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Oh Baby! How to Keep Baby’s Teeth Clean

Smiling baby on floor with finger in mouthIt may seem like dental care isn’t necessary for babies; after all, how many teeth do they even have? They’re just going to fall out eventually anyway, right? Well, while they may not be numerous or permanent, your baby’s teeth are actually extremely important to their development, from chewing and talking to holding space for their adult teeth to come in properly. Learn how to clean baby teeth with these tips from family and pediatric dentist Dr. Jordan. 

Off to a good start

Within a few days of birth, you should start wiping your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, and moist washcloth. You can do this at bath time or after feedings. Typically baby teeth will not start to emerge until a child is around 6 months, but that can come earlier or later depending on the child. It can also be hard to tell when teeth are first pushing through, so a couple of quick wipes each day ensure that those teeth are protected even before they show up fully. 

Ready, set, brush! 

Once your baby’s first tooth starts to emerge, it’s susceptible to decay, so let the brushing begin. According to the American Dental Association, you can use a finger toothbrush or baby toothbrush with a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste – about the size of a grain of rice – to brush baby’s teeth twice a day. 

Keep an eye out

Eventually your child can start to help with brushing their teeth, but you still need to supervise kids under 3 years old closely (and probably step in to help) to ensure that they are cleaning their teeth thoroughly and using the correct amount of toothpaste. 

At Jordan Dentistry, we are proud to offer our patients the best in family and pediatric dentistry in Cumming, GA. Visit our New Patient page to learn more and access forms to bring to your visit. 

How Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

smiling cartoon toothIf keeping your mouth squeaky clean for the sake of having a nice smile and avoiding bad breath wasn’t enough, you should also do so for your overall health. Here are some reasons to keep up the good dental hygiene for the sake of the rest of your body:

Poor Dental Health Can Make Diabetes Worse

If you already have diabetes, not taking care of your dental health can make it more difficult to deal with. Diabetes comes with an increased risk of gum disease, so you should be especially careful to brush and floss daily, but if you develop chronic gum disease, the infection can cause insulin resistance causing your blood sugar to be out of control. 

Dental Health is Important to Cardiovascular Health

The bacteria from gingivitis, which causes oral inflammation, can also cause inflammation throughout your body. This could mean your arteries become inflamed, develop plaque, and put you at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. It can also cause endocarditis, an infection of the lining of your heart and its valves.

Links Between Mouth Bacteria and Your Lungs

Certain bacteria in your mouth can also enter your lungs and may lead to pneumonia, among other respiratory issues.

How to Prevent Dental Health from Affecting Overall Health

The key to having good dental health is simple: brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss every day, use mouthwash, and keep a healthy diet. Also, see your dentist if you notice any issues or just for a check-up. Taking a few minutes out of your day to tend to your teeth is worth the time it will save you from being sick.

Contact us at Jordan Dentistry to learn more about the best dental practices to protect your health.

Toothbrush Tales: Why Should you Change Out your Toothbrush and How Often?

worn out toothbrushes

If we are old enough to be writing and/or reading this blog, we are old enough to know that brushing your teeth is a necessary part of your morning and evening routine.

Do you know how often you are supposed to replace your toothbrush? No, this is not a scheme made by toothbrush companies. There is serious science behind the importance of changing your toothbrush.

The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. This suggestion is based on normal wear and tear and does not include mishaps with children. This time frame is suggested because as the bristles wear down, they are not able to maneuver into the smaller cracks and crevices as easily.  They are also more prone to fungal growth and bacteria. Using an old toothbrush can contribute to halitosis (bad breath) and dental problems. Although, Jordan Dentistry is ready to help with a list of issues, we would rather see our patients happy and healthy.  If you fail to replace your toothbrush after being sick, that bacteria can hide down in the bristles and you will get sick again.

Besides the normal wear and tear, here are some other times when you should replace your toothbrush:

  • When you are sick
  • When a family member sharing a bathroom is sick
  • When you have a mold issue
  • When your toothbrush has been sitting open for a while without use
  • When someone uses it to clean the toilet

We hope that we made a compelling argument on the importance of toothbrush maintenance. If you have been regularly replacing your toothbrush, we are proud and keep it up! For those that haven’t, we know it may sound silly and like a waste of money, but you and your teeth will thank us for giving your toothbrush an expiration date.

How to Deal With the Chipped Tooth Blues

Woman with head thrown back laughingSo you chipped a tooth. Not to worry! While it can be disconcerting to realize there’s a detached piece of tooth in your mouth, there’s no need to panic. Call Jordan Dentistry for an appointment as soon as possible, and check out these tips to get you through until Dr. Jordan can see you.

