Learning Tip’s for Kid’s with ADHD

A lot of parents have children with ADD or ADHD that struggle to learn in school because they can’t stay focused. It can be difficult! Sitting in a chair all day is not easy when you are not interested in the topics you are learning about. I have ADHD, and I struggled to learn in school because I felt like I was always distracted by the littlest things. I remember being distracted by the sound of the second-hand on a clock ticking. I remember I would start counting the ticks and I would get to 300 or 400 before I realized a missed a huge part of the lesson.

I didn’t care about being inside when I saw how sunny it was outside. I was thinking of all the games I could be playing and things I could be doing that sounded way better than being in a chair. To make matters worse, I had friends who would goof around in class and staying focused became almost impossible. I thought about recess because recess was my saving grace to get out of a chair and run around to burn some energy. Playing football with the teachers outside seemed to go by way faster than class ever did.

At the time, ADHD medications were all in the trial phase of testing, so I tried a ton of different medications and they all seemed to fail. I don’t remember the name of the worst medication, but my new doctor told me that its caffeine content was the equivalent of 10 cups of coffee. I guess the intent was to try and cancel out the wildness and energy of ADHD with even more caffeine and max the kid out until they calmed down. All it did for me was cause me not to sleep until I eventually got sick. But today we have a variety of medications that are more helpful to those with ADHD. If you do not want to resort to medication just yet, I have found some tips and tricks that could help your child focus more in school.

 

Tip 1: Do One Thing at a Time

As much as we think we are great multitaskers, we really aren’t that great at it. We can try to focus on two things, and we believe we are doing a good job, but it turns out that our performance on the tasks was not as great as it could have been if we had focused on one task at a time.

Don’t believe me? Check out this CEO trying to multitask on NatGeo.

With ADHD multitasking is basically impossible. You can’t focus on even one thing so trying to do multiple things at once is a train wreck. So when you are trying to help your child learn a new topic do it one topic at a time. If you are talking about history then just focus on one part of the history lesson. If you are doing math, then just do the addition and take a break, then do the subtraction. It sounds simple because it is. It’s easy to bounce around a bunch of different topics when learning a new subject, but for us with ADHD, please keep it to one thing at a time.

 

Tip 2: It’s Easier to Take on a Big Task if it is Broken Down into Small Steps

Try to have a plan when you are doing a big task. If you are doing a big homework project, then create a step by step process with breaks to allow them to burn some energy and refocus. Being organized and creating a plan is the easiest way to help a person with ADHD learn efficiently and will cause you less headache in the long run.

 

Tip 3: Try To Limit Distractions in the Classroom

As much as I hate to admit it, the best thing for me was sitting in front of the class. It really forced me to pay attention because I was staring at the white board or projector and not watching what the people in front of me were doing. When you sit in the middle or back row, it’s easy to get distracted by trying to listen to what other students are saying and watching what they are doing. Then you hear sounds outside and look out the windows which are promptly followed by the noise of a ticking clock and the tapping of pencils. Sitting in front of the class can be stressful for some students so try to help your child feel more calm about it by talking about it before school. If the teacher can’t get your child in the front row, then try to get them as close to the front as possible.

 

Tip 4: Focus on the Positive, Not the Negative

Learning can be hard enough, and with a learning disability, it becomes even more challenging. But it is possible. I made it through high school and college without any extra help or medication. But for some students, they need the extra time and medication to assist them in focusing. If they struggle in school, (they will) be sure to not be hard on them. Being positive about their situation is going to make them feel better about themselves, and they are more likely to try again or work harder to accomplish their goals. If you are negative about a failure, they will take it extra hard because learning is a sensitive and challenging subject for people with ADHD.

 

Tip 5: Exercise Before Learning

I credit my personal successes in school to exercise. I was on sports teams, and I had regular gym classes. In high school, I was in weights classes in every semester, and in the spring I would do an early morning sports conditioning class. It was the conditioning practices of multiple different sports. So for basketball, we would run ladders, and track we would do 200-meter sprints with 100-meter walking rest. I also had my regular weights classes later on in the day and a track practice at night after school. I was in the best shape of my life by far and being able to burn off all that energy helped me focus in classes.

A study has been done that shows regular physical activity has decreased the effects of ADHD and its symptoms while also improving cognitive function in children.

Dr. Betsy Hoza says that:

“As little as a half hour, a day of moderate to vigorous exercise had a positive, measurable impact on their focus and mood.”

I would also add that limiting sugary foods and drinks helps a lot because a sugar rush makes learning very difficult. We get hyper and harder to control when we get to much sugar and learning becomes almost impossible. If you think a normal kid is difficult on a sugar rush, a child with ADHD is ten times worse. I would also try to limit the caffeine intake as well. This is just my personal opinion as someone who struggles with ADHD.

