Posts for: January, 2016
As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce
We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.
Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.
Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.
Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.
What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.
If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Are you embarrassed by your chipped, cracked or yellowed teeth? Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, why not have a big, white, beautiful smile to show off? With veneers, you can simply cover your teeth’s abnormalities like chips or stains. In two, and sometimes one, dental appointments, you can renew your smile and have the pearly whites you’ve always wanted.
What are veneers?
Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain which covers the front of your tooth or teeth. They can be customized for your teeth in the dental office using one-visit CEREC technology. Veneers provide a natural appearance thanks to the porcelain’s tooth-like, light-reflecting qualities. The extra care put into color-matching the porcelain to your surrounding teeth makes them virtually impossible to spot amid your natural teeth. Veneers can cover abnormalities and flaws such as:
- broken teeth
- slightly misaligned or overlapped teeth
- yellowed or stained teeth
- teeth with gaps between them
What are the benefits of veneers?
- Natural Appearance: Veneers blend in flawlessly with your natural teeth. They fit, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth, and do not require any extra care.
- Quick and Easy: In one dental appointment, your veneers are designed, created and placed onto your teeth; therefore, you leave with a beautiful smile from the get-go.
- Durable: Veneers last for years with the proper care. Avoiding dark-colored food and drinks which can stain the teeth keeps your veneers bright and white. Brushing and flossing twice a day helps to extend the life of your veneers. Commitment to biannual dental appointments allows your dentist to monitor your veneers and adjust or replace them if necessary.
Are veneers right for me?
If you have small abnormalities in your teeth that you want to cover, you are probably a good candidate for veneers. Patients should have healthy oral tissues and general good dental health. Those patients with a tooth grinding habit, heavily restored teeth or severely abnormal bites may not be a good candidate for veneers.
For more information on dental veneers in the Fenton, MO area, contact Dr. Thomas Kemlage, DDS and Andrew Kemlage, DDS at Kemlage Family Dentistry. Call (636) 225-1777 to speak with an associate about scheduling an appointment today!
We readily understand the physical costs of a decayed tooth or infected gums — pain, discomfort and loss of function. It’s much more difficult to understand the emotional and social costs of a lost smile. Without that understanding we may be tempted to view restorative solutions as a luxury we can’t afford.
But there is a definite cost to a smile that embarrasses or makes you unhappy. It can inhibit your friendships and family relations and cause you to become withdrawn from others. Your career may suffer, especially if your vocation involves networking or similar social outreach where you no longer feel free to be outgoing. Most of all, though, your own feelings about your look can keep you from pursuing the things you love or that matter the most to you.
Viewed in that light, a “smile makeover,” a comprehensive approach to transforming your appearance, is an investment in a better life, not a frivolity. Although the word “cosmetic” can mean “a superficial outer adornment,” in the dental profession the meaning is much deeper. Dentists who specialize in smile design are focused on the overall effect of their work — not only with your mouth but with your whole face.
The process begins with a complete examination of your mouth to identify your particular dental needs. We also want to know about your expectations and desires for a better smile. We use that, along with the realities of your physical condition and other factors, to develop a treatment plan. The plan may be as singular as whitening procedures or porcelain veneers applied to the outside of your teeth — or it may be comprehensive with a variety of procedures that could include other specialties like orthodontics or oral surgery. The overall aim is to develop a plan that’s right for you, and realistically satisfies your expectations.
The end result can be life-changing. Even subtle changes can alter your own image perceptions and free you to be yourself in your personal and professional relationships. In the end the positive impact of your new smile will more than offset the costs for achieving it.
If you would like more information on smile transformation, 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 “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”