Posts for: August, 2017
How your family dentist in Cincinnati, Ohio can help you and your family
Taking care of your family’s dental needs can be time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. You can simplify scheduling and treatment of your family’s dental needs by having one dentist for the whole family. Having a family dentist can save both time and money. Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, Ohio wants to share the facts about family dentistry.
The dental needs of your family members will be different as they get older:
- A toddler will need that all-important first visit; this visit sets the framework for successful dental visits later on.
- Young children will need professional dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, exams including x-rays, and dental sealants.
- Older children and teens will need all of the services of young children, plus possibly orthodontics. They may need dental fillings too.
- Adults may need any number of dental services, exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, orthodontics, implants, or dental appliances.
- You and your family might also want cosmetic dental services, to make your family's smiles look great. Cosmetic dental services include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, and other cosmetic services.
Having one dentist for your whole family ensures that you and your family can get your treatment all in the same place, from the same dentist. It takes the guesswork out of finding a dentist you’ve never seen before. You will know what to expect because you and your family have formed a bond with your family dentist.
When you have one dentist for your whole family, you can count on:
- Simplifying your treatment; multiple family members can be seen on the same day.
- Time savings; you won’t have to take multiple trips to the dentist.
- Money savings; Dr. Williams can take care of small dental issues, protecting your family from major dental problems.
Make the choice to have one dentist for the whole family. You will rest easy knowing that your family’s dental needs will be well taken care of. For more information about family dentistry call Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, Ohio today!
If you're currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you're no doubt looking forward to the day your braces come off. But that won't end your treatment just yet — you'll need to wear a retainer.
Teeth are held secure in the bone of the jaw by an elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament. As the braces “pull” the teeth to their new position, the ligament stretches and the bone remodels around the teeth. But the ligament also has a tendency to rebound as the tension eases when the braces are removed. The teeth could then return to their original position, especially during the first few months.
To prevent this patients wear an orthodontic appliance known as a retainer. It maintains some of the tension once supplied by the braces to help keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. Depending on your age and other factors, you'll have to wear one for at least eighteen months; some patients, especially adults, may have to wear one indefinitely.
You may be familiar with a removable retainer, one you can take in and out of your mouth. But there's another type called a bonded retainer that's fixed to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. With this retainer a dentist bonds a thin piece of wire to the back of the teeth where it can't be seen. You can feel it, though, with the tongue: an unusual sensation at first, but one easily grown accustomed to.
Unlike their removable counterparts, bonded retainers aren't noticeable, either to others or the wearer. They're especially appropriate for patients who may not be as diligent in wearing a removable retainer.
It does, though, have some disadvantages. The position of the wire running horizontally across several teeth can make flossing difficult. And as with any retainer, removing it could increase the risk of the teeth moving out of alignment.
There are a number of factors to discuss with your orthodontist about which type of retainer is best for your situation. If you do choose a bonded retainer, be sure you work with the dental hygienist on how best to floss the affected teeth. And if you do have it removed, have a removable retainer prepared so you can preserve that smile you've invested so much into obtaining.
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.