Smile Tips

Keep your fangs on fleek

Use these these helpful tips from Delta Dental of Washington this Halloween.

  1. Eat a well-balanced meal before leaving your house will prevent from overindulging on candy, ultimately making your candy last longer. 
  2. Drink water. Make sure to drink lots of water while consuming candy. The water will help wash the sugar off your teeth. Staying hydrated also helps with your energy levels so you can visit more houses. 
  3. Choose chocolate. Unlike sticky and chewy candies, chocolate will melt in your mouth and won’t stick to your teeth.  
  4. Brush before bed. You don’t a want sugar bug haunting your dreams. Make sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes before calling it a night.  
  5. Check with your local dentist for a candy buyback program in your area.

 

Keeping your smile healthy

After a summer of fun and sun, getting back in to a school routine can be hard. Try these tips to keep your smile healthy and mornings fun:

  1. Brush to music. Sometimes brushing your teeth for 2 minutes can feel like an eternity. Try brushing along to “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” by Elvis. It’s 2 minutes long and makes brushing fun!
  2. Use reusable water bottle. Drinking water throughout to the day not only keeps you hydrated, it keeps your breath fresh.
  3. Pack a healthy snack. A healthy body and smile needs nutritious foods. Choose fruits, veggies, nuts and cheese keep your smile looking its best.

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Flossing Smile Tips

Flossing your child’s teeth can be challenging and difficult. Use these tips to make it a breeze and fun!

Tip 1:  Use Visuals

To demonstrate the impact of flossing, let your child watch you complete your daily dental routine.

Tip 2:  Give Rewards

Try creating a flossing chart and give them a golden star for each day they floss. At the end of each week, reward them with a fun activity or small toy.

Tip 3:  Create Activities

Play Dough Floss: You’ll need play dough, large Lego blocks, and yarn. The block represents the teeth, the play dough represents food and gunk that gets caught in between your teeth, and the yarn is the floss. Use the yarn just like floss to show how easily it removes food from teeth.

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Mouth Guards

Don’t forget to wear your mouth guard this season! It’s a crucial piece of equipment that helps protect more than just your teeth. The flexible material absorbs the shock from a blow to the face or head that make cause injury.

Mouth guards help prevent:

  • Tooth loss
  • Jaw fractures
  • Split or bruised lips
  • Further concussion damage by absorbing shock
     

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