Is It Time For Baby's First Checkup?

Begin a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums by starting dental checkups early. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby's first tooth appears, but no later than the child's first birthday. The first appointment is mostly helping your child become accustomed to our office, her dentist, and having those sweet little pearly whites looked at. Since this is a new experience, time spent looking at your little one's teeth is minimal and conducted as gently and efficiently as possible.

GUMS 102: Gum Recession

Receding gums occur when the gum tissue begins to pull back from the teeth. This recession exposes the more sensitive roots of the teeth: this causes sensitivity in the tooth and can be painful. The teeth may appear longer and the darker tissue at the root of the tooth may be visible. What causes gum recession? There are three main causes: 1. Gum disease is the main culprit. When bacteria are not properly removed, especially from near the gumline, they will irritate the gum tissue and cause symptoms of redness, swelling, and bleeding. Gum disease left untreated will then cause recession and maybe even tooth loss. Do note that every case is individual and sometimes genetics can play a part i

GUMS 101: Swelling

Gum swelling is a term for the inflammation of the gum tissue. If swollen, your gum tissue may appear puffy and red, and may even bleed when you brush. Some common causes include: 1. Flossing after a long time: If you have not flossed for a long time, your gums will not be accustomed to the movement of the floss and may react by swelling. If this temporary swelling does not go away in a few days, please give us a call. 2. Certain medications: There are a few types of medications that can cause gum swelling. These include some blood pressure medicines, chemotherapy medicines, and some anti-seizure medications. Please always take your medication but consult with us or your prescribing physicia

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