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Posts for: February, 2016

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavi­ties. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out when dental crowns are the right option for your smile.

A dental crown can be a great option for many patients dealing with damaged teeth who are looking to restore the appearance and dental crownsstrength of their smiles. From the office of your Nashua, NH dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, find out when dental crowns are used and how they can repair smiles.

What is a dental crown and when is it used?

If you are dealing with a damaged tooth not so severe it can’t be saved, a dental crown is usually the best way to restore function, strength and appearance back into the tooth. If you’ve also had a root canal in Nashua, NH, you will most likely need a dental crown.

A dental crown is a hollow false tooth. It is cemented over the crown of a tooth and becomes its new outer layer, preventing the tooth from further damage. Besides restoring the tooth’s full capacity and strength, a crown may also be recommended by your Nashua cosmetic dentist to cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth and help fully improve its appearance. A crown is created to look just like a real tooth so only you’ll know that you’re wearing a crown.

How do you get a dental crown?

We will first prepare the tooth for a dental crown by administering a local anesthesia to numb the area. Then we will file down the tooth so that a dental crown can properly fit over it. Once the tooth is prepared, impressions will be taken. These impressions will help a lab create your very own dental crown. A crown can be made from different material, but porcelain tends to be the most popular choice because it looks most like a real tooth. While your crown is being made, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.

During your next visit, we will take off the temporary crown and place the permanent one. We will also check the fit, shape and bite. Once it’s properly fitted, we will cement the crown into place.

Have questions about a dental crown? Dealing with a cracked or fractured tooth? Then turn to your Nashua, NH general dentists at Nashua Smile Makers. We are here to give you a healthy smile.

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  

Sports drinks have been widely touted as an ideal way to replenish carbohydrates, electrolytes and, of course, fluids after a strenuous event or workout. But the mixtures of many popular brands often contain acid and added sugar, similar to other types of soft drinks. This can create an acidic environment in the mouth that can be damaging to tooth enamel.

Of course, the best way to replenish fluids after most strenuous activities is nature’s hydrator, water. If, however, you or a family member does drink the occasional sports beverage, you can help reduce the acid impact and help protect tooth enamel by following these 3 tips.

Avoid sipping a sports drink over long periods. Sipping on a drink constantly for hours interferes with saliva, the bodily fluid responsible for neutralizing mouth acid. But because the process can take thirty minutes to an hour to bring the mouth to a normal pH, saliva may not be able to complete neutralization because of the constant presence of acid caused by sipping. It’s best then to limit sports drinks to set periods or preferably during mealtimes.

Rinse your mouth out with water after drinking.  Enamel damage occurs after extended periods of exposure to acid. Rinsing your mouth out immediately after consuming a sports drink will wash away a good amount of any remaining acid and help normalize your mouth’s pH level. And since water has a neutral pH, it won’t add to the acid levels.

Wait an hour to brush after eating. As mentioned before, saliva takes time to neutralize mouth acid. Even in that short period of time, though, acid can soften some of the mineral content in enamel. If you brush during this “soft” period, you may inadvertently brush away some of the minerals. By waiting an hour, you give saliva time not only to neutralize acid but also restore mineral strength to the enamel.

If you would like more information on sports and energy drinks and their effect on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Think Before you Drink.”