If you are a parent of a child with ADHD, I hope that you found some value in this article. There is hope and I am an example of a person with severe AHDH who was able to graduate college with no help or medication. These are the steps that helped me, and I hope that they help you too.

If you have any other tips that have helped your child learn, please comment so other parents can try it.

For other resources from medical professionals, check out these resources.

PBS.org

DrHallowell.com

Childmind.org

The Beautiful Impact of a Working Mom

Working moms are basically the equivalent of the superheroes you see in the movies. They have what seems like an everlasting endurance to not only work one full-time job but also work full-time at home. They have the strength to pick up their kids and love them with open arms, even after a full day’s work. There have been incredible stories of mothers lifting cars to save a child and even one story in 2006 of a mother fighting off a polar bear to rescue her kid. So yeah, basically super human strength. Exhausted when they walk through the door, they still have the quickest reflexes catching falling toys, spoons, forks, and even food. When everyone else in the house gets sick days, and get to lay in bed; mom is magically resistant to the bed even when she is just as sick as everyone else. But we all know it’s not magic. Driven by love, working moms can do things that seem inhuman.

Working moms have the ability to supervise a bunch of people at the office ensuring that goals are met and production is thriving. These same super humans’ then go home and manage a jungle of little people that don’t understand basic survival. While the rest of us generally get two days off a week, working moms are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They don’t get breaks. They are semiprofessional chefs, teachers, budgeting experts, laundry experts, and still have time to help give baths, read bedtime stories, and make time for their sidekick, dad.

 

The Perfect Role Model

A working mom does more than just works at her job and home. She is a powerful role model for her family. The things you working moms don’t see is how your child watches what you do. Your little boys and girls watch how you work. They don’t fully understand why you are gone all day or the work that you are doing, but they know you are doing it for them. As your kids grow into teenagers, they tend to watch less and talk more. They know everything and are never wrong. But you already know that; you were a teenager once. You watch them make the mistakes you made and help them when they need you. Just like your mom did.

As your child grows into a young adult, they have watched you over the course of their entire life working hard and caring for them. You are the positive role model in their life and the lead stepping stone into their future. You teach them the value of money and hard work. All while hoping that they have a better life than the one you had. A truly selfless act of love and a role model of compassion and hard work. When they begin to start their own families, they will come to you for help. I personally believe that I won’t truly understand what my mom had to sacrifice until I have kids of my own. For some of your children, this may be the first time they realize how much you did sacrifice and how you magically ran the family and a job at the same time, on a budget, while trying to fulfill our dreams.

 

Being the Example for Our Future

As a working mom, you are the example of hard work and dedication that comes with family. Every day you are the example that your children see. Your kids want to be like you when they grow up, and they watch your habits to see what you do. When you work as hard as you do, you are showing your family an example of what love looks like. You are teaching them to work hard in school, work hard in life, work smart, and that they will be successful. But even more important than success is the true happiness that comes from family.

Without knowing it, you are influencing the future leaders of companies, cities, and governments. You are showing your child how to be a leader by working for those you love and the values you have. What you are doing now is going to have a direct impact on the future of their families, friends, careers, and for some even the country. The working mom is incredibly important. You have a lot of stress, you’re tired, and at times you even want to give up. But you don’t. Somehow you keep on pushing through and doing what you need to do to ensure you family gets where they want to be. Without the working mom, dreams would be lost, opportunities would be missed, and kids grow up without examples. So thank you for what you do.

 

Beautiful is Wrinkles, Stretchmarks, and Achy Backs

I can’t think of anything more beautiful than sacrificing everything you have for someone you love. For the working mom, that means a few extra wrinkles, some stretch marks, and a really achy back. But you do it to help your children achieve their dream life. You probably see celebrities on tv or Facebook and wish you looked like them or wish you had the time to be like them. But then life throws you a beautiful moment you weren’t expecting that makes all the difference. That moment makes the extra wrinkles and achy back all worth it. The time that you see your child grow because of your example. My mother said it’s moments like this that make all the work she has done worth it.

A working mom is the most beautiful thing on this planet. A women dedicated to her family and working to help her child fulfill their dreams over the course of a lifetime is far more attractive than any physical feature. A life filled with purpose and love that never ends.

As the child of working mothers, I saw at times that she felt like she was not doing enough at home. Thinking the house could have been cleaner and dreaming of a life where she could watch us come home from school. A woman who felt like she was letting down her co-workers by not doing enough or having to miss work to come pick up me at school because I was feeling sick. She wanted to be there for all of our little life moments, but also had to help provide for us. If you as a working mom have ever felt that you are not doing enough at home or work, please know that you are. What you are doing is something incredible and is very difficult to achieve. But you do it. Every. Single. Day. If you don’t believe that you are, please watch this video.

