Kids health

At what age should your baby first visit the dentist?

June 20th, 2019

At what age should your baby first visit the dentist?

Many new parents think around the age of 2 or when their baby is walking. However, it’s well before that. Both Dental and medical professional’s recommend having your baby visit the dentist for their first check up before the age of 1, or 6 months after your baby’s first tooth erupts. Starting early helps introducing the dental office and dentist to your child. Creating a bond for your child to familiarize their growing teeth.

At your child’s first visit at Radiance Dental in Camas, Washington Dr.Bharathi will address any concerns and findings with you to promote good oral hygiene. The dental assistant or dental hygienist will help make your child’s visit fun and interactive. They will involve your child into cleaning their teeth and playing with the dental tools and dental instruments at their appointment.

 

Dr.Bharathi attended the Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) certification training conducted by a dental champion under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Pediatric Dentistry. This amazing program’s goal is to ensures that our youngest and most vulnerable children have access to dental care that promotes good lifelong oral health habits and helps them avoid cavities, pain and high-cost dental interventions later in life. Our dental assistants will review with you the ABCD program of good home care. For example like good snacks for diet, habits to have them avoid and outgrow, as well as techniques and tricks to encourage brushing and flossing at home and lifting the lip and looking for anything unusual on the gums or teeth.

 

Many parents believe that that baby teeth are nothing to worry about because they will fall out any way. We understand that is what happens, but for the time that their primary teeth are in there they’re holding the space for the permanent teeth to grow into and lifelong oral health. Primary teeth are important because they’re:

  • Helping children chew properly to maintain good nutrition.
  • Involvement in speech development.
  • Helping save space for permanent teeth.
  • Promoting a healthy smile that helps children feel good about the way they look.

If a tooth falls out to earlier the dentist will have to plan for something to help maintain and hold that space so it doesn’t close or have another tooth drift into its place. If a primary tooth gets an abscess (infection) and it’s not addressed it can linger and harm the permanent tooth. By addressing and treating things that are small ensures that a primary tooth will last until it’s job is complete and ready for the permanent tooth to take over its position naturally.

Give us a call to schedule your little one. We would love to help you maintain their beautiful little smile, and yours. Make an appointment at our E. Vancouver and Camas, WA location to have Dr.Bharathi complete a full exam or for your regular check-up. We're conveniently located off of 192nd on 34th St behind the QFC in Camas.

Join us on Sunday, June 30th from 11am-3pm for a community BBQ & Ice Cream Social. You’ll have the chance to meet the entire team and mingle with fellow community members. We’ll have all sorts of family friendly activities for all ages. There will be a balloon artist, face painting, corn hole, tons of delicious food choices for vegans and meat eaters and everyone in-between. As well as amazing raffle prizes. One family will win family cooked dinner by Dr.Bharathi and her team! For more information check our latest post “BBQ AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL 2019” or give our office a call @ (360)369-6420. We look forward to seeing you!

Tooth-Colored Fillings

June 19th, 2019

Once upon a time, silver fillings ruled in dental offices everywhere. For a long time, they were the only option dentists used to close off the spaces on teeth where bacteria could easily enter.

Most patients did not regard a pearly white and silver smile as something to be super excited about. Luckily, we have a range of more aesthetically pleasing options today. The most common material used for fillings now is composite, also known as tooth-colored fillings.

Composite fillings are made to match the shade of your teeth, so they offer a seamless addition to your smile. They even let light travel through them the same way that natural enamel does. Composite fillings are great because they erase imperfections and can even reshape your teeth by minimizing excessive spacing. If you have a gap between your two front teeth, for example, a composite filling is an easy, non-invasive, and most important, cost-effective way to give you the instant fix you desire.

Overall, tooth-colored fillings make an easy choice all around. Easily placed, readily repaired, and well disguised. In a world where a perfect smile seems to have become standard for everybody, why not get composite fillings for yourself?

You can smile with the confidence of knowing that nobody will spot a shiny silver thing in your mouth. Visit our Camas office to get a consult or give us a call! We’re always happy to answer your questions.

Diet and Dental Health: What to eat and what to avoid

May 29th, 2019

You are probably aware that guzzling soda and drinking those sugary Starbucks Frappuccinos aren’t particularly good for your dental health. But how much thought do you give to the effects of your diet on your teeth? Practicing healthy eating habits isn’t just helpful for your waistline, it also ensures that your teeth stay strong and cavity-free.

How diet affects dental health

Our team at Radiance Dental will tell you that your mouth is a complicated place on a microbiological level. Harmful bacteria form dental plaques which convert the sugars in food to acids that wear away at tooth enamel. Meanwhile, saliva washes away some of the detrimental acids, while minerals work to rebuild where teeth are damaged. The foods you eat are important for managing this balancing act between harmful bacteria and helpful rebuilding agents.

Rethinking your diet to prevent cavities

Carefully considering your dietary choices is a smart way to become mindful of the foods you eat and how they affect oral health.

Foods to eat

  • Calcium- and phosphorus-rich foods. We’ve all heard that milk builds strong bones, and your teeth are included in that. Milk, cheese, nuts, and chicken are strong sources of calcium and phosphorus. These minerals are used to repair damage to the teeth’s enamel.
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables. Biting into an apple stimulates saliva flow, which washes harmful acids from the surface of your teeth. Turn to other crunchy fruits and vegetables, including carrots, celery, pears, and lettuce, to increase saliva production.
  • Sugar substitutes. If you have a sweet tooth but want to decrease tooth decay, sugar substitutes such as Stevia or Equal provide a sugary kick without harming your teeth.

Foods to avoid

  • Sugary snacks. Cookies, cakes, candies, and other sugary treats provide a feast for the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, these foods often get stuck in the ridges of your teeth, and provide a breeding ground for new bacteria.
  • Acidic fruits and vegetables. Foods high in acidity, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, peaches, and lemons, wear away the enamel of your teeth. Because these foods can be part of a healthy diet, remember to brush after eating them or swish with a mouth rinse to protect your teeth.

Eating well is an essential part of keeping your teeth healthy. Consult Drs. Bharathi and Bassili about your diet for tips on food habits that keep your teeth strong and cavity-free. For more information about the link between your diet and your oral health, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, please give us a call at our convenient Camas office!

Welcoming to our office the NO CAVITY CLUB!

May 8th, 2019

Our goal is to encourage kids to take care of their oral hygiene by daily brushing and flossing.

Every check-up your child has with us we will clean their beautiful teeth, take cool dental x-rays as necessary, and have Dr.Bharathi swing by for an exam to ensure no sugar bugs are lurking and making homes out of your child's' teeth. Also known as cavity's or dental decay. Dr.Bharathi will review your child's x-rays, if we took some, then clinical check their mouth for any funny business. If Dr.Bharathi happens to find anything she will bring it to your attention and ensure you're aware and understand what plan or possible option we can do to fix up what needs to be done. And to finish off our visit by applying special vitamins on their teeth, fluoride varnish, to strengthen their growing smiles.

However, if during the exam Dr.Bharathi does not find any decay/cavities, or sugar bugs on your child's teeth we will surprise them with a awesome gift for doing such a great job keeping their mouth sparkling clean. In their surprise they will find toys, a special note signed from all of us and a gift card to dutch bros!

Make an appointment for your child(ren) by visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you guys soon! (360)369-6420

 

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