Erie's Dental Talk

Posts for: October, 2013

By Modern Dental Group
October 30, 2013
Category: Oral Health

Throughout your child's lifetime, you will experience many important milestones together, some more pleasant than others. Teething is one of those notable milestones, and unfortunately, this “rite of passage” may cause your baby to feel uncomfortable at times.

Teething describes the tooth eruption process by which baby teeth emerge through the gums and into the mouth. It usually begins when your baby is between six and nine months, but may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. Most children will have all 20 baby teeth by agree three, with the lower front teeth erupting first, followed by the two upper front teeth and then the molars.

Every baby will experience teething differently, but the following symptoms are very common:

  • Irritability
  • Biting and gnawing
  • Gum swelling
  • Chin rash
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Ear rubbing
  • Drooling
  • Decreased appetite

Many babies make it through the teething phase without much discomfort, but sometimes the pain can be substantial. If your baby is lucky enough to experience no discomfort, he or she will likely demonstrate some of the classic symptoms of teething, such as swollen gums and drooling. You may also notice that he or she will bite or chew anything and will wake up frequently during the night. These symptoms occur most often the week the teeth actually break through the gums, beginning four days before the eruption and lasting about three days after.

Here are a few suggestions to help reduce your baby's discomfort during teething:

  • Teething rings: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents use a clean, chilled, rubber teething ring or cold wet washcloth.
  • Chilled pacifiers: Be careful not to freeze teething rings or pacifiers, as ice can burn if left in place too long.
  • Gum massage: Massaging inflamed gums with your clean finger may be helpful to reduce the pressure.
  • Over-the-counter medicine: If pain continues, you can give your baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but check with a pediatrician or pharmacist for the correct dosage. The medicine should be swallowed and not massaged into the sore areas, as this, too, can burn.

Other unpleasant side-effects of teething include diarrhea, rashes and fever. Though many have reported these symptoms to be normal, if your infant has fever or diarrhea during teething or continues to experience pain, you should schedule an appointment with our office. We'll examine your baby to ensure that the discomfort is related to teething and not something more serious.

If you would like more information about teething, please contact us for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles.”

By Modern Dental Group
October 23, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Smile! It’s Picture Time

The crisp air is settling in, and the countdown to the holidays has begun. For some people, it’s a time to eat delicious holiday comfort food: turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing, among others. Before you think about wrapping presents or making a grocery list, think about those holiday pictures. Some people love holiday pictures, but a few might try to sneak away at the last second. Whatever the case, you want to have a bright smile. dentistry erie pa

Dental Teeth Whitening

If you live in the surrounding area of Erie, PA, dental whitening is a simple task you can check off your to-do list. Don’t fuss over sticky and messy whitening strips/trays that you bought from the store. Play it smart. Let the Modern Dental Group take care of your dental whitening in Erie, PA.
Let the Professionals Handle It
Professional teeth whitening promises better results than over-the-counter products, so your teeth look whiter and picture perfect for that family photo. Drs. Shawn Casella, David DeMarco and David James DeMarco can monitor the procedure, so you won’t leave the dental office with a frown.
To schedule an appointment with Modern Dental Group, call (814) 456-0710 or visit our appointment page by clicking here.   

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By Modern Dental Group
October 15, 2013
Category: Oral Health

While she was pregnant with her son Camden Jack Cutler, 25-year-old Kristin Cavallari noticed an odd occurrence in her bathroom sink: “Every time I floss, my sink looks like I murdered somebody!” the actress and reality-TV personality exclaimed. Should we be concerned that something wicked is going on with the star of Laguna Beach and The Hills?

Before you call in the authorities, ask a periodontist: He or she will tell you that there's actually no mystery here. What Cavallari noticed is, in fact, a fairly common symptom of “pregnancy gingivitis,” a condition that affects many expectant moms in the second to eighth month of pregnancy. But why does it occur at this time?

First — just the facts: You may already know that gingivitis is the medical name for an early stage of gum disease. Its symptoms may include bad breath, bleeding gums, and soreness, redness, or tenderness of the gum tissue. Fundamentally, gum disease is caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria, or plaque, on the teeth at the gum line — but it's important to remember that, while hundreds of types of bacteria live in the mouth, only a few are harmful. A change in the environment inside the mouth — like inadequate oral hygiene, to use one example — can cause the harmful types to flourish.

But in this case, the culprit isn't necessarily poor hygiene — instead, blame it on the natural hormonal changes that take place in expectant moms. As levels of some female hormones (estrogen and/or progesterone) rise during pregnancy, changes occur in the blood vessels in the gums, which cause them to be more susceptible to the effects of bacterial toxins. The bacteria produce toxic chemicals, which in turn bring on the symptoms of gingivitis — including painful and inflamed gums that may bleed heavily when flossed.

Is pregnancy gingivits a cause for concern? Perhaps — but the condition is generally quite treatable. If you've noticed symptoms like Kristen's, the first thing you should do it consult our office. We can advise you on a variety of treatments designed to relieve the inflammation in your gums and prevent the harmful bacteria from proliferating. Of course, your oral health (and your overall health) are prime concerns during pregnancy — so don't hesitate to seek medical help if it's needed!

How did things work out with Kristen? She maintained an effective oral hygiene routine, delivered a healthy baby — and recently appeared on the cover of Dear Doctor magazine, as the winner of the “Best Celebrity Smile” contest for 2012. And looking at her smile, it's no mystery why she won.

If you would like more information about pregnancy gingivitis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Expectant Mothers” and “Kristen Cavallari.”

Missing Teeth? Dental Implants in Erie Offer a Permanent Solution

If you are one of the 100 million individuals that are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants in Erie from Dr. Shawn Casella, Dr. David John Demarco and Dr. David James Demarco may be the solution for you. Dental implants offer comfort and stability, and can restore your smile back to its natural function and appearance. Better yet, nobody will know you have dental implants, as they will only see your beautiful smile. 

What can I expect with Dental Implants?

While each case is different, for many of our patients in Erie, the implant procedure involves two phases, starting with the surgical implant insertion. During this first procedure, Dr. Shawn Casella, Dr. David John Demarco and Dr. David James Demarco, your cosmetic dentists in Erie, surgically places the implants into your jawbone, taking the place of your missing tooth root. Over the course of three to six months, the implants are left to attach themselves to the bone, creating a solid and stable foundation for the replacement teeth. 
The second phase of the procedure involves attaching the newly created teeth to the anchored dental implant. Finally, your dentist will make a crown, which is attached to the implant post. Your new, restored smile will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Since implants are securely attached, you gain confidence to eat what you like, speak clearly and gain freedom from embarrassment. Other benefits of implants include:
  • Improved Appearance
  • Improved Comfort
  • Improved Health
  • Durability
  • Convenience
If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, it’s possible to continue to live confidently with dental implants in Erie from Dr. Shawn Casella, Dr. David John Demarco and Dr. David James Demarco. They look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, and unlike conventional restoration solutions, implants can last a lifetime. For more information on dental implants in Erie, contact Modern Dental Group at (814) 456-0710.

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