westwood, MA orthodontist, Dr. Miner, to schedule an Invisalign consultation today. 

Norwood, MA Children's Dentist

Looking for a Norwood, MA Children's Dentist?

 

If you are looking for a Norwood, MA children's dentist, it is important to understand what a children's dentist does! 

 

A children's dentist has all of the same basic training as a general dentist, but works mostly with younger patients. Both types of dentists focus on preventative dentistry, oral hygiene, and overall oral health. A children's dentist is the best choice if you have children, or are planning on having children in the future.

 

Your Norwood, MA children's dentists Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert, focus on preventative dentistry in their office. 

 

Most importantly, your Norwood, MA children's dentists Dr. Moreno and Dr. Seegert, develop a life-long relationship with your entire family, in a way that a cosmetic dentist may not.

 

Our entire dental team in Norwood, MA is committed to providing your entire family with healthy, beautiful smiles.

 

What Happens If You Don't Get a Root Canal?

Many patients have dental fears and anxieties that are worsened by the words ‘root canal.’ Friends, family, and even the media have created an atmosphere of fear surrounding this procedure.

 

Generally, there is no longer a reason to fear root canals, for most patients describe the procedure as painless. Through the use of modern technology and more effective anesthetics, the root canal is no longer a painful procedure; yet the stigma surrounding them has stuck!

 

So, what happens if you don’t get a root canal when you need one?

 

If a member of our dental team has recommended a root canal and you do not get it, serious complications can occur. A root canal is recommended, in most cases, because the pulp within the tooth is infected. The infection can spread from the tooth to the gum and jaw bone, via the decaying pulp. The decaying, or infected, pulp can even cause you to lose your tooth or part of your jaw!

 

An untreated root canal can also lead to dental abscesses, and even life threatening sepsis, heart attack or stroke.

 

The only alternative to a root canal, in most cases, is extraction. Though extraction is often deemed an alternative, the best option is always to save your natural teeth – if possible.

If you have been delaying a root canal, or feel you may need one, call our dental team at (781) 349-4750.

 

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Your Pediatric Dentist Offers Advice for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

 

As pediatric dentists, for years we have been warning parents about the risk of baby bottle tooth decay, yet each year we are still seeing cases of this easily preventable ailment.

Baby bottle tooth decay happens when sweetened liquids (naturally or artificially sweetened) are left to sit on an infant’s teeth for long periods of time. Many parents leave their children with milk bottles overnight, which is the leading cause of baby bottle tooth decay.

 

Milk contains natural sugars, which can create bacteria and acids that cling to your baby’s teeth. Juice or milk should never be left to sit on a child’s teeth for extended periods of time.

Some parents, especially grandparents, will dip a child’s pacifier in sugar or syrup before a nap or as a ‘treat.’ This is extremely harmful to your child’s teeth, as during sleep or naps; saliva production slows down – which leaves your child’s teeth vulnerable to the sugar and bacteria.

 

Baby bottle tooth decay can lead to a variety of problems later in life, including: speech issues, crooked teeth, missing teeth, crooked adult teeth, pain, and poor eating habits.

 

Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:

-Wipe your baby’s gums and teeth after each feeing. You can use a clean washcloth or gauze pad.

-As soon as the first tooth erupts, begin brushing their teeth (Ask Dr. Moreno for advice during your baby’s first visit!)

-Clean and massage gums BEFORE teeth come in.

-Floss your child’s teeth.

-Don’t fill bottles with sugary drinks – including juices. Bottles should be reserved for milk, water, and formula.

- Do not allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle that is filled with any liquid other than water.

-Do not dip your child’s pacifier in any sweets.

 

If your child is experiencing baby bottle tooth decay, there are still steps your Norwood MA pediatric dentist, Dr. Felipe Moreno, can take to help your child’s teeth. Schedule an appointment HERE or by calling (781) 349-4750. 

