TOOTH WHITENERS

The decision to get one’s teeth professionally whitened can be a big one. There are a number of factors to consider, such as cost, duration, and overall effectiveness. At Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, here in Lexington, we have been helping people with this decision for some time and have produced many happy patients through careful decision-making over the years.

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DENTAL VENEERS: WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY

Dental veneers are thin (usually porcelain) laminates that are bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually the material of choice because it looks most like real tooth enamel and reflects light similarly. Most veneers require a small amount of enamel removal to make room for this porcelain. Usually veneers require at least two visits to your dentist because a certified laboratory technician often makes these porcelain veneers while the dentist does the preparation work.

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MANY DENTURE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE

Dentures (sometimes called false teeth) stretch far back in history. These are partial or full replacements of missing teeth. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons: accidents, dental malformation, tooth decay, drug use, pregnancy. For some people, losing some or all of their teeth can be very socially debilitating, so much so that many are too embarrassed to ask a well-qualified dentist about options.

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ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO START CARING FOR YOUR CHILDREN'S TEETH


Especially after the first teeth appear, do not put the child to bed with a bottle of milk. This has been shown to create cavities. Juice or other sugary drinks are even worse culprits.


When the permanent teeth start coming in, ratchet up your game plan for dental care. Brush the teeth with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Initially, only use a small amount of toothpaste. Teach your child how to brush properly and supervise while your child is learning so he or she doesn’t swallow the toothpaste. Brush your own teeth at the same time to demonstrate good form and show how important dental care is. Other tips that will promote good oral hygiene include:




Why is it so important to begin taking care of your child’s teeth at an early age? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than 50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5. The Office of the Surgeon General says more than 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental-related conditions. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend taking your child for his or her first dental visit around age 1. It’s important to establish a positive, trusting relationship between your child and the dentist at a young age. The dentist will examine the child’s teeth and mouth and will be able to spot and begin to treat any early problems. A good pediatric dentist will be patient, calm and gentle – like the dental team at Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.


If you take good care of your child’s first set of teeth, it will help them establish good dental habits for the rest of their life.

DR. RUTH ADKINS

To learn more about children’s dental services provided at Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, call (859) 543-0333 or visit their Web site at www.adkinsfamilydentistry.com.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). This observance began as a one-day event in 1941 to promote early dental intervention and care and to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. In 1981, the initiative became a month-long campaign. This year’s NCDHM slogan is “Brush and Clean In Between to Build a Healthy Smile.” Friday, Feb. 1 is Give Kids a Smile Day, when members of the American Dental Association offer free oral health services to under-served children. Approximately 10,000 dentists, as well as 30,000 other dental team members, participate in Give Kids a Smile Day annually.


Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, so it’s never too early to begin taking care of your child’s teeth. You should start even before they come in.


After each feeding, wipe the child’s gums with a warm wet washcloth to remove excess food. When his or her teeth start coming in, be even more diligent about caring for them. You may think baby teeth aren’t important since they are destined to fall out and be replaced by the permanent teeth, but these first teeth are placeholders of sorts for the permanent teeth.


They help the child chew and talk. Neglecting the baby teeth may lead to decay and problems with the spacing of the permanent teeth.