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    Tips for Flossing with Braces

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Flossing when you have braces is just as important as flossing without braces, if not more so. Your dentist or orthodontist can help you learn how to floss with braces. For tips and tricks to make this process easier, watch this video.

    Flossing with braces can definitely be a challenge. The easiest thing to do is get a floss threader to help guide the floss under the arch wire of the braces. It will take some time to learn to floss with braces, and it will take longer even after you get good at it, but it is still extremely important. Talk to your dentist if you have trouble flossing even with these tips.

    At Dental Care of Stamford, we offer dental and orthodontic care for the entire family. Our dentists and staff offer compassionate, professional care for your teeth and gums. Call (203) 883-4464 to schedule an appointment with us today.

    A Parent's Guide to Kid's Teeth

    Last updated 7 days ago

    As a parent, the health of your child or children is probably fairly high on your priority list. Dental health, including visiting a kids' dentist, is as important as vaccines and healthy eating. Taking care of your child's teeth is as easy as taking care of your own teeth, with a few modifications. Check out this guide to make managing your kids’ teeth easy and enjoyable:

    Baby Teeth
    Around six months of age, primary teeth start to erupt. The bottom front teeth are first, followed by the top front teeth. From birth, wipe your baby's gums with a damp cloth. After teeth break through, continue to wipe them and begin introducing fluoride free toothpaste on a small, soft toothbrush. Brush twice a day, especially after the last bottle of the night.

    Kids' Oral Care
    Continue to brush your child's teeth as he or she grows. Kids often need help brushing until they are eight years old. Floss their teeth at night, especially in the back. They don't have the dexterity to floss properly at a young age. Talk to your kids' dentist about when to switch to a toothpaste containing fluoride. Try to limit sugary and sticky treats.

    Kids' Dental Visits
    Around your baby's first birthday, schedule an appointment to see a kids' dentist. That first visit is vital for establishing a good oral health care routine. While many kids cry during their first appointment, it is not painful for them. A good kids' dentist will make the experience as pleasant as possible. As a parent, you can help with any dental anxiety by not stressing about the appointment and exam yourself. Remember to ask any questions you have about your child's oral care.

    To help your children's teeth stay healthy and strong, bring them to the kids' dentist at Dental Care of Stamford. Our staff loves kids, and we want to help them enjoy their dental visits and ensure their teeth are healthy. For an appointment for you or your children, give our office a call at (203) 883-4464 today.

    Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Missing even one tooth increases your risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease. It also makes your other teeth more susceptible to shifting out of place, which can cause even bigger problems in your mouth. Dental implants can help you replace these teeth and restore function to your mouth. Keep reading to find out why you should ask your dentist about this treatment option:

    Natural Looking Results
    One of the biggest problems of missing teeth is the way it affects a person’s self-confidence. One or more missing teeth could significantly decrease your self-esteem. If you are embarrassed about showing off your smile, dental implants provide natural looking solutions that instantly increase the aesthetic appeal of your smile. 

    Strong, Durable Replacement Teeth
    Dental implants help you restore the original function of your natural teeth. These strong replacement teeth make it easy to return to your normal activities. With dental implants, you do not have stop eating the foods you love. These replacement teeth are strong enough to give you back the normal function of your natural teeth. You can talk, chew, and bite as you normally would.

    Less Damage to Surrounding Teeth
    When you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you can save the bone and surrounding teeth from further deterioration and decay. Getting dental implants helps you maintain your oral health.

    Permanent Results
    If you take good care of your dental implants, they can become a permanent fixture of your mouth. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis and visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your dental implants are functioning at their highest potential.

    Whether you are interested in dental implants or you want to get your teeth whitened, Dental Care of Stamford is here for you. With our impressive dentists and our top-of-the-line technology, we always offer the most personalized services in the area. To learn more, visit us online or call (203) 883-4464.

    Why a Filling May Need to Be Replaced

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Dentists use fillings to fill in cavities that develop as a result of tooth decay. When it is working properly, the filling prevents further decay and keeps bacteria from finding their way back into the hole in the tooth. Although fillings are very strong, sometimes they do not function to their highest potential.

    Over time, fillings can start to become discolored, which makes them more noticeable in the mouth. If you have a filling on a tooth that gets heavy use, it might wear down faster than fillings on the teeth you do not use as much. Some fillings crack, leak, or fall out, which leaves your mouth more susceptible to further decay and periodontal disease.

    If you think there is a problem with your filling, schedule an appointment with the one of the dentists at Dental Care of Stamford. Our team is here to ensure that you always get the oral care that you need to enjoy the healthiest, most beautiful smile. To learn more about our office, call (203) 883-4464.

    Understanding the Tooth Decay Process

    Last updated 27 days ago

    A healthy mouth uses saliva and good bacteria to clear out bad bacteria and plaque. If too much bad bacteria build up in the mouth, however, it puts the rest of your mouth at risk for infection and decay. Keep reading to learn more about the tooth decay process so you can maintain a healthy mouth:

    Bacteria and Sugars in the Mouth
    When you eat foods that are high in sugar or starch, it gives the bad bacteria and the plaque and your mouth the fuel they need to start creating acid. The more milk, cookies, soda, and bread that you eat, the higher your risk for developing acid in your mouth that can attack the enamel of your teeth. 

    Cavities
    If you constantly expose your teeth to these acids without properly cleaning your mouth, you significantly increase your risk for cavities. Too much acid will eventually wear down your enamel and strip your teeth of valuable minerals. Without the proper attention, this will cause a hole, or a cavity, to develop in the tooth. The only way to fix a cavity is to visit your dentist to get a filling.

    Teeth Strengtheners
    It is never too late to start paying attention to your oral health. If you make an effort to reduce the acid levels in your mouth, you can significantly reduce your risk for tooth decay. Try to limit the amount of sugars and starches that you eat to reduce the amount of acid in your mouth. You should also brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss once a day to reach food and bacteria that might be stuck between your teeth and gums. Visit the dentist once every six months to get deeper cleanings.

    With the help of Dental Care of Stamford, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Our dentists provide the personalized attention you need to ensure that you get the care you deserve. To learn more about our services or to schedule your next appointment, visit us online or call (203) 883-4464.

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