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Children’s Dentist – Sealants Prevent Cavities

February 12, 2019

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Children’s Dentist in Crown Point Recommends Dental Sealants

Children’s Dentist have effectively used dental sealants to prevent cavities since the 1960’s. Due to their shielding properties, sealants are beneficial in preventing cavities in teeth most prone to decay. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), nine out of ten cavities in school aged children for in the deep pits and crevices of teeth. Dr. Danny Hayes and Dr. Christine Mousa, of Advanced Dental Concepts in Crown Point, Indiana, recommend dental sealants to help protect the biting surfaces of teeth and keep cavities from forming.

What are Dental Sealants?

Placement of dental sealants by your children's dentist is quick, painless and simple.
Placement of dental sealants by your children’s dentist is quick, painless and simple.

Dental sealants are thin coatings of clear or tooth colored resin that are painted onto the biting surfaces of teeth in your children’s dentist office. The liquid coating are bonded to the tooth surface and hardened by curing with a UV light to form a protective coating. Traditionally, sealants have been used to protect permanent molars in the back of the mouth. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) promotes the use of sealants on other teeth, including non-molar permanent and baby teeth. The process of placing dental sealants is quick, painless and affordable.

Dental Sealants are Safe and Cost Effective

Dental sealants are extremely safe and effective in helping to maintain optimal oral health for your child. Sealants are not only protective and preventive, but cost effective as well. Protecting your child’s teeth from decay not only promotes good oral health, but prevents more costly restorative dental treatment in the future.

Why Children Need Dental Sealants?

As teeth form, the biting surfaces of all back teeth and others, inherently form deep grooves, pits and fissures. It is easy for cavity forming bacteria to colonize these crevices. Sometimes, these bacteria can not be removed, even with adequate brushing. The crevices are large enough for bacteria to invade, but may be too small for even a toothbrush bristle to clean. The colonization of these fissures can lead to dental decay.

Your children's dentist can effectively prevent pit and fissure decay with dental sealants.
Dental decay in the pits and fissures.

For this reason, dental sealants become imperative because they reduce the risk of the most common cavities in school aged children. Studies show, combined with regular dental visits to your children’s dentist and fluoride treatments, making the choice to seal your children’s teeth is one of the most effective ways to combat the threat of early childhood tooth decay.

When to Place Dental Sealants?

Talk to your children’s dentist to determine when to apply dental sealants, as each case is unique and varies. In some cases, baby teeth with deep grooves may require sealants to prevent decay. Remember that baby teeth serve an important function of holding space for permanent teeth. Premature loss of these teeth can cause future oral health and costly orthodontic problems.

Children require sealants on all permanent molars as soon as they erupt. The first permanent molars will erupt between the ages of five and seven years old. The second set of permanent molars usually erupt around twelve years of age. Your child may also have permanent non-molar teeth with deep pits and grooves that require sealing.

How Long do Sealants Last?

For a simple and inexpensive procedure, children typically receive two to five years of protection against the most common childhood cavities. In the most ideal circumstances, some sealants may last as long as ten years. Your children’s dentist should check the health of all existing sealants at your child’s regular dental visits.

About Advanced Dental Concepts

When searching for your children’s dentist, consider Dr. Danny Hayes and Dr. Christine Mousa of Advanced Dental Concepts in Crown Point, IN and Portage, IN. At Advanced Dental Concepts, we provide comprehensive dentistry for patients of all ages and are always welcoming new patients. If you are looking for a children’s dentist, or a dental practice that your whole family can call your dental home, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Crown Point Dentist Treats Sleep Apnea without CPAP

February 9, 2019

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For most patients with Sleep Apnea, CPAP can be replaced with an oral appliance called a Mandibular Advancement Device.
Say “NO” to CPAP.

