Teaching Your Children About the Dentist
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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.

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Dental Bridge Problems And How They Can Be Avoided

Alfred Kelley

If you have one or more teeth missing in your mouth and you have decided against the use of a dental implant for replacement, then a bridge might be a good choice. Dental bridges, like any other type of oral appliance, can have their challenges. Understanding a few of them and how to best overcome them can help to ensure that your bridge is successful.

Poor Fit

Bridges are fairly intricate devices that need to be made with precision to ensure that they fit correctly. A bridge will have three different parts with a crown on either side of a full artificial tooth. The crowns must be made to fit over the prepared tooth and the middle tooth will need to fit in the open gap in a natural way. 

Due to the complexities of the bridge, it can be easy for a device to be made that does not fit exactly as intended. Oftentimes, the bridge will be too loose and this means it will not adhere or sit properly on the crown teeth. The bridge can then simply pop or pull off when you chew or eat food.

To prevent this sort of issue, you should work with your dentist to ensure that a lab is utilized that will use technology to make a precise device. Most advanced labs will use 3D imaging, CAD technology, and robotics to ensure that dental appliances are as precise as possible. And, before the bridge is cemented into place, it will be fit to the area. You will then have the opportunity to feel the device to see if it seems to fit correctly.

Keep in mind that you should also be testing out the fit as you use the bridge. If the device feels as though it shifts or wiggles when you bite, then make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Dental Decay

The preparation process for a dental bridge involves some extensive tooth modification with the removal of enamel from the crown teeth. Once the enamel is removed, the teeth will be unprotected from erosion. While the crowns will help with this, a small lip will often appear on the edge of each crown where food can gather. Plaque and tartar formations can cause some gum recessions and decay problems as well.

To minimize these issues, make sure you are committed to a thorough and complete oral care routine. You should focus on the bridge device and use tools such as electric toothbrushes, water flossers, and interdental brushes to clean. Inspect the gum every day for signs of reddening tissue and make a dental appointment if you see any abnormalities. 


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