What To Expect Working Moms

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Dealing With Inflamed Gums

Inflamed gums are a painful experience that I hope no one has to endure. Normally red and swollen, inflamed gums are like the enemy you didn’t know you had. They affect you all day long by causing you pain multiple times a day whenever you try to eat or drink something. Luckily, avoiding the pain that comes with inflamed gums is easy. Here’s how.

What Causes Inflamed Gums

Not Brushing Your Teeth

If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, bacteria builds up on your teeth. Sometimes, this bacteria can be on your gums for extended periods of time, and it will cause your gums to become infected. This can result in your gums become red, swollen, and in extreme cases, they can bleed. So make sure you are brushing at least twice a day to get that bad bacteria out of your mouth and off your teeth and gums.

Make sure you are using proper brushing techniques when you brush your teeth. Make sure you choose a tooth brush with soft bristles and when you brush you brush in gentle circular motions to massage your teeth clean. If you use the back and forth method, you can damage your gums.

Brushing Your Teeth to Vigorously

If you brush your teeth too hard, you can damage the delicate tissues that make up your gums. You could be scratching your gums with the hard bristles, or you may accidentally hit your gums with the top of your toothbrush and scratch your gums. If this happens, you are more likely to get bad bacteria in your open cuts, and they can become infected. Cuts in your mouth take a lot longer to heal so make sure that you are brushing and flossing that you do so carefully.

Not Flossing Daily

Flossing is essential because you remove bacteria that you can’t remove with a standard tooth brush but flossing is also important because it helps you strengthen your gums. Make sure that you are flossing correctly and carefully sliding the floss in between your teeth and not jamming the floss into your gums. If you cut your soft gums with the floss, they will bleed and again have a better chance of allowing harmful bacteria into the open cut. When you start flossing your gums will probably bleed because your gums are not used to the flossing, but the bleeding should go away with time as your gums become stronger.

Other Causes of Inflamed gums

Some other causes of inflamed gums are stress, inadequate nutrition, puberty, hormonal fluctuations, substance abuse, and some medications.

How To Treat Inflamed Gums

Even if your gums are inflamed, and in pain you need to continue brushing and flossing to get rid of all the bacteria your mouth collected throughout the day. You want to brush and floss your teeth very gently and don’t touch your gums if possible. You can then rinse your mouth out with salt water to get rid of the extra bacteria.

You will want to drink lots of water throughout the day because the water will act as a cleanser for your mouth. Water will also help produce more saliva which helps to kill bacteria in your mouth.

Some things you want to avoid if you have swollen gums are strong mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco.

The Risk of Unhealthy Gums

If you have poor oral health habits throughout your life, you can eventually develop gum disease. There are two different types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis disease. Both of these diseases are very painful and have a variety of different adverse effects on your overall health. Gum diseases could be completely avoided with proper oral care.

 

Our Favorite Essential Oils For Kids

If you have been to our office, you probably noticed that we are constantly diffusing essential oils. These oils provide health benefits that we don’t get from eating or other supplements. We diffuse essential oils every single day to help our customers feel relaxed at our offices. Have you ever tried using essential oils for your kids?

In all our years of dentistry, we have discovered the benefits of using oils for children. We use oils to help calm scared kids, help kids breathe, recover from surgery, and to help guard children by assisting their immune systems. So I created a list of oils we use the most in our office that we thought a parent would like to use throughout the stressful school year!

Oil 1: Lavender

Lavender has a lot of benefits. The main advantages are to reduce anxiousness and promotes peaceful sleep. For some parents, a light bulb just lit up because bedtime is such a difficult time. But not anymore! Diffuse some Lavender oil before bed, and your children will have an easier time falling asleep. If your child has had a bad day because they didn’t do very well on a test or had a stressful homework assignment, you can diffuse Lavender to help them calm down and relax. Lavender can also be used to help soothe skin irritations. It’s a popular oil from dOTERRA because everybody gets stressed and this is a peaceful aroma style oil that helps people feel comfortable and calm.

Oil 2: Breathe

Does your child have allergies or often get colds in the winter? Then Breathe is the oil for you! Breathe is a remarkable blend of multiple different oils that help maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while fighting the effects of seasonal threats. If you enjoy camping or going on picnics, you can take the oil with you on the trip to help your child fight off allergies! Clear airways and unstuffed noses are incredibly important when your child wants to run around and play with friends. If your kid likes to be outside but has allergies or often gets cold, then this is the oil for you.

Oil 3: OnGuard

As I child it felt like I had a constant cold throughout the entire winter season. I always had a sore throat, stuffy nose, and a bad headache. It made going to school much more challenging, and I often would miss sports practices because I was at home in bed. Hopefully, your kid doesn’t have it as bad as I did, but if they do then OnGuard is the oil for you. It provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support. It is one of dOTERRA’s most popular oils because it also has an energizing and uplifting aroma that can help if you are feeling sluggish. With the cold seasons closing in, consider OnGuard to help your child have a better school year with protection against environmental threats.

