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Posts for: October, 2013

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
October 21, 2013
Category: Oral Health

During Nancy O'Dell's interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the former co-anchor of Access Hollywood and new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight could not resist her journalistic instincts to turn the tables so that she could learn more about a baby's oral health. Here are just some of the facts she learned from the publisher of Dear Doctor about childhood tooth decay, pacifier use and what the right age is for a child's first visit to the dentist.

Many moms-to-be and parents or caregivers of young children are surprised to learn that around age 1 is the ideal time to schedule a child's first visit to the dentist. This visit is crucial because it sets the stage for the child's oral health for the rest of his or her life. It can also be quite beneficial for the parents, too, as they can be reassured that there are no problems with development and that the child's teeth appear to be growing properly. And if by chance we identify any concerns, we will discuss them with you as well as any necessary treatment strategies.

Nancy also wanted to learn more about pacifiers — specifically, if it is a good idea for parents to encourage their use. Obviously, children are born with a natural instinct for sucking, so giving a child a pacifier seems totally harmless. Pacifiers definitely have some advantages; however, if used for too long — past the age of 18 months — they can cause long-term changes in the child's developing mouth (both the teeth and the jaws).

Another problem that parents and caregivers need to be aware of is baby bottle syndrome. This is a condition that develops in children who are perpetually sucking on a baby bottle filled with sugary fluids such as formula, fruit juices, cola or any liquids containing a large amount of sugar, honey or other sweeteners. It is important to note that a mother's own breast milk or cow's milk are good choices for feeding babies, as they both contain lactose, a natural sugar that is less likely to cause decay. However, if these liquids are placed in a bottle and a child is allowed to suck on it throughout the night, they, too, can promote tooth decay. The key is to feed your child properly while avoiding all-night feedings and liquids loaded with sugar.

To read the entire Dear Doctor magazine article on Nancy O'Dell as well as to learn more about a baby's oral health, continue reading “Nancy O'Dell — A life full of smiles.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, listen to your concerns, answer your questions and discuss any necessary treatment options.

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Nutrition and Your Oral Health: Tips from Your Dentist Fresno, CA
We all understand how important it is to maintain a healthy diet for our overall health. But did you know that your diet can directly affect yourGeneral Dentistry oral health, too? As a dentist in Fresno, CA, Dr. Curt Posey works with you to provide superior oral health care and even some words of advice for proper nutrition to keep your smile glowing.
While brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting Dr. Posey, your Fresno, CA dentist, for regular check ups are obvious steps for maintaining good oral health, many of us ignore other important habits that influence our dental health, like our diet. The foods that we eat and the frequency in which we eat them are directly linked to the health of our teeth and gums, especially when it comes to the development of plaque and tooth decay. Through a well balanced diet and visits with Dr. Curt Posey, your dentist in Fresno, you can ensure the longevity of your teeth and your overall well-being for a lifetime.
As a Fresno dentist, Dr. Curt Posey offers the following tips for watching what you eat:
Watch Out for Foods that Lead to Tooth Decay. When plaque accumulates on the teeth, the bacteria thrive off of the sugars and starches that are found in many foods you consume.  With time, the plaque produces acid, which begins to attack your tooth enamel, resulting in decay.
Any foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar can cause damage to teeth as the presence of sugar in the mouth accelerates decay.  With that being said, limit your intake of sugary items, like candies, cakes, sodas and cookies.  And stay away from sticky foods such as caramel that cling to the surface of your teeth. 
As a general rule, it is not good for your body, then it is probably not very healthy for your teeth either.  Dr. Posey, Fresno cosmetic dentist, can help you determine which foods you should avoid in order to maintain a healthy, radiant smile.
Choose Healthy Foods for Healthy Smiles. Just as certain foods can have harmful impacts on our teeth, other foods can actually fight bacteria, remove plaque, strengthen enamel and freshen breath. Fruits and vegetables are good for your body, and they are the best food options for your teeth and gums, as well.  Some healthy food choices include:

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
October 11, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   tads  

Technology for orthodontic treatments has evolved tremendously over the years. There are now more options than ever before for those seeking to straighten their teeth or fix bite issues. One of those revolutionary options is TADS (Temporary Anchorage Devices), mini-screws that can be used to more accurately control the movement and positioning of your teeth.

So, how do TADS work? Well, these very small screws are temporarily placed into the bone of the jaws to be used as non-mobile anchor units to facilitate tooth movement. They can be removed once the desired movement is complete. In addition, they can be placed using simple local anesthesia (numbing shots in the area).

The procedure is actually quite simple. After numbing the area where the TAD is to be placed, we will use gentle pressure to insert it through the gums and into the bone of your jaws. You may feel some slight pressure during the insertion, but no pain. Following the procedure, you may also feel a bit of pressure and sensitivity for one to two days, but many people experience no side effects at all. As the name suggests, TADS are temporary and usually removed after a few months, though length of time varies. Again, removing TADS also involves a quick and painless procedure.

TADS have been around for a long time, but recent refinements in the design and application procedure have allowed for more widespread use in the orthodontic office. TADS can be used for many different reasons, including eliminating the need for cumbersome appliances, such as headgear. They also offer a great way to reduce orthodontic treatment time. Finally, they allow certain cases to be treated that were nearly impossible before this technique was refined.

If you would like more information about TADs, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “What are TADs?

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