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7 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Care For Their Teeth

img11Do your children struggle to brush their teeth? We can help you teach your kids how to care for their teeth, and why proper oral health care is so important.  Keep in mind that children learn from their parents, so if you are bad about brushing and flossing, your kids will pick up on this behavior. Children also learn how to have problems with dental anxiety if their parents have a fear of visiting the dentist. Here are some ways to help kids learn proper oral care without causing them to be afraid of the dentist.

Teach By Example

A great way to help your kids learn to brush their teeth is to brush your teeth at the same time.  Brush your teeth morning and evening with your children as it is a great way to show them how to care for their teeth and to establish a routine with your kids.

Use a Video

Some children love to watch their favorite characters brushing their teeth. Thanks to online video sources like Youtube.com, you can find several videos of characters like Elmo brushing their teeth. Kids love having something to relate to when they are brushing their teeth, or doing an activity that they do not particularly enjoy.

Story Time

There are wonderful stories about children and teaching them to brush their teeth. Look for a fun story they will relate to when you are brushing their teeth. Another fun way to help kids is to make up your own story that incorporates fun characters into brushing your teeth. Kids can have an entertaining time brushing their teeth when you make plaque into a monster that needs to be attacked by the toothbrush.

Find a Cool Toothbrush

It is a good idea to look for a cool toothbrush that your kids will love. There are some great toothbrushes that look like toys and include spinbrushes. A spinbrush is a great option as it allows your kids to properly clean all the areas of a tooth.  Another addition to bring to the table is the water pick. A water flosser helps kids clean between their teeth without needing to use floss, which is often hard for children to use.

Stay Positive

When teaching your children how to brush their teeth, you need to remain positive. If you don’t end up having the right energy with your kids, they can learn to hate brushing their teeth. Staying positive and encouraging is a great way to help your kids have positive memories with brushing their teeth.

Reward Chart

Another fun way to help your kids learn about the positive benefits of brushing their teeth is to use a reward chart. Each time your children brush their teeth, they will place a sticker on the chart. As they continue to follow these healthy practices, they will be able to earn fun rewards for the stickers they earn on the chart.

Give Them Independence

While you need to help younger children focus on learning to brush their teeth, there comes a point where the kids need to be independent when brushing their teeth. Let your older children brush their teeth on their own to illustrate their independence and to ensure they are doing a great job keeping their teeth clean without your intervention.

Schedule regular cleanings at our Layton Dental office. We provide dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help your kids teeth stay healthy and strong.

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9 Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes

common oral hygiene mistakesOften times, we see patients come in with very small cavities, or are in the early stages of gum disease. With the right oral hygiene, patients can avoid the small problems that typically end up becoming major issues in the long run. Listed below are nine common oral hygiene health mistakes that most people commonly make:

Forgetting to Brush

What happens when you forget to brush your teeth? Failure to brush on a daily basis leads to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. In just one day, there can be a significant amount of bacteria in the mouth that begins to build up around the teeth and can infect the gums. The teeth are vulnerable to decay overnight, as carbohydrates leave behind sugars in the mouth, which quickly eat away at the enamel of teeth. If you commonly forget to brush, set an alarm on your phone so you remember to brush morning and night. Drink plenty of water after eating and drinking, as it helps to flush sugars out of the mouth, and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Changing Your Toothbrush

How often do you change your toothbrush? A toothbrush scrubs away a lot of bacteria, but there is a good chance a lot of bacteria sticks to the bristles of an older toothbrush. At Layton Hills Dental, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. We will happily provide you with a new toothbrush at your next dental cleaning!

Flossing

How often do you remember to floss? Daily flossing is a must to remove bacteria and excess food from the mouth. Food becomes stuck between the teeth, and it will increase the likelihood that you will may develop cavities in these areas in the future.

Storing Your Toothbrush

Where are you keeping your toothbrush? If you toss it into a drawer, its picking up bacteria! Use a holder to store your toothbrush upright so the water drips off, and to ensure it has access to air to dry out.

Not Using Fluoride

We see a number of patients ditching traditional toothpaste for homemade or “natural” toothpastes. While some of these toothpastes are great for your gums, they aren’t effective for complete oral health. Natural toothpastes often have hard abrasives, which can lead to deterioration of enamel on your teeth. The hard abrasiveness can also lead to gum recession, as well. Toothpaste with fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel, and reverses the early stages of gingivitis.

