Tuesday, November 30, 2021

How Do Taste Buds Work?

Your tongue and 10,000 taste buds are amazing. Just take a close-up look at all they do!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

How Does a Toothbrush Get the ADA Seal of Acceptance?

When you see the ADA Seal of Acceptance on a power or manual toothbrush, you can be sure it’s safe and effective. Go behind the scenes to see what it takes for a toothbrush to pass the test.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Children’s Oral Health: 3 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Floss

Kids say the darndest things. Everyday topics, like learning how to floss, can turn into a comedy show. Case in point: One night, as my husband flossed his teeth our daughter exclaimed, “Daddy, why are you removing your teeth?”

Lesson learned. Time to teach her how to floss.

Teaching a kid how to use dental floss is probably the last battle you want to take on at the end of a long day, especially when just brushing teeth can be a struggle. But flossing is an extremely important part of children’s oral health. Dental floss cleans 40% of tooth surfaces brushing can’t reach. Between the ages of two and four, when teeth in the mouth start touching, kids can and should be introduced to dental floss.

When it comes to teaching kids about oral health, creativity goes a long way. Here are my three favorite tips for teaching a child how to floss.

Kids Flossing Tip #1: Use Visuals

Dental floss doesn’t automatically make sense to kids. This is why visuals are a great tool for teaching kids how to floss.

To demonstrate the importance of flossing and good oral health, have your child watch as you dig your teeth into some chocolate. Next, floss your teeth to demonstrate how well dental floss removes leftover food particles. Once she is thoroughly intrigued, break out a dental flosser pick (little kids find these easier to handle) and try it out on her teeth.

Kids Flossing Tip #2: Give Rewards

As a parent, you know how well positive reinforcement works on kids. They love when something fun waits for them at the end of a task. Why not use this same idea for your children’s oral health? Create a chart and give your child a gold star each day she flosses. At the end of the week, reward her with a fun activity or a small toy. She’ll consider it a fun game, but you’ll know that, secretly, she is building solid habits and learning how to floss.

Kids Flossing Tip #3: Create Activities

This is one of my favorite oral health activities for kids of all ages! All you need is playdough, a large Duplo block, and some yarn. The block represents the teeth, the playdough represents food and gunk caught between teeth, and the yarn is the floss.

Use the yarn just like dental floss to show your kids how easily it removes food from teeth. This is a great visual, and kids love jamming the dough in the blocks. Plus, not only do you teach your child how to floss, but you’ve found a way to occupy her for a solid ten minutes — win, win.

Need More Help Teaching Your Kids How to Floss?

These tips are a good starting point, but always reach out to your dentist if you hit an impasse when teaching your child how to floss. Your dentist has even more tips and tricks to make dental floss fun for kids.

Article Source: https://www.deltadentalwa.com/blog/entry/2018/02/3-tips-for-teaching-a-child-how-to-floss

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Get Wise About Wisdom Teeth

With age comes wisdom – and wisdom teeth! Learn more about what to expect when this third set of molars come through in your late teens.

Monday, November 15, 2021

How Toothbrushes Are Made

From plastic pellets to a fully-functioning tool, take a look at and learn the history of how toothbrushes are made.

Friday, November 12, 2021

New Way to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Every day, our mouths are the scene of a battle. With toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash, we attempt to eradicate plaque - but it always comes back. Is there a better way?

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Basics: Dry Socket | WebMD

Dry socket occurs when a blood clot is not properly formed after a tooth is removed. These are the symptoms you should watch for.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Kids & Flossing | Advice From a Pediatric Dentist

How do you floss a two-year-old’s teeth? When is the best time to floss your child’s teeth? Dr. Emily Hahn, a pediatric dentist with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, answers these questions on kids & flossing, plus more! In this video, you’ll find tips on flossing your kid’s teeth and advice on helping your child establish good oral hygiene habits.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Sugar's Impact on Your Oral Health

Over consumption of sugar is becoming a national health crisis. Sugar feeds the bacteria that form together to become plaque. It's not always easy to limit your sugar intake, but you can make healthy changes that limit the toll it takes on your teeth.