Category: Dental Tips

5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Brushing Teeth

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When you think about what makes your kid excited, it’s probably a safe bet to guess that teeth brushing isn’t anywhere near the top of that list. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fun though! There are plenty of tricks for parents to help them make their child more enthusiastic about maintaining this important dental habit. Here are five ways you can make tooth brushing more fun for your little ones.

1. Let Them Choose Their Toothbrush & Toothpaste

While you should definitely ensure that you’re picking the age-appropriate toothbrush for your child, you can let them have their pick of the many colorful options out there. Chances are there’s a toothbrush with their favorite character or in their favorite color. You can also see which toothpaste flavor they like the most. That way, they’ll be more excited to use their own dental tools each day.

2. Choose a Brushing Song

Two minutes is the recommended time for how long someone should brush their teeth, but that can seem like an eternity for kids. To make the time pass with more joy choose a fun, upbeat two-minute song. You can put it on whenever it’s time for tooth brushing. This will also make sure your child is brushing their teeth long enough. Choose a favorite family song or choose one of the many toothbrushing songs or videos available on YouTube.

3. Set a Positive Example

When kids are at a young age, they always want to do what mom and dad are doing. Sometimes we don’t even recognize the habits they’re picking up by watching us! You should show your kid that you like to brush your teeth twice a day, every day so they can be inspired and excited to do the same.

4. Check Out Dental Apps

There are lots of cool apps out there specifically devoted to helping kids brush their teeth correctly. If you have a smartphone or an iPad, have a look at the options and see if any grab your child’s eye. They’ll be more interested in brushing their teeth when they have a cool, colorful app to follow.

5. Create a Rewards Chart

For some kids, a rewards chart works best so they can easily see their progress and hold themselves accountable. You can set up your own chart or find a template online that your child can use to make sure they brush their teeth every day. Then it’s up to you to decide on the perfect prize!

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At Paris Mountain Dental, we love helping kids achieve their brightest smiles. We provide a range of dental services for kids. If you ever have any questions about your child’s oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask. When you’re ready, we’d love to welcome you and your family into our Travelers Rest dental practice!

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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

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Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

Have you ever looked at your toothbrush and wondered when was the last time that you bought a new one? Here we’ll give you some information about replacing your toothbrush.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you change your toothbrush about every three to four months. If you are a more aggressive brusher, you should change your toothbrush sooner if you notice that the bristles are frayed. This is because frayed and worn bristles won’t brush your teeth as thoroughly. Kids often need to replace their toothbrush more often due to more aggressive brushing. Additionally, if you’ve been sick recently, it’s important to replace your toothbrush once you are healthy again. This is because the bristles on your toothbrush don’t kill bacteria in your mouth or protect you from getting sick again.

How Can I Maintain My Toothbrush?

You want to make your toothbrush last as long as possible so you don’t have to constantly be replacing it. The ADA suggests rinsing your toothbrush under tap water after you’ve brushed your teeth in order to wash away any saliva or toothpaste that is left on the bristles. You should also store your toothbrush in a vertical position so that the bristles are positioned well to air dry completely. Be sure not to store your toothbrush near the toilet because that can invite bad bacteria and germs to live on the bristles. Additionally, do not store the toothbrush in a closed container because that can cause bacteria to build up.

What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use?

If it’s time to replace your toothbrush, you may be wondering if you should get a new kind of toothbrush. There are two types of toothbrushes: manual and electric. There are pros and cons for each choice. For example, manual toothbrushes are easily portable and inexpensive and you are able to have complete control over the pressure and motion of your brushing. One disadvantage is that it can be harder to thoroughly brush those harder to reach places with a manual toothbrush. With electric toothbrushes, you can get a very thorough cleaning without doing much of the work yourself. However, electric toothbrushes are more cumbersome and can be expensive. At the end of the day, you should use whatever toothbrush you feel most comfortable with.

If you have any other questions about replacing your toothbrush or anything else related to your oral health, please give us a call.

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Tips To Protect Your Teeth & Smile As You Age

It’s a fact of life that as you get older, you have to take care of your body a little differently than you used to. Your teeth are no exception to that rule! As the years go on, you can become more at risk of certain oral conditions so it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your smile in its best condition. Here are some tips to help you protect your teeth as get older!

