Common problems during Teething

Common problems during Teething

1. Why is the newly erupted front teeth serrated on the edge (see Pic 1)? It is normal for newly erupted front teeth to appear saw-shaped on the edge. It will be naturally grinded and smoothened after a period of time. 2. My child’s upper front teeth are flared with a gap in between. Does he/she need orthodontic treatment (see Pic 2)? This is a transitional period called the “Ugly Duckling” stage. Usually, when the upper...

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When do children start changing teeth?

When do children start changing teeth?

Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed so that by the time they are loose there is little holding them in place besides a small amount of tissue. Most children lose their baby teeth in this order: Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose. Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by...

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Flossing is even more important than brushing!

Flossing is even more important than brushing!

Do you floss? Or, like many people, do you always seem to find a reason not to? A 2008 survey found that only 49% of Americans floss daily, and 10% never floss. That’s most unfortunate, dentists say, because flossing is even more important than brushing when it comes to preventing periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss. Dentists say they hear all sorts of excuses for not flossing. Yet they insist that simple workarounds exist for just about...

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Self-locking Braces

Self-locking Braces

Self-locking braces is a revolutionary change to the conventional fixed orthodontic technology. It makes the orthodontic, or teeth straightening treatment, more convenient and comfortable. In self-locking braces are so-called as it has its own ‘door’ to lock the orthodontic wire in place, hence eliminating the use of ligature wire or rubber band to lock the orthodontic wire movement.Self-locking braces technology has the following advantages...

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Should Wisdom Teeth be removed?

Should Wisdom Teeth be removed?

If they (wisdom teeth) erupt and align properly, and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed at all. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen because of crowding and malposition of the erupting wisdom teeth, due to lack of jaw space. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped...

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Why Your Child May Need a Space Maintainer?

Why Your Child May Need a Space Maintainer?

Children may need space maintainers if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted due to dental decay. For either case, it is important to know the benefits of using a space maintainer and how it can help support your child’s dental health. A space maintainer is an appliance that is custom-made by a dentist or orthodontist in acrylic or metal material. It can be either removable or cemented in a child’s mouth. Its...

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Tired of making multiple visits to your dentist for your restoration?

Tired of making multiple visits to your dentist for your restoration?

 Or does your temporary crown affect your speech? We have good news to share with you: Alpha Dental offers single-appointment quality CEREC restorations that reduces the number of visits to the dental office with more esthetics and comfort. What is CEREC? CEREC (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a 3D CAD/CAM technology developed in Germany in the 1980s. CEREC is a form of indirect restoration. On the first visit of...

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Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Your  Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Dental professionals today are well equipped to make a child’s dental check-up a pleasant experience. Using a show and tell approach, they explain what they are doing in words that fits a child’s vocabulary, e.g. the x-ray machine is a camera and the drill is a fire engine that whistles and squirts water. Fear of dental care is not instinctive! Children will not fear dental treatment unless they have had a bad experience or learn it...

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Braces Make You Beautiful!

Braces Make You Beautiful!

Q.  What are braces? A.  Braces are devices which gently correct irregularities in the arrangement of the teeth. They are also called orthodontic appliances. Braces can do wonders for your self-confidence and self esteem. Q.  How many types of braces are there?   A.  Basically there are two types, namely, fixed and removable braces. The most common type of fixed braces is made of stainless steel. There are also tooth-colored (ceramic)...

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Help prevent sport injuries this summer

Help prevent sport injuries this summer

Several inexpensive safety precautions can help prevent costly injuriesduring the summer sport season. A child’s mouth and face can easily be injured if the correct precautions and equipment are not used during organized sports. In fact, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits in 12 to 17 years old and a typical emergency room visit for a child can cost a lot if not prevented. A new survey, however, reveals...

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