At what age should my child start comming to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a dentist by the time they're a
year old. Seeing a child at this age will better prevent problems now instead of trying to correct problems later.
We generally see children at our office at the age of three. We encourage them to come along with Mom or Dad at
the parents appointment. The children watch their family member have their teeth cleaned, examined, and get to meet
the stafft. When the children return for their own appointment, they have an idea of what to expect.
How harmful is soda for my teeth?
According to Cynthia Sherwood, DDS and AGD spokesperson, soda's combination of sugar and acidity can be
lethal to teeth. Repeated exposure of soda through sipping over a long period of time increases the risk of getting a cavity.
She also adds that drinking soda through a straw may help reduce the amount of soda that comes into direct contact with the
teeth. She also recommends that soda drinkers rinse their mouths out with water after drinking and use toothpaste that
How harmful are tonque rings?
Wearing a tonque stud puts people at risk for chipped teeth, recessed gums, and nerve damage. However,
most people don't realize that getting an oral piercing also placed them at risk for developing a fatal infection, such as
Ludwig's angina , according to a report in the May/June 2004 issue of General Dentistry. Ludwig's angina, a bacterial
infection of hte floor of the mouth, occurs after a tooth infection, mouth injury, oral surgery and oral piercings.
After getting an oral piercing, the mouth has an open wound which allows bacteria to travel through the bloodstream.
Bacteria then cause the floor of the mouth to rapidly swell, which can block the airway or prevent the swallowing of saliva.
Postoperative care can help identify these serious infections before they become fatal.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using a desensitizing toothpaste, applying sealants and other desensitizing
ionization and filling materials including fluoride by your dentist, and decreasing the intake of acidcontaining foods.
Tartar control toothpastes will sometimes cause teeth to be sensitve as well as drinking diet soft drinks throughout
the day. Avoid using hard bristled toothbrushes and brushing your teeth too hard, which can wear down the tooths root
surface and expose sensitive spots.
Source: Academy of General Dentistry, Dentalnotes, summer 2004