Category Archives: Dental Health

Childhood tooth decay

Childhood tooth decay is a serious problem and is very common.  According to this article by the BBC, tooth decay affects 12% of 3 year old kids.   We are very sure these numbers are similar to what we see here in the Riverside CA area.

Some tricks to preventing tooth decay in kids is always monitor what they are eating and drinking.  A very common cause is kids who drink juice, milk, or soda.  It is important if your kid is drinking anything besides water, to have them brush their teeth immediately after.   Also having your kid’s teeth checked at least every 6 months can help prevent childhood tooth decay.  Often it is not enough to tell your kid to brush their teeth.  It is important the parent follows up and makes sure the teeth are clean.  If you have any questions or concerns about childhood tooth decay or decay in children and you live in the Riverside CA area feel free to call us at 951-687-8700.

Bruxism, grinding teeth, FAQ

What is bruxism?  It is when people grind their teeth.  It is very common that people grind their teeth especially at night time.  Some people grind their teeth all the way through their enamel or most outer layer of their teeth.  It is important to treat bruxism because it is permanent damage and the effects can not be repaired easily.  It is also shown that bruxism can be related to TMJ disorders or disorders of the jaw joint.

bruxism

The best way to treat bruxism is prevention.  If you feel like you are grinding your teeth, making a night guard can often prevent the damage that is caused by bruxism.  As you can see in the photo above bruxism can cause abfraction.  (See our post about abfraction).  It can also cause gum recession and attrition.

It is believed that grinding of teeth is related to stress.  So if you are stressed out at work or in life and feel your teeth are getting shorter, worn out, flatter, or loose, get examined for bruxism.

If you have questions about bruxism us at 951-687-8700 or visit our office at 7759 California Ave, Riverside CA 92504.  Peter Mani, DDS is a general dentist who practices in Riverside CA.   Photo courtesy of H. Farran DDS and Dr. J Candia

When should I bring my kid to see the dentist?

What age should I bring my child to see the dentist?

I hear this question asked all the time.  We usually recommend to bring kids in as early as 6 months old or when their first tooth comes in.

What do we do at the first visit?

We will do a visual exam of the mouth and go over oral hygiene with the parents.

Why bring your kid in at such a young age?

We believe the earlier you bring your kid in, the more they will get used to coming into the dentist.

But they are all baby teeth.  They are going to fall out anyways?

Also it will allow the prevention of cavities.  It is important to prevent cavities in kids because it is often very difficult to fix cavities between the ages of 6 months to 6 years old.  If your child loses his or her baby teeth prematurely, it can cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked.  That will often require orthodontics to fix later.

Conclusion

If you live in the Riverside CA area, bring your kid in to our office to get their teeth checked.  Give us a call 951-687-8700 or stop by our office at 7759 California Ave. Riverside,CA 92504.

Others uses for toothpaste besides cleaning your teeth

We use toothpaste everyday to keep our teeth clean.  But here are 15 other uses you can use toothpaste for that you probably didn’t know about.

According to wonderful engineering, toothpaste can be used as a jewelry cleaner, stain remover, shoe shiner, nail hole remover and much more.  The most important thing though is to help keep your gums teeth clean and healthy!  Please read our previous blog post about how to help keep your gums healthy.

Choosing the right toothbrush.

Consumer reports released a video today on how to choose the right toothbrush.  When it comes to dental health, brushing your teeth at home is probably the most important thing you can do.  You can come to the dentist every 6 months and get your teeth cleaned but if you don’t brush at home, you will most likely have gingivitis, gum disease, or other dental problems.

Some key points that we agree with include: Use a soft tooth brush, brush at least twice a day, and make sure you brush for approximately 2 minutes.  If you follow those steps you will likely be able to keep your teeth healthy.

Using a curved handle manual brush will often allow you to brush hard to reach areas and behind teeth.  Staggered toothbrush bristles will also allow you to reach areas a straight bristle brush wouldn’t get.

The main thing is that you brush thoroughly and regularly.

Video courtesy of consumer reports

About the author: Peter Mani, DDS is a dentist who is in general practice in Riverside, CA.  He has over 12 years experience in the dental field.