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Something To Smile About - For Children In Florida
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Something to Smile About  -  For Children In Florida

Chances are you have had class pictures taken at school. You know how much fun it is to find your face among all the others and proudly tell everyone that it’s you. You work hard to keep your smile looking great by brushing and flossing every day. Your school pictures will be seen for many years to come, and your smile is a big part of that picture. Who else helps you to keep those teeth looking beautiful?

Your dentist knows just what you need for a beautiful, healthy set of teeth. A dentist is a special kind of doctor and they have been specially trained to help keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. There are other people in the dentist office who are helpers, like the dental assistant. The dental assistant may take x-rays of your teeth, and do other things that get you ready to see the dentist.

Another type of dentist’s helper is the dental hygienist. They have been trained to know just how to clean your teeth and gums, and they use special tools to remove plaque. It’s not good to leave plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms on teeth and contains germs which are harmful to your teeth and gums. The hygienist will use dental floss to clean between your teeth and they may treat your teeth and then polish with a special paste.

The dentist and his helpers wear special things when they are working on your teeth. For example, they cover their mouths and noses with masks to prevent the spread of germs. They also wear gloves on their hands before touching your mouth. They often have safety goggles and special office clothes as well.

After your teeth have been cleaned, the dentist will check your teeth with a tool called an explorer. This tool helps the dentist feel every part of each tooth and a tiny mirror helps the dentist see behind your teeth as well. The dentist checks for cavities, which are holes in the teeth.

Sometimes food sticks to your teeth when you eat. The germs that are in the plaque live on the sugar in the stuck food. This process eats away at your teeth and causes the holes they call cavities.

The dentist studies the x-rays that were taken of your teeth. This way he can see the whole tooth, including the part that is hidden away under the gums. If a cavity is found, the dentist will clean it out and fill it to protect the rest of your tooth.

A tooth that can’t be fixed may be taken out. This is called extraction. If it’s a baby tooth, then you will grow a replacement tooth, called an adult tooth. If an adult tooth gets extracted, you will not grow another. A special kind of fake tooth would have to be made and inserted into the spot where the real tooth was extracted. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your teeth while you are young.

Orthodontists and cosmetic dentists are two types of dentists who can help straighten teeth and make crooked or misshapen teeth look better. These kinds of dentists often work along with your regular family dentist to help you have an amazing smile.

Dentists and their helpers can give you lots of great tips to take care of your teeth and help them stay healthy so they last for a very long time. They can tell you which foods are harmful to your teeth and which foods are better choices to eat. They can also show you the best way to brush and floss your teeth to keep them in great shape between dental visits.


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