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Welcome to the website of R. Shawn Essey, D.M.D., L.L.C., a distinguished dental care provider serving the dental needs of patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Essey and his team of skilled professionals work together to provide quality dental treatment solutions for children, teens and adults. We strive to provide personalized and thorough dental care to achieve comprehensive dental wellness. From common problems to gum disease, we provide an array of dental services to meet your dental needs. Please see our Services link under Comestic Dentistry for an in-depth look!  

 

We are proud to announce that Dr. Essey has again been selected as a Pittsburgh Top Dentist for 2017!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!   

Monthly Updates

August 1 thru August 6 is World Breastfeeding Week!

Breastfeeding: 6 things nursing moms should know about dental health!

  • Breastfeeding May Help Build a Better Bite

      A June 2015 study from Pediatrics found babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months were 72% less likely to have malocclusion (crooked teeth).  These babies were less likely to develop open bites, crossbites and overbites than babies who breastfed for less than 6 months or not at all.

It doesn't mean your exclusively breastfed baby won't need braces someday because there are other factors as well but this study does sound promising!

  • You Don't Have to Wean When Your Baby Gets Teeth

A common question is :should I stop breastfeeding when my baby starts teething?  The answer is not if you don't want to.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of a baby's life; the World Health Organization encourages mom to go for two.  As with breastfeeding, every child is different, every mother is different.

  • Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Another benefit if exclusive beastfeeding is a reduced risk for baby bottle tooth decay, the frequent , prolonged exposure of the baby's teeth to drinks that contain sugar.  It often occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle, containing formula, milk or juice.  (Water is fine because the teeth won't be bathed in sugary liquids for a prolonged period of tile.

  • Breastfed Babies Can Still Get Cavities

Although natural, breast milk, just like formula contains sugar.  That is why, breastfed or bottlefed, it is important to care for baby's teeth from the start.  A few days after birth begin wiping your baby's gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth every day.  Then brush twice a day as soon as the first tooth emerges.  Use fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or grain of rice.

  • Mom, Take Care of Yourself

Mom's are often not able to take care of themselves as well as they did before the baby.  They are often just not brushing or flossing as much as they used to. A decrease in dental care could lead to gum disease and decay.  Cavity prevention is especially crucial for moms, as even the simple act of sharing a spoon could transfer that bacteria into your baby's mouth.  Make sure that you have prevented that gum disease or decay so you don't transfer that bacteria to the baby.

All moms need to stay hydrated, especially if breastfeeding.  Not drinking enough water is a very dangerous thing for your mouth.  Dry mouth increases our risk for gum disease and decay!

 

 

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No matter what day or week it is this month we hope it is wonderful!  Please don't forget to show your beautiful smile and be sure to tell everyone how Dr. Essey is helping you keep that healthy smile!

 
Healthy smiles are our #1 priority but we can also discuss with you cosmetic changes that might enhance your smile even more.  If you would like to discuss any changes you might be considering please call Dr. Essey to give you the most up to date options.

Our web site has lots of great information on learning about your oral health!  To learn even more visit www.mouthhealthy.org/ .

We believe our high-tech office and highly skilled team will give you the confidence that you are receiving the highest standard of dental care available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Essey has been chosen in 2010 ,2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 & 2017 Top Dentist by Pittsburgh Magazine!  We want to say Thank You to all our patients!

TopDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout the Pittsburgh area cast "votes" on the abilities of other dentists and specialists, and because listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.

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  • Thank you for visiting Dr. Essey’s website. We look forward to seeing you smile.