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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flossing With Braces

If you thought flossing was difficult before, doing so with braces might seem overwhelming. In reality, flossing with braces is no harder than before. The only difference is that it’s much more important now. Braces create a variety of places for bacteria to grow. Food can get stuck in your braces even when you have the cleanest mouth. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces have put together this helpful guide for flossing. You can also contact our offices in Phoenix, AZ, to learn more.

It’s recommended that besides brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, you also floss once a day. This includes when you have braces. To get under the wires, invest in a floss threader. This is a handheld dental application that you loop your floss through. It moves the floss under the wire so you can floss normally. Do this for all of your teeth. Floss picks are also available. This is a small tool with a section of floss between two prongs. They are thin enough to fit under a dental wire.

Correct flossing technique is a necessity. Getting the floss under the wire is difficult, but the actual process of flossing is important. Remove enough floss to comfortably twirl it around each of your middle fingers. Use your floss threader to get the floss into position. Position it around the tooth in a “C” shape. Move the floss up and down to fully clean the gums. Slide the floss to the neighboring tooth and repeat. Do this for all of your teeth.

There are other ways to floss your teeth. Waterpiks are dental tools that spray a stream of water at your teeth. The pressure of the water removes all debris from your braces. They even come with special add-ons for orthodontic devices. Dental tape is another alternative. This is recommended when you didn’t floss regularly before getting your braces. It’s an easier option for sensitive teeth.

Flossing is necessary for a healthy mouth. Don’t neglect this step because of your orthodontic aligners. It’s the only way to truly clean and care for your gums. If you have braces and are in need of dental care, or are considering getting braces, contact Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces. We provide orthodontic services for your entire family. To learn more, visit our website or contact one of our convenient locations in the Phoenix, AZ, area.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Dental Health

Breastfeeding your newborn child or infant is a very personal decision. Each and every mother makes her own choice whether it is right for her. For those who do breastfeed, it can have a positive impact on both the mother and child's dental health. Studies have shown that it improves your child's bite and reduces the risk of baby bottle tooth decay. Learn more by contacting our dental professionals at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces. We have three convenient locations in the Phoenix, AZ, area.

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, there are plenty of health benefits. Breast milk heightens their immune system, reducing the risk of infections, asthma, SIDS, and obesity. The mother lowers her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Several studies have been conducted that noted that babies who were only breastfed for six consecutive months had less dental issues. They reported fewer teeth alignment issues like crossbites, overbites, and open bites. This doesn’t guarantee that your child will naturally have a perfect set of teeth. It’s important for your child to still receive proper dental examinations.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is the term for cavities in very young children. Even babies can suffer from cavities. It’s often caused by sugary drinks supplied through bottles. Breastfeeding eliminates the need for sugary drinks like juice, milk, or formula. Again, breastfeeding doesn’t guarantee your child won’t get cavities. Breast milk contains sugar too. A few days after birth, begin washing your baby’s gums with a gauze pad or washcloth. Brushing becomes mandatory once their first tooth emerges.

For breastfeeding mothers, don’t neglect your dental health. Continue to brush and floss every day. Cavity prevention is important for mothers, as cavity-forming bacteria can be transferred from your mouth to your children. It’s also important to stay hydrated when breastfeeding. Dehydration can lead to dry mouth, posing another set of complications. Always check with your dentist or physician when taking medications and breastfeeding. Certain medications might be transferable through your breast milk.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces provides family-friendly dental care to everyone in the Phoenix, AZ, area. If you’re expecting or are currently breastfeeding your child, we can answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with us when their teeth come in! Interested in scheduling an appointment? Visit our website to set up your appointment or learn about our different locations.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Braces & Cavities

Braces often come with a load of different complications. Not only are they uncomfortable, but it can make it difficult to keep your mouth clean. Maintaining your dental routine prevents problems like tooth decay. It might not seem fair, but you can still get cavities when you have braces. Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces have put together these helpful tips for avoiding such pitfalls. If you ever suspect you have a cavity or have any orthodontic questions, reach out to our dental experts at our Phoenix, AZ, offices.

First, what exactly is tooth decay? Residue from your food and drinks produce acid. These wear away your enamel, whose function is to protect your teeth. Bacteria are attracted to these acidy areas. They make their way through your enamel and attack the dentin. Cavities are the end result. Maneuvering your toothbrush is difficult with braces. You can’t reach all the necessary areas. That’s why patients with braces experience such an increased likelihood of tooth decay.

Following these specific steps decreases your risk of tooth decay. Start off by rinsing your mouth with water. This knocks loose any trapped debris. Begin brushing your gumline at a 45-degree angle. Then angle it down towards the brackets. Do this to the bottom of the brackets as well. Be very thorough and gentle throughout the process. Make sure you brush every single tooth. Flossing is the next step. It’s recommended that you get a floss threader. It moves the floss underneath the wire, letting you floss normally. Finally, use mouthwash to clean any leftover areas.

Your Phoenix dentists recommend flossing after every meal when you have braces. Food can easily get trapped in the tighter spaces that braces create. Ask your dental staff about which foods are safe to eat. It’s best to avoid any foods that are sticky or sugary.

Come to Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces for all your orthodontic needs. We are located in three different locations in the Phoenix, AZ, area. If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, visit our website.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Cleaning Your Child's Tongue

Teaching your child good dental hygiene habits now will follow them into successful adulthood! That’s why our staff here at Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces recommend teaching your child how to brush their tongue at a young age. The tongue is often overlooked in the everyday dental routine. Cleaning it is just as important as your teeth or gums. That’s why our office has provided this informational guide to tongue cleaning.

