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April 2019

Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene And Teeth Brushing For Baby And Toddlers
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Should I brush my baby’s teeth?

You can start to clean a baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears for dental hygiene. As more teeth develop, brush the child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and water. No need to use toothpaste just yet! It may also be a good idea to sit in front of a mirror, that way you and your baby can see what you’re doing. Start off with very gentle, circular motion around all the teeth and all areas of the gums.

How can I get my toddler to clean his teeth?

It is important to start this activity when your child is young. One way to make it easier is by trying to make cleaning teeth a fun activity! Try different things such as letting your child brush your teeth and follow the below tips;

  1. Start the  oral hygiene at an early age.
  2. Always set a good example by brushing your own teeth
  3. Try to make tooth brushing into a game that you play together
  4. Remind the child of the importance of dental hygiene
  5. Always use age appropriate sized tooth brushes

 When should toddlers start to use toothpaste?

Children can be switched to fluoride toothpaste as soon as their teeth start to come in. However, only a small, grain-sized amount of paste is necessary to adequately clean a toddler’s teeth. This is also to avoid excess fluoride consumption if the child were to accidentally swallow the toothpaste while brushing. Try to avoid having your child swallow fluoride toothpaste when possible, although a small amount is usually harmless. With children under age 3 clean their teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Parents should first start out supervising brushing until the child becomes more comfortable and develops the correct habits.

 Is the fluoride in toothpaste bad for toddlers?

It is generally safe for your child to swallow a small amount of fluoride toothpaste although it should be avoided if possible.  When children regularly swallow larger amounts of toothpaste, the excessive consumption of fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which causes white stains on the teeth.

 What age should I take my baby to the dentist for the first time?

Babies should be taken to a dentist for pediatric care before their first birthday, since putting it off longer increases the child’s risk of developing plaque buildup or cavities. Some parents might think because baby teeth will eventually fall out there is no point in caring for them. The truth is that although you can’t see them, the child’s teeth are constantly developing so it is important to have a dental hygiene  &  check to see that everything is growing normally. You should take your children to a Highline Dental. We try to make sure the appointment goes as smooth as possible, and work to alleviate child patients’ anxiety and fears. Dentist such as Dr. Albert Kim are board-certified to help handle your child’s needs.

Yellow Teeth
Why Teeth Turn Yellow And Is It Normal To Have Yellow Teeth?
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Is it bad to have yellow teeth?

As you age, your teeth can start yellowing as a natural part of the aging process. Why does this happen? This occurs over time due to everyday wear and tear on your teeth as the strong white protective coating on teeth (enamel) begins to fade. However if they are yellow due to bad dental hygiene, then yes, that’s definitely bad. There are cases where teeth are naturally yellow. This usually is a symptom with people who have high translucent enamel, they tend to have yellow shade because the dentin underneath shows through.


Does drinking certain fluids and smoking turn teeth yellow?

Fluids such as coffee, soda, and wine, which are high in tannins, can also cause yellow teeth. Smoking is another issue that can change your teeth color.  This is due to the nicotine and tar which seeps into the tooth’s enamel through tiny pores, leaving the teeth discolored. There are other substances that can get into the enamel of your teeth and can cause long-term discoloration.


Are yellow teeth unhealthy?

Some people are born with teeth that are more yellowish because of the thinner layer of their tooth enamel. The enamel if thinner then the naturally yellow color of your dentin will show and therefore be more prevalent. While certain foods and drinks can stain teeth it doesn’t mean the teeth are unhealthy. Some people have naturally white teeth but can still have gum infections or cavities. Similarly, individuals can have healthy teeth which are off-white, yellowish or even brownish in color.


Is it possible to stop my teeth from being yellow?

Following good dental hygiene practices can help prevent teeth from turning yellow. As any dentist will tell you, it is important to brush teeth at least twice a day, to floss regularly to remove plaque, and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day to kill bacteria which causes plaque. It might be useful to deploy whitening toothpaste to remove surface stains to prevent yellowing.

