Healthy Smile Guide
Table of Contents
In The Beginning
Good Dental Health Care
How Teeth Become Discolored
How To Have A Beautiful Smile
Selecting A Dentist
Good to Know
Before you can begin to appreciate what the advances in modern
dentistry mean to us in the modern world, we must take a
look at dentistry throughout the ages.
Sumerian tablets recovered from
5,000 BC tell us that these ancient people took their dental care
very seriously using the first
known toothbrush. It was fashioned from a tree branch and they
used it to rid themselves of "tooth worms."
Jump ahead to just 100 BC and
we find a Roman medical writer named Celsus. Believe it or not,
he gave treatment advice
for toothaches, jaw fractures and even oral hygiene.
By the middle ages, medicine began to emerge as a vocation.
Monks were the surgeons and dentists of the day because they
the only "educated" people in their location. They
practiced from around 900 AD up until 1163 when "The Church" decided
to forbade the practice.
Fortunately, barbers were privy
to the knowledge once held by monks only. During that period in
history, barbers visited
monasteries frequently. Monks required shaved heads then
and that was a service provided by the local barber. Because
their close association, the barbers frequently assisted
in their medical and surgical duties. It was a natural
transition for them to pick up the slack after the monks
From around 1200 AD barbers eventually
branched off into two separate entities. One arm continued to do
services such as shaving, bloodletting and the extraction
The other branch was the basis
for more sophisticated medical, dental and surgical services that
the medical community.
By the 18th Century the medical
profession had fully evolved. In 1760 the earliest medically-trained
in America from England. His name was John Baker and
he probably started
American dental practice.
Perhaps you have had an opportunity
to view one of the western cowboy movie where
you often see the town barber called upon to extract
a tooth for an ailing cowboy. Even that is a far cry from modern
With the advances in science and dental medicine
it is now possible for someone to have a total dental makeover,
no matter what condition
their teeth may be in.
In The Beginning
Having a healthy, white smile really isn’t a mystery but
in order to understand how your smile can be improved you need
to have a basic understanding of how your teeth got to where
they are today.
The construction and methodology
of our teeth has been the same for thousands of years. Archaeologists
a grave that contained an Eskimo
child. Due to the dry cold arctic climate, the mummy was perfectly
Using sophisticated imaging the
scientists were able to obtain a perfect image of the skull.
below the first set of teeth, lying
the jaw lay a full set of adult teeth waiting to erupt. For
our little child, that would never happen but we
are able to understand the
progress of dental
Just as our little Eskimo child,
we are all born with two complete sets of teeth. Our first set
is called “primary teeth.” You probably recognize them
better when referred to as our “baby teeth.”
They are called baby teeth because
the first appear at around 6 months of age. You could almost call
these our “practice teeth.” Their role is to
reserve a spot for the permanent tooth which will begin
to appear as the baby teeth are pushed up and out of the way. This
onset of permanent adult teeth begins
to occur when we are around 6 years old.
Even though our first set of
teeth is temporary, their role in our dental life is very important.
for our permanent
these baby teeth are what help us to speak and how to
The first teeth to erupt are
usually the four front teeth. You probably don’t
remember what they looked like, but they are the most
beautiful shade of white imaginable! When the permanent teeth push
the baby teeth out of the way and erupt
they too will be a beautiful translucent white. Teeth
that dreams are made of!
Even if your child has just one,
tiny little pretty white tooth, it is important that you launch
road to dental
begin by brushing
that little tiny tooth and all others as they begin
to appear. It isn’t
necessary to use toothpaste, just use plain water.
It’s never too soon
to begin good dental health practices.
Believe it or not, that first
little tooth is just as susceptible to decay as adult teeth. One
tooth decay in
is called “baby
bottle decay.” It occurs as a result from
excessive amounts of sugar in the formula, juice
or milk the child consumes. For this reason it
is a good idea
to switch from a bottle to a cup as early as possible
for your child.
You also must not allow a child
access to beverages such as this on a continuous basis. Nor should
a child be
or her cup.
When a child is thirsty between meal times, offer
water. This will cut down on the
possibility of tooth decay and train the child
to drink more water, the healthier choice.
A leading cause of dental problems
in children is dry mouth. Mouth breathing causes the mouth
A dry mouth
provides a perfect
for the bacteria that causes tooth decay and
Children tend to breath through
their mouth more often than adults and appear to have
and ear problems.
A child who sucks their thumb or blanket
can also dry out the mouth. Older children
for dry mouth.
You will set a habitual pattern
for your child to follow the rest of his life. He or she will thank
you later in life for that perpetual healthy smile and confidence
that you have bestowed on him/her from early life.