Tooth Development | Family Dentistry | Silverman Dental

Tooth Development: From Birth to Old Age

Whether you’re eating lunch or talking to friends, your teeth typically there when you need them. Ubiquitous as they are, however, they grow and change quite a bit throughout your life—which is why family dentistry is important whether you’re eight years or eight decades old. Let’s take a closer look at the life of your teeth.

Before and After Birth

An embryo starts developing teeth at only eight weeks, and by birth they are fully formed in the jaw. Babies’ teeth first start to poke above the skin at six months or so, starting with the front teeth and moving back towards the molars. The complete teething process can take anywhere from a few months to two years.

 

Childhood

 

These teeth don’t hang around for very long, though. Although the first set of teeth are necessary to help children learn to eat and talk, they aren’t adequate for an adult mouth. This is why a second set of teeth appear around age six. The adult set grows underneath the baby set, dissolving the roots. This makes the baby teeth loosen and fall out so the adult teeth can grow in.

Teenage Years

Sometimes, however, these permanent teeth don’t come in quite straight. Braces, cosmetic surgery, or other family dentistry procedures may be required to help get them into place. Also, the wisdom teeth don’t erupt until the late teens, and they can be so poorly angled that they have to be removed altogether.

Adult Life and Old Age

After the teenage years, adults can expect many years of healthy teeth if they care for them correctly. If teeth aren’t properly cared for, however, old age can lead to receding gums, increased risk of infection, or darkened enamel. Proper care and regular visits to the dentist, however, can help keep your older teeth healthy—and help you get replacements if even you’ve already lost a few.

 

Your teeth are one of the strongest parts of your body, but you have to take care of them. From birth to death and everywhere in between, family dentistry can keep your mouth healthy. Contact Silverman Family Dentistry at (513) 984-3700 for help with your teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry | Silverman Family Dentistry

Four Tips for an Improved Smile

Your smile is a focal part of your face, and it’s hard to feel good about the way you look if your teeth are crooked, broken, or discolored. A brighter, whiter smile leads to more self-confidence in the way you look and present yourself. While regular care and visits to the dentist are of the utmost importance, there are also several methods of cosmetic dentistry that can help improve your smile.

We’ve put together a list of the top four ways to improve your smile, and feel great about the way you look.

Floss Properly Every Day

Many consumers brush regularly, but forget the all-important step of flossing. Make sure to floss at least once a day to remove plaque and tartar that gets caught under the surface. When flossing, remember to gently move the floss up and down between your teeth to avoid soreness or injury to the gums.

Regular Dental Visits

Regular dental visits should be scheduled about every six months. During your exam, your hygienist will clean and examine your teeth, and your dentist can give pinpoint any problem areas, and give you tips on how to fix them. If you have a hard time remembering your appointments, allow us to schedule them for you and send you a reminder card.

Watch What You Drink

Limit the amount of tea, coffee, and red wine that you drink, as these substances can ultimately lead to stained teeth. Although the exterior stain can often be polished off, the interior staining is more difficult to get rid of. When you enjoy these drinks, make sure to flush your mouth out with water to limit staining.

Drinking lots of water also helps to wash out harmful substances that are left behind after eating or drinking. If you don’t have time to brush your teeth after lunch, try drinking more water throughout the day.

Take Care of Your Body

Certain health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure can also be hard on your teeth. Smoking is also detrimental to your smile, and we encourage you to see your doctor to get control of any health issues you may be dealing with that affect your smile.

Visit Us Today

Here at Silverman Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can improve your smile and self confidence. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Confidence | Silverman Cosmetic Dentistry

Use Cosmetic Dentistry for Confidence

Michael Jackson said to “start with the man in the mirror.” However, many people avoid the mirror because it does not help their self-image. Some adopt the philosophy that they will accept the cards they have been dealt and work on their inner beauty. This is a worthy pursuit, but unfortunately many people will never take the time. For better or for worse, people often avoid getting to know the inner person if they do not like the wrapper. This subtle, long-term rejection can wear on a person’s ego. Happily, a person today can do something about it. For many, an excellent step to improving appearance, and in turn social confidence, is to improve their smile with cosmetic dentistry.

