Babies and small children have natural reflexes that cause them to suck on things. They put everything they see in their mouths and suck on it all- especially their thumbs. This can help them feel secure and safe. While thumb sucking is not uncommon or unusual, it’s important to catch and break the habit early.
Children will often stop sucking their thumbs as early as 6 months and as late as 4 years. Many family dentists would Read More
It can be difficult to find the right dentist that your whole family loves (we know going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite activity)- but it doesn’t have to be a stressful process! As with any doctor, it’s important to do a lot of research on the dentists in your area. Ask for references and read online reviews for real feedback from the community.
It’s more than just positive reviews though. There are many things to keep in mind when searching Read More
Since introduced in 2002, Invisalign has changed the face (or teeth) of cosmetic dentistry. For many, traditional braces are unsightly and even more uncomfortable. Having metal discs and wires in your mouth for years doesn’t seem that appealing to many, which is where Invisalign comes into play.
Invisalign is a set of clear, removable retainers that gradually straighten your teeth. They are made of an FDA approved plastic free of BPA, BPS, latex, and Read More
How many times have you seen commercials advertising a toothpaste that can restore your enamel? More than likely, it’s been too many times to count. We are going to tell you a secret: Enamel cannot be restored. If any product promises to restore or strengthen your enamel, it’s simply not true (though we wish it was!).
Even though enamel cannot be restored, there are several ways to keep your teeth strong and healthy for the future.
What is tooth enamel?
Tooth enamel is a Read More
You brush and (hopefully) floss twice a day, every day- that should be enough to keep your teeth sparkling white, right?Unfortunately, no. Every day you expose your teeth to acidic food and beverages that slowly yellow your teeth. Yellow or discolored teeth don’t necessarily mean unhealthy teeth- but Light Touch Dental can make your pearly whites sparkling again!
DIY Teeth Whitening
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When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Sugary foods, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay. One of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health, according to the American Dental Association. Use this healthy foods list to improve your diet and the health of your mouth.
If you are one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A 2013 study found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and Read More
Family dentists say that from the very first tooth, your baby will benefit from proper dental care. Your baby’s primary teeth may be only a temporary tool for chomping, to be replaced during the early school years by his permanent pearls. However, it is no less important to take good care of them now and to establish the habits that will lead them toward a lifetime of dental health. Decayed or lost baby teeth can interfere with good nutrition and speech development, and by not Read More
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When you think of baby teeth you probably picture them as teeth that fall out as a child which you then gift to the tooth fairy. Did you know, however, that those very teeth set the precedent for the rest of your oral life? Below are five reasons why baby teeth have a permanent effect on your life.
- They affect the health of your permanent teeth Your permanent teeth grow closely behind the roots of your baby teeth. These teeth are much smaller in size compared to your permanent teeth and have a thinner layer of enamel. This means cavities that develop on your baby teeth spread quickly and, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to your adult teeth.
- They set the precedent for the alignment of your teeth Baby teeth that are lost early cause the surrounding teeth to erupt into the missing space. Your adult teeth that will later grow into that space now have less room, causing bad tooth alignment. It is important to be cautious of how your teeth move prior to the eruption of your adult teeth so you do not run into the problem of crooked teeth or poor tooth alignment.
- Speech patterns Your face muscles, tongue, and lips are used in the pronunciation of sound. The sound is only produced correctly when they are able to move properly across your teeth. If the alignment of your baby teeth are not where they should be, it can create a mispronunciation of these sounds. This can then cause problematic speech patterns to develop as you age.
- Self-Esteem Childhood is the pinnacle of self-esteem development. Tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and other forms of dental pain that can develop easily during that time play a huge role in self-esteem. Feeling embarrassed, anxious, angry, and sad because of these problems can cause your child to be less social and to engage less with others at a time when it is most crucial.
- Healthy Habits As a child, you learn the proper way to chew your food, brush your teeth, and floss. Some habits you develop while you have your baby teeth are carried into adulthood. If you do not take good care of your baby teeth, you will not develop the proper healthy habits you need to take care of your permanent teeth. This can result in countless oral hygiene issues to develop.
The biggest takeaway: baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. They strongly affect early Read More