Progression of baby bottle decay
Children need their teeth to be strong and healthy so they can chew, speak, and have a wonderful smile. Another function baby teeth have is to hold the space for the permanent teeth. As the adult tooth erupts, the baby tooth will fall out. If the baby tooth falls out early, the adjacent teeth could drift into the vacant space. The huge issue with that is the permanent tooth could become blocked by other teeth that drifted into the baby tooth’s old place! Orthodontics can correct the problem but doesn’t it make sense to just prevent it?
Every child is at risk for baby bottle decay. The first tooth generally appears at 6 years of age. Frequent exposure to sugar and liquids that contain juice, beast milk, and formula can harbor bacteria. If the bacteria is in constant contact with the teeth an acidic medium will form after exposure for 20 minutes or longer according to the American Dental Association.
Prevention is the best step to stop the decay from forming. For a baby who has a few teeth, use a child size tooth brush and water. If your child 2 years and older, use ADA recommended tooth paste. Infants and bottle users should not go to bed with a bottle of sweet juices nor soft drinks. Also limit the exposure time to a sippy cup.
Healthy (left) Baby bottle decay (center) Severe decay (right)
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So you think you or your child has an underbite? As it turns out that is one of the symptoms of jaw disharmony your orthodontist can help with. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child visit the orthodontist by the age of 7.
The underbite can develop because of hereditary, functional shifts, and trauma among other reasons. If the parents have a strong jaw or chin, the child may follow suit. Many of the cases that present are also caused by a functional jaw shift into that position. What that means is the bite can be aided into the underbite position by the teeth or muscles. An orthodontist can take a few minutes to examine the patient and identify a shift by conducting “opening and closing” exercises. One indicator that the relationship may not improve is if the teeth lock into that underbite position via interdigitation of the surrounding teeth (click here for an example).
Early treatment at Global Smiles Orthodontics can catch some of the developing problems so they don’t get worse and can also make treatment easier to fix later on. Starting early can benefit a growing child because the orthodontist can help guide jaw growth, correct habits, improve the appearance and self-esteem of the youngster or the adult, and ultimately guide the permanent teeth into their position so the patient has maximum function, aesthetics, and jaw harmony.
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Many of you who know me have known I love to travel! Lately, that passion has taken me to a whole new hemisphere, New Zealand!
“Why New Zealand?” is a question I get asked a lot. This video was the start of the “Journey Down Under”. Afterwards, I started my practice, Mendieta Orthodontics. I have always enjoyed traveling and I took every break in school or work to take a trip somewhere new to experience new cultures and make new friends. It also made me appreciate what I had here in America. Being out of my comfort zone also made me see things from different perspectives.
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On a trip to Mexico, our plane crash landed! Thank God we all survived! As you might expect, all of us survivors became best friends throughout the whole ordeal. The pilot had mentioned a place called Perth which I had never heard of and had no idea where it was on the map! After surviving that plane crash I told myself at some point after dental school I would live and work overseas with Perth in mind. As it turned out I made it “Down under” but instead of Perth, Australia I landed in New Zealand!
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Dr. Edgar Mendieta
Last week we had an amazing showing at the Dentistry from the Heart event. It all started at 6am for a morning huddle to assign stations to take care of such procedures like diagnosis, checks, extractions, and fillings. At 7am the line outside the office that had formed was let inside for the beginning of hundreds of free fillings, extractions, and cleanings.
A special thank you to Drs. York and Elam for putting it together and all of the participants. Including OSU dental students and GC for materials and sponsorship.
Dentistry from the Heart plaque presented to Dr. Mendieta