If you have children, you know how important it is to take care of dental problems as quickly as possible. But, if their dental exams don't include cleanings, they're not as protected as they should be. One of the benefits of dental cleanings is that they help your children get used to routine dental care. If your children aren't getting their teeth cleaned at the dentist's office, it's time to make a change.
Does your child have sensitive teeth? Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages doesn't only affect adults. If your child winces when they eat or drink, take a look at what you need to know about tooth sensitivity and how a pediatric dentist can help.
What Is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a feeling of discomfort that happens at specific times—such as when your child eats or drinks. Unlike other oral aches or pains, sensitivity may or may not linger after your child finishes a meal or snack.
Some diseases are contagious, and some are not. The World Health Organization has called dental cavities the most common non-communicable (non-contagious) disease worldwide. But there has been (thanks to social media) some confusion about whether cavities are actually contagious. Can you actually get dental cavities from kissing?
With a Kiss
It's not as though someone's tooth decay can be transplanted to your mouth with a kiss. This is not how the decay and progressive breakdown of a tooth's structure happens.
From the moment they erupt from your gums, your teeth are under constant attack. The naturally-occurring oral bacteria in your mouth interact with the sugars and carbohydrates you consume, creating an acidic reaction that erodes your dental enamel. This process can be greatly accelerated by inadequate (or even negligent) oral hygiene. Additionally, the biting surfaces of your teeth are used to grip and chew food, and rest against the biting surfaces of the teeth in the opposing dental arch.
Dental implants are among the most common remedies for tooth loss. You can lose one or more teeth for various reasons, such as poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, plaque buildup, and gum disease.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in your jawbone to create a solid and permanent foundation for a replacement tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace both the tooth and the root.