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How to Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

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Do you bottle-feed your baby or toddler? If so, you may be unaware that certain practices can lead to oral health problems for your child. Don’t worry - many parents at our Gasport dental office are surprised to learn that this is even a concern. But the good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize your child’s chances of developing decay resulting from bottle-feeding.

How does using a bottle lead to tooth decay?

Tooth decay due to bottle-feeding occurs when a young child, usually between one year and three years of age, develops multiple cavities in their primary teeth. Decay results when the child’s teeth are exposed to sugary ...

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Tips for Handling a Dental Emergency

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At some point in our lives, it is likely that we will all experience a dental emergency. If you have active children, there’s a good possibility that you have already made a mad dash to the dentist for immediate treatment.

While we’re talking about kids and dental emergencies, we want to take a moment to stress the importance of wearing mouth guards while playing sports like baseball, football, and soccer. Consider this - dentists estimate that nearly 40% of dental injuries occur while playing sports, and of these injuries, 80% affect the front teeth.

In the years that Dr. Kaplansky has been practicing dentistry, we’ve seen just about every type of dental ...

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Missing Teeth – Finding the Right Solution for You

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When we were little kids, the loss of a tooth was an exciting event – we even invited the tooth fairy to come help us celebrate! But, obviously, losing a tooth as an adult can be a pretty devastating occurrence.

Not only are you now missing a tooth, but you’ve probably also lost some of your self-confidence. A missing tooth can make it difficult to face the day, go to work, and talk with new people when our smile doesn’t live up to our expectations.  

Depending on the location of the missing tooth, you may wonder if it’s really necessary to have it replaced. Of course, it is ultimately ...

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Adult Braces are More Popular Than Ever

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Have you ever noticed that celebrities always seem to have flawless teeth? Their perfect pearly whites grin at you from the big screen and the pages of magazines. The truth is that stars aren’t all born that way. Some have even sported orthodontic gear on the red carpet!

For instance, big stars like actor Tom Cruise and country singer Faith Hill have made braces downright fashionable.

In the past, adults  – both celebrities and not - may have been hesitant to inquire about using braces to straighten their crooked teeth. One common misconception about braces is that they only work in young mouths; however, braces do work effectively in adulthood.

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What is Malocclusion?

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Do you feel as though your top and bottom teeth do not fit together comfortably? Ideally, your top teeth should rest perfectly over your bottom teeth. If this is not the case, you may have a malocclusion.

What is a Malocclusion?

A malocclusion is a misalignment of bite. There are three main types of malocclusion:

  • Overbite – An overbite is characterized by the teeth in the upper jaw significantly overlap the teeth of the lower jaw
  • Underbite – If the teeth in your lower jaw protrude past the teeth in the upper jaw, you may have an underbite
  • Crossbite – A crossbite is an irregular bite characterized by one or more teeth that overlap where ...

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Dental Implants FAQ

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Is There a Minimum Age for Dental Implants?

The only age limitation we have in implant dentistry is the requirement that bone growth be completed at the time of implant placement to ensure predictable results. The completion of bone growth generally occurs around the age of 18 for males and 15 for females.

Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?

We can answer that question after your initial consultation. Utilizing our advanced in-office imaging technology such as 3D Computer Tomography Dr. Kaplansky will determine if your bone requires augmentation via a graft to facilitate implant placement. Bone grafting may be performed prior to implant placement or ...

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