Skip to Content

Blog

Waterflossing vs. Traditional Flossing: What’s the Difference?

Water Flossing vs. Traditional Flossing

Benefits of Water Flossing

Studies show that water flossing does remove almost all, 99%, of plaque from the surface of teeth with a three-second application from a classic jet tip. Three other major benefits discovered about water flossing over regular string flossing are: reduction of bleeding of the gums, reduction of gingivitis, and deeper penetration of the gum pockets by the water flossers.

0 Continue Reading →

What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

What is the difference between deep teeth cleaning and a regular cleaning? A typical dental cleaning usually includes: scaling teeth surfaces followed by a thorough polishing. Here is an overview of deep teeth cleaning is and the benefits of this process.

0 Continue Reading →

How to help your kids love to brush their teeth: 6 great tips!

“Time to brush your teeth”. Does this phrase instill dread in your children? Turn it into a fun activity and help your kids love to brush! Proper brushing can set your children up for a lifetime of good dental health, and forming good habits in childhood is essential. You can help your kids love to brush their teeth with these easy tips and suggestions.

Buy a fun toothbrush

Get your kids excited about brushing with a toothbrush featuring their favorite characters or colors. Letting your child pick out their own toothbrush can get them excited about brushing. Make sure you choose an appropriate size for your child’s mouth and one with soft bristles.

Use a different toothpaste

It may be that your child doesn’t love brushing because of the flavor of their toothpaste. There are so many options today, from mint to strawberry, that you are sure to find one that your child will love.

Turn on some music

Music makes everything more fun, including brushing your teeth! Playing music can not only make brushing playful, you can use the song length to encourage your child to brush longer. Making sure they are brushing for a proper length of time (2 minutes) ensures they are getting their teeth clean.

Use games and stories

Make the toothbrush a superhero rescuing the teeth from evil plaque! Pretend the teeth are pots and pans you are scrubbing clean! Getting creative can make brushing more fun; ask your child to come up with their own epic tooth story!

Give rewards

Maybe brushing well will result in extra reading time, or another special treat. Reward your child for a job well done, and they will be encouraged to continue to brush.

Set a Good Example

Your child will not be motivated to brush if they never see you do it! Be a good example of oral health and hygiene to your child.

Even if your child is resistant, using the above suggestions will help them get excited about brushing! Stay positive, give them encouragement, and know that you are helping them develop good tooth brushing behavior that will follow them into adulthood.

0 Continue Reading →

3D Dental X-ray and New Technology is Changing the Game

Technological gadgets and apps have changed the way we live, and they have certainly changed the ways we monitor our health. From recording our daily calorie intake and our step count, to new high-tech scans and sensors for diagnosis, there is more information available than ever to inform health care. Dentistry is no exception. New 3D dental x-ray and technology are changing the way dental professionals diagnose and treat dental problems.

0 Continue Reading →

Why Do I Have Aching Teeth?

Have you ever distracted yourself from thinking about aching muscles after a good workout or other uncomfortable physical sensations? If so, you know aching teeth rarely fall into that category. No matter how hard you try to distract yourself, it feels impossible to think about anything else! What often makes them even worse, are the thoughts you have about going to the dentist. Will you need drilling, a new filling, or even a root canal?

0 Continue Reading →

4 Tips to Help Your Teen Recover Quickly After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Taking care of your teen post wisdom teeth removal isn’t always easy. Although the procedure is common, we all react differently to the experience. Oftentimes, it is painful, and they do not know how to respond due to the impacts of stress. Emotions impact our ability to think clearly during situations that cause stress, such as pain. In other words, teens may need help with emotional regulation.

0 Continue Reading →

Smiles With A Heart – Free Dental Care

Each year Fredericksburg Smile Center holds their SMILES WITH A HEART benefit. This year the benefit will take place on April 28, 2017 at 2330 Plank Road – Gateway Village – in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This benefit will provide free dental care for underprivileged patients in our community. The benefit has averaged over $75,000/year in free care in one day, producing over a half million dollars in free care back to the community.

2 Continue Reading →

Scared of the Dentist? A Therapy Dog Can Help

Are you scared of the dentist? You’re definitely not alone. Millions of Americans avoid getting preventive dental care because of severe dental anxiety.

Dentophobia is a problem in need of a solution, and dental therapy dogs might just be able to provide one. Therapy dogs are well-trained, well mannered, and are able to provide comfort in a situation where someone is anxious, scared or depressed.

0 Continue Reading →

Why Your Heart Loves Your Family Dentist

So, you’ve taken all the appropriate measures to ensure your heart is healthy, but did you know having a healthy mouth can contribute to your healthy heart as well?  So taking that trip to the family dentist is about more than just your teeth. Having unhealthy gums and teeth could potentially lead to heart disease.  

0 Continue Reading →

4 Tips for Using Books to Help your Kids Love to Brush

A common myth surrounding early oral health is that baby teeth are not as important as permanent adult teeth. However, oral health is the gateway to long-term health. Helping your kids love to brush their teeth as soon as their first tooth emerges will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health habits.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, books are a great way to promote early oral health. While you and your child read together, you are teaching them about brushing, good habits, and literacy. It’s a great combination!

It’s a great idea, right? But how do you make it a habit? And how can you help your kids love to brush by using books? Here are our 4 tips to get you started!

  • Find the perfect books! There are many great children’s books available. One favorite is Brush Your Teeth, Please (2013) by Leslie McGuire. This pop-up book presents different animals brushing their teeth. Kids use tooth brushes inside to practice on the animals while you read together. Ready Set Brush (2008) by Sesame Street is another great pop-up book option. Kids recognize Elmo and other characters they already trust. If Elmo brushes his teeth, clearly your kids should brush their teeth, too!

 

  • Make reading and brushing a routine! Children thrive on routines, so make reading and brushing part of that bedtime and morning ritual. First, brush your teeth together. Then, let them pick their favorite book to read before either shutting off the lights and going to bed or going about the rest of your morning. It’s important that you do this together, as that is what supports the importance of both brushing and reading.

 

  • Have a special toothbrush for their stuffed animal! Does your child have a bear, doll, or other stuffed animal they carry everywhere? If so, use that to your advantage. Have your child brush their “teeth” as part of play and routines. Doing so will help them practice the proper motions while also having fun.

 

  • Bring books to your dentist’s office! Since early oral health care is important, helping your child grow accustomed to visiting the dentist’s office should start early. Bring your child’s favorite brushing book along on your visit and read it in the waiting room. Doing so will help them understand their upcoming appointment and create normalcy around the visit.

 

Are you ready to get started? Head to your local library or bookstore as a family to find your perfect brushing book today. There is no better time to support your child’s early oral health than right now.

 

Discover More Articles Like This:

0 Continue Reading →