Posts for: July, 2019
Ever wondered how to encourage good dental home care for your kids? Making it FUN is a great place to start. The best brushing routine for all patients, parents and children alike, is the recommended two minutes twice daily. But if the longest four minutes of your day are spent helping your child brush and floss, here are some suggestions for making that time fly!
Children's toothbrushes come in a wonderful variety of colors, patterns, and shapes these days. Allow your child to choose a favorite the next time that you go shopping for dental supplies. Just make sure that you choose a soft bristle brush with a head designed for small mouths. And remember that it is recommended to change your tothbrush every 3 months!
You don't have to go to great lengths to make your son or daughter feel rewarded for a job well done. Allowing children to pick out a story for you to read or posting colorful strickers on a calendar sheet will encourage them to get into the habit of brushing.
Time seems to go faster when you're having fun. Your child might enjoy listening to songs or stories for the two minutes of brushing time. You can even make your own playlist, invent a story starring your child, or make use of one of the many dental apps that offer children's music, videos, and stories in perfect two-minute segments.
Spend these two minutes twice a day with your child. You will be doing all of the brushing at first, of course, but as your children get older, brush your teeth along with them. You can model proper brushing techniques for cleaning teeth, gums and tongue, and even let your child have a chance to brush your teeth for a change!
Since everyone needs to visit the dentist twice a year, try making these appointments as a fun outing together with your child. And if these tips have kept your son or daughter motivated to consistently have good dental hygiene at home, then these visits should be a breeze!
The next time you take a selfie, make sure that your smile is at its brightest and whitest! And speaking of which, the best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTES. This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpastes use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains that are caused by foods, beverages and smoking.
WHITENING STRIPS AND GEL TRAYS. Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas that are used in toothpastes. Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is in making sure that each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel that is applied to your teeth for a specific period of time. A custom tray is the best option.
OFFICE TREATMENT. Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and is provided by a dental office. This process is usually faster, more effective and longer lasting.
Some teeth are not good candidates for any type of whitening procedures. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, it is best to first discuss which possible solution may be best for you with our dental professionals.