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    Is Your Teen at Risk for Gum Disease?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Your child’s health is of utmost importance to you as a parent, and your concern doesn’t dissipate even as he grows up to be a teenager. Gum disease can affect people of all ages, and it’s important to emphasize the importance of oral health to your teenager. Children and teens can be prone to chronic gingivitis, usually more common at younger ages. Red, swollen, bleeding gums form as a result, and can progress into more serious stages of gum disease if they are not treated properly. Teenagers who are perfectly healthy in other ways can still have gum disease, or even aggressive periodontitis. This tends to affect the first molars and incisors, and can lead to bone loss. Keep an eye on your teen’s mouth and look for red gums, puffiness, exposed tooth roots, and notice chronic bad breath.

    Dental Care of Stamford is proud to offer high-quality dental care to everyone in your family. Call us at (203) 883-4464 to learn more about our family practice, and our children’s specialists at Dental Care Kids. Good oral health is a lifelong journey.  

    Breaking Down the Different Types of Gum Disease

    Last updated 12 days ago

    There’s more to a healthy mouth than gleaming, straight, white teeth. Your gums protect the sensitive roots of your teeth and help to hold them in place. When you visit your dentist, he will examine your teeth as well as your gums to look for any signs of dental problems. Many people have experienced some form of gum disease at some point in their lives, even if it has just been a mild case of gingivitis. While gum disease might not seem like a big deal, it can lead to serious problems including the loss of your teeth if it’s left untreated. Keep reading for a look at the different types of gum disease.

    Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and is completely reversible as long as you and your dentist recognize and treat it in time. If you have swollen, red, sensitive gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth, this is a common symptom of gingivitis. Many people do not experience any discomfort when they have gingivitis, so be vigilant in taking care of your gums and notice any changes in the way they look.

    Periodontitis

    If gingivitis is left untreated and allowed to progress, it will turn into periodontitis. As plaque gets beneath the gum line, the bacteria will irritate gums and cause an inflammatory response. The tissues and bones that support your teeth begin to break down, and small pockets form underneath the gum line where bacteria and food particles become trapped. Dental treatment can usually help prevent periodontitis from progressing any further.

    Advanced Periodontitis

    This is the third and final stage of gum disease, and can lead to permanent damage including bone loss, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. When teeth shift or loosen, your bite will be affected, which in turn can change the way you chew and speak. Aggressive treatment is needed at this stage, and extraction may be necessary.

    Don’t let gum disease take away your beautiful smile. Call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 324-6171 to find out about our Fairfield County dental practice. We are open six days a week for your convenience, so take the first step towards a healthier mouth today.

    Six Months to a Better Smile! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Have you always dreamed of having a smile full of beautiful, straight teeth? Even if you have had braces in the past, teeth can shift over time, leaving you with cosmetic imperfections. Many adults are not interested in wearing traditional metal braces to fix their teeth, as treatment can take up to two years and is rather conspicuous. That’s where Six Month Smiles comes in. Six Month Smiles is a quick, effective, and discreet alternative to metal braces for adults who want to straighten their teeth. Made of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, the Six Month Smiles treatment system is barely visible, so you won’t have to feel self-conscious about your orthodontic treatment. Additionally, there is no need to worry about constantly taking aligners in and out. Check out this infographic from your Stamford dentist to learn more about the benefits of Six Month Smiles. Please share with your friends, and make an appointment with your cosmetic dentist to start your six-month journey towards a better smile!

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    A Simple Guide to Brushing Teeth While You Have Braces

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Taking care of your teeth while you’re wearing braces is important so that your mouth is healthy once your braces are removed. Watch this video to learn how to brush your teeth when you have braces.

    Brushing your teeth with braces might seem a little tricky at first, but practice will pay off before you know it. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and angle it down towards the top of your brackets, using a side-to-side motion to free up any food particles and bacteria that might be stuck. Repeat the same process for the underside of your brackets. You can also use a tool that’s specially designed to get in between your brackets.

    Call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 324-6171 to find out how our team of friendly dentists can help you and your family have beautiful, healthy smiles. We offer orthodontic treatment so that you can feel better about the health and appearance of your smile.

    Talking to Your Dentist about Your Fibromyalgia or CFS Diagnosis

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A trip to the dentist is a bit more complicated for people who have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Both of these conditions may cause individuals to be more sensitive to pain and uncomfortable with sensations. If you have either of these conditions, it is important to talk to your dentist about your diagnosis.

    Anesthetics

    As your dentist will understand, people who suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome will sometimes require additional medication in order to become sufficiently numb. However, some people with these conditions will be sensitive to the anesthetic as well, so a delicate balance must be found in order to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible. It is ideal to ease into the numbing agent and slowly increase the dosage as you gauge its effectiveness. Vibrations are also a different experience for people with these conditions; your dentist may inform you that it helps to breathe deeply and try to meditate.

    Anxiety

    A great deal of people experience anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, even without the presence of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Thus, it is understandable for people who do suffer from these conditions to be particularly nervous. Discuss this anxiety with your dentist and find out if there are any anxiolytic medications that can be used in this situation. It is important to be careful in this situation and make sure that there are no reactions between anxiety medications and medications you may already be taking.

    Recovery

    Recovery will be a little more difficult for people with these types of diagnosis, so leave yourself extra time after your appointment. Do not plan anything strenuous immediately after your procedure, and do your best to relax.

    If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to discuss this with your dentist. At Dental Care of Stamford, we are sensitive to your needs. We provide the Stamford area with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry as well as TMJ treatment. Do not hesitate to visit our website or call us at (203) 324-6171.

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