Thumb sucking, the good, the bad and the normal As parents, we have a myriad of concerns when it comes to our kids. We want our children to grow up healthy without developing any habits that would jeopardize their proper development. Thumb sucking is one of the things that we worry about as our babies grow and become toddlers. Parents wonder if the habit will continue, or if they have to seek help to stop it. Never fear: Common sense or advice from your child's dentist or doctor is frequently all you need. The good news is that the habit will often stop well before your child starts preschool. Normal Behavior Thumb sucking or finger sucking, along with pacifier use, is perfectly acceptable for infants. This is a natural reflex for an infant that can often be seen in the womb during development. This reflex gives your baby comfort and, as he/she grows, it may help feel secure and happy. [...]
Dr. Macdonald treats me and my family as very special people. We have been coming here since the 90s. Oral health is so important and Dr. Macdonald and his team stress prevention. Always keeping us as first priority caring about fears and pain levels. I can´t imagine having anyone else work on my mouth. When I have surgical work done Dr. Al always calls me that evening to see if I am ok. Joanne Skingley
12 interesting facts about teeth Most of us put a lot of time and effort into reading about the things we find interesting. Whether it’s a hobby we’re trying to better our skills in or a subject at work we’re trying to become more of an authority figure on, we never stop educating ourselves on the things that pique our interests. But what about the things in our own bodies that we overlook on a daily basis? We use our bodies every day, yet most of us have never done any research into how or why they work. It’s uncommon that a part of our curios research ever has anything to do with ourselves, and that’s especially true when it comes to the mouth. If you’re like us and are getting curious about your chompers, here’s a list of 12 interesting facts about teeth that will surprise you: 1. Surveys have shown that your smile is the first thing that [...]
Interesting Oral Hygiene Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Dr. Alan Macdonald wants to share with you a few fun facts about oral hygiene that you may not be aware of. There are plenty of myths surrounding dental hygiene and you shouldn’t believe everything you hear on the streets. Dental health is a whole science in itself and there is a lot more to it than there appears. If you’re someone who puts a cap on their toothbrush each time after you use it, then consider tossing that cap and letting your toothbrush air out. The commonly used practice of putting a cap on the toothbrush is actually more detrimental. The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth. 75% of the population suffers from some stage of periodontal gum disease. Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. [...]
There are many ways to ensure your family is maintaining excellent oral health. Like all habits, excellent oral hygiene begins at a young age. Here are a few tips that you and your children can follow to ensure optimum oral health throughout life. Here are some recommendations: • Visit your dentist regularly • Practice excellent daily oral hygiene flossing everyday is a must • Maintain a healthy diet NO sugar use Xylitol • Check your mouth for any signs of disease, loose teeth, puffy gums, white or red patches, lumps, or unexplained bleeding • Don’t use tobacco in any form, tobacco leads to many diseases including, oral cancers, heart and lung disease Book your professional cleaning service twice a year. Please call us.