Hershey Dentist | Harrisburg, PA Dentist | Klein Family Dentistry http://kleinfamilydentistry.com At Klein Family Dentistry, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy and attractive smile – adults and children alike. Contact our dentist, Dr. Gary Klein, today! Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:43:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 Taking Care of Baby Teeth http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/taking-care-baby-teeth/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/taking-care-baby-teeth/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:32:25 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1086 Baby teeth.  Decidicous teeth.  Milk teeth.  Your child’s first set of teeth will, in most cases, fall out.  But while they are not permanent, they are very important.  Baby teeth maintain space for their permanent counterparts.  They are essential in function and phonetics and jaw development.  So we need to take care of them. The […]

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Baby teeth.  Decidicous teeth.  Milk teeth.  Your child’s first set of teeth will, in most cases, fall out.  But while they are not permanent, they are very important. 

Baby teeth maintain space for their permanent counterparts.  They are essential in function and phonetics and jaw development.  So we need to take care of them.

The first step in insuring that your children have healthy mouths is to take them to visit a dentist.  
When should you take your child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists suggests that a child visit the dentist by age 1, or when the first tooth erupts.  Mainly, these first visits will be educational for the parent and will be helpful in introducing your son or daughter to the dental office.  By age 2 or 3, the dental team will start taking a gentle look at your child’s teeth and possibly taking dental x-rays.

Good oral hygiene for your child will continue at home.  Brushing the teeth and gums can begin BEFORE your son or daughter even get’s their first tooth.  You can use a wet cloth to wipe the gums and then the teeth.  If you want to use toothpaste, make sure that no fluoride is in the toothpaste until the child can spit.

Bacteria are always in the mouth, even when a person doesn’t have teeth (as in the case of an infant).  We call these colonies of bacteria, biofilms.  By wiping the gums, we can disrupt the biofilms and keep the gums clean.  There is evidence that periodontal bugs can be linked to heart disease and other inflammatory diseases.  When teeth erupt, we want them to be in a “clean” environment and by cleaning the gums we hopefully can do so.  Finally, by wiping your child’s gums, you are hopefully getting them used to their teeth being cleaned.    

As your children grow, they will become more proficient in brushing their own teeth, yet I still recommend that the parent check and even brush the teeth.  Flossing can begin as soon as two teeth erupt.

Check out the other posts related to Children’s Dental Health month!

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Preventing Cavities in Kids http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/preventing-cavities-kids/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/preventing-cavities-kids/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:03:12 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1081 A common question about pediatric teeth that I often receive is, “When should my child stop using a pacifier?”  Pacifiers have been recognized by the Academy of Pediatrics as a key factor in reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), so dentists are aware that pacifier use is beneficial, but it should also wrap up before negatively affecting […]

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A common question about pediatric teeth that I often receive is, “When should my child stop using a pacifier?”  Pacifiers have been recognized by the Academy of Pediatrics as a key factor in reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), so dentists are aware that pacifier use is beneficial, but it should also wrap up before negatively affecting a child’s permanent teeth. We recommend pacifiers should be discontinued by the age of five.
Finally, I still see lots of kids with many cavities, or Early Childhood Caries.  These children suffer from pain, infection, and it can be a dangerous disease.  
To best avoid any dental cavities, parents need to constantly monitor their child’s diet.
Avoid:
  • soda and juices
  • “sucking candies”
  • sticky or dried fruit snacks
  • eating or drinking at night
  • sour candies.  
There are plenty of healthy foods to substitute in place of these cavity-causing items. The most important one is water.  Water should be used in place of juices and soda’s. Fruits and vegetables are wonderful snacks especially fibrous veggies which can be cleansing for your child’s teeth.  But remember you will need floss their teeth because many fruits and veggies do have sugars which if left on the teeth can cause decay.
Read which foods can help prevent cavities and also whiten teeth!

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No toothpaste…No Problem http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/no-toothpaste-no-problem/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/no-toothpaste-no-problem/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:42:52 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1048 As a dentist, the most important thing a patient can do to prevent cavities is use good oral hygiene.  This means flossing and brushing twice a day.  Literature shows that using an ADA approved toothpaste with fluoride can significantly reduce the amount of cavities in your mouth.  But what if you were stranded on a […]

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As a dentist, the most important thing a patient can do to prevent cavities is use good oral hygiene.  This means flossing and brushing twice a day.  Literature shows that using an ADA approved toothpaste with fluoride can significantly reduce the amount of cavities in your mouth.  But what if you were stranded on a desert island, with no drug-store in sight to purchase toothpaste and floss?  What then?

There has been some recent research to show that “oil pulling” can be effective technique in reducing bacteria in your mouth.  Oil pulling is an Indian remedy which involves putting a tablespoon of oil (coconut works great) in your mouth and swishing with it for about 10 minutes.  Studies show this swishing actually improves your gums as well.
Another good thing to do if you are without toothpaste and floss, is to increase your saliva flow.  This can be accomplished by eating a food like raisins.  Raisins will stimulate your body increase the amount of saliva which should help to “wash” away bacteria in your mouth.
There are many websites that preach making your own toothpaste out of baking soda.  Please be careful with this technique because baking soda is abrasive.  These abrasive elements can not only damage your natural teeth but they can scratch any composite or crowns you may have in your mouth.
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Whiter Teeth http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/whiter-teeth/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2014/02/whiter-teeth/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:46:10 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1042 “I want whiter teeth!”  My patients tell me this at least 10 times a day!  Whitening your teeth is a simple and effective way to make your smile more aesthetic.  So how do I do it? Whitening products may be administered by dentists or purchased over-the-counter (OTC), and can be in the form of peroxide-containing […]

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eat strawberries (they contain some natural whitening elements)

“I want whiter teeth!”  My patients tell me this at least 10 times a day!  Whitening your teeth is a simple and effective way to make your smile more aesthetic.  So how do I do it?