If you are suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or suspect that you may be, did you know that your Crown Point Dentist has a solution that may allow you to say “NO” to CPAP? OSA is a life threatening condition that is frequently overlooked or under diagnosed. This condition leads to a lower quality of life, increased risk of systemic health problems, and can even take 10 years off of your life expectancy. As Dentists, we have the unique opportunity to screen for Sleep Apnea and an alternative treatment option to the “dreaded” CPAP.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. Often, an anatomical obstruction closes the airway when we reach “deep” sleep and our muscles relax. As this occurs, the jaw and tongue will often collapse onto and block the airway, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the body and the brain. As a consequence, oxygen is deprived and arousal from “deep,” restorative sleep occurs. The result is a lack of quality sleep that our body needs to heal and recover.

Diagram of airflow with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Diagram of airflow with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

The results of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, hypoxia (lack of oxygen), and the lack of restorative sleep is extremely harmful on the human body. Some side effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty focusing and concentrating, increased risk of life threatening accidents, high blood pressure, heart disease, increased risk of stroke, diabetes and depression.

While screening our patients for risk factors of Sleep Apnea, we often look for contributing signs and symptoms. If you snore loudly, are excessively tired during the daytime, have been observed stopping breathing during sleep or have high blood pressure, you are at risk. Are you overweight, have a large neck circumference, have upper airway obstructions, are over the age of 40 or are male? You are at risk. Do you suspect that you may have Sleep Apnea? We encourage you to visit us for a screening or discuss this with your physician.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Oral Appliance used to maintain open airway.
Modern Oral Appliance for treatment of Sleep Apnea.

Treatment for OSA has traditionally consisted of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). Due to the bulk, constriction, noise and discomfort of CPAP, compliance is only 30-60%. We offer a better solution…Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Oral Appliance Therapy offers a solution to Sleep Apnea with a device that fits in the palm of your hand. The most common appliance is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). It is a device that holds the lower jaw forward during sleep. As a result, an open airway is maintained, allowing a refreshing night’s sleep without CPAP.

When Should I Contact my Dentist About Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea?

Suspect Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a medical condition and can only be formally diagnosed by a sleep physician based on the results of a sleep study. If you suspect that you may suffer from OSA, Advanced Dental Concepts offers free “screenings”. Screenings determine risk factors and symptoms related to OSA, but do not offer a diagnosis. A sleep study, either at home or in a sleep lab, and a diagnosis by a licensed physician are necessary and may be suggested based upon the screening results.

Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea

If a patient has been formally diagnosed with OSA, they are categorized as mild, moderate or severe based upon the results of a sleep study. For mild to moderate cases, oral appliance therapy can be a first option for treatment. If you prefer oral appliance therapy over CPAP, you should contact your sleep dentist. Oral appliance therapy can only be performed by a sleep dentist. For medical insurance purposes, a prescription for oral appliance therapy should be obtained from your physician.

CPAP Intolerant

For patients that have been diagnosed with OSA, been prescribed CPAP and are non-compliant, oral appliance therapy may be the treatment of choice. Remember, CPAP compliance ranges from 30-60%. Consequently, 40-70% of patients with CPAP are not treating their serious medical condition. If CPAP is not working for you, you should contact your sleep dentist to see if oral appliance therapy is right for you.

When should you contact your sleep dentist about oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea? According to your Crown Point sleep dentist, Dr. Danny Hayes, you should request a FREE screening immediately if you suspect OSA is affecting you. If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA, and prefer oral appliance therapy over CPAP, you should contact your sleep dentist immediately. Finally, if you have CPAP and can not tolerate it or are non-compliant, you should contact your sleep dentist immediately.

About the Author

Dr. Danny Hayes is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is specially qualified in providing dental solutions for OSA. For more information on Sleep Apnea or treatment, we welcome you to contact Advanced Dental Concepts to schedule your appointment.

Avoid Disaster Over the Holidays with an Emergency Dentist in Crown Point

December 3, 2018

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Man with tooth pain.

