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Having a cavity once meant that you had to undergo drilling to remove decay and prepare the tooth for a filling. With the introduction of laser therapy, however, the drill has become obsolete.
The laser energy used in laser therapy provides all the benefits of traditional treatment with none of the drawbacks. Like a drill, the laser can remove the damaged part of the tooth. However, a laser provides more exact treatment, which means more tooth is left intact once the decay is gone. Laser therapy often provides faster care as well, so you can get in and out of the dentist’s chair sooner than later. Best of all, laser therapy typically produces no discomfort. Whereas conventional cavity treatment demanded some form of anesthesia, laser therapy often requires none at all.
Kennett Dental is happy to offer laser therapy to our Kennett Square patients. Never again do you need to face unnecessary discomfort when undergoing cavity treatment. To learn more about this innovative technique for tooth decay, call (484) 734-1085.
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Tooth enamel cannot regenerate after it is lost, which is why dentists caution patients to protect their teeth from decay and damage. Aside from the effects that cavities can have on the health of tooth enamel, enamel can also deteriorate due to teeth grinding. Like tooth decay, teeth grinding can often go unnoticed for many months or years. When grinding is left unchecked, it can result in worn enamel, tooth fractures, and a higher risk of decay. The following questions and answers discuss this common habit and what can be done about it:
Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?
Teeth grinding typically occurs when a person sleeps. Dental professionals believe grinding happens as a stress outlet. Some people may have a lifelong struggle with teeth grinding, and others may develop it suddenly due to new sources of anxiety in the workplace or at home.
How Do I Know If I am Grinding My Teeth?
Teeth grinding may be quite loud in some cases, and as a result, the sufferer’s significant other may be the first to notice signs. Otherwise, teeth grinding may produce some identifiable symptoms, such as morning headaches, jaw pain, and tooth sensitivity. Anyone who begins noticing these complications should speak with his or her dentist for further evaluation.
What Can a Dentist Do to Prevent Teeth Grinding Damage?
If teeth grinding is the result of stress, a dentist may try to help a patient pinpoint the source of that anxiety. Only by isolating the reason for the stress can a person begin to alleviate it. However, to protect the teeth from additional damage, a dentist may recommend the use of a night guard. A night guard is a custom-made mouth guard that can create a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. When worn each night, this guard can safeguard enamel from further wear and tear.
Are you suffering from nighttime teeth grinding? Kennett Dental can help. To schedule a consultation at our Kennett Square location, call (484) 734-1085. You can also visit our website to find out more about our range of family and cosmetic dentistry services.
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Dentists emphasize the importance of consistent, thorough brushing habits because of the dangers that plaque can present to the teeth and gums. As this video demonstrates, plaque can begin causing damage within minutes of eating a meal.
Your mouth harbors bacteria at all times. These bacteria wait for you to eat foods containing sugars so that they can combine with them to form plaque. Plaque is sticky, so it is able to cover tooth enamel and deteriorate it. It also inflames nearby gum tissue. Plaque can remain on teeth for hours if you do not brush and floss. When left on the teeth, plaque can then turn into a hard substance called tartar, which only a dentist can remove with special tools.
Kennett Dental offers services to eliminate plaque buildup and periodontal disease. Call us at (484) 734-1085 to make an appointment with a dentist at our Kennett Square office.
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Many parents turn to the baby bottle as a means to calm upset or restless babies. Because snuggling and soothing words may not always appease an unhappy baby, a bottle can come in handy to quiet a crying infant. However, if that bottle contains a sugary beverage, it can cause harm to growing teeth. That’s why family dentists urge parents to become aware of the risks of baby bottle syndrome
How Baby Bottle Syndrome Occurs
Baby bottle syndrome stems from the same source as conventional tooth decay. In both cases, sugars in the mouth feed bacteria that damage tooth enamel. Baby bottle syndrome may be more prevalent in households where parents consistently calm their babies with bottles of milk or juice or put them down to sleep with these beverages. By allowing an infant to drink from a bottle for an extended period, bacterial acids can have hours of exposure to the teeth and deteriorate tooth enamel during that time.
Why Baby Bottle Syndrome is Dangerous
Baby teeth are important to a child’s overall oral health. Though baby teeth remain in the mouth for only a few years, they help infants and small children in many ways. Healthy baby teeth are vital when an infant transitions to eating solid foods. They are likewise important as children form their first words. Baby teeth affected by decay can compromise the development of these important growth milestones and of the permanent teeth.
What Parents Can Do to Prevent Baby Bottle Syndrome
To prevent baby bottle syndrome, parents must refrain from putting down their children with bottles of juice or milk. If a baby has already become accustomed to going to sleep with a bottle, fill it with water. If a baby is given milk or juice during the day, parents must be vigilant about cleaning his teeth and gums immediately following a feeding.
Has your infant received his first dental checkup? If not, call Kennett Dental today at (484) 734-1085 to schedule an appointment. We recommend that our Kennett Square patients bring in their children for an initial dental visit by the time they reach their first birthday.
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Regular dental exams can address current oral health issues and protect your teeth and gums from future problems.
Your dentist may evaluate your teeth and gums for several reasons. Firstly, he must look over your teeth for signs of tooth decay. Secondly, he must inspect your gums for symptoms of gum disease. If he deems it necessary, he may also request that X-rays be taken to provide a more comprehensive overview of the state of your oral wellbeing. X-ray analysis may reveal the presence of cavities between teeth or loss of bone mass that a visual examination would not necessarily detect. An X-ray image may show masses below the gum line, which may indicate oral cancer or an abscess. Your dentist can also determine whether past treatments need replacement, as fillings typically deteriorate over time.
When was the last time you underwent a dental exam? If it has been longer than six months, now is the time to call Kennett Dental at (484) 734-1085 for an appointment. Our family dentistry practice provides comfortable and convenient examinations for residents of all ages in the greater Kennett Square community.