Posted 2010: Notice permanent teeth look yellow or bone colored compared to primary (baby) teeth. Don’t worry, once all of the permanent teeth are in, the teeth will look white. Primary teeth are very white. Also the grooves on the top edge of the erupting permanent teeth are the developmental lobes. In most cases, these lobes will wear down partially or all the way due to chewing over the years. As a mommy dentist, I make sure I keep my children’s teeth clean but look at my son’s nails?!?!?!?
Dr. Helen Bloom Smith
President, Dr. Bloom Inc.
Posted in 2010: As a mom of three children under the age of six, it is easy to get into a fashion rut. I usually notice that new moms put fashion and taking care of themselves at the bottom of their list- way after feedings, diapers, playtime, play groups, doctors appointments, etc. However, the better you feel, the better you look..but this also works the other way. The better you look, the better you feel. Of course, as a health professional, I say eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and aerobic and anaerobic exercise will do magic for your mind and body. However, mommies may need that a little extra boost! For those of you interested in looking ten years younger, but not having a face lift, listen up. Try teeth bleaching!
There are so many different options to teeth bleaching. I have used all forms in my dental practice and I personally have also tried most types. All bleaching kits achieve the same results…. they whiten your smile. I have found that any method will work, but consider your schedule and personality. For example, there are kits that cost around $30.00 and can be bought over the counter. Usually the strength of the bleaching material is weaker, however, over time (usually 2 weeks), you will see dramatic results. In office bleaching, is more expensive and done in a dental office by a dental professional. You will see immendiate results at that appointment, and ususually a mold is made of your teeth so that you can go home with trays for “touch-ups.”
As a dentist, I am asked all the time which bleaching system is best. I tell my patients and friends and family that they all work. My only suggestion as a dentist and from personal experience, bleach for small intervals (15-20 minutes a day) and this will decrease sensitivity. Also, try a desensitizing gel before or after treatment (or both).
So go ahead mommies, take ten years off your life by brightening up your pearly whites! You deserve it. This way your babies (especially you nursing mothers), can see your teeth in the dark!!!!
Dr. Helen Bloom Smith
President, Dr. Bloom Inc.
Posted 2010: This question and answer in magenta below is from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (www.aapd.org). I thought this would be helpful if you are wondering when to visit a dentist for the first time.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.
Posted February 2010: Today (February 1st) starts the first day of National Children’s Dental Health Month and I feel that I should do my part spreading the word about dental health and safety all month long to my wonderful readers! For the rest of this month, I will make sure you know the tips to promote healthy teeth and gums but you have to do your part as well! There is information out there from free resources to promote dental health and answer your questions such as the American Dental Association (www.ada.org), The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (www.aapd.org), your own dentist, and even thisblog. I recommend using these resources to guide you on your journey of taking care of your teeth and your children’s teeth! Valentine’s Day falls in February as well. I think this an appropriate month to promote Dental Health because we should “love” our teeth, our mouth, our tooth brush, our floss, and our gums! I think the Valentine’s Card could go something like this:
1. Children love a routine so always try to brush after breakfast and right before bed. You can also try after lunch if your child is not in school.
2. A timer is a fun tool so they do not rush (2 minutes is recommended).
4. Use stage toothbrushes (age appropriate toothbrushes).
6. Encourage your child to spit the paste out, and not to swallow the paste (use fluoride free on small children).
7. Try a step stool and you will be amazed how much they want to brush.
8. Never let a child walk or run with a toothbrush in the mouth.
Assuming you have had your annual cleaning and no decay (cavities), you may want to have your dentist check your teeth and explain your symptoms. You could have an abrasion lesion in your tooth. This is a groove in your tooth that is close to the gum line. This is caused by someone brushing too hard or too often.
Posted February 2010:
Valentine’s Day is here and I wanted to kindly suggest that if you have school age children that are taking Valentine’s Cards to school with a treat enclosed, maybe think about other options besides candy. Children will have ample opportunities to get plenty of candy and maybe you can offer some healthier options for their teeth (and their classmates teeth).
Here are some of my suggestions:
1) Valentine Pencils
2) Valentine Erasers
3) Valentine Stickers
4) Smencils (scented pencils)
5) Silly bandz
6) Small toys (like goodie bag items)
The children will love these items and their teeth will thank you!
Posted Feburary 2010: I came across an article written by Mark Stibich, Ph.D (About.com Guide updated February 4, 2010). I personally love to smile and love to see people around me smiling, especially my three children. Your dentist can help with taking care of your smile by helping you maintain a healthy mouth, teeth, gums and all! If we take care of our teeth, we do not mind smiling big for the camera, smiling at others, and showing off our teeth. On the other hand, if we do not take care of our teeth, we might limit the amount we want to smile! I am going to challenge myself to remember to smile more and I hope all of you will do the same. It seems to good to be true but try and smile more and you will see the how it helps very quickly! Read below and see all the benefits of smiling that Dr. Stibich lists! Just reading the list makes me smile!
Top 10 Reasons to Smile
Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness. Smiling is just one fun way to live longer read about the others and try as many as you can.
1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in.
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.
4. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.
5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.
6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.
Dr. Helen Bloom Smith