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    Steps to Take if You or a Child Loses a Permanent Tooth

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Accidents can happen at any time and place. If you or a child loses a permanent tooth, acting quickly will increase your chances of saving the tooth so your dentist can replace it in the mouth. If you have any questions or concerns about a dental injury, call your dentist immediately.

    Stop Any Bleeding

    A knocked-out tooth is likely to be accompanied by bleeding. Take steps to stop any bleeding by placing a soft, clean cloth against the wound and applying pressure. If there are cuts elsewhere on the head, address these as well. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can place an ice pack or bag of ice wrapped in a towel or cloth against the outside of the cheek to numb any discomfort. Never place ice directly against the skin or inside the mouth.

    Find and Clean the Tooth

    Find the knocked-out tooth, making sure to handle it with care. Never hold a knocked-out tooth by the roots—instead, handle only the crown. If the tooth is dirty, don’t scrub or wipe it clean. Scrubbing could damage the roots and any remaining tissue, making it impossible to replace the tooth in the mouth. Place the tooth in a sink filled with water or beneath a gentle stream of water to rinse it off.

    Visit Your Dentist

    When a tooth is knocked out, it is imperative that you visit your dentist as soon as possible. The longer the tooth remains outside the mouth, the lower the chances of successful replacement. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket and hold it there during the trip to your dentist’s office. Otherwise, the tooth can be kept in a glass of milk or saltwater.

    At Dental Care of Stamford, we are here to help you address dental emergencies as well as maintain your general oral health. Our office offers one location care with leading technology in a relaxing spa environment to ensure every patient is comfortable. Visit us on the web or call (203) 803-1815 to contact a dentist today.

    A Look at the Connection Between Oral Health and Heart Health

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Good oral health goes beyond maintaining a bright and beautiful smile. Studies have found a significant link between poor dental health and heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Today, dentists know that keeping your teeth healthy can prevent gum disease, which causes inflammation in the arteries that can affect the heart. You can learn more about the connection between oral health and the health of your heart in this video.

    Your dentist plays an important role in the health of your mouth and body. You can schedule your next checkup at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815 today. Visit us on the web for more important dental health information and tips on maintaining your smile

    The Importance of Fluoride for Protecting Your Oral Health

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in the environment around you. It also plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy teeth. Fluoride is necessary to maintain strong enamel that is resistant to acid erosion and the formation of cavities. During the course of each day, minerals are lost from the surface of your teeth as the bacteria in your mouth produce acids that erode tooth enamel. In response to this process, your body repairs tooth enamel with fluoride and other minerals when the teeth are bathed in saliva. Many adult toothpaste products contain fluoride, but these are not suitable for use by young children. If your water supply is not fluoridated, your dentist may recommend fluoride drops or supplements to help your child build strong teeth until he is ready to use fluoridated toothpaste.

    If you have questions about fluoride and your dental health, your dentist at Dental Care of Stamford can provide you with the answers you need for a healthier smile. Call us today at (203) 803-1815 or click on our web contact form to schedule your next appointment.

    Snacks that Can Help Children Prevent Tooth Decay

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The foods your child eats can have a significant impact on his dental health. Sugary snacks and drinks are known to promote tooth decay, while healthier choices can reduce your child’s risk of cavities. Teaching your child to develop mouth-healthy eating habits will help him maintain better oral health for a lifetime.

    Fresh Fruit

    Fresh fruits are an excellent choice when it comes to healthy snacking. Many fruits provide your child with essential nutrients that promote stronger teeth and gums. Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits contain vitamin C, which is important for dental health. Choices such as apples and pears have a fibrous nature that clean your child’s teeth as he eats, scraping away plaque and food particles to prevent tooth decay. Fruits can be a healthier option that still provide a sweet taste if your child has a hard time giving up sugary snacks.

    Dairy Products

    Low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt are packed with calcium and vitamin D, two essential ingredients for stronger, healthier teeth. Dairy’s neutral pH also neutralizes the acids from bacteria living on your child’s teeth, which are responsible for the development of cavities. Even chocolate milk can have a beneficial effect on oral health, so you child can enjoy a sweeter treat from time to time.

    Whole Grains

    Whole grain breads and cereals are also great mouth-healthy snacks for your child. Studies have shown that eating whole grains results in better dental health than eating white bread or processed alternatives. Many whole grain options can be combined with milk or cheese to enhance their taste and provide even more benefits for your child’s dental health. When your child wants finger foods, offer him pretzels, plain crackers, or unbuttered popcorn to enjoy.

    Dental Care of Stamford offers complete dental services for children in Fairfield County. Our board certified pediatric dentists and orthodontists are here to answer your questions and help your child maintain excellent oral health during every step of his development. Click through our website or call (203) 803-1815 to find out more about our dedicated dental team.

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