Posts for: June, 2014

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
June 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry   lexington  
family dentistryMany people neglect to visit the dentist because they don’t believe dental health is that important. Others are afflicted with a condition based in fear of what will happen when they sit in the dentist chair – this condition is called dental anxiety. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should go see Lexington, KY family dentists Drs. John A. Thompson, William E. Lee and Pada Chalothorn (also known as TLC Dentistry) as soon as possible.
1) Gum disease can have an impact on a patient’s overall health. Some people don’t realize that an infection in the mouth can affect other parts of the body if it’s left untreated.
2) You need a professional cleaning twice per year to avoid problems with cavities and gum disease. You’re probably about due now.
3) Healthy teeth aid in proper digestion and allow you to enjoy your food. The healthier your teeth are, the more enjoyable your meals and beverages will be.
4) Free stuff. Just about every time you visit the Lexington KY family dentist office of Drs. Thompson, Lee and Chalothorn you’re bound to walk out with something free, like a toothbrush or floss (yea).
5) You want a straighter smile. If your teeth have issues with crowding or spaces, Dr. Thompson and staff can help you with orthodontic treatment.
6) You want a whiter smile. Over the years the brightness of your smile may have faded, but you can get it back in one visit to one of the qualified Lexington KY family dentists at 3070 Harrodsburg Road.
7) There are new dental healthcare options. The new health marketplace has provided options for you and your family to get the dental services you need in an affordable way.
8) You can teach your family better dental habits. Teach by example and bring your child to the dentist. When you start children out early seeing the dentist they are more apt to continue good dental habits into the future.
9) Modern sedation dentistry allows you to get dental work completed in comfort.
10) Modern technologies make seeing the dentist a breeze. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may be surprised at the many innovations in dentistry that have developed over the years, like Invisalign, dental implants and dental lasers to remove decay.
Contact the Lexington, KY family dentist office of Thompson, Lee and Chalothorn, also known as TLC Dentistry, today to inquire about new options to solve your dental problems.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
June 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  

All children encounter sickness as they grow; thankfully most of these conditions are relatively mild and fade away in short order. But some children endure more serious, longer lasting conditions. The health of children with chronic diseases can be impacted in numerous ways, including the health of their teeth and gums.

Unfortunately, dental care is often pushed to the side as caregivers understandably focus on the primary disease. In addition, many chronic conditions involving behavior, such as autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or intellectual disabilities, may inhibit the child’s ability to cooperate with or even perform daily oral hygiene. Many special needs children have an acute gag reflex that makes toleration of toothpaste, spitting matter from the mouth, or keeping their mouths open more difficult. However difficult it may be, though, it’s still important to establish daily hygiene habits to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

There are techniques for building a daily routine for children with physical and behavioral limitations. For example, using “modeling and shaping” behavior, you (or perhaps a sibling) brush your teeth with your child to demonstrate how it should be done. If there’s a problem with cooperation, you can also position the child “knee to knee” with you as you brush their teeth. In this way you’ll be able to meet their eyes at a level position and lessen the chance of a confrontation.

We encourage all children to have their first dental visit before their first birthday. This is especially true for children with chronic conditions. The Age One visit helps establish a benchmark for long-term care; it then becomes more likely with regular visits to discover and promptly treat dental disease. This is especially important for special needs children who may have congenital and developmental dental problems, like enamel hypoplasia, a condition where the teeth have not developed sufficient amounts of enamel.

Teeth are just as much at risk, if not more so, in children with chronic diseases. Establishing daily hygiene and regular checkups can reduce that risk and alleviate concern for their long-term oral health.

If you would like more information on oral healthcare for children with chronic diseases, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Managing Tooth Decay in Children With Chronic Diseases.”

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