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Carl and Walker Family Dentistry April 2014 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
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Seniors Get Cavities, Too
If you are a senior, you might think that you are in the clear for cavities, but that is not necessarily always true. In many cases, seniors get more cavities as they age for two reasons; because of the lack of saliva that is produced, and receded gums leaves the dentin more vulnerable to decay. A lack of saliva is not a necessary component of aging; however, it typically occurs as a side effect of illness and medication. If you are suffering from dry mouth and suffer from an onslaught of cavities, there are things that you can do to help yourself prevent cavities in the long run.

•  Be as vigilant as possible about using mouthwash in order to keep your mouth lubricated. Your dentist can recommend the best mouthwash to help keep your mouth moisturized.
•  Drink water as often as possible. The recommended amount is eight 8-ounce glasses per day
•  try to get as close to that as possible.
•  Watch your diet. The more caffeine, alcohol or acidic foods that you consume, the drier your mouth will become.

If these steps do not help, talk to your doctor about changing your medications to see if things improve. In addition, you can talk to your dentist about preventing cavities in your mouth by applying sealant to the surface of your teeth. Of course, it should go without saying, proper oral hygiene is essential. If you cannot brush your teeth after every meal, at the very least, brush and floss your teeth twice per day to give your teeth the best fighting chance at avoiding tooth decay.
Why a Bridge Requires Two Appointments
When you need a dental bridge, you will likely need to schedule two or more appointments until the process is complete. Obtaining a bridge in your mouth is a multiple step process that includes preparing your mouth for the bridge and making sure it will function well. During your initial appointment the neighboring teeth that will support the bridge are prepared for their crowns. During this appointment, an impression will be taken to send to the lab for your bridge to be fabricated. While the bridge is being made in a dental laboratory, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it will be fitted and permanently adhered in your mouth.

What Teeth Come First?
Have you ever wondered which teeth you got first? In most cases, the central incisors, or the top front and bottom teeth are the first to erupt. In general, these erupt when a child is between 6 and 12 months of age. After the central incisors come in, children begin to get the lateral incisors, which are the teeth directly next to the central incisors. After these teeth are in, first molars typically begin to grow, which can be painful for a child. The next succession of teeth is the canines. Last, but not least, are the second molars, which do not erupt until between the ages of 2 and 3.

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