Sharing a Toothbrush

Never ever share a toothbrush! Toothbrush sharing isn’t cute – it’s sharing bacteria with each other. That bacteria on the toothbrush can lead to tooth decay on your teeth or your partners teeth. Avoid the sharing and use your own toothbrush! Call our office and we will happily provide you with a toothbrush at your next cleaning.

Brush Your Tongue

What is the biggest bacteria attractant in your mouth? Your tongue! The tongue is often forgotten about when brushing the teeth. Always remember to scrub your tongue to remove the bacteria. Scrubbing your tongue can assist in reducing bad breath problems, as well.

Gargling

Using a mouthwash to gargle daily helps to reduce gum disease concerns. If you aren’t a fan of mouthwash, try using vinegar. Apple cider vinegar helps to remove stains, and kills bacteria in the mouth.

Avoiding the Dentist

Some people simply do not like coming in to the dentist for an annual cleaning. Becuase of this, we offer nitrous oxide for those that suffer from dental anxiety. We highly recommend annual cleanings and examinations, as it allows us to x-ray your teeth to look for small cavities within the teeth. Stop ignoring our emails, phone calls, and postcards! Dental cleanings are vital for your best and proper oral health. Contact our Layton dental office today to schedule your cleaning. (801) 896-9694 We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

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The True Benefits of Toothpaste

benefits of toothpasteWe have all heard our dentist tell us how import toothpaste is, but is it really, truly necessary? Some people out there are creating their own toothpaste, while others are sticking to just water and a brush. Well the truth is, using toothpaste while you brush is one of the most important things that you can do for your teeth, as it helps to fight gingivitis and tooth decay. Also, toothpaste that contains fluoride is among the most important types, because it can help to build enamel, and strengthen the teeth.

 

Using Fluoride Toothpaste with Your Daily Oral Hygiene

Using toothpaste when brushing is the primary step to proper oral hygiene. Fluoride with correct brushing will remove dental bacteria and plaque. Toothpaste contains abrasive materials that are gentle on the enamel of the teeth, but strong enough to help remove plaque from the teeth. Toothpaste also contains antibacterial ingredients to reduce the risk of infected gums, as well. The best type of toothpaste is one that contains fluoride, or the stamp of approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA tests differ from toothpaste to toothpaste, and are only stamped on toothpastes that have been proven safe and effective.

 

Natural Toothpaste vs. Fluoride Toothpaste

Advocates for natural products and toothpastes state that the way you brush your teeth is what makes a difference in oral health, not the fluoride. While correct brushing is absolutely vital to your oral health, fluoride is also necessary to reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Individuals with a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease will greatly benefit from using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Individuals using a natural toothpaste may see benefits if they exercise a healthy diet and avoid soda, coffee, and other foods high in sugars. Healthy eating has a great impact on the development of teeth and gums, and will also help to improve the teeth and gums of adults.

The difference with natural toothpaste is that they often use too much baking soda, and other materials that are too abrasive. This can actually cause damage the enamel of the teeth. If the tooth surface is greatly scoured, it can start to deteriorate the tooth, causing the enamel to become soft, and the dentin to become exposed, leading to very painful tooth decay.

 

Why Your Teeth Need Fluoride

Fluoride is one of the most important ingredients for proper oral health care. Topical fluoride helps to resist tooth decay, which in turn also helps to remineralize early cavities. A tooth surface will actually become harder when you use topical fluoride. Other ingredients commonly used in toothpaste include antibacterial solutions like triclosan, which help to reduce gingivitis. Fluoride also helps to reduce tooth sensitivity, which commonly happens to individuals that eat poorly, and others that have a genetic condition which leads to softer teeth enamel.

At Layton Hills Dental, we strongly advise for one to brush their teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Toothpaste has so many advantages for your teeth and gums! Our goal is to help you properly care for your teeth and gums, to reduce the number of visits you need to make to our Layton dental office. Please feel free to give us a call today if you need any toothpaste samples, as we are happy to provide them for you! (801) 896-9694

 

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How To Care for Retainers

How To Care for RetainersHave you been dealing with crooked teeth for years? At Layton Hills Dental, we provide dental services for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Several patients using retainers find they need assistance from a dentist to avoid gum disease and cavities. Retainers are different from braces as they do allow you to remove them and carefully clean your teeth and gums.

When Should You Wear Retainers

It is important to wear retainers at night while you are sleeping. Retainers need to stay in position for a long period of time to actually move the teeth. Several adults continue to wear them for years to maintain a straight smile.  You should focus on wearing retainers at any time when you are not eating. A number of patients are using retainers for smile makeovers as they are easier to use and wear compared to braces for patients that are embarrassed by the look of wires on their teeth. While there are new braces that allow you to straighten your teeth without the need to have brackets cemented to the teeth.

