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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
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.
Evidence has shown that treating sleep apnea can reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea. Snoring can be one of the warning signs of sleep apnea. It occurs when the air way is blocked and causes the throat tissue to vibrate. This condition decreases the concentration of oxygen level in the blood stream and increases the blood pressure which both can increase the risk of a stroke or heart disease.
Some of the other symptoms of sleep apnea are:
– Weight gain
– Tiredness and fatigue during the day
– Waking up frequently during the night
If you are concerned about sleep apnea or any sleep disorder, the first thing to do is to consult with medical doctor. After having sleep test, and sleep apnea diagnosis, then your dentist can help you fabricate a customized oral appliance that will open your airway, and you can breathe better and have a good night’s sleep.
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
For more information, click the link below to read the article published by the American Dental Association (ADA):
TOOTHACHES ARE A SIGNAL that something is wrong, and should not be ignored even if pain is off-and-on. Although tooth decay is often the main reason of a #toothache, a dental examination is required to identify the cause. Other causes of toothache can be due to gum disease, infection, tooth trauma, bite trauma, teeth grinding, and tooth eruption (babies & children)
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.
If you purchase bottled water, make sure that it is fluoridated. Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes mineralization.
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!
If you are pregnant, it is very important to see a dentist in a regular basis. A sudden surge in hormones particularly estrogen and progesterone can affect the oral health, and can accentuate the way that gum tissues respond to plaque. It is imperative for you to maintain dental and gum hygiene and keep your dental appointment with your dentist. Plaque accumulation causes gingivitis, which is red swollen gum and very prone to bleed. “Pregnancy Gingivitis” to some extent can affect any pregnant woman. Pre- gingivitis condition gets worse during pregnancy and if it is not resolved, can turn into periodontitis, which is more severe type of gum disease along with bone loss.
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
Straightening your teeth is not just about improving the appearance of your smile. That’s just an added bonus! Crooked teeth are more likely to get plaque tartar buildup and gum diseases like gingivitis because the malpositioned teeth makes it harder to brush and floss all the surfaces of your teeth.
If you’ve seen or had regular metal braces before and don’t want them, call our office for a FREE Invisalign® consultation to see if you qualify for the “clear tray” version of moving teeth! Invisalign® aligners are clear trays that gradually straighten your teeth without the discomfort and hassle of metal wires and metal brackets!
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