 

April 2014
Tips for Choosing a Toothbrush for your child

As our excellent dental team has probably told you, the number one form of cavity prevention is tooth brushing! Your child should be brushing two times each day, for a two minutes. While many parents know this and have their children do it, not all children have the correct toothbrushes at home for their smaller mouths.

Here are just a few tips to help you choose the right toothbrush for your child:

     -Choose a toothbrush with rounded bristles that will be gently on the gums.

     -Choose a smaller toothbrush that is designed with smaller hands and mouths in mind.

     -Look for wider handles that will allow a child to comfortably grip the brush.

     -Replace your child’s toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the child has been sick or if the bristles are frayed.

 

We encourage you to browse our website for more pediatric dental tips, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Felipe Moreno or Dr. Athena Seegert every 6 months to ensure your child stays cavity free! 

Want to know more about Invisalign Teen?

Between homework, sports, clubs, and social events, the life of a teen can be very hectic! Many teens do not feel they have the time for braces, nor do they want their classmates to know they have braces! The good news is Dr. Miner in Westwood, MA now offers Invisalign Teen.

 

Here are just a few of the benefits of Invisalign Teen:

-No one will know you are wearing the aligners! Invisalign is made of a clear plastic; meaning those around you won’t notice you are wearing them.

-You can eat, drink, and clean your teeth as you normally would.  Many teen brace wearers need to avoid popcorn, candies, and gum; with Invisalign Teen you can eat whatever you want to!

-Invisalign Teen won’t get in the way! You can still play sports or play an instrument. Your lifestyle doesn’t need to change while you straighten your smile!

-‘Compliance Indicators’ that will fade in color when it is time to change your aligners!

If you would like to know more about Invisalign Teen, or would like to schedule a consultation, grab a parent and call our Westwood, MA office at (781) 349-4750  or make an appointment online 

Dental Health on Vacation

For many of us here in Norwood, MA the beginning of April marks ‘Summer Vacation

Planning,’ time! If you are planning family vacation, here are just a few things to consider.

 

1.Many patients forget to pack their dental essentials when going away, which is why we recommend packing these items first! Create a dental kit by purchasing travel toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, and travel sized toothpaste. Place all of this into a plastic bag and toss it into your suitcase NOW! By having these items already in your suitcase, you are guaranteed not to forget them!

 

2.Schedule any dental visits or surgeries in advance, to ensure you they won’t interfere with your vacation plans. What many people never consider is that changes in the cabin pressure of an airplane can cause tooth pain or discomfort if they have recently had oral surgery or tooth whitening. A large number of cosmetic procedures can be considered surgery, so it is best to speak with a member of our dental team here in Norwood, MA about any vacation plans before scheduling the procedure.

 

3. Be ready with a dental emergency kit! Accidents happen on vacation; be ready! Some suggested items for your kit include: gauze, a vial to place a dislodged tooth, a pain reliever, a water proof pouch, numbing gel for gum pain, tweezers, toothpicks, and temporary filling or cement. Hopefully you never need to use the kit, but it is best to be prepared!

 

4.Stick to your routine! It is so easy to stay up late and make excuses for not brushing your teeth before bed while on vacation! During a vacation, you are more prone to cavities due to the excess sugar consumed. Plaque doesn’t take vacation!

 

Feel free to share these tips with any friends or family who are planning a vacation! Remember to book your dental appointments with your Norwood, MA dental team before leaving. We can make sure your smile is camera (& vacation!) ready. 

4 Common Ailments to Discuss With Your Dentist

While most of our patients visit us twice a year in our Norwood, MA office for their dental check-ups, many patients never come in between those two appointments unless they are experiencing pain.

There are some other common oral health ailments that don’t bring pain, which is why it is important to visit our dental office multiple time throughout the year.

 

 Here are just a few:

1) Dry Mouth. Patients who experience dry mouth often think it is normal and not an issue. A lack of saliva, or decrease in saliva production, can make patients vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. If you suspect a medication you are currently on is causing your dry mouth, please bring it to our dental team's attention.

