It is not at all uncommon to see babies and small children sucking their thumbs. In fact, it is very normal. However, as children begin getting teeth, thumb-sucking can become a problem. Over time, the jaw and the teeth can become misaligned and will need intervention to fix. Here are some ways to help your child stop sucking their thumb: Don't Give it A Lot of Attention As a parent who is concerned about a child sucking their thumb, your first instinct may be to react quickly and harshly when you see them in the act. [Read More]
White Tongue Blues: Get Your Tongue Back To A Healthy Color
You want your tongue to look pink, as it should. But you just don't know how to get rid of that white film that you see. The following tips will help diagnose the problem and get rid of the coating. What Is That White Coating? The white coating is not only unsightly; it is also associated with a constant bitter taste in your mouth, along with bad breath. The white tongue phenomenon usually occurs for the following 2 reasons: [Read More]
How Often Do I Need To Really See A Dentist?
The conventional wisdom is that you should go see a dentist every two years. But this isn't always set in stone. Sometimes, you can get away with only one dentist visit a year if you do not have any serious dental problems and if you take really good care of your teeth. However, if you are a smoker, have serious underlying health problems, or if you do not have good oral hygiene, you might need to see a dentist more often. [Read More]
Solve Your Emergency Dental Pain Until You Can Visit Your Dentist
It is never fun to have a dental emergency when you are out of town on vacation. The good news is that there are some simple things that you can do to control any pain that you might have until you are able to get an appointment to see your dentist. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and their temporary solutions: A Filling Falls Out If you have a filling that has fallen out, then you should get some temporary filling material from a local pharmacy. [Read More]