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    Answers to Your Questions About Your Child's Dental Health

    Last updated 3 days ago

    If you are a new parent, you probably have countless questions. Some of these may be about your child’s dental health. Read on to find out how to properly take care of your child’s teeth and oral health.

    How Important Are Baby Teeth and How Are They Cleaned?

    Some people might think that since baby teeth eventually fall out, they must not be all that important to maintain. However, baby teeth provide a great deal of benefits for a child’s oral health. These teeth appear during a critical time period in a child’s life, when he or she is learning to speak and eat on his or her own. These teeth are imperative in order for these functions to develop naturally. They also create distinct areas for adult teeth to come in individually over time. While a child’s teeth should be brushed in a similar fashion to adults, infant’s teeth should be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least once per day.

    Should My Child See a Pediatric or Family Dentist?

    Whether or not your child should see a pediatric or family dentist depends on his or her age. Pediatric dentists undergo years of specialized training in order to efficiently treat infants and children. If your child is not yet an adolescent, you should see a pediatric dentist. Children who are in their adolescence, however, may see a family dentist with the rest of the family.

    How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay for My Child?

    There are many things you can do to protect your child’s teeth from decay. As soon as the first tooth comes in, begin seeing a dentist regularly. He or she will teach you how to brush and floss your child’s teeth. In addition, be sure that your child consumes a healthy, balanced diet in order to prevent tooth decay.

    If you have more questions about your child’s dental health, contact the experts at Southport Dental. We are proud to serve the Indianapolis and Greenwood areas with a variety of high quality dental services. For more information about our crowns, dentures, and implants, call us at (317) 497-5061 or visit our website

    The Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Tobacco is dangerous to your health regardless of the form of administration. They all have many risks in common. Watch this video to take a look at the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

    Smokeless tobacco is known to have at least 28 carcinogens, which are harmful agents that can lead to oral cancer. It can also lead to other serious conditions like gum disease as well as tooth decay and sensitivity. Smokeless tobacco can also cause tissue in your mouth to recede, leaving the roots of your teeth behind. If you notice white, grey, or red patches in your mouth, contact your doctor as soon as possible because it may be a sign of oral cancer. Other signs include difficulty speaking or chewing food.

    Southport Dental provides Greenwood and Indianapolis with a plethora of dental services. Please visit our website or call (317) 497-5061 to find out more about what we can do for you.

    Lost Teeth and Lost Health

    Last updated 9 days ago

    There are many factors that can contribute to lost teeth, and missing teeth can contribute to serious health risks. However, there are ways to cope with missing teeth and maintain good oral health. Watch this video to find out how you can prevent lost teeth from turning into lost health.

    When you have fewer teeth, it can prevent you from eating healthy foods because of the difficulty you may have with chewing fruits and vegetables. If you are sacrificing these healthy options for foods with excess saturated fat and cholesterol, consider an alternate oral treatment. Dental implants can help you to easily eat these healthy foods that help to prevent cancer and heart disease.

    If you are missing teeth, contact the dental professionals at Southport Dental or visit our website. We specialize in a multitude of dental services including crowns, dentures, and implants. You can find out more about our services by calling us at (317) 497-5061.

    There's Something in the Water: Your Guide to Fluoride

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Fluoride is both found naturally and synthesized in a laboratory. Many people recognize this ion in a dental context because it is often added to toothpaste because it can help your teeth. However, it can also be found in drinking water. Here is your guide to fluoride.

    Why Is It Helpful?

    Fluoride is used to protect teeth from decay, and can have a significant effect. Fluoride’s effects are both preventative and restorative. It can reduce instances of mineralization in teeth where sugars and bacteria create acid; fluoride prevents enamel from acid-related erosion. When acid has already begun to erode enamel, fluoride identifies and remineralizes these areas. In addition to preventing acid from forming plaque on your teeth, fluoride alters the enamel itself and bolsters it from damage.

    Who Benefits?

    Since it protects teeth as well as regenerates them, it is helpful for individuals of all ages to use fluoride. However, there are certain people who can benefit most. This group includes people who have dry mouths, do not practice sufficient oral hygiene, wear braces, and have receding gums. People in this category are more prone to tooth decay for a variety of reasons. Thanks to fluoride’s regenerative properties, it is a helpful tool in combating these issues.

    What Is Fluoride Treatment?

    If you are among the individuals who would benefit from extra fluoride, you may want to consider engaging in fluoride treatment. This can be done at home or with your dentist. Your dentist will coat your teeth with fluoride in paint or foam form. Alternatively, he or she may put fluoride into a mouth guard and have you simply wear it for a short period of time. In addition to this treatment, you should be brushing your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste on a regular basis to help protect yourself from tooth decay.

    Southport Dental is the one stop shop for all of Greenwood’s and Indianapolis’ dental needs. Our services include wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment, adult braces and more. You can find out more about our services by visiting our website or giving us a call at (317) 497-5061.

    Lost Teeth and Lost Health

    Last updated 20 days ago

    There are many factors that can contribute to lost teeth, and missing teeth can contribute to serious health risks. However, there are ways to cope with missing teeth and maintain good oral health. Watch this video to find out how you can prevent lost teeth from turning into lost health.

    When you have fewer teeth, it can prevent you from eating healthy foods because of the difficulty you may have with chewing fruits and vegetables. If you are sacrificing these healthy options for foods with excess saturated fat and cholesterol, consider an alternate oral treatment. Dental implants can help you to easily eat these healthy foods that help to prevent cancer and heart disease.

    If you are missing teeth, contact the dental professionals at Southport Dental or visit our website. We specialize in a multitude of dental services including crowns, dentures, and implants. You can find out more about our services by calling us at (317) 497-5061.



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