Wednesday, 26 June 2024 13:25

A Dentist’s Guide to Child Teeth Care Tips

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Every parent wants to ensure their child grows up healthy and happy, and these child teeth care tips are essential for maintaining their overall well-being. While we often focus on nutrition and physical activity, pediatric dental health is just as important! Establishing good dental habits early can prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. At Tedford Family Dentistry, we care about your family's health and have compiled these child teeth care tips to help you succeed in caring for your child's dental needs. Here’s what you need to know to keep your child’s smile bright and healthy: Start Early with Dental Care Infant Dental Hygiene: Begin cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth even before their first tooth appears. Once teeth emerge, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush with water. This is one of the first child teeth care tips you can implement. First Dental Visit: Schedule your child’s…
Dental care for children all comes down to routine. Having a routine can help you incorporate healthy habits for your kids, especially when it comes to dental hygiene. Summer time can be a little lax when it comes to kids though, right? Without school and normal routines, some of our structure tends to go out the window. But with school starting up again and some sense of normalcy returning to the days, you can help engrain those healthy dental habits for your kids. Chattanooga Preventative dentistry and intentional home care can culminate in a much healthier mouth. Starting around age 3 you should: Help your child brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and make sure your child spits it out after Help your child brush for at least 2 minutes twice per day Start helping your child floss his or her teeth when they begin to…
Friday, 04 August 2023 18:43

Coughs, Colds and Cavities

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Just as candy, sweets and sports drinks can increase your risk for tooth decay, so too can liquid medications. There are a variety of ingredients commonly found in cough drops and syrup medications that can leave you more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities, especially when the medicine is taken consistently over long periods of time. To create a better taste, many medicines contain high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. These sugars can contribute to decay when bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and attack the enamel of your teeth. The citric acid in these syrups can also break down the enamel on the teeth. The alcohol found in the syrups can also have a drying effect on the mouth. With less saliva to rinse the sugar and acids away, the more increased risk for decay. With a few simple steps you can ensure that the cough and…
Friday, 28 July 2023 19:45

Should I Go to the Dentist If I’m Sick?

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You may be asking yourself this question if you have a dentist appointment but are feeling a bit under the weather. As many dental appointments can be difficult to reschedule, you might find yourself uncertain of what to do. To cancel or not to cancel? Here’s a guide on whether you should cancel your appointment if you’re sick. How Sick Am I? The first thing you must decide is, “How sick am I?” The type of ailment, depending on your symptoms, can greatly affect your appointment. You must evaluate the severity of your sickness, and the level of pain and discomfort. Patients who are unable to sit still through an appointment should consider rescheduling. Am I Contagious? Contagious? If you don’t want to infect others, always reschedule. However, you might not always know if you are contagious. If you are coughing or sneezing, you may have a common cold, a…
Saturday, 08 July 2023 15:20

Why Do I Need to See a Dentist in Ooltewah TN

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When it comes to your smile, the importance of preventative care cannot be overstated. For many people, dental cleanings are something to be avoided. In reality, there are many reasons why they shouldn't be. Your Tedford Family dentist in Ooltewah TN is always happy to help, regardless of the date of your last visit. Gum disease can be prevented by a dentist in Ooltewah TN. Did you know that one of the best ways to detect gum disease is by visiting your dentist regularly? Gum disease has multiple stages, and we're able to detect early phases in patients before symptoms like red and swollen gums appear. By diagnosing gum disease early, we can put a treatment plan in place to save your teeth. Plaque can be prevented by a dentist in Ooltewah TN. If you've ever been to a dentist and been informed of plaque buildup, even though you brush…
Friday, 26 May 2023 14:08

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are veneers made from? The thin shells are created from porcelain or resin and can be customized for a desirable color and shape. What caused my gums to recede? Over time, it is natural and common for gums to recede. Can bridges fall out? No, bridges are non-removable, they are permanently cemented in place. How many shades of whitening can be applied in a single session? Our teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile by as many as 5 to 10 shades in one session. I have a receded jawbone, can I get dental implants? Even if your jawbone has receded, bone implants might be an option that allows you to be a candidate for implants. Don't dentures slip around in the mouth? Our technology at Tedford Family Dentistry anchors the denture plate so securely that it won’t wander. How can…
We all know that dental health habits are important at any age, but as we grow older, we may face more oral health concerns than we did in our earlier years. This is why it’s important to establish and maintain great dental hygiene routines and to foster a relationship with a great dentist to help meet dental challenges as they come. Aging and Dental Health What happens to our teeth as we get older? The fact of the matter is, as our bodies age, we sometimes find ourselves dealing with ailments that were not a problem in our youth. This can apply to our teeth and gums as well. Most of these dental problems that can arise in seniors are easy to identify, resolve, and even prevent when you know what signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for. Here are a few things to be aware of when…
Friday, 28 April 2023 19:37

6 Tips for Healthy Gums

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When it comes to oral health, it’s about so much more than just teeth. Your gums play a critical role in maintaining a healthy mouth, and even in ensuring your teeth remain healthy and strong. Even if your teeth are cavity free and aesthetically beautiful, that doesn’t mean you are immune to gum disease. Gum disease can oftentimes be completely painless, and therefore difficult to detect. Understanding Gum Disease Gum disease affects 47.2% of adults ages 30 and up, according to the CDC. It begins with plaque that builds up under and along the gum line, and can cause infections that hurt the gum and bone, leading to tooth decay and other issues. The presence of plaque can also cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can cause your gums to become red, tender, swollen, and inflamed, and can cause bleeding as well. As unpleasant as that sounds,…
Friday, 07 April 2023 19:37

Tooth Mishaps

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Children's Dental Emergencies– What Parents Should Know Dental accidents can occur anytime, anywhere, and parents need to be prepared for these unforeseen situations so they can react quickly and appropriately. Knowing what to do when faced with a children’s dental emergency can mean the difference between your child losing a tooth forever or saving that permanent tooth by taking the right actions immediately. No matter what the dental emergency is, it’s imperative that you take your child to the dentist or the closest emergency room as soon as possible. What do I do if my child cracks a tooth? If your child cracks a tooth, rinse the mouth out with warm water to cleanse the area, and put a cold compress on the face to help reduce pain and swelling. See the dentist as soon as possible for the next steps. What should I do if my child knocks a…
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