*All Pictures com from doterra.com

Guidelines for Children

Dilution

A Child’s skin is thinner than an adult’s, so you need to dilute the oil before you apply it if you are not going to diffuse it. Your child also has a lower body mass than you do so if you apply full strength oil their bodies will absorb it differently than an adult which can be harmful.

If you decide you want to use a roller then the best place to apply, the oils are on the child’s feet. The skin on their feet thicker than other skin on their bodies and this will help with any sensitivity that they will feel.

Doterra also says if you want to dilute your own oils they recommend 1 drop of the essential oils and 4-5 drops of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.

 

DOETRRA Oils Go Through Extensive Tests

DOTERRA oils go through extensive testing and are CPTG certified, pure therapeutic grade. This means the oils have passed 5 different analytical methods to ensure they are pure and potent. DOTERRA does have some cautions when using the oils on children. IF using a citrus oil, the child’s skin may become more sensitive to sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours. Don’t use adult oils on children. Alway monitor your child when using oils. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas. Remember to dilute. Follow Safety guidelines on the labels.

For more information about dOTERRA and kid’s, check out this video.

 

If you would like to purchase these essential oils for your family, you can do so here!

Groom’s, Here’s a Guide To Helping A Stressed-Out Fiancée

Getting married is such an incredible event in your life I bet that you want everything to go smoothly. And as much as you want everything to be perfect your wife wants everything to be perfect probably ten times more than you do! With the desire of perfection can come a lot of stress. I figured I would create a guide for helping your Fiancée when her stress level is through the roof.

 

Be Patient

A girl normally spends her entire life thinking about this one day. From a young age, girls see weddings and movies with characters that look beautiful and deeply in love and they want that for themselves. I mean who doesn’t? With a lot of the girls in my family it seemed that “How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days” was the movie that sparked excitement to fall in love in eventually get married. Try to remember this when they are stressing out. It may help with being more understanding of the pressure they are feeling and fighting about things is only going to make it worse. Nobody likes someone nagging them or complaining when they are feeling stressed and I doubt your future wife feels any different.

 

Relieve Stress

If you both are stressed out and need a break from the constant struggle of wedding planning, it’s not a bad idea to get some exercise. It sounds simple, but one of my favorite quotes is “exercise is the least used anti-depressant.” It would probably be beneficial to do something together so you guys can hang out alone and get away from the planning. Let this time be for you guys to relax and de-stress together. Do something like go for a run or hike, get out and get that heart pumping. If you don’t usually exercise, you should give it a try. When life gets difficult or stressful, exercise can provide you with incredible benefits and help you increase mood and confidence.

 

Offer Help

You may have already tried offering help and if you have, continue to do so. When she starts a new project like getting flowers or the cake, offer your assistance because she may have to many projects going on at once which is making her feel overwhelmed. If you haven’t offered your help yet, you probably should start. Think back to a time when you were stressed out. It may have been doing homework or working on a difficult problem at work. You probably received some help from someone who knew what they were doing. If you didn’t receive any help, you probably wish that you did. Your partner may be feeling the same way. Even if you are sure that she will say no, the support you are offering her will make her feel better.

 

Give a Little Gift

A lot of people love receiving little gifts! It doesn’t have to be anything expensive of course. Just something small to remind her of how much you love her. Try to make it something that relates to an important time in your relationship. The more meaningful the gift the happier she will be and it can be a reminder of the love that you have for each other. Some ideas are a framed picture of you guys, a date to where you had your first date, bath bombs, and even a box of chocolates that she loves would be a good gift. Sugar gives you a boost of energy and who doesn’t love chocolate?

 

Ask For Advice

When you are unsure what to do its always a good idea to go to parents. They have already experienced what you are going through so they will have a better understanding of how to help. Get some advice from your parents on what to do and also ask her parents what to do if you don’t have any good ideas on how to help her. They raised her so they know a few tips and tricks that you may not know.

 

Shine Light on What Truly Matters

What truly matters is that you both love each other. You both want to be apart of each others lives for the rest of your time here on earth. it’s a beautiful thing and at the end of the day that is what matters most. A wedding day is important but not as important as the love that you have for each other. If the wedding is getting between you both and causing a lot of issues then reminding yourselves of what is really important is what matters, not this one day. Don’t let one day ruin a lifetime of happiness.

 

To end this article, I just want to say congratulation!

Marriage is a big stepping stone to the rest of your life. Finding someone you love and getting to spend every day with them sounds like a dream come true. It’s the people in your life that will make you happy. Not all the things you buy or the nice cars you own. But experiences with people you love and creating memories is what will matter in the end.

We are not quite done yet. We know you have done a great job helping the bride and we figured its time we helped you. If you tag a groom to this blog post then you will be entered to win a FREE zoom whitening treatment! You probably want whiter teeth for the wedding pictures and your wife does too. So why not tag someone?

