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Redmond Kids Dentistry May 2017 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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Would Your Child Benefit from an Electric Toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes are great tool for keeping teeth clean. They can help kids and adults keep their teeth cleaner than brushing with a traditional toothbrush, but as with any tooth brushing tool, it is important to use the right technique to properly clean the teeth. Kids who are learning how to use a regular toothbrush should not be given an electric toothbrush before they have mastered the basics, or otherwise it could lead to problems with oral hygiene in the long-run.

How to Properly Introduce and Use an Electric Toothbrush
The best way to introduce an electric toothbrush to your child is by waiting until they fully understand how to keep their teeth clean. Let them use their traditional toothbrush for some time, so they know how to move the toothbrush around to actually remove debris from their teeth. Once they have this skill down, they can switch to an electric toothbrush.

Even though the bristles on an electric toothbrush move by themselves, using one still requires proper technique to effectively clean teeth. They need to move the toothbrush up and down each tooth to help get all the spots on each tooth. If they forget to do this, they may get buildup along the gums or between the teeth.

Children can benefit from using an electric toothbrush, but they need to know how to really keep their teeth clean first. The best way to do that is to make sure they practice healthy brushing habits before incorporating an electric toothbrush into their routine.

A New Teething Option That is Safe for Little Ones
Teething can be a tough stage for you and your child, but thankfully, there are plenty of options out there to help soothe your baby's discomfort. One of the newest options parents and caregivers have is teething jewelry. This is jewelry designed for the parent to wear, but it is made out of material that is safe for your child to chew on. The necklaces and bracelets are made of tooth-safe silicone and can help soothe your baby's sore gums no matter where you are. They are inexpensive, safe, and quite functional, so you may want to give them a try!

Dangers of Chewing on Ice
Ice is one of the more common non-food items people tend to chew on, with some people even having preferences about the type of ice. Chewing on ice is dangerous because it can cause damage to your teeth and the surrounding tissues. If you have a habit of chewing on ice, be sure to discuss this with us at your next appointment and take steps to stop immediately. Each time you chew on ice, your chances of suffering from an injury go up. You could get a broken or cracked tooth, have a sliver of ice go into your gums, or cut the inside of your cheek. While chewing on ice may be satisfying in the short-term, you are risking long-term damage to your smile.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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