10 Fun Ways to Make Sure You’re Brushing Long Enough

Fun Ways to Brush teeth

A brief introduction…

Dental professionals and the ADA recommend that you brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes and that should prove to be sufficient for a thorough cleaning (don’t forget to floss and rinse as well). The list below is comprised of ten different ways to ensure you’re meeting that time requirement.

1.) Put on your favorite song…

Most songs range from 2:30-3:00 minutes. Put on your favorite jam and brush until the song is finished. This is the perfect way to start your day and have a successful teeth-brushing session.

2.) Mentally segment up your teeth into 4 quadrants…

Brush your teeth in 4 quadrants: upper-right, upper-left, bottom-right, bottom-left. If you brush each for 30 seconds, you’ll have completed the minimum required time to have a thorough brushing session.

3.) Brush each tooth for 5 seconds…

Most adults have 32 teeth. Therefore, if you brush each tooth for 5 seconds, you’ll brush your teeth for a total of 160 seconds, which amounts to 2.66 minutes. This is right where you want to be in terms of time.

4.) Set a timer…

Yes, this may sound as though your grandmother recommended this method to you, but, grandmas know best. If you simply cannot stick to a fun/quirky method in order to brush your teeth for the recommended time, then it may best to implement a more straight-forward method. Setting a timer will most certainly ensure that your teeth are properly brushed and your not ave to waste any extra time attempting to figure out which playlist to choose off of your smart phone.

5.) Walk around…

This method may take some preemptive planning, but it’s effective. What you’ll first do is walk around your apartment or house in a set path that lasts 2-3 minutes, and then you’ll replicate that walking pattern every time your brush your teeth.This method not only provides the necessary time you’ll need in order to brush your teeth properly, but it will also provide a nice but of exercise to help your blood start flowing in the early morning hours to assist you in waking up and feeling refreshed.

6.) Make it a competition…

If you live with your significant other or a friendly roommate, you can make it a competition of sorts when you brush your teeth to see who can stick to the planned 2-3 minute time interval and whoever is the most consistent wins not only a bet, but a fresh and healthy smile as well!

7.) 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi…

There’s a reason why this method is taught to so many people at a young age, it works! If you don’;t have a timer or any sort of method on hand to help you reach eh 2-3 minute mark, good ol’ “1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi…” is a surefire way to have an accurate depiction of how much time it takes to reach that goal.

8.) Television…

If you have a television on in the background, the average commercial break is right around 2-2.5 minutes. This is the perfect method if you are watching the morning news and want it to coincide with your teeth brushing routine.

9.) Hum a tune…

If you’re camping, without power, or just would prefer to perform the task mentally; start humming one of your favorite songs that you know is 2-3 minutes and you’ll successfully complete your brushing routine without utilizing modern technology and you’ll simultaneously be improving your memory recall function.

10.) Brush until your teeth feel clean…

Once you make it a habit of brushing at least 2-3 minutes, you’ll recognize the feeling that occurs when your teeth are clean. Upon practicing this method on daily basis, you’ll be able to instantly tell when your teeth are clean and not require any tricks or additional methods to ensure you’ve properly brushed your teeth.

Your Child’s Dentist Visit: A Helpful Preparation Guide

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Baby teeth are just as important as adult, or primary teeth. For this reason, taking your child to visit the dentist is an important part of giving them a strong foundation as far as their oral health is concerned. The ADA recommends your child’s first dentist visit to be by their first birthday. While many children at this age aren’t bothered by early exams, as children get into their toddler years, visiting the dentist may be a little more challenging. To make sure your child has a productive dental exam, use the tips that follow: 

  • Conversation: Talk with your child about their upcoming visit. An easy way to introduce the exam is by reading books about visiting the dentist. As you read these, discuss the topic with your child. 
  • Listen: Through your conversations, listen to any fears your child may have. Encourage him or her to share them and do your best to ease their worries. 
  • Pretend: Play “dentist” with your child. Use props that mimic the ones the dentist will use. Show your child how he or she will have their teeth cleaned with a toothbrush. Also, use a flashlight and cups for helping with the “exam”. After that, encourage your child to give their stuffed animals a checkup. 
  • Role Model: Make sure your children witness you taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. And, if you aren’t a big fan of dental exams, don’t share this information with your children. A recent study showed that a child’s dental anxiety is typically passed down from their parent. 
  • Timing: When you schedule your child’s exam, plan it for a time where he or she is in good spirits.

In conclusion, there are several steps you can take to prepare your child for their appointment with the dentist. By doing what you can to get him or her ready, they will be more cooperative and have a positive view of dental appointments. 

Do I Need a Fluoride Treatment?

Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria that congregate around the teeth and gums, forming a sticky, colorless film known as plaque. If you don’t practice good, daily oral hygiene (flossing, brushing, and occasional mouth rinses) then your teeth will become increasingly vulnerable to cavities. In addition to at-home care, dental visits are crucial to keeping your teeth healthy.

