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Dental Emergency
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies.
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When a dental emergency occurs, your first instinct may be to panic. However, with a little planning and information, you can turn panic into action that eases your pain and restores your oral health. Today, our team at Highline Dental wants to share some tips for managing common dental emergencies so you can protect your friends and loved ones.

Toothaches

Toothaches can range from uncomfortable to unbearable. When you first notice your tooth pain, try rinsing your mouth with warm water. Then, check to see if there might be a piece of food or other debris trapped between your teeth and gums that is causing your discomfort. If you find something, you can try gently removing it with a piece of floss. While you might be able to cure a minor toothache at home, more severe toothaches can be a sign of infection or other serious issues and require medical attention. If you are experiencing a painful toothache, call our office and we will walk you through the appropriate next steps.

Protect Cracked or Chipped Teeth

If you crack or chip a tooth, your first priority is to prevent further damage and infection. Gently rinse your mouth with warm water and call our office immediately. In most cases, we can accommodate same-day emergency appointments. Our team will determine the best course of treatment to ease your pain and restore the function of your tooth.

Save a Lost Tooth

No matter what causes a tooth to get knocked out, it is important to know how to react. You can, try to gently place the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. If this is impossible, you can put the tooth between your cheek and gum or in a glass of milk to keep the tooth from drying out while you seek medical attention. If you follow these steps, you improve your chances of saving your tooth.

While we certainly hope that you and your family do not experience any dental emergencies during this holiday season, we hope this information helps you in the event the unthinkable happens. To ask our team anything related to an emergency in dentistry of spring Texas you can ask any questions or to schedule your next visit to our office, at Highline Dental TX !

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When Should Kids Begin Brushing Their Own Teeth?
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If you have young children, you’re probably wondering when they should start handling their daily oral healthcare routine on their own. Here, we’ll not only explain when your kids should begin brushing their own teeth, but how you should teach them and how to get them excited to brush their teeth on their own. But first, let’s talk about how to care for their oral health before they can do so by themselves.

How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

Even before your child has any teeth, wipe their gums with a moist washcloth every day, preferably after feedings. Around six months, when your baby’s teeth start emerging through their gums, start brushing them. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically made for a baby or even a wet washcloth wrapped around your finger to gently brush your baby’s teeth and gums to wipe away any bad, decay-causing bacteria. And as soon as your child has two teeth touching, begin flossing between their teeth.

When Kids Should Brush Their Own Teeth

Children typically shouldn’t start brushing their own teeth until they’re coordinated enough to tie their own shoes. This usually happens around age six or seven. Wait until they have enough dexterity to properly and safely use the tools themselves so they are more likely to reach every surface of their teeth. This timeline also gives you ample time to show them how to properly brush their teeth.

How to Teach Kids to Brush Their Own Teeth

Set a good example of great oral care for your family. Make a point of showing your kids that you brush your teeth twice a day: in the morning and at night before bed. When your child is coordinated enough, guide them through the following steps and supervise their brushing until you are confident they are getting an effective clean:

  • Use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush specifically made for children.
  • Wet the bristles before putting a small amount of toothpaste–about the size of a grain of rice if they’re under three and a pea-sized amount if they’re over three–on the toothbrush.
  • Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of every tooth using gentle, circular motions as you move throughout the mouth.
  • Remember to brush their tongue!
  • Always encourage your child to spit out their toothpaste and to not swallow it.

How to Get Your Kids Excited About Brushing

There are a bunch of ways to get your kids excited to brush their teeth. For example, take them to the store to pick out their own toothbrush that features their favorite character, make a game of tooth brushing, use positive reinforcement with a sticker chart or extra reading time or a special family outing, turn tooth brushing time into a dance party with their favorite song, or watch any of the many videos available online that are made specifically to keep your child entertained while they brush their teeth. If your child is especially reluctant to brush their teeth, consider investing in an electric toothbrush to jazz up their oral care routine.

We See Patients of All Ages!

Highline Dental offers affordable dental care for patients of all ages in Richmond, TX. If you have any other questions about proper preventive oral care for your children or would like to schedule their next checkup at our office, contact us today.