 

2) Jaw Discomfort. If you are experiencing a clicking jaw, or any pain in your jaw – schedule an appointment today! Jaw noises and / or pain can be the early warning signs of serious jaw issues!

 

3) Teeth Grinding. Many patients grind or clench their jaws when they are stressed out, and some even do it in their sleep! If you are grinding your teeth, discuss it with your our dental team as you can damage your teeth!

 

4)  Bad Breath. While most patients don’t want to admit they have bad breath, some do. Some odors can be caused by bacteria build up in your mouth. This bacteria build up can accelerate tooth decay, and should be discussed with us. 

 

If you, or a family member, is experiencing any of the problems above, contact your Norwood, MA dentist at (781) 349-4750 to make an appointment today. 

Help Your child form healthy hygiene habits!

Children are always looking for ways to become more independent, and one of the most important ways to let your child be more independent is by letting them take control of their own hygiene – with supervision of course! Letting your children handle their own hygiene can be terrifying, but with proper supervision and some guidelines it can help your child form healthy habits.

 

Here are a few tips from your Norwood, MA Children’s Dentist on how to get your child more involved in their dental hygiene:

 

Set Goals: Whether you use a notebook, an iPhone, or a sticker chart, make sure your child is tracking their progress and working towards a specific goal. When you set goals with your children, they feel a part of the process and will begin to take accountability for their own hygiene. They will also have more desire to follow through and reach the milestone that they have set.

Set Guidelines: Every goal needs a set of guidelines as well! If the goal is to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, they need a way to measure time and know they are performing the task correctly. Providing a timer or even playing a two minute song can be a great way for your child to know they have completed the task within the guidelines you set. Providing a way to measure their goals will make them even more proud when they accomplish them!

 

Provide Rewards when Goals are met: Whether the reward is a sticker on their chart or a toy after a month of successful brushing, providing a reward for good behavior will reinforce the good behavior. When children know a reward is coming, they will actively seek ways to achieve the goal.

Helping your child form good hygiene habits not only helps them for their next visit to their children’s dentist in Norwood, MA, but helps your child form healthy habits for a lifetime.

 

March 2014
Your Smile is Worth the Investment

We see numerous patients put off basic dental care – including cleanings- due to cost. Your teeth (and smile!) are worth the investment!

 Here are just a few reasons to invest in your smile:

 

1.Overall Health: Oral health has been proven to have an effect on your entire body – including increasing the risk of lung disease and heart disease. Missing teeth can affect your chewing, which can cause issues with your digestive system, and stock – making your entire body work harder to process food.

 

2.First Impressions: In a recent poll, the smile was found to be the first thing people notice about you and will be a factor used to define their first impression. Missing or discolored teeth affect your overall smile, and may be one of the factors others use to judge what kind of person you are. Guesses about your hygiene, economic status, and even personality are formed from just your smile! “Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.” (Source)

 

3.Self Esteem – Impressions are, unfortunately, often made on appearances first and personality and merit second. People with poorly maintained teeth or misaligned smiles are not as confident in themselves or their appearance as those with a well maintained smile. People with misaligned or poorly maintained smile will also lose focus – as they will be focusing on covering their smile.

 

Your oral health and your smile affect your view of yourself, the way others view you, and your overall health – isn’t that worth investing in? A healthy smile is worth taking care of! For help achieving a healthy, beautiful smile contact our dental team to make an appointment at (781) 349-4750  or visit our Appointment Request page.

Brushing in Public

We have all (hopefully) heard of the ‘2x2’ rule for tooth brushing – two times a day, for at least two minutes, but many of us eat sugars and acids throughout the day and could use a third brushing session in between our morning and nightly rituals. Here are just a few tips from your Norwood, MA dentist,  on how to brush your teeth discretely in public.

It may seem like a hassle, but there are simple ways to make your brushing sessions quick and easy when you are away from home.

 

-          Keep it Simple.

o   While your normal electric toothbrush or full size toothbrush is ideal, you are not likely to use it in public! Keep a small, travel-sized toothbrush in your desk, purse or brief case for easy access to your toothbrush at all times.

