Work Out with Your Brush

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Things to do while brushing

By now you’ve probably mastered the basic techniques of brushing and oral hygiene. You’re ready to move on to some more advanced techniques that will help you work out your brush and add a few extra minutes to your routine. Next time you pick up your brush for a pamper session with those pearly whites, try your hand at a few of these exercises. You’ll have more fun and your teeth will reward you with a brighter, whiter smile.

Get rid of calories and tooth decay at the same time. Why just work out your hand when scrubbing those teeth and gums? Try some stretching and toning exercises. Do some light side bends, leg raises, toe lifts, twists, squats and anything else that limbers you up.

You’ve heard of singing in the shower. Why not brush and floss in the shower? Rinsing is a breeze. Use the shower as an oral irrigator.

Why not curl up with your brush and a nice book? Spending a few minutes reading while you brush can really add up. Take up French or check out some new recipes. Just one warning – you may want to invest in a bookstand for flossing.

As long as you brush properly there’s no chance you can brush or floss too much. Instead of thinking of dental hygiene as a chore, dream up your own ways of making it an opportunity to do those things in which you never have time to indulge.

Dr. Joseph A. Whitehouse
Dr. Jennifer Young
Create A Smile
3603 Jamison Way
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Phone: 510-881-1924

How to Help Your Kids Create Good Oral Hygiene Habits Now

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re dedicated to raising awareness!

In America, 51 million hours of school is missed every year due to oral health issues. Although every month should be important when it comes to a child’s dental health, February is the one dedicated to it. Here are things to keep in mind when helping children become conscious of just how important dental hygiene is and exactly how to start creating good habits right away:

  1. Keep the sugar intake to a minimum
  2. Floss, floss, floss
  3. Brush twice a day
  4. When you brush, make sure you hit the 2 minute mark
  5. Visit your dentist regularly

Have you ever seen that amazing “magic trick” when you ask your child “Did you brush your teeth?”  And they respond with a “yes” only because their toothbrush is wet?  Then come to find out, there was no brushing going on, they merely stuck their toothbrush under the faucet and wiped their front teeth once, maybe twice. Now is the perfect time to kick this bad habit!  Dental health can be fun for kids (and adults)!

Here are 4 ways to incorporate some fun and giggles into children’s daily oral care:

Toothpaste – a plethora of choices

Let’s start off with toothpaste.  There are gels, pastes, and so many different flavors; such as cinnamon, vanilla, bubble gum, and variety of different mint flavors.  Let your child choose which one they would prefer.

Flossing – 40% of cleaning your teeth comes from flossing

Floss comes in different flavors as well and also had a variety of textures.  There are waxed, woven, and even the hand held pick form to name a few.

Toothbrush – the master tool

Choosing a toothbrush will probably be your child’s favorite thing to do.  Not only are there options as far as handheld or battery operated, there are TONS of different designs now!  Your child can pick their favorite cartoon character or stick to the basics-like their favorite color.

Brushing Timer – brush 2 min 2x a day

While the tiny sand timers you flip upside down are always fun for kids to watch, there are now toothbrushes with built in timers. The brush will alert timer markers with a beep or a vibration for 2 minute duration, some even play a popular song.

Giving Kids Something to Look Forward To

This is the perfect way to create a morning and nighttime routine to get your child excited about developing healthy habits.  Getting your child involved in the decision making of choosing some cool and fun dental products makes them more apt to look forward to brushing and flossing daily.

Starting off good oral hygiene practice at a young age will propel your kids into the future for a lifetime of healthy pink gums and bright shining smiles!  A healthy smile is a smile you can be proud of!

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References

http://www.ncohf.org/resources/tooth-decay-facts

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/still-not-flossing-more-reasons-why-you-should

Dr. Joseph A. Whitehouse
Dr. Jennifer Young
Create A Smile
3603 Jamison Way
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Phone: 510-881-1924

TMJ Trauma

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Have trouble opening your jaw all the way? Experience facial or head pain or jaw joint sensitivity and noises? Those jaw joints are also called temporomandibular joints and millions of North Americans have a debilitating condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Here are some possible causes of TMD:

  • Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of the teeth, is the most common. Stress can increase its severity while asleep and awake.
  • Malocclusion, or bad bite, can place pressure on the joints and strain your jaw muscles.
  • Trauma caused directly by a car accident, a contact sport, or other event, or indirectly by, for example, holding a sustained position at work.

Although the cause and symptoms of your TMD are unique, you could be one of the many for whom a small dental appliance can provide much-needed relief.

Dr. Joseph A. Whitehouse
Dr. Jennifer Young
Create A Smile
3603 Jamison Way
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Phone: 510-881-1924

Dental Implants

In the best of all worlds, our natural teeth should last for a lifetime. Unfortunately, most of us will lose teeth over the years due to periodontal disease, decay, trauma, or simple ageing.shutterstock_114670975

Until recently, tooth replacement meant a fixed bridge or removable dentures. Now dental implants can provide permanent, stable, attractive replacement teeth for your lifelong smile. Dental implants consist of three parts: an anchor implanted into your jawbone; a post to attach the replacement tooth; and the replacement tooth itself.

A Louisiana State University study shows that almost 90% of denture wearers who switch to implants find their confidence and smile quota improves! It’s no wonder that implants are an attractive, effective treatment choice for many patients!


Dr. Jennifer Young
Create A Smile
3603 Jamison Way
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Phone: 510-881-1924

Water and Your Teeth

Drinking water has become very trendy. In some shops, entire aisles are dedicated to bottled water. But tap or well water from a good source is just as good for you … and for your mouth.file0001514133328

Water…

• is essential to maintain your oral and overall health. On average, human body weight is 50-75% water – or about 10-12 gallons. The specific percentage varies for each individual.

• won’t stain your teeth;

• is an effective rinse when there’s no time to brush or floss;

• is essential in saliva production, neutralizing tooth-attacking acids and protecting teeth and gums from cavity-causing bacteria;

• prevents xerostomia (dry mouth) which can interfere with speaking, eating, chewing, and swallowing;

• maintains your mouth’s pH balance to fight enamel erosion.


Dr. Jennifer Young
Create A Smile
3603 Jamison Way
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Phone: 510-881-1924