When Cat Cora is not doing battle as the first female chef on the Food Network’s hit series Iron Chef America, she is busy caring for the needs of her four active young sons. This includes monitoring the food they eat and their oral hygiene habits.
The busy chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist and television personality recently revealed in an interview with Dear Doctormagazine that it all started when her four sons were little. She got rid of bottles and sippy cups as soon as possible to prevent tooth decay. She also started exposing her boys to a wide variety of spices and foods when they were infants — for example, by putting cinnamon in their baby cereal. Cat limits the amount of sugar in their diet by using fruit puree in baked goods and BBQ sauces, or the natural sugar substitute Stevia. Furthermore, Cat reports, “my kids have never had fast food.”
Cat is right on target with her approach to her children’s oral health. In fact, we are often asked, when is the right time to schedule a child’s first dental appointment? Our answer surprises some people — especially those expecting their first child.
The ideal time to take your child to the dentist is around age 1. Why so young? A baby’s first visit to the dentist sets the stage for lifelong oral health. Besides, tooth decay can start very early. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD), as the name suggests, impacts children who often go to sleep sipping a bottle filled with a liquid containing natural or added sugars, such as formula, fruit juice or a fruity drink mix. Another condition, Early Childhood Caries (ECC), is often found in children who continuously use sippy cups (again, filled with sugary liquids), children who breast feed at will throughout the night, children who use a sweetened pacifier, and children who regularly take sugar-based oral medicine to treat chronic illness.
To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment. And to read the entire interview with Cat Cora, please see the article “Cat Cora.”
Find out if these types of hidden braces are right for your smile.
If you are interested in getting a straighter smile without other people noticing then you may want to strongly consider how lingual braces could be the best choice for your smile.
What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces look just like traditional metal braces, as they use both brackets and wires to shift teeth; however, the braces are cemented to the back of your teeth rather than the front.
What are the benefits of lingual braces?
The biggest advantage to opting for lingual braces is that they offer a more discreet way to straighter your teeth. In fact, it’s very difficult for anyone to see your braces even when they are up close. Plus, they can be ideal for someone who plays sports or wind instruments, as they won’t get in the way or interfere with daily activities.
Are lingual braces right for me?
While lingual braces can be a great option for some patients looking to straighten their smiles, they aren’t right for everyone. Those who have small teeth or those who have severe malocclusions (e.g. overbites) will most likely not benefit from getting lingual braces.
Are there any disadvantages to getting lingual braces?
Since the brackets of lingual braces are custom-designed just for you these braces can be more expensive than traditional metal braces. Furthermore, since lingual braces are put on the back of teeth it can be harder to properly brush and remove food from between your teeth and your braces. This means it’s vital that you keep up with routine dental visits to ensure that no cavities are developing.
How do I get lingual braces?
Before you get your braces we will need to take impressions of your upper and lower teeth to send to a lab that will then fabricate your own lingual braces. This can take several weeks to complete. Once your lingual braces are finished, your Rochester Hills orthodontist will apply them to your teeth using a special dental cement.
To find out whether lingual braces are right for you, schedule an orthodontic consultation in Rochester Hills with Dr. Joseph Matievich, DDS, PLLC at Family Smiles Dental Care.
Implants are highly regarded by both dentists and patients for their versatility and durability. But it’s their life-like appearance that “seals the deal” as the restoration of choice — not only mimicking an individual tooth, but emerging from the gum line and blending indistinguishably with other teeth in color and symmetry.
To achieve this result, we must consider a few factors beforehand, particularly the amount of bone available at the intended implant site. An implant requires a certain amount of bone to properly position it for the most natural crown appearance. The bone present around adjacent teeth can also affect your appearance: in the absence of adequate bone the papillae, triangular shaped gum tissue between teeth, may not regenerate properly between the implant and the natural teeth. This can leave a noticeable void, what dentists call “black hole disease.”
Bone loss is a significant problem particularly after tooth loss. It’s quite possible for you to lose a quarter of the bone’s width in the first year after tooth loss. To avoid this, we often use bone grafting techniques immediately after extraction to lessen bone loss; if it’s already occurred we may be able to use similar reconstructive techniques to rebuild and encourage renewed bone growth. In the end, though, if there remains a significant level of bone loss it may be necessary to consider another option for tooth replacement other than implants.
The thickness of your gum tissue, a genetic trait, can also have an impact on the implant’s ultimate appearance. Thicker gum tissues are generally more resilient and easier to work with surgically. Thinner gum tissues are more susceptible to recession and tend to be more translucent, which could cause the underlying metal implant to be visible. Thus, working with thinner gum tissues requires a more delicate approach when trying to achieve a visually appealing result.
All these factors must be balanced, from implantation to final crown placement. But with careful planning and attention to detail throughout the process, many of these issues can be overcome to produce a satisfying result — a new and appealing smile.
If you would like more information on the aesthetics of dental implants, 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 “Matching Teeth & Implants.”