 

-          Incorporate it into other habits.

o   Do you head to the gym on lunch? Or maybe you chat at the water cooler at the same time every day? Grab your toothbrush and bring it with you on your way to your daily office pit stops, as you will be more likely to brush if you are already on the go and away from your desk.

 

-          Keep it short (if you must!)

o   Many are shy when it comes to brushing their teeth in public, so keep it short if you have to! Some brushing is better than no brushing, so if you can only squeeze in a quick, one minute brush you are still helping your teeth and gums stay healthy.

 

These are just some of the ways to keep your teeth clean while in public situations. For more tips and information, speak with our team at your next appointment. 

4 Things You May Not Know about Your Dental Checkup

1. We are looking at more than your teeth!

Our team here spends a lot of time on your teeth, but we will also be checking your gums and tongue for signs on symptoms relating to your overall health.

 

A brown, gray, or otherwise discolored tongue can indicate problems with digestion. * A yellow or green tongue may indicate liver issues.* If we see something that seems off, we will discuss it with you further.

 

(This is NOT medical advice, please see your GP if you experience these symptoms.)

 

2. It is extremely dark in your mouth!

You, hopefully, spend some time each day brushing and flossing your teeth. You may wonder how a discolored tongue, bleeding gum, or large cavity can go unnoticed, but your mouth is a dark place! You may not notice these abnormalities with just your bathroom light, which is why a dentist uses a bright light and keeps the office well lit. The bright light also allows our Norwood, MA dental team to identify areas of early decay, which may not show up on an X-Ray.

 

3. We also check for cancer.

Has a member of our Westwood, MA dental team, ever held your tongue, and turned it over? This has nothing to do with your teeth! When we do this, we are checking for signs and symptoms or oral cancer – one of the most dangerous forms of cancer.

 

4.The Toothbrush

The toothbrush you receive at the end of each visit isn’t a parting gift (though we do miss you when you leave!) We give you a new toothbrush as a reminder to change your toothbrush, as it should be replaced every 3-4 months. We give you a toothbrush as a reminder to throw away your old one!

 

Looking for more dental tips? Contact our office or make an appointment online!

 

Our Westwood dental team and the entire staff at our Norwood, MA dental practice look forward to seeing you! 

What causes cavities?

Most of us know the main culprits of cavities, but there are still some misconceptions about cavity causes. Here are 5 causes of cavities

1.  Sugars:

Tooth decay is causes primarily by a germ called mutans streptococcus. Sugar and starches feed this germ, and creates and acid that breaks down calcium, and erodes your tooth enamel. This same germ also causes plaque, which leads to also leads to acid formation and tooth decay.

 

As you eat, the bacteria come into contact with the sugar in your mouth and immediately (within 20 seconds!) start forming acid, which starts eroding your enamel. The longer the sugar is exposed to your mouth, and to the mutans streptococcus, the more time acid has to form. Swishing with water, or brushing, after sugar exposure can help minimize the damage.

 

2. Acidic Foods / Drinks

Citrus, diet soda, and other acidic foods are major culprits for cavities! Acids work on their own (unlike sugar that has to ‘meet’ the mutans streptococcus bacteria,) and immediately start working to erode your enamel. Fruit juice, bread, fish, soda, and citrus fruits all contribute to erosion.

Some tips for curbing the damage:

· Don’t brush your teeth immediately after acid consumption! Because the acid gets to work right away, your enamel is softened immediately. Brushing right after can cause more harm than good! Instead, rinse and swish with water or mouthwash.

· Drink dairy or eat cheese with an acidic meal to help neutralize the acids.

· Try to avoid soda and other acidic drinks before bed! During the night you produce less saliva – which means nothing to wash away the acids!

 

3. Poor Hygiene

We all know this one! Proper brushing, flossing, and regular appointments with our Westwood, MA dental team will help to keep cavities at bay! What you may not have known is crooked teeth, stained teeth, and other hygiene problems can also play a role in cavity production. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean, which can result in cavity formation in the areas that cannot be reached.

