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By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
February 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Regular dental visits are just as important for healthy teeth and gums as daily brushing and flossing. Not only will these visits reduce the amount of hidden or hard to reach bacterial plaque (the main source of dental disease), but they'll also boost the chances problems with teeth and gums are caught early and treated.

A lifetime habit of dental visits should begin around your child's first birthday, but children can be stressed or even frightened by trips to the dentist. This could stick with them, causing them to avoid regular dental visits when they become adults. The absence of professional dental care could prove hazardous to their dental health.

Here then are some things you can do to “de-stress” your child's dental visits.

Begin and sustain regular visits early. By not waiting a few years after age one, your child has a better chance of viewing it and subsequent visits as a normal part of life.

Choose a “kid-friendly” dentist. A pediatric dentist is trained not only for dental issues specific to children, but also in creating a comfortable environment for them. Some general dentists are also skilled with children, taking the time to talk and play with them first to ease any anxiety.

Stay calm yourself. Perhaps you've discovered, often in an embarrassing fashion, that your children are watching you and taking cues on how to act and react. Be sure then to project a sense of ease and a “nothing to this” attitude, rather than nervousness or anxiety. Your child will follow your lead.

Set the example. Speaking of following your lead, your children will intuitively pick up whether you're serious about your own dental health, which could influence them. So be sure you practice what you preach: daily oral hygiene, a dental-friendly diet and, of course, your own regular visits to the dentist. Your actions about your own dental care really will speak louder than words.

If you would like more information on effective dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Oftentimes dentures are a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to treat partial or full tooth loss. This successful treatment method offers a denturesvariety of denture types to replace missing teeth in the mouth. With the help of Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko from Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry, getting dentures in Hampton, NH, has never been easier. With a comprehensive dental exam, she can determine your needs and offer the best solution for your tooth loss problem.

Types of Dentures

Dentures in Hampton, NH, come in a variety of types to fit the needs of any patient. They include:

  1. Immediate Dentures: This is typically a temporary way to help patients like you to transition into wearing dentures successfully. The dentures which are placed directly after tooth extraction occurs won’t fit the same as permanent dentures. This is because there is a natural shrinkage of gums after extraction. This type if a way to provide new teeth immediately while giving you the time to adjust.
  2. Conventional Full Dentures: After your gums are given the proper time to heal, permanent dentures can be made to match your mouth perfectly. These are made to imitate your natural teeth as much as possible and function as your natural teeth.
  3. Partial Dentures: These are removable dentures that serve as a temporary tooth replacement option. They are generally used when you wait for your mouth to heal properly after tooth extraction. Once healing finishes, dental implants are placed in your mouth.

At Hampton, NH, Dr. Shevchenko from Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry can decide which type will benefit your oral health situation the best. After her examination, a mold of your mouth will be taken to be sent to a dental lab. She will take great care to balance your bite so that the full form of your new teeth will be successful. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shevchenko today, call 603-926-8827.

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.