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How can parents help their children avoid cavities?

February 4, 2014

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

How can parents help their children avoid cavities?

Christine: First off avoid a lot of sugary drinks (Soda & Gatorade). Watch sticky foods and candies.  Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Use Fluoride toothpaste and rinses. Have Sealants placed on your teeth and of course see your dentist and hygienist regularly!

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Orthodontics: It’s More Than Just Straight Teeth

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Tell us about Functional Orthodontics.

Christine: I have worked with Dentists who have provided functional orthodontics for the past 9 years. My son has had functional orthodontics. Orthodontists should address more than straightening teeth. Functional Orthodontics will reshape and reposition the upper and lower jaws.  It has been shown that proper alignment and shape helps avoid problems such as TMJ disorders, migraines, and airway/breathing disorders.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design here.

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Children & Sports – It only takes a second to break a tooth

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

What are your thoughts on the UnderArmour Mouth Guard?

Christine: I do believe mouth guards are important to wear during sports.   It only takes a second to break teeth.

Learn more about UnderArmour Mouth Guards here.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design for your consultation. 719-599-0700

Chewing gum and kids: Yeah or Nay?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

Chewing gum and kids. Yeah or Nay?

Christina: I think gum is OK as long as it is sugarless and you don’t dispose of it on the ground or on the furniture.  Xylitol (a type of sugar) found in many gums has been shown to reduce decay when used in certain amounts.

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Teens Interested in a Dental Career

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

If any teens are interested in going into the dental field, what advise do you have for them?

Christine: See if they can visit and observe in a local office.  Also make sure you like Biological Sciences.

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How long should a parent help their child brush their teeth?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Until what age should parents help their children brush their teeth?

Christine: I believe parents should be involved with home care of the teeth until the child has good dexterity.  This may not occur until age 7-9.  Every child is different.

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

At what age should parents bring their child to the dentist for their first visit? And what are your tips for preparing your child for their first dental visit?

Christine: Children should have their 1st visit when they are emotionally ready but no later than 3 years of age.  Parents should look at the teeth regularly and have the child looked at if any dark spots or suspicious areas are noted.   Prepare your child for the dentist by only saying positive things about a dentist. Speak with excitement.  Read books about dental visits and have them watch you or a sibling at the dentist.

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How to protect your healthy smile while wearing braces

January 21, 2014

Attention Teens! Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible.

While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums.

The hygienist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design has seen many teen patients lately who haven’t been taking good care of their teeth while wearing braces.

She shares some tips on the whys and how of protecting your smile while wearing braces.

Greater Risk of Tooth Decay

The brackets and wires on braces have many nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems may be higher while you are wearing braces.

Permanent damage to tooth enamel (such as white chalk marks due to decalcification) can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean.

How To Keep Your Teeth Clean

1. Remove the plaque – Use an electric tooth brush like Sonicare and brush for the recommended, full 2 minutes.

2. Use a WaterpikA Waterpik Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip is designed with a tapered brush on the end to help remove plaque that sticks to the brackets and between your teeth. It also helps flush out the bacteria and food debris from around teeth and under the gums.

3. Use a Platypus Flosser – Features a Spatula end to fit under the arch wire and a Bracket Pick for around brackets.  Free samples are available at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.

While you are having orthodontic treatment, you need to continue to have regular check-ups with Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to ensure little problems don’t become big ones.  719-599-0700

4 Common Myths of Gum Disease

January 14, 2014

Filed under: Gum Disease,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:08 am

Gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

The American Dental Association shares these common myths about Gum Disease

  1. Gum Disease is not that common – On the contrary, gum disease is extremely common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease.
  2. I don’t have cavities so I can’t have gum disease – Being cavity-free doesn’t ensure you are in the clear where Gum Disease is concerned. Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease and the only stage that is reversible.
  3. Having gum disease means I will lose my teeth – Not so! You don’t have to lose any of your teeth to Gum Disease if you practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits. Even if you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Gasper can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control. Learn more.
  4. Bad breath can be an indicator of Gum Disease – Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indicator of Gum Disease and other oral diseases so it is important that you uncover what’s causing the problem. If you constantly have bad breath, make an appointment to see Dr. Gasper at 719-599-0700.

Please call our office at 719-599-0700 for your hygiene appointment.

Healthy Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 23, 2013

This Christmas, give the gift of dental health and help someone you love to be healthy for 2014.

Here are some ideas for healthy stocking stuffers:

  • Electric toothbrush. Look for ones that come with a two-minute timer. Aesthetic Dentistry by Design carries Philips Sonicare.
  • Dental floss. Daily flossing is part of being mouth healthy.
  • AirFloss. Cleans the entire mouth in just 60 seconds.
  • Sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design is located in Colorado Springs. Call the office at 719-599-0700.

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