Why the Need for Cosmetic Dentistry?

One person wrote that you can read the life in a person’s face by his or her wrinkles. A dentist responded that you can read life in the teeth as well. Popcorn nuts, jerky, and the appropriately-name jawbreakers can chip or damage teeth. Food, cigarette smoke, and coffee can discolor the teeth. Most people with normal wear and tear never did expect to have a 1000-Watt Olivia Newton-John smile. Normal teeth do not necessarily look bad … they just look okay. Cosmetic dentistry can take that normal, unremarkable smile and turn it into a show-stopper. Those who have taken advantage of teeth repair and whitening compare the feeling of wearing their new smile to driving around the neighborhood in a shiny, new sports car.

What Is Involved?

A cosmetic dentist employs the following procedures:

  • Crowns
  • Implants
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Veneers
  • Zoom whitening process


Your dentist will tailor the process to best match your teeth.

Benefits

Let Silverman Family Dentistry show you the benefits of a well-designed course of cosmetic dentistry. Those who only need teeth whitening can experience as much as an eight-shade improvement after a single visit. Others who need teeth repair finish their treatment with beautiful teeth that they could never imagine having. Our patients often say that the greatest benefit to the treatment is the great feeling of confidence they now have in social situations.

Teeth Whitening | Silverman Cosmetic Dentistry

White teeth are hard to achieve because we have so many things working against us. Coffee, tea, smoking, eating and drinking alcohol can all attribute to stained teeth. But the good news is that you can now receive affordable professional teeth whitening services that will actually show results after just one visit.

If you've always dreamed about brighter teeth, consider our Britesmile teeth whitening treatment.

Frequently asked questions about Britesmile

Q: How white will Britesmile get my teeth?

A: This will depend on each individual, but results have shown that the average is 8 shades whiter.

Q: Is it safe?

A: Yes. It is safe for existing fillings, caps, veneers, bonds, and will not soften your enamel. The primary ingredient used is hydrogen peroxide.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: The majority of our patients experience no pain throughout the procedure. A small amount of patients experience a small ache after the procedure.

Q: Is there anything else I need to know?

A: Anyone can brighten their teeth! If you think this procedure might not be for you, we can offer you a free consultation to find out.

If you're interested in learning more, please visit our Britesmile page here, or call us at (513) 984-3700 to make an appointment.

Get-Your-Kid-to-the-Dentist | Silverman Family Dentistry

A visit to the dentist is one of the things kids dread most, no matter how friendly the team at the dental clinic is. Many parents give bribes such as “If you do not cry or full, you will get a lollipop,” but this only makes the child think, “What is so bad about the visit to the dentist that I might cry or fuss?” There are several things you could tell your kids to make them love the family dentist.

Tell the kids about the importance of good oral hygiene. You should teach your kids that visiting the dentist’s clinic is not a choice, but a necessity. Explain such things as how strong teeth allow for proper chewing and how cavities could lead to the infection of the gum.

Even as you prepare your kid for some discomfort, tell him/her that failure to get teeth checked would result in even greater discomfort. Explain how cavities are painful and how the gaps left after pulling out teeth are unsightly.

Talk to your kids about the importance of a good smile. Tell them that human beings are visual creatures and we are judged based on how we look. Tell them that a good smile will increase their chances of landing a good job and of even attracting the opposite sex. A good smile creates a lasting impression and is good for self confidence. Show your kids pictures of people who have good teeth and of people who have bad teeth and you might be surprised that it is your kids prompting you to visit the dentist.

If your kids are older, talk to them about the cost of dental care and go into details about how much the family stands to save with good oral hygiene. Talk to them about how good oral hygiene will reduce dental insurance premiums. You could also discuss the family budget and what the money saved could be used for.

