Posts for: October, 2017
For a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it takes a lifetime of personal and professional care. Starting your child’s daily hygiene with the first tooth eruption is a must; but you should also consider beginning regular dental visits in their early years, around or before their first birthday.
There’s evidence that early dental visits hold a number of benefits that could lead to reduced oral care costs over their lifetime.
Familiarity with professional dental care. Children need to feel comfortable and safe in their surroundings, especially new places. Beginning dental visits early improves the chances your child will view the dentist’s office as a regular part of their life. It’s especially helpful if the dental professional has training and experience with young children to put them at ease.
Early monitoring for dental disease or other problems. A young child’s teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental visits that begin early in a child’s life increase our chances of detecting any developing dental problems early. In addition to treating decayed teeth, your child may also need preventative actions like sealants or additional fluoride applications to protect teeth if they are at a higher risk for disease. As the child develops, we may also be able to catch early bite problems: with interventional treatment, it may be possible to reduce future orthodontic costs.
Parental help and support. As we discuss your child’s dental care with you, we’ll be able to provide essential information and training for how to care for their teeth and gums at home. We’ll also be able to ease any common concerns you may have, such as thumb sucking or other oral habits, as well as give you sound advice and techniques for dealing with these problems.
As with other areas of childhood development, starting off on the right foot with oral care can make all the difference to their future dental health. The sooner you begin regular dental visits with your toddler, the better their chances for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”
Choosing a family dentist may be one of the most important decisions you make for your family.
It’s a given that you want your entire family to maintain good oral health. Of course, while making sure your children brush and floss every day and ensuring that the entire family follows a smile-friendly diet are all great ways to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy, making sure you choose a family dentist is also of the utmost important. Our Madisonville, KY, family dentists, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin, are here to explain why having a family dentist is an asset to everyone.
Keep Things Simple
Life is already hectic enough, so why make it harder by carting the kids to one dentist while you see a different one? Why not get your family’s entire dental needs met in one place? From senior citizens to children, our Madisonville dentist is equipped to handle it all. We even make it easier for every member of your family to schedule appointments on the same day so that you don’t have to run back and forth multiple times a year. How’s that for simple?
Enjoy a Variety of Services
If only there was a dental office where one of your children could get a mouthguard made while you could also discuss your cosmetic dentistry option. Well, there is! Here at Baldwin Dental Group we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide range of comprehensive dental services to satisfy every member of your family. Since we specialize in family dentistry we offer all the dental treatments and procedures you could possibly need to keep your family’s smiles happy and healthy.
Get Heartfelt, Trustworthy Care
Nothing is more important than our patients. We never want anyone to feel like a stranger when they walk through our doors. One of the great things about choosing a family dentist that every member of your family likes is that we are able to establish rapport early on. Not only does this mean that we know that your son requires antibiotics prior to getting his routine cleanings or that you get anxious and will need sedation dentistry for your upcoming dental treatment, but it also means that we will provide you with tailored care based on your health and individualized needs.
Do you need to schedule a dental cleaning for you, your partner or one of your children? If so, call Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY. We’ll make sure to get you an appointment that works with your busy schedule. Call today!
October brings fall leaves, pumpkins — and National Dental Hygiene Month. As you change your summer clothes for a fall wardrobe, it may also be time to change your toothbrush for a new one. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If that sounds like a lot, just think: This small but very important tool gets a lot of use!
If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time as recommended by the ADA, that’s two hours of brushing action in one month. Three to four months of twice-daily brushing makes for six to eight hours of brushing time, or a couple hundred uses. This is all an average toothbrush can take before it stops doing its job effectively.
Toothbrush bristles are manufactured to have the right amount of give, tapering, and end-rounding for optimal cleaning. When new, a toothbrush can work its way around corners and between teeth to remove dental plaque. Old bristles, however, lose the flexibility needed to reach into nooks and crannies for a thorough cleaning. Worn bristles may curl, fray or break — and can scratch your gums or tooth enamel. A toothbrush with stiff, curled bristles does not leave your mouth feeling as clean. This may lead to brushing too often or too hard, which is bad for your gums.
A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every season — unless you see signs that you need a new one sooner. For example, if you wear braces, you may have to replace your toothbrush more frequently since brushing around braces puts more wear and tear on the brush.
For healthy teeth and gums, make sure your primary oral hygiene tool is in tip-top shape. Taking care of the little things now can avoid inconvenient and expensive dental problems later. Don’t forget to schedule regular professional dental cleanings, and be sure to ask if you have any questions about your dental hygiene routine at home. To learn more about the importance of good oral hygiene, read “Daily Oral Hygiene: Easy Habits for Maintaining Oral Health” and “Dental Hygiene Visit: A True Value in Dental Healthcare” in Dear Doctor magazine.