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Train Your Child To Be A Flossing Ninja

January 17th, 2019

BEING A GOOD NINJA isn’t just about mastering the nunchaku and learning to move about completely undetected; it’s also about keeping one’s teeth and gums healthy and strong. One of our greatest weapons against gum disease and tooth decay is a good flossing habit.

The Importance Of Flossing To The Path Of The Ninja

You might wonder why it’s so important for a young ninja-in-training to floss. If baby teeth are only temporary, then why does it matter to keep them healthy, and does flossing really make a difference? While it is true that baby teeth will soon be replaced by adult teeth, it is still critical to keep them healthy and strong so that the adult teeth can come in where they should. A toothbrush isn’t enough to keep them clean, which is where flossing comes in.

When To Begin Flossing Training

It takes time for all shinobi to develop good dexterity and hand-eye coordination, so we recommend that you start flossing for them around age two and a half. If you make it into a daily habit, they will be ready to learn how to floss on their own by about age five. The most important thing is consistency. They will be much more likely to maintain a good flossing habit on their own if they are already used to it being a part of their day.

The Way Of The Flossing Master

Here are a few tips to help parents pass on the noble technique of flossing to children who are ready to learn, because what is second-nature to an adult may not be so easy for a child:

  • Explain the importance of flossing. If they understand why it matters, they will be more motivated to do it.
  • Emphasize that flossing is a Big Kid skill. Like learning to tie their shoes and ride a bike without training wheels, they’ll be eager to prove how grown up they are by flossing their own teeth.
  • Use flossers or floss picks if traditional floss is too tricky.
  • If you’re sticking with traditional floss, show them how to pull out the right amount (a foot and a half) and loosely wrap it around their middle fingers, leaving just an inch or two to slide between the teeth.
  • Show them how to effectively clean by using a back-and-forth motion without snapping their gums. Curve the floss around each tooth in a C-shape to make it more gentle.
  • Teach them how to move down the strand so they use clean floss on each tooth. We want to get rid of the plaque, not move it around!
         

 

Seek Wisdom From Your Dentist

Teaching your child good dental hygiene habits is as much about giving them the right perspective as it is about the proper technique. Ideally, they’ll see tasks like brushing and flossing as quick and easy ways to keep their teeth feeling great, rather than unpleasant chores. If you need help or advice on how to convince your young ninja that dental hygiene matters, we are always happy to provide a demonstration at our practice!

Keep up the great work training a new generation of flossing ninjas!

Rescue Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy

October 3rd, 2018

TEETH ARE ALIVE, just like every other part of the body. That means they are susceptible to infection. Whenever an infection becomes severe enough, the tainted part has to go or else all the surrounding tissue will be compromised as well and the patient’s life will be at risk! That’s where a root canal comes in.

What Is A Root Canal?

Root canals are a way of getting rid of the infection in a tooth without getting rid of the actual tooth. A root canal won’t save your tooth—by the time you need one, it’s too late for that, but it will allow you to keep it.

A dentist or endodontist will drill into the tooth to reach the infected pulp at its core. Next, the pulp is removed, leaving the tooth hollow. After the space is flushed out, the root is filled with sealer and the crown with cement, and the whole tooth is capped off with an artificial crown. This procedure ensures that no more bacteria can get inside the tooth and minimizes the chances of the tooth breaking.

To get a better understanding of what’s involved in root canal treatment, check out the video below:

         

 

When Do You Need One?

The way teeth become infected is through decay, cavities, or cracks from an injury, which means it’s usually an avoidable problem. If you’re brushing and flossing properly, your teeth are unlikely to reach a level of decay that allows bacteria to reach the living dental pulp inside them. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to tooth decay.

Infection can lead to an abscess at the tooth’s root or death of the pulp. If you have tooth decay extensive enough to require a root canal, you’ll probably be experiencing significant pain in and around the infected tooth. With an abscess, there will also be swelling and inflammation. Tooth pain alone isn’t always a sign of an infection, but it’s always worth checking out to make sure.

