Orthodontic treatment can start as early as age 6 to 7, and is referred to as "interceptive orthodontics". Starting orthodontic treatment early can be beneficial in certain situations, such as crowding in teeth, because at this age the teeth and jaw are still developing and growing. Thus, starting this procedure is useful in correcting the position of the dental arches and jaws. If your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment, here are some tips to help them maintain their
DIY: Oral First Aid Kit
Do you have an oral first aid kit at home? Are you prepared for a dental emergency? Just as it is important to have a first aid kit at home, an oral first aid kit should be close by as well. Oral first aid kits are helpful in many ways as they can be used under all sorts of conditions, from minor complications to alleviating the pain if the patient needs to make a trip to a dentist. Therefore, it is critical that you make sure to put together an oral first aid kit! What you s
What is Diastema?
Diastema- when there is extra space/gap between two or more teeth. Children usually experience diastema when their first primary teeth fall out, although this issue will most likely resolve on its own when their permanent teeth erupt. For adults however, diastema is more commonly seen on the front two teeth in the upper jaw area. There are multiple reasons as to why diastema may occur: Difference in tooth size Missing teeth Oversized labial frenum (tissue that connects from t
Ever wondered why x-rays are needed and what they are for? X-rays are important for preventative dental care, highlighting many dental issues that need to be cared for. They are also useful for treatment planning, which helps the dentist to keep track of what procedures are needed for your teeth! Understanding the common types of x-rays: 1. Panoramic - usually taken for future orthodontic treatment plans and used to capture a view of the teeth, jaws, nasal area, sinuses, and