Establishing an effective dental hygiene routine when your kids are young pays off in the long run, both financially and health-wise. However, it can be difficult to know where to start or what works best for kids. Here are a few tips from your family dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, on how to make the most out of your child's dental care at home.
Brush up on their toothbrushing
As many parents know, convincing your child to brush their teeth twice daily can be a challenge. Your Charlotte family dentist suggests playing a favorite song for the two minutes it takes to brush to help the time go by more quickly. Allowing your child to pick out a new toothbrush, perhaps in their favorite color or featuring a cartoon character they like, also helps make the daily routine easier and more fun. Just make sure that the brush your child chooses has soft bristles and isn't too large for their mouth. A fluoride-based toothpaste in a child-friendly flavor is also a good way to encourage regular brushing.
Fine-tune their flossing
Flossing tends to be at the bottom of the list when it comes to taking care of your teeth at home - that's true for your Charlotte family dentist's patients of all ages! But like brushing, parents can make the process more fun by taking advantage of the variety of products available today. Flossing picks in bright colors with flavored thread puts a new twist on the tedious process of flossing between each tooth. Kids with orthodontic appliances can use flossing threaders or interdental brushes. You can also set a great example for your kids by making flossing a daily part of your dental hygiene routine as well.
To make an appointment for yourself or a member of your family, contact Dr. Susan Hockaday Family Practice for the very best in family dentistry in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We can be reached at (704) 553-2348.
If you have questions about dentures our family dentists have the answers.
Our Charlotte, NC, family dentists, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, offer patients different ways to replace missing teeth no matter their age, lifestyle, health status, or budget. For centuries, dentures have provided those with significant tooth loss the ability to get full smiles again. Wondering if dentures are right for you but have questions first? Here are some answers to the most popular denture-related questions:
Do I need dentures?
If you are missing teeth, it’s important that you visit our family dentist as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options. Here at our Charlotte office, we offer dentures and other ways to replace missing teeth; however, if you are dealing with significant or even complete tooth loss, dentures may be the best way to replace your teeth.
What types of dentures are available?
There are dentures that are designed to replace all of your teeth (full or complete dentures) and dentures that are designed to replace some teeth (partial dentures). These are the two most common types of dentures. There are also immediate dentures, which are temporary dentures that are placed right after teeth have been extracted, and dental implant-supported dentures, which are dentures that are anchored by dental implants.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
While some people may choose to wear their dentures while they sleep it is highly recommended that you take them out every night before bedtime and put them in water to let them soak. Dentures can put pressure on the gums and bone; so taking them out every night gives your gum tissue time to relax.
Can I get implants at a later time if I choose?
Absolutely! Maybe you want to get your false teeth as soon as possible but then you realize after some wear that you would like a way to ensure that your false teeth will always stay in place. If this is the case, our dental team would be happy to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants. After implants are inserted into the jawbone, we can then attach your current dentures to the implants to anchor your teeth in place.
Need dental care? Give us a call
Hockaday & Baucom provide you with trustworthy, gentle, and caring family dentists. Whether you’re looking for a dentist who can provide your child with routine cleanings or you want to discuss your candidacy for dentures, call our Charlotte, NC, office today at (704) 553-2348 to schedule an appointment.
Where does most tooth decay occur? In children's teeth, it happens on the intricate chewing surfaces of back teeth. At Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC, your family dentists use plastic sealants to protect young smiles. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom see the value in these thin coatings; they really help ward off decay.
A chronic health problem
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children. Caused by oral bacteria living in food residues, or plaque, on and between teeth, cavities destroy enamel and when untreated, lead to tooth loss.
A low-sugar diet, good brushing and flossing habits and six-month check-ups at the family dentist's office in Charlotte, NC, minimize the risk of decay. Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom offer additional protection through thin plastic coatings called dental sealants. The American Dental Association (ADA) says dental sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay on back teeth by a full 80 percent.
How sealants work
After a careful oral examination and hygienic cleaning, your family dentist may recommend sealants for one of more of your child's molars. The process is simple and painless, taking only 10 minutes or so per tooth.