If you are reading this and have any additional tips that have worked for you, let us know in the comments so we can add and update this post!

Want To Prep Healthier Meals For The School Year? This is How!

As a parent, you are naturally concerned for your child’s health and want them to be healthy. An important part of your kid’s health is making sure that they are eating a balanced diet. A growing problem in the United States is child obesity.

According to healthiergeneration.org “Childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and teens in the past 30 years.” In 2011, the state of Utah actually had the lowest percentage of obese or overweight children ages 10-17 in the entire nation at only 22.1%. With kids having more demanding school schedules and some PE programs being removed, it’s difficult for our children to find time to exercise and play which is also contributing to the substantial increase in overweight children.

Something that we can do to help children with maintaining a healthy weight is to watch their diet. School lunches tend to have the reputation of not being the most healthy meal and a lot of parents like to prep lunches for their kids. I have found some resources to help you prep meals that have all the nutrients your child needs to make it easier for you!

 

Resources For You

At EatingWell.com you will find guides with almost everything you would need to ensure that your child has a healthy diet. It has recipes, weight loss foods, special diets, meal plans, and an overall healthy eating guide for kids!

At Mayoclinic.org you will find a nutrition basics guide with foods that you should consider adding to your child’s diet because they are nutrient-dense which helps with overall development and growth. They also have a calorie guide for kids they have grouped into ages 2-3, 4-8, 9-13, and 14-18. They have guides for boys and girls, and the guides are intricate. These guides break down how much protein, fruit, vegetables, grains, and dairy your child should have by the cup or ounces. This is a great resource when you are starting to prep your meals to ensure that your kid has a balanced diet.

My third resource for helping you ensure that your child has a healthy and balanced diet is a container called Bentgo! Bentgo creates lunch boxes that are portioned out for you with room for a whole salads, dressings, and basically anything you can think of! They are dishwasher friendly, BPA friendly, and come with a 2-year warranty!

The final resource I am going to share with you is called choosemyplate.gov. It is a great resource because it allows kids to play different games and learn about health in a fun way. It can also be helpful for parents! I even learned quite a bit for toying around with some of the games, and I learned things about nutrition I didn’t even know!

 

Oral Health and a Balanced Diet

Now that we have covered what it takes for our kids to have a balanced diet let’s learn about the benefits that a balanced diet can have on your child’s oral health.

The following facts come from colgate.com at their Oral Care Center.

The article starts out by saying:

“Many dentists are concerned that their patients are consuming record numbers of sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks that affect their teeth. These foods generally have little if any nutritional value and over time they can take a toll on teeth.”

I know that when I was a kid, I never wanted to drink water. I always wanted soda, and I didn’t care about my health. All I knew was that soda tasted a lot better than water. My mom tried explaining to me roughly 20 million times about the importance of our oral health and that soda weakens our teeth. I am so glad she didn’t let me have too much because I would regret not having the healthy mouth that I do today. So make sure you are limiting the number of sugary drinks your child is having. They may fight like crazy now, but they are going to be so grateful in the future.

The article then goes on to say:

“Eating patterns and food choices among children and teens are important factors that affect how quickly youngsters may develop tooth decay. When bacteria come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced that attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. Almost all foods, including milk and vegetables, contain some type of sugar; however; they are a necessary part of a healthy diet because many of them also contain important nutrients. To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Added sugars often are present in soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries.

If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to periodontal disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not cause periodontal disease directly, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and can be more severe in people with nutrient-poor diets.”

 

Final Thoughts

If a healthy-balanced diet for your child didn’t seem important before reading this article, hopefully, it’s important now! The ability for your mouth and gums to fight off infection is incredibly important for your mouth’s future well-being. And developing periodontal disease is something that can affect how healthy your bones are. It goes further than just your oral health.

I hope that you found some value reading this article today. If you did, I am sure that someone else would too. So make sure to share it with a friend or on Facebook if you liked it.

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Wedding Soon? We Can Help!

Finding the love of your life is an incredible feeling. A sense of power that gives you a unique strength which makes you feel like you are indestructible and unstoppable as long as that person is by your side. You do everything together in a beautiful blaze of fire and passion that some people only dream of. Then a moment comes when time seems to stop. You hear nothing but the pounding sound inside your chest as you’re staring down at the man you love. Just the silence of you both at that moment, vulnerable, answering, a question that will change your life forever. A chance to spend the rest of your lives together.

Being in Utah, the month of August is a busy time for weddings! Chances are, if you are reading this, you are a bride to be probably wondering how our dental office can help you in getting married soon! While we can’t assist you with all the other stresses you are going through, something that we can help with is ensuring that your pearly whites are shining brightly in pictures that will last a lifetime!

