Helping Your Kids Learn and Love To Brush Their Teeth
ANY PARENT KNOWS that getting your child to do certain things like eat their veggies, clean their room and even brush their teeth can be difficult. But the reality is that tooth decay is the number one disease affecting young children today.
To combat this, kids need to learn and love to brush their teeth early on in their lives. Our goal is to help your children maintain bright, healthy smiles and help them learn early the importance of good oral hygiene.
Let’s Catch Up On Some Of The Basics
Your child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth appears, or around their first birthday. Once teeth emerge, you can start brushing them. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). When two teeth begin to touch, it is time to start flossing!
From the ages of three to six, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Remind children not to swallow the toothpaste. Continue to help your child brush their teeth until you feel that they can correctly do so on their own.
Our Top Tips On Teaching Your Kids Good Oral Hygiene
It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it to teach your kids the value of taking care of their teeth. Here are some things you can do to help them understand just how important a task it is, and even how fun it can be!
Teach Them Why
When kids understand the reason behind something, they are more inclined to do it. You can even make it more interesting by spinning it into a fun story and giving the bacteria in their mouths a name, like the plaque monsters or tooth bugs!
Let Them Participate
Allowing your child to pick out their toothbrush, toothpaste and floss is a great way for them to participate. If you use a timer to help them brush their teeth for the full two minutes, let them press the button. Find ways to get them involved!
Use Positive Reinforcement
Parents know better than anyone what kids will do for prizes. One idea is to use a sticker chart. Every time they brush their teeth well, without complaining, they get to put a sticker on the chart. When the chart is full, they get a prize!
Make It Fun
Whether you turn on their favorite two-minute song or have them brush their stuffed animal’s teeth first, making it fun is key to helping your child love brushing time. There are also many Smartphone apps out there dedicated to making oral hygiene more fun!
You can even show them this fun video to help encourage them to brush their teeth!
We Are Proud Partners of Parents
Although getting your child to love brushing and flossing their teeth is difficult at times, remember that we are your allies in helping ensure their lifelong oral and overall health. If your child is still struggling with brushing and flossing, let us know, we are here to help.
Thank you for your trust in our practice.
Fresno Smile Makeovers, Sam Namdarian DMD, FAGD
Contact: Sam Namdarian DMD, 559-431-1772 Info@fresnosmilemakeovers.com
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Dentist Sam Namdarian Receives AGD Fellowship Award in Boston, MA
Boston (2016)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Sam Namdarian DMD, FAGD, of Fresno, CA, received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2016 annual meeting, which took place July 16, 2016 in Boston
The AGD Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession. To earn this prestigious honor, Dr. Namdarian completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD.
As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. Namdarian at Fresno Smile Makeovers joins nearly 7,000 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Namdarian for his commitment in reaching this lofty goal,” says AGD Immediate Past President W. Mark Donald, DMD, MAGD. “He has distinguished himself professionally among his peers and is a role model for both his fellow dentists and the Fresno community.”
Dr. Namdarian graduated from Boston University in 2005 and currently practices dentistry in Fresno CA. He and his wife, Faith, have two children.
About the Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 41,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit www.agd.org.
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We had a Fantastic appreciation day at Birdstone Winery celebrating three of our great employees with the Fresno Smile Makeovers team.🎊🎻 Stephanie, office manager, Carole, hygienist and Bobbi,RDA
It was definitely tough to keep a secret from Bobbi, Carole, and Stephanie- but our surprise appreciation party this past Saturday was a hit! Bobbi- one of our Registered Dental Assistants, Carole- one of our Registered Dental Hygienists, and Stephanie- our Office Manager have been with us since Day One! We greatly appreciate them for everything they have done and continue to do for our patients and for our office!
Thank you Birdstone Winery for accomadating all of us! We had a great time at your beautiful winery!
At Fresno Smile Makeovers we are so proud to have the best dental team!
FLUORIDE PROTECTS TEETH! Leaving toothpaste residue in your mouth after brushing will maximize its effectiveness.
