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Importance of Preventative Dental Care on Children’s Baby Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 15, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care in Newport News, VA

Children’s permanent teeth come in around age 7 or 8. As a result, many parents tend to delay preventative dental care dentist appointments until this time, and too often by then kids are already complaining of toothache or suffering from tooth decay. Although kids have baby teeth which will fall out at a young age, parents should take care because these temporary teeth serve as a guide track for the emerging adult teeth. Your child’s permanent teeth can end up crooked, overlapping, and unattractive.

A minor cavity in baby teeth can quickly develop into larger cavities because of the thin enamel. Cavities are signs of infection and always come with gum swelling and pain. If left untreated, infection can spread to blood circulation causing illnesses.

It is advisable to start caring for your child’s teeth as soon as solid foods are introduced, usually as early as 6 months. Also, do not put babies to sleep with bottles in their mouth and you should clean their teeth with a wet cloth every after feeding. When they reach 1 year you can start using a soft-bristled brush to remove excess food particles. Limit sugary foods and drinks since most bacteria that thrives in the mouth love a sweet environment. It is also necessary to bring your child to the dentist in Newport News, VA at least twice a year for dental check-us.

Don’t neglect your child’s dental health. Their temporary teeth set the path for sprouting adult teeth helping them emerge straight and healthy. Moreover, your child’s dental wellness impacts their nutrition, speech development, appearance and self-esteem. For more dental health care tips for baby teeth, call Oyster Point Dentistry.


Sleep Apnea Tied to Increase Risk for Type II Diabetes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 08, 2018
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Snoring is a common condition and people are less concerned with it unless it becomes really disruptive to their partners. They only tend to seek sleep apnea treatment when complications such as Diabetes start to manifest.

Gasping for air during a sleep apnea episode tips off your sympathetic nervous system to set your body in fight-or-flight mode. This stimulates the release of stress hormones that can elevate the blood sugar levels. Moreover, due to repetitive disruptive sleep at night people become sleepy and less active during the day. Your system perceives that you require more energy and prompts your subconscious to overeat. The increase in glucose intake and slow metabolism related to less activity, increases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Treating your sleep apnea problem can help you control your blood glucose levels. Dentists in Newport News, VA can address this problem effectively with custom fit dental devices. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to learn more!


Invisible Dental Fillings Blend Naturally with Existing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 01, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newport News, VA

A smile is the nicest thing you can wear. When you have a healthy and flawless set of teeth, it boosts self-confidence and can enhance your appearance. Dental care is essential for preventing your teeth from decaying. However, there are some instances that are not under your control, cavities may still penetrate and can damage your teeth. Dental fillings are often the best solution for restoring your teeth and for preventing further damage that can be caused by tooth decay.

In years past, dentists have used different materials to fill cavities such as amalgam, silver, ceramic or porcelain and gold. One disadvantage of using these materials is that they are visible. This is why today dentists offer and provide invisible dental fillings. By precisely matching tooth-colored composite fillings with the natural color of your teeth, these fillings are virtually invisible and can give patients a more pleasing, attractive smile.

Invisible dental fillings in Newport News, VA offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry that is aesthetically appealing. These invisible dental fillings are preferred by most patients because they blend naturally to the color of your existing teeth. They are durable and the composite materials used for dental fillings can strengthen your teeth. For this reason, you don’t have to worry about not being able to wear a beautiful smile anywhere.

To find out more about invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.