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5 Tips on Taking Care of Retainers

The orthodontic retainers that children wear is both expensive and fragile. This means the retainers should be handled with care. The following are great insight and retainer care tips. Following the rules guarantees your child a lasting and a beautiful smile.

Proper storage

The best and safe place for the retainers is in the mouth. However, when the child is brushing or eating, they need to remove them and store them properly. Remember, nobody want to eat at the table with a retainer staring in front of them. A common mistake with both children and adults is wrapping them in a napkin; this risk having ...

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Which Are the Most Widely Used Treatments for Treating Dental Caries in Primary Molars?

Caries treatment, or treatment for tooth decay is essential. But when you need to treat primary molars there are usually only three choices which your dentist is faced with. The Hall Technique, involving sealing the caries using a preformed crown, a pulpotomy, and the traditional restoration procedure.

Here I will point out which treatment are most successful and widely used for dental caries or tooth decay.

Pulpotomy is essentially the removal of the pulp which includes the diseased aspect of the tooth. This is done primarily to keep the verve of the pulpal tissue which remains. If the tooth gets a cavity, the bacteria can damage the pulpal tissue. This is usually ...

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Child Dental Care

Child dental care for tooth decay. It is a highly preventable disease caused by bacteria. It can occur when certain foods are left on the teeth. A combination of certain foods, acid build up, bacteria and saliva form plaque which sticks to the teeth. The acids which are also produced by bacteria in the mouth eat away at the tooth enamel causing tooth decay or caries.

What are the symptoms of tooth decay?

The most common signs of tooth decay are white spots on the surface of the teeth. Early caries in teeth usually show up and are colored light brown on the tooth. The ...

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How to Take Care of Your Baby's First Teeth

Watching your baby get irritable and fussy weeks prior to getting her first tooth is a taxing experience both for you and your baby. Until one day you notice a tiny tooth bud emerging through the gums. Your child is soon going to get her full set of teeth and be able to use them for eating and chewing all by herself.

So what are the next steps in taking care of new baby teeth? And what are the advantages of doing so?

Here are some of the dos and don’ts of taking care of your child’s first teeth.

The Dos

  • Gently wipe down your baby’s gums ...

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Teething in Babies, Fact or Fiction

A leading pediatric dentist claims that the symptoms associated with Teething in babies is just a myth. The fever, diaper rash and other symptoms which parents assume are a cause of teething, may just be an indication of a baby who has other infections.

By attributing these symptoms with Teething, Kirsten Fitzgerald, a consultant pediatric dental surgeon in Dublin, Ireland, claims that parents are neglecting what the real causes are.

A child with meningitis went undiagnosed because it was believed that teething was the real issue. Dr. Fitzgerald, warns that many such cases have been overlooked and not treated as they should be.

As for all ...

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Technological Advances in Pediatric Dentistry

Advances in Pediatric Dentistry are not very well known, nor have many Pediatric dentists adapted their old procedures and methods in recent times.

There have however been new technological advances in the field of Pediatric Dentistry, which dentists are just getting to grips with. The newest technology, which has been introduced to the market is the hard-tissue (Er; YAG) laser.

This gadget garners many advantages for the pediatric practice. For one, the laser has the ability to perform restorative surgery in early primary teeth using only topical anesthetic.  This is greatly beneficial for patients, as the need for sedation is greatly reduced, making the practice more efficient, as well as reducing the ...

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How Old Is Too Old for a Child to Be Using a Pacifier?

‚ÄčThe Beckhams have been in the news recently, no surprise there, but the somewhat surprising aspect of their recent public appearance involved their 4 year old daughter, sucking on a pacifier.

This has caused a stir in the media, and people have had a lot to say about it.

Dentists usually warn parents that the use of a soother for too long may harm speech. A child with a pacifier will be unable to communicate or explore effectively, and this is a well-researched and documented fact.

Babies are ...

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