Do you know what can really put a damper on the holiday festivities? A dental emergency. Unfortunately, dental disaster can occur at any time, and they’re even more prevalent during the holiday season. Thankfully, your emergency dentist in Crown Point has some easy tips you can use to avoid emergency while still enjoying all of the traveling, parties, and food the holidays have to offer.


Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers in Crown Point

October 31, 2018

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Successful job interviewWhether you are going on a romantic date or walking into an important job interview, your smile is often the first thing that others will notice about you. In fact, according to research commissioned by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly half of all adults think a smile is the most memorable feature of someone when meeting them for the first time. However, if you have cracked, misshapen or stained teeth, you may not feel confident enough to show your smile. Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry can often correct minor dental imperfections or even rejuvenate your entire smile with porcelain veneers. Here is everything you need to know about how porcelain veneers in Crown Point can transform your teeth and restore your self-confidence.


Join Us for the Grand Opening of Our Portage Office!

September 5, 2018

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ribbon cuttingWe’ve been working hard for months to prepare our new office in Portage, and it’s finally almost ready! We’re beyond excited about our new location, and we warmly invite you to join us as we celebrate its Grand Opening. Our Open House on September 29th is sure to be a memorable event, so mark your calendar!


Cosmetic Dentist in Crown Point Gives Tips on Using Dental Insurance

July 6, 2018

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A man receiving dental bonding.In most cases, dental insurance won’t cover cosmetic treatments because they only offer patients aesthetic improvements to their smile, rather than necessary treatments to protect their oral health. However, some treatments can be covered under certain plans, according to your cosmetic dentist in Crown Point.

By choosing the right treatment, discussing your options with your dentist, and having your claim forms worded in the right way, your chances of receiving coverage can increase. Here are the treatments you may be able to get covered.


Your Dentist Gives Tips to Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month!

February 7, 2018

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A mother and daughter brushing their teeth together.According to the American Dental Association, the moment your child’s first tooth erupts is the same moment you should be scheduling an appointment with your dentist. While it’s exciting to be a part of your child’s oral development, you’ll want to learn about the best techniques and procedures to protect them from decay and disease.

Once teeth start erupting, they are prone to experiencing decay, even if they are only baby teeth. To celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month this February, here are some tips and videos to keep in mind.


Come in For a FREE Dental Implants Consultation!

December 11, 2017

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free consultationYour missing teeth have been bothering you for years. Not only do they keep you from really smiling whenever you see friends and family or pose for pictures, but they also make every trip to a restaurant a source of anxiety. “Will they have things I can actually eat? Will I even enjoy them? Will people ask why I’m only ordering soup?” So, like many, you go to the internet looking for answers, and you’re quickly introduced to dental implants in Crown Point. Everything you’ve read seems to say they are the best, most natural-looking tooth replacement available today, but you still have questions.

What are dental implants? Are they right for you? At Advanced Dental Concepts, we’re dedicated to helping our patients with missing teeth reclaim their beautiful smiles, and for those who are interested in dental implants, we’re happy to offer them a FREE consultation with our own Dr. Danny Hayes. To learn a little bit more about them before you can come to see us, just keep on reading! (more…)

Your Dentist in Crown Point Shares 10 Dental Advancements

November 27, 2017

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woman smiling happy With each passing year, the dental world keeps advancing. So much, it can be amazing to understand the leaps and bounds that have lead us to the modern world of dentistry we have today.

In this week’s blog post, we’re going to discuss the top 10 dental innovations in the past several years with your dentist in Crown Point.


Know the Larger Effects of Sleep Apnea in Crown Point

September 29, 2017

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woman in bed can't sleepNearly 30 million people are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea in the United States, according to the American Academy of Sleep Sciences. That means a lot of us are going about our days chronically sleepy and irritable — and, according to a new study, that many people are at a higher risk of developing hypertension and diabetes. Young and middle-aged sufferers are at an increased risk.


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