Jostock Dental 38951 Ryan Rd
Sterling Hts, MI 48310
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Hygiene for your children

img-toothbrushesHygiene for your children is important as a parent to encourage and assist your child in good oral hygiene. You should help your child with his or her brushing until around the age of 6 years old, and you should help your child floss when their teeth have contact with one another. This is dependent on the child and you should ask your dentist when it is time to start flossing his or her teeth. A good way to encourage your child to brush his or her teeth is to explain why it is important. You want to talk to your child about the sugar bugs in their mouths and how it is important to brush the sugar bugs away so that they have clean and healthy teeth. You also want to try to use the tell-show-do method to get your children brushing the right way. You want to show your child how you brush your teeth using circles and then have them brush their own teeth in the same manner. It is important to get your child in a good brushing routine as early as possible. ACT fluoride rinse for kids is also a good adjunctive rinse to help prevent cavities in kids old enough to spit out the rinse.

Your child’s first visit to the dentist

It is recommended by the academy of pediatric dentistry that you take your child to the dentist at age one. However, we have found in our office that most kids do well seeing a dentist at around 21/2 to 3 years of age. The reason for this is that we find that the kids have a better first experience at the dentist which excites them for their future visits. A good first experience goes a long way in a child’s overall attitude towards their hygiene and going to the dentist.

However, if at any time, at any age prior to 3, you notice something not normal in your child’s mouth or you just want us to take a look, do not hesitate to call. Conditions that may warrant an early visit include bleeding gums, bumps on the gums, stained teeth or if your child is irritable while pointing to their mouth.

At your child’s first visit to the dentist we will make sure that your child is comfortable and will slowly introduce your child to the new environment by using the tell-show-do method. We will evaluate your child for tooth development, facial growth and development as well as evaluate your child’s risk for cavities. If x-rays are necessary, they will be taken at this time. We will also try to give your child a cleaning depending on how he or she is doing.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANINGS AND REGULAR 6-MONTH RECALL VISITS ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PREVENT ORAL DISEASE. REGULAR VISITS ALLOWS US TO DETECT DECAY AND GUM DISEASE EARLIER SO THAT YOUR CHILD DOESN’T HAVE WORSENENING CONDITIONS LIKE ABSCESSES THAT LEAD TO TOOTH LOSS.

Fluoride and its importance

img-flFluoride is a very important part in maintaining healthy teeth. We offer fluoride to all of our kids as it is a strong anti-cavity agent. We provide fluoride in two different forms. The first form is a foam that is placed in fluoride trays that are placed in your child’s mouth for a total of 4 minutes. The other form is a fluoride varnish that is painted on the teeth. Both forms are very effective in strengthening teeth as well as providing an anti-cavity. Your child will be asked not to consume any foods or liquids for a half hour following treatment because this is the time for maximum fluoride uptake in their teeth.

Fluoride in your water

It is very important for your child to have access to fluorinated water while their teeth are developing. This is actually more important than topical fluoride applied on the teeth at the dentist. The reason it is so important is that the fluoride will actually integrate into the composition of your child’s teeth while they are developing during growth. The fluoride that becomes part of the teeth will cause the teeth to be much more resistant to cavities. Therefore, it is very important for your child to drink fluorinated water. Sources of fluorinated water are city water, bottle water with fluoride for kids, or if your on a well without fluoride you can have fluoride drops prescribed for your child at the dentist.

Sealants

Dental sealants are very effective in preventing cavities on the top surfaces of your child’s permanent molars. A sealant is a thin layer of material that is placed over the biting surface of the teeth. They work by preventing bacterial growth in the small deep grooves on the molar surfaces. These grooves are very prone to decay because they are difficult to clean. Sealants work best when applied just after the 1st molars erupt, which is around six years of age.

Your Child’s Diet

img-smilesIt is our opinion that a child’s diet is one of the most important factors for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, a good diet is just as important as brushing and flossing your child’s teeth. Sugary foods and liquids are harsh on your child’s teeth. Bacteria uses the sugar as food. They then produce acid as a result of consuming the sugar. It is the acid that is constantly eating away at the tooth structure that causes a cavity. It is important to minimize the amount and frequency of sugar in your child’s diet to promote good oral health. Encourage your child to rinse with water and/or brush after meals.