Caring for Retainers

Retainers can cause bad breath issues if you do not clean them effectively. You need to brush the retainer and soak it in mouthwash to kill the bacteria that starts to gather on the retainer. A retainer must be cleaned daily to prevent bad breath. Mouthwash that contains alcohol is the best way to destroy bacteria in your mouth that becomes lodged in between the teeth and in the gumline.

Do not use hot water when you are cleaning a retainer. The hot water can end up warping the mold of the retainer, causing the retainer to shift. You will need to have the retainer adjusted if it does move and will no longer fit properly in your mouth.

For more information about how you can care for your teeth and gums when undergoing orthodontic treatment, contact our office today (801)896-9694!

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Gum Disease Treatment in Layton: Stop Gum Disease In It’s Tracks!

gum disease treatment in laytonDid you know 64.7 million American’s suffer from some form of gum disease? Early stages of gum disease can be reversed, but advanced gum disease will require serious treatment. When the gums start to bleed, swell, and recede, it will lead to problems for your teeth. The roots of your teeth can become exposed, which leads to pain and irritation. Here are some things you need to know about gum disease, and how you can care for your teeth.

How Gum Disease Happens

Daily brushing and flossing has a large impact on your gums. Plaque starts to build up around the teeth, which goes below the surface of the gum line. When plaque and bacteria penetrate the gums, it causes the first stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. If you do not start flossing and brushing now, the gum disease will continue moving to an advanced stage where it is painful. Early stages of gum disease need you to start flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash to destroy the bacteria. Some patients will require prescription mouthwash and toothpaste to reverse gum disease.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

The initial symptoms of gum disease start with a little blood when you floss your teeth. The gums can turn from a pink color to a reddish color, which is problematic as it shows you are starting the early stage of gum disease. Here are some other symptoms of gum disease:

  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Pain
  • Gum depressions
  • Tooth movement
  • Tooth loss
  • Discoloration of tooth structure
  • Receding gums

Advanced Stages of Gum Disease

If you do not meet with a dentist to start treatment for gum disease, it can lead to increased problems with your gums. Here are the three stages of gum disease

  • Gingivitis
  • Moderate periodontal disease
  • Severe periodontal disease

Gum Disease Treatment in Layton

Surgery is required for advanced stages of gum disease. Gum flap surgery is the most common treatment method. Gum flap surgery is painful as it requires the dentist to remove the infected tissue and stitch the healthy gums back together.

Failure to have the correct treatments for your teeth and gums can lead to serious, painful oral health issues. We have the right treatment methods to reverse gum disease before it gets to a point where it is incredibly painful and expensive to treat.

Why Choose Us?

No one deserves to have this happen to their teeth.  We want to prevent this from happening to your teeth.  Our trained and qualified staff can treat gum disease before it comes to a pint where you need gum flap surgery. We analyze teeth, gums and bone with a thorough evaluation using the latest dental technology.   If there is any pain during the procedure the gums are not healthy.  We offer solutions for our patients–oral hygiene, regular checkups and a well balanced diet–to reduce or eliminate the threat of gum disease completely.  Contact Layton Hills Dental today to schedule an appointment with our staff to prevent gum disease before it costs you your smile!

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What Happens When Dental Fillings Fail?

failed dental fillingWhen you have a cavity, it causes a hole in the tooth to occur. We will need to remove the cavity from the tooth but what will they do about the missing section of tooth? It needs to be replaced with something which is commonly known as a dental filling. A filling will help to seal the tooth back together and will help to make it strong again. A dental filling can come in a number of styles including the following:

  • Amalgam (Silver fillings)
  • Composite (white fillings)
  • Gold fillings
  • Porcelain fillings

Most dental patients now prefer to use the composite fillings because they look like the same color as their teeth. They are white and blend in well with your existing tooth so other people won’t be able to notice that you have a filling in your tooth. If you have a filling in a front tooth, you definitely want to use composite material in order to blend the tooth together so others won’t be able to tell that you had some work done.

Just like your regular teeth, your fillings need to be properly cared for. The filling itself cannot get a cavity but the tooth that is surrounding the filling can get a cavity. You must still take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing them daily in order to keep them healthy and strong. It is also important that you have your older fillings replaced as they can become cracked. When a filling cracks, it opens the tooth up to decay. In most cases you will experience pain within the tooth if you lose a filling as the dentin of the tooth is now exposed.

What Happens if a Filling Fails?

