Is laser dentistry appropriate for children?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dental Health |

Is-laser-dentistry-appropriate-for-childrenSome kids are afraid of the dentist.

There’s just no way of getting around that, and the sooner parents understand that – and remember how nervous they were about visiting the dentist as children themselves – the better off everyone will be.

Parents should talk to their children about the dentist in a way that desensitizes them to their nervousness and anxiety. But parents should also be able to talk to their dentists about moving forward with less invasive and significantly less painful dental procedures like laser dentistry, for example.

Laser dentistry has completely changed the landscape of dental solutions for children as well as adults, and in many cases is considered to be the ultimate “pain-free” solution as opposed to drilling and shooting children up with Novocain.

Even still, there are some parents that aren’t quite sure whether or not this relatively new technology (laser dentistry has only been approved by the FDA since 1997, after all) is safe enough for children.

So, the question is, is laser dentistry safe for children?

You bet it is!

“Light saber” technology used by dental offices all over the United States – and the rest of the world, for that matter – are considered to be significantly safer to use in the frequently sensitive mouths of small children than traditional high-speed drilling operations.

High-speed drills are definitely great at doing some “heavy lifting” when it comes to removing tooth decay and repairing issues in a child’s mouth, but they also sound and look really scary. Parents and children alike just don’t want to have to deal with that kind of headache any longer.

Thankfully, though, the new laser technology available on the market today (which continues to get better and better on a routine basis) is almost as good right now at removing that same tooth decay and performing the exact same procedures as traditional drills.

What’s more, lasers get the job done without any loud noises, spinning devices, or nerve-racking drills. Children are going to be able to relax when it comes time for a laser treatment, and though it’s going to take a little bit longer for a laser treatment compared to a traditional drill operation, most kids are fascinated by the laser and how it works. That makes the time pass by faster while they’re in the dentist’s chair.

Dentists like in All Brite Dental in the Downriver Area of Michigan have been using these kinds of tools for some time now, and continue to educate parents about the benefits that laser tools have to offer. Learn more about laser dentistry and discover everything that Dr. Zia Rafiq has to offer on the subject.

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Is TMJ Treatable?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Dental Health |

tmj-symptomsTemporomandibular Disorder, better known as TMJ or TMD, is a common disease that affects around 83 million people over the age of 12. It is defined by a misalignment in the Temporomandibular Joint, located in your jaw. The most common symptoms include a popping or clicking sound when the jaw is opened or closed, as well as an inability to fully open the jaw properly.

Other symptoms include:

-Headaches or Migraines

-Pain behind the eyes

-Ear pain, aches, or an itchy, stuffy, clogged feeling

-Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)

-Decreased hearing

-Pain in the cheek muscles

-Uncontrollable movement or twitches in the jaw or tongue

-General pain in the body, primarily in the neck or shoulders

-Swallowing difficulties

-A feeling of something being constantly stuck in your throat

-Numbness in the hands, fingers, or arms

-Pain in the scalp or hair when touched

-Vertigo or dizziness

Is TMJ Treatable?

Yes, TMJ is treatable, and it’s possible to one day live without the pain or other annoying symptoms of the disease. It can be a long road to recovery, depending on the severity of your TMJ and any other complications in the mouth that need to be corrected for a permanent solution. You can generally expect a full recovery to take anywhere between three and twenty-four months after treatment has begun, with most treatments averaging three to nine months.

How Is TMJ Treated?

The first step is to use specifically designed equipment to figure out what the alignment of your jaw should be for maximum comfort and health. A Salinas Dentist, Delwin Hemingway uses information from this specialized equipment to create a fixed biting surface that will help move your jaw slowly back into its proper alignment. This device is typically worn for around three months.

After the fixed biting surface has been worn for around three months, Dr. Hemingway will discuss any further steps that are needed for your specific case. For severe cases, surgery might be necessary, although this is always a last resort. If there is any damage to your teeth, repairs will be undertaken so you can have a healthy, beautiful, pain-free smile.

Why Dr. Hemingway?

Dr. Hemingway’s solution for people who suffer from TMJ is an advanced method that addresses the source of pain – not just the symptoms. His precise approach utilizes state-of-the-art technology, analysis, and progressive treatment to create a proven, permanent solution.

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Things You Can Do to Help Someone Overcome Substance Abuse

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

crying-father-hugging-son-350It is hard to see someone you love and care about slip away or become detached from you and the world. If you know someone that is addicted or dependent to drugs or alcohol, you will know that it is hard not only to the person who is addicted but also for everyone that cares for that person. It is not an easy thing to watch someone fight a battle on their own. You know that you want to help but you don’t know exactly how. If you know someone or is suspecting that someone you know is suffering from alcohol or drug abuse and addiction and would want to help them in any way you can, here are some of the things that you should do.

Talk about it

If you are questioning if someone you know is abusing or is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is better to talk to them directly about your concern. The sooner you confront that person, the sooner his or her problem will be addressed and solved. You don’t have to wait for that person to hit rock bottom before you decide to finally act upon your intuition. Know that the longer you let the problem hang in the air like it is invisible, the deeper the person might be going into addiction. Substance abuse and addiction causes the brain to have a different pattern and structure. The person addicted is not able to think and act clearly. You are the person from the outside that can clearly see what is going on and what is changing. You can see the harm that it is causing that person and his or her life and therefore it is up to you to address it and make them see and realize them if they still haven’t.

Also, you need to remind them that you and others are there to support. Talk to that person and do not make him feel alone or like a burden. Be patient with them and try to understand the struggle that they are suffering from.

Be Open Minded

Although addiction is not a good thing, when talking to someone with addiction or have experienced substance abuse, you need to be open-minded. The last thing you need and the worst thing you can do is to make them feel judged. Do not act and sound all mighty and arrogant around them for what they have done. Remember that just because you have not suffered from it, does not mean that you are stronger or morally better than them. We all suffer from different things and circumstances. It just so happened that yours was better than what happened to them.

What a person who is suffering from substance abuse and addiction needs from the people around them is compassion and support. Let them know that you are around and that you will stay with them.

Pressure them if you have to

Since a person changes physically, mentally and behaviorally because of drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, they can get easily angry and anxious as well as defensive. If you have a hard time convincing them to go to rehab or get any kind of treatment, you do not have to let them be and give up on them. You can pressure them to get help. They might get angry at you but know that once their mind is cleared up, they will be thankful that you were there to push them to the right direction.

There are a lot of things that you can do to help someone you know from drug or alcohol abuse. Just make sure that you are patient and open minded. Be supportive and let them take little steps to get back on track and do not be afraid to push them gently if you have to.


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