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    LOOK WHO LOVES COMING TO THE DENTIST | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    This is our sweet patient, Paisley.  She loves to come to the dentist!  She came today to have her teeth cleaned and examined.  Paisley wants to keep her beautiful smile healthy.  Thank you for being such a great patient, Paisley.

    HEALTHY HABITS FOR BABIES AND KIDS | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Start Early  

    Your child’s baby’s teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear—which is typically around age 6 months. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. In some cases, infants and toddlers experience decay so severe that their teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed.

    The good news is that tooth decay is preventable! Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old. As your child grows, their jaws also grow, making room for their permanent teeth.

    Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth  

    Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months. 

    For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by Dr Tate and Dr Tyler Tate. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.

    For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to minimize swallowing of toothpaste.

    Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

    Mom and Dad, click on the "Sesame Street: Tooth Brushing Song" link below for a fun video on brushing your teeth that your children will enjoy. 

    Sesame Street:  Tooth Brushing Song

    VISIT FROM TATUM | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Recently Dr & Sue Tate had a visit from their newest granddaughter, Tatum.  Their greatest joy is spending time with their children and grandchildren.  Happy Grandparenting, Mimi & PawPaw!

    CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME BACK, DR TYLER | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    We want to congratulate Dr Tyler Tate on His graduation from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry's Advanced Education of General Dentistry One Year Residency Program.   We are very proud of you and are so happy to have you back working full time in the office.  

    HOW TO TREAT THAT EMBARRASSING BAD BREATH | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. If you’re concerned about bad breath, you will want to be seen in our office. Bad breath can be caused by a number of sources, and Dr Tate or Dr Tyler can help identify the cause and determine the best treatment. 

    What causes bad breath?
    • Food. What you eat affects the air you exhale, like garlic or onions. If you don't brush and floss daily, particles of food can remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Dieters may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating.
    • Gum disease. Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth can also be one of the warning signs of gum disease; which is caused by plaque.
    • Dry mouth. This occurs when the flow of saliva decreases and can be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth. Without enough saliva, food particles are not cleaned away. If you suffer from dry mouth, the doctor may prescribe an artificial saliva, or suggest using sugarless candy or increase your fluid intake.
    • Smoking and tobacco. In addition to staining teeth and being bad for overall health, tobacco can add to bad breath. Tobacco reduces your ability to taste foods and irritates gum tissues. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease and are at greater risk for developing oral cancer. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.
    • Medical conditions. Some diseases have symptoms related to bad breath. Sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, diabetes, and some liver or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.

    If you’re concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, make an appointment today. Regular checkups allow our doctors to detect any problems such as gum disease or dry mouth. Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder. If Dr Tate or Dr Tyler determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your primary care physician.

    Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss. Brush your tongue, too. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night and clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning.

    It’s important to note that mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. Mouthwashes are generally cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting effect on bad breath. 

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