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Posted October 16, 2013:Choosing and Caring for Your Toothbrush - What should I look for when choosing a toothbrush?
Your toothbrush is the most important item in your oral health toolkit. But with such a wide variety of toothbrushes available, how do you choose the brush that’s best for you? And once you’ve made your selection, how do you care for and clean your toothbrush? Learn how to improve your oral health care habits by properly selecting and caring for your toothbrush.
What should I look for when choosing a toothbrush?
The best toothbrushes have a long, wide handle that facilitates a firm grip. The toothbrush head should be small enough to reach all areas of the mouth, with soft nylon bristles that won’t hurt the gums.
(Cited: AGD Impact September 2013, Vol. 41, No. 9)
Posted October 2, 2013:Preventing Tooth Erosion - How can I deal with the sensitivity caused by tooth erosion?
How can I deal with the sensitivity caused by tooth erosion?
You can reduce sensitivity by using specially formulated toothpaste or over-the-counter enamel-building products. However, always be sure to check with your general dentist before you try any new dental products.
Tooth erosion impacts everyone in different ways. Make sure you speak with your dentist about your oral hygiene and find out what else you can do to protect yourself from tooth erosion.
Posted September 23, 2013:Preventing Tooth Erosion - What can I do to prevent tooth erosion?
What can I do to prevent tooth erosion?
You can help prevent tooth erosion from occurring by taking these simple steps:
• Cut down on your consumption of carbonated beverages, sports and energy drinks, and pure fruit juice.
• Drink acidic drinks quickly and with a straw. This helps prevent acid from coming in contact with your teeth. Also, don’t swish these liquids around or hold them in your mouth for long periods of time.
• After consuming acidic drinks, rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the acids and wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth.
• Chew sugar-free gum, which helps your mouth produce more saliva to remineralize your teeth.
• Brush with a soft toothbrush and be sure your toothpaste contains a high amount of fluoride.
• Don’t let your child consume highly acidic drinks or fruit juices in his or her sippy cup or bottle.
Posted September 12, 2013:Preventing Tooth Erosion - What are the signs and symptoms of tooth erosion?
What are the signs and symptoms of tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion can present in a variety of ways. Below are some common signs and symptoms:
• Sensitivity—Since protective enamel is wearing away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. As more enamel wears away, teeth can become increasingly sensitive.
• Discoloration—Teeth can become yellow as the dentin, the second layer of the tooth, is exposed.
• Rounded teeth—Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.
• Transparency—Your front teeth may appear slightly transparent near the biting edges.
• Cracks—Small cracks and rough areas may appear at the edges of your teeth.
• Cupping—Small dents may appear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, and fillings might appear to be rising up out of the teeth.
Posted September 5, 2013:Preventing Tooth Erosion - What Causes Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of the surrounding tooth structure. This loss occurs when the hard part of your teeth—which is called the enamel—is worn away by acid. Over time, this erosion can leave your teeth sensitive, cracked, and discolored.
What causes tooth erosion?
Acid is the main cause of tooth erosion. So, drinking carbonated beverages, energy and sports drinks, and pure fruit juice, which all contain high levels of acid, can cause tooth erosion, especially when consumed in large amounts. Certain medical conditions, including acid reflux and bulimia, also can cause tooth erosion because they cause increased levels of stomach acids in the mouth.
Posted July 30, 2013:Dealing With Dental Emergencies - What should I do if tissue in my child’s mouth is injured?
If your child experiences a tear, cut, puncture wound, or laceration on his or her cheek, lips, or tongue, immediately clean the wound with warm water. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.
Visit an oral surgeon or dentist for emergency care as soon as possible, or go to the emergency room if you cannot see an oral surgeon or dentist right away. (Cited AGD Impact Vol. 41, No. 6)
Posted July 22, 2013:Dealing With Dental Emergencies - What should I do if my child’s tooth is chipped or fractured?
There are different types of tooth fractures. Chipped teeth are minor fractures. Moderate fractures involve damage to the enamel, tissue, and/or pulp. A severely fractured tooth usually has been traumatized to the point that it cannot be recovered.
If your child fractures a tooth, rinse his or her mouth with warm water and use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact your dentist immediately. He or she can smooth minor tooth fractures with a sandpaper disc, but some fractures may require restorative procedures. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist. (Cited AGD Impact Vol. 41, No. 6)
Posted July 15, 2013:Dealing With Dental Emergencies - What should I do if my child’s tooth is pushed out of position?