There are many benefits of fluoride. Adults and children that are at a higher risk of cavities, poor oral hygiene, patients in ortho treatment, patients that have dry mouth (lack of saliva can make the teeth more susceptible to cavities) and patients with sensitivity. Since the American diet is high in sugar, acid and fermentable carbs, all patients from every age group can benefit from the re-mineralizing action of fluoride. Even patients with healthy diets such as those who frequently consume fruit and vegetable juices (which can be very acidic) can benefit from fluoride to strengthen their enamel.
Fluoride Varnish is a highly concentrated, professionally applied treatment that is safe and very effective in lowering your risk of cavities and/or sensitivity. Some studies have proven that when Fluoride Varnish is applied every 6 months at your dental cleanings, it can lower your risk of cavities up to 70%! Fluoride varnish takes just seconds to apply! It is a gel-like substance that is brushed on to the surfaces of the teeth and dries quickly so that it can release fluoride over time directly in to the tooth. The best part is that because it dries so rapidly, there is no wait time to eat or drink after the application! There are a few simple rules to follow after application which your hygienist can explain to you at your appointment.
Please call us to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Sam Namdarian for a dental exam and cleaning. Our hygienists at Fresno Smile Makeovers can give the best oral hygiene advices for your whole family. We are glad to serve our community in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and many other cities in central valley.
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IT’S AMAZING how nearly every aspect of health is related to oral health!
At Fresno Smile Makeovers we are not just concerned with our patients' teeth, but total well-being.
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Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a dentist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.
The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.
All dentists must perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer.
In the United States approximately 36,500 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year and about 7,900 will die from the disease.
Check out for these signs:
Chronic sore throat with or without swelling
Alterations to the color, and texture of mouth tissue
Lump in the neck area
Persistent painful swallowing
Call us today at Fresno Smile Makeovers to schedule an appointment for oral exam.
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BRUSHING OUR TEETH is something we do everyday. And yet it’s easy to fall into a routine of bad habits if we’re not careful! Developing correct brushing techniques and sticking to them is crucial to the health and appearance of your smile.
- Use the right technique. Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush using small circles. This method is the most gentle and effective way to remove plaque!
- Brush for the correct amount of time. Proper brushing takes at least two minutes! To make sure you brush for the right amount of time, use a stopwatch or listen to your favorite song while brushing. When deciding how much time to spend brushing your teeth, the important thing to remember is that it’s not about a prescribed amount of time, it’s about cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth.
- Brush morning and night. Brushing your teeth should be an absolutely essential part of your daily and nightly routine. It’s also important to avoid midnight snacking! Sleeping directly after eating significantly raises your risk for cavities.
- Replace your brush. The ADA recommends buying a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. Over time, the bristles of the toothbrush wear down and become less effective at removing plaque and bacteria. It’s also important to swap out your toothbrush after being sick, otherwise the germs from your illness may reinfect you.
- Don’t put yourself at risk for gum recession. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and refrain from aggressive brushing. Brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or using excessive force while brushing can slowly cause gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth and leading to sensitivity. Not fun!
- Don’t brush immediately after eating. Wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth. When you eat, bacteria produce acid that temporarily weakens the enamel. Brushing too soon after eating, especially acidic foods, can damage the enamel in its weakened state. After eating, it’s best to rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production. These measures will help to wash away bacteria without damaging your teeth!
- Don’t ignore the rest of your mouth. Especially your tongue! Did you know that 90 percent of bad breath is due to a dirty tongue? That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of visiting your dentist. No matter how well you brush, biannual visits to your dentist are imperative to keeping your smile radiant and healthy! Professional cleanings and checkups are the easiest way to avoid dental problems in the future.
What you do everyday has an effect on the health and beauty of your smile. We hope these little tips will make a big difference in your oral hygiene routine!
Our patients at Fresno Smile Makeovers mean the world to us! Our hygienists are very well trained to demonstrate the proper ways of brushing and give oral hygiene to improve the oral health and eliminate the gum diseases.
Dr. Sam Namdarian and his dental team are dedicated to educate our patients in Fresno, Clovis and other around cities, and create beautiful smiles. We welcome new patients to Fresno Smile Makeovers for any dental need including Cosmetic, Invisalign and Sleep Apnea appliances.
To learn more about brushing please watch this video link.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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Some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Weight gain
- Tiredness and fatigue during the day
- Waking up frequently during the night
Saliva is an important part of our oral health, which contains proteins, minerals, and antibodies that prevents tooth decay. Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a medical condition due to lack of saliva. Some of the reasons that cause dry mouth include medications, medical treatment, and tobacco use. Good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing after each meal are very important for people who are diagnosed with dry mouth.