Tell your kids about the procedures they expect at the dentist’s clinic. If the procedure to be performed is not extraction or a root canal, tell the kids that they will not feel any pain at all. If the procedure is an extraction or a root canal, explain to your kids that anaesthesia will be used. Tell your kids that the family dentist is friendly and he/she will do his/her level best to ensure there is no discomfort.

Mouthwash Benefits | Silverman Family Dentistry

According to the American Dental Association, if a particular mouthwash has the "ADA Seal" on it, the mouthwash has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness by a body of certified and learned scientific experts, officially called the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs.

What does mouthwash do?

Mouthwash has many uses. According to the ADA, it freshens breath, helps to prevent tooth decay, reduces plaque, prevents and reduces gingivitis, and reduces the speed at which tartar forms. Consumers can find ADA accepted mouthwash without a prescription. (Some mouthwash, nowadays, can even whiten teeth, but that's considered a cosmetic use.)

What ingredients are found in mouthwash?

The ingredients can include cleaning agents, alcohol, water, flavoring and coloring.

The active ingredients can be placed into four general categories: (to quote the ADA)

1. Antimicrobial agents act directly on oral bacteria to help reduce plaque, decrease the severity of gingivitis and control bad breath

2. Fluoride helps reduce tiny lesions (tooth decay) on tooth enamel and make teeth more resistant to decay

3. Astringent salts can serve as temporary deodorizers that mask bad breath

4. Odor neutralizers act by chemically inactivating odor causing compounds

It's easy to see why you should use mouthwash every day! Just be sure to look for the ADA label on the container. 

Family Dentist Qualities | Silverman Family Dentistry

What to Look For in a Family Dentist

Credentials

It's important to look for a family dentist who has undergone advanced dental training from an accredited university.

If performing dental surgery, the dentist should have a degree in dental surgery. Our dental surgeons, Dr. Stuart Silverman, Dr. Marc Silverman and Dr. Rick Silverman, have obtained degrees in dental surgery.

Comfort Level

Look for a dentist who makes you feel comfortable. An important part of every dental appointment should be the explanation of what is going to take place during the treatment or appointment. The dentist should also answer any questions you may have. The procedure shouldn't feel rushed, and the dentist should not treat you like just another number.

Children

Look for a dentist who is good with children. Experience with treating children and knowing how to communicate effectively is important. For many, the fear of going to the dentist starts at childhood, but if you have a good dentist, chances of that fear developing are much slimmer.

Latest in Technology

Look for a dentist who has been trained and is capable in the latest dental technology. This is important for a number of reasons, including cosmetic surgery, comfort, proper dental procedure and 'best practices'. Finding a dental practice that offers the most updated dental equipment and solutions will better serve your family in so many ways!

Availability

Try to find a dentist who is readily available. You should be able to book a regular dental appointment within 3 weeks. 

Sedation Dentistry | Silverman Family Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has been providing an avenue away from fear of going to the dentist ever since its induction into modern dentistry.

Thousands of dentists, including Silverman Dental, have chosen to get the special training need to perform sedation dentistry. We are specially trained to not only provide it, but to relax our patients when they are here, and to give them a safe and comfortable experience.

It is a well-known fact that people can suffer from dental fear and anxiety. In fact, it’s estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 people have “dental phobia.” That’s why dentists have several ways of calming patients under sedation dentistry, including medication. Medication will leave patients fully aware and alert, and able to respond to inquiries. Conscious sedatives will make the patient drowsy and relaxed. This process is called conscious sedation, and can be administered by Silverman Dental.

Unconscious sedation via general anesthesia is another option. It is where the patient is fully sedated during the procedure. It is recommended for patients who have a strong gag reflex, for example, or for those who cannot be awake during a dental procedure. Patients will have no memory of the procedure.

Conscious sedatives also partially block memory formation, so even if the patient was not actually asleep, it may seem that way since they’re likely to have no memory of the procedure.

Please speak with a fully licensed and trained dentist for more information on sedation dentistry. We currently offer oral conscious sedation but not IV/unconscious sedation. Call us in Cincinnati for more information - (513) 984-3700.

Healthy Teeth and Gums | Silverman Family Dentistry

 

Top 10 Steps to Healthy Teeth and Gums

      1.      Exercise

Regular exercise can lower the risk of gum disease, according to Samuel Low, D.D.S, former president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

      2.      Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush is actually better for you than most people think. An electric toothbrush with a small head can help remove plaque better than a standard one.

      3.      Wait to brush
Most people know that you should brush two times per day. But did you know that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth? Brushing right afterward can brush the enamel on your teeth away. It takes about 30 minutes for your saliva to neutralize the acidity in food.

      4.      Brush/massage your gums
Massaging your gum with your fingers or electric toothbrush can help prevent gum disease.

      5.      Stop drinking bottled water
Regular straight-from-the-tap drinking water contains fluoride; fluoride that is essential to teeth & gums health. If you drink bottled water, you are regularly missing out on its health benefits. We recommend adding a filter to your tap instead.

      6.      Floss and use mouthwash
The benefits of flossing and using mouthwash is insurmountable.

      7.      Choose the right toothbrush
Not every person’s mouth is built the same way. Likewise, we should choose a toothbrush that fits our teeth properly. If you gums recede, for example, buy an ‘interproximal’ brush. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Old toothbrushes can actually ruin your teeth.

      8.      Brush your tongue
Your tongue can hold harmful bacterial, which can contribute to tooth decay.

      9.      Stay healthy
Sugar is the #1 culprit in tooth decay – because it’s the worst thing that can stick to your teeth, get in your gums, and stay on your tongue. Eating right is an extremely important step to preventative healthcare.

      10.    Visit the dentist
Regular checkups and cleans can ensure that you’re on track and will evaluate your overall dental health and clean your teeth thoroughly. He or she will look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes and other possible conditions.

Flossing Importance | Silverman Family Dentistry

If your dentist asks you “Have you been flossing regularly?” nearly every time you visit for a checkup, it’s not because they’re trying to annoy or chastise you. It’s because they’re looking out for you! There are a lot of reasons it’s important to floss at least once a day.

Unlike brushing, which cleans the outer surface and tops of the teeth, flossing is important because it cleans the tight spaces between the teeth and the space between the base of the teeth and gums. Even the most sophisticated toothbrush can’t reach those areas. Moreover, even though antimicrobial/antiseptic mouthwash can kill the bacteria that form plaque, it cannot remove tartar and pieces of food that can get stuck or lodged in the gaps of your teeth.

A survey done in 2008 discovered that 49% of Americans floss daily, but 10% never floss at all. Many dentists commented on the findings, saying that it was unfortunate that the remainder of people didn’t do it, because flossing is more important than brushing when it comes to preventing gum disease and tooth loss.

One of the #1 excuses dentists hear for not flossing is that “food doesn’t get stuck between my teeth.” But flossing isn’t really about removing stuck particles; it’s about removing the plague, tartar and other, smaller bits of food in the spaces between your teeth. Plague causes tooth decay, inflamed gums (gingivitis), periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Flossing is the only effective way to remove it.

But it doesn’t stop there—flossing is also extremely important because:

         ·         To prevent or stop halitosis – or, constant bad breath. Not flossing brings about tooth decay, and that brings about halitosis. Gum disease and tooth decay are both caused by plaque, which can also be a source of bad-smelling breath.

         ·         To reduce the risk of heart disease – The mouth is an entryway for harmful bacteria that can reach cardiac tissue. If you suffer from heart disease, flossing and brushing twice daily can help reduce the complications.

         ·         To avoid complications of diabetes – Evidence says that diabetes can be aggravated when someone has gum disease. Tissue inflammation at the gum level can develop quicker, complicating diabetes. Flossing regularly and removing plaque and tartar helps to reduce and avoid these complications.