Call your dentist right away for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, attempt to reposition your child’s tooth to its normal alignment using light finger pressure—but don’t force it. (Cited AGD Impact Vol. 41, No. 6)
Posted July 15, 2013:Congratulations to Dr. Norman Magnuson
Dr. Norman Magnuson has been welcomed to the membership of the American Association of Dental Boards. Dr. Magnuson has been on the Oregon Board of Dentistry since 2006. He served as president of the Oregon Board from 2010-2011. He will conclude his second term in 2014 and has enjoyed serving on the board.
Posted July 8, 2013:Dealing With Dental Emergencies - What should I do if my child’s tooth is knocked out?
Your child’s tooth will have the best chance of surviving dental trauma if you see your dentist within one hour of any emergency—so call immediately for an appointment. Handle the tooth by the crown (the top), not by the root (the pointed part on the bottom); touching the root could damage cells that are necessary to reattach the tooth to the bone.
Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt, but do not scrub it. Place the clean tooth in your child’s mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out, so if your child can’t keep it in his or her mouth, wrap it in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or the child’s own saliva until you get to your dentist’s office.
If your child has a baby tooth knocked out, the tooth should not be replanted. However, your child should visit the dentist immediately to ensure no broken pieces of the tooth remain. (Cited AGD Impact Vol. 41, No. 6)
Posted July 3, 2013:Dealing With Dental Emergencies - Helping your children avoid them
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. You and your children risk breaking teeth or injuring your mouth while eating, playing, exercising, and participating in other seemingly harmless activities, especially during the summer months. Oral injuries often are painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Learn more about what to do in case of a dental emergency.
What are dental emergencies and how can I help my children avoid them?
Dental emergencies occur when the tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loosened, or is knocked out completely. Emergencies also include crowns coming off teeth or injuries to mouth tissue. You can help your children avoid dental emergencies by taking simple precautions, including making sure they wear mouth guards during sports activities and avoid foods that could crack or break the teeth. (Cited AGD Impact Vol. 41, No. 6)
Posted June 17, 2013:Protect Your Child's Teeth - How can I promote my child's oral health at home?
A proper at-home oral health care regimen is important. Parents should care for their child’s oral hygiene until the child is old enough to take responsibility for the daily routine of brushing and flossing. To help promote good oral health, follow these simple steps:
• Make sure your child brushes his or her teeth for two minutes twice a day. Children 2 years and older can use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Before your child turns 2, clean his or her gums with a damp cloth and brush the teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and water.
• Start flossing between your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch each other.
• Monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers and fingers, both of which are habits that can lead to future misalignment of teeth.
• Give your child fluoridated water, whether it’s bottled or from the tap.
• Encourage your child to brush and floss his or her own teeth when he or she is old enough, but always monitor the child’s technique and thoroughness.
• Lead by example: Brushing and flossing your teeth with your child will teach him or her to understand the importance of good oral hygiene.
For more oral health tips, talk to your dentist or visit KnowYourTeeth.com. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 4)
Posted June 12, 2013:Protect Your Child's Teeth - When should my child see a dentist?
The best way to prevent oral health problems is to take your child to a dentist regularly. After your child’s first dental visit—which should occur six months after the child’s first tooth erupts or by the child’s first birthday—he or she should see the dentist every six months. Some dentists schedule appointments for very young children every three months; early visits will help familiarize your child with the dental office, reducing anxiety and making future visits less stressful. In addition to examining the development of your child’s mouth, the dentist can teach you how to ensure good oral health and recommend special preventive care if necessary. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 4)
Posted June 4, 2013:Protect Your Child's Teeth - How I can protect my child from tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, and, unfortunately, children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth, as well. Protect your child from tooth decay and other oral health issues by taking steps to care for your child’s teeth throughout his or her childhood.
How I can protect my child from tooth decay?
Prolonged exposure to sugar-containing liquids can cause tooth decay in children, so limit your child’s consumption of sugary beverages like soft drinks or sweetened fruit juice. If you give your child a sippy cup for long periods of time, fill it only with water and don’t allow him or her to take it to bed. Children should learn to drink from a regular cup as early as possible; liquid is less likely to collect around the teeth that way. You also should limit your child’s consumption of sugary or starchy snacks, especially those that can remain stuck in the teeth after eating. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 4)
Posted May 28, 2013:Prevent Plaque with Good Oral Hygiene - How can my child maintain good oral hygiene?
