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This November, Become Tobacco Free, for you and your family´s health

There are no ifs, ands, or "butts" about it: smoking can be detrimental to oral health. Beyond the bad breath and yellow teeth, do you really know what you're getting yourself into by smoking every day? Probably not.

There are many symptoms of sleep disorder that  a person can be suffer and not knowing. Is very common to think that is not a big deal or is temporary, but at the end, common wisdom could be not helpfull in terms of real solutions to dental and health problems in the long term.

Here are some myths about Sleep Apnea that can help you to identify what it is and how to manage it.

BTS (Back to School) = TMTD (Too Much To Do)! As parents, we all have a fair amount of trepidation about getting kids back into the structure of a new school year. Besides making adequate study time for homework, there is the frantic scheduling of after-school activities, carpools, etc.

But this year, let’s make Back To School a great time to get your family into new oral health routines. I promise, the following tips are simple – and they’ll make a difference as the year goes by:

SCHEDULE A DENTAL EXAM FOR YOUR CHILD: According to the American Dental Association, a dental exam is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of your regular back to school preparations. Tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning - as well as hours of missed school.

GET THE KIDS INTO A REGULAR BRUSHING AND FLOSSING ROUTINE: As you’re doing your back to school shopping, head to the dental care aisle and buy new toothbrushes and floss. Children should change their toothbrushes every three months, or after an illness. (Here’s a suggestion: change their toothbrushes each time your child gets their report cards.) Make sure you get the kids into the routine of regular flossing, too.

SWITCH TO HEALTHIER LUNCHES AND SNACKS: Now is the time to re-evaluate what you’re packing for their lunches. Switch away from chips and sugary snacks. Include more grains, milk, cheese, raw veggies, yogurt and fruit. Also, try changing from juices to water.

INVESTIGATE MOUTHGUARDS FOR AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS: If your child participates in certain team sports, (like soccer, baseball, football, basketball and lacrosse) make sure they have a properly fitted mouthguard. This can prevent discomfort for them – and expense for you.

Most adults know that poor oral hygiene results in cavities and gum disease, but did you know that it can also cause taste loss?

From salty to sweet, spicy to savory – failing to take proper care of your mouth can impede your ability to taste and enjoy just about any type of food set before you. Dentists call this condition "dysguesia", and if you haven't heard about it, here's what you should be aware of to prevent and/or treat this unpleasant taste disorder.

Are you aware of how your oral health habits can impact your ability to get sufficient rest?

The research and statistics do show poor oral health can keep you awake at night! But we are speaking about far more than just poor dental hygiene here. It is possible your problems might not be related to bad dental habits at all. If you’re an individual who suffers from extreme anxiety or who is under a great deal of stress—this will come through in your sleep at night. But how is this possible?

... We upgraded our X-ray equipment!

Thinking on how to make your visit more comfortable and pleasant, we are looking for the up-to-date technology and the best quality in resources.

We upgraded our radiology equipment and now we have the DEXIS intra-oral camera that is the best in dental imaging solutions. Image quality, ergonomics, ease of use, efficiency, practicality and case presentation are all considerations when it comes to look for the best digital X-ray sensor and dental imaging software we can.

This intra-oral camera, allows us to have real-time intra-oral video and pictures and help patients create an immediate visual idea of what is happening and can aid in their under­standing of our clinical findings and treatment recommendations.

Come in and see for yourself!

Did you know?

A baby's primary teeth begin forming before birth — at about the sixth week of pregnancy, and begin mineralizing at around the third to fourth month of pregnancy. To ensure proper dental development, the mother's diet must be adequate in all nutrients, especially calcium, phosphorous, and protein.

Here are some other tips that can help you making work on your child dental care.

Have you been ignoring that clicking sound coming from your jaw? Or are you quick to dismiss the stiff, achy feeling your mouth has in the morning? Don't let these things go unchecked! You might find yourself in for a rude awakening.

Did you know that one in 12 Americans has asthma?

This respiratory condition can increase your chances of developing cavities, gum disease and oral sores, but with the right preventive measure, you can lower these risks and maintain a healthy mouth.

 If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor or dentist about options to reduce your stress. Attending stress counseling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist, or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered.

Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep. If a sleeping disorder is causing the grinding, treating it may reduce or eliminate the grinding habit.

Your child's first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth.

Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child's teeth and identify his or her fluoride needs. After all, decay can occur as soon as teeth appear.

A smile is a universal expression. It communicates happiness, radiates warmth, and makes a positive impression on others. An attractive sparkling white smile is not just associated with dental health; it is also viewed as an important asset in terms of an individual’s self-esteem, social interaction, and career success. Not everyone is lucky enough to have naturally beautiful pearly whites. However, thanks to developments in the area of cosmetic dentistry over the past few decades, less than perfect smiles can be dramatically improved. Among the most sought after and popular dental cosmetic treatments available today is teeth whitening.  

An in-office teeth whitening  procedure by your dentist is the best and safest way to get the maximum results immediately. In as little as one hour a professional strength in-office whitening system can give you a more pleasing smile with teeth that are several shades whiter than their original shade. Under the careful supervision of your dentist the surrounding soft tissues, gums, as well as any sensitive areas of the teeth are carefully isolated and protected from the effects of the bleaching agents. 

A home whitening system from your dentist along with custom trays that have been fitted to your teeth is also an excellent option. The trays fabricated by your dentist help to keep the bleaching agents in maximum contact with the teeth and away from the other areas of your mouth. Performing a home teeth whitening is a more subtle and gradual process. Maximum results are less rapid than an in office procedure and are typically achieved over a longer period of time. In certain instances an at home whitening system may be recommended by your dentist as a follow up regimen to the in office procedure in order to perfect or maintain your results.

How long your teeth whitening lasts depends on your lifestyle. Your eating, drinking, and smoking habits can have a big impact on maintaining your result. Of course the best way to insure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful is a good daily oral healthcare regimen along with regular dental check ups and cleanings.

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