Archive for August 2016

What Are Panoramic Dental X-Rays

August 29, 2016 | Posted Education

Panoramic dental x-rays are the preferred type of x-ray when dentists need to capture the entire mouth in one image. They are commonly performed by dentists and oral surgeons to plan for braces, dentures, extractions and implants. Panoramic x-rays take images in 2-D, and capture the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding tissue. Imaging with x-ray exposes part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce the image.
 
Common uses for panoramic x-rays over conventional intraoral x-rays are planning for procedures, and revealing dental problems such as advanced periodontal disease, jaw tumors and oral cancer, impacted teeth (wisdom teeth), jaw disorders, and sinusitis.
 
Preparing for a panoramic x-ray is very simple. You will be asked to wear a lead apron to protect the rest of your body from any radiation exposure, and you will be asked to remove any jewellery, eyeglasses, and other metal objects that are in the region being imaged. It’s very important that women always inform their dentist or oral surgeon if there is a possibility of them being pregnant. Many tests aren’t performed during pregnancy to protect the fetus from any radiation. If the x-ray is necessary, extra precautions can be made to minimize the radiation exposure to the baby.
 
If you have any further questions, or would like to ask about receiving a panoramic x-ray yourself, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Thumb sucking is a very natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers and other objects can often make babies feel happy and secure, and often helps them fall asleep. When permanent teeth come in, sucking can cause problems with the alignment of the teeth and the growth of the mouth. Pacifiers can affect the teeth in the same ways that sucking on fingers do, but they are often an easier habit for children to break.
 
Intensity is the determining factor of whether or not sucking will cause dental problems. If children passively rest their thumb or pacifier in their mouth, problems are much less likely to arise when compared to children who vigorously suck on their thumbs. Overly aggressive sucking can not only cause problems with permanent teeth, but even primary (baby) teeth.
 
Children usually stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two and four, or by the time their permanent teeth begin to come in. If your child does not stop sucking their thumbs, you should try to praise the child for not sucking. Sucking is often associated with when a child feels insecure, so it’s recommended to try to eliminate any anxiety by providing comfort to your child.
 
If you notice a change in child's teeth, or are concerned about their sucking habits, you should consult your dentist. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

Oral Health Tips For Teenagers

August 02, 2016 | Posted Education

The most common chronic disease in people from ages six to nineteen is tooth decay. There’s a number of small changes you can make in your daily routine to ensure you maintain healthy teeth during your lifetime. Here’s a few of them:

  • Play it safe - Contact sports are a leading cause of oral injuries in teenagers, but can easily be prevented with the use of mouthguards.

  • Skip the soda - Soft drinks are acidic and have very high sugar content, which can erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. If cutting soda out of your diet completely isn’t an option, try drinking it using a straw to minimize the contact that the liquid has with the teeth, and rinse your mouth with water when you are finished drinking.

  • Avoid oral piercings - Tongue and other oral piercings can easily fracture tooth enamel, which can lead to requiring a filling or even root canal depending on the depth of the fracture. Oral piercings also often cause infections, which can cause parts of the mouth to swell and interfere with breathing.

 
Like adults, teenagers should visit their dentist twice a year. Regular visits will help ensure a healthy smile and that any problems are caught early on. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475!