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

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

New Study Shows that Level of Ortho Pain May Be Reduced By Text Messaging

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 27, 2013 5:08:00 PM

Text messaging – the new way of communicating with other people, especially among the younger set. It’s fast, convenient, and readily available. Also, it’s great socially, professionally – and medically? It’s true.

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Topics: Orthodontics, Dental Technology, Pediatric Dentistry

Save Your Smile, Stop Teeth Grinding!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 2, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Has it ever happened to you? You discover that your jaw hurts, or aches, and you’re not sure why. With or without knowing it, most people clench their teeth every so often, and it usually isn’t an issue. But when it gets to the point where your jaw hurts, you may be clenching even more than you realize; and that can spell trouble for your mouth.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Obesity and Dental Care Among Children Who Live At or Below the Poverty Line.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 18, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Kids love chocolate.  They love candy, and many of the refined sugary goodies that aren’t healthy for them – or their teeth.  A treat once in a while is ok, but what happens when a child’s diet consists mainly of processed, refined foods instead of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?  Combine that lack of proper nutrition with a lack of exercise, and obesity could be on the horizon.

What makes this issue worse is that many children who live at or below the poverty line are more susceptible to this type of diet.  Not because of lack of parental care, but because eating well can cost a lot – more than the parents can afford. Processed food is more affordable, and because it provides more calories, it fills up empty tummies. 

In addition to higher obesity rates, researchers have found links between the rates of obesity in children and the dental care that they receive.  Basically, children living in poverty are also more prone to more dental issues.  When families lack the means to afford regular dental care, and when the diet is full of food that is bad for teeth, then they are more likely to suffer from cavities – and more of them – than other families.  Additionally, the dental issues that they develop tend to be more severe because they are not caught early on, if at all.  And the more severe the issue is, the greater the tendency for other issues to occur.  For example, cavities can develop into infections and even abscesses.  Children may experience continued mouth and dental pain, thereby reducing their quality of life until the issue can be addressed, which can take months. 

But that’s not all.  Researchers have also found that when children don't have access to, or learn about, proper oral and dental care, then as adults, they have a greater incidence of lung disease, heart disease, and strokes.  For those who are diabetic, their condition can become worse. 

Families living in poverty simply cannot afford to buy healthier food or pay for dental care – so what can be done about this?  Preventing or reducing one issue will reduce the other, but it’s not easy to do. Parents need access to affordable, accessible, and nutritious food to reduce obesity in their children.  This will help keep their teeth healthier.  Combine this with a greater availability of dental and nutritional education and care to catch minor problems before they become larger, painful ones.  These factors, when implemented early on, will follow through to adulthood. 

Dental care should never be overlooked or forgotten.  Through donations, volunteering, or providing education to those in your community will go a long way to alleviating issues in childhood that will plague them later on.

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Topics: Gingivitis, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Kids, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics

Take Charge, Avoid Tooth Decay

Posted by Svetlana Li on Dec 21, 2012 10:08:00 AM

Prevention of tooth decay relies on a lot of your own personal behavior and habits and requires more than the cursory brush once or twice a day. Maintaining good health for your teeth means taking special care and making efforts to assure outside influences don't cause rot and decay when it can be prevented.

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Topics: Brushing Teeth, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics

Lead by Example – Steps to Painless Dentistry for Your Child

Posted by Svetlana Li on Dec 12, 2012 12:35:00 PM

As a child, you had to endure things you didn’t like to do, like eat your veggies, visit the doctor, and brush your teeth. But your parents made you do them because they were necessary parts of learning how to keep a healthy lifestyle. Now you’re a parent, and you want to help your children do the same. You also know it’s about time to take your children to the dentist, and this brings back unpleasant memories. However, with advances in dental technology, you can find a WaterLase dentist to make visits routine and virtually painless. To help keep any visit to the dentist an easy one, here are some dental tips that you and your child should follow:

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Topics: Dental Fear, Kids, WaterLase, Pediatric Dentistry

Vital Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy for Life!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Dec 7, 2012 5:35:00 PM

We chomp, we chew, and we show them when we chuckle - we use our teeth for all sorts of activities. However, we take them for granted until a problem comes along, and at that point, we cringe at the possibility of pain to correct the problem. But this doesn’t have to happen. By following some basic dental care tips, you can make sure your teeth remain happy and healthy for a long time: 


  • Intended use only: They’re not meant for opening bags of chips, loosening knots, or crushing ice. Although your teeth are convenient for these tasks, these activities can chip or otherwise harm your teeth, which affect the actual uses for your teeth – like chewing, talking, and of course, smiling! Use your teeth only for these tasks and save your teeth from unnecessary damage.

  • Brush, brush, brush – and floss!: From a young age, we’re told to brush our teeth after every meal. When selecting a toothbrush, make sure you use a bristle that is softer rather than harder so that it cleans each tooth without damaging your gums. This advice also applies when choosing a rotary head for your electric brush – and make sure you move it from tooth to tooth rather than moving it across the teeth. Additionally, replace your brush every three months to make sure it is in good working order, and be gentle when brushing. For water pick users – well, those implements can move bacteria back into your gums instead of removing plaque. And don’t forget to floss too – this action removes bits and pieces caught between your teeth that your toothbrush couldn’t remove, allowing for a second level of dental care defense. But take care not to overbrush, especially when using the wrong type of brush, as this can erode or tear up your gums.

  • Tooth trauma: In addition to indulging in sweets and not brushing or flossing adequately or enough, there are other ways we can abuse our teeth. Homemade drugs, antibiotics, sugary foods, acidic foods, and even eating disorders can harm our teeth because the acids and other ingredients can wear away the enamel protecting our teeth, opening them up to pain, bacteria, and disease. Also, forget your bottled water – in many cases, it does not contain fluoride, as does tap water, which also helps protect your teeth.

  • Say cheese: We are obsessed with physical perfection – teeth included. There are products intended to whiten your teeth to rid of them of stains from red wine, coffee, to name a few, but should you be using them? While they don’t really harm the teeth, it can take away focus in real dental care – which is flossing and brushing.

  • Checkups: You do as much as you can, but there is no replacement for professional dental care. Make sure you get regular checkups. If there is a minor problem taking root, your dentist can catch it before it becomes a major, and painful, problem.

We only get one set of natural teeth in this lifetime, so why not take care of them the best you can. Being aware of what you eat and drink, taking basic care, and seeing a professional on a regular basis will help ensure that your teeth – and your gorgeous smile – will last a lifetime.


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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics

The WaterLase Dental Laser and Traditional Tooth Decay

Posted by Svetlana Li on Nov 20, 2012 11:59:00 AM

They can be quiet, stealthy, and attack when you least expect it. But they will try again and again. When the enemy does strike, you have to use everything in your arsenal to protect yourself. When the enemy is the cavity – the weapons in your arsenal will be a little different, but can be effective. 
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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Tooth Tales, Kids, Waterlase Dental Lasers, Cross Contamination, Pediatric Dentistry