Your dentist may suggest a special oral gel or rinse to help restore moisture and reduce your risk for cavities.
Other ways to keep your mouth moisture include:
- Chewing sugar-free gum
- Avoiding carbonated drinks, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the airway is blocked and causes the throat tissue to vibrate. Sleep disorders cause several major health threatening problems and can also speed memory loss. The University of Michigan Health System studies on 147 children ages 3 to 12 who were suspected of having sleep apnea. The result shows children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have a lower level IQ and some of them have behavior issues such as inattention, hyperactivity, social problems, and perfectionism. According to this study, by treating sleep apnea they can approach the higher level of IQ. Also, proper sleeping will lead to behavioral improvements in future.
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Contact your dentist if you feel any discomfort or pain in your mouth.
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February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Has your child seen a dentist? Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is the best way to prevent oral health problems. A trip to the dentist also can educate you on how to properly care for your child’s teeth and to identify his or her dental needs. Early visits will help to familiarize your child with the dental office, too, which helps to reduce anxiety and fear, and make visits more stress-free in the future.
Can tooth decay affect infants?Yes. Tooth decay in infants and young children most often occurs in the upper front teeth. This decay, commonly referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay,” is caused by prolonged exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Your dentist can tell you more about what you can do to help prevent the development of this condition.
When should my child first see a dentist?The ideal time is six months after your child’s first (primary) teeth erupt or by the child’s first birthday. This time frame is the perfect opportunity for the dentist to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. Your dentist may even provide or recommend special preventive care to thwart oral health problems.
How can I protect my child’s oral health?Parents should provide their child’s oral hygiene care until the child is old enough to take responsibility for the daily routine of brushing and flossing.
A proper regimen of preventive home care is important from the day your child is born. To help prevent tooth decay, talk to your dentist and follow the tips below:
- Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
- As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.
- To avoid teeth misalignment due to sucking, monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers, and thumbs.
- Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juice, or sweetened liquids.
- Avoid filling your child’s bottle with liquids like sugar water and soft drinks.
- Encourage children to drink tap or fountain water.
- Find out if your public water supply is fluoridated. If it is not, your dentist or your physician may prescribe fluoride supplements.
- To build self-confidence, encourage the child to brush his or her own teeth when he or she is old enough. Always monitor the child’s brushing technique and thoroughness to ensure proper technique.
- The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.
Does the AGD offer any resources for my family?Yes! Check out the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) consumer Web site, www.KnowYourTeeth.com—the Internet’s go-to resource for all things dental. Areas of the Web site include a dental diary with helpful calendar reminders, useful articles on dental care and oral health for patients of all ages, a “Life of a Tooth” animated timeline that explains how the teeth and mouth change over a lifetime, a dental advisor to whom you can pose questions, information on finding a highly qualified general dentist for your family, and much more!
Gingivitis and baby's health:
There is a strong link between gingivitis, low birth weight and pre-term pregnancy. High accumulation of bacteria in plaque can enter the blood through puffy tender bleeding gum and get to the placenta in uterus and stimulates the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which can induce miscarriage.
Thoroughly floss and brush your teeth particularly close to the gum line twice a day and after each meal. Eat nutrition rich in Vitamin C. Keep your dental visits to allow your hygienists and dentist to remove plaque and control gingivitis.
Such as filling cavities can be postponed to the second trimester as long as they are not dental emergencies. Elective procedures should be performed after the baby's birth. Any X-rays should be avoided if possible.
Sam Namdarian DMD
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For more information please call us (559)431-1772
Since Dr. Namdarian is an Elite provider (treating over 400 patients!), Invisalign® is giving a 20% discount (a value of $1,000!) only for his first 20 patients of 2016.
If you would like to have a FREE consultation to see whether you qualify for Invisalign® treatment, ask any one of our staff members to help arrange that appointment for you!
Veneers and crowns might be a great option for you. Below is a picture of one of Dr. Namdarian’s great patients who got veneers and crowns done at Fresno Smile Makeovers and she is very happy with the result.
You can see her before and after pictures on the link below: