Baby bottle decay-how to prevent it.

I recently had two of the sweetest boys come into my office for a check up and cleaning.  The first thing that was noticeable on both boys was their front teeth looked funny.  On further examintion,  both boys have severe decay on their 4 front teeth.  One boy is 2 years old and the other […]

Fillings: Their purposes and Procedures.

When a tooth has damaged tooth structure, either from decay, physical trauma, or a defect in the tooth structure itself, it becomes necessary to restore that damaged area of the tooth.  When we have any of the above situations with our teeth, the teeth are weakened.   A filling replaces or repairs the damaged tooth structure, […]

The Four Parts of a Tooth

As I talk to my patients and explain what is taking place in their mouths, many times I need to explain that the teeth have 4 basic parts.  They are the enamel, the dentin, the cementum, and the pulp tissue.  Each has its own unique structure and purpose. The enamel is the  hard, glistening tissue […]

3 Symptoms of an Abscessed Baby Tooth

I have had several questions from mothers about a small pimple like growth on the gum tissue under their child’s baby tooth.  This is an abscessed tooth.  The small pimple like growth is a gumboil.  The gum tissue is usually red, swollen, and tender.  The abscess can rupture spontaneously or when brushing the child’s teeth.  […]