A Few Words About Wisdom Teeth

Many of our patients wonder about wisdom teeth. What are they? Why do they need to be removed? Do they always need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth are your last teeth to come in and that usually happens between the ages of seventeen and twenty one. Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed, but for most patients they do.

Some people go their whole life and never have their wisdom teeth removed. The reason is that when wisdom teeth grow in correctly, there is no reason for removal. The main reasons for wisdom teeth removal, is if there is not enough space for the teeth to surface or if the teeth are coming in at the wrong direction. This is the case for most people. A clear indication that wisdom teeth need to be extracted is when a person experiences pain when the wisdom teeth start to grow in.

It’s extremely important to consult a dentist if there are any evident changes when your wisdom teeth are emerging. Failure to remove your wisdom teeth when necessary could lead to pain, infection, cysts, tumors, damage to neighboring teeth, gum disease and tooth decay. If you consult Dr. Daniel Bade, DDS he can examine and x-ray your teeth to ensure that the proper steps are taken.

If you do keep your wisdom teeth, it is still important to have them monitored by a dentist frequently.  Even if your wisdom teeth grow in correctly, there is still potential for damage. Be sure to floss and visit your dentist regularly.

Make Your Dental Procedure as Painless as Possible

It’s common knowledge that a dentist appointment is not most people’s idea of an enjoyable start to the day. While the professionals at The Dental Practice of Daniel M. Bade, DDS make all dental procedures as comfortable as possible, there are some procedures that are a bit painful. Below is a list of dental procedures that you want to avoid needing and some strategies to reduce the pain if you do.

Dental implants

Sometimes people lose teeth playing sports or due to injury or disease. Dental implantation surgery is the best way to get your smile looking healthy again. Every patient responds differently to the pain of surgery, but the best way to manage the pain is by taking any pain medication prescribed by your dentist, keeping the area cold with an ice pack, and eating only soft foods.

Dental fillings

This is one of the most common dental procedures. Patients don’t usually experience much pain during the procedure, but afterward some patients are left with teeth sensitivity. The sensitivity will go away with time, but it is usually experienced due to pressure, sweet foods, temperature, and air. All of which should be avoided for a week or so after a filling.

Root canal

Perhaps the most dreaded dental procedure of all; this procedure becomes necessary when decay has damaged or killed a tooth and the dentist needs to remove the pulp from the center of the tooth to then fill the pulp cavity. After this procedure, pain medication is almost always necessary.

The best way to avoid these treatments is to be proactive about your oral treatment. Brush and floss everyday and consult the professionals at Daniel Bade if you have any questions about the best oral practices.

Developing Proper Dental Hygiene in Children

The best way to ensure healthy growth is to begin healthy habits at an early age. The risks of not doing in regards to your oral health can be severe. Mouth injuries with baby teeth can affect the development of a child’s jaw. A childs eating and speaking ability can be negatively impacted. Poor habits early on can put a child’s teeth at risk for chips and fractures later in life. With this in mind, below are several practices to begin oral health care early.

Avoid Thumbsucking

Nearly everyone has gone through a thumbsucking phase at some point in their lives. While the practice of sucking one’s thumb is not harmful in and of itself, the intensity of the practice can be. A child who aggressively sucks their thumb puts themselves at risk for improper tooth alignment.

Thumb sucking is usually indicative of anxiety, so the best way to remedy the problem is to give your child comfort in other ways.

  • Praise your child for not sucking their thumb
  • Focus on the cause of anxiety
  • Consult the Dental Office of Daniel M. Bade DDS

Develop a Routine

As a parent, you can make oral health a habit by supervising and reinforcing proper healthcare for the first twelve years of child’s life. For children under two, parents should re-brush a child’s teeth in the hard-to-reach places after children have brushed their teeth on their own. By setting specific tooth brushing times, children will develop sensory motor skills to make oral health something they want to do. Parents can also teach their children proper tooth brushing techniques and the correct amount of toothpaste to use.

See a Dentist Every Six Months

America’s Pediatric Dentists recommend children see a dentist every six months. The Dental Office of Daniel M. Bade DDS will help work with you to develop a workable schedule to ensure proper development of your child’s oral health. Dr. Bade and his associates can also provide suggestions to remedy problems like thumb sucking or teeth grinding. Call today to ensure that your child’s smile stays safe 219.931.3235.