 

4.  Genetics

Genetics plays a role in every physical trait we have – including the health of our teeth! The alignment (or straightness) of our teeth, the position of our molars, and even the hardness of our enamel all comes from our genes! Even those with stellar brushing habits can still be prone to cavities because of genetics, while those with poor hygiene can ‘miss out’ on cavities!

 

5.Age

Age also plays an important role in the development of cavities. It has been shown that the saliva of infants contains bacteria that can cause childhood caries. Bacteria are also introduced into the mouths of infants through their mother’s saliva.

 

The elderly also face an increased risk of cavities due to poor saliva production as we age. Saliva plays a large role in cleansing our teeth of bacteria, and any loss of saliva can have an effect on our teeth.

 

If you are prone to cavities or are experiencing other dental issues, speak with your Westood MA dental team to learn other ways to prevent and treat cavities.

                                                                                                                 

February 2014
Check out Dr. Moreno's Blog

Check out Dr. Moreno's blog posted on the Dental Product Shopper website about the State of Little Teeth Report. 

 

To view the blog click the link: http://www.dentalproductshopper.com/blog/aapd-releases-%E2%80%9Cstate-little-teeth-report%E2%80%9D

Gearing up for Spring Sports?

If you're getting ready for spring sports this season be sure to stop by our dental office to be fitted for your mouth guard. Using a mouth guard while playing contact sports can help protect your teeth from chipping or breaking if you're hit in the mouth. To make an appointment to see one of our dentists visit our Appointment Request page!

6 Bad Oral Health Habits You Should Stop Today!

Our dental team in Norwood, MA offer 6 bad oral habits that you should drop immediately to protect your smile.

 

1. Not flossing

Most people realize that brushing your teeth is important make a real effort to do so twice a day. Unfortunately, they believe that brushing means they don’t need to floss. They are wrong. Flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile. Toothbrushes cannot remove the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that get stuck in between your teeth. When you start to floss regularly, your gums may bleed and get irritated but it’s important to keep at it.

 

2. Brushing too soon after eating

Foods and beverages like citrus fruits, wine, sports drinks, and energy drinks can erode the outer layer of your tooth, known as tooth enamel. While you know you must get this acid off of your teeth, it’s crucial to understand that brushing your teeth too soon after eating or drinking can cause more damage to your teeth. When you brush too soon, you are essentially brushing the acid into your teeth, not getting rid of it. While waiting the 30 minutes to brush your teeth after consuming these acidy foods, rinse your mouth with some water.

 

3. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough

Norwood, MA dentists Dr. Miner, Dr. Hanks, Dr. Seegert and Dr. Moreno recommend replacing your toothbrush every two to three months. Old toothbrushes are ineffective because they harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections and tooth decay. Remember to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold!

 

4. Excessively bleaching your teeth

Be careful about the frequency and severity in which you bleach your teeth. Bleaching too much can cause your teeth to look unnaturally white and increase tooth sensitivity. Before using an at-home bleaching product, talk to Norwood, MA dentists Dr. Miner,  Dr. Hanks, Dr. Seegert and Dr. Moreno. Our dental team can recommend the best procedure that meets your unique dental needs.

 

5. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush and brushing incorrectly

A great way to cause irreversible damage to your gums is by using a hard-bristled toothbrush and brushing incorrectly. The correct way to brush your teeth is by using a soft toothbrush and gently brushing your teeth and gums at a 45-degree angle, in a circular motion. By using a hard-bristled toothbrush and rigorously brushing back-and-forth, you can expose your gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth, making them extremely sensitive.

 

6. Skipping dental appointments

Norwood, MA dentists Dr. Miner,  Dr. Hanks, Dr. Seegert and Dr. Moreno and the American Dental Association recommend visiting a dentist for a checkup and cleaning every 6 months. Skipping these appointments puts your oral health in jeopardy. Dental cleanings get rid of the buildup of tartar and plaque that accumulate over time that your toothbrush and flossing efforts just can’t clean.