Avoid Dry Mouth

For many people, getting older means taking more medication. Some medications have dry mouth as a side effect. When your mouth is dry, it can cause chronic bad breath as well as an increased risk of tooth decay since there isn’t enough saliva to clean your teeth. To alleviate dry mouth, drink plenty of water throughout the day. You can also chew sugar-free gum to increase saliva flow.

Minimize Wear & Tear

With daily chewing and biting it’s unavoidable that your teeth will undergo some wear and tear over the years. To make sure your teeth last as long as possible, try not to chew on hard things like ice or your pen. If you notice that you’re grinding your teeth at night, get a night-guard made so you can prevent further damage.

Try an Electric Toothbrush

Using a manual toothbrush can become more difficult if you develop a condition like arthritis. To ensure that your teeth are still getting properly cleaned, consider switching to an electric toothbrush. You’ll be able to more easily grip the brush without sacrificing the quality of brushing. Plus, if you have one that signals when you should move to the next section of your mouth or when your recommended two minutes of brushing time are up, it’ll be easy to remember exactly how long you’ve been brushing.

Want more tips for keeping your smile healthy? Contact the Paris Mountain Dental team! We also provide restorative dentistry in case you need some extra help getting your teeth back to a healthy condition.

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Why Are Baby Teeth So Important?

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Have you ever been called a diphyodont [dif-ee-uh-dont]? Don’t take offense because it’s true! A diphyodont has two successive sets of teeth: primary teeth (baby teeth) and deciduous (permanent) teeth. You may believe that baby teeth don’t really matter since they are ultimately replaced by permanent teeth. Nothing could be further from the truth!

What’s the Big Deal About Baby Teeth?

Your child’s baby teeth are incredibly important when it comes to major developmental milestones like eating solid foods and learning to talk. They also set the stage for permanent teeth and help your child learn healthy oral hygiene habits. We want to share some tips for caring for your child’s teeth from the get go to ensure they grow up with a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

Develop Healthy Habits Early On

Your child should have their first visit to our office around the time they get their first tooth, or near their first birthday. This helps your child feel comfortable with the dentist, staff and office environment. It allows you to ask questions about what you can expect as your child’s mouth starts to fill up with new teeth.

Teach Your Child the Importance of Oral Hygiene

For the first few years of your child’s life, help them brush and floss their teeth. When children get older and take responsibility for their own oral hygiene, continue to monitor them. Some children go to great lengths to convince parents they have brushed when they really haven’t!

Healthy Baby Teeth = Healthy Big Kid Smile

Neglected baby teeth can create problems as permanent teeth develop. For example, permanent teeth may come in out of alignment if a baby tooth is lost too early as a result of bad oral hygiene. This can create a cascade of problems down the line. Teach good oral hygiene habits from the start to ensure that your child grows up with a healthy smile.

Call us today to ask our team any questions on caring for your child’s teeth or to schedule your next appointment!

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What Causes Dry Mouth?

When your saliva production is low, the result is an uncomfortably dry mouth. Many of us may experience occasional dry mouth when we’re nervous, like before public speaking. While occasional bouts of dry mouth are no cause for concern, chronic dry mouth can damage your teeth and negatively affect your health.

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Why Is Saliva Important?

Although saliva is often overlooked, it plays an incredibly important role in your oral health. Your saliva washes away food particles and debris from teeth before oral bacteria has a chance to feed on them. Saliva also contains an enzyme that not only begins breaking down food, it also breaks down the bad, cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. When your saliva production is low, you are at an increased risk for developing cavities. Adding insult to injury, dry mouth can also be responsible for bad breath.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

There are many different causes for dry mouth. Many common medications list dry mouth as one of their side effects. Smoking is also notorious for causing dry mouth. In other situations, dry mouth may simply be a sign that you are not drinking enough water throughout the day or that you have a vitamin deficiency. Rarely, dry mouth is a sign of a serious medical condition.

How Do We Treat Dry Mouth?

If you frequently experience uncomfortable dry mouth, let us know. To treat dry mouth, our team at Paris Mountain Dental will first try to determine the cause. Occasionally, the fix is simply asking your doctor for an alternative medication. Other times, we may recommend that you use a mouth spray to simulate saliva production and avoid some of the problems associated with dry mouth.

To ask our team any questions about treating dry mouth or to schedule your visit to our office, contact us today!

