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3 Toothbrushing Tips Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

Feb. 15 2018

Pediatric Dentistry Melville, NYYou can teach your kid to grab their toothbrush, put some toothpaste on it, and then let them go to town, but they likely aren’t getting the job done. With a few easy tips, however, you can teach your kids how to properly brush their teeth so that they will have a healthy smile to last them a lifetime.

How to Apply Soft Pressure

The amount of pressure you apply to your teeth when brushing them is crucial. For instance, you want to apply enough pressure so that your teeth get clean, but you don’t want to use so much pressure that it makes your gums bleed. Show your child how much pressure to apply to their teeth when brushing by gently placing your hand over theirs while they brush their teeth so that they can feel firsthand how much pressure they need to apply.

To Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste

For babies under the age of two, you should be applying toothpaste that’s the size of a grain of rice, because it’s enough to clean their teeth without harming them if they accidentally swallow it. For kids that are over the age of two and that can brush their teeth without swallowing their toothpaste, you can start to apply an amount that’s the size of a pea.

To Brush for Two Minutes

You as an adult may not even be aware of this, but you and your children should be brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time while focusing on all teeth. To ensure that your child is brushing their teeth for the entire two minutes, try setting either a timer on your phone or get one of those small minute hourglasses so that they can keep an eye on the time while they are brushing.

By teaching your kids these simply tooth brushing tricks, you can help them fight cavities and have a healthier smile. To schedule your child’s next dental cleaning or to learn more pediatric dental tips, contact our Melville office at  (631) 423-6767.


Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.

3 Dental Myths Your Kids May Fall For

Aug. 15 2017

Pediatric Dentistry Melville,NY Yes, it’s true that kids say the darndest things. And since the evolution of the Internet, kids are more likely to read crazy information on the Internet that has no scientific backing— especially when it comes to the dentist. This article will discuss three dental myths your kids may fall for and how to debunk them. Read on to learn more.

Myth #1. The Dentist Is Scary

Although there are enough movies out there about the dentist to give your kids nightmares, the dentist doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, Dr. Dean Glasser will ensure that your child stays calm and comfortable from start to finish. To help your child feel less scared of the dentist, bring them by our office to say hello— they’ll realize that we’re not as scary as they think.

Myth #2: Wetting Your Toothbrush is the Same As Brushing

We all did this at least once when we were kids. Wetting your toothbrush without brushing and lying to our parents saying that we brushed. As a parent, hopefully you’re too smart to fall for this trick. Make sure that your kids know the importance of brushing their teeth both morning and night for at least 60 seconds. By explaining to them that their teeth can get cavities if they’re not properly brushed, you can encourage them to do so on a regular basis.

Myth #3: Baby Teeth Aren’t Important

Because baby teeth fall out and are replaced with adult teeth, many parents and children assume that dental hygiene isn’t important when they’re young. However, kids can still get cavities. By instilling good dental habits in your kids at a young age, you can prepare them for a healthy adulthood. When it comes to teaching your kids about how important their baby teeth are, lead by example and show them the importance of brushing.

Kids can be extremely gullible, but with your guidance, you can teach them what is fact and what is fiction. To learn more about pediatric dental health or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Dean Glasser today!


Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.

How to Tell if Your Baby is Teething

Apr. 15 2017

Pediatric Dentistry | Baby TeethingIf you are a new parent, welcome to the daily guessing game. Although there are pamphlets and thousands of online articles available to help make your life easier, there is no real manual on parenting. And because parenting is a guessing game, it can sometimes see impossible to know if what your baby is going through is normal or if it is something you need to be concerned about— especially when it comes to teething. This article will discuss a few of the most common signs that your baby is teething and how you can spot them. Read on to learn more.

Tons of Drool

Babies are natural droolers, but if you have noticed that your baby is drooling a lot more than usual, this could be a large sign that they are teething. Take a look at how much your baby is drooling. Many babies who are teething, go through several bibs filled with drool each and every day.

Irritable

When babies are hungry, tired, and they need to be changed, they cry and get fussy. However, for the rest of the time, your baby should be pretty content. If you have noticed that your baby is more irritable than usual, this is another sign that they may be teething. Teething is unfortunately very painful for babies who can make them feel grumpy and out of control.

Fever

Not all babies run a fever when they are teething, but a lot of them certainly do. Make sure that your child isn’t exhibiting symptoms of a cold or the flu virus in addition to a fever. If they simply have small fever under 102, but they have the symptoms listed above, then their fever is likely due to teething. To help break their fever and with the permission of their pediatrician, you can give your child baby Tylenol or ibuprofen if they are over six months— this will help to not only lower their fever but make them feel more comfortable.

Having a teething baby is not only miserable for them but you as well. If you think your little one is teething but you just aren’t sure, look for the symptoms listed above. Although not all babies will have these exact symptoms, they are the most common. To learn more about pediatric dentistry, contact Dr. Dean Glasser’s office today.

 

 


Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.

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