Other symptoms of tooth infection include:

  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to pressure (particularly when chewing)
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes under jaw
  • Rush of foul-tasting fluid and pain relief if abscess drains

Before You Get A Root Canal…

It is important to visit the dentist every six months for your routine cleanings and dental exam. Prevention before intervention!  If you are feeling an discomfort or have pain keeping you up at night you should make an appointment immediately.  At WEDental Dr. Worrell preforms root canal therapy. Him and his staff strive to make the experience as comfortable as possible. 

Keep Those Teeth Healthy!

Remember that preventing the problem is always better than needing a solution! Healthy teeth don’t need root canals, so keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily and cut back on sugary drinks so that your teeth will stay healthy!

We love our patients! Thank you for choosing our practice.

The Benefits Of Brushing With a BURST Electric Toothbrush

September 25th, 2018

BRUSHING TWICE A DAY is important to keeping your smile healthy, but what can switching from a manual to an electric toothbrush do for your oral health routine? SO MUCH MORE! At WEDental we strive for giving our patients the best, which is why we have connected with Burst Sonic Toothbrush and have become an ambassador!

Electric Toothbrushes Provide Many Benefits

While a manual toothbrush can get the job done if used properly, an electric toothbrush provides benefits that go beyond simply scrubbing your teeth.

They clean teeth more thoroughly. When we brush by hand, we average about 300 strokes per minute. Electric toothbrushes can average thousands or even tens of thousands of strokes per minute depending on what technology they employ. The BURST SONIC TOOTHBRUSH HAS 33,000 SONICE VIBRATIONS BY MINUTE!

They’re easier for those with dexterity issues. Certain conditions–such as arthritis, limited mobility, or involuntary tremors–can make brushing with a manual toothbrush difficult. The larger handles of electric toothbrushes can be easier to hold, while the powered toothbrush head does all the cleaning for you.

They help ensure you’re brushing properly. Many electric toothbrushes feature built-in timers and pressure sensors. These features help ensure you’re not too brushing too hard and that you brush for a full two minutes. THE BURST BRUSH HAS 3 BRUSHING MODES, whitening, sensitive and massage.

They clean hard to reach spots around braces. Some electric toothbrushes even have special attachments made specifically for cleaning around brackets and orthodontic appliances. The Burst Sonic Toothbrush has super soft, charcoal infused bristles that help reach in between THOSE TOUGH TO REACH BRACKETS.

Why We Recommend An Electric Toothbrush To Our Patients

One of our favorite features of the Burst Sonic Toothbrush is the 2 minute timer and the quadpacer timer, reminding you every 30 seconds with a gentle vibration to move on to another part of your mouth. You also get mailed a replacement brush every 3 months!

Check out the video below to see how the Burst Sonic Toothbrush can clean!

         

 

We Love Brightening Our Patients Smiles!

Electric toothbrushes aren’t just fancy gadgets—they can provide a host of significant benefits for your oral health. If you have questions about how an electric toothbrush can improve your brushing routine, call and make an appointment today! We love helping our patients achieve happy, healthy smiles.

As a thanks for your loyalty, use the promo code KEFEV9 for 40% off on a Burst Sonic Toothbrush and replacement heads! For more information about the toothbrush visit the link below from Forbes Digital Magazine to learn about the innovative new toothbrush.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/emmasandler/2018/01/24/burst-electric-toothbrush-buy-review/#694886b951fd

The ADA Seal Of Acceptance

September 20th, 2018

TRYING TO DECIDE WHICH products to buy for your oral hygiene routine can be a tricky thing! There are so many options available, so how can you know which ones are the best for your teeth and gums? Well, the first thing you can do to narrow things down is check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.

What Does The ADA Seal Mean?

For busy families, and people on the go, The ADA Seal of acceptance gives you peace of mind that the products you are using on your teeth and gums are protecting your family at home. 

Use The ADA Seal As Your Guide

Using The ADA Seal as a guide when choosing a product, is like shopping with your dentist. Not every product gets the seal, only the ones that pass their tough guidelines. To learn more about how to choose safe and effective dental products watch the video below. 

 

Keep Up Those Oral Health Habits!

As dental professionals, we want only the best for our patients’ dental care, but having tools approved by the ADA is only the first step! Make sure you always remember your good oral health habits: brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing daily, and cutting down on sugary and acidic foods and drinks!

When in doubt, choose the ADA Seal of Acceptance!