Posts for: July, 2012
When you come for a dental appointment, especially an examination and cleaning, it's important that you tell us what medications you're taking. All medications - even the over-the-counter variety - may have different side effects. If necessary, bring a written list of your all your current medications; we'll add it to your patient chart. If you have any questions on how your medications may interact with or impact your dental health care, please ask.
It's so hot outside (how hot is it ...?) that we're sharing some chuckles for a mid-summer's day. Enjoy!
Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings too.
Ten years without brushing causes horrible tooth decade.
My dentist seemed distracted. I think he was brushing me off.
Why can't a dentist lie? Because he has to tell the whole tooth.
The dentist’s alibi was so full of holes, the police performed a cavity search.
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist's Novocaine during root canal work? He wanted to transcend dental medication.
What time is the saddest dental appointment of the day? Tooth-hurty.
It's not just hot flashes ... oral discomfort has also been reported as a complaint among menopausal and postmenopausal women. The conditions reported include occurrences of pain, burning sensations, altered taste perception and dryness of the mouth.
It's not clear if these changes are the result of hormonal changes or aging. While these and similar conditions may be eased by hormone replacement therapy, going that route is definitely a decision to be made by each woman and her physician.
At any age, we recommend daily brushing and flossing, using a recommended fluoride supplement, and regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings.
Sippy cups are very handy when a very young child is developing the hand coordination to steadily hold a cup of liquid. They keep kids clean and clear from spills. But every year, they - and bottles and pacifiers - cause thousands of injuries to childrens' mouths and teeth.
Toddlers learning to walk should not be carrying a sippy cup or a bottle because when they topple over - which is what toddlers do - the cup or bottle bangs into their teeth. It's similar to a child's falling into a table or hard surface, except with a sippy cup or bottle, the hard surface is right in the child's mouth. That causes a lot of tooth and mouth damage.
By the time children are learning to walk, pediatricians strongly encourage parents to wean them off sippy cups, bottles and pacifiers. If toddlers still need them, they should drink their beverages at a table, not wandering around holding their cups.