Tips for Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water, which will keep your mouth clean and help soothe any pain from the chip. You may also want to take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever.  
  • If the tooth has a sharp edge, cover it with dental wax to protect your mouth and tongue from abrasion. Dental wax (often used by orthodontic patients with braces or retainers) can be found at most drugstores.
  • If you need to eat, choose soft foods – nothing hard, crunchy, or chewy – and try to chew with the other side of your mouth, putting as little pressure on the tooth as possible. Do not bite down on the affected tooth.

Repairing a Chipped Tooth

How to repair a chipped tooth depends on the extent of the damage and other factors unique to each patient. These are a few of the ways your dentist may fix a chipped tooth once you arrive at your dentist appointment.

  • Tooth bonding – If the chip or crack in your enamel is minor, the dentist may be able to use a tooth-colored resin to repair it. Tooth bonding is a simple procedure and you will be able to get on with your day quite quickly.
  • Tooth splinting – If you broke a tooth due to trauma (playing a sport, falling, etc.) and is loose or crooked, you may need a tooth splint. In this procedure, the dentist will bond the damaged tooth to an adjoining tooth for support to allow your gums and bone tissue to heal.
  • Root canal – If the tooth is severely damaged, extending beyond the enamel to the tooth pulp, you’ll need a root canal. A root canal removes the damaged part of the tooth, and can be finished with a crown or filling to repair the break.

Whatever your dental needs may be, we’re here to put a smile on your face! Contact Jordan Dentistry for family dental appointments in Cumming, Georgia, from routine teeth cleaning to periodontal procedures and cosmetic services.

How to Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer

You may have heard of oral cancer, but do you know the symptoms and when you should get tested? Here at Jordan Dentistry, we’re here to help ensure that you know the risk factors and signs of oral cancer.

Signs You May Have Oral Cancer

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    You don’t have to be a pro to spot the symptoms of oral cancer.

    White and red patches in the mouth or lips

  • A sore or blister in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, moving the jaw, speaking, or moving the tongue
  • Ear pain
  • Change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat that doesn’t go away
  • Trouble chewing or swallowing
  • Trouble moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • Loosening of the teeth or pain around the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes
  • A lump or mass in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Constant bad breath

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure

What Is An Oral Cancer Screening Like?

At Jordan Dentistry, we use an instrument called a VELscope during checkups that helps to detect oral cancer. The VELscope is a non-invasive tool that uses visible blue light to identify oral tissue that may look out of the ordinary. Although oral cancer affects mostly people over the age of 55, it is recommended by the American Cancer Society that you be examined for oral cancer every three years for those over the age of 20.

To schedule an examination or ask questions about oral cancer detection, contact us.

Protecting Your Toddler’s Teeth: 6 Things You Should Know

smiling toddler with teethWhen it comes to your toddler’s health, only the best will do! So learn how to take care of a toddler’s teeth with these oral health tips:

  1. Teach Proper Brushing and Flossing – Before your child has teeth, you can very gently brush their gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Once their teeth come in, an adult should gently brush them 2 times a day. Generally, children need help brushing until they are roughly 6. They will need help properly flossing until they’re about 10.
  2. Fight “Baby Bottle Decay” – Juice, formula, and milk all contain sugars that feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Falling asleep with a bottle in your toddler’s mouth can worsen this affect leading to tooth decay. If your child sleeps with a bottle, make sure it only contains water to avoid baby bottle decay.
  3. Be Careful of Juice – Juice is often marketed as a healthy drink choice, but it is full of sugars. As such, you should limit your child’s juice consumption.
  4. Don’t Overuse a Sippy Cup – A sippy cup is a popular tool for helping to wean a child off of bottles, but when full of sugary drinks, this can lead to tooth decay.
  5. Don’t Overuse a Pacifier – By age 2 or 3, it’s generally recommended that a child should stop using a pacifier. Too much pacifier use can change the shape of your child’s mouth and mess up the alignment of their teeth.
  6. Get a Checkup! – By baby’s first birthday, they should see a dentist. Early detection of potential problems can lead to healthy teeth and gums and will save money in the long run.

If you have a toddler in your family, contact us for all their Cummings dental care needs!

All About Porcelain Veneers

Happy woman with beautiful smileDental veneers can work wonders to give you a smile makeover… But what are they? If you’ve been considering veneers to upgrade your smile or wondering if veneers are the right choice for you, read on to learn some of the basics.

What are veneers?

Also known as dental veneers or porcelain laminate, veneers are ultra-thin, custom-shaped and tinted shells designed to cover the front of your teeth. Veneers can be an excellent alternative to crowns, or they can be used to brighten teeth or cover discolorations.

