Month: September 2014

Coffee and oral health

A recently published study from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine may just make your day a little perkier. The results show that “higher coffee consumption was associated with a small but significant reduction in number of teeth with periodontal bone loss.” Researchers compared dental records of 1,152 adult males from the Greater Boston area based on dental visits from 1968-1998. Though this is just one study so far, the findings may just jumpstart anyone’s day.

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Children’s oral health: Starting early

Your child’s baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear, which is typically around age 6 months. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. In some cases, infants and toddlers experience decay so severe that their teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed.

The good news is that tooth decay is preventable!

Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3-years-old. As your child grows, their jaws also grow, making room for their permanent teeth.

Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth:
•Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
•For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.

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•For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to minimize swallowing of toothpaste.
•Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

First dental visits:
As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. Don’t wait for them to start school or until there’s an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with good mouth healthy habits.
Although the first visit is mainly for the dentist to examine your child’s mouth and to check growth and development, it’s also about your child being comfortable.
To make the visit positive:
•Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
•Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive.
Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
•Never bribe your child.
•Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.

During this visit, you can expect Dr. Scopu to:
•Inspect for oral injuries, cavities or other problems.
•Let you know if your child is at risk of developing tooth decay.
•Clean your child’s teeth and provide tips for daily care.
•Discuss teething, pacifier use, or finger/thumbsucking habits.
•Discuss treatment, if needed, and schedule the next check-up.

E-Max Crowns

A dental crown or cap, as it is also commonly known is placed over a tooth to cover and protect it from breakage usually after a root canal treatment or sometimes used to restore a tooth’s shape and size or aesthetic appearance. When cemented into place, crowns fully encase the entire visible part of a tooth that sit above the gum line.

Most crowns are made of a metal material and coated in porcelain. However, when considering anterior crowns (think the visible teeth in the front when you speak or smile) most patient’s are greatly, and understandably so, concerned with the appearance of these crowns. At DentAlign studio, Dr Scopu offers her patients the latest in ceramic technology: E-Max crowns. These all-ceramic crowns are preferred for anterior tooth restorations for their longer lasting, aesthetic qualities.

What is an E-Max Crown?
This type of all-ceramic crown with an appealing translucent color. Typically with porcelain-fused to metal crowns, the color of the crown is an opaque tone because of the metal inside it, this may cause a crown to look less like a natural tooth. With an E-Max crown the translucency is combined with an extra strength and durability and the end result is a crown that looks like your own tooth. The reason behind this is that the crown is made from a single block of lithium disilicate ceramic, a top grade material which has been harvested for its toughness and durability.

The advantages
The transparent color and shape that can be achieved with an E-Max crown are what make it the best match for your natural teeth.
Also, because it’s all-ceramic crown, there is no metal alloy base which means that there won’t be an unsightly looking gray line along the gum line.

Being fitted for an E-Max crown
There may be some preparation involved although this depends upon the state of your teeth and the extent of work that is needed. This preparation begins with an examination of the tooth to be treated. The tooth is cleaned and then reshaped using a small drill. The idea behind this is to improve the shape of the tooth and its condition so that it is ready for the fitting of the crown.
An impression is then taken of your teeth. This involves the use of impression material which you will be asked to bite into. The impression left by your teeth is used by a dental lab as a cast which is then used in the fabrication of your E-Max crown.
Then, Dr Scopu will fit a temporary crown which you will wear for two to three weeks until your new crown is ready. Once it is ready then you will return to the office to permanently cement the crown.

Call us today to replace an old crown with an E-Max crown!