ADA Reveals New Fluoride Toothpaste Recommendation in Children

The American Dental Association has been recommending for almost half a century that children should start using toothpaste with fluoride by the time they reach two years old. However, the organization just revealed their new recommendation regarding use of fluoride toothpaste in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Early Prevention Measures
So what’s the new recommendation? Fluoride toothpaste may now be used in children by the time their first tooth appears, instead of waiting until they reach two years old. Such recommendation has to do with ADA’s aim to start the prevention of dental cavities as early as possible.

Dr. Edmond L. Truelove, chair of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, said in a press release that “approximately 25 percent of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, so it’s important to provide guidance to caregivers on the appropriate use of fluoride toothpaste to help prevent their children from developing cavities.”

A New Recommendation with One Condition
The new recommendation by ADA comes with one condition though — that only a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste should be smeared into the little one’s toothbrush. This will help avoid the ingestion of fluoride resulting to dental fluorosis in children. Such condition is characterized by staining of the tooth enamel (or change in color) in children below 8 years old and are found out to consume too much fluoride.

Children’s Dentistry in Houston, Texas
Visit our clinics in Houston, Texas to learn more about your child’s fluoride requirements. The Royal Dental team in Houston, Texas has been helping young Houstonians smile straight, bright and healthy since 1992! Get in touch with us by calling (713) 330-7700 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your child’s dental visit!

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Getting dental implants in Houston could be your best decision towards preserving your oral function, and if you have them now then, congratulations! Your smile should be in for the long haul. And for it to stay that way, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to care for your dental implants to keep them in great condition as long as possible.

If you smoke, then we highly recommend that you consider quitting. This is one habit that could be greatly detrimental to your dental implants because smoking can ultimately affect bone loss and cause a number of complications for the implant.

Keeping your regular dental appointments are important, too. Regular visits to the dentist ensure that the health of the implant and the tissues surrounding it are checked. Getting professional cleaning to reach all the areas you may have missed is not that bad, neither. Regular visits allow us to monitor the development of any disease or infection that could potentially harm the implant and your overall oral condition.

Brush up on your oral hygiene. We have taken all the necessary steps to make sure that your implants were cleaned and handled carefully during the entire installation process, and now it’s time to do your share. Proper dental care like brushing and flossing properly will ensure the longevity of your dental implant. Studies have also shown that using antibacterial toothpaste has a positive effect on implant care, making sure that infections are prevented and bacterial buildup is kept at bay.

For more information about dental implants, how to care for them, or for your other dental concerns, please call Royal Dental USA at 713-330-7700 and schedule your personal appointment with one of our dental experts today.

 

Tooth Care After Tooth Scaling

Tooth scaling in Houston can remove tartar and plaque that has plagued your teeth, specifically located below the gum line, for so long. However, these pesky deposits can still accumulate to your teeth gradually if proper dental care is not maintained. One does not have to seek professional care in taking care of his or her teeth as it can also be done well at home.

Alleviate pain

Discomfort and pain caused by the treatment should slowly diminish in a couple of days. The pain experience immediately after treatment could be described as throbbing or aching, but this will subside after four hours or so. Medications could be taken to alleviate this pain.

Soft diet

During the first few days, the teeth and gums should still be sensitive and prone to bleeding. Because of this, the patient is advised not to chew hard foods and to eat only foods with soft consistency during this time. A normal diet could be resumed if chewing becomes more bearable to the patient.

Oral hygiene

Since the gum tissues during this time are still tender, the patient is advised to be gentle but still thorough when brushing the teeth. After three to four days, normal techniques for oral hygiene can be resumed. Furthermore, rinsing the mouth is recommended to ensure proper hygiene. When doing so, it is advisable to use either an antimicrobial or a warm saline rinse. These substances can only be used for duration of one to two weeks.

Teeth sensitivity

As the teeth may be more sensitive to the changes in temperature, the patient is advised to apply a desensitizing fluoride to the teeth to aid the problem. However, these symptoms will quickly diminish after several days.