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Baby Teeth vs Adult Teeth
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How many teeth do children have compared to adults?

The answer is that children have 20 baby teeth and as children grow older, they will have 32 adult teeth. Adult teeth are also known as permanent teeth or secondary teeth. Fun fact permanent teeth start to develop in the jaws at birth and continue after a child is born. By about 21 years of age, the average person has 32 permanent teeth, which includes 16 in the upper jaw and 16 in the lower jaw. There are cases however when the third molars (aka wisdom teeth – do not develop or do not erupt). This then leaves a set of 28 permanent teeth which is considered normal too.


What are the differences between baby teeth vs adult teeth?

Baby teeth can be different from permanent teeth in many ways. Baby teeth can be whiter in color compared to adult permanent teeth which are actually more yellowish in color. It is also differ in that their outer shell, known as enamel, and the dentin layer are both thinner and weaker, and the pulp is larger relative to the size of the whole tooth. Other variable differences between adult and baby teeth include the number of teeth, eruption times, types of teeth, anatomy, and composition.


Are baby teeth as important as adult teeth?

Parents tend to think that looking after baby (primary) teeth isn’t as important as caring for adult (permanent) teeth, simply because baby teeth aren’t permanent and are meant to fall out anyway. In actuality, baby teeth are very important because, amongst other things, they enable children to chew food and speak properly. They also reserve the spaces in gum tissue for future adult teeth to grow.


When do baby teeth fall out and adult teeth grow in?

Typically around the age of about six years, baby teeth start to become ‘wobbly’ and fall out to make way for adultry. However it can also be normal for a child to lose their first tooth up to a year or two earlier or later than six years of age. Interestingly girls generally lose teeth earlier than boys and the first tooth to fall out is usually located in the front of the lower jaw.


Should I have a need do I remove baby or adult teeth?

While baby teeth are meant to come out in due time, permanent teeth are supposed to be, as the name implies, permanent. Removing a permanent tooth is a big deal, as it will not grow back and its removal forever changes your mouth.


What can I do to insure healthy baby and adult teeth?

Call our office for a consultation and to schedule an infant dental exam.  Dr. Albert Kim is a trusted dentist in Richmond, TX, with convenient access to the communities of Harvest Green, Long Meadows, Pecan Grove, Cinco Ranch, Sugarland, and Mission Bend.  Highline Dental offers state-of-the-art family dentistry and pediatric dentistry.  Call for your appointment today at (832) 220-9324. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Dental Emergency If Teeth Got Broken
What is considered a dental emergency?
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What is considered a dental emergency?

If you’re experiencing pain, which includes bleeding or need treatment in order to save a tooth, these can be considered a dental emergency. In this case, please call us at Highline Dental (832- 220-9324) right away. And if you have severe swollen gums or jaw pain this can be a sign of infection, and is usually accompanied by a bad taste in your mouth, high temperatures, or fever. It may also be difficult to swallow food, drink fluids or even breathe. Please call our Highline Dental office if you suffer from any of the below symptoms so we may assist you.


What are the Signs of dental emergency situations?

  • Loose teeth & excessively bleeding gums
  • Prolonged severe toothache
  • Long headaches and excessive fatigue
  • Swelling in the jaw caused by abscess infection


After Hours Emergency Dentist – How Highline Dentistry Can Help

While most dental offices, including Highline Dental, are not open 24 hours, we do our best to assist you with dental emergencies. Don’t suffer in pain when you have injury causing excessive bleeding or accidents with loose or fractured tooth. Simply come see us for same day appointments or do a search for “dental emergency near me” if looking for an after hours, emergency dentist.


Can I go to Hospital Emergency Room or Urgent Care Centers for dental emergencies?

Hospital rooms generally do not have the proper facilities or training to deal with standard dental care. Emergency departments or urgent care centers may or may not have dentists on 24 hour call. However, staff at these centers are trained to stabilize the patient who may be suffering from fractured, broken or dislodged teeth and severe pain. Do a search for dental emergency near me and call to confirm your condition and what care they are able to provide you.