Posts for: January, 2016

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
January 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health

At no other time in a person’s life will their teeth and mouth change as rapidly as it will between infancy and adolescence. In this short span an entire set of teeth will emerge and then gradually disappear as a second permanent set takes its place.

While the process may seem chaotic, there is a natural order to it. Knowing what to expect will help ease any undue concerns you may have about your child's experience.

The first primary teeth begin to appear (erupt) in sequence depending on their type. The first are usually the lower central incisors in the very front that erupt around 6-10 months, followed then by the rest of the incisors, first molars and canines (the “eye” teeth). The last to erupt are the primary second molars in the very back of the mouth just before age 3. A similar sequence occurs when they’re lost — the central incisors loosen and fall out around 6-7 years; the second molars are the last to go at 10-12 years.

A little “chaos” is normal — but only a little. Because of the tremendous changes in the mouth, primary teeth may appear to be going in every direction with noticeable spaces between front teeth. While this is usually not a great concern, it’s still possible future malocclusions (bad bites) may be developing. To monitor this effectively you should begin regular checkups around the child’s first birthday — our trained professional eye can determine if an issue has arisen that should be treated.

Protecting primary teeth from tooth decay is another high priority. There’s a temptation to discount the damage decay may do to these teeth because “they’re going to be lost anyway.” But besides their functional role, primary teeth also help guide the developing permanent teeth to erupt in the right position. Losing a primary tooth prematurely might then cause the permanent one to come in misaligned. Preventing tooth decay with daily oral hygiene and regular office visits and cleanings (with possible sealant protection) is a priority. And should decay occur, it’s equally important to preserve the tooth for as long as possible for the sake of the succeeding tooth.

Your child’s rapid dental development is part of their journey into adulthood. Keeping a watchful eye on the process and practicing good dental care will ensure this part of the journey is uneventful.

If you would like more information on the process of dental development in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

By lark J Wright, DMD, PA
January 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are Teeth Whitening Treatments Right for Me? What whitening your teeth can do to enhance your looks.

With so many whitening products out there, all promising to give you bright, white beautiful teeth, it’s hard to know if they would work for you. Choosing your whitening treatment can be a puzzling experience too. Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida can help you sort out fact Teeth Whiteningfrom fiction.

Your teeth can become stained for many reasons, including smoking, drinking coffee, tea or red wine, and eating highly-pigmented foods like blueberries. Your teeth can become darker and more yellow due to aging. As you age, your tooth enamel thins and you can see through it to the layer underneath called dentin. Dentin is normally yellow in color, but as you age, it becomes a darker yellow. This normal process is what makes your teeth look dark and faded as you age.

Now, you can do something about it. You can try one of many over-the-counter products out there including mouth rinses, whitening strips and toothpaste. Chances are these products will only remove surface stains, and the effect most likely won’t last very long.

Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida has a much better, more permanent solution for you. He can help brighten up your smile by a state-of-the-art whitening treatment. He can offer whitening solutions including:

  • At-Home Whitening-Dr. Wright will design a custom tray to fit your teeth and provide you with a special whitening solution to place inside the tray. You can wear the trays at home for short periods when it is convenient for you.
  • Our office will provide you with Professional Strength Crest 3D Whitestrips with Advanced Seal Technology

If you have teeth that are stained, yellowed or unsightly, and you want them to look whiter, brighter and beautiful, a dental whitening treatment is definitely right for you. Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida has whitening treatments to suit any budget and schedule. Talk with him today and get started toward a brighter smile!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
January 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”

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