If you are interested in getting a tooth scaling, consult Royal Dental and contact us at (713) 330-7700. Our team of experts will gladly answer your queries regarding this procedure and our other dental services.

 

Why You Need Root Canal Treatment

If one has an impending infection brought about by a decayed tooth, a solution to this is root canal treatment. Root canal in Houston is done by creating an opening through the tooth crown and into its pulp chamber. By then, the root canals are cleaned and filled and the crown is closed. But is the treatment really necessary? The answer is ‘yes’. Here’s why.

Saves the natural tooth

It is a common thing for people to consider getting their tooth out in case of decay. However, a root canal treatment prevents that from happening. It only removes the inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleans the root canal, and seals it back with a crown or a filling. By then, the treated tooth can resume its function just like the other teeth.

No need for extra expenses

Since a tooth extraction is irreversible, you cannot get back a lost tooth unless you plan to get prosthesis. Removable, or even fixed, prosthesis can cause a lot of money and can even be more expensive than having a root canal treatment. Getting this treatment instead of prosthesis can save you from making more expenses.

Restoring teeth function

Getting a root canal treatment has a lot of advantages, too. Because of the discomfort caused by tooth decay, the patient may have difficulty chewing, biting, or do anything with his or her mouth. A treatment to the root canal can restore efficient chewing and biting sensation, as well as bring back the teeth’s natural appearance. It also protects the other normal functioning teeth from wear and tear due to excessive use.

Having a decayed tooth can be bothersome and can be a source of hindrance in one’s daily activities. To get a root canal treatment, contact Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 and book an appointment with us today. 

Take Care of Your Dentures

Dentures in Houston are full removable teeth replacement that can be crafted according to the patient’s preferences. There are different materials and designs that can be used for dentures. A denture could lose its fit over time making it slip from the mouth more often. However, it can be readjusted to the correct fit by a reliable dental clinic. To prevent more visits to the clinic, though, it is best to take care of one’s teeth – even if they are already removable.

They need a break, too.

Before going to bed, it is best to remove your dentures and give them a break. This helps your mouth tissues rest from wearing the mouth piece during the day. If this is not possible, then make sure to remove them for at least six to eight hours a day.

Clean them every day.

They may already be artificial teeth, but they need to be cleaned just as much as real teeth do. Bacteria and tartar can still accumulate around them. If they are full of plaque, your underlying hum tissues could be affected through infection or irritation. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush as well and use regular hand soap, detergent, or a dental paste with it.

Look after your mouth, too.

Your dentures don’t need to have all the attention. You still have to care for your gums, too. Every time you take out your removable teeth, a good rinse to the mouth will be a good routine. It is also advisable to massage the gums regularly using a soft toothbrush or even a washcloth. Those with partial dentures should still brush their remaining teeth.

To know more about denture care, or if you are interested in getting dentures, visit Royal Dental today or call us at (713) 330-7700 and book an appointment with us!

At What Age Should My Child Visit the Dental Office?

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How can I give my child the best dental care possible?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to the dentist before his or her first birthday.

At Royal Dental, your child’s first dental visit will include checking the teeth for decay and an examination to look for early developmental challenges, an explanation on how to care for your child’s teeth and of course to answer any questions or early concerns you might have. With adult supervision, we believe a child should be brushing his or her own teeth by the time your child turns three-years-old.

Teach children the importance of regular professional dental visits and explain to your children that the dentist will help keep their teeth strong and healthy so they can eat.

How often should I bring my child for a visit to the dentist?

“It is very important to get your child to visit a dentist early on in life,” says Dr. Ayeez Lalji, who has more than 17-years of experience and practices in dentistry in the Greater Houston Area. “This will allow your child to feel more comfortable with regular dental visits as he or she grows older.”
One of the great ways to explain the first dental visit for your child is to tell him or her Royal Dental is going to check their smile and count their teeth. By keeping it simple and by bringing your child in for regular 6-month check-ups, your child will enjoy dental visits and will be able to maintain good oral hygiene for years to come.

