Space Maintainers Help Children Develop a Healthy Smile

by Jason 7/16/2012 9:03 AM

Sometimes children lose a primary tooth from decay or injury before a permanent one is ready to come in. This can lead to dental issues down the road. Why? When a tooth is missing, the other teeth shift to fill the gap. This can take up space that permanent teeth would normally occupy when they descend. As a result, permanent teeth come in crooked and crowded. This can affect your child’s speech and ability to chew. Eventually, your child could need orthodontic treatment to correct the problems caused by one missing baby tooth.... more...

Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth. You can do something about it.

by Jason 7/9/2012 1:38 PM

If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth. People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).

Other problems diabetes can cause are dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. Dry mouth happens when you do not have enough saliva—the fluid that keeps your mouth wet. Diabetes may also cause the glucose level in your saliva to increase. Together, these problems may lead to thrush, which causes painful white patches in your mouth.... more...

The Do's and Don'ts of Eating with Braces

by Jason 7/2/2012 12:06 PM

If you have braces, you may feel like there’s one long list of foods you can’t eat. While it is true that certain foods can damage your brackets and wires, you can still enjoy most foods if you prepare them properly. Find out which foods you should avoid while sporting braces and which are okay to consume with careful preparation.... more...

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