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5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Brush

December 13th, 2017

As parents we all know it can be hard to teach your little ones how to brush their teeth, but here are some ways you can make it more enjoyable and successful for them and for you.

  1. Set an Example

    Like with most things, your children will follow your lead, so it’s important to set a good example for them. Brush your teeth in front of them with a proper technique and be sure to brush for the full dentist-recommended two minutes. The more often they see you brushing your teeth the right way, the more likely they are to imitate you and learn by your example.

  2. Start Early

    As they always say the early bird gets the worm, and in this case the early tooth brusher gets a healthier smile. When they are very young, this can mean you brushing your child’s teeth for them, getting them used to the feeling of having their teeth brushed. By teaching good oral hygiene early, you’ll be providing with your child with a foundation to a lifetime of healthy teeth.

  3. Personalize Their Tooth Brushing Adventures

    When they are old enough, let them select their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Whether they love cars or princesses, bubblegum or mint, they’ll be more excited to brush their teeth if they have a fondness for their teeth brushing accessories. This is especially effective for kids who are starting to desire more ownership and control over their activities.

  4. Reward System

    Rewarding your child for practicing good oral hygiene can help motivate them to brush their teeth. Every time they brush their teeth for the full two minutes, give them something that they love. Use whatever motivates your child most, whether that’s a sticker or an extra bedtime story. Just maybe not candy! It could even be the same reward system you used when you maybe potty training them!

  5. Make It Fun!

    There are many ways to make tooth brushing fun for your child. From apps to music videos to games, there are plenty of resources that can encourage your child to brush their teeth for the full two minutes, and even make them look forward to brushing their teeth!

    Though practicing good oral hygiene at home is vital to a healthy mouth, be sure to bring your child in for regular cleanings and checkups, as well. Call us today to make an appointment!

Is Invisalign right for me?

November 29th, 2017

When it comes to your smile, you want to make the best decision for your smile but also the health of your smile. Invisalign is a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for all patients or all alignment issues. Before you pursue one course of treatment over another watch this video on Dr. Smith, one of our excellent dentists at Superior Dental Health.

Keeping Your Teeth And Gums Healthy For The Holidays

November 22nd, 2017

There is a lot to look forward to during the Holidays. Family, Friends, Time Off, the Joy of Giving, World Peace, and Food. Food is the main ingredient in the recipe for a great holiday besides Family and Friends. This time of year we are besieged by delicious food. From Thanksgiving dinner to New Years, turkey, ham, wine, cranberries, pumpkin pie, champagne, winter ales and oh! so many more kinds of food and drinks are set out before us to be unabashedly consumed while merrymaking with friends and family. Hopping from one house or party to another, soaking up as much “holiday spirit” as possible, eating and drinking your way through the better part of 2 months is the norm. During this series of decadent smorgasbords, there is one thing one should remember, and that is to take good care of; your mouth. Yes, all of that yummy goodness has a gateway to your overly-enthusiastic stomach, and that “gateway” needs some extra maintenance this time of year.

To help keep your smile bright and healthy during the busy and party-filled season, here are 11-holiday dental tips to see you (and your teeth) safely through the season.

#1 Be cautious of candy canes– Hard candy is tasty and readily available at the holidays from candy canes to peppermints, but it can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong. It may be better to let candies dissolve to prevent any chipping or other damage – but be sure to brush thoroughly after eating candy of any kind.

#2 Stay clear of soda– Holiday parties are rife with pop, and this sugary substance is never good for your teeth. If you want something bubbly, try fizzy water rather than soda. If you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth.

#3 Watch the wine– If you like a nice red, be mindful of how this can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile. If you do drink red, do so with food to mitigate how much of it gets on your teeth. Be sure to brush thoroughly if you do indulge in reds.

#4 Take more turkey– One-holiday food that’s great for your chompers is the turkey. It’s an excellent source of phosphorus and protein – both of which can help your body fight tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.

#5 Stock your stockings well– Christmas stockings are often chock full of sugary treats that can cause your kids to get cavities. Instead, consider eliminating candy altogether or stick to one sweet item. Also, consider giving them a cool new toothbrush as part of their holiday loot!

#6 Dip into veggies– At holiday events, skip the trays of Christmas cookies and brownies and instead fill your plate with vegetables. Broccoli and carrots are great treats for your teeth because they’re loaded with Vitamin A which strengthens your enamel.

#7 Chomp on cheese– Choose cheese to snack with if you’re drinking alcoholic drinks at parties. The pH balancing effects help neutralize the acid that’s in boozy beverages, and the calcium is great for your tooth health as well.

#8 Carol while you clean – Optimal tooth brushing last about two minutes so if you hum a few verses and choruses of your favorite holiday song while you brush, you’ll likely brush long enough to clean up your teeth and gums (be sure to brush your tongue too).

#9 Don’t use your teeth as a tool – The holidays come with packages to open, tape to apply to presents and loads of other things you may be tempted to break open or cut with your teeth. Don’t do it! Using your teeth as a tool can cause chips and breaks.

#10 Fill up on fruit –Instead of piling on sugary desserts at your holiday meal, turn to fruit instead. If you’re having a big dinner or party, rather than prepping some cakes and pies, try sticking to one sweet dessert and then prep a big fruit plate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

#11 Make the holiday meaningful –We often structure our holiday events around food, but this is good for your teeth or your waistline. To take the focus off of food, set up activities like board and card games, craft projects or holiday movie marathons.

Our entire Superior Dental Health Team hopes you have a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Aging and Oral Health

November 15th, 2017

As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-fourth of adults age 65 and older have no remaining teeth. What's more, nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay.

Oral health, regardless of age, is crucial to overall good health. Ideally, we all want to keep your natural teeth, but whether you're caring for natural teeth or dentures, advancing age may put older adults at risk for a number of oral health problems, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Diminished sense of taste
  • Root decay
  • Gum disease
  • Uneven jawbone caused by tooth loss
  • Denture-induced tissue inflammation
  • Overgrowth of fungus in the mouth
  • Attrition (loss of teeth structure by mechanical forces)
  • Oral cancer

These conditions may not be diagnosed until it is too late. If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Here are some tips for maintaining and improving your oral health as you become older:

  • Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
  • Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner.
  • If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It’s best to remove them at night.
  • Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
  • Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
  • Visit Superior Dental Health regularly for a complete dental checkup.

If you have any questions about keeping up with your oral hygiene at home, please give us a call!

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