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June 1, 2016
EARLY CHILDHOOD CARIES (ECC)
By: Jeannine O. Stephenson Buffong, D.M.D. MPH
Early childhood caries (ECC) is sometimes also called “bottle caries”, ” nursing caries”, “baby bottle tooth decay”, or “night bottle mouth”. It is cavities found in babies and very young children. It is one of the most common chronic diseases found in young children in the U.S. It’s preventable and treatable!
What causes it? When teeth are exposed to sugary liquids for long periods of time. Such as going to sleep with a bottle with milk, juice or soda. Parents/ caretakers/ other children sharing things that go in the mouth like, forks, spoons, toys, cups, pacifiers.
Why should you fix baby teeth? If not treated cavities can cause pain, discomfort and infections.More likely to get new cavities or have teeth extracted. More Emergency room visits, increased treatment cost and time.
Baby teeth are important: so kids can eat well and grow, needed for speaking and to hold the space for their adult teeth.
What you can do to prevent ECC: Early visits to the dentist within 6 months of your child’s first tooth. Regular dental visits. Wiping mouth, gums and teeth with clean cloth or brush after meals. This helps the child get use to having their mouth cleaned. Assist toddlers with brushing. If needed only put your baby to bed with water in bottle or cup. Don’t allow constant sipping on sugary liquids between meals or snacks. Make sure child gets enough fluoride. Get supplements or recommendations from Pediatrician or dentist.
Healthy smiles means happy smiles!
April 1, 2014
RJ Dental Infection Control Protocol
As you are probably aware, there is widespread news coverage involving the investigation of an Oklahoma oral surgeon for allegedly poor infection control practices and delegation of dental procedures. The American Dental Association and RJ Dental is monitoring this developing story closely.
As a result of this story, the ADA fielded numerous media inquiries about infection control and health practices in US dental offices. Below are links to resources that may be helpful to you our patients:
Policy Statement on Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Control and the Practice of Dentistry
Statement on Infection Control in Dentistry
CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings (2003)
Should you have any concern, here are some answers to commonly asked questions:
I want to assure you that in my dental practice, we follow stringent infection control procedures. Also, as your doctor, I would only delegate procedures to my staff that they are licensed or qualified to perform per state regulations.
We only delegate procedures to only duly trained or licensed staff .. I care about my patients and your health and safety are my foremost priorities.
Studies show that following proper infection control procedures greatly reduces risk to patients to the point of an extremely remote possibility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed special recommendations for use in dental offices.
Let me describe just a few of the things that we do in my practice in terms of infection control:
• All dental staff involved in patient care scrub their hands before each and every patient and use appropriate protective garb such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear.
• A new set of gloves and masks are used for each patient.
• Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, instrument tray, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and decontaminated.
• Non-disposable dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients. In my office we sterilize instruments using AN AUTOCLAVE WHICH INVOLVES STEAM UNDER PRESSURE.
• Disposable items like needles or gauze are placed in special bags or containers for special, monitored disposal.
• Your well-being is important to me and my staff, which is why we follow stringent infection control procedures and comply with all state regulations for the protection of patients.
• You can visit the American Dental Association’s website at www.mouthhealthy.org and use the search term “infection control” to see a video on this topic. The website has a lot of information to help you take care of your oral health, too.
Resourse: The American Dental Association
September 26, 2013
Thumb Sucking: It’s Cute Until You Know The Facts
By: Dr. Marissa E. Halum Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. A thumb or finger sucking habit should cease when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children usually stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb or finger sucking that persists beyond the eruption of permanent teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth, misalignment of the teeth, open bite and permanent deformation of the jaws. There are several things that can be tried at home to break the habit. A sock on the hand, band aid on the finger, use of a sour tasting polish and positive reinforcement are some of the many methods used to stop this habit. If all options are exhausted, a more permanent solution to thumb or finger sucking is an appliance that is custom made by the dental laboratory after an impression is taken. There are many different types of habit breaking appliances which are case specific for the individual child. The appliance is cemented on the upper molars and is positioned behind the upper front teeth on the roof of the mouth. The appliance usually consists of semicircular stainless steel wires. The stainless steel wires fit behind the child’s upper front teeth, and there are barely visible, if at all. This appliance does not cause any discomfort and is not affected by eating. It serves as a reminder to the child that the thumb is not supposed to be in the mouth. The crib usually stops the habit of thumb sucking within weeks or months. It is normally recommended to leave the appliance in place for at least 6 months or longer. Then, the appliance is kept after it is removed and can be recemented in the patient if the habit is started again.
August 1, 2013
So You Think You Have Dental Insurance?
Well you don’t! Your dental coverage is not like your Medical insurance. Most “dental Insurances” are actually a Dental Benefit or Discount plan that doesn’t cover most of your procedures at a100%. The truth is that all dental benefits are different. Some have different maximum yearly benefits which range from $1000-$3000. Others may cover some major procedures like implants, crowns (caps) and bridges at a different percentages and some may not cover them at all. Some plans even dictate which dentist you are able to visit [in-network (DMO) vs. out-network (PPO)]. So before choosing or making any changes to your dental benefits please call our office for guidance and suggestions.
Follow the link for more information from the ADA website: Click here