Dental Info

Losing Baby TeethWhen parents visit Hess Orthodontics, it is not uncommon for parents to worry if their child’s baby teeth do not fall out on time. Infants rollover, sit, walk, and talk at different stages of their development. The same is true when your child is losing baby teeth. There are some developmental issues which require professional attention, but in general, what should parents expect when their kids start losing baby teeth? Read more on Should Parents Worry if Baby Teeth Aren’t Falling Out?…

Sports Drinks Damage Tooth EnamelLollipops are a cavity on a stick and soda is pure sugar in a can. Candy and soda cause tooth decay. You’ve been taught this since grade school. This is not news, is it? Well, what about the fact that sports drinks ruin your teeth, too? Heard that one before?

Dr. Michael Hess and the team at Hess Orthodontics want to make sure you understand sports drinks can damage healthy teeth. Actually, “erode” is more like the term, especially around the brackets while wearing braces. These sort of drinks erode your teeth by “demineralization,” or reducing the minerals in the outer tooth enamel and also the dentin (“dentin” is a yellowish, calcified tissue underneath the tooth enamel). It doesn’t affect the enamel underneath the braces covered by the brackets. Read more on Please Beware of Sports Drinks…

Sports InjuryMouth Guards are critical to your child’s dental health. That should also apply to adults as well. If you think about it, the use of mouth-guards and the reasons for using them isn’t that far removed from orthodontic technology and the principals at Hess Orthodontics we employ to create a beautiful and healthy smile for our patients!Read more on Children and Adults Should Wear Mouth Guards for Sports…

Unhappy Orthodontic Patient Rochester and Pittsford NYNot all kids are happy about wearing braces, especially teens. If teeth are slow erupting, a problem develops during a pubertal growth spurt, permanent teeth don’t erupt properly, or finances were an issue, your child may not be a happy camper. Wearing braces between the ages of 11-14 is the most common age for treatment and normally the age of least resistance in most cases. However, after that, be prepared for opposition.

Your first discussion sets the stage for how your child accepts or rejects the news they require treatment at Hess Orthodontics. Allowing your apprehension and fears to surface can impact how your child responds. Read more on Not All kids are Happy Wearing Braces – Good Communication Paves the Way…