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Storing Your Toothbrush!


By Brianne Jones, RDH

How to Store Your Toothbrush! 

Tooth brushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hygiene and effective plaque removal. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important considerations for sound oral hygiene. The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.
 Storing Your Toothbrush Properly 
 

  1. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container at home. It needs to air dry during the day.
  2. Store your toothbrush upright. 
  3. Store your toothbrush at least 2 feet (0.61 m) from the toilet.
  4. Clean your toothbrush holder once a week.
  5. Rinse toothbrush thoroughly before storing.
  6. Do not let toothbrushes come into contact with one another.
  7. Do not share toothbrushes.
  8. Replace toothbrush after illness to prevent cross contamination.

 

Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with daily use and the effectiveness will be reduced. Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on habits associated to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.

You can google “toothbrush storage” for some fun ways to store your toothbrush. Storage of your toothbrush can be fun and stylish.

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Keep Your Teeth Straight!


By Brianne Jones, RDH - November 5, 2019

How To Keep Those Chompers Straight!

Wear your retainer faithfully. Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how to wear your retainer, the length of time, care instructions and more at the removal appointment. Teeth will tend to gravitate to original alignment, wearing your retainer will keep them in position.


​The top reasons people do not wear retainers are:

  • They lose their retainer
  • The retainer breaks
  • The retainer gets old
  • They haven’t worn it in a while and can’t get it into place anymore-this happens quickly (even a couple of nights without retainer)

  • It wears out over time and doesn’t hold their teeth in the right place


If any of the above problems arise, please visit your orthodontist or dentist ASAP. A new retainer could be made to keep teeth from shifting any further. Who wants to go through another round of orthodontics??

If you think that a night or two without the retainer is not going to affect the teeth—think again. The retainer may not fit even after a couple of nights without wearing. If this happens, again please call your orthodontist and do not procrastinate.

If any questions arise, please call your dentist! 


Colorado Children's Dental Center
Keeping Kids Teeth on the Healthy Track!
Serving the Parker, Aurora, Highlands Ranch and Centennial community! 

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Flossing!


By Brianne Jones, RDH

Flossing!

If your child’s teeth are touching (meaning no gaps in between their teeth), then yes, you should be flossing. Flossing helps remove food debris, eliminates cavity-causing plaque, and helps protect gums from gingivitis and gum disease. We recommend trying both the hand-held flossers with the little plastic handles and traditional floss to see what works best in your hands.

Check us out at our new Parker location opening November 2019! 
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www.ccdcsmiles.com
Keeping Kids Teeth on the Healthy Track in Parker, Centennial, Aurora, Highlands Ranch and more!

 

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Baby Teeth Fall Out, Why Fix Them?


By Brianne Jones, RDH

If Children Lose Their Baby Teeth, Why Fix Them?

Yes, baby teeth do ultimately end up falling out, but they serve many important functions until they are lost. First and foremost, baby teeth are important for eating and chewing. In addition to making any smile a happy and beautiful one, baby teeth also help in speech development. Baby teeth reserve space for the developing permanent teeth growing below the surface and help guide them into the proper place for eruption. If baby teeth are lost before the permanent teeth are ready to erupt, the teeth that are already in the mouth can drift into a different spot and the permanent teeth that will eventually grow in can get off track and wind up in the wrong spot or stuck. This can lead to additional orthodontic work (often braces) later on for your child.

Check us out at our new Parker location opening November 2019! 
Colorado Children's Dental Center
www.ccdcsmiles.com
Keeping Kids Teeth on the Healthy Track in Parker, Centennial, Aurora, Highlands Ranch and more!

 

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All About General Anesthesia


By Brianne Jones, RDH - July 16, 2019

All About General Anesthesia!
 

General anesthesia provides a way of effectively completing dental care while a child is unconscious. Usually only children with severe anxiety and/or severe tooth decay are recommended for general anesthesia. Typically, these children are young or have compromised health issues. Standard behavior management techniques may not be effective to accomplish treatment.

IS GENERAL ANESTHESIA SAFE?
YES. While normal risks are always present with surgery, a pediatric anesthesiologist will put your child to sleep. They are responsible for delivering the general anesthesia, monitoring and the medical care of the child. Many precautions are taken to provide safety for the child during general anesthesia care. Patients are monitored closely during the general anesthesia procedure by anesthesia personnel who are trained to manage complications. We will discuss the benefits and risks involved with general anesthesia and why it is recommended for your child’s treatment.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA:
Most times, your child’s surgery will be done on an “outpatient” basis. This means they will have their surgery in the morning at Children's Hospital or at our Parker office (opening in October of 2019) will then be allowed to go home in the afternoon.

A physical examination – is required prior to a general anesthesia appointment to complete dental care. This physical examination provides information to ensure the safety of the general anesthesia procedure. We will advise you about any evaluation appointments that may be requested. On the day of treatment, the pediatric dentist and the anesthesiologist will chat a few things over with you and your child before proceeding to treatment.

Prior to surgery – Minimal discussion to your child about the appointment may reduce anxiety. Explain they are “going to go to sleep when their teeth are being fixed”.

Eating and drinking – It is important NOT to have a meal the night before general anesthesia. You will be informed about food and fluid intake guidelines prior to the appointment.

Changes in your child’s health – If your child is sick or running a fever, contact our office immediately! It may be necessary to arrange another appointment.

Usually, children are tired following general anesthesia. You may wish to return home with minimal activity planned for your child until the next day. After that, you can usually return to a routine schedule.

If you have any questions regarding GA, please contact us or another pediatric/kids dentist at any time!

Colorado Children's Dental Center
303-627-8300
www.ccdcsmiles.com
PARKER LOCATION OPENING IN OCTOBER OF 2019!

 
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