Along with daily brushing and flossing, limiting your child’s sugar consumption is an important way to prevent tooth decay. We all know the usual suspects: candy, sugar-added snacks and sodas. But there’s one category you may not at first think fits the profile—juices. But even natural juices with no added sugar can raise your child’s risk of tooth decay if they’re drinking too much.
Tooth decay is caused by certain strains of bacteria in the mouth, which produce acid. Sugar in any form (sucrose, fructose, maltose, etc.) is a primary food source for these bacteria. When there’s a ready food source, bacteria consume it and produce abnormally high levels of acid. This can cause the mineral content of tooth enamel to dissolve faster than saliva, which neutralizes acid, can reverse the tide.
Juices without added sugar still contain the natural sugar of the fruit from which they originate. The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study of the effect of these natural juice sugars on dental health. Their conclusion: it can have an effect, so the amount of juice consumed daily by a child should be restricted according to age.
They’ve since published guidelines to that effect:
- Under age 1 (or any child with abnormal weight gain): no juice at all;
- Ages 1-3: no more than 4 ounces a day;
- Ages 4-6: no more than 6 ounces a day;
- Ages 7-18: no more than 8 ounces (1 cup) a day.
Again, these are guidelines—you should also discuss the right limits for your individual child with your dentist or pediatrician. And if you’re wondering what kind of beverages pose less risk of tooth decay, you can look to low or non-fat milk. And, of course, don’t forget water—besides containing no sugar, nature’s hydrator has a neutral pH, so it won’t increase acidity in the mouth.
Tooth decay is one of the biggest health problems many kids face. But with good teeth-friendly habits, including restricting sugar intake in any of its many forms (including juices) you can go a long way in reducing their risk of this destructive disease.
Discover the many ways in which dental crowns can improve your smile.
Our dentist in Chicago, IL serving Ukrainian Village, Dr. Tariq Riyal just told you that you need a dental crown. Now what? Well, you may be wondering more about this popular dental restoration and in what ways it can preserve your teeth and bolster your oral health. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental crowns:
1. Restore and Support a Damaged Tooth
This is the most obvious benefit of getting a dental crown. A crown is placed over a tooth that has been damaged by an infection, severe decay or traumatic injury. By placing a dental crown over the tooth we can restore its functionality and strength.
2. Preserve Your Natural Tooth Structure
Nothing is more important than being able to maintain your own natural teeth. Even with advancements in technology and dental restorations, the goal is always to preserve your teeth whenever possible.
By cementing a dental crown over a weak or damaged tooth we can provide your tooth with the protection and safeguarding it needs to stay healthy, which can prevent further and irreparable damage to the tooth. It could even prevent the need for an extraction in the future.
3. Improve Your Smile’s Appearance
Crowns also offer aesthetic benefits. Our Ukrainian Village, restorative dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have a discolored, malformed or badly misshapen tooth. A crown can preserve your tooth while also improving the way it looks.
4. Cover a Dental Implant
The implant itself sits within the jawbone so it isn’t visible; however, the part of the implant that is visible when you smile is a dental crown, which is made to look just like the rest of your natural teeth so no one will even know that you have a dental implant.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Are you wondering if this restoration is right for you? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry, located in Chicago, IL, in the Ukrainian Village area.
Making sure children are comfortable when visiting the dentist is an essential part of creating a lifetime habit of dental care. We recommend children start dental visits around their first birthday.
But for some children this may not be enough — despite parents’ and dentists’ best efforts they may still develop an inordinate fear of dental visits and even routine procedures. This kind of anxiety could inhibit them now and later in life from receiving needed dental care.
To relieve this anxiety, dentists have developed sedation therapy for children. Not to be confused with anesthesia, which numbs pain, sedation uses drugs to place a patient in a relaxed state. Depending on the drugs and dosage used, we’re able to achieve anywhere from a light state of relaxation to a deep suppression of consciousness. The approach is similar to one used with adults, although drug dosages and applications will differ with children.
Â If we’re planning to use sedation with your child we recommend you feed them a low-fat dinner the night before and then refrain from any other foods or liquids until after treatment the next day.Â Just before the procedure (and after we’ve evaluated them physically to be sure they’re healthy enough for the sedation medication), we’ll administer the sedative, usually Midazolam and Hydroxyzine. Taken by mouth in a syrup form, this places them in a mildly relaxed state.
During the procedure a designated staff member will continually monitor their pulse, breathing, blood pressure and other vital signs. We may also take other protective measures like special chair positioning or immobilization to keep movement to a minimum.
After the procedure, your child will remain in the office until their vital signs return to pre-sedation levels. Once at home, you should keep an eye on them for the rest of the day. They should not return to school or regular activities until the next day.
As sedation medication and techniques continue to advance, they’re becoming a routine part of dental care. If your child experiences anxiety, this can help make dental visits more pleasant and more likely to become part of their life from now on.
If you would like more information on taking the anxiety out of children’s dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”
When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.
"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."
Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!
“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”
Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.
Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.
Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.
Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.
If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”
How veneers can enhance your smile
Do you want a great-looking smile? Well, now you can have it, thanks to veneers! When you choose porcelain veneers, your smile can look fantastic! Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, in the Ukrainian Village area, wants to introduce you to these 5 benefits of veneers.
So, why choose veneers? It turns out, there are many reasons why people choose veneers. Veneers are:
- Beautiful, because they are made out of porcelain, which reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel
- Quick, because in just two to three appointments, you can have a completely new smile
- Conservative, because very little tooth structure is removed, just enough to compensate for the veneer thickness
- Worry-free, because porcelain resists staining, even if you drink coffee or smoke, so you will enjoy a brilliant smile for years
- Veneers can hide many flaws in your smile, including teeth that are worn down from aging, chipped from bad habits, damaged from an injury or discolored from medications
Veneers are great for remaking your smile quickly and easily. The veneers are cemented onto the top surfaces of your teeth and completely change the look of your smile. They can give you the smile you’ve always wanted, just in time for a special occasion. Just imagine a completely new smile just in time for a reunion, wedding, or even an important job interview.
You deserve a smile that is impressive, and porcelain veneers can help. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, in the Ukrainian Village area today!
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