Would you like to help your children avoid cavities and gum disease? Teaching them good oral hygiene will help them protect their smiles throughout their entire lives. Dr. Greg Lowenguth, your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, and the entire area, helps your family care for their smiles with dental exams, cleanings and treatments.
How you can help your child master good oral hygiene skills
Brushing and flossing probably aren't the highlights of your child's day. In fact, oral hygiene sessions may be more than a little stressful if your son or daughter is a reluctant brusher. Fortunately, these steps may make the process much more enjoyable for both of you:
- Add a Little Fun to Oral Hygiene: Everything in life is easier if it's fun, including oral hygiene. Toddlers may appreciate brightly colored toothbrushes decorated with cartoon characters, while older kids might like watching videos, listening to music or using toothbrushing apps while brushing and flossing.
- Start Oral Hygiene Early: Use a moist washcloth or piece of gauze to remove plaque from your baby's gums. Once the first tooth appears, use a small toothbrush and a rice-sized dab of toothpaste to clean the tooth. Starting oral hygiene at a young age protects your child's smile and makes brushing and flossing a normal part of your son or daughter's schedule.
- Stick to a Routine: When your child brushes around the same time every day, oral hygiene becomes just another part of their daily routine. Make sure they floss once a day to remove plaque between teeth. Show your child how to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the teeth when brushing. (Keep in mind that kids may need help brushing and flossing until they're 7 or even a little older.)
- Choose the Best Tools: Child-sized toothbrushes and toothpaste flavors your child likes will make brushing much easier. You'll find bubblegum, watermelon and other flavors at Mendon and Honeoye Falls stores. When you buy toothpaste, make sure the product features the American Dental Association seal. All toothpastes that display the seal include fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds weak tooth enamel and prevents cavities.
Regular checkups are an important part of good oral hygiene. Call your family dentist Dr. Lowenguth at (585) 624-1917 to schedule your appointment. His Honeoye Falls office serves Mendon, NY, and the surrounding area.
Your gums support your teeth, providing a protective seal against damage and infection. However, this oral tissue needs continual care to remain viable. At HFL Dental in Mendon, NY, Dr. Greg Lowenguth provides routine gum care and treats periodontitis. Your family dentist helps patients keep their teeth and stay healthy.
What periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is the infection and inflammation of your gum tissue with Strep bacteria. Contained in plaque and tartar, these germs grow and grow, unless your brushing, flossing, and in-office cleanings with your Mendon family dentist remove them.
Unfortunately, many people ignore their periodontal health, and tooth loss results. Additionally, respected organizations, such as the American Heart Association, cite research which indicates gum health and systemic health are intimately linked. People with periodontitis often have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, hypertension and other serious issues.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease varies in symptoms and severity. Many people may not notice they have mild gingivitis with its limited redness and/or bleeding during brushing and flossing.
However, periodontitis is very noticeable. People have symptoms such as:
- Gum puffiness and tenderness
- Changes in gum color
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Exposed tooth roots
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in how teeth close together
- Bad breath which doesn't get better with mouth wash or tooth brushing
In addition, your dentist will notice deepening pockets between your teeth and gums. Measured with a small metal probe, pockets deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for periodontal disease.
What you can do
If Dr. Lowenguth diagnoses periodontal disease, he will recommend a deep cleaning and tooth planing to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Sometimes, antibiotic therapy is necessary. More extensive disease may require gum surgery or grafting to replace damaged tissues.
Of course, the best cure is prevention. Work hard to improve your daily brushing and flossing routine. See the team at HFL Dental twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. Also, be sure to:
- Drink water to hydrate your gums
- Eat a high-fiber diet
- Limit alcohol
- Never smoke or chew tobacco
- Contact your family dentist at his Mendon office if you notice any changes whatsoever in how your mouth looks or feels
They are your gums
Their health is so important. At HFL Dental, Dr. Greg Lowenguth will help you achieve your best periodontal health. Call us with any questions, won't you? Phone your family dentist in Mendon at (585) 624-1917.
A cavity damages your tooth enamel—sometimes beyond repair if the decay invades the interior pulp, root, and bone. However, if detected early, your family dentist, Dr. Greg Lowenguth, can remake the tooth enamel with restorative fillings at HFL Dental in Mendon, NY. Your tooth can be good as new.
What causes tooth decay?
Strep bacteria does. It lives in food particles on and between your teeth. Of course, we brush and floss to remove this plaque, but any leftover residue provides the perfect breeding ground for damaging bacteria. They give off acids which, little by little, lead to tooth decay.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem in both children and adults worldwide. However, you can prevent it with good oral hygiene habits at home and care from your family dentist in his Mendon area office.
The benefits of restorative fillings
If you do develop a cavity (some people are more prone than others), Dr. Lowenguth can repair it. He removes the decayed enamel and places a tooth-colored filling.
