1. Wet one end of a washcloth and briefly freeze it - let your baby to chew on it.
2. Use clean fingers to gently massage your baby's gums.
3. Once your baby has started eating solid foods, serve them chilled puree or yogurt. Chilling the spoon in the fridge first will help even more.
Hope these tips helped.
We offer a better solution for our patients, consisting of custom-fitted, take-home whitening trays and whitening gel kits (contains carbamide peroxide that neutralizes and lifts stains from pores of tooth, leaving outer surfaces unaffected otherwise).
I don't know why one dentist would say something, while another one does - sometimes it's because they don't want to scare you away or alarm you. Maybe your 1st dentist left it up to his dental hygienist to discuss the matter with you. Did you ever ask your 1st dentist about gum recession? Electric toothbrushes have been found to be more thorough with their plaque removal on hard-to-clean tooth surfaces. They usually have soft or extra-soft bristles (very important), and some of them have pressure-sensors that change the pace of the brushing, when it senses that you are pushing/brushing too hard.
Note: no ones gumline "wears away" just because they are brushing too hard though. You may damage and irritate your gums, but they won't recede from the occasional hard brushing.
If you've experienced gum recession, it is due to:
1. Periodontal disease (loss of supportive bone around the roots of your teeth, under the gums)-caused by bad bacterial infecting the pockets surrounding those teeth.
2. Inflammatory responses of your body, where your immune system over-reacts to damage/infection. This has a genetic (inherited) component, and an "epigenetic" (affected by diet, sleep and stress) component.
There are several possible reasons for it, including:
1. Contamination (from saliva, blood, or other debris) of filling/tooth area during the filling procedure
2. Poor-quality filling material or insufficient light-curing of filling material
3. The filling is too large (pushing beyond the physical limitations of normal filling materials), where a partial or full-coverage crown may be required instead.
4. Your bite or grinding/clenching habits, if any, can seriously affect filling retention and wear
5. Your diet: acid erosion - most often from dietary acidic foods and drinks, but sometimes from acid reflux (from stomach). This is a growing trend unfortunately. I have many patients suffering from acid reflux and/or have highly-acidic diets, and as a result, I sometimes have to replace a filling occasionally because the margins of tooth that initially supported the filling have dissolved away.
So... ask your dentist what can be done to ensure filling stays put. If you don't get a good explanation, then you may want to find another dentist - at least for a 2nd opinion. Obviously this depends on your relationship and trust in your current dentist.
I hope your haven't been charged for them each time. I always provide a limited warranty for my fillings, to all of my patients. Ask your current dentist about that.
Hope this helped.
1) Brush with pea-sized drop of high-fluoride (e.g. Prevident 5000 Sensitive) desensitizing toothpaste, then spit out excess (don't rinse after) twice a day.
2) Then add smudge of same toothpaste to roots (along gumline) at bedtime, and leave it there to soak into root while sleeping.
3) Ask your dentist for professional desensitizing treatment (may need more than 1 treatment for long-term relief).
Hope this helps!
If your son's 2 front teeth have small, shallow cavities, then several Silver Diamide Fluoride treatments on those teeth may be enough to slow the progress or arrest those cavities (if he isn't ready to sit still for filling treatment). If your son is cooperative enough for a filling treatment, and those cavities are not extremely deep, then fillings are usually standard practice. If the cavities are so deep that infection and/or inflammation has affected the nerves in those teeth, then extraction is certainly a legit treatment option. Those teeth will be replaced by "adult" versions between 6-7 years of age, but I would recommend a spacer/retainer be worn until those replacement teeth erupt (come through gums) - otherwise the surrounding teeth will crowd-in and block those replacements (an orthodontic problem).
So as you can see, it all depends on the extent/severity of those cavities, and the cooperative/behavioral "readiness" of the young patient.
Hope this perspective helped.
Dr D. Kowalchuk