Dental Implants

Affordable Dental Implants Can Change Your Lifestyle

Just ask 62 year old Estelle Ceuninck from Fraser. “I had struggled for years with a set of upper and lower dentures unable to chew the foods I desired. I couldn’t even drink a glass of water without my lower denture unseating itself. I was also self conscious of the poor smile that I had so I found myself smiling less with nowhere to turn. Now, after an excellent new upper denture and just two implants supporting my unique lower denture, my lifestyle has totally changed. I am more confident in my smile and I can now eat and function with my teeth as though they were my own. Indeed my lifestyle has changed immensely. This procedure was well worth the time and effort and I found it to be uniquely affordable as well.”

Dental implants are a modern day miracle for people needing replacement of diseased, hopeless or missing teeth. Those teeth can now be replaced with strong, natural looking teeth that even your closest friends and family will not be able to detect them up close. Imagine replacing a missing tooth with an implant retained natural looking tooth that will never decay and be there for life.

The loss of teeth can be very devastating for people who take pride in their appearance and smile. A confident smile is lost quickly when teeth are missing or when partial or full dentures look artificial. A smile is an important part of everyday life from having a high self-esteem to making a great first and lasting impression.

There are three main goals when treating people with missing teeth, whether you have one missing tooth or do not have any remaining teeth. The first goal is to improve function so that a high level of comfort is achieved during rest and while eating. The second goal is to achieve a smile that you will be confident; a smile that is very natural. The third goal is to improve your overall health, as today modern dentistry is showing so many correlations between dental health and systemic disease.

If you think that you may be a candidate for dental implants whether you have one missing tooth or are currently wearing dentures, I hope that you find the following information helpful to you or someone you know.

What happens when you lose teeth?

img-ImplanttoothmovWhen teeth are present in the jaw bone, chewing creates stress in the bone. Like physical exercise places stress on your muscles keeping them strong, chewing does the same by placing stress on the teeth and ultimately on your jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, the bone is not exercised and it is unneeded, so your bone becomes weak and is lost. Moreover, teeth will shift into the area of the missing tooth. After a period of time, the teeth behind the missing tooth will drift and fall forward. There is a point when the teeth are tipped so far forward that it becomes very difficult to restore without extracting the leaning teeth. This can also disrupt your bite causing jaw pain, cheek biting, and premature wear on your teeth. The picture below shows what happens when a missing tooth is not replaced.

People who are missing all of their teeth will lose bone continually until the jaw bone is very thin and fragile. Over time, a denture will sink into the bone in the chewing areas, which leaves a ditching under the denture for food to collect. At this point, a denture cannot be stabilized and is very uncomfortable to function with. Even areas where a single tooth is lost will loose bone. The bone in those areas can become very thin quickly depending on the area. This is why it is important and the standard of care to place bone grafts in socket sites where teeth are extracted. The bone grafts prevent the bone from essentially folding in and causing the bone to become thin. Keeping the bone thick allows for successful implant placement.

Bone loss is a very slow and predictable process, but it can be prevented with the help of dental implants. Dental implants will exercise the bone to keep it strong and rigid. They will also prevent areas of bone from ditching under a denture. If you do not have enough bone for implant placement, you can have bone added to your jaw to give you adequate width and height of bone for implant placement. This ultimately will stop the bone loss from occurring.

What is a dental implant?

img-tooth_implant_diagramA dental implant is essentially a special screw in the shape of a tooth root that is placed into your bone. Implants are made from medical grade titanium and often times are coated with synthetic bone. The top of the implant will be at the level of your gums so that you will not see any part of the screw. The implant then goes through a healing period. During this healing period, the implant fuses to the bone to become part of the dentition.

Implants will never decay and have a 30+ year prognosis with 100% success rate in our practice. They also do not require modifying the teeth adjacent to the implant. Implants are very esthetic because they are able to hold your bone, keeping your gums at a natural height. Another advantage is that partial and full dentures can be attached to the implants which keep dentures tightly secured for improved function and cosmetics. Overall, dental implants are very predictable and can greatly improve a person’s way of life.

Click on dental implant restorations link above to learn about crowns, bridges & dentures attached to dental implants.

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