It’s a scary thought, I know, but it’s also a gratifying reminder when things get difficult of how you felt on that day and why you work so hard for those you love. These pictures will be around your home and in your life for the rest of your time on earth. It’s why people spend thousands of dollars on different photographers to ensure they get the pictures that they want because that’s how important they are.

Our goal is to help you look at those pictures and have no regrets. We want your teeth to be as white as that beautiful dress you are wearing!

Here are the steps you need to ensure that you have the teeth you want and to make sure that they are healthy, so you don’t have any teeth fall out or cause any damage to yourself. Missing teeth are worse than yellow teeth for sure!

Step 1. Visit Your Dentist

You want to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for the whitening treatment because if your teeth are not healthy enough, you can damage your tooth enamel.

Make sure you plan for this in advance because some whitening treatments can take a few weeks. If your teeth are not healthy enough, your dentist will have to recommend a treatment plan that can take anywhere from six months to a year. So make sure you get your consultation as quickly as you can.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your teeth are not healthy enough do not do whitening treatments yourself! If you do, you risk the chances of losing teeth, receding gums, root canals, and discoloration of your teeth! This is not a joke I repeat this is NOT a joke! If you whiten your teeth and they are not healthy, your teeth will not even look good. Exposed roots won’t bleach, and you will have teeth with two different colors!

Step 2. Start the Treatment

If you have been cleared & cleaned by your dentist its time to choose the whitening treatment you want. There are a lot of different options to choose from. Anything from crest whitening strips, to tray whitening, to zoom. Ask your dentist what he thinks would be best for your particular situation. A professional option is always valued when it comes to your health.

*Some side effects of whitening treatments are sensitivity and slight pain which is completely normal and goes away a few days after you complete treatment.*

Step 3. Maintain Your Oral Health

It is important that you maintain your good oral hygiene habits at home. Make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. You went through all the work to ensure that your teeth are white, you don’t want to get a cavity or cause damage to your teeth by not taking care of them. Your teeth’s enamel is generally weaker after a whitening treatment so taking care of them is crucial. You want to get tooth paste with fluoride in it because fluoride will help strengthen your enamel.

Step 4. Foods To Avoid

There is an extensive list of foods to avoid after you do a whitening treatment. Most of the foods are staining foods.

Here is a list I created from personal exploration when I got whitening treatment.

– Coffee
– Wine
– Tea (darker tea stains worse)
– Soda
– Dark Chocolate
– Beets
– Blueberries

For a complete list, you can check out livestrong.com.

We care about your special day here at The Center of Dental Professionals, and we want to help you create the best day of your life. We want you to look and feel your best on YOUR day.

Which is why our office is going to give you a chance to win a FREE Zoom whitening treatment if you tag a bride to this post!

We hope to see you in our office very soon to start treatment.

Remember, that when times get hard, and life feels difficult, the only thing that matters at the end of the day is love. It’s the people in your life that matter most and you should strive every day to treat that person like they are the most important person in your life, because they are.

For additional resources for your wedding and other pain points, check out these resources.

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borntobeabride.com

 

Prepping Your Kindergartner For a Dental Check-up

My most fond memory of kindergarten was making a cool hand print impression in the clay and throughout school being able to put my hand in it and watching the hole get smaller as my hand got bigger. We all have favorite memories from early school and remember learning things that were mind boggling at the time. But I don’t remember things like setting up dentist appointments or doctor appointments because it wasn’t important to me. Luckily that’s why we have guardians to look after us! Moms, more like superheroes!

With school right around the corner; it’s important to check-up on our kid’s oral health before the school year. It’s one less thing you have to worry about, and it’s important to know of any oral health problems. It makes the transition to school much easier than most people think. Some risks of not checking before school could be costing you some extra time and money. You will have to take time from work to take your child to the dentist, and your kid will miss class which means they will have to bring home extra homework or miss out on some fun activities!

 

The following are tips to help your kindergartner have a positive experience at the dentist!

 

Start Brushing Early

The best thing you can do as a parent is to start developing healthy oral habits as early as possible. Now for some reading this, it may be a problem you face, and for some, it may not be. If you haven’t developed a regular habit of brushing teeth twice a day, today is a great day to start. Because the earlier you start, the easier it will be to see a dentist regularly. And it’s less stressful for your child because you won’t be adding anything additional to their schedule other than a check-up every 6 months!

 

Talk About the Dentist and Why It’s Important

Something that can really help ease a child at the dentist office is to talk about why it is important. It seems really simple because it is, but sometimes we forget the simple things that help make life easier. When you explain why it’s important for their health, it makes it a lot easier for them to understand the importance of the dentist and they may even be excited to go! But talking to your kid a while before going makes actually going easier and can save you a headache. You can talk about all the cool devices the dentist uses and how the hygienist is going to polish their teeth, try to relate it to positive experiences and going will be a lot easier in the future.