Whitening products may be administered by dentists or purchased over-the-counter (OTC), and can be in the form of peroxide-containing gels or toothpaste.
Carbamide peroxide, used in many bleaching products, breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea, with hydrogen peroxide being the active bleaching agent.  This is a safe method of whitening your teeth but it does not come with out some minor side-effects. The most commonly observed side effects with these peroxide-based bleaching agents are tooth sensitivity and occasional irritation of soft tissues in the mouth (oral mucosa), particularly the gums.  Both tooth sensitivity and tissue irritation are usually temporary and stop after the treatment.
Dentists have many types of peroxide bleaching methods.  The most common method used to bleach your teeth is the following:  your dentist will make a custom-fitting tray which you will then bring home and wear at night, filled with some peroxide whitening gel.  We generally have patents wear these trays at night due to the lower amount of saliva produced during the evening.  In addition, wearing your trays on consecutive nights will increase the amount of whitening.
Some dentists also advertise “in office” or “laser” whitening.  While these whitening treatments can work, studies have shown that the laser does not increase the effectiveness of the whitening.  The powerful peroxide agents used in these in office treatments does work but lights and lasers are not needed to make them more effective.
Whitening toothpastes contain polishing or or chemical agents that are designed to improve tooth appearance by removing surface stains. They do this through gentle polishing, chemical chelation, or some other non-bleaching actions. 
Many patients tell me about their “home remedies” for whitening their teeth.  They include baking soda, lemon juice, and peroxide rinses.  I’m sure all of these techniques may work in a limited way, but I have never seen them be effective nor do I know of their safety after long term use.  The most effective home remedy is avoiding staining foods and drinks.  Tea, coffee, red wine, and smoking are the biggest culprits for staining your teeth.  A simple technique if you must have a cup of coffee is to drink it through a straw!  That way the staining elements avoid your teeth!
The most important thing you can do before whitening your teeth is to make a an appointment to see your dentist first.  Your dentist can determine you if you have any fillings or crowns in the area which you want to whiten.  Remember, whitening only works on your natural teeth, NOT on fillings and crowns!  The dentist may then advise the patient and supervise the use of bleaching agents within the context of a comprehensive, appropriately sequenced treatment plan.

If you want to help whiten your teeth and you can’t visit your dentist, here are simple things you can do:

  • avoid staining foods and drinks
  • eat crunchy foods like apples which contains malic acid to dissolve stains (crunchy foods also help get your saliva flowing)
  • rinse your teeth after eating (this can remove the staining elements)
  • eat strawberries (they contain some natural whitening elements)
  • and of course brush and floss daily.
Using products like baking soda and lemon juice is okay but they are quite abrasive so over-use can be dangerous to your teeth!

* This post was originally published February 1, 2014 “http://capitalbluestore.com/blogsearch/categories/Wellness/”

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We have a “SUPER” Team! http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/10/we-have-a-super-team/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/10/we-have-a-super-team/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:27:07 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1038 The post We have a “SUPER” Team! appeared first on Hershey Dentist | Harrisburg, PA Dentist | Klein Family Dentistry.

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Running for Rachel http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/06/running-for-rachel/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/06/running-for-rachel/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:47:44 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1032 This year, Klein Family Dentistry, was proud to sponsor Running for Rachel.  Dr. Klein and his brother, Dr. Klein, both ran in the race.  The event raised more than $50,000!!  It was an amazing event in memory of an amazing person. Read more about Rachel here: http://www.runningforrachel.myevent.com/3/miscellaneous5.htm  

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This year, Klein Family Dentistry, was proud to sponsor Running for Rachel.  Dr. Klein and his brother, Dr. Klein, both ran in the race.  The event raised more than $50,000!!  It was an amazing event in memory of an amazing person.

Read more about Rachel here:

http://www.runningforrachel.myevent.com/3/miscellaneous5.htm

 

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/05/obstructive-sleep-apnea/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/05/obstructive-sleep-apnea/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 17:43:24 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1027 Did you know that 20% of adults have obstructive sleep apnea?  That makes sleep apnea a more prevalent disease than both diabetes and asthma. And your risk of a myocardial infarction is more likely due to sleep apnea than smoking. Dr. Klein recently went to a dental sleep course given in Harrisburg and he is […]

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Did you know that 20% of adults have obstructive sleep apnea?  That makes sleep apnea a more prevalent disease than both diabetes and asthma. And your risk of a myocardial infarction is more likely due to sleep apnea than smoking.

Dr. Klein recently went to a dental sleep course given in Harrisburg and he is now trained in making the Somno-Med appliance to help with mild-moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

Here is a brochure on these appliances: Patient Brochure

Ask Dr. Klein about this next time you are in!

 

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Wolverine at Klein Family Dentistry http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/05/wolverine-at-klein-family-dentistry/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/05/wolverine-at-klein-family-dentistry/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 17:36:30 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1023 Even Wolverine needs his teeth cleaned:

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Even Wolverine needs his teeth cleaned:

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Healthy diet = Healthy smile! http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/05/healthy-diet-healthy-smile/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2013/05/healthy-diet-healthy-smile/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 13:02:04 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1018 http://capitalbluestore.com/blog/healthy-gums-and-teeth/

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Halloween at Klein Family Dentistry http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2012/10/halloween-at-klein-family-dentistry/ http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/2012/10/halloween-at-klein-family-dentistry/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:06:52 +0000 http://kleinfamilydentistry.com/?p=1005 This year’s theme was 1980’s.  Check out all those leg-warmers! Nice Job!  

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This year’s theme was 1980’s.  Check out all those leg-warmers! Nice Job!

 

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