This picture and dialogue comes from a mom whose little girl’s tooth was loose, but did not want to come out!
Mom: The floss trick worked like a charm!
Dr Bloom: Just call me the online virtual dentist.
Mom: U rock!
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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!