Wide Open Spaces: Diastema

937762848I’m sure in your life either when talking to someone or just watching celebrities on TV you have noticed a gap between their front teeth. Think about personalities like Michael Strahan, Madonna and Woody Harrelson. And don’t forget Sponge Bob! That space is called a diastema.

A diastema doesn’t necessarily have to be between the front teeth, it could be anywhere in the mouth, although it is most common to occur within the front teeth. It can be caused by several different things like misaligning jaw development, the way tissue attaches and tongue thrusting.

Some people don’t mind that they have a space in their teeth while others are bothered by it. Thankfully, it can be easily corrected with orthodontic treatment. There is a strong chance that it may relapse and come back again after braces are removed, so it’s best if you go through orthodontic treatment to correct it that you get a fixed retainer placed on the back side of your teeth to hold them in place.

If you have any questions about spacing within your own teeth or you children’s teeth, don’t hesitate to ask at your next dental appointment at Szmanda Dental Center.

Compiled from information from Wikipedia and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2015

Why Don’t We Go to the Dentist?

So, what do you feel is the most popular reason people don’t go see the dentist? Fear, right? Nope. According to a national survey done by Cigna, it’s COST as the #1 reason why we don’t go to the dentist, with fear trailing right behind.

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Everything these days can be expensive, with healthcare right up near the top. The fact is that the more you procrastinate about seeing the dentist, the more it will end up costing you in the end when something like a toothache will force you to go in. If you keep things in check with at least yearly visits to the dentist, (although it’s best to come in every 6 months for a cleaning and check to make sure your chompers are in pristine shape), the better it will be for you in the long run. Continue Reading…

Is a Trip to the Dentist Painful?

indexLet’s face it, going to the dentist typically rates a “nuh-uh” on people’s fun-o-meter. Not to mention the apprehension you have before you even get to the office which doubles while you are sitting in the waiting room reading a magazine playing it cool. Where does this fear come from and do we automatically assume that a dental appointment is going to be painful?

Obviously when some of us older folk went to the dentist as kids, it was quite a traumatic experience as compared to what it is now. No anesthetic or not enough, having the dentist yell at you to be quiet while he’s drilling into your un-numb tooth, watching the smoke come from the drill……we could go on and on. As you can imagine, that could put some fear into the hearts of people, even though they know it’s not like that anymore. One bad experience can create a lifetime of fear. Continue Reading…

Does My Child Need to see a Pedodontist (Children’s Dentist)?

Does my child need to see a pedodontistSometimes people aren’t sure about where they should take their kids to the dentist. Do they want to bring them into their own dentist or do they take them to a pedodontist that specializes in children’s dentistry? Parents asking, “Does My Child Need to see a Pedodontist?” is a fairly common question.

Pediatricians may recommend taking your children to a pedodontist because they themselves are a Dr. specializing in children’s health so they think it may be best to have your children see a dentist that specializes in children’s dentistry. This is not necessarily the case.

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Nail Biter? Why It’s Hurting Your Mouth

Do you bite your nails?Are you a nail biter? Do you find yourself chewing your nails or opening packages with your teeth? These are bad habits that can cause an issue for your teeth in the long run.

As we age, tooth enamel starts wearing down from use, especially on our front teeth. This leaves us susceptible to chipping the enamel on those teeth more easily, so when we do apply force in that area, you could possibly cause damage.

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Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard

Why-Your-Child-Needs-a-MouthguardIs your child active in sports at school or recreational activities?  If they are, then your child needs a mouthguard and you will want to make sure that he/she is protected not only from the sport itself, but what can happen to their mouths if there is a mishap. Mouth protection is just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards — and a mouthguard should be worn to protect the chompers.

Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly losing a tooth!  They work by covering all of your teeth (usually on your upper arch) with a fitted plastic material and absorb the pressure from a hit to the mouth.

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Dental Visits and Pregnancy

Dental-Visits-While-PregnantDental visits and pregnancy — what you should know.  It’s important to have good oral health in general, but it’s even more important to have dental visits while pregnant or even before you actually get pregnant.

If you are thinking about having a baby, try to get into your dentist for a check-up to make sure everything is ok or that treatment is done prior to getting pregnant.  Having a healthy mouth is not only great for avoiding any dental treatment, but it is also good for your overall health.

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ADA’s New Recommendations on Childrens Fluoride Intake

adaThere is a new study put forth by the American Dental Association (ADA) with new recommendations on childrens fluoride and when we should start using it.  It was suggested previously that when baby teeth started erupting, it was best to just brush them with water until the age of 2 and to start with a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste from 2-6 for ingestion purposes.  It is now recommended that the earlier we start our children on fluoride, the better it will work by significantly preventing decay. About 25% of children have cavities prior to attending kindergarten so it is now recommended that kids under 3 should have a rice size amount of fluoridated toothpaste or a “smear.”   Kids 3-6 should have the pea size amount until they can learn to completely spit it out.

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What is With Those Pesky Wisdom Teeth?

Unfortunately, most of us will be getting wisdom teeth in our teens and early 20’s and about 95% of us will need them removed due to lack of space in our mouth. Usually they need to be removed because they are positioned incorrectly and cause problems within our jaws and push against other teeth.  A lot of the time they partially come in with just a portion poking through the gum tissue which can hold onto bacteria and cause an infection.

Pesky-Wisdom-TeethCan we hold onto our wisdom teeth?  Continue Reading…