Healthy Dental Tips Blog

Newborn having trouble nursing? Take her to the dentist. She might have baby tongue-tie!

Posted by Dr. Larry Korenman on Aug 23, 2014 5:16:33 PM

A newborn who is having trouble nursing may have a common condition known as ‘tongue-tie’ or ankyloglossia.  This condition is caused when a frenum – a small piece of tissue – connects the bottom of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth and restricts normal movement such as nursing or speaking.

We typically have three frenums in our mouth. You might be able to feel the frenum that connects the top of your inner lip to the top of your mouth, or the frenum that connects the bottom of your lower lip to the bottom of your mouth.  The third frenum connects the underside of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth, and is often the problem with children who cannot nurse.

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Topics: WaterLase Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Dentistry, Dental Tips

All The Truth About Your Wisdom Teeth

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jun 16, 2014 6:01:00 PM

What are wisdom teeth and how did they get their name? Wisdom teeth are basically your third row of molars. They were dubbed "wisdom teeth" because they generally show up between ages 17-25. A good majority of people will have to deal with their wisdom teeth at some point or another, so let's take a look at these interesting and sometimes troublesome-teeth.

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Topics: Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Have a 12-month-old child? Time to See the Dentist

Posted by Svetlana Li on May 23, 2014 12:03:00 PM

When should I start taking my child to the dentist?

At 12 months old, your child has only a few teeth. You may think that he or she is still a few years away from needing to seek dental care and you’re not alone. Recent studies have found that fewer than 1% of infants receive dental care, and many do not see a dentist by their second birthday.

But actually, this is the time to make an appointment!

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Topics: Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Don't Forget to Smile! 12 Reasons Why!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Apr 11, 2014 10:19:00 AM

It is a scientific fact that we are drawn to other human faces more than anything else. Even as tiny infants, we seek out and respond to the human face, in particular, the human smile. Babies smile their first smile by around six weeks old, all on their own. However, if their smiles are not returned by their caregivers, they will stop smiling, and one of their most important developmental and social milestones will be lost.

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Topics: Dental Tips

Tooth Extraction Before Heart Surgery May Lead to Serious Consequences

Posted by Svetlana Li on Apr 2, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Your dental health can often be a reflection of your overall health. Research has shown this repeatedly. Persons with gum disease seem to be more prone to heart disease, diabetes and other health issues. It is not always clear how these are related, for example, whether the gum disease contributes to health problems, or whether it is just a symptom of overall poor health.
Some recent research has uncovered the possibility of new risks for a common dental procedure that is often performed prior to heart surgery. It is normal for pre-surgery heart patients to be screened for dental issues that may contribute to infection or inflammation.
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Topics: Dental Tips

Don’t Bite off More than You Can Chew

Posted by Svetlana Li on Feb 26, 2014 5:19:28 PM

When is the last time you were face-to-face with a gigantic sub sandwich or double-decker burger? You know, the kind that are so big, you can barely get your mouth open wide enough to get a bite? Aside from being a bit awkward, taking huge bites of food can also be damaging to your oral health!

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Topics: Dental Tips

Using Coconut Oil to Benefit Your Oral Hygiene

Posted by Svetlana Li on Feb 12, 2014 11:46:00 AM

If you watch health-related news, it seems that everyone has gone coconuts for coconuts! Coconut water is hailed as the ultimate hangover cure, coconut oil is recognized for its therapeutic properties when used for hair care. Even coconut milk is making its way into your favorite recipes.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Dental Tips

Did You Know? Caffeinated Coffee May Reduce Risk of Oral Cancer.*

Posted by Svetlana Li on Dec 12, 2013 5:13:18 PM

These days it seems that just about everything is bad for you, so when you find research that suggests that something you enjoy consuming may have health benefits, it is definitely worth investigating. 

While coffee and your teeth may have a somewhat dubious relationship because of coffee's tendency to stain the teeth, there is research that shows that caffeinated coffee does in fact have some very real benefits.

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Topics: Oral Cancer, Dental Tips

Dental Tips to Avoid Scary Halloween Treats

Posted by Svetlana Li on Oct 30, 2013 3:31:00 PM

It's that time of the year, time for ghosts, ghouls, and cavities! Okay, well maybe not right away, but Halloween is one of the most sugary days of the year. And, it's just the beginning of the sweets and treats season. For the next couple of months, there will be no shortage of candies, cakes and cookies, at school, at home and at parties and gatherings. With all that extra sugar, it is even more important to guard against the evils of tooth decay.

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Topics: Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Women are More Disgusted by Dental Treatment than Men.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Oct 25, 2013 4:33:00 PM

It is a well-known fact that dental treatment is a cause of anxiety for many folks. Whether it's fear of the drill, the shots or having a tooth pulled, a visit to the dentist is not generally at the top of anyone's favorite to-do list. Some even report disliking the sounds and smells of the dentist’s office.

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Topics: Dental Fear, Dental Phobia, Dental Tips