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“That kid is growing like a weed!” Every proud parent likes to hear something like that about their child: It means they’re growing up—and it shows!
As nature takes its course, your child will physically transform into an adult. And that also includes their mouth: By the time they enter early adulthood they will have had two sets of teeth and their jaw structure will have changed dramatically.
All of this happens without you needing to do anything. But there can be bumps along the road like tooth decay or abnormal bite development. For that, you can and should intervene by preventing or at least slowing the formation of such situations.
The best way to do this is to form a partnership with your child’s dentist. Like any partnership, each party contributes something to the relationship.
For you that means first and foremost keeping up your child’s regular oral hygiene practice. This should start even before they begin showing teeth. As an infant you should start wiping their gums after each feeding with a clean wet cloth to hold down bacterial growth. When teeth appear, you can graduate them to brushing and flossing, teaching them along the way to do it for themselves.
You can also boost their dental health by cutting back on sugar consumption, which feeds bacteria. Besides monitoring their snacks, also avoid sending them to bed with a bottle filled with a sugary liquid (including formula, breast milk, or regular milk). And be sure you provide them a nutritious diet filled with tooth-strengthening foods.
On your dentist’s part, they provide regular cleanings that help ensure decay-causing plaque doesn’t build up on the teeth. They’ll also monitor for any signs of decay, and provide treatment when necessary. To further protect them against decay, dentists can apply sealants and topical fluoride to your child’s teeth, especially if they appear to be at high risk. And they’ll also be watching for early signs of a bite problem: Early intervention could prevent or at least minimize this development.
With that kind of solid partnership, your child’s normal dental development can proceed as smoothly as possible. Avoiding the possible pitfalls will help them achieve optimal oral health now and throughout their lives.
Would you like a brighter, younger, more refreshed facial appearance? Well, here at The Skin Renewal Center, your medical spa in Houston, TX, Dr. Patrick McNamara performs state-of-the-art laser skin treatments that produce incredibly smooth, flawless results in no-time. Read on to learn the benefits of undergoing this simple, quick, and affordable service!
It's an in-office service
Your board-certified physician, Dr. Patrick McNamara, uses the innovative FRAXEL laser system to improve the appearance of a variety of skin issues. Following an initial skin exam and review of your medical history at our Houston medical spa, your physician will apply a mild numbing cream to the areas that require treatment. Next, the hand-held FRAXEL laser delivers focused beams of light right into the skin to correct:
- Acne or chickenpox scars
- Loose skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Spider veins
- Unwanted tattoos
- Large, obvious pores or oil glands
How it all works
Treatments take just minutes and cause no appreciable downtime. Removing the problematic skin one layer at a time, laser treatment simultaneously stimulates the production of collagen, the component that which gives skin its youthful elasticity.
Following the treatment, most of Dr. McNamara's laser patients return to their normal activities right away. Side effects are minor and may include some redness, tenderness, and bruising (all of which heal rapidly).
Are laser treatments safe?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that laser treatments are very safe when performed by a trained physician such as Dr. McNamara. However, people with active acne lesions, deeply pigmented skin or very wrinkled or sagging skin make poor candidates. Here at The Skin Renewal Center, you'll be fully screened before receiving laser skin treatments.
Look and feel your best
Dr. Patrick McNamara and his team deliver a wide range of esthetic services designed to optimize your appearance and self-confidence, too. Learn all about them at a personal consultation at The Skin Renewal Center. Call today for an appointment: (713) 533-0800.
Botox could do more than take years off your appearance—it could also help with TMJ disorder.
When people think of Botox, they often think about this injectable treatment’s ability to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles to give people younger-looking skin. However, Botox has become quite a versatile treatment that can do more than just make your skin look amazing. Here at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, your dentist, Dr. Dawn Rickert, has been using Botox to help those dealing with TMJ disorder, jaw pain, and tension headaches—read on to learn why and how.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder, which stands for the temporomandibular joint, is the joint that’s responsible for every jaw movement. If you find yourself dealing with issues such as pain, stiffness, or clicking in the jaw, then you could be dealing with TMJ disorder.
What is Botox?
Botox is a cosmetic injectable treatment that uses a purified form of botulinum toxin to help relax the muscles of the face to smooth away certain lines and wrinkles. Once administered, the FDA-endorsed neurotoxin interrupts the signals that cause the muscles to contract. The effects of Botox last about 3-4 months, but patients may choose to turn to their New Hope, PA, general dentist for maintenance treatments if they are happy with the results.
How does Botox treat TMJ disorder?
Since Botox works by affecting the nerve signals sent from the brain to the muscles, it can ease tension, reduce pain signals, and even prevent headaches from forming. By stopping the muscles of the jaws from working overtime, you can also reduce soreness and muscle fatigue.
What should I expect when I get Botox?
When you come into our New Hope office for treatment, we will administer several thin needles into the muscles of the jaws. This only takes a few minutes to administer and causes absolutely no downtime. You should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days after treatment.
Interested? Contact us
Are you living with painful TMJ disorder and having trouble getting your symptoms under control? If so, New Hope Dentistry is here to help. Call us today at (215) 862-2525 to let us know that you are interested in how Botox can treat your jaw pain.
Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.
“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”
With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.
But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.
For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.
For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!
Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.
Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.
If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
Bite problems aren't limited to teeth simply out of position. The problem could be some teeth aren't there—visibly, that is. They still exist below the gums and bone, but they've been crowded out and blocked from erupting. We call this condition impaction.
Any tooth can become impacted and affect the bite, but a person's smile suffers more if it involves visible front teeth. This is especially so if the teeth in question are upper canines or "eye teeth"—the smile doesn't look normal without these pointed teeth on either side of the central and lateral incisors.
Impacted teeth can also contribute to more than a cosmetic problem: they're more susceptible to abscesses (pockets of infection) or root damage both to themselves or neighboring teeth. To minimize these potential health issues, we'll often remove impacted teeth surgically (as is often done with wisdom teeth).
But because of their important role in not only appearance but also bite function, we may first try to assist impacted canines to fully erupt before considering extraction. It takes a bit of orthodontic "magic," but it can be done.
Before we can make that decision, though, we want to precisely locate the impacted teeth's positions and how it may affect other teeth. This initial evaluation, often with advanced diagnostics like CT scanning or digital x-rays, helps us determine if the impacted teeth are in a workable position to save. If they're not, we may then need to consider removing them and ultimately replacing them with a dental implant or similar restoration.
But if their position is workable and there are no other impediments, we can proceed with helping them erupt. To do this we'll have to first expose them by creating a small opening in the gums through minor surgery. We then bond a small bracket to the tooth, to which we'll attach a small chain that we then attach to orthodontic braces. This enables us to exert continuous pressure on the tooth.
Over time, the pressure coaxes the tooth to erupt. We may still need to apply other forms of orthodontics and cosmetic procedures, but using this procedure to rescue impacted canines can produce a healthier and more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on treating complex bite problems, 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 “Exposing Impacted Canines.”