Teaching Your Children Proper Dental Habits
You may not realize it, but if cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. This is why proper dental habits begin in childhood. That means teaching your children to brush, floss, and the importance of regular dental check-ups. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir are dentists at Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry located in Norfolk, MA. They can help you take care of your whole family’s dental needs.
Teach by Example
The best way to teach your young child how to brush their teeth is to let them watch you do it every morning and every evening. This will help them get into a healthy routine. There are also plenty of online videos of children of your child’s age brushing their teeth.
Make it Fun
Brushing your teeth with your children is a good start, but you need a plan to keep them interested. Reading stories about brushing can keep your child enthralled and help them enjoy oral hygiene.
Let Them Choose
There are numerous children’s toothbrushes based on characters from books and movies. Let your child pick one with their favorite theme. You can also try an electric toothbrush or water flosser for young children who are struggling.
Visit Your Dentist
Norfolk residents start taking their children to visits Dr. Sapir no later than age 1. Early visits to the dentist not only help to protect your child’s teeth, but they also help your child overcome any nervousness about dental visits.
During this time as more people are home, focus more on preventive steps you can take at home. We at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry are committed to serve the community in need of emergency or urgent dental/ oral care. If you are having a dental emergency, call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at (508) 850-6992.
The health and well being of our patients is our top priority, now and always.We are available to provide treatment to patients of record as well as patient's that have no other dental provider available or are looking to join our state of the art practice. With the start of Phase 2 reopening and the return to routine dental care, including cleanings, we are excited to share with you the unprecedented steps that we are taking to protect both patients and team members.
We follow precautions developed by the CDC and try to exceed them whenever possible! On top of our strict disinfection and sterilization protocols and the already sunny, spacious treatment rooms, with large open windows that provide natural fresh airflow, we added the following:
1. HEPA medical grade air purification system to remove aersols, bacteria and virus particles from the air.
2. Anesthesia filters to the laughing gas tubing along with Ozone disinfection of the tubing system.
3. In order to prevent cross contamination between patients all our anesthesia tubing and masks are either disposable or autoclavable.
4. All surface areas and door handles are disinfected after each use.
5. Patients temperature is being taken by non-contact infra-red thermometer.
6. In order to reduce the load of patients in the waiting room we have equipped a third large and airy room to accommodate patients in their own treatment room. This will reduce interpatient contact to the minimum while providing safe personal care to our patients. As always our treatment concept is one patient at a time (no open bays or mass dentistry as was seen in the past in other facilities!).
We are trying as best as we can to minimize overlap between patients in the waiting room. This requires some help from you as well. If possible please have only one parent accompanying a child and leave siblings at home, unless they have an appointment as well. Please wear a mask if you are sitting in the waiting room. You are welcome to call from downstairs to see if we are ready for you to come up. Also please understand that if we ask you to change your appointment time, it is to prevent too many people in the practice at once
Any questions, please give us a call at (508) 850-6992, we're happy to help.
How a root canal from your dentists in Norfolk, MA, can relieve your tooth pain
If you have tooth pain, root canal therapy could be the key to finding relief. Read on to learn how Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer this treatment to relieve pain and keep you healthy.
More about root canal treatment
There are many reasons why you might need a root canal. A root canal might be indicated if you have suffered trauma to the tooth from an accident or injury. Deep dental decay is also a frequent reason why a root canal might be needed.
If you need a root canal, there is nothing to fear. A root canal simply involves removing diseased tissue inside your tooth and replacing it with a sedative material that eliminates infection and fluid buildup, relieving pressure and pain. After your painful symptoms have subsided, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth, and that’s it!
There are several signs and symptoms you might need a root canal, including:
- Tooth pain that increases with exposure to hot and cold foods or beverages
- Sharp, stabbing tooth pain when you bite down or chew
- Dull, aching tooth pain that never goes away
- A red or white bump appearing on your gums
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
- A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it
Need dental care? Give us a call
A root canal is nothing to fear. Root canal therapy can eliminate tooth pain and let you keep your smile intact. For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you, call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, at (508) 850-6992. Call now!
Braces are an orthodontic method for helping you achieve a straighter smile by repositioning teeth that are crooked or out of place. Braces can also close gaps between teeth, as well as correct jaw and bite alignment issues. Several types of braces are available and our dentists, Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, can help you choose the right type to best suit your needs. For braces in the Norfolk area, visit Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry.
Are There Different Types of Braces?
We offer three main types of braces at our Norfolk dental practice, including conventional metal and clear ceramic. In general, most types of braces involve the use of brackets, wires, and bands. Brackets are affixed to the teeth in the front of the mouth, while bands are placed around the molars. Wires are used to join the brackets and bands affixed to each tooth together.
With both conventional metal braces and clear ceramic the brackets are generally placed on the front of the teeth. All types of braces are highly effective for straightening crooked teeth, closing large or small gaps between teeth, repositioning teeth that are out of place, and correcting jaw or bite alignment issues.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening your smile. Instead of brackets, band, and wires, Invisalign straightens the teeth and closes small gaps using aligner trays that fit over each row of teeth. Similar to braces, the trays gently exert pressure on the teeth to move them in the desired direction. A distinct feature that makes Invisalign an appealing option for some patients is that the aligner trays are clear, which makes them extremely discreet. The trays are also removable so they can be taken out to brush and floss more easily.
How Do I Care for My Teeth When I Have Braces?
Caring for your teeth when you have braces can require a bit more effort. The brackets, bands, and wires can make it challenging to thoroughly clean between and around teeth. However, there are several habits you can develop to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Helpful habits that can help you better care for your teeth with braces include:
- Avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods
- Avoid biting into hard candies and foods
- Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on pens or pencils
- Use a water pick when cleaning teeth
- Use a floss threader to clean between teeth
- Use an interdental brush to clean around brackets, bands, and wires
Braces can help you achieve the smile you desire by straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps, and aligning your bite. A dentist can help you choose the right type of braces for you based on your needs. We offer a no-cost consult where we can help you choose the right type of braces for you based on your needs and to achieve the best results. To learn more about braces, call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Minda or Shabtai Sapir.
Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Bite and alignment issues can impact your oral health and even affect your nutrition. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, the dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer braces as well as general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.
Fix Your Smile and Oral Health with Braces in Norfolk, MA
Orthodontic problems like crowding or crooked teeth can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene, which increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease by creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and plaque buildup.
Depending on the issue, some bite problems can cause pressure and damage to the joints that connect the upper and lower jaw (the temporomandibular joint), increasing your risk of TMJ disorder. In younger children, problems like an overbite or protruding teeth can also increase the risk of soft tissue injuries to the tongue, lips, or cheeks from impact during a fall or from sports injuries.
Types of Bite and Alignment Problems Corrected by Braces
Bite problems result when the upper and lower jaw don't match or align properly when the mouth is closed. Braces and orthodontic therapy helps to gradually shift the teeth into the correct alignment. Although childhood is the best time to get orthodontic treatment, it is never too late, and many people get braces in adulthood to correct bite issues.
Braces can be used for bite problems including:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
Find a Dentist in Norfolk, MA
For more information about braces and the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir today.
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