Many people suffer from a speech problem. There are different causes of speech disorders. The alignment of teeth and the jaw can affect someone’s speech. Overjet, overbite, gaps in teeth and jaw alignment can inhibit the tongue from being able to form correct speech.
An orthodontist can evaluate the teeth and jaw to see if aligning the teeth can help with lisps, whistling and overall speech development.
Orthodontia along with speech therapy can help provide an improved self-esteem. Everyone can appreciate a beautiful smile. Don’t let orthodontia related speech problems limit you. Stop by and get an evaluation to see if we can help you.
As a rule, fillings should last for several years, but many things can affect that prognosis. Brushing and flossing and maintaining good oral hygiene can extend the life of all fillings. The better the home care the longer every filling will last. Of course, we want to prevent getting decay in the first place.
What also determines the lifespan of a filling is the degree of tooth structure that is missing. The larger the filling, the greater the likelihood that a crown will be necessary at some point in the future. Large fillings can also increase the risk of fracturing the tooth, due to existing tooth structure has been compromised.
A small silver filling could last for decades, but most tooth colored fillings will fail within 10 years under good conditions.
Many silver fillings can last from 10-30 years if oral hygiene is maintained. On average, a silver filling will last 12.8 years.
Unfortunately, while tooth-colored (also called composite resin) fillings are more aesthetically pleasing than the silver amalgam fillings, there is a trade-off — they simply don’t last as long. Most tooth colored fillings will last on average of 5 years.
Technology is greatly improving and hopefully within the next few years we will see fillings lasting longer.
If you have any questions about your dental care, please ask your dentist.
It’s that time of year when coughs, colds and flu can make you or someone in your family miserable. And like most people, you’ll probably take some over-the-counter medication to help with your symptoms. But did you know that taking the medication could potentially add a side effect of tooth decay? Many over-the-counter medicines contain large amounts of sugar to make them taste good. The sugar usually comes in the form of high fructose corn sugar. Many people do not realize the added sugars in the medicine can contribute to tooth decay.
Also, may people start to take lozenges to help deal with nagging coughs or sniffles. However, just because cough drops help with your cold symptoms, does not mean they are healthy for you. Most brands also contain high levels of sugar.
So, if you find yourself using cough drops, lozenges or taking cold medicines, make sure to brush well. If you cannot brush after taking medication or cough drop, please rinse your mouth out with water or consume sugarless gum. This may help limit sugar levels in mouth, which helps limit acid levels. These 2 tips can help prevent cavities while you are sick. Never miss brushing and flossing while ill. Cold medicines tend to dry out your mouth, which will also increase bacteria levels in your mouth. You may want to opt for purchasing sugar-free cough drops and buying cold medication in the pill form. Make sure to drink plenty of water when you’re sick. Water is your body and mouth’s best asset during the cold and flu season. If you have any questions about medication and your teeth, please ask our staff and they can give you helpful tips.
Please take care yourself and family members this cold and flu season.
Each and every child must have a first at the dental clinic, how you prepare the child and yourself can make a difference on how that FIRST dental visit goes. Here are some helpful hints:
Be there for your child and be a role model in the dental visit.
If you are going to be there during the visit, then it’s important you are able to keep a positive attitude. If you’re afraid of the dentist then you could easily transfer these negative emotions to your child. Sometimes if you show fear during the first visit, it can last a lifetime.
It’s sometimes hard for parents to realize, but most kids are comfortable during the first visit. Most are very curious about things around the office. If all the NEW things are explained to a child, they are enthusiastic about trying them out. Do not bring up past dental experiences or show emotion around your child. What they learn from you they will model. Your feelings can be very different from the feelings of your child. Remember that dental anxieties can be learned, you must be very careful not to pass those fears down to your child.
Your goal is to provide moral support. We ask that you support us as the authority figure while we’re working with your child. Try to speak in a low, calm voice and try not to repeat what we ask of your child. We would like to create a bond with your child (one of trust). If your child requires additional visits shortly after their initial exam, it’s a good idea for the same parent to come with them. It creates a continuity for child.
We want a lifetime of good experiences at the dentist. A person isn’t born with a fear of the dentist. Today’s dental procedures are virtually painless and there are so many options for care such as:
Your dentist will go over your child’s treatment plan with you and come up with the best for your child’s needs. The first experience at the dentist should be a positive one. This will lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth.