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'Stranger Things' Dental fact!

Stranger Things is the recent Netflix hit that everyone is crazy for, recently releasing a second season. Every fan knows the main characters are four young teens, BUT what you may not have know about Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin, is that he has a rare bone and teeth disorder called cleidocranial dysplasia. This disorder can be inherited and can affect the growth of collar bones, smaller frames, and open skull sutures to name a few symptoms. Gaten has a common symptom which is slow eruption of his permanent set of teeth. He is 14 and still has a lot of deciduous teeth and missing teeth. At 14 we would generally expect full adult dentition (except wisdom teeth). Also, the condition can cause the permanent dentition to include supernumerary teeth (extra teeth). Unless these extra teeth are removed they will crowd the adult teeth in what already may be an underdeveloped jaw. Up to 13 supernumarary teeth have been observed!
Gaten has been raising awareness of the condition, and his new found fame has given him a great platform to do this.

That’s a little dental fact about one of our favourite child tv stars!!

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You have been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember… However, many people are shocked when they learn they are not doing it properly! Do you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day? Many adults do not come close to brushing for that amount of time, and are unaware that proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Do you floss every day? Many adults rarely floss!
Here are four steps to help you remember how to look after your mouth, teeth and gums:
1) Brushing twice daily especially in the morning and before bed, with a fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes.
2) Floss daily. Before bed usually.
3) Reduce frequency of snacking between meals.
4) Make sure you have regular check ups with your dentist, we recommend an oral exam and professional cleaning every 6 months.

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