Lead by example and practice good oral hygiene yourself! Teach your child about the importance of good oral hygiene, and be sure that your child brushes his or her teeth for at least two minutes twice per day. In addition to brushing, your child should floss at least once per day.
Further, be sure that you take your child to the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Getting your child’s teeth cleaned regularly can help prevent gum disease, remove tartar and plaque buildup, and eliminate stains that regular brushing and flossing can’t. Your dentist also can examine your child’s entire mouth and detect issues early before they become bigger, more painful problems.
For more oral hygiene tips, talk to your dentist or visit KnowYourTeeth.com. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 3)
Posted May 20, 2013:Prevent Plaque with Good Oral Hygiene - How can I reduce the plaque on my child's teeth?
The best way to remove plaque is by teaching your child to brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes twice per day. Brushing removes the plaque from tooth surfaces. Be sure to show your child how to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and instruct him or her to use a proper circular motion when brushing teeth and gums. Make sure to teach your child to brush the tongue as well; this removes bacteria and freshens breath.
You can teach your child to remove plaque from between his or her teeth by using floss once a day. Start flossing between your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch each other (after he or she is 1 year old). Your child should continue to floss as he or she grows older so that it becomes part of his or her oral hygiene routine. In addition to brushing, daily flossing is essential for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 3)
Posted May 15, 2013:Prevent Plaque with Good Oral Hygiene - How does plaque affect the mouth?
Plaque produces bacteria that irritate the gums, making them red, sensitive, and susceptible to bleeding. Consistent plaque buildup can cause tooth enamel to wear away, which will result in cavities. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth eventually can harden into calculus or tartar. This makes it more difficult to keep the teeth clean.
When tartar collects above the gum line, the gum tissue can become swollen and may bleed easily. This is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You can prevent plaque buildup and keep teeth cavity-free by regularly visiting the dentist, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and cleaning between the teeth with dental floss daily. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 3)
Posted May 6, 2013:Prevent Plaque with Good Oral Hygiene - What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria-containing film that accumulates on teeth, especially in places where toothbrushes can’t reach. Many of the foods that children eat cause the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids. Sugary foods are obvious sources of plaque, but starches (such as bread, crackers, and cereal) also can cause acids to form. (AGD Impact March 2013, Vol. 41, No. 3)
Posted April 30, 2013:Prevent Decay with Dental Sealants - Will my insurance pay for sealants?
Health insurance usually will pay for sealants for children and teenagers’ permanent molars. If your dentist suggests sealants for other teeth, he or she will tell you whether or not the costs will be covered. Be sure to check with your dental insurance company about your plan, as coverage may vary. (AGD Impact February 2013, Vol. 41, No. 2)
Posted April 23, 2013:Prevent Decay with Dental Sealants - Are sealants safe and just for kids?
Are sealants just for kids?
Sealants can protect adults’ teeth, too. Ask your dentist whether sealants would be beneficial for you.
Are sealants safe?
Yes. Although in rare cases, some people may have an allergic reaction to the plastic. Prior to receiving any dental treatments, it is important that you talk to your dentist regarding any allergies you or your children may have. (AGD Impact February 2013, Vol. 41, No. 2)
Posted April 15, 2013:Prevent Decay with Dental Sealants - How long do sealants last and when sealant should be applied
How long do sealants last?
The risk of decay decreases significantly after sealant application, and as long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last five to ten years before a reapplication is needed. During your child’s regular dental visits, his or her dentist will check the condition of sealants and reapply them when necessary.
When should dental sealants be applied?
Decay can begin early in life, so children should receive sealants on permanent molars as soon as they erupt—around age 6 for first molars and age 12 for second molars. (AGD Impact February 2013, Vol. 41, No. 2)
Posted April 8, 2013:Prevent Decay with Dental Sealants - Aren't brushing and flossing enough
While brushing and flossing help to remove food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, toothbrush bristles often can’t reach into teeth's depressions and grooves. However, sealants can protect these areas and prevent food and bacteria from building up. (AGD Impact February 2013, Vol. 41, No. 2)
Posted April 1, 2013:Prevent Decay with Dental Sealants - What are dental sealants?
In addition to good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, there are other ways to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants can help protect your children’s teeth by sealing them off from decay-causing bacteria.