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Professional Fluoride Treatment

If you have a high to moderate risk of developing cavities, then a professional fluoride treatment may help. Cavities and even gum disease can run in families, and you may be more susceptible than most. Professional fluoride treatment will only take a few minutes, but it will help remineralize your teeth and protect them against acid-producing bacteria. Following treatment, you will probably be advised to not eat or drink for at least thirty minutes, just to allow the teeth to fully absorb the fluoride to repair the microscopic cavity-prone areas.

How Often Do I Need Fluoride Treatments?

Depending on the status of your teeth and gums, you may be recommended to get professional fluoride treatments every 3, 6, or 12 months. Additionally, Dr. Rigby may suggest additional preventive measures including over-the-counter or prescription fluoride mouthwashes. If you’re concerned about developing cavities or other dental problems, then fluoride treatments can help you protect your teeth from future dental problems.

What Are The Risk Factors for Developing Cavities?

Some of the most common risk factors for developing cavities include:

  • poor oral hygiene
  • eating disorders
  • active cavities
  • lack of regular professional dental care
  • high levels of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth
  • orthodontic treatment combined with poor oral hygiene
  • drug or alcohol abuse

Not every dental office will offer professional fluoride treatment, but here at Rigby Advanced Dental, you can get fluoride treatment along with your regular cleaning or check-up. Call us today to schedule an appointment to remineralize your teeth and protect against cavities!

Different Types of Floss

Floss is an essential part of everyone’s at-home oral health care regime. It is used to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. You may not notice it, but food does get stuck between your teeth, and if it sits there for more than a day, plaque will build up. No matter how thorough you are with brushing, it is not enough to remove this plaque.

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If you leave that plaque, it will harder and become tartar, which will also make you susceptible to gingivitis, gum disease, and eventually periodontitis. Not flossing, which is essentially poor oral hygiene, is almost always the cause for gum disease. If you leave decaying food and bacteria between your teeth, you will notice that when you do start to floss, your gums bleed.

Different Types of Floss

The market is saturated with different types of dental floss these days. Which one is best for you?

Dental Tape

Dental tape is a type of floss that is flatter and smoother than traditional flosses. It’s good for people who have a lot of crowding, because it easily slides between every nook and cranny.

Floss Picks

You’ve seen the small handled floss sticks: they’re really popular for flossing on the go or for people who have a difficult time holding the floss. Although this type of floss is convenient, it’s not going to get as many corners as traditional floss. Our recommendation: Use a floss pick in a pinch, but try not to rely on it for your daily flossing. Instead, stick to traditional floss.

Eco-Friendly Floss

Do you love the environment and want to protect it? Try a biodegradable floss like this one from Woo Bamboo or this one from Radius.

What is your favorite type of floss? Let us know in the comments section below!

Schedule an appointment at Rigby Advanced Dental for a healthy and clean smile!

Kids Brushes So Cool, You’ll Want to Use Them Too!

Everyone can use a little more magic in their life. The Disney Magic Timer App does just that, by bringing magic to brushing teeth! This amazing free app helps kids brush longer and rewards them to encourage more consistent brushing. Unlike toothbrushes that have a 2 minute timer and plays music, the Disney Magic Timer App will engage children both visually and audibly.

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Images above via Oral-B and Crest

How the Disney Magic Timer App Works

The Disney Magic Timer App is an engaging and fun way to teach your kids to brush their teeth! Scan a Crest or Oral-B Pro Health-Stages Product (such as the Disney Princess Toothbrush or Pixar Monsters Toothpaste) with a smart device like an i-Pad or smart phone! Then, a video plays for your children as they begin brushing. The video features Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters! As you brush, suds cover the screen but are slowly scrubbed away to reveal a new image. At the end of every brushing session, kids get a fun sticker as their reward that they collect in a virtual album.

Star Wars Toothbrush & Toothpaste

What’s cooler than having Darth Vader grace the box of your toothpaste? As Crest says, this toothpaste will help begin the saga of longer brushing. This mild gel formula is gentle enough for children but strong enough to strengthen enamel and fight cavities. But what is a Darth Vader toothpaste without a matching toothbrush? Oral-B also features Yoda on a kids’ electric toothbrush! How cool is that?

Marvel Avengers Toothbrush & Toothpaste

More of a Marvel fan? Check out the Crest Pro-Health’s Marvel Avengers “Super Action Liquid Gel” (toothpaste)! This toothpaste for kids (or fun adults) is a kid-tested, mild gel formula that provides effective cavity protection while avenging the health of your kids’ teeth! Pair this action-packed toothpaste with an Avengers toothbrush!

Disney Princess Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Are you an Ariel fan or can you not stop singing the Frozen soundtrack? The Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Toothbrush is perfect for you! Combine this magical toothbrush with Crest’s Disney Princess toothpaste for a fun brushing experience!

Time for your kids’ dental check-up? Schedule an appointment today!

What Happens When You Skip Brushing Before Bed?

You’ve heard it all your life, “brush your teeth twice a day, when you wake up and when you go to bed.” Thinking about it might seem confusing though; wouldn’t it make more sense to brush after every meal instead, and how dirty can your mouth get while sleeping? Today we are going to answer these questions and