 

Make It a Positive Experience

On the day of the appointment, try to make it a fun overall experience. Be excited in the morning! If you can connect a great morning singing songs, dancing, eating breakfast together, and tie that to going to the dentist, it will make future appointments a lot easier, and you child may even be excited to go! You should try to avoid words that are scary when talking about the dentist in the morning. Try to avoid words that scare kids like a shot, or hurt or pain. If your child is scared to go to the dentist then getting them to future appointments is going to be even more difficult.

 

Bring Their Favorite Toy or Blanket

I was really lucky with the dentist I had because at the end of the appointment he had a box of 1$ toys that kids could choose from after the appointment. I loved going to the dentist because I knew that I would get to leave with a new toy or some new trinket. Some dentist offices don’t do that so it may be helpful to bring your kids own toys! They can hold on to their toy in the office to make them feel better, and it’s something that they recognize in an office they have never been to. It can help them feel a bit more at home and can help comfort them when they are scared.

 

Meet the Dentist Before the Appointment

For kids that are just terrified of going to the dentist, it can be beneficial to let them meet the dentist before the appointment. Meeting the dentist before the appointment helps your child recognize the dentist when they go in for the appointment which can help calm their nerves.

 

Choose a Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists work with kids on a daily basis, so they are good at helping kids have a positive experience and normally do things that make kids feel more comfortable at their office. They will probably have toys out in the lobby or movies playing that kids love to help them feel more at home. If you are really worried that your child is scared, then consider a pediatric dentist.

 

I hope some of the tips I have shared are helpful for you!

If you have tried something that has really helped you kid come to the dentist that has worked, please comment so other people know what you did so they can try it!

Thanks for reading!

Back To School Survival: 3 Survival Tips

Back to school. For some, the phrase sounds like angels playing angelic music thinking about all the time alone and new hobbies you get to start while your kids are in school. For others, being stuck in rush hour traffic sounds better than kids going back to school.

But I think we can all agree, back to school does get stressful and it can be a really challenging time for parents and kids. For parents, there are a lot of things to be worried about. Things like the cost of school, homework, bullying, school field trips; the list goes on and on. For kids, they are nervous to be away from family, making new friends, learning new topics, and competing for grades to achieve a better future for themselves.

Which brings us to why I created this survival guide for back to school! According to Forbes, “Zulily surveyed more than 6,000 parents to get their thoughts about the back-to-school period.” In the survey, Zulily discovered that the three most stressful things about back to school are:

  • The Cost of Back to School Shopping
  • Getting Kids Up In The Morning
  • Getting a Good Teacher

So I found some websites and additional sources to help you.

 

The Cost of Back to School Shopping

Luckily, we here at The Center of Dental Professionals want to help you with the stress of back to school shopping! We can’t help with some things when it comes to back to school, like if your child gets the teacher they wanted or not. But we can help with other things like school supplies! We figured we could try and help out some parents who need some additional help. With any child’s dental checkup throughout August, your child will get a FREE box of school supplies!

When it comes to back to school shopping for clothes the best thing to do before you go shopping is to make a budget and don’t go over it! When you pre-set a budget, and you let your kids know the budget, then they have an idea of what they can spend on clothes and how many clothes options they can purchase with the budget you gave them!

Something that my parents did was to pay us for doing additional chores around the house and if we saved up $100 for school clothes by the end of summer, my mom would match the $100, and we had more than enough money for all the supplies we needed! We got jobs moving pipe in farm fields, feeding horses, and helping out the neighbors with cleaning or other chores! It was a great way for us to learn about the value of money and we got more school supplies in the process.

For more additional tips on back to school clothes shopping tips, check out Money Crashers!

 

Getting Kids Up In The Morning

Waking your kids up in the morning can be a daunting task and one that a lot of parents dread. Luckily, I found a great website with some wonderful tips on how to help your little night owls wake up in the morning!

My favorite tip from the list that they share is bringing a pet into the room! I remember when I was a child going to school I dreaded waking up. I always felt like I had a headache and I was already stressed from all the work I had to do that day. But some mornings, my mom would bring our pug into the room, and my whole attitude changed. I would cuddle that cute little pup, and it would run around my bed and back over to me…it was hard to fall back asleep with a dog running all over me! But it was also a pleasant way to wake up in the mornings.

For the rest of the tips check out Parent.co!

 

Getting a Good Teacher

You as a parent have very little control over the teacher that your child gets and it can be frustrating. Some teachers have beliefs or teach in ways that you may disagree with and it makes for a difficult school year. It is important to know that everything will be okay. If the teacher is really so terrible at their job they more than likely wouldn’t be working at the school. It is important to be a good example for your child and let them know that everything will be okay even if they didn’t get the teacher or teachers they wanted.