What are dental sealants?
Made of plastic, dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect tooth enamel from decay-causing bacteria and acids. These sealants fit perfectly into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of your children’s teeth, protecting them from decay. (AGD Impact February 2013, Vol. 41, No. 2)
Posted March 24, 2013:Pacifiers and Oral Health - Saying goodbye to the pacifier
For some infants, giving up the pacifier can be difficult, especially if they become emotionally attached to the habit. Parents looking to wean their children from the pacifier can begin by offering other alternatives, including:
• Rocking motions, singing, or music before naps or at bedtime.
• Activities and games.
To further help break the pacifier habit, parents also can:
• Limit pacifier use gradually over time.
• Reduce pacifier satisfaction by piercing the pacifier’s nipple.
• Dip the pacifier in a safe but undesirable flavor, such as white vinegar.
• Go “cold turkey” and refuse to offer the pacifier.
For more information regarding pacifier use, talk to your doctor or dentist, and visit KnowYourTeeth.com.
(AGD Impact January 2013, Vol. 41, No. 1)
Posted March 18, 2013:Pacifiers and Oral Health - Proper Pacifier Cleaning
The shape and materials of pacifiers make them susceptible to colonization by bacterial organisms, including Staphylococcus, which causes staph infections. To prevent the spread of bacteria and disease, clean your child’s pacifiers at least once a day. They can be cleaned using mild soap and water. When cleaning pacifiers, make sure to remove all excess water from the nipple, where it can collect and cause bacterial growth.
Also, pacifiers that are dishwasher safe can be cleaned easily in the dishwasher; just follow the instructions on the pacifier package. (AGD Impact January 2013, Vol. 41, No. 1)
Posted March 11, 2013:Pacifiers and Oral Health - Tips for correct pacifier use
For infants, correct use and care of pacifiers must be considered. Here are a few tips:
• Purchase orthodontically designed pacifiers.
• Clean pacifiers regularly.
• Check frequently for cracks, discoloration, or tears in pacifiers’ rubber.
• Discard if damaged.
• Replace old pacifiers.
• Wash pacifiers prior to first use.
• Do not tie pacifiers around your infant’s neck.
• Offer pacifiers after and between meals, before naps, or at bedtime.
Following these basic rules will help ensure your infant’s pacifier use is both safe and healthy.
(AGD Impact January 2013, Vol. 41, No. 1)
Posted March 5, 2013:Give Kids a Smile with Magnuson Dental
On February 8th, Magnuson Dental and other community volunteers put on a free dental clinic for kids. We did cleanings, exams, radiographs, extractions, and fillings. We provided over $13,000 is dentistry to about 20 kids. Dr. Norman Magnuson and Dr. Tim Richardson were our volunteer dentists. A special thanks to all the volunteers who made the day successful.
Posted March 4, 2013:Pacifiers and Oral Health - Potential pacifier problems
Pacifiers can be great for children, especially during their first six months. In addition to its calming effect, pacifier use in infants can help decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and aid in the development of jaw muscles. Although pacifier use is generally a healthy habit within the first two years of life, continued or improper use may ultimately have a negative impact on your child’s oral and overall health.
Pacifier use typically is acceptable after an infant is 1 month old and has had sufficient time to develop a healthy breast-feeding habit. However, experts recommend that children stop using pacifiers after age 2, when it becomes more of a habit than a developmental need. Research shows that continued pacifier use, especially after age 2, often is associated with:
• Increased risk of middle ear infection.
• Improper growth of the mouth.
• Misalignment of teeth.
• Dental crossbite and/or open bite.
• Development of a thumb-sucking habit.
Parents should aim to rid children of their pacifier habit before age 2 to avoid associated emotional and habitual attachments to the objects. (AGD Impact January 2013, Vol. 41, No. 1)
Posted February 25, 2013:Your Child's First Dental Visit - When should we schedule the next appointment?
Children, like adults, should see the dentist every six months. When your child is very young, some dentists may schedule interim visits every three months in order to build the child’s comfort and confidence levels or for treatment needs. If you have questions about your child’s dental needs, please talk to your dentist. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 11)
Posted February 18, 2013:Your Child's First Dental Visit - What happens during the first visit?