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How to Teach Kids About Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene habits should begin before adult teeth come in, and even before children start to lose their baby teeth. As your one-stop dental practice for the whole family, all of us at Paris Mountain Dental are excited to share the importance of teaching kids good oral hygiene habits.

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Why You Should Teach Your Kids About Oral Hygiene

We tell our kids to eat their fruits and veggies because these foods include important vitamins and minerals to help them grow up to be healthy and strong. In that same sense, that is also why we should all strive to teach our children about good oral hygiene, so that their smiles grow up healthy, strong, and bright too!

Why Are Baby Teeth Important If They Fall Out Eventually?

Baby teeth serve an important role in children’s growth and overall well-being. Without baby teeth, children wouldn’t be able to smile, chew, properly bite down. Baby teeth also play an important role in how the adult teeth will erupt. If a child loses baby teeth too early, the adult teeth might erupt too soon, making it difficult for the surrounding teeth to find space to come in, which can lead to crooked and/or crowded teeth.

3 Tips to Make Good Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids

1. Brush Your Teeth Together

You know what they say—monkey see, monkey do! Showing your children that you make a habit of brushing your teeth carefully and regularly helps show them how important it is.

2. Make It Special With a Unique Toothbrush

You can help keep children interested in brushing their teeth by using a fun, colorful toothbrush or one that features their favorite cartoon character!

3. Make the Time Count

Duration is extremely important when brushing teeth, so it’s a good idea to get kids used to brushing for a full two minutes. There are lots of tooth brushing songs on YouTube. The ADA even made a curated list of several songs with some familiar characters.

Just as parents need to visit our team at Paris Mountain Dental twice a year, so do children. Our office is equipped with a kids’ play area to help children stay comfortable during their visits and our friendly team knows how important it is to be fun and friendly. We never want our young patients to fear the dentist so we do everything we can to make their dental checkups fun!

Have your children been to visit us at Paris Mountain Dental in the last six months? If it’s been a little longer, don’t wait.

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What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?

Brunette woman cringes due to her terrible toothache pain and puts her hands to her cheek

For many of us, dental emergencies are the last thing on our minds. However, in the event that the unthinkable happens, you should be prepared. At Paris Mountain Dental, we know that having a plan in the event of a dental emergency can help you limit the damage and get the treatment you need as soon as possible. We’ve put together the following list of three common dental emergencies and what to do to help prepare you and your family.

3 Common Dental Emergencies

1. Toothache

If you experience a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. If you notice any food particles between teeth that are causing irritation, gently use floss to remove them.

2. Knocked-Out Tooth

If you have a tooth knocked out, try to keep it moist and visit our office as soon as possible! If it is dirty, rinse it with milk or water, but don’t rub or wipe it. If possible, carefully place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root, or keep the tooth in a glass of milk. In a pinch, you can even place it in between your cheek and gums until you can visit us.

3. Cracked Tooth

If you realize that you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, try rinsing your mouth with warm water. This will clean your mouth and help protect against infection. If you are experiencing swelling, use a cold compress. Even if a cracked tooth isn’t incredibly painful, the fissure may worsen and lead to further issues, so visit us as soon as possible.

Remember Your Preventive Care

In order to avoid a dental emergency like the ones listed above, make sure you’re practicing good preventive care habits. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing each day, attending biannual dental exams, and protecting your mouth. Wear a mouthguard if you’re participating in contact sports and avoid chewing hard foods like ice and hard candy, which can crack a tooth.

Contact Us ASAP!

No matter what your emergency is, give us a call as soon as you notice signs of trouble. We will work to fit you in to see Dr. Ghimire. If you have any questions for our team about what to do in a dental emergency or you want to schedule your next appointment, call our office today.

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Fixing Bad Breath

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We all occasionally have bad breath – especially after eating foods full of onion and garlic. For most of us, it’s a temporary annoyance fixed by brushing our teeth, using mouthwash, or even chewing some sugar-free gum, in a pinch.

However, for others, chronic bad breath can be a sign of something more serious. Today, we want to talk about some of the causes of bad breath and some of the ways that Dr. Ghimire and the rest of our team here at Paris Mountain Dental treat it.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath has a variety of causes. Sometimes, it’s as simple as the food we eat. But other times, bad breath is the result of a more serious health condition.