If you end up having a dental filling that fails, you will need to come back to our Layton office for additional treatments. We can try replacing the filling if the tooth will allow it, or we will need to do additional treatments. For deep fillings that sit upon the root of a tooth, you will probably need a root canal. A root canal is used when the nerve becomes inflamed or infected. Patients normally find instant relief after a root canal treatment as the nerve of the tooth is removed and replaced. You will then need a dental crown to go on the root canal to protect the tooth.

Do You Need an Extraction?

How do you know if a tooth is dying and needs to be extracted? Our dental team will take x-rays of your teeth and the roots to determine if the tooth is failing. If the root is dying, or the infection under the tooth is spreading (abscess tooth), we will recommend a tooth extraction. When a tooth is extracted, it does leave a large hole in your smile. Dental implants are the best option to replace the missing tooth from your mouth.

What is a Dental Implant?

layton dental implantDental implants consist of three procedures. First, the tooth needs to be extracted and the underlying bone density needs to be measured to determine if it is strong enough to support a dental implant. We do have some patients that require bone grafts as the bone density is not strong enough to withstand an implant. One the jaw bone is prepared, we will install a titanium post into your jaw bone. The post will take place of the roots of a standard tooth. Titanium will bond with your dental bone, allowing your jaw bone to remain strong and hold onto the dental implant. Once the bonding process is complete, a dental crown is created. The dental crown will be attached to the titanium screw, creating a permanent tooth for your mouth. The dental implants are extremely durable and popular for patients that want to avoid dental bridges, or dentures.

The dental implant process can take one month or upwards of six months based on your bone density and how well your body responds to the titanium screw. Some patients will need more time if bone grafts are required. Most appointments will last an hour or 90 minutes based on how your body responds to treatment.

Call today and receive a free dental implant consult and $100 off dental implant treatments!

 

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Amalgam vs Composite Fillings

Technological advances have given dentists and patients several options when it comes to choosing materials to fill cavities. Among the options are natural tooth-colored materials such as resin-based composite fillings and more traditional dental fillings, made of metal amalgam. The introduction of new materials for fillings has been advantageous, particularly in terms of aesthetics, but does not remove the need for traditional dental materials that are stronger, more durable and less expensive.

What is Dental Amalgam?

Dental amalgams commonly are known as silver fillings, but they are made of a mixture of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. Fifty percent of the filling is made up of mercury that helps bind the metals together. These materials provide a strong, hard, durable filling. Many dentists find that amalgam is easier to control and manipulate when filling the cavity. In addition, it’s stronger than resin-based composite filling. Many patients favor dental amalgam for its affordability and capacity to fill cavities efficiently. In addition, amalgam fillings typically last for approximately 12 years, while composite fillings are expected to last five to seven years. It is approximated that more than 1 billion amalgam fillings are placed yearly.

 

Dental Amalgam

What are Resin Composite Fillings?

Resin composite fillings are mixed with plastic and ceramic materials. Many patients like resin composite fillings because the mimic the appearance of natural teeth. In the past, resin compounds weren’t durable enough to be used in back teeth due to powerful grinding and chewing occur. Technology has continued to advance in the past ten year and has allowed resin material to fill cavities in the posterior teeth. After a composite filling is placed, patients may experience sensitivity along with color change. Drinking and eating certain items can slightly alter the shade of the filling. Our dentists can place a translucent plastic coating over the composite to prevent the color from changing if a patient is concerned about tooth color. Composites tend to wear out sooner than amalgam fillings in larger cavities, although they hold up as well in small cavities.

Cost of Composite Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings

Although prices will vary, composites are typically two times the price of amalgam fillings. The cost of dental fillings depends on a variety of factors, including the kind of insurance the patient has, the number of teeth that need filling, type of filling, and the dentist who administers the procedure. In most cases, insurance companies do not cover the total expense of composite fillings. They typically pay for the cost of an amalgam, and the patient is accountable for paying the difference.

How to Avoid Fillings

Prevention is the essential in order to avoid dental fillings. Decrease the risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:

  • Brushing your teeth morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Visit the dentist frequently

Proper oral hygiene will help the prevention of cavities, thereby avoiding fillings.

At Layton Hills Dental, we strive to build a long-term relationship between our staff and patients and provide high quality, consumer friendly dental services for the entire family. Our procedures are performed by our highly trained dental staff that utilizes the latest technologies available.  Whether you need composite fillings, Invisalign, veneers, Implants, or crowns, let us help you choose the best option to improve your smile. For more information on amalgan vs composite fillings, call Layton Hills Dental today at 801.543.2273.

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