Using this method, your dentist can dramatically change your smile by altering the color, the shape, or the size of the veneer shells to give your teeth the appearance you are looking for.

How do veneers work?

Before a veneer is placed on a patient’s teeth, their teeth are buffed to remove a small amount of tooth. Generally, roughly half a millimeter is removed from around the tooth. This gives the dentist the room to carefully bond the veneer to your natural teeth.

How to care for veneers?

Once your veneers are in place, you largely care for them just as you would your normal teeth. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth and veneers (being mindful to not put too much pressure on your veneers) just like before the procedure.

If you are considering veneers or any other Cummings dental services, then contact Jordan Dentistry at (770) 888-6262. We offer the Kor Whitening System, implant restoration, dermafill, custom teeth whitening trays, and more!

Where Does the Tooth Fairy Come From?

child in fairy costumeFebruary 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day! But where does the Tooth Fairy come from?

The Tooth Fairy has been featured in countless movies and cartoons, but her origins are much older than film. Likely the Tooth Fairy is an evolution of the Northern European tradition of tand-fé or tooth fee. The tooth fee dates all the way back to at least the 13th century Ireland, and as the name implies, involves parents paying their children for their lost teeth.

Even earlier than that, Medieval Europeans believed that a person’s tooth could be used by witches to control them, so they developed various practices for “safely” discarding lost teeth. It is likely that these superstitious practices evolved into or influenced the 13th century practice of the tooth fee. From there, there was only a small verbal jump from tooth fee to Tooth Fairy.

The earliest recorded instance of the Tooth Fairy is in a 1908 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune. Because losing a tooth can painful or even scary for a young child, the issue encourages parents to teach their children about the Tooth Fairy to make the experience of losing a tooth fun and exciting instead of traumatic.

Of course, we hear that the Tooth Fairy prefers healthy teeth over poorly cared for teeth. That’s why children should be excited for their regularly scheduled Cummings dental exams! And if you’re looking for a great Cummings dental office for your child, contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule a cleaning for your child.

What Causes Plaque?

Adult man smiling outside in the cityWhat is plaque?  Have you ever experienced your teeth feeling “fuzzy?” That’s the feeling of the clear, sticky film of bacteria called dental plaque. If left on the teeth (both above and below the gum line), plaque can cause serious dental and oral health problems.

The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars and starches, releasing acid. That acid eats away at tooth enamel over time. This can lead to a number of issues from cavities, inflamed gums, and even bone loss in the jaw. So, what can you do to prevent or treat plaque?  Read on for some tips from Cumming, GA dentist Dr. Jordan.

  • Diet – Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and carbs is great way to combat plaque buildup and its harmful effects. Limiting snacks between meals is also helpful since acid production increases every time you eat.
  • Avoid Sticky and Sugary Foods – Sticky and sugary foods are particular bad for your dental health. The stickiness of foods like taffy and caramel cause the sugars to coat your teeth, compounding the negative dental effects of the sugar.
  • Brush and floss – You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day and floss daily. Electric toothbrushes are particularly good at removing plaque.
  • Dental Appointments – Get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months and make sure to not skip dentist appointments.

Make sure to take good care of your teeth with regular Cumming dental appointments. Returning and new patients should contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your cleanings today!

Resolve to Take Care of Your Teeth in 2019

Closeup of toothpaste on a toothbrushWant to make some healthy changes in 2019? Don’t forget about your teeth! Many people resolve to be healthier, but few people add oral health to their list of New Year’s resolutions. Check out some steps you can take this year for a healthier smile and resolve to take better care of your teeth.

  • Floss – Make sure to floss daily. Yes, every day! Flossing is important to help remove plaque and food buildup that your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Eat More Fruits and Veggies – By eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed sugars, you will minimize the damage sugar can cause to your teeth.
  • Drink More Water – Water is great for your teeth for many reasons. The fluoride in water strengthens your teeth and helps prevent cavities. It also helps wash away sugars and food build up and dilutes acid that can damage your teeth. Finally, water helps with dry mouth. Just as the name implies, dry mouth occurs when saliva levels are low in the mouth. Since saliva naturally helps prevent tooth decay, keeping your mouth moist is very important.
  • Brighten Up Your Smile – Ask us how we can help your dental health and appearance with whitening services.
  • See a Dentist – Don’t skip your regular dental checkups and cleanings. Your teeth will thanks you for it!

Resolve to improve your dental and oral health this year by using the above tips and regularly scheduled cleaning at our Cummings dental office. Whether you are a returning or a new patient, contact us at (770) 888-6262 to schedule your cleaning and examination today. Here’s to many more smiles in 2019!