Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When should I schedule my childs first trip to the dentist?

Kids run play, play, shout, learn, and fill our lives with joy.  We all love kids but sometimes any parent will tell you trying to remember everything is an uphill battle especially when it’s a toddler bounding around the house. 

The feeling you get when seeing their adorable smile is precious and it’s really important that we keep that smile healthy for years to come.  So how do we make sure those pearly whites stay in tip top shape!


1)  As soon as teeth start coming in it’s important to start brushing them. Pharmacies and supermarkets will have non-fluoridated toothpaste. You can use your finger or an extra soft toothbrush to brush the teeth. The reason for the non-fluoridated toothpaste is that toddlers like to suck on anything in their mouths and we don't want them to swallow the toothpaste. When they get older they’ll be able to spit out and rinse just like grown ups. For kids under 2 use a small “smear” of toothpaste. Between the ages of 2-5 you can use a peasized amount. Usually an adult will need to help the child up until the age of 5 with brushing and flossing.

2) Make sure to plan an appointment with a dentist. The first visit is always an introductory visit and usually a ride in the chair and playing with Mr. Thirsty – our suction tip. After seeing literally thousands of kids I can’t tell you how important it is for kids to be exposed to a dental office at an early age so they begin to feel comfortable and alleviate any fears they might have as they get older. Their first visit will be as much fun as going to the amusement park or visiting their aunt since it’s a new experience for them. Remember they will look to you to see how they should feel, so don’t let any inhibitions you may have show and they will love coming to the dentist.

3) Make sure the child gets a toy from office – kids seem to like toys.

When should I take my child to the dentist?  The first visit should be within the first 6 months of teeth coming in or between 12-18 months. 

Why so early?  Because I’ve seen kids as early as 2 years old have multiple cavities in their teeth, as soon as they come in they are susceptible to the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

What things will be looked at in the first visit?  We’ll look at the gums, the bite and check for cavities.  If the child is doing well in their appointment we may polish the teeth and apply a topical fluoride to reduce their risk of future cavities.

Why are baby teeth important?  They help kids speak clearly and chew naturally.  They are also placeholders for when permanent teeth come in.

So what do we get when we do everything right?  A happy child who seems to grow faster and faster every day...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Essential relaxation with essential oils and a sprinkle of Paris

Chaque fois que je sens l'odeur de pain au levain mon esprit clignote revenir à cette boulangerie à Paris whie je waitied pour lui ...

It was the summer of 2013, the cars whistled by in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the Eiffel tower dominated the skyline like an old friend whose roots seemed to extend well below the city.

  I sat in this little pastry shop immune to the hustle and bustle all around me, loosely wrapped in my summer dress I had forgotten all my responsibilities at home as I spiritedly embraced the summer warmth that beamed all around me.

Every time I go to a bakery and I get that sudden smell of fresh baked baguettes my senses flood back to me and I can still remember sitting in that shop with my espresso, baguette and the slight breeze careening around me while I waited for him…

It’s incredible how the mind works and how it can be so profoundly influenced by smell and how that can affect the body.  Some smells serve to ignite small parts of the brain’s memory and other fragrances work subconsciously to heal and that’s truly why I enjoy using essential oils.

If you ever visited my home you would be privy to a variety of Saje essential oils. When deciding how to introduce healing scents into our office I knew they had to serve a purpose and be of benefit to our patients, if even at just that subconscious level.

Currently you’ll find a specially selected oil helping you relax when you enter, Liquid Sunshine, hinted with citrus fruits of grapefruit, orange, lime, mandarin and a highlight of bergamot.

Grapefruit – Genus: Citrus paradisi, associated with reducing stress and anxiety and a topical antiseptic
Orange - Alleviates anxiety, anger, depression and certain bodily inflammations
Lime - Antidepressant and antiarthritic
Mandarin – Along with being a common sedative, it’s action is also prominently associated with reducing stress and anxiety
Bergamot - The therapeutic properties of bergamot oil include properties as an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-spasmodic

I think it’s easy to see why we would choose this oil for the office, we’re all keenly aware that for some stress and anxiety can be associated with a dental office and we wanted to make sure that this was a place where people could relax while benefitting from treatment at the same time.

Dimple Goldsmith R.D.H, C.D.A.O.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

An Alternative to Veneers

One of the most decidedly rewarding procedures we do at our dental clinic is the reconstruction of front teeth.  In an ideal world we have many patients that would love to have porcelain veneers.  Veneers can fix discolored teeth, close gaps, change shapes of teeth and improve the overall happiness someone has with their smile.  Studies have proven that smiles are one of the most important factors in making a great first impression.

Unfortunately; for many the cost can be prohibitive and we never get a chance to help those people who could really benefit from treatment.

One solution we have is to utilize a new technique in order to provide a great outcome for patients while still providing excellent dental care.  At less than half the cost of veneers, coverage through most major dental plans, this is finally a viable alternative.  Let’s go though a recent case study.

This patient in her early 40’s and never liked how her front teeth were crowded and shortened.  She knew that she wanted to do something with them but veneers were never really an option.

Step 1. The first step to correcting the smile was to get the teeth in the right position.  In order to do that we used the Invisalign system for 12 months.  As you can see below, even after this simple step there was a marked improvement.

Step 2. For the second part of the treatment I had my laboratory, Bon Dental Lab, create a wax up of the teeth. 

This was invaluable so we could create natural tooth profiles in a controlled environment outside the mouth.  Ben and his team are very talented and are adept at the process required to design a smile.  Whenever completing cases like this it’s important the starting point is centered and leveled which is why we use something a dental articulator to center the teeth.

Step 3. After the patient completed tooth whitening we began the systematic approach of repairing all of her front teeth.  Paramount to this approach is to make sure each tooth is made to be 100% ideal in shape and size before moving to the next one.

Below is the final result the day of the procedure.  Because of the minimal tooth reduction required for this technique, once the anesthetic came out, the patient indicated she had no sensitivity and a relaxing experience.

For my staff and myself we see every day the yin and yang for patients when making decisions related to cosmetic dentistry.  A lot of the time we find it helpful to show people photos of others that have travelled the same road before so they can see the possibilities and realize that great smile is not as out of reach as they may of thought…