Posts for: January, 2019
Dental disease doesn’t discriminate by age. Although certain types of disease are more common in adults, children are just as susceptible, particularly to tooth decay.
Unfortunately, the early signs of disease in a child’s teeth can be quite subtle—that’s why you as a parent should keep alert for any signs of a problem. Here are 3 things you might notice that definitely need your dentist’s attention.
Cavities. Tooth decay occurs when mouth acid erodes tooth enamel and forms holes or cavities. The infection can continue to grow and affect deeper parts of the tooth like the pulp and root canals, eventually endangering the tooth’s survival. If you notice tiny brown spots on their teeth, this may indicate the presence of cavities—you should see your dentist as soon as possible. To account for what you don’t see, have your child visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.
Toothache. Tooth pain can range from a sensitive twinge of pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods to a throbbing sharp pain. Whatever its form, a child’s toothache might indicate advancing decay in which the infection has entered the tooth pulp and is attacking the nerves. If your child experiences any form of toothache, see your dentist the next day if possible. Even if the pain goes away, don’t cancel the appointment—it’s probable the infection is still there and growing.
Bleeding gums. Gums don’t normally bleed during teeth brushing—the gums are much more resilient unless they’ve been weakened by periodontal (gum) disease (although over-aggressive brushing could also be a cause). If you notice your child’s gums bleeding after brushing, see your dentist as soon as possible—the sooner they receive treatment for any gum problems the less damage they’ll experience, and the better chance of preserving any affected teeth.
Find out the benefits of turning to the family dentists at our Madisonville, KY.
It’s important to have a dentist you can trust, especially when it comes to caring for your family’s smiles. Whether you are in the market for a new dentist yourself or you simply want to find a practice hat your entire household can turn to, here’s why you should consider turning to our family dentists, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin in Madisonville, KY, for care:
Enjoy the Convenience
We know that you lead a busy life, so trying to rush your kids to the dentist while visiting a separate one yourself may have you feeling more than a little exhausted. Why not make visiting your dentist in Madisonville, KY, easier and schedule appointments for the whole family right here in our office? We can meet all of your family’s needs right here in our office so you don’t have to make separate trips just to get everyone’s teeth cleaned. Let’s making scheduling you and your child’s cleanings simpler.
Receive Full Dental Services
No matter your age, you can get the dental care you need from us. When you turn to a family dentist, you know you will always be able to get all of the dental services you need for both you and your children. From one-year-olds to patients over 80 and above, we provide everyone with the comprehensive dentistry that they require. Do you need to schedule a cleaning for yourself? Do you want to schedule a consultation to find out if your child could benefit from braces? You can do it all with us.
Trustworthy, Expert Dental Care
Here at Baldwin Dental Group, we really get to know every member of your family, which means a comfortable and stress-free visit whenever you come into our Madisonville office. If your child is a little nervous or you have dental anxieties, our goal is to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible. Plus, since we know your entire family’s medical history, we will provide safe dental care and procedures that take your health and lifestyle into account.
Give Us a Call!
Do you have questions about the dental services we offer here in Madisonville, KY? Do you want to schedule a cleaning for the whole family? If so, call Baldwin Dental Group today at (270) 245-1547 to learn more.
Like other healthcare providers, dentists have relied for decades on the strong pain relief of opioid (narcotic) drugs for patients after dental work. As late as 2012, doctors and dentists wrote over 250 million prescriptions for these drugs. Since then, though, those numbers have shrunk drastically.
That’s because while effective, drugs like morphine, oxycodone or fentanyl are highly addictive. While those trapped in a narcotic addiction can obtain drugs like heroine illicitly, a high number come from prescriptions that have been issued too liberally. This and other factors have helped contribute to a nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction involving an estimated 2 million Americans and thousands of deaths each year.
Because three-quarters of opioid abusers began their addiction with prescription pain medication, there’s been a great deal of re-thinking about how we manage post-procedural pain, especially in dentistry. As a result, we’re seeing a shift to a different strategy: using a combination of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), particularly ibuprofen and acetaminophen, instead of a prescribed narcotic.
These over-the-counter drugs are safer and less costly; more importantly, though, they don’t have the high addictive quality of an opioid drug. A 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) showed that when two NSAIDs were used together, the pain relief was greater than either drug used individually, and better than some opioid medications.
That’s not to say dentists no longer prescribe opioids for pain management following dental work. But the growing consensus among dental providers is to rely on the double NSAID approach as their first-line therapy. If a patient has other medical conditions or the NSAIDs prove ineffective, then the dentist can prescribe an opioid instead.
There’s often hesitancy among dental patients on going this new route rather than the tried and true opioid prescription. That’s why it’s important to discuss the matter with your dentist before any procedure to see which way is best for you. Just like you, your dentist wants your treatment experience to be as pain-free as possible, in the safest manner possible.