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BORIS MALESPIN, DDS
Dental Care for
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are typically made of titanium and are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once in place, dental implants fuse with the jawbone and act as a foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full set of dentures. Complete Dental is the best choice for dental implants in Houston because we offer comprehensive dental implant care from start to finish. Our experienced dental team will work with you to determine if dental implants are the right solution for you and, if so, will develop a customized treatment plan. We also use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to ensure that your dental implants are placed correctly and that you experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Contact us today to learn more about our dental implant services.
CARING FOR GUMS
Even before your baby’s first tooth appears, her gums can benefit from your careful attention. After breast- or bottle-feeding, wrap one finger with a clean, damp washcloth or piece of gauze and gently rub it across your baby’s gum tissue. This practice both clears your little one’s mouth of any fragments of food and begins the process of building a good habit of daily oral care.
BABY’S FIRST TOOTH
When that first tooth makes an entrance, it’s time to upgrade to a baby toothbrush. There are usually two options: a long-handled toothbrush that you and your baby can hold at the same time, and a finger-puppet-like brush that fits over the tip of your pointer finger. In each case the bristles are soft and few. At this stage, toothpaste isn’t necessary; just dip the brush in water before brushing. If your little one doesn’t react well to the introduction of a toothbrush, don’t give up. Switch back to a damp washcloth for a few months, then try the toothbrush again. During the teething process your child will want to chew on just about anything and a baby toothbrush with a teethe can become a favorite toy during this period.
Don’t give your baby any sort of sweetened liquids such as flavored drinks or soda. Even the sugars present in fruit juice, formula, and milk (this goes for breast milk as well) can cause decay, so regular tooth and gum cleaning is vital. Also, make sure your baby never goes to bed with a bottle — sugary liquids in prolonged contact with her teeth are a guarantee for early-childhood decay, also called baby-bottle caries.
FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
It’s recommended that you bring your baby in for a visit within six months of the first tooth’s eruption — usually around her first birthday. Because decay can occur in even the smallest of teeth, the earlier your baby visits us, the more likely she is to avoid problems. We’ll look for any signs of early problems with your baby’s oral heath, and check in with you about the best way to care for her teeth. Remember that preparing for each dental visit with a positive attitude goes a long way toward making your child
SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE
As part of the natural learning process, little ones are expert mimics, and you can take advantage of this talent. Brush and floss daily while your child is watching, and she’ll intuit at an early age the importance of your good habits. As soon as she shows interest, give her a toothbrush of her own and encourage her to “brush” with you. (You’ll find toothbrushes with chunky, short handles that are easy for her to grip.) Most children don’t have the dexterity necessary to thoroughly clean their own teeth until they’re about six or seven, so you’ll have to do that part of the job for her. Try different tactics to make brushing fun: flavored toothpaste, a toothbrush with a favorite character on it, or singing songs about brushing. The primary goal is to instill healthy oral habits at an early age to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy, cavity-free teeth!