 

To make an appointment with a dentist in in the Norwood, MA area, visit our Appointment Request page and book one with Norwood, MA dentists Dr. Miner,  Dr. Hanks, Dr. Seegert and Dr. Moreno today!

January 2014
Tips for Choosing a Mouthwash for Your Child

         Using mouthwash is an essential part of your daily dental routine. It can help clean areas in your mouth not accessible with a toothbrush or floss and keeps your breath smelling fresh. Pediatric dentists Dr. FelipeMoreno and Dr. Athena Seegert recommend including mouthwash in your child’s dental routine as well to help prevent the build up of bacteria in hard to reach areas.

          There are a variety of mouthwashes out there to choose from, but Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert recommend finding an alcohol free mouthwash for your child to use. The alcohol is okay for adults to use in mouthwashes, but the alcohol can be harmful to a child if they should swallow it. Another benefit of using an alcohol free mouthwash is that it will reduce the amount of gum sensitivity that can occur if they were to use a normal mouthwash.

          Today’s dental marketplace does include child friendly mouthwashes that do follow the guidelines mentioned above as well as have flavors that your child may enjoy more than adult mouthwashes. Norwood pediatric dentists Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert will be able to recommend what mouthwash would work best at your child’s next dental visit. Click here to learn more about pediatric dentistry. 

Five tips to help patients care for their appliances and teeth during treatment

During your orthodontic treatment you may think that it will never end. If you keep your teeth and appliance clean it will make the treatment go by faster. Here are some easy things you can do during your orthodontic treatment to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

     Brush After Every Meal: It may seem like common sense, but doing this will help remove any food particles that can be trapped in your wires or teeth. When you brush after every meal you reduce the amount of plaque causing bacteria in your mouth which if left untouched could lead to cavities. Dr. Miner can demonstrate the correct brushing techniques as well as recommend the right toothpaste to use on your appliance.

   Eat the right foods: When you first get your orthodontic appliance you may also have received a list of foods to avoid. Some of your favorite foods may be on there, but you should still avoid them. Eating these foods could break or damage your appliance. The result could be that you need to have a longer treatment time. Ask your orthodontist Dr. Matthew Miner about which foods you can have or should avoid while wearing your appliance.

   Keeping your orthodontic appliance and teeth clean and healthy isn’t as hard as you think. To learn more about the tips mentioned above click the link: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121030/Five-tips-to-help-patients-care-for-their-appliances-and-teeth-during-treatment.aspx or call your orthodontist Dr. Miner at Epic Dental with any other questions or concerns you might have.

Pediatrics and Orthodontics: Synergy for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Our pediatric dentists Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert recommend bringing your child in before their first birthday to set a foundation for a lifetime of dental health. Starting with your child's baby teeth, they ensure your children's mouths are healthy and ready to accept their permanent replacements when they are ready to come in.

 

Years ago, pediatrics and orthodontics use to cross paths when your child was around 12 years old. At 12, most children complete their dental growth and are then sent to an orthodontist for braces. Unfortunately, waiting this long into your child's life to see an orthodontist could cause problems.

 

A lot of parents think that orthodontics is only about braces, straight teeth, and a great smile. They fail to realize that an orthodontist looks at more than just the smile to determine the health of your child's teeth. They also check for under-bites and over-bites by examining the movement and growth of the jaw, as well as checking for impacted, missing, and overcrowded teeth. If these problems weren't discovered until age 12, when all of their permanent teeth are grown in, a ton of unnecessary work would be needed.

 

Luckily, things have changed. Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert collaborate with orthodontist Dr. Matthew Miner when your child is between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. Around this time, most children's first molars have erupted, pointing to any potential problems your child may face.  This pediatric and orthodontic collaboration, known as "Interceptive Orthodontics", has the potential to reduce or even eliminate the time your child spends in full braces later in their life.

