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Caring for your new baby’s teeth to ensure long-term oral health!

Caring for your new baby’s teeth to insure long-term oral health!

Good dental care for your baby actually begins before he or she is born. It begins with you, the mother. It’s important to continue proper dental hygiene during pregnancy and special attention may be needed at this time, because red and tender gums that bleed easily, may be cause by increased hormone levels. Snacking too often on food that have a high level of sugar can also lead to tooth decay.

What you eat can also affect the development of your unborn baby’s teeth. The baby’s teeth begin to form between the third and sixth month of pregnancy and during that time, it’s important the right nutrients be provided in sufficient amounts.

Nutritional deficiencies may result in abnormal formation of your baby’s primary teeth. All 20 of your baby’s primary teeth (also called baby teeth) are actually present in the jawbone at birth and usually appear before the age of three.

When your new baby arrives, so should dental health and education. Even though the first teeth are not visible, they will arrive shortly and good dental hygiene is important even at this early stage. The use of a dampened gauze pad or face-cloth to wipe the gums after the baby has been fed either from a bottle or nursing is a good idea. If bottle feeding is used, some special considerations should also be taken into account. Tongue, lip and cheek position help develop a proper form for the upper and lower jaws in preparation for the eruption of the first teeth, so the proper selection of nipple and pacifier is very important.

Be sure to ask your pediatrician about nipples and pacifiers that stimulate natural swallowing and tongue habits.
As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One form of tooth decay seen in infants is a condition called “nursing bottle mouth,” which can occur when an infant is allowed to drink formula, milk, fruit juice or sugar water during ‘walk-abouts,’ naps or at night.

If such liquids are allowed to pool around an infant’s teeth for extended periods, the teeth can be attacked by acids and decay can result. So if you give your baby a bottle at nap or bedtime, water is recommended.

The correct care of your newborn baby’s teeth is vital for the proper growth and development of his or her long term oral health.

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Russell Grover

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Maximize Your 2018 Insurance Benefits!

PLEASE, DON’T FORGET TO USE YOUR DENTAL BENEFITS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR!

We are coming near the end of 2018 and we wanted to remind all of our patients that most of your dental benefits will expire as of December 31, 2018. We have adjusted our schedules to be able to accommodate all the patients who still wish to use their coverage’s in the next (8) weeks.

Our staff will make sure to get you in as soon as possible so we can provide you with the best care for your dental needs and optimal oral health.

Please Call our office at (289) 779-0430 today!

SAVE MONEY ON TREATMENTS YOU NEED

Depending on what your dentist has recommended as your best treatment option, your benefits might be able to help you cover the majority of the cost for the procedure or at least minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.

GET PREVENTIVE CARE AND CHECK FOR ISSUES

If you don’t need any specific work done, putting any remaining dental benefits you have toward preventive care is often a good idea. Preventive treatments, such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and X-rays, are an important part of taking care of your teeth.

Preventive care can also help reveal dental issues. Taking care of these before they become worse both minimizes any problems they cause and keeps the cost of treatment to a minimum.

Please contact us at (289) 779-0430 to schedule your next visit, we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Russell Grover

Grover Dental Care

 

4 Convenient locations across Hamilton & Waterdown!

1 Hayden Street | 723 Rymal Rd. W | 11 Rebecca St. | 245 Dundas St. E

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Welcome to Our New Service!

Today’s topic – The Case against Sugar

Welcome to our new and informative dental health blog! Thanks for stopping by!

The Grover Dental Care team is committed to providing people throughout the greater Hamilton area with the information they require concerning their oral health options, in an effort to help readers and their families maintain and enjoy healthy, attractive smiles.

As part if our ongoing effort to inform people about the many ways they can maintain good oral health and enhance their smiles, we are reaching out to the community through this weekly blog to stimulate awareness of the need for adequate home care regimens, as well as regular dental check-ups as a means of preventing dental complications.

People have told us they wanted to learn more about dental care with the ‘tech-talk.’ They want practical information on current dental care topics that’s comprehensive, yet comprehensible. Articles that are informative and useful, to help them get more out of their dental visits, and enjoy optimal dental health.

We’ll use this forum each week to explore and discuss issues that are pertinent to your dental health and hopefully, raise questions that will be useful to you when evaluating the level of dental health awareness in your household.

We sincerely hope our dental health blogs will help you to achieve and maintain excellence in your family’s dental health.

Today, we’d like to tell you something about the case against sugar. Do you know the worst junk food for your teeth? As you might have guessed, its sugar! Moms and Grandmas have been telling us for years that too much sugar is bad for our teeth. But how does this seemingly harmless substance do so much damage?

Fact is, in as little as 15 minutes after eating a sugary food, a sticky substance called plaque can be found on the teeth. This sticky plaque turns acidic and attacks the “enamel,” or outer covering of the teeth. Without proper brushing and flossing, decay is the final result. Its unfortunate that, in Canada, sugar is such a large part of our diet. In many other countries where white sugar is not common, dental disease is almost never seen.

The typical Canadian’s diet lacks man of the foods needed for proper nutrition. An increased consumption of fruits, vegetable and whole grains, and dereased dependance upon ‘sweets’ will improve your dental health and also benefit your overall health. Proper nutrition is one of the best ways to guard against cavities. Your teeth are intended to last a lifetime. The can, if you care for them properly. This means brusing and flossing daily along with regular visits to our office to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Yours for better dental health,

 

Dr. Russell Grover