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Monday, June 30, 2014

Personalized Tooth Fairy Pillow Ideas

Remember this post on how to make a tooth fairy pillow? If you're looking for a fun summer craft, here are some fun ideas for modifying your tooth and making it your own.
Make one in your favorite color or with your favorite pattern (camo, chevron, etc.)

 Make a black ninja mask for your tooth.

Brush yer teeth or walk the plank!
You could also try a ballerina, cowboy, or super hero.

If you make a pillow, please upload your picture on our Facebook page!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Teaching Kids How To Brush And Floss

For older kids and adults, we have educational posts that illustrate and how to floss and how to brush your teeth. For younger kids, we found a great activity using egg cartons to help them practice!
Sometimes it is hard to see if kids are using the proper technique when brushing. This oversize mouth model helps kids practice, and allows you to show them each area that they should brush on their teeth.  If you don't have time to do the craft, simply have them practice brushing the top, outside, and inside of an egg carton. When flossing, make sure kids remember to curve the floss into a C shape against each tooth when they reach the gums and gently rub the floss back and forth (illustrated example). 

Flossing daily and brushing twice a day for two minutes will help you enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

No Cavity Club Winners


Brothers Connor, Keenan and Caleb are our newest winners from our No Cavity Club! Connor likes swimming and horses while Keenan likes motorcycles and ninjas. Caleb is your traditional boy who likes baseball and Legos. Let's join them in being cavity fighting ninjas and brush those teeth!
 

Friday, March 28, 2014

March Madness...Brackets or Braces?

During March Madness people often talk about their brackets and how they're doing. But rarely outside of our office are they talking about the brackets found on teeth! Brackets are a component of braces which aid in straightening teeth.
If you have a bad bite or your teeth are crooked or out of alignment, you may benefit from braces. Braces can help improve your smile and make your teeth straighter. They can also improve your dental health and overall health because untreated orthodontic problems can make it hard to bite and chew and can interfere with eating. If you have a bad bite, you may also be prone to cavities or gum disease because it may be hard to clean your teeth. Braces come in many different styles, including tooth-colored plastic braces or traditional metal braces that come in a variety of colors. Removable clear retainers can sometimes be used.

If you've ever wondered if braces would improve your smile, give us a call and we can help you decide the best option for making your smile everything you'd like it to be!

Information from www.mouthhealthy.org

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thumbsucking

Did you know that thumbsucking is one of the top ten concerns of people who visit the American Dental Association's website mouthhealthy.org? Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy and help them learn about their world. Young children may also suck to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep.
After the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may develop problems with their baby teeth so be sure to go in for regular dental visits and check with your dentist f you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth, or are concerned about your child’s thumbsucking.

Tips for helping your child stop thumbsucking:

  • Praise your child for not sucking.
  • Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure or needing comfort. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child.
  • For an older child, involve him or her in choosing the method of stopping.
  • Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.
If the above tips don’t work, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe a bitter medication to coat the thumb or the use of a mouth appliance. 

Info from www.mouthhealthy.org

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a great way to help stop cavities before they they start!  Brushing and flossing help remove food and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrush bristles can't reach all the way into the depressions and grooves. Sealants protect these areas by "sealing out" plaque and food, and as long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants are painless and easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the teeth and hardens, acting as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaque and acids.  Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing  and may last several years before they need to be reapplied.
While sealants help prevent cavities, you should still brush twice a day, floss daily, and continue to see your dentist regularly. At your regular dental visits, your dentist will check your teeth to see if you need another sealant application.

Ask your dentist if sealants would be a benefit to you. In the meantime, happy brushing!

Info from www.mouthhealthy.org

Friday, February 28, 2014

Children's Dental Health

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. While this month is coming to a close, children are always welcome in our office! We enjoy providing a comfortable, caring environment for both children and adults so the whole family can receive their dental care together. This provides a comfortable atmosphere for your child and makes it convenient for you! Your child can become a member of our No Cavity Club, and always gets a balloon and a toy from our toy tower after their checkup.

We even have accommodations for your children when you are at the dentist - no need to find a babysitter when you come in for your appointment! We are pleased to offer free onsite babysitting in our Smile Zone. Just let us know when making your appointment that you would like to sign up your child.

Here are some fun educational ideas you might enjoy with your child at home, including online games, a toothbrush chart, and two minute videos - perfectly timed to watch while brushing teeth. Here's wishing you and your children a lifetime of beautiful smiles!