 

Our dental facility has your child covered from their first birthday to the point where they make their appointments with us themselves! Schedule your baby's first appointment with Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert today to begin a lifetime of healthy smiles! We are proudly serving the Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Medfield, Norwood, Sharon, Walpole, and Westwood, MA areas.

December 2013
The Importance of Dental Sealants

Your child’s milk teeth are a fundamental part of the growth and health of their adult teeth. If the proper precautions aren’t taken now, your child could have dental issues later on. Our incredible team of pediatric dentists, Dr.  Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert, proudly serve Westwood and Walpole, MA and are able to provide your child with Dental Sealants to help keep their milk teeth healthy and clean.

 

What is a dental sealant? A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to your child’s pre-molars and molars. This sealant will coat the grooves and depressions of these teeth to help protect them from plaque and food particles. Dr. Seegert and. Dr. Moreno will be able to perform this procedure at their office proudly serving Westwood and Walpole, MA and surrounding areas.

 

Your next question may be how is this procedure done? Dr. Moreno and Dr. Seegert will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns in office as well as provide post procedure instructions to help the dental sealants last as long as possible. When your child comes in for their dental sealants procedure, Dr. Moreno or Dr. Seegert will clean your child’s teeth thoroughly. Once your child’s teeth are cleaned each tooth will be dried with cotton so that they sealant can be absorbed onto the tooth. An acid solution is applied to make the tooth’s surface rougher, which is optimal for the sealant to be applied and adhere to. Once the acid has dried than Dr. Moreno or Dr. Seegert will apply the sealant to your child’s teeth. A special curing light will be shone on the teeth to help the sealant harden onto your child’s teeth.

 

To learn more about Dental Sealants and if they are right for your child visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants

November 2013
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry for Children!

Sedation Dentistry: What you need to know!

 

What is Sedation Dentistry?  Sedation dentistry refers to when a patient is administered medication by the dentist to put them in a sleep like state for the duration of their dental procedure.

 

Who will administer the sedation dentistry? The medication used to sedate the patient will be administered either by Dr. Athena Seegert or Dr. Felipe Moreno, as both are well trained in the use of these medications.

 

Child Smiling, Dental Care

 

What Types of Sedation Dentistry are there? There are several different types of sedation dentistry that can be used based on the dental procedure. We use the following:

                -Nitrous Oxide Sedation (inhalation sedation) 

                -Oral Sedation

 

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry? There are many benefits for both your child and the dentist when sedation dentistry is used. For the patient, sedation dentistry can calm them and ease fears or anxieties related to the dental procedure. For the dentist, sedation dentistry allows for increased cooperation from the patient.

 

Is Sedation Dentistry right for your child? Sedation dentistry may not be for everyone, you should consult with your doctor and dentist about your child’s medical history.

If your child has fears or anxieties surrounding the dentist, Sedation Dentistry may be a great option.

 

Please schedule a consultation or appointment so that we may discuss treatment options for your child today!

 

* The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Anesthesiologists recognize this technique as very a safe and effective procedure for treating a child’s dental needs.

Pacifiers & Your Child’s Oral Health

Pacifiers can be a form of comfort starting at an early age, however prolonging the use of them can have long term affects on your child’s teeth & bite. Children can start to wean themselves off the pacifier on their own, which usually happens when the child is around 2 to 3 years of age.

 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends halting of pacifier use after the age of 3. If a child continues to use the pacifier after the age of 3 the front teeth can grow in at a forward angle. It can also cause other teeth to come in at incorrect angles.

 

Child brushing teeth

 

If your child doesn’t start to move away from using the pacifier by the age of three, Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert recommend limiting the use of the pacifier to help wean your child from the habit.

 

Dr. Felipe Moreno and Dr. Athena Seegert have also included some tips about pacifier dos and don’ts to use with your child:

 

-When trying to calm your child by using the pacifier do not under any circumstances dip it in salty or sweet substances. This can lead to tooth decay in the future.

 

-Don’t be negative about using the pacifier with your child! A negative reaction in the moment of pacifier use is a short term and upsetting solution, but will not help your child discontinue use of the pacifier.