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Teeth Infections
How Different Types of Water Affect Teeth
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With a daily abundance of beverage options at your fingertips, are you aware of how your drink choices affect your overall health? Between the whopping amount of calories and added sugar in many sodas, sports drinks, and even some fruit juices, most of us know that water is the best choice for our oral health and overall health. Here, we’ll discuss the differences between three types of water: tap water, bottled water, and sparkling water which causes teeth infections.

Tap Water

When you turn on the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom, you’re using tap water. We wash our hands with it, we brush our teeth using it, and we often don’t think twice about it. This type of water must meet the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In many parts of the country, this includes making sure it contains enough fluoride, which is often naturally occurring in the water supply (as is the case in Richmond, Texas), but fluoride is often added to a greater amount to offer more protection against tooth decay. Historically, the presence of fluoride in a community’s tap water has significantly reduced the occurrence of tooth decay. If you are using a filter with your tap faucet, you may be filtering out some of the beneficial fluoride, but usually it’s only in trace amounts so there’s no need to worry about teeth infections.

Bottled Water

In addition to being more expensive and potentially harmful to the environment, a standout characteristic of bottled water is that many brands do not include added fluoride. You and your family are missing out on some of the oral health benefits of fluoride if you get your water intake exclusively from non-fluoridated bottled water. So be sure you are brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste and rinsing occasionally with a mouthwash that contains fluoride.

Sparkling Water

Although it unfortunately doesn’t contain fluoride, sipping sparkling water is a simple way to add a little excitement to your water intake with its satisfying little bit of fizz. Carbonation, the source of that fun fizz, technically changes the pH of water and leads to a more acidic drink, but plain sparkling water has thus far proved to erode teeth enamel about the same as regular water, its non-carbonated, un-sparkly cousin. However, a word of caution: if your sparkling water is flavored with citrus or sugar, beware! Citrus-flavored sparkling water is actually much more acidic than plain sparkling water and poses a greater risk of enamel erosion. And if your sparkling water contains sugar, it’s no longer really just sparkling water; it’s a sweetened beverage that makes you more susceptible to tooth decay.

Our Team Is Here to Help!

Still have questions about how water affects teeth infections? Ask anyone on our friendly and knowledgeable team. We love educating our patients about their oral health. Moreover, if it has been more than six months since you last had a dental checkup and cleaning, contact us to set up your next appointment.

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How Oral Health Affects Overall Health
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Why are dentists always making such a stink about good oral health habits? If you’re not brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing once a day, and seeing us for regular checkups every six months, you could be putting more than just your mouth at risk. Here’s something you might not know—your dental health affects your overall health. Continue reading our blog post to discover how they correlate!

Unhealthy Mouths Make for Unhappy Frowns

If you’re not keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you could be exposing yourself to harmful bacteria that can make you sick. Plaque and tartar accumulate if you don’t brush your teeth daily at home and regularly receive professional dental cleanings. They then produce acid that wears down at the hard casing around your teeth (called enamel) and makes you susceptible to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and tooth infection. Poor oral care encourages bacteria to grow, leading to serious health issues such as gum disease.

Gingivitis, Periodontitis & Advanced Periodontitis

Gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, acne, and pneumonia. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you could have gum disease and should contact us for treatment:

  • Receding, tender, red, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Pockets between your gums and teeth
  • One loose tooth or multiple loose teeth
  • Halitosis (also known as bad breath)

Tips for a Healthy Smile

While advanced gum disease requires specialized treatment, there are a few things you should always be doing at home to promote healthy gums and strong teeth, regardless of their current condition. Be sure to follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Floss every day
  • Rinse and gargle with an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months
  • Visit Highline Dental every six months for cleanings and checkups

Importance of Preventive Care

Always remember that it’s a lot easier to prevent dental issues than it is to cure them! Keeping your teeth and gumline as free of plaque, tartar, and decay as possible is your best bet for keeping your mouth and the rest of your body strong and healthy. To schedule your next cleaning and checkup at our Richmond dental office, contact us today!