You may gaze into the mirror and simply see a set of pearly whites grinning back at you, but those teeth are a little more complex in their composition – more than you probably have ever thought about.
When you think of it, your teeth are challenged every day to withstand icy cold or steaming hot drinks, or to crunch down and pulverize every piece of food that you put into your mouth. We’ve had our current teeth since we outgrew our baby teeth and got the permanent set, and, for some, old cavities or dental issues forced us to get crowns so that our old metal fillings were not so unsightly.
Impossible, right? Actually, it’s very possible. As a parent, you probably cringe every year about this time thinking about all that candy your kids are going to get on their fun night of trick-or-treating. And all that sugar swishing around in their mouths, well, it’s on a mission to destroy your kid’s teeth and tooth structures. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do as a parent to help your kids get through Halloween and all its sugary ghoulishness without coming out on the other end with a mouth full of cavities. Here are some tips from dentists in Clearwater for parents of trick-or-treat-age kids on how to survive Halloween without cavities. Continue reading
If you have a dentist appointment in your near future, you may be wondering what you should ask your dentist during the visit. These questions will likely have to do with issues that you are having or information that you do not know about your mouth. Here some questions and the answers to things that you could ask your dentist.
New Methods in Preventing Tooth Decay
Be sure to ask your dentist if there are any new methods to prevent and treat tooth decay. There are several new treatments in the development stages. There is an experimental technique using fluorescent lights to detect developing cavities long before traditional means can detect them. There is also a feeling technique being researched that helps prevent further tooth decay by releasing fluoride slowly over time around you’re filling and on adjacent teeth. Continue reading