 

If your child hasn’t weaned off the pacifier on their own or if you have any other questions or concerns about weaning techniques, please feel free to call our office in Norwood, MA at

(781) 349-4750 or speak to Dr. Moreno or Dr. Seegert at your child’s next dental appointment.

 

We look forward to helping you!

Children's Dental Health, School Performance, and Psychosocial Well-Being

Did you know that your child’s dental health can have an effect on their performance in school?

 

This article from the Journal of Pediatrics has found a link between oral health and a child’s performance in school, as well as their overall psychosocial well-being!

 

Click the link to read more about this interesting study and its findings:

Children's Dental Health, School Performance, and Psychosocial Well-Being

 

Children's Notebook

 

Here we want your child to not only have excellent dental health, we also want them to be healthy in all aspects of their lives.

 

We welcome the opportunity to work with you and develop healthy habits that last a lifetime! 

October 2013
Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean

Our dental office team want you to have the cleaniest and healthiest mouth possible. That's why we want to take some time to inform you about how to keep your toothbrush clean and germ free. We have some facts for you below to help keep your toothbrush clean!

 

If you're going to be doing any travelling this year make sure to keep your toothbrush covered while it's packed in your bag, doing this can help make sure that no bacteria or dirt from other items in your bag. We recommend purchasing a tooth brush cover with small air holes in it. This will allow air to circulate and will prevent your tooth brush from getting moldy or mildewy during your travel time. 

 

When you're at home though, we recommend that you leave your toothbrush uncovered in the upright position in a toothbrush holder, this will allow your tooth brush to air dry and prevent any mold or mildew from again growing on your toothbrush after you use it. 

 

If you are still worried about keeping your toothbrush clean even while using the steps mentioned above you can also purchase tooth brush sanitizer. You should make sure to only purchase those that have been approved by the FDA. If you have any questions or concerns please dont' hesitate to call us we will be happy to assist you!

 

To learn more about how to keep your toothbrush clean visit http://www.oralb.com/topics/keeping-your-toothbrush-clean-and-safe.aspx

Tooth Discomfort from eating chocolates

Children's Dentistry, Norwood MA disucss the topic: Chocolates

 

Chocolates are one of the guilty pleasures that many people would often indulge in. But sometimes, people would often forget that too much chocolate is never good for our health, particularly for our dental wellness. Chocolates and other sweet foods often cause discomfort to our teeth and gums.

 

Tooth Discomfort from eating chocolates

 

Like other sweets, chocolates contain fermented carbohydrates which turn to acid. This acid causes deterioration of the tooth enamel in your mouth. It causes the dentins to be exposed, making it susceptible to plaque and bacteria. Because of this, it irritates the nerves underneath the dentins.

 

There are some cases when the tooth discomfort disappears after eating chocolates. If this is the case, you only need a minimal treatment. It is very important that you brush your teeth right after you eat chocolate. It will help lessen the irritation caused by the acids from the chocolate you have eaten.

 

However, the more you eat chocolates, toothache intensifies. Your teeth would become sensitive. People with sensitive teeth would often suffer from severe pain when they eat and drink something sweet, hot, or cold.

 

If this happens, it is important that you see a dentist right away. There is a possibility that the dentin is severely damage. It might need a large-scale procedure to stop the pain, like teeth extraction or root canal procedure.

 

What to do with the tooth discomfort?

 

If you are suffering from tooth discomfort, it is best that you practice good oral health care. Brushing your teeth regularly can help remove the lingering acid inside your mouth. For sensitive teeth, there are certain toothpaste types that can help you minimize the pain or the discomfort after eating chocolate.

 

It is also best that you simply minimize eating chocolates and other sweet products.  When you are craving for chocolates, substitute them with fruits and vegetables. It is also best that you drink water regularly.

 

There is nothing wrong with eating chocolates. However, eating too much of it can cause a serious damage not just to your tooth but also to your overall health. It is best that you try to regulate the amount of sugar that you take and go for the healthier alternatives.