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Help Your Family Develop Healthy Dental Habits

You only have one set of adult teeth and they need to last for a lifetime. It is important that your whole family knows how to take care of their teeth. Good oral hygiene habits can help your children start things off right and you may end up saving money by preventing cavities and other more serious dental problems down the road.

The following tips can help you instill healthy dental habits in the whole family.

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Set An Example

Your children keep a close eye on what you do throughout the day, so use this to your advantage. Make sure they see you brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning so that they know it is a priority. You can also set a good example by eating foods that are healthy for your teeth and avoiding soda, sugary gum, and other problematic foods.

In addition to setting an example at home, your kids should also see that you go to the dentist regularly. This helps them understand that it is important, and it may help them be less nervous when it is time for their own checkup.

Encourage Accountability

Help your kids learn healthy habits by encouraging them to be accountable. While they’re still young have them keep track of brushing their teeth with a sticker chart and consider offering a reward after they’ve brushed daily for a certain period of time.

Your children may also feel more responsible and motivated if they can be involved in choosing their own toothpaste and toothbrush. Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months, so next time they need to be replaced, take your kids along to the store and have them pick out their own toothbrush.

Make It Fun

To really get your teeth clean, you should brush for at least two minutes, but two minutes can be a very long time for a small child. To make the time pass quickly, make it fun by singing a silly song, watching a short funny video, or having a contest to see who can create the most bubbles.

Teaching your family about dental hygiene early on will benefit everyone for years to come. To learn more about taking care of your teeth, schedule a checkup at Moberi Dental Specialists.

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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.