Baby Teeth May Be Temporary, but They Can Have a Very Permanent Effect on Your Life.

When you think of baby teeth you probably picture them as teeth that fall out as a child which you then gift to the tooth fairy.

Did you know, however, that those very teeth set the precedent for the rest of your oral life? Below are 5 reasons why your baby teeth have a permanent effect on your life.

1. They affect the health of your permanent teeth
Your permanent teeth grow closely behind the roots of your baby teeth. These teeth are much smaller in size compared to your permanent teeth and have a thinner layer of enamel. This means cavities that develop on your baby teeth spread quickly and, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to your adult teeth.

2. They set the precedent for the alignment of your teeth
Baby teeth that are lost early cause the surrounding teeth to erupt into the missing space. Your adult teeth that will later grow into that space now have less room, causing bad tooth alignment. It is important to be cautious of how your teeth move prior to the eruption of your adult teeth so you don’t run into the problem of crooked teeth or poor tooth alignment.

3. Speech patterns
Your face muscles, tongue, and your lips are used in the pronunciation of sound. The sound is only produced correctly when they are able to move properly across your teeth. If the alignment of your baby teeth are not where they should be, it can create a mispronunciation of these sounds. This can then cause problematic speech patterns to develop as you age.

4. Self-Esteem
Childhood is the pinnacle of self-esteem development. Tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and other forms of dental pain that can develop easily during that time play a huge role in self-esteem. Feeling embarrassed, anxious, angry, and sad because of these problems can cause your child to be less social and to engage less with others at a time when it is most crucial.

5. Healthy Habits
As a child, you learn the proper way to chew your food, brush your teeth, and floss. These habits you develop while you have your baby teeth are carried into adulthood. If you do not take good care of your baby teeth, you won’t develop the proper healthy habits you need to take care of your permanent teeth. This can result in countless oral hygienic issues to develop.

The biggest takeaway: baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth.

They strongly impact early childhood development and create the oral habits you will take with you for the rest of your adult life. Schedule an appointment with us today so we can ensure your child’s teeth are on track for the future.

Osteoporosis Medication Is A Cause For Concern

Despite bone cancers like osteoporosis being treated with medication for years there is still a cause for concern. Dentist’s like myself understand this so we are very cautious about how we handle patients taking such medication. Below I explain the reasons why osteoporosis medication is a cause for concern in our field and why you should make sure your dentist knows what medication you’re on right away.

What are osteoporosis medications?

Osteoporosis is typically treated with drugs known as bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonate medications work by evening out the balance between your osteoclasts and osteoblasts.

Osteoclasts break down decaying bone while osteoblasts work in tandem to rebuild new bone. This destruction and rebuilding process is hindered in patients afflicted with osteoporosis. 

Typically this medication eases the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis, but can only be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms. Using this type of medication to try and restore the osteoclast and osteoblast balance seen in healthy individuals is not possible. Bisphosphonates are also used to help maintain how dense your bones are and reduce the chance for bone fractures. If that’s not all, osteoporosis also leads to high calcium levels in the blood which bisphosphonates help circumvent. 

So why should my dentist be concerned?

Bisphosphonates sometimes have a side-effect, albeit rare, known as bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis. This type of osteonecrosis is located in the jaw, also known as jaw osteonecrosis, which results from dental implants. Alcohol abuse, drugs, and smoking are usually contributing factors as well in the development of bisphosphonate osteonecrosis.

People diagnosed with this side effect usually experience an increase in pain and suffering. As such, dentists have opted to look towards other treatment options to help such patients. Root canal therapy is often used as an alternative that has been seen to help patients.

If you are concerned about your osteoporosis medication and dental treatments schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni to the best options available to you.