Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010

Posts for: January, 2014

Getting sick?

Change your toothbrush!

Toothbrushes can house a number of bacteria.

At the onset of an upper respiratory infection,

sinus infection or cold, get a new toothbrush.

When you’re feeling better, get another one.

Change your toothbrush at least once a

month when you are healthy. 


January 30, 2014
Category: Dental News
Tags: Baby Teeth  

Dental Health From Birth To Age 3

 Baby Bottle Nipples
Usually, we like to see your child for their first check-up at about age 2 - 3 years, when all their primary [deciduous] teeth have erupted. However, there are many measures that you as parents can take before this time to insure good oral health. To begin, if mom is not going to breast feed, the type of nipple used on the bottle can have a definite effect on the growth of the jaws and development of muscles and swallowing patterns. The NUK nipple has an optimal shape that fits the anatomy of your babys mouth. Upon first sight, many parents assume that its funny shape and size will cause the baby to reject it, and thus, shy away from using it. Try the NUK nipple for a few days. Most babies will accept it readily. Using the NUK will lessen the chance of your baby developing a colicky stomach and may prevent certain orthodontic conditions that wont become evident until your child is much older.

 Fluoride
Perhaps, the most predictable and consistent preventive measure in dentistry is the ingestion of systemic [enters the blood stream] fluoride up to about age 14. The incorporation of fluoride into the tooth enamel allows the tooth to be more resistant to demineralization by acid and ensuing tooth decay. If your water district doesnt add fluoride to the water supply, your baby should be receiving fluoride drops of a fluoride/vitamin combination as soon as possible after birth. The first permanent molars are already calcifying by age 3 months. It is in this formative stage that the tooth will incorporate the greatest amount of fluoride. Studies have shown that fluoride will not cross the placental barrier, so pregnant woman no longer receive fluoride preparations. Systemic fluoride [at 1 part per million] is a safe and effective way to dramatically reduce dental decay, along with the cost of dental treatment. Please call our office to learn if your water is fluoridated, and if not, we will be able to prescribe the proper dosage.

 Teething
On the average a baby will start to get their first teeth at about six months. Teething [tooth eruption] can cause discomfort for your baby, as well as many sleepless nights for you. During teething periods, your baby may exhibit excess drooling, runny noses, low-grade temperature and/or overall crankiness. To help this situation, you may purchase some 2 by 2 inch gauze pads at your pharmacy and lightly rub your babys gums with them several times a day. This will remove a thin layer of plaque that forms on their gums, thus lessening eruption pain. Most babies will find this massaging very soothing, and some will derive pleasure from sucking on the gauze or your finger. A clean teeth ring to chew on may also be helpful. Teething gels or ointments that will temporarily numb your babys gums and reduce discomfort are available at your pharmacist.

 Nursing Bottle Syndrome
Many parents give their babies a bottle in bed to pacify him/her and enable them to fall asleep. Most people fill the bottle with milk, formula, fruit juice or water mixed with a sweetening agent such as Kayro syrup or honey. Unfortunately, as your baby falls asleep, the tongue and nipple on the bottle pool the liquid around certain teeth. The acidic and/or sugar content of these liquids can cause severe tooth decay. This is called nursing bottle or baby bottle syndrome. Dont allow your baby to become a dental cripple before his/her first check-up. If you must give them a bottle in bed, be sure to fill it only with plain water.

 

ANIMAL Dental Trivia

  • Dogs have 42 teeth while cats have 30 teeth.
  • Pigs have 44 teeth.
  • Armadillos have as many as 104 teeth.
  • Sharks have an unlimited supply of teeth.
  • Rabbits, squirrels and rodents teeth never stop growing. They keep them worn down by gnawing on hard foods like bark.
  • Even though whales are very big, some of them don’t have any teeth. They have rows of stiff hair-like combs that take food from the ocean.
  • Snails are very small but they have thousands of tiny teeth all lined up in rows.
  • Minnows have teeth in their throat.
  • A crocodile replaces its teeth over 40 times in a lifetime.
  • Turtles and Tortoises are toothless.
  • A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  • An Elephant’s tooth can weigh over 6 pounds. That’s heavier than a big jug of milk!
  • Fangs are not found in all snakes, but all snakes do have teeth, usually 6 rows worth. The teeth are curved backwards, just like the barbs on a fishing hook which keeps their prey from escaping.
  • “Long in the Tooth”, meaning “old”, was originally used to describe horses. As a horse ages, their gums recede, giving the impression that their teeth are growing in length. The longer the teeth look, the older the horse.
  • Aardvark teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrown continuously.
  • The mammal that has the most teeth is the long snouted spinner dolphin with 252 teeth

  


January 10, 2014
Category: Fun Dental Facts
Tags: Friday Fun Day  
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!
 
  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide.
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  • A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!
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  • Most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by athletic trauma, fights or accidents.
     
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