  • Smoking is known to cause bad breath. Additionally, smoking increases your risk of developing gum disease, which is another source of bad breath.
  • Dry mouth can also cause bad breath, as it indicates that your saliva production has decreased. A variety of medications list dry mouth as a side effect.
  • More serious conditions such as tonsil stones, chronic inflammation, and cancer are also known to cause bad breath.
  • How Do I Fix Bad Breath?

    If you notice any sudden or severe changes with your breath, let Dr. Ghimire know during your next dental visit. Dr. Ghimire will diagnose your issue, and then come up with a treatment plan.

  • For some patients, a more thorough preventive care routine (brushing twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing every day) will solve the problem.
  • For almost all of our patients who complain about bad breath, we recommend increasing their water intake. Water cleans your teeth in between brushing, and helps you stay hydrated to ensure that your saliva is functioning properly.
  • For others, Dr. Ghimire may prescribe a mouth spray that increases saliva production and can eliminate dry mouth.
  • If it turns out that your bad breath is a result of gum disease or another more serious issue, Dr. Ghimire will treat the underlying issue in order to fix your bad breath.
  • Contact our office to ask any additional questions about bad breath or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Ghimire.

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    Is It Possible to Never Get a Cavity?

    Woman covers mouth embarrassed of bad cavity

    There are a variety of factors that determine whether you get a cavity or not. From genetics to diet to your dental care habits, a multitude of variables can cause cavities. Cavities need to be treated as soon as possible as they can result in dangerous infections and even tooth loss.

    Cavities are one of the most common dental ailments, but is it possible to never get cavities? It turns out, it is. About 92% of adults have experienced a cavity, but the other 8% have not! Today, let’s talk about what causes cavities and why some lucky folks never get them.

    What Causes Cavities?

    At any given time, your mouth is full of bacteria. Most of the bacteria in your mouth is good and helps you digest food, fight disease, and keep your mouth clean. However, some of the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and starches, creating a harmful acid. This acid, combined with other bacteria, food debris, and saliva form plaque and wear down tooth enamel (the hard, protective outer coating of your teeth). The holes created by the acid are called cavities. Left untreated, cavities can result in tooth decay, infection and even tooth loss.

    How Can You Prevent Cavities?

    Some people have a natural advantage in the fight against cavities. Scientists have determined that some people just don’t have the type of bacteria that causes cavities. For the rest of us, there are many steps you can take to reduce the chance of getting a cavity. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods that give bacteria something to feed on. Also, make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day to clean away food particles.

    If you are worried you might have a cavity or have any questions about cavities, contact our office and one of our knowledgeable team members would be happy to speak with you or help you schedule an appointment.

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    How Common Is Dental Anxiety?

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    At Paris Mountain Dental, Dr. Ghimire and the rest of our team know that many folks are apprehensive about visiting the dentist. If you are part of the 15% of Americans who avoid going to the dentist out of anxiety, we understand, and we want you to know that you are not alone. Our patients have a variety of reasons for their dental anxiety. Perhaps they had a negative experience at the dentist when they were younger, or maybe they feel out of control or don’t understand what will happen once they’re in the dentist’s chair.

    Because we know that so many people are reluctant to visit the dentist, our team goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable from the moment you set foot in our office. From amenities to pain-free dentistry technologies, we work hard to help you get the care you need.

    Office Amenities

    We’ve designed our office with comfort in mind for our patients and their families. We offer refreshments, magazines, WiFi, TVs, and a serene setting. We also have blankets, pillows, and aromatherapy candles available. You’ll feel relaxed and at ease while waiting for your appointment. We often recommend that our patients, especially those with anxiety, arrive early in order to familiarize themselves with our office and take advantage of our office amenities.

    Gentle Care

    We offer two sedation and anesthetic options to make your procedures more comfortable: nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and DentalVibe, a gentler way of administering numbing medication. Talk to Dr. Ghimire about your concerns, and we will work to make sure that you have a pain and stress-free appointment.

    Know What to Expect

    Our team often finds that patients are more comfortable during their appointments if they know exactly what to expect. For this reason, our staff and Dr. Ghimire take care to clearly explain everything they do as well as the reason for it. This way, you can rest assured knowing that you are in well-qualified hands.

    Don’t let dental anxiety force you to live with painful or unsightly teeth. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and to discuss your options. We will work hard to come up with a plan that keeps you comfortable and healthy. Call us at (864) 610-6188 or schedule an appointment online.

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