Most of today's fillings are made from durable and lifelike composite resin, a mixture of glass powder and acrylic. Into the prepared site, your family dentist layers the resin, hardening each surface with an ultraviolet light.
Besides composite resin, Dr. Lowenguth offers porcelain fillings (inlays and onlays) and glass ionomer fillings, which contain sustained-release fluoride. He'll repair your tooth with a material appropriate to the size and location of your cavity.
These are the benefits of modern restorative fillings:
- They stop the decay process, strengthen your enamel and allow you to keep your tooth.
- They block bacteria from invading the interior pulp chamber and root canals.
- Fillings strengthen tooth enamel and avoid fracture.
- Their natural color matches tooth enamel seamlessly.
- Your dentist removes less tooth enamel than with amalgam (metal) fillings.
- The procedure is fairly rapid, and most fillings last ten years or longer, says DocShop.
At HFL Dental in Mendon, your family dental team offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. If Dr. Lowenguth discovers you have a cavity, rely on an effective repair with a natural-looking filling material. Call our office to learn more: (585) 624-1917.
Find out how to properly care for your child’s teeth and gums from birth.
Even before your child’s teeth start to come in, you should still be providing their mouths with proper care, especially between feedings. Of course, this isn’t something that all parents, especially first-time parents, know. This is where our Mendon, NY, family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano can help. Our dental team works with many families living in and around Mendon, NY, to provide dental care, checkups, screenings, and advice to keep children’s growing smiles healthy.
Keep Gums Clean
From the moment your baby is born, you should start practicing healthy oral care for your little one. This means wiping gums with a soft, damp cloth between feedings, as well as in the morning and again at night before bed. This habit should happen as soon as your baby is born, even before teeth start to come in.
Visit the Dentist
Knowing when to bring your child to the dentist for the first time is important. Here at our Mendon, NY, dental practice, children should come in for their first checkup by their first birthday. However, f their teeth start to erupt sooner, then you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This first checkup is important because it allows your child to become accustomed to visiting the dentist. After all, the sooner you start to acclimate your little one to seeing the dentist, the better.
Oral Hygiene in Children
Once teeth come in, it’s time to start brushing. Of course, your baby won’t be able to brush their teeth for many years, so it’s your responsibility to keep them clean. This means brushing them twice a day (just like you do your own) with a pediatric soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You won’t need to start incorporating fluoridated toothpaste into their routine until two years old. The CDC provides some handy information about just how much toothpaste to use depending on your child’s age.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Once your child starts eating solid foods, it’s important that they receive a healthy, balanced diet. If you aren’t sure what to include in your child’s diet, it’s important that you talk with your pediatrician. In order to prevent decay and other problems, it’s important to limit sugar and starches, which increase plaque buildup. Instead, opt for a balanced diet full of vegetables, lean sources of protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruits. Additionally, try to limit snacking to reduce the amount of plaque buildup that will remain on teeth all day long until it’s time to brush.
Time for a Checkup? Give Us a Call
HFL Dental’s family dentist is proud to serve Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY. If you are looking for a family dentist that can provide every member of your family, from infants to seniors, with comprehensive dentistry, then call us today at (585) 624-1917.
If your teeth have become dull with age or are stained from certain foods, beverages, or tobacco, you can improve your smile with teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a dental professional are the fastest way to achieve a significantly whiter smile. In fact, it is possible to whiten your teeth by several shades in just one in-office treatment and the results can last for years. At HFL Dental, Dr. Carl Murano is your Mendon and Honeoye Falls, NY, family dentist for professional teeth whitening treatments.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is the quickest way to whiten and brighten your smile. In a single treatment session, it is possible to whiten teeth by up to eight shades and eliminate many stains caused by foods, beverages, or tobacco. Teeth that have become dull due to aging or other factors will also be significantly brighter after undergoing professional teeth whitening. Your Mendon family dentist can help you decide if professional teeth whitening is right for you.
Professional teeth whitening treatments utilize a high-quality bleaching agent that is able to penetrate the outer layers of tooth enamel and target certain types of stains and discolorations. During whitening treatment, the lips and gums are protected so they do not come into contact with the bleaching agent. Then, the bleaching agent is carefully brushed onto the teeth and left on for about an hour before being cleaned off. Afterward, your teeth will be immediately whiter and brighter.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
Many teeth whitening products are available over-the-counter, such as whitening toothpastes or strips. However, professional teeth whitening offers several advantages over these products. Whitening treatments available through a dental office utilize a professional strength bleaching agent that makes it possible to achieve a whiter smile faster with results that can last for years. Further, professional teeth whitening is safer for teeth and gums. Over-the-counter whitening products can be abrasive and wear away tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Improve your smile with teeth whitening treatments available through your dentist’s office. Professional teeth whitening can deliver a significantly whiter smile more quickly than other methods. To improve your smile with teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murano, your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, by calling HFL Dental at (585) 624-1917.
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