All About Mouthguards!

Football season is coming up, and we all know what the means! Concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments, and so many other potential injuries. But have you ever thought about your child’s teeth when they are playing high impact sports?

A chipped, cracked, or even a lost tooth is a possible injury that your child could sustain during a game. With a mouthguard, the teeth are protected and have a barrier between the contact and the teeth.

Are mouthguards really that important?

The answer is an astounding YES! Not only do they help protect teeth, but they are known to help lessen the severity of concussions and help with overall jaw injuries.

According to the American Dental Association,” an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.”

So your child doesn’t play football. Do they participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, lacrosse, soccer? Do they skateboard, snowboard, mountain bike, rock climb? All of these are activities that the participant can benefit significantly by wearing a mouthguard.

There are a few mouthguard options that you have with your child: the stock mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” mouthguard, or a custom mouthguard made by a dentist.

Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we can make custom fitting mouthguards that will fit your child better than any store-bought one.

Each option has a different price point, but you pay for what you get. When you go with a store-bought option or even a boil-and-bite one, they often don’t fit correctly and are made from less resistant material.

A custom mouthguard is the better choice for many reasons! When a mouthguard is more comfortable, your child will wear there’s more! When a dentist makes a custom mouthpiece, they are made with more durable materials and offer more protection and are longer-lasting.

On Monday, August 19, we are offering a deal on mouthguards! For only $149, your child can get fitted for a custom mouthguard! Call us at (801)747-8018 and we can set up an appointment to get your child fitted for their custom mouthguard!

We can help take a little stress out of the football season and your child’s involvement in sports this school year!

It's National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children's Health Month

 

February is more than just Valentines, it is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Little teeth need checkups twice a year to make sure they are growing  healthy. (It’s also fun to see cute little smiles running around the office.)

Remember to make your biannual appointment with A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have an amazing group of pediatric dentists, hygienists and dental assistants to make your visit comfortable and safe. All of our little patients will also receive a goody bag after each visit.

Call (801) 747-8000 or schedule your appointment online at dentalprosutah.com.

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

 

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

David L. Steed

Brushing our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes takes a very small portion of our time, but even just 2 minutes can feel like an eternity to a child. That is why fun products like the FREE tooth brushing app from Oral B are so much fun!

The new Disney Magic Timer app features your child’s favorite Disney characters as part of an interactive stopwatch. This app (available on Iphone and Android) is cleverly designed to promote a healthy mouth with programmable reminders and an interactive sticker chart. The timer itself allows you to scan Disney and Marvel themed characters on your tooth brush or tooth paste to create scenes that your child can earn every time they brush their teeth. These fun rewards are collected as part of an album that can be viewed and shared with others to incentive brushing twice a day per dentist recommended guidelines.

The interactive timer is an excellent way to emphasize good brushing habits that build a healthy smile. At The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry we love to see cavity free kids in our offices. By using this fun new timer you can use positive reinforcement to keep their little mouths clean and healthy. If they are cavity free on their next visit, we will give them a certificate and a prize for being a part of our “No Cavity Club.”

No Cavity Club

For questions about popular ways to get help encourage brushing or to make an appointment, please call The Center of Dental Professionals at (801) 747-8018.

Helping Your Grandchildren Learn About The Dentist

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Helping Your Grandchildren Learn About The Dentist

By David L. Steed

For many, the dentist can be a daunting experience. He is often thought of as the one who inflicts pain with rudimentary implements while getting paid handsomely to do it. While this isn’t true, anxiety about the dentist affects many of the patients we see every day, especially young children.

A Kid’s Place Dentistry tries to alleviate some of that fear with our child friendly services and doctors that care about patient comfort. Parents and grandparents can also help stem many of the fears that accompany a child’s first visit to the dentist. You are your grandchild’s greatest ally when it comes to learning about the world and using teaching materials like books, movies and games can help them see the dentist in a more positive light.