Often a first visit is simply a time to acquaint your child with the dentist and the practice. As a parent, you should reassure your child that the visit is not scary or something about which to be afraid. Short, successive visits can build the child’s comfort with the dentist and the dental office. Your child’s appointment should be scheduled earlier in the day, when your child is alert and refreshed. You may need to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the first examination. The first visit usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include any of the following, depending on the child’s age: • A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas;
• A gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar build-up, and stains;
• A demonstration on how to properly care for your child’s mouth and teeth at home;
• Nutritional counseling; and,
• An assessment of the need for fluoride.
The dentist will be able to answer any questions you have and will make you and your child feel comfortable throughout the visit. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 11)
Posted February 11, 2013:Your Child's First Dental Visit - How do I prepare my child and myself for this first visit?
Before the visit, ask the dentist about the procedures that will take place during the first appointment so there are no surprises. Plan a course of action for any possible reactions your child may have. Very young children may be fussy and not want to sit still. Others may become very frightened and cry. Some children may not react negatively at all. Some may enjoy the appointment very much! Make the upcoming appointment something for your child to look forward to. Help your child understand what will happen during the visit. There are a number of children’s books about going to the dentist. Read these books with your child before his or her first visit to familiarize your child with what will happen at the dentist and help lessen any potential anxiety. Also, be sure to bring records of your child’s complete medical history for his or her dental file. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 11)
Posted February 4, 2013:Your Child's First Dental Visit - When should my child first see a dentist, and why?
The ideal time for a child to visit the dentist is six months after the child’s first (primary) teeth erupt—and no later than his or her first birthday. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for the dentist to examine carefully the development of the child’s mouth. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the child visits the dentist, the better. The dentist also can provide or recommend special preventive care to protect against problems, such as early childhood tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb- or pacifier-sucking. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 11)
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Posted January 28, 2013:Good Oral Health Starts at Home - How can I get my children to brush?
Children also should brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day. There are a number of methods that you can use to encourage good oral health habits. First, lead by example: Be sure that your child sees you and other family members brushing your teeth. Second, to make brushing more fun, allow your child to choose his or her toothbrush (a variety of styles, including musical models with timers, are designed to appeal to kids). When your children brush, always supervise and instruct them about the proper technique and make sure they are doing a thorough job. Parents also should assist young children with daily flossing; flossing can begin as soon as your child has two teeth that touch each other. Do you have questions about your family’s oral health care? Talk to your general dentist. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 12)
Posted January 21, 2013:Good Oral Health Starts at Home - How long should I brush?
It is recommended that you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day. If you think you’re already doing a good job, you might be surprised: People generally think they are brushing longer than they are, but most spend less than 1 minute brushing. To make sure you are brushing for the full 2 minutes, set an egg timer or invest in a toothbrush with a built-in timer. And get your entire mouth clean: Brush the front and back of teeth, the chewing surfaces, between your teeth, and your tongue. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 12)
Posted January 14, 2013:Good Oral Health Starts at Home - What is the best technique for brushing?
There are a number of effective brushing techniques. Patients are advised to check with their dentist or hygienist to determine which technique is best for them, since tooth position and gum condition vary. One effective, easy-to-remember technique involves using a circular or elliptical motion to brush a couple of teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth. Avoid using a back-and-forth motion, because this can cause the gum surface to recede, expose the root surface, or make the root surface tender. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 12)
Posted January 14, 2013:Congratulations Dr. Magnuson
Dr. Norman D. Magnuson was awarded by the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry, General Dentist of the Year. He received this award because his outstanding citizenship and service to dentistry. Practicing in Eugene, Oregon since 1982. He has been very involved in the community currently serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry, Western Regional Exam Board and Examiner, also in 2007 started a free dental clinic to help those in community. Dr. Magnuson is proud to receive this award but looks forward to doing more in the future.
Posted January 9, 2013:Good Oral Health Starts at Home - Why is brushing so important?
Regular tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste plays a major role in reducing the growth of plaque—a thin, sticky film of bacteria that causes cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. When you brush your teeth, you remove most of the plaque causing bacteria. Brushing also helps clean and polish your teeth, removes stains, freshens your breath, and leaves your mouth feeling clean. (AGD Impact December 2012, Vol. 40, No. 12)
Posted August 13, 2012:Dr. Norman D. Magnuson recieved his AGD Master's Degree
Dr. Norman D. Magnuson just received his Master Degree from the Academy of General Dentistry on June 23, 2012. This was accomplished by 1100 hours of disciplined and comprehensive dental study covering all aspects of dentistry.
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