Posts for: August, 2017
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
What your pediatric dentists in Amherst want you to know
If you are a parent, one of the most important things you can do is to teach your child good oral hygiene habits. So, how do you do that? That's a great question. Your pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst, NH, want to help you teach your child all about great oral hygiene.
It’s important for you and your child to understand why oral hygiene is important. The plaque that forms on teeth is actually a live bacterial colony, capable of producing poisons that can destroy hard and soft tissue, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. It’s easiest if you refer to the bacteria as “tooth bugs” in your child’s mouth.
You should practice good oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing, and let your child see you doing it. This sets the stage for your child to learn by example. Then, when you and your child are ready for a lesson, follow these steps:
Stand behind your child in front of a mirror. Using a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush your child’s teeth. Use a circular motion to clean all surfaces of all the teeth and along the gumline. Make sure your child is watching in the mirror. When you are finished, have your child demonstrate the correct brushing technique back to you.
Electric toothbrushes are great for kids. The kid-friendly shapes and colors make your child want to brush.
It’s important to teach your child about flossing. Take a small piece of floss and floss your own teeth while your child watches. Then, while you are both in front of a mirror, demonstrate flossing and have your child floss their teeth afterward. At around 8 years of age, your child should be flossing without help.
Floss picks are a great way to get your child to floss. Just as with toothbrushes, floss picks come in kid-friendly colors and shapes made just for kids.
Just remember that your child is never too young to get a cavity. Introduce your child to the benefits of oral hygiene at an early age. For more information about children’s oral hygiene and pediatric dental care call your pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst, NH, today!
Like any parent you want your child to grow up healthy and strong. So be sure you don't neglect their dental care, a crucial part of overall health and well-being.
The most important part of this care is prevention — stopping dental disease and other problems before they do harm. Proactive prevention is the best way to keep their teeth and gum growth on the right track.
Prevention starts at home with a daily habit of brushing and later flossing. In the beginning, you'll have to brush for them, with just a smear of toothpaste on the toothbrush. As they get older, you can teach them to brush for themselves, graduating to a pea-sized dose of toothpaste.
It's also important to begin regular dental visits around their first birthday. Many of their primary (baby) teeth are coming in, so regular cleanings and checkups will help keep tooth decay in check. Early visits will also get them used to seeing the dentist and hopefully help stimulate a lifelong habit.
These visits have a number of purposes. First and foremost is to monitor dental development and early detection of any emerging problems, like a poor bite. Catching problems early could help reduce or even eliminate future treatment.
Some children are also at greater risk for tooth decay and could benefit from applications of topical fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, or a sealant to help protect the teeth. This is especially helpful in preserving primary (baby) teeth: early loss of a primary tooth could disrupt the permanent tooth's eruption and cause a poor bite.
Your child's dental visits could also benefit you as their caregiver. You receive regular feedback on how well your child's teeth and gums are developing, and the effectiveness of their oral hygiene. You also get answers to your questions about their oral health: the dentist's office is your best source for advice on teething, diet and other issues.
Together, you and your dentist can provide and maintain the best conditions for your child's dental development. The result will be the healthiest mouth they can have as they enter their adult years.