Posts for: February, 2017
Like many other families, you may use formula instead of breast milk as a safe and healthy alternative to feed your infant. But, if you use a powdered form that you mix with water your child may be taking in more fluoride than they require.
Fluoride is a natural chemical that can strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent decay. After decades of study it's also been shown to pose no serious health risks. Because of fluoride's benefits and safety, many water utilities add tiny amounts to their drinking water supply.
But it can have one side effect called enamel fluorosis. If a child ingests too much fluoride during early development it can cause discoloring mottled spots or streaking in permanent teeth. Although it doesn't affect their health, the teeth can be unattractive and require cosmetic attention.
That's why it's best to keep fluoride consumption to a healthy minimum for children. That, however, is often easier said than done, since we can encounter hidden fluoride in a variety of places. Besides hygiene products and fluoridated drinking water, you may find fluoride in prepared juices and other beverages, bottled water or in foods processed with fluoridated water. There are no labeling requirements for fluoride, so you'll have to research to find out if a product contains fluoride.
There are, however, some things you can do to control your child's fluoride intake. First, know as much as you can about known sources your child may encounter like your water supply. You can find out if your utility adds fluoride and by how much by contacting them or visiting My Water's Fluoride online at https://nccd.cdc.gov/DOH_MWF/.
If you use fluoride toothpaste apply only a “smear” on the end of the brush for children under two and a pea-sized amount for older children. If you have fluoridated drinking water, consider breastfeeding your infant, use ready-to-feed formula or mix powdered formula with bottled water labeled “de-ionized,” “purified,” “demineralized” or “distilled.”
And, do feel free to discuss your concerns with us during your child's regular checkup. We'll help you adjust their diet, water intake and hygiene habits to be sure they're receiving the right amount they need for developing strong teeth — and no more.
If you would like more information on appropriate fluoride levels for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Development and Infant Formula.”
There are so many wonderful cosmetic services that could reshape and boost your smile.
The world of cosmetic dentistry is pretty amazing. Our Fort Worth, TX, cosmetic dentist Dr. Brad McConnell prides himself on offering the very best when it comes to enhancing, altering and boosting the look of your smile. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a naturally perfect smile, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t in reach with one of these treatment options.
This non-invasive treatment uses tooth-colored resin to cover and hide small flaws like chips, cracks, small gaps between teeth and other cosmetic issues. While this resin is also used to fill a decaying tooth, dental bonding is purely cosmetic and won’t require any drilling or anesthesia. All our Forth Worth dentist has to do is apply and mold the resin over the tooth, shape and trim the material and then harden it with a laser.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to be a permanent issue. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a restoration that was meant to last the rest of your life that could replace your missing teeth? Well, now there is with dental implants. An implant is the only restoration that actually fuses together with the jawbone. Implants are strong, durable, designed to last a lifetime and can replace one or all of your missing teeth. Implants do require surgery so ideal candidates will be in the very best of health.
Sometimes you just want that red-carpet smile but without the invasive treatments that come with it. This is why it’s time to say hello to porcelain veneers. Instead of needing multiple cosmetic treatments to have a smile that rivals your favorite Hollywood actors, this treatment bonds thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain over the front of your teeth to change the shape, size and color of your smile.
If you need to get a visibly brighter smile before your wedding day or a major job interview, then you’ve come to the right place. Toss out those at-home whitening kits and turn to us for the strongest and most effective way to get a whiter smile in no time. You could come into our office with yellow stains and leave with a glowing, radiant smile in about one hour. To tackle those serious stains you need a serious treatment, and our in-office whitening is it!
If you have questions about any of these treatments or whether they are right for you, then schedule an appointment with Harris Parkway Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX.
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”