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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
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
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!
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:
Q: Who is eligible to receive Propel?
A: All orthodontic patients could benefit from accelerated treatment including cases where difficulty is experienced moving teeth, rotations or closing spaces. Patients who are on chronic steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are not ideal candidates.
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Fresno, CA. December 11, 2015– Dr. Sam Namdarian of Fresno, CA, is excited to announce that Fresno Smile Makeovers is now offering Propel Excelleration, an innovative accelerated orthodontic option that fast tracks patient’s orthodontic treatment. Excelleration allows patients to achieve the same excellent orthodontic results but in much shorter treatment time that also means less office visits.
Propel Excelleration reduces the amount of time patients are in braces or clear aligners by working with the body’s own natural biology to stimulate the bone surrounding the teeth, helping the teeth to move faster. The simple 3-step in-office treatment is performed in minutes by the doctor and is done during a patient’s regularly scheduled appointment. Excelleration yields no discomfort to the patient and requires no recovery time so normal daily activities can be resumed immediately. Results from patients who have already received Excelleration have been exceptional in a range of cases including spacing, crowding, open bite, cross bite, and more.
“It has been my honor and privilege to work and reach the needs of the people in this city. I feel very blessed to be able to treat our patients with compassion, gentleness and at the same time to be able to make a new smile for them, which I truly believe is a life changer. In my state of art dental office, we offer general dentistry with more focus on cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and sleep Apnea.” ~Sam Namdarian
Whether a patient is looking to prepare for their wedding day, an upcoming graduation, or just simply wants to finish treatment sooner, Propel Excelleration will help give them that beautiful smile in faster time.
Patients seeking additional information on Propel’s advanced orthodontic treatment are encouraged to call Fresno Smile Makeovers at (559)431-1772.
About Dr. Sam Namdarian:
Dr. Namdarian attended University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his B.S. degree in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology. Dr. Namdarian attended Boston University Goldman School of Dental medicine and graduated with a D.M.D. degree in 2005. After graduation he completed a two year post-doctoral residency program at University Medical Center, Fresno where he served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Namdarian is a member of the Frontier Institute (formerly California Center for Advanced Dental Studies) where he now serves as clinical instructor to Dentists attending their cosmetic courses. Dr. Namdarian achieved post-graduate certification from UCLA Dental School and he is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Fresno Madera Dental Society.
Dr. Namdarian has also taken extensive training in Invisalign treatment (clear cosmetic braces). He has achieved Elite Preferred provider status due to the many successful Invisalign cases he has treated. Over 400 Invisalign patients are now smiling with confidence!
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A month has already passed since our RDA Sydnie married her soulmate Chris! Her wedding was beautiful, but nowhere near as lovely Sydnie was on her big day. We are so happy to have helped Sydnie achieve her stunning & bright smile and wish her and Chris a lifetime of happiness and big smiles together!
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Dr. Namdarian attended the CDA (California Dental Association) care event at the Fresno Convention Center last Friday and Saturday on October 2nd & 3rd of 2015. The CDA held a 2 days event for dental professionals to volunteer to care for people in need of dental care.
"This not only brought a smile to this 44 year old woman at CDA, also it makes me smile every time I look at her pictures. Dentistry can make changes! "
Here are six things that people who have Sleep Apnea say they wish everyone knew.
We are pleased to answer any questions about Sleep Apnea and the Treatment plan in person or on the phone.
Please give us a call on (559)431-1772 or stop by at 7770 N. Fresno St. #105 Fresno, CA 93720
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Often times people are missing teeth due to periodontal disease, decay, trauma or genetic defects. Dentists will coordinate with a lab to create dentures, or false teeth, to replace the missing teeth. Dentures can replace a few missing teeth on the same arch (partial denture) or it can replace all the teeth in an arch (complete denture)...
Read more about it here: http://fresnosmilemakeovers.com/patient-edu…/…/denture-care/
The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Your body's own saliva is also an excellent cavity fighter, because it contains special chemicals that rinse away many harmful materials.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a cavity:
• Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold water or foods.
• A localized pain in your tooth or near the gum line.
• Teeth that change color.
Thank you Lincoln Elementary School for allowing me to visit your classrooms for National Children's Dental Health Month! I had so much fun teaching you all about keeping your smiles healthy! Thank you for the poster, thank you cards & beautiful notes! You all touched my heart!
Hygienist at Fresno Smile Makeovers, Sam Namdarian DMD
Do you know that 80 percent of the microbial infections in our body are initiated by bacterial growth in form of plaque?February 09, 2015 | Posted Dentistry, Health, Dental Concerns | Be the first one to comment.
Fact: Do you know that 80 percent of the microbial infections in our body are initiated by bacterial growth in form of plaque? We have always thought that unicellular organisms have no social life! They actually team up, and form collective network called Biofilms. Their structure is much elaborated which enables them to get the nutrients in and the waste out. They are densely packed and can secret toxins. The complex and diverse architecture of biofilms has led to this idea that they are cooperative groups. They cause a number of chronic infections and diseases. The most well-known and studied biofilm bacteria is on teeth and gum, which leads to periodontal disease. Hundreds of microbial plaque colonize in the human mouth, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is a biofilm on the surfaces of the teeth. The accumulation of microorganisms establishes biofilm that exposes the teeth and gingival tissues to high concentrations of bacterial metabolites, which results in dental disease.
What happens if the plaque is not removed?
Failing to remove plaque can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually to more serious health issues. Plaque that is allowed to remain on teeth can harden into a destructive substance called tartar around the gum line. You can not remove the tartar by brushing; it must be cleaned by your dentist or dental hygienist. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This form of gum disease can deteriorate into a more serious condition called periodontitis, which causes bone loss, and if it is left untreated, can lead to teeth loss.
When was the last time you had a dental cleaning?
A professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is very important. This simple procedure should be part of your oral health care regimen to prevent teeth decay (cavities), and gum disease. The cleaning or dental prophylaxis needs to be done regularly.
For more information about dental Plaque, please visit the patient education section of our website:
Also you can watch videos on our website: http://fresnosmilemakeovers.com/dental-videos/
Click on dental videos and find the gum health section.
Fresno Smile Makeovers, Sam Namdarian DMD
People might think that flossing does not do anything significant. Obviously, the bacteria in your mouth are very small which the naked eye cannot see. But believe me, they are between your teeth right now. Overnight the bacteria will reproduce to create more than a million cells from the original cell! By proper flossing, you will remove 40% of the sticky bacteria or plaque from your teeth. As you can see in this real radiograph (X-ray), dental decay has developed due to lack of flossing.
For more information please visit our website:
Also under the oral hygiene tab you can find "How to Floss" video:
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If you have experience any of these symptoms please call our dental office to help you treat and alleviate the pain.
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
Six Steps to a Thorough Oral Cancer Screening
Click on link below to see the self-exam sheet.
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