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Posts for: December, 2014

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
December 30, 2014
Category: Oral Health

During Nancy O'Dell's interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the former co-anchor of Access Hollywood and new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight could not resist her journalistic instincts to turn the tables so that she could learn more about a baby's oral health. Here are just some of the facts she learned from the publisher of Dear Doctor about childhood tooth decay, pacifier use and what the right age is for a child's first visit to the dentist.

Many moms-to-be and parents or caregivers of young children are surprised to learn that around age 1 is the ideal time to schedule a child's first visit to the dentist. This visit is crucial because it sets the stage for the child's oral health for the rest of his or her life. It can also be quite beneficial for the parents, too, as they can be reassured that there are no problems with development and that the child's teeth appear to be growing properly. And if by chance we identify any concerns, we will discuss them with you as well as any necessary treatment strategies.

Nancy also wanted to learn more about pacifiers — specifically, if it is a good idea for parents to encourage their use. Obviously, children are born with a natural instinct for sucking, so giving a child a pacifier seems totally harmless. Pacifiers definitely have some advantages; however, if used for too long — past the age of 18 months — they can cause long-term changes in the child's developing mouth (both the teeth and the jaws).

Another problem that parents and caregivers need to be aware of is baby bottle syndrome. This is a condition that develops in children who are perpetually sucking on a baby bottle filled with sugary fluids such as formula, fruit juices, cola or any liquids containing a large amount of sugar, honey or other sweeteners. It is important to note that a mother's own breast milk or cow's milk are good choices for feeding babies, as they both contain lactose, a natural sugar that is less likely to cause decay. However, if these liquids are placed in a bottle and a child is allowed to suck on it throughout the night, they, too, can promote tooth decay. The key is to feed your child properly while avoiding all-night feedings and liquids loaded with sugar.

To read the entire Dear Doctor magazine article on Nancy O'Dell as well as to learn more about a baby's oral health, continue reading “Nancy O'Dell — A life full of smiles.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, listen to your concerns, answer your questions and discuss any necessary treatment options.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health

With all the yummy treats the holiday season has to offer, make sure your child still maintains a radiant smile.

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the wonderful smells that waft from the kitchen. From pumpkin pie and candy canes to hot chocolate and gingerbread men, it can be hard to keep your hands of these delectable goodies; however, we often see the most Children's Healthdental problems around the holidays and sadly a lot of these treats are to blame. No child wants to deal with a cavity or dental emergency over the holidays. That’s why your West Hartford dentist offers up some tips for how to keep your child’s smile healthy and happy this season.

Put Certain Foods on the Naughty List

With the holidays in full swing there are a ton of parties and events happening in your child’s school, neighborhood and maybe even your home. With this also comes an increase in holiday goodies like desserts, candies and festive drinks. While you shouldn’t be a complete Grinch and keep all delicious snacks away from your child, make sure there is significant moderation. A treat here and there isn’t bad, but allowing your child to graze on sugar all day can cause some detrimental effects on his smile. Hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and pies can certainly take their toll. Therefore, opt for one treat a day for your child so he can still enjoy the holiday season but without the cavities.

Water, Water Everywhere…

When your child does partake of these festive treats, also make sure he is drinking water along with it. Swishing water around after each sugar-filled bite can help protect against some of sugar’s harsh affects on teeth.

Hygiene for All, and to All a Good Night

You should be keeping an eye on your child’s daily oral care habits. Is he brushing for at least twice a day? Also, when he is brushing is he brushing for at least two minutes? Is he also flossing his teeth? These are all essential components to a healthier smile. This regime is going to be particularly helpful if your child is consuming stain-producing foods and sugary snacks. Good oral hygiene is always important, but even more so during the holiday season. Make sure your child is doing his part every day to ensure that there are no cavities in the New Year.

Give your child the gift of a cavity-free smile this New Year, and if it’s time for your child’s six-month dental checkup then it’s time to call your West Hartford dentist to book an appointment.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   bacteria  

Bacteria are bad… right? They can cause diseases like pneumonia, strep throat, and tooth decay. They are the reason we wash our hands with soap (or antibacterial gels) and cook (or refrigerate) our food. Yet it turns out that bacteria are also necessary to keep our bodies healthy — and new research is showing just how important these tiny microorganisms are to our well-being. Here are five facts you should know about bacteria.

The bacteria in our bodies outnumber our cells by a factor of 10 to 1. An estimated 100 trillion bacteria live inside the average human — but because they’re so small, they make up only 1-3 percent of our body mass.

The collection of bacteria we harbor is called our “microbiome.” Like the groundbreaking study of human DNA called the Human Genome Project, recent research is leading to a “map” of our bacterial makeup. This revolutionary study is called — you guessed it — the Human Microbiome Project.

No two people have exactly the same microbiome. But in general, the bacteria that live in a particular spot on the body (the mouth, for example) play the same roles in different individuals. Research has also shown that a healthy microbiome looks very different from a diseased microbiome.

In terms of bacteria, the mouth is one of the best-understood areas of the body. It has long been known that tooth decay can result when “bad” oral bacteria begin to outnumber their “good” counterparts. Now we are gaining a better understanding of how certain lifestyle factors — like cigarette smoking — may influence the bacterial balance in the mouth.

Understanding the microbiome may lead to new treatments for disease. Researchers hope that one day, certain serious diseases could be controlled by bacterial “transplants” that re-balance an individual’s microbiome. Maintaining a healthy microbiome could also help prevent many diseases.

So by all means, don’t stop brushing your teeth or washing your hands — this helps control bacteria that could harm you — but do remember that not all bacteria are harmful. One day, an infusion of bacteria might just cure your illness.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato
December 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Find out why it’s important to always have a family dentist you can turn to.

family dentistryWe are always taking every precaution to make sure both our family and ourselves are healthy. So why should anything be different when it comes to our dental health? While many Americans say they skip their routine checkups, we always recommend that you have a West Hartford family dentist you can turn to. Here are the some reasons you should turn to us for your dental needs:

Accidents happen

We can never plan for everything in life and no matter how careful we seem to be accidents still happen. You may have knocked out a tooth or are experiencing a toothache but both are considered dental emergencies, which means taking time out of your schedule to get the problem fixed. However, if you don’t have a West Hartford family dentist you won’t know where to turn.
Emergency room visits are pricey and you’ll find yourself waiting longer than you should for treatment. However, if you have a family dentist already in place, you can rush right in when an emergency happens. We can get you the treatment you need and even save your smile.

Early diagnosis

While prevention is key, there are still times that decay and even gum disease will find their way in. However, it’s not as big an issue when you catch the problem early. This means seeing your West Hartford family dentist for your routine checkups. Don’t skimp on your visits.
You should be going at least twice a year for exams and cleanings. There we will be able to pinpoint any problem areas before they wreak havoc. Waiting to see your dentist will only prolong the issue and most likely make it worse. Nip problems in the bud by seeing your dentist regularly.

Clean smiles

Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy smile. You may even find yourself brushing like a fiend in order to get into every nook and cranny; however, you’re human and you still miss spots. That’s where your family dentist comes in. Clean smiles are our thing, and through specialized instruments and trained professionals we can remove plaque and tartar buildup in no time.
Furthermore, once plaque turns to tartar it’s impossible to clean off your teeth with just a normal toothbrush. Only your family dentist can remove it. That’s another reason why routine visits are so important. If tartar is left untreated it will eventually cause gum disease.
If it’s time you or a family member say their West Hartford family dentist, call our office today to schedule your next appointment with us. We can’t wait to see you.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
December 05, 2014
Category: Social Media
Tags: Dentist   Social Media  
Are you a social networking guru? Do you love checking out what your friends are doing online? Do you find yourself tweeting about the fantastic meal you had the other night or the best local events in town? Even if you’re social media savvy, you may not have thought about how these different online networks can connect to your health. However, if you value your oral health like your West Hartford family dentist does, then it’s time that you signed into your Twitter and Facebook accounts and connected with our dental office.

Why should I stay connected?

If you want to stay updated on the latest dental treatments, office news and healthy tips and advice from your trusty West Hartford dentist, then you to can do this with just a few clicks of your mouse or smartphone.

What kinds of information should I expect to receive?

Fun topics on your dental health, of course! Some of our latest Facebook posts include, “Dental-Friendly Chewing Gum can be Beneficial to Your Oral Health” and “Are Mouthguards Important? Just ask Fitness Expert Jillian Michaels.” Find out the answers to some of your dental questions, or discover new dentistry topics that you never even thought about. Who knows, you may even learn something that saves your teeth from potential problems.
Plus you never know when we might offer a special deal on dental care through our social media accounts. But if you follow us, then you’ll be part of those fantastic deals.
Love your West Hartford dentist and want the world to know? Then be sure to leave us a review on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you even if you aren’t coming in for your six-month visit.

Why should I use social media to connect with my dentist?

Besides getting important dental information, receiving weekly Facebook and Twitter alerts will remind you about your oral health. Your smile is just as important as your overall health; however, when there doesn’t seem to be an outright problem we often forget that our smiles still need some TLC. These friendly alerts remind you that it’s time to come in for your six-month cleaning. Your life gets busy, but with these little alerts, we may provide you with the little nudge you need to get your smile the proper treatment it needs.
So, what are you waiting for? Connect with us today:
We always love to stay involved with our patients, including through social media! Find us online today!