By SKP Family Dental, LLC
March 19, 2015
Category: Orthodontia
Tags: Invisalign  

Your Greenbelt, MD family dentist is happy to offer Invisalign Teen to improve youthful smiles.

What is Invisalign?

You’ve probably heard about Invisalign from commercials or magazines already; however, you may not really know what they are and what makes them special. Unlike other braces that might boast tooth-colored brackets and other more subtle ways to straighten teeth, Invisalign promises a practically invisible set of clear aligners that go over the lower and upper teeth to shift teeth into a more ideal position.

Is Invisalign right for my child?

When Invisalign was first created it was meant for adults to be able to still get the straighter smile that they've always wanted without having to go the route of traditional metal brackets and wires. However, once these invisible braces were on the market, teens also took an interest. After all, being able to wear nearly invisible braces in high school does have its benefits. Furthermore, with social media being such a prevalent part of our world today, teens want to be able to feel confident without worrying about metal braces. This is why Invisalign Teen was created.

Since these trays are removable, it’s important to know whether your child is the type who will actually wear their aligners or remove them often. Invisalign Teen trays need to be worn for about 20 to 22 hours out of the day to be effective. If your child isn't the type who would wear these trays for most of the day, then perhaps this might not be the right orthodontic option for your teen.

Who are ideal candidates for Invisalign?

In the past, Invisalign was only considered useful for those with minor dental issues; however, Invisalign can do just about anything, from more subtle changes to more serious alterations. Invisalign is a great option for someone with mild to severe crookedness, spaces between teeth, crowding and malocclusions (e.g. crossbite; open bite).

However, the best way to find out whether Invisalign is right for your child is to schedule a consultation with your Greenbelt, MD family dentist, Dr. Paulos F. Dalu at SKP Family Dental. Contact us today!

By SKP Family Dental
January 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Post-Extraction  

Follow these helpful tips for caring for your smile after a tooth extraction.

From impacted wisdom teeth to severe decay, there are a myriad of reasons why you may need a tooth extraction. If your Greenbelt, MD family dentist has recommended that you get a tooth extracted then you are probably doing as much research as possible to prepare for your procedure; however, how much do you know about caring for your smile after your procedure? Find out the do’s and don’ts for oral care after a tooth extraction.


Your Greenbelt, MD family dentist will most likely prescribe pain medications to help ease any post-extraction discomfort. Use this medication exactly as directed on the bottle to help reduce pain and swelling.

Keep Cool

If you are experiencing significant swelling, apply an ice pack to the swollen side of your face to keep inflammation down.

Rinse Your Mouth

About 24 hours after your procedure it’s fine to gently rinse out your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day to also help with any post-extraction pain or swelling. You only need to mix about 1tsp of salt into an 8oz glass of water.

Maintain a Soft Diet

Until your mouth has fully healed you should only be eating soft foods like pudding, broth and yogurt. As you begin to heal you can start to incorporate more solid foods back into your meals. Also, be sure to avoid sucking drinks through straws until your mouth has fully recovered.

Leave it Alone

While the extraction site is healing it might be tempting to touch it with your finger or your tongue, but refrain from rubbing the area, which can cause further irritation.

Keep Up with Your Routine Care

Even though you’ve just had an extraction you can still brush and floss your smile. Just be gentle and take your time, particularly when you are near the treated area. There is no reason to neglect the rest of your smile because of your procedure.

Post-Extraction Stitches

If you needed stitches we will let you know whether they will dissolve or if you will need to come back to have them removed.

If you have any questions about your tooth extraction procedure or caring for your smile after your treatment then contact your Greenbelt, MD dentist today. We are always here to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

Just because your child's baby teeth are eventually replaced by adult teeth does not mean that taking your child to a family dentist in Greenbelt isn't important. After all, your child's baby teeth hold the place for their adult teeth, and the brushing habits they develop Childearly in life set the stage for the oral health habits they will continue throughout their lives.

Therefore if your child shows signs that they may be having tooth trouble, you will want to bring them in to SKP Family Dental right away. Here are four signs to watch out for.

1. Your Child Frequently Mispronounces Words

While all young children do mispronounce some words, if your child continues to mispronounce his words past the time when he should be speaking them correctly, a tooth issue may be to blame. Bring him in to SKP Family Dental for an x-ray so we can rule out this option right away.

2. Your Child Winces When Eating Cold Foods

Wincing when eating cold foods is a sign that your child's enamel is wearing away. This can be caused by brushing too hard with a stiff toothbrush or by eating too many sugary foods. If you notice your child wincing, bring her in to SKP Family Dental to make sure she doesn't have a cavity forming.

3. Your Child's Teeth Appear Crooked or Discolored

Of course, if your child's teeth are crooked or discolored, this is a clear sign that a trip to a Greenbelt family dentist is in order. The sooner the cause is determined, the sooner it can be fixed and the easier the process is likely to be.

4. Your Child Loses a Tooth Early

Whether your child has a tooth fall out because of decay or due to a trauma, if the tooth falls out way ahead of schedule, a visit to your Greenbelt family dentist is always in order. Your child's dentist will want to determine the cause, and your child may need a spacer to keep the space open for his adult teeth to grow in correctly.

Identifying and treating tooth problems in children can be more difficult than identifying and treating them in adults, especially if the children aren't yet speaking well. Yet, proper dental care is every bit as important for children as it is for adults. If you notice your children exhibiting any of these four signs that they may need dental care, don't procrastinate. Call SKP Family Dental, the family dentist Greenbelt residents trust, to get the answers and care you need today.


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