Dangers of Grinding Teeth

Ever woken up with a splitting headache and an aching jaw? If so, you may be a part of the 10-15% of Americans who grind their teeth. Grinding your teeth could be the result of stress, caffeine, a sleeping disorder, or one of several other conditions. Grinding your teeth puts you at risk for loosening and even losing teeth. This can result in root canals, implants, and in some cases dentures.

The bigger question isn’t do you grind your teeth, it’s how do you stop. If stress is the cause of your teeth grinding then the professionals at Daniel Bade DDS can talk to you about techniques to relax your jaw. Other strategies are:

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol consumption.
  • Do not chew pens, pencils or anything that is not food.
  • Hold a warm washcloth against your cheeks to relax your jaw.

If you have other questions about how to avoid teeth grinding call the offices of Daniel Bade DDS today at 219-913-3235 to schedule an appointment today. The dentist can talk to you about safe and affordable ways to take care of your teeth.

Good Foods for your Teeth

In between visits to the office of Dr. Daniel M. Bade DDS., there is a lot you can do on your own to look after your oral health. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, the food that you put in your body matters a great deal. Below are two lists compiled by medical experts of the best and worst foods for your teeth. This information can help you determine what to add and eliminate from your diet.

The Best Foods for Your Teeth

Dental experts are always warning about the foods that cause cavities, gum disease, and other mouth injuries, but it seems like fewer talk about the foods that benefit your teeth. In the same way that a proper diet enhances physical health, proper nutrition contributes to oral health. According to a study by Colgate toothpaste, the following foods help to prevent food decay and cavities:

  • Cheese – Raises the pH in mouths, which lowers the risk of tooth decay. Also contains calcium which strengthens tooth enamel.
  • Yogurt – Also high in calcium, it creates beneficial bacteria which helps your gums.
  • Leafy Greens – Full of vitamins and low in calories, which builds tooth enamel.
  • Apples – High in fiber and water. Eating apples creates saliva, which rinses away bacteria.
  • Carrots – High in fiber and a good source of vitamin A and C.
  • Celery – Scrapes away food particles and bacteria from teeth and celery is a good sources of vitamins A and C.
  • Almonds – Good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar

The Worst Foods for Your Teeth

As with all diets, it’s helpful to know what foods you should eat, but the harder part is usually staying away from the foods that you should not eat. The following is a list from the ADA of the worst food for you teeth:

  • Hard candy – Full of sugar and they run the risk of a chipped or broken tooth
  • Ice – Chewing ice makes your teeth vulnerable and damages enamel.
  • Citrus juices – The acid erodes enamel and irritates mouth sores.
  • Coffee – Stains teeth, drys out mouth, and often sugar is added.
  • Soda/sports drinks – Sugary, plagued with bacteria, and acids that soften teeth.
  • Alcohol – Causes dehydration and dry mouth. Lessens the flow of saliva which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections.

Another way to look after your teeth is to always read the food labels so that you are aware of what nutrients you are consuming. For more information on ways to take care of your oral health, call the offices of Daniel M. Bade DDS today: 219.931.3235. Visit our preventative dentistry page to learn more ways to fight cavities and limit your exposure to unwanted bacteria.

Why Do Baby Teeth Matter?

A common misconception in oral care is that baby teeth don’t matter, because they just fall out. The truth is that as soon as a child’s first tooth appears they can develop cavities or mouth injuries. Additionally, baby teeth create the pathway for permanent teeth. Permanent teeth are growing under the gums so if a baby tooth is lost too early the permanent teeth can grow in crooked or crowded. The ADA calls baby teeth “nature’s braces.”

When should my child see a Dentist?

A child’s first dentist appointment should be after his or her first tooth comes in, but no later than his or her first birthday. It’s important to seek dental health early, because as soon as a child develops teeth they can develop cavities. During the visit the dentist will:

  • Allow your child to sit on your lap, while you sit in the dental chair
  • Check for mouth injuries, cavities, or other issues
  • Clean your child’s teeth and give tips for daily care

Call today for your child’s first dentist appointment

For more information on your child’s first dentist appointment or on proper treatment of your child’s teeth call the offices of Daniel M. Bade DDS at 219.931.3235. It is important to look after your child’s teeth early so that they can have a healthy adult smile later. Learn more about dentistry for children on our Pediatric Dentistry page.