You are more than likely stuck with that teacher for the rest of the school year so looking for positives would be really beneficial. I had a teacher that I know a lot of students didn’t like because I heard that she gave more homework than other teachers and she wasn’t as fun because she didn’t play games or sing songs. So from the start of the year I was kind of bitter because I didn’t think I would get to have the fun that my friends were having in other classes. I was shocked after the first few weeks of school because the rumors about this teacher were wrong. She was one of the best teachers I have ever had, and she even took the whole class on a fall hike with our parents. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have from my primary education.

But sometimes it doesn’t work out like it did for me in my situation. So I  found another great article that has some vital tips when it comes to your child not getting along with their teacher that may put your mind at ease.

You can access the Popsugar article here!

There you go! Some helpful tips to help make back to school less stressful for you and your kids. Just so you readers know, over the month of August, all my blog posts will be about back to school with useful tips and tricks to ensure you have a less stressful experience than last year!

As an added bonus to this blog, we have also created a FREE back-to-school checklist that you can download and use for the new school year! It will help you organize a little better and help keep things flowing!

 

 

What information did you find the most helpful?

 

Is Coconut Oil Really Healthier Than Other Oils?

Do you love learning about how to live a healthier lifestyle? I love learning about health because I strive to live as long as possible. If I am exercising, eating healthier foods, and getting enough sleep I tend to feel better throughout my day compared to when I eat only sugary foods and don’t get enough sleep. I bet you can relate!

It seems like a lot of people are focusing on being healthier in the US with the different options for online training, personal trainers, diet plans, and Youtube videos. But how do you know if a current health trend is really healthier for you or if it is just smoke and mirrors?

Coconut Oil, The New Popular Health Trend

With the new modern health trends in the world today, one of the largest ones that I continue to see is the idea that Coconut Oil is healthier than other oils. It’s such a popular trend that even my friend who is a nurse refused to let me leave the store until I put my PAM oil spray back for coconut oil spray because she wanted me to make a healthier change.

Why I Decided To Research Coconut Oil

I have always been the type of person to question the status quo and to challenge the ideas that are popular or trending. I don’t like to challenge them because I want to prove everybody wrong and be the smart guy in the room. I like figuring out if the trend is actually beneficial to us and if it is not then I don’t have to spend any additional money on a product that isn’t actually helping me.

USA Today Article About Coconut Oil

I found this article on USA Today that is currently really trending on social media that talks about Coconut Oil and most of the article is talking about how it is not healthy. I’m just going to a quick summary of the article, but you can access the article here.

The idea behind why coconut oils are healthier for us because it has more of the “good” HDL cholesterol than other cooking oils. At the beginning of the article, USA Today talks about how researchers didn’t see a difference between coconut oil fat content compared to butter, and beef fat; which means it’s not really as healthy as everyone thinks. The article then goes on to quote Frank Sacks who is the lead author on the report, and he states that coconut oil is almost 100% fat. But aren’t most oils mostly fat? So what is the benefit of using coconut oil?

Well, Marie-Pierre St-Onge told TIME magazine that “Coconut oil has a higher proportion of medium-chain triglycerides than most other fats or oils, and my research showed eating medium-chain triglycerides may increase the rate of metabolism more than eating long-chain triglycerides.” This is the reason that coconut oil has become such a popular trend. Because medium-chain triglycerides may increase your metabolism rate which can help with weight loss.

The writer of the article then points out that coconut oil only produces about 15% of the medium-chain triglycerides that other traditional oils provide. What this means is that coconut oil is not producing enough medium chain triglycerides as other oils, and the low dosage is not sufficient to spark an increase in your metabolism.

The end of the article talks about how the AHA recommends eating “no more than 6% of saturated fat as part of a total daily calories for those who need lower cholesterol.” It then seems like the article contradicts itself because it says that saturated fat is a loaded term because it might not lower the risk of heart disease because most people fill the void that saturated fat leaves behind. I don’t like that comparison because the writers don’t actually know that people fill that void, so for most people who use coconut oil as a saturated fat and nothing else, then there is nothing wrong with using coconut oil.

The writer of the article then suggests using vegetable oils or olive oils instead of coconut oil.

Summary of Article

I didn’t know what to think about this article, so I decided to dig deeper into the comments to see what a lot of other people had to say. Studies have shown that fat is not always bad. One of the comments stated that “In fact, fat is an essential part of a healthy diet, and we need a healthy amount of fat.” Which is true, however, coconut oil is 100% fat. In my opinion, I am not sure that something that is 100% fat can be healthy.

Another comment stated that “the nutritional opinions in the article are based from the 50’s in the sugar industry.” So it would seem that some people don’t believe the article is even credible.

At the end of the day, I think it comes down to moderation. If you use a moderate amount of oils in cooking, you will have a healthier diet. If you limit the amount of bad fats you eat throughout the day and eat a healthy amount of good fats; that is all that matters. The healthiest thing a person can do is choosing a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. But of course, that is just my opinion on the subject.

Do you think coconut oil is healthier than other oils or do you think it’s just another bogus health trend?