Posts for: November, 2016

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
November 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
BeyonceMakesFlossingaFamilyAffair

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know whether or not your smile could benefit from dental crowns or bridges?

Yes, we definitely understand that it can feel a bit daunting to sift through article after article talking about different dental treatments. Of dental crownscourse, you won’t be able to make a decision about which dental treatment is right for you until you talk to our Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. James Hutson. Crowns and bridges are one of the most popular restorative treatments we offer and here’s what they can do for your smile:

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap often made from porcelain that is hollow and designed to fit over a damaged tooth to improve the look, strength and function of a natural tooth. Each dental crown is custom made to fit over a prepared tooth and to blend right in with the rest of your smile so people won’t even know that you have a dental crown.

While dental crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, porcelain is often the most popular choice because this material looks most like real teeth.

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is designed to replace a missing tooth or a row of missing teeth. Once you lose a tooth the rest of your teeth will start to shift out of place to fill the gap. The purpose of a dental bridge is to not only prevent these teeth from shifting around but also to replace your missing tooth with a reliable restoration.

A dental bridge uses two dental crowns, which are bonded over healthy neighboring tooth and used to support the bridge and stabilize it. Between the two crowns is an artificial tooth, which is meant to replace your missing tooth.

Are dental crowns and bridges right for me?

There are many people who can benefit from getting dental crowns or bridges in Marietta. We may recommend that you get a crown if you have a weak, fractured, decaying or damaged tooth that will need a restoration to protect it to prevent the tooth from further damage. Think of a dental crown as a protective shell for your tooth.

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is meant for patients who are looking to replace their missing teeth and have healthy natural teeth that are able to support the bridge.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges in Marietta, GA? Want to turn to the dental expert that will ensure that you get a new restoration that you are satisfied with? Then call Dr. Hutson today!




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