How Flossing Can Save Your Money… 

How Flossing Can Save Your Money…

It’s a known fact that about 35% of the tooth surface is missed being cleaned if you’re not flossing. As a direct result of that, you have a better chance of developing cavities.

Cavities, left untreated, can become even more dangerous to your mouth. They can eventually need more work done on them, such as a root canals, replacement crowns or worse, pulled!

Obviously, these extra trips to the dental office and the additional work that will need done takes money out of your pocket.

It just makes sense that if there is a way to prevent these higher costs from needing done, why would you not do it?

A report published in 2005, by the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) showed that children who had their first dental checkup before the age of one, that by their fifth birthday, some of them had dental care costs 40% lower than their peers! It also showed that in areas where the emergency room is used instead of regular dentist visits; some dental care costs could be as much as ten times higher!

So how can you save money by flossing? Simple – teach your kids to brush and floss regularly and properly.  You can prevent substantial dental issues from arising in the future. In fact, a toothbrush and some dental floss are probably the cheapest tools you’ll find to preventing your kids from repeat emergency dental procedures in the future!

This is also great advice for the adults in your family too!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started with Your Child’s Oral Health, A Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

How Do I Teach My Kids to Brush Their Teeth?

According to the Clinical Affairs Committee, almost half of all children have cavities before they enter kindergarten. In fact, the #1 disease afflicting kids today IS tooth decay. The best way to keep your child from being one of those statistics? Teaching good, consistent oral hygiene habits. How do I teach my kids to brush their teeth is a common question that comes off.

You’re probably aware baby teeth act as placeholders for your permanent teeth. Therefore, it’s important that these placeholders are strong and create a good foundation for permanent teeth when the time comes.

In fact, you can begin instilling good ‘tooth brushing’ habits before your child’s baby teeth begin to appear. Gently wipe their gums with a wet cloth (something soft) or an infant-sized toothbrush wet with water. No teeth? No toothpaste!

As odd as this sounds, most dentists like to see your child before their first birthday (earlier, if their first tooth breaks the surface). As soon as you see that first tooth, it’s time to start developing good brushing habits!

How do I teach my child to brush their teeth?
How do I teach my child to brush their teeth?

But toothpaste should not be used until your child can spit the toothpaste out on their own. You’ll probably need to continue to brush for them until they’re 2-3 years old, but they’ll need supervision until at least 6-8 years old.

If you have a toddler who needs help learning to brush, it’s best to brush their teeth for them first, then ask them to mimic what you’ve done.

Simply place them on your lap, facing away from you. Get a toddler-sized toothbrush which is typically softer and has a smaller head. If you child can spit, you can then place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the brush.  Just a little bit will do the job.

Other tips for helping your child learn good oral hygiene:

  • Tell your child what you’re doing before you do it. Surprises are great at birthdays and Christmas, but NOT when you’re putting something ‘yucky and foreign’ into their mouths.
  • Make sure you keep the toothbrush angled at 45 degrees to the gum line in order to ensure you reach where plaque tends to accumulate.
  • Try some games (a few were suggested in a previous post) to make tooth brushing time fun!
  • Make sure you schedule time with your dentist to encourage good oral hygiene and a love of going to the dentist.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to you and your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Patient’s Guide To Sedation For Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.