Miriam Furlong

Bio

Specialties:

  • orthodontics

Affiliation:

  • American Dental Association

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Dentistry:

    TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

    Specifically, the task force suggested Monday that primary care ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dentist:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth, according to updated American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines.

    To help prevent cavities, parents should use a smear (an amount about the size of a gra...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dentist:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having dental insurance doesn't mean people will actually take care of their teeth, a new study indicates.

    The findings suggest patient outreach and education are needed to ensure that people understand the importance of good dental health and t...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dentist:

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups.

    For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearl...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dentist:

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups.

    For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearl...Full Article

  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    A reverse pull headgear pulls the jaw or teeth forward from the rest of the face. Typically it's used to treat an under developed upper jaw, or an underbite.

    Typically the headgear has pads that rest on the forehead and chin with a frame between (like a catcher’s mask). The patient attaches rubber

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, and if they don't bite together properly it can cause them to chip or crack. They may even get loose and lead to premature tooth loss in some cases.

    A badly aligned bite can be harder to chew with, and can even affect speech. In some cases it can lead to pain

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    A retainer is usually used to hold the teeth in place. Orthodontists use retainers of different types to maintain correction after treatment.

    Sometimes retainers can be used for treatment, in certain cases where only limited correction is needed.

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    You can inherit traits like a small jaw, big teeth, or missing teeth from your parents that can lead to bad alignment of the teeth or bite.

    You can also have things occur like tooth decay or baby teeth that are knocked out early that can cause your teeth or bite to be crooked. Certain habits like

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    To put it simply, braces and retainers are 2 kinds of orthodontic appliances that place pressure on the teeth to either move them or hold them in place. If there is space and you push on a tooth, it's going to move.

    Orthodontists go through many years of training to learn about moving teeth and

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    Recommendations on how frequently you should see your orthodontist depend on the treatment. Sometimes it's important to monitor changes in the development of the teeth, bite, and face before starting active treatment and those visits may be from every 3-12 months apart. Some situations such as impacted

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    Crooked teeth are correctable at any age, so you're in luck.

    The first step is to find a reputable orthodontist in your community. Ask your primary dentist, friends, and neighbors if they would recommend someone.

    Then, contact the office about scheduling an initial consultation. They should be able

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  • Miriam Furlong answered:

    Orthodontic treatment may involve using fixed (attached to the teeth or mouth) or removable devices/appliances. Your orthodontist adjusts them on a regular basis until treatment is complete. An example of a fixed appliance is braces, and they can be made of a number of different materials including

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