Schedule a Consultation

Please visit Royal Dental for your next check-up. Royal Dental, where you and your family will always get the Royal Treatment!

Call today at (713) 330-7700 to schedule your next appointment!

Royal Dental is a state-of-the-art, dental practice that combines family dentistry with specialty dental care such as: orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and pediatric dental services with practices located in the Greater Houston Area.

Invisalign: Cosmetic Dental Treatments

invisalign11Having your teeth perfectly set and white gives you confidence. Unfortunately, most people are not born that way. Many people are born with genetic abnormalities, undergrowth and overgrowth of their jawbone or TMJD. These conditions will cause your mouth to become misaligned, gapped and will lead to more serious dental conditions in the future if left untreated.

Luckily, many common cosmetic conditions can be treated with Invisalign braces. Mild cases like crooked teeth and extra teeth can easily be straightened and manipulated to bring your smile back to the where you need it to be. Invisalign is a clear alternative to metal braces, and for many adults that kind of invisibility is valuable. In fact, it’s the number one reason most people come to the Invisalign product line.

Here are some common treatable conditions:

Gapped Teeth – which is created with the growth of the jawbone. Gaps also occur when missing or pulled teeth make your other teeth shift. This creates gaps and space in your smile. It also leads to gum issues and periodontal pockets that then increase your risk of the disease.

• Overbite – also called an “overjet” by dental professionals. It’s simple– your upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It can be caused by genetics, bad oral health, or the overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can also lead to gum issues.

• Underbites – again similar to the overbite but different because this occurs when the lower teeth protrude from the bottom of the mouth. It is caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, or missing teeth. This under-bite leads to too much tooth wear and it can also cause jaw and joint problems.

• Open-Bite – in this condition teeth are not able to make contact with other teeth. Typically, it’s the top teeth that are not able to meet the bottom teeth. It’s a genetic abnormality and can be caused by thumb sucking. It leads to issues like tempromandibular joint disorder.

• Overly Crowded – this happens when there is a little bit of room in your jaw. If it is left untreated the teeth can get worse over time and will cause the teeth to become really crowded. It also leads to plaque accumulation and tooth decay.

Royal Dental is a state-of-the-art, dental practice that combines family dentistry with specialty dental care such as: orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and pediatric dental services with practices located in the Greater Houston Area.

Royal Dental Links You To Santa

santa-webcam-emailsanta4Have you ever wondered, “What does Santa do before Christmas?” Well, thanks to your staff at Royal Dental, you and your family can now watch Santa LIVE. Just click on this link to see Santa:

watch me on my Santa Claus webcam online!

And if you have been good this year, you may qualify for a FREE Initial Exam, FREE X-rays and a Candy Cane Cleaning Special (Basic Adult Cleaning) for only $59.00 from now until December 31, 2012. Call (713) 330-7700 today to hear about all our Holiday Specials for you and your family!

Happy Holidays from the entire staff at Royal Dental

Happy Holidays

holiday-special1With the Holiday Season almost upon us, our staff at Royal Dental wanted to stop for a moment to say how thankful we are to have you in our dental family. We know that our practice here in the Greater Houston Area thrives because of great patients like you. We are blessed because we not only help keep you and your smile healthy, but we also have the pleasure of knowing you and your loved ones.

As always, if you know anyone we can help, please let us know. We promise to give them the same quality care that we have given you. At this time, we have launched a New Referral Program and any new patient you refer to us will be given a Free Exam and Free X-rays ($126 Value for Adults) – and you will get a Free Take Home Teeth Whitening Kit ($300 Value) once the new patient has come in for his/her initial visit.

We hope that this Thanksgiving and Holiday Season brings you and your family much joy.

Thank you so much for being part of our family.

Baytown, TX

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Dr. Warner enjoys his first day at Royal Dental.

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