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Helping your child build good habits in their oral care routine is just as important as teaching them proper hygiene or to eat their veggies.child brushing However, children are infamous for being stubborn and picky. Luckily, Dr. Courtney Villari at Ovation Dental Care in River Forest, IL can help you learn some easy tips and tricks to make brushing fun for your little one to keep their teeth healthy and clean.

Making Brushing Fun

  • Flavored Toothpaste: Children’s toothpaste often comes in fun flavors kids love like bubblegum or strawberry. This tasty toothpaste can make brushing a treat.
  • Singing Toothbrushes: Available from many grocery or drug stores, toothbrushes which sing a song as the child brushes can also make brushing fun. The song usually lasts the recommended two minutes required for effectively cleaning the teeth.
  • Games: Creating a game to play or a dance to perform during brushing time can help liven up a process which may seem boring for a child.

Forming Good Habits Early
Good oral care habits begin before your child cuts their first tooth. Parents should wipe down babies’ gums after each meal with a soft, damp cloth. Your child should begin brushing their teeth twice daily as soon as their first tooth appears. When the teeth grow close enough together to touch, parents should instill good flossing habits in their children. Floss your child’s teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from the teeth.

Your child should see their River Forest dentist for regular checkups by the time they get their first tooth or turn one year old, depending on which comes first. Seeing the dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at least once every six months greatly reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

For more information on children’s dentistry or making brushing fun, please contact Dr. Villari at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to schedule your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning with Dr. Villari today!

By Ovation Dental
November 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Brushing  

Like coloring inside the lines and sharing arts and crafts supplies with our classmates, brushing our teeth correctly is something most Tips for brushingof us learn in the halcyon days of pre-school. Or is it? While most of us (hopefully) spend some quality time with the toothbrush at least once a day through the course of our lives, the reality is that obtaining the optimal clean for our teeth consists of a little technique beyond a few basic horizontal strokes between rinses.

Following a few basic steps can help to ensure that you are making the most out of every tooth brushing and flossing session.

Schedule Regular Dental Screenings and Check Ups

Ever wonder how your dentist always seems to know when you’ve been skipping the floss, no matter how good your teeth seem to look to the naked eye? The same can go for brushing. Skipping the floss and poor brushing techniques will lead to bacterial and plaque buildup between the teeth and underneath the gum line that will ultimately show up on your gums by way of inflammation and gingivitis (early gum disease). Talk to your dentist about the best toothbrush model and size for your teeth and gums, and get some tips on the best brushing techniques.

Technique Technique Technique

While brushing the teeth straight across may seem effective, using this method can fail to get in between the teeth and under the gum line, where the food and plaque buildup that you’re targeting with the brush are going to hide. A gentle, circular motion (think of how an electric toothbrush moves) will help the bristles of the brush reach the difficult to reach spots between each tooth.

Get Back

Most people don’t think about brushing the back of the teeth, but a gentle scrub of the back of the teeth can help to target food particles that rinsing and regular brushing might miss.

Don’t Forget the Gums

A (very gentle) brush of the gums can also help to remove buildup that regular brushing can leave behind.

Dental Care in River Forest, IL

To learn more about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Ovation Dental today at (708) 689-0419 to request a consultation for a dental check up and oral cancer screening.

dental healthWhat do you look forward to in February? Valentine’s Day pops into your mind, right? It’s true that the month of February is when we expect to see a lot of chocolate, teddy bears and roses packed on the store shelves. However, February is also National Children’s Oral Health Month!
At Ovation Dental, Dr. Villari takes oral health education very seriously, as it is the first preventative step to combat cavities and gum disease. To spread awareness about National Children’s Dental Health Month, Dr. Villari stopped by the Life Shop, which is a day program that serves young adults who have an intellectual disability. The Life Shop group is actually a part of a larger parent organization called Opportunity Knocks, which is a local organization serving the Oak Park and River Forest communities.
The mission of Opportunity Knocks is to provide key resources and opportunities for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This will allow these individuals to grow and explore their interests.
At Life Shop, Dr. Villari provided key information on how to properly brush and floss teeth.

How to brush teeth:

  • Brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums
  • Gently move your toothbrush back and forth
  • Clean the entire surface of each tooth (back, front, chewing surface)
  • Brush tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath

How to floss teeth:

  • Use at least 18 inches of floss
  • Hold string between your thumbs and index fingers
  • Move the floss up and down between your teeth
  • Follow the curve of your teeth
  • Don’t snap or yank the floss between teeth or near gum line
Dr. Villari had a fun time with her friends at Life Shop and hopes their oral health education will help them achieve healthier, happier smiles. Now Dr. Villari is planning a trip to visit kindergarten students at local elementary schools in Oak Park—a dentist’s work is never done! And Dr. Villari loves it that way.
How are you planning on spreading awareness for National Children’s Health Month? Let us know in the comments! If you have another dental concern, please call your River Forest dentist at (708) 689-0419.