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Not just baby teeth

“…but they’re just baby teeth” is something we hear a lot. Yes, they are baby teeth. However the bacteria that infects and causes harm to baby teeth will not disappear with the tooth fairy. By treating childhood decay quickly it limits the spread and infestation of the bacteria. This bacteria has been linked to lifelong health problems. In a recently published study oral childhood infections were linked with adulthood cardiovascular issues.

If you’re interested in the study click here

What can you do to limit your child’s chance of tooth decay?

  • Before teething: Gently wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp wash cloth to remove harmful bacteria
  • Once teeth start coming in brush your little’s teeth with an infant tooth brush and water or a tiny pit of baby toothpaste.
  • As more teeth come in, and they begin to touch each other, you can begin flossing. Try to make it a game so it’s fun!
  • Teach your 3 year-old’s to spit as not to swallow too much tooth paste.
  • Take your kiddos with you to the dentist from a young age so it’s not so scary for them when it’s their turn. We love inviting the young one to sit in the chair so we can count their teeth. This gets them used to someone sitting in the chair, introduces them to the dentist and makes it a fun visit.
  • Your child should start having proper dental check ups around age 3 or 4. Remember early detection of caries and proper hygiene instruction will help keep your little one’s oral health in tip-top shape!

Joint Disorder

Many patients who experience pain in their jaw, headaches, or even the inability to close their jaw are suffering from TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) and will benefit from a bruxism appliance.  I custom fit appliance will be most effective in treating joint disorder, we do not recommend purchasing an over-the-counter/bought-off-amazon appliance. Dr. Duke works with an amazing local lab to make quality appliances that have lasted some patients for 15+ years.

Over time your joints and bite will change, regular dental appointments will help maintain joint health and tooth wear.

 

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Dental Health & Endurance Athletes

Despite the obvious fitness benefits of frequent physical activity. Endurance athletes are at risk of poor dental health due to common training practices. According to a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science on sports, athletes who trained for at least 5 hours each week had a significantly increased likelihood for tooth erosion and caries (cavities).

Intense activity causes a decrease in intra-oral pH and salivary flow rates, combined with increased consumption of carbohydrate sports bars, sports drinks, and sports gels, this leads to a significant correlation between cumulative training time and increased risk of tooth decay.

gcmps-02101-mi-pasteIn order to combat this, athletes need a specialized oral health regimen. The use of CTX or MI paste, along with dietary management and regular dental appointments can prevent these problems, and help keep their smile -and body- as healthy as possible!