A great resource for kid friendly learning materials can be found on Pinterest.com. The Pinterest website operates like an online scrapbook where people can share creative projects and pin them to virtual pin boards. The Center of Dental Professionals page on Pinterest has many great ideas for learning about how to maintain a healthy mouth, including printable materials to share with your children.

One of our favorite project ideas from Pinterest is to take a large building block or styrofoam egg carton to use as teeth. By applying salt dough or clay between the grooves you can teach young children the importance of flossing with a string of yarn. This tactile project is fun and engaging for young minds that will remember how much fun they had when they go to their next dental appointment.

Take a children's building block and add a little dough to teach kids the importance of flossing.
Take a children’s building block and add a little dough to teach kids the importance of flossing.

Another strategy to prepare them for their first visit to the dentist is to read books or watch educational videos while answering any questions they might have. It is an excellent way to bond with your grandchild and gives them safe environment to learn about potentially frightening experiences. With websites like Youtube, Hulu and PBS, you can find educational programs about visiting dental offices and maintaining proper oral health for free. Many popular programs such as The Magic School Bus series and Sesame Street have episodes about the dentist that are great fun for kids.

For reading materials the website wegivebooks.org has some of the newest and most popular children’s titles for free. You can browse their collection of thousands of books and easily search by subject, genre, author or title. The non-profit organization has many fun books to read with your family including “A Trip to the Dentist,” by Penny Smith.

At a Kids Place Dentistry we try to make the experience at the dentist as fun of a learning experience as possible. We know that going to the dentist can be scary at times, but our team of dental professionals is invested in your children’s oral health. If you have any questions about children’s dentistry or where to find more great learning materials please visit our website dentalprosutah.com or contact our offices in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Come See Us At Winter Palooza!

Kids Place Winter Palooza

The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry are committed to being an integral part of our community. That is why this year we will be a part of Winter Palooza at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. This fun event is put on by the Utah Kids Club and we are happy to be a local sponsor.

The event will take place on January 24th from 10am to 8pm and only costs $7.00 per person if you purchase your tickets online. A Kids Place Dentistry will be there to help with one of the many Bounce Houses and have fun activities and prizes at our booth. The Winter Palooza has many other fun activities for families like face painting, animal shows, balloons, food and so much more! It is a great way to wear your kids out while creating lasting memories.

A Kids Place Dentistry will also be teaching kids the importance of a healthy mouth with fun activities encouraging children to brush their teeth and seeing their dentist twice a year. For more information about our offices or the Winter Palooza event please call (801) 747-8000 or visit our website, A Kids Place Dentistry.

We can’t wait and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces at Winter Palooza!

Make Flossing Fun!

Image Source: ABC and 123 Learning Cooperative
Image Source: ABC and 123 Learning Cooperative

Oral health is one of the most important things that we can teach our children and it can be so much fun! Young kids love to learn about everything that is going on around them.  Learning about their teeth with sensory activities can make future trips to the dentist more enjoyable for parents. Here is a fun project that you can do with your children to help them understand the importance of flossing.

Things you will need –

  • An egg carton or building block piece
  • A soft bristle hair brush
  • Yarn to act as dental floss
  • Play-doh or tissue paper

The first thing you will need a large building block piece or an egg carton to act as your teeth. Show your child how the teeth feel and compare them to the ones in their own mouth. You can then prepare the teeth for the experiment. Take your egg carton or building block and stuff bits of play-doh or tissue paper sporadically through the teeth. These act as bits of food that your child will need to try to remove by brushing the teeth with their pretend toothbrush (hairbrush) that you have given them to use.

After a couple minutes of brushing ask them if they were able to get all of the food out from between the teeth. Hopefully the answer is no so that you can teach them the importance of not only brushing their teeth but how flossing between teeth helps maintain a healthy smile. Give them the piece of yarn and show them how to make soft strokes between the pretend teeth. Carefully remove the bits of tissue paper or play-doh, being mindful to explain that the gums holding their teeth are delicate.

This is a fun and easy activity to do with your kids. For more information about your children’s dental health please visit A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can make an appointment by clicking here or by calling our offices at 801-747-8000.