The dentist dries the tooth and applies a mild etching solution to the chewing surface. This preparation ensures the liquid sealant adheres well to the tooth. Then, the plastic sealant is painted on, with care taken to the tiny pits and fissures common to molars. Finally, a special UV light hardens the plastic.
Dental sealants are tooth-colored and virtually unnoticeable. However, they are very effective and long-lasting, staying in place about 10 years. At each oral examination thereafter, Dr. Hockaday or Dr. Baucom will check the sealants to look for any chips or excessive wear. Small repairs can be made if needed.
A stable physical barrier against decay
Dental sealants are the extra-protection your child may need to stay cavity-free on those all important molars. At your next routine visit at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC, ask your family dentist about plastic sealants for your child. Phone for an appointment at (704) 553-2348.
How your family dentists in Charlotte, NC, can help you take care of your smile
Did you know that a healthy smile can help protect your body too? It’s true. In fact, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other serious medical conditions. Dr. Susan A. Hockaday and Dr. Jim P. Baucom at Hockaday & Baucom in Charlotte, NC, offer a wide range of dental services including preventive care to help keep your smile healthy.
Dental disease begins with plaque, which contains millions of harmful bacteria which can cause gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. The goal of preventive care is to remove plaque deposits as frequently and thoroughly as you can, which controls the amount of bacteria attacking your smile. Controlling the bacteria helps prevent dental and oral diseases.
You can do a lot to prevent gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay by practicing excellent oral hygiene. You should:
- Brush after meals and before bed, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride; brush in a gentle circular motion, covering all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. Many people find it helpful to use an electric or sonic toothbrush.
- Floss at least once each day; make a “C” shape around each tooth by wrapping the floss around the widest part of each tooth as you go in between teeth. Floss between each tooth using this wrapping technique. Many people find it helpful to use floss picks.
- Visit your family dentist at least once each year for a comprehensive dental exam including x-rays; your family dentist will check for any small dental issues and treat them before they can grow into large dental problems.
Visit your dental hygienist for a professional dental cleaning at least once every six months, and more often if you have periodontal disease. Your dental hygienist can help prevent gum and periodontal disease and provide you with all the latest tricks and tools to keep your smile healthy.
Preventive care is one of the most important things you can do to take care of your smile. To find out more about preventive care and other dental services, call Dr. Susan A. Hockaday and Dr. Jim P. Baucom at Hockaday & Baucom in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 553-2348 today!
Crowns provide significant aesthetic benefits, but they can also be important for your oral health. Sometimes, a tooth needs an added shield of protection to prevent dental disease and reduce the chance of an injury. Consult a family dentist to determine if a crown can improve and strengthen your smile. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom will be able to help you at their office in Charlotte, NC.
What Are Crowns in Dentistry?
A dental crown is a thick porcelain tooth covering that dentists use to restore damaged enamel. It is sized, shaped, and hollowed out so that it can be bonded to the tooth (after the tooth has been prepared). Once bonded it shields the inner parts of the tooth. Porcelain is one of the most durable substances that resemble the natural color of your teeth.
Your Oral Health and Crowns
When even one tooth is susceptible to decay, discoloration, or coming loose from its socket, it puts your oral health in jeopardy. For one, the tooth could eventually cause dental pain and discomfort that makes it a challenge to chew and talk. If a vulnerable, unprotected tooth is extracted, it could cause the other teeth to begin shifting around, which could cause periodontal and orthodontic problems.
Having a Tooth Crowned
Before a tooth can be crowned, it needs to be X-rayed by your Charlotte, NC family dentist. What’s going on inside is as important as what you see on the outside. If there’s dental disease present, that needs to be cleared before the procedure. Dental crowns are commonly placed after root canal therapy to replace lost enamel. The remaining tooth is measured so that a lab technician can create a fitting crown, and when it’s ready it will be cemented to the outer surface with a strong dental bonding agent.
Call for an Appointment
When you have a weak spot in your smile, a dental crown could be very beneficial to your oral health. Call (704) 553-2348 today to set up an appointment with a family dentist at the office of Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, NC.
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