Last updated 14 days ago
Many parents mistakenly believe that they don’t have to get serious about their kids’ dental health until they start losing their baby teeth. In reality, it’s essential to establish a good oral health care regime for kids from the time they are babies. Not only will this routine make good oral hygiene a habit for your kids, but it will also help ensure their adult teeth are healthy when they come in.
For kids, decay is one of the biggest health issues. Avoid putting sugary drinks in bottles for young kids, and curb all of your kids’ intake of sweets. Thumb-sucking can also lead to dental concerns. Prolonged thumb-sucking can cause tooth misalignments when adult teeth come in. The best way to ensure your kids’ teeth stay healthy is to take them from dental check-ups twice yearly. The dentist can spot signs of decay, help you wean your kids off thumb-sucking, and more.
Schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment with North Shore dentist Dr. Steven A. Corben today for your kids. To start your little ones on the road to good dental health, call (888) 707-1084.
Last updated 21 days ago
If it’s been awhile since your last dental check-up, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive about an upcoming dentist visit, simply because you’re not sure what to expect. Don’t let fear of the unknown keep you away from seeing your dentist. Twice-yearly dental visits are one of the most important things you can do for your health. Your dentist will be happy to walk you through everything he or she is doing during your visit. This guide to general dentistry visits will also help put your mind at ease.
If it has been a long time since you’ve seen the dentist, he or she will want to take X-rays of your mouth. These X-rays show your dentist what is happening inside your teeth and under your gums, so he or she can diagnose decay and other dental issues. There are a few different methods for taking dental X-rays, but most involve you biting down on a small piece of paper-like material while an image is snapped. If you have a strong gag reflex, speak up. Your dentist has ways of making X-rays more comfortable for you.
Dental cleanings are usually performed by hygienists. During the cleaning, the hygienist will gently scrape tartar off your teeth, then floss and polish them. Regular dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral health. You can’t remove tartar at home, and left untreated, it will cause gum disease and tooth decay.
In addition to viewing your X-rays, your dentist will perform a visual exam of your mouth. He or she will look for signs of decay on your teeth as well as signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Using your X-rays plus the results of this exam, your dentist will determine if you need further treatment, such as fillings.
Your general dental visit with Dr. Steven A. Corben D.M.D. is also a great time to ask about cosmetic dentistry procedures that could help you. At our North Shore dental office, we provide a comprehensive range of dental care services, including sedation dentistry for fearful patients. Learn more by calling (888) 707-1084.
Last updated 29 days ago
The impact of smoking cigarettes on your oral health is well documented, but did you know that smokeless tobacco can have the same effects? Smokeless tobacco can cause a long list of oral health problems, including oral cancer.
Watch this video to learn more about how smokeless tobacco affects your oral health. It can irritate the gums and cause them to recede, which can lead to decay and tooth sensitivity. One of the biggest risks of using smokeless tobacco is oral cancer. Be sure to report any changes in the soft tissue in your mouth to your dentist right away.
To take control of your oral health, make an appointment with Dr. Steven A. Corben, D.M.D. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry services on the North Shore. Make your appointment by calling (888) 707-1084.