If you have a young child in your life, you know how difficult it can be to get them to clean and care for their teeth properly. When brushing on their own, young children have a habit of only brushing the fronts of their teeth and the tops of their molars. While it is essential to clean those areas, if that’s all your kids are doing, they’re not brushing their teeth effectively. They are also making it easier for decay to creep in and create problems with their oral health. Sure, parents and older siblings often help kids brush, but it is not always ideal, not to mention that some adults have the same problem. We offer a treatment that can be beneficial for all of our patients, young and old. Read on to learn more about this treatment.
Although they are some of the smallest parts of your body, your teeth are extremely strong. In fact, tooth enamel, the outer covering of the teeth, is the strongest substance in your body. Tooth enamel needs to be strong because it is used each time you bite and chew your food. Although tooth enamel is made to withstand quite a bit of wear and tear, it is not indestructible and can easily become damaged when you do not care for your teeth properly.
Fall is great, especially in this area. Not many parts of the country get to experience the crisp morning air and the beautiful fall foliage like we do. Another reason this time of year is so much fun is Halloween. While some people love the spooky aspect of Halloween, others enjoy the sweets and delicious treats popular during this time of year. We want to share some helpful tips to avoid being spooked by what may be brewing in your mouth after you overindulge in sweets and treats.
There is a popular saying, you are what you eat. While the saying typically refers to the food that you eat and the effect on your body, the saying also applies to what happens with your oral health when you consume certain foods. Patients with a high level of sugar in their diets are more prone to developing tooth decay than other patients with a healthy diet. Summer is a time when more sugary treats and beverages are typically consumed than other times of the year. We want to share the importance of being mindful of what you eat.
After a long winter in NY, we are thrilled that summer is a few short weeks away! We love talking to our patients about their summer plans and enjoy hearing about all of the fantastic trips they have scheduled. We also know many of our patients are planning to spend the summer days and nights with their loved ones at home. No matter what your summer plans are, we want to ensure that the state of your oral health will not get in the way and negatively impact your plans. We want to share some helpful tips to ensure you enjoy your summer worry free.
At Geoffry E. Hallstead, DMD, we try every treatment we can to save your natural teeth, but unfortunately, it is not always possible, and a tooth may need to be extracted. Some patients, such as those going through chemotherapy or preparing for an organ transplant, may need an extraction to optimize their oral health for a successful medical treatment. Our younger patients may need to have one or more teeth removed before starting orthodontic treatment or to help the adult teeth emerge properly. Sometimes, we recommend extracting severely decayed teeth that are beginning to affect the surrounding teeth and gums. No matter the reason for the extraction, we are here to help you every step of the way.
Did we recommend a dental crown during your last visit to our office and you have been hesitant to schedule your appointment? It is never great news when you learn you need a dental treatment; however, it is important to be diligent in scheduling your appointment. Delaying a needed treatment, especially a dental crown, can result in the need for more extensive and costly procedures. We want to help ease your fears and explain more about this common procedure and why we may have recommended this treatment option. Read on to learn more about dental crowns.
Did we recommend a treatment the last time you visited our office and you have delayed or avoided scheduling your appointment? We know the last few months have been hectic with the holiday season, but now that the new year has begun, it is the perfect time to re-evaluate your oral health. We encourage you to schedule your appointment today for the treatment we suggested. Delaying dental treatment can leave you with the need for additional treatments and added expenses. Read on to learn more about why needed dental treatments should not be ignored.
Do you notice there is always a pink tint to the water when you rinse your mouth after brushing? If so, then you may have bleeding gums. While it is never a good thing to experience this, bleeding gums can occur from time to time, especially if you brush too vigorously or your toothbrush is too hard. It can be concerning when you experience it frequently, and it is usually an indication that something else is going on with your oral health.
Do you avoid eating foods that are extremely hot or cold because it bothers your teeth? If so, you are one of many people who experience tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can range from a mild twinge on occasion to extreme discomfort when eating or drinking anything cold or hot. This discomfort can make it challenging to enjoy a frozen treat on a hot summer day or a steaming cup of hot chocolate during one of NY’s many winter snowstorms. The good news is that teeth sensitivity can be treated and you can enjoy your favorite hot and cold foods and beverages again.