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By Center For Cosmetic And Sedation Dentistry
December 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Center For Cosmetic And Sedation Dentistry
December 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

People have been trying to figure out how to replace missing teeth since ancient times when the only viable choices were stones and dental implantsshells. Today, titanium dental implants outfitted with porcelain crowns are considered the most reliable solution. You may wonder why dental implants are needed and why they are important. Below are a few answers to that question that may prompt you to discuss dental implants at your next appointment with your Lawrenceville, GA dentists at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry.

The Dental Implantation Procedure
The process of getting dental implants requires a minimum of two appointments. At the first appointment, the implant is surgically inserted below the gum line. At the final appointment, an abutment post and permanent porcelain crown are placed. The entire process usually takes between two to nine months depending on how long it takes your bone tissue to fully heal around the implant.

Why Are Dental Implants Important?
Your teeth play an important role in your daily life, and not just for aesthetic reasons. For one, they make chewing your food easier. They also aid in the normal pronunciation of words. Your teeth also keep your jaw bone strong and viable. When even one tooth is missing, the mouth is more susceptible to oral health problems like gum disease. A dental implant by your Lawrenceville dentist will permanently restore oral function and also help give you back confidence in your smile.

A Lifelong Smile Improvement
Patients are often relieved to learn that their dental implants will last as long as the rest of their teeth. Once an implant is installed it becomes indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. You can expect a dental implant to stay in place for at least 20 years if you properly care for it—that means daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist for checkups.

Find Out If You're a Candidate
Your dentist has to do an X-ray of your mouth to decide if dental implants are the right choice for your case. Additional treatments, like bone grafting, may be necessary. Find out for sure by calling the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA today at (770) 995-1957.