Our Babies’ First Teeth

At approximately 6 months of age, our babies’ first teeth begin to break through the gums. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the bottom front teeth. Next, the top four front teeth emerge. After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs — one each side of the upper or lower jaw — until all 20 teeth come in. The best time to bring your child to the dentist is around 3 years of age. Begin teaching them to brush when the first teeth erupt. Even if the baby only plays with the toothbrush in their mouth, it gets them used to a routine of brushing two to three times a day.  And remember…do not use toothpaste until the child is older because you don’t want them to “eat” the toothpaste.

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Can Anyone Relate to This?

At Park Crossing Dentistry, we have treatment options available to help with tooth sensitivity. Hot-Cold-cartoon

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Caring for Braces

Our doctors recommend brushing 3 times a day when patients have braces. Since certain foods can break down the wires and brackets, we suggest avoiding them. It is best to stay away from any foods that are hard/crunchy, sticky, or chewy. Examples of these types of foods include chewing gum, gummy bears, nuts and popcorn, chewy and hard candy, ice, hard pretzels, corn on the cob, apples, and bagels.

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What is an Intraoral Camera?

An intraoral camera is an instrument, which may look like an oversized pen, that takes high-resolution, color photos of a patient’s mouth and shows the visuals real-time on a computer monitor. It enables our team to make diagnoses more accurately. Not only is it a diagnostic tool, but an educational tool as well. The more a patient sees and understands, the more confident they can be when making treatment decisions. The images remain a part of the patient’s health record to make tracking any future changes simple.

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Are Dental Sealants Beneficial?

Many parents ask if they should have sealants placed for their children and teenagers. We recommend sealants because they act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs the most. Although brushing and flossing help to remove food particles from the smooth tooth surfaces, they cannot reach all the way into the grooves and depressions. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” food and plaque.

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Detecting Cavities

None of us likes to hear that we have a cavity. Those small holes in our teeth are not uncommon and can be easily treated when caught early. Getting the cavity-detecting xrays on an annual basis helps to discover cavities before they progress into a more costly and serious situation such as pain, infection or even tooth loss.

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A Glimpse from the Past

In 1993, Dr. Bateman had the opportunity to provide emergency treatment for a minor league baseball player who would go on to be a mega star. His name?…Chipper Jones! The Richmond Braves, Chipper’s team at the time, were in town playing a game against the Charlotte Knights when Dr. Bateman got the call to help. Chipper was in Charlotte recently for a book signing.

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