There’s no need to worry about gum disease or teeth decay when your child cleans their tongue. Doing so dramatically improves their oral health. Before learning how your child should be cleaning their tongue, learn why. The answer is simple: the tongues natural stickiness holds on to unhealthy bacteria and food debris. This causes tooth decay and other dental problems. Brushing and flossing cleans the majority of your child's mouth, but not all of it. That’s where tongue cleaning comes in.

Sure, having your child brush their tongue is better than nothing. But most grocery stores and supermarkets sell small handheld dental devices called tongue scrapers. They are made for children too! The children sizes vary by age. You’ll want to buy a scraper that covers the entire width of the tongue.

Avoid having your child use a tongue scraper before the age of five years old. Model the correct way of cleaning for them. You should always clean your tongue first before brushing and flossing.

Place your child in front of a mirror so they can see themselves. Have them stick their tongue out. While watching themselves in the mirror, help them place the scraper towards the back of their tongue. Walk them through the process of gently stroking the applicator downwards. After reaching the tip, rinse the scraper off. Do this a few times until you’re satisfied that their tongue is clean.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces is located in three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area. Find us on N. 75th Ave., N. 24th St., and E. Baseline Rd. Contact each office to schedule an appointment or visit our website.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, even your kids! No matter how you try to protect them, accidents can still happen. That’s why Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces offers pediatric emergency dental services to patients in the Phoenix, AZ, area. Contact your local dentist immediately after an accident. While waiting to be seen, follow this guide for these specific dental problems.

It’s important to distinguish whether an injured tooth is an adult tooth or a baby one. Treatment and care before the appointment will vary depending upon this.

If your child has knocked out a tooth, the first thing to do is determine if they have any other injuries. If you’re worried that may be the case, contact your local pediatrician or emergency room. For an adult tooth, you’ll want to keep the tissue alive as long as possible. Keep it moist by placing it in a container of milk. Don’t worry about doing so for a baby tooth. Just be sure to bring it with to the dentist if possible.

Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water for a cracked tooth. Have them apply a cold compress to the face to prevent further swelling. Do this for a toothache as well. For the toothache, try to inspect their mouth to the best of their ability. Use floss to remove any possible irritants. Contact us if the pain continues.

Objects stuck in the mouth or teeth can possibly be removed with floss. Do not attempt to remove any sharp objects. Wait for dental or medical professionals.

Prevention is the key to a healthy and long-lasting life. Invest in a mouthguard for your child if they participate in any sports or recreational activities. Limit children's interactions with sharp objects. Remove trip hazards in your home and block off dangerous areas like stairs.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces has three locations in Phoenix, AZ. Stop by our offices on N. 75th St., N. 24th St., and E. Baseline Rd. You can visit our website to schedule an appointment or call.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Losing The First Tooth

Children first begin to lose their baby teeth between the ages of six and seven. It’s a very exciting and memorable experience for children and parents alike! It can also cause unnecessary anxiety. At Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces, we want your child to have a positive experience. That’s why we’ve provided a small guide for losing the first tooth.

Every child is unique, but we don't have to tell you that! Parents shouldn't be too worried if their child loses teeth earlier or later than usual. It really all depends on how old your child was when their teeth came in. If they came in earlier, they’ll start to lose them earlier. The same goes for children whose teeth came in late.

Most infants receive their first tooth around the age of six months old. From then on they get three to four teeth every few months. By the age of two or so, your child should have all twenty baby teeth. Baby teeth will loosen approximately in the order they came in. Often, it goes bottom two middle teeth, top two middle teeth, canines, first molars, and second molars. All of the baby teeth should be gone by the ages of eleven to thirteen.

Your child may be frightened by the sensation of the loose tooth. For it to fall out, the nerve endings begin to disconnect. It makes the tooth feel wiggly and strange. The gums often become inflamed and painful. If your child complains of pain, apply a cold compress to the corresponding area on their face. Complaints of pain when eating can be met by supplementing their diet with softer, healthier food alternatives.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces has three locations in the Phoenix, AZ, area. Contact each individual location to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome! Visit our website to learn more.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Dental Visits For Children With Autism

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces offers pediatric dental services for children with autism. Our staff has experience in making the entire process as comfortable as possible. Although each child has unique needs, there are some common steps and strategies our office engages. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more, contact one of our three offices in the Phoenix, AZ, area.

New locations can be overwhelming for children with autism. Bright lights or new smells can cause a sensory overload. That’s why we let parents bring in their children beforehand to let them acclimate to the office. Children can meet the staff and look around. There are also certain sensory supports we can accommodate. Headphones can reduce overall noise, and sunglasses can soften the brightness.

Many children benefit from watching a sibling or parent get an exam done first. This shows that there’s nothing to be afraid of. We provide them with in-depth descriptions to improve their vocabulary on these new experiences.

Including a dental routine in the home can make the dental examination easier. Many children with autism need repeated exposure to new vocabulary. Introduce and teach your child about different dental devices like toothbrushes. Help them learn how they work and the parts of the body they’re used on. Reinforcing this throughout the day can highly beneficial to your child. There are also education materials like books about dental routines or video clips.

Kidz Connextion Dental & Braces have three locations across the Phoenix, AZ, area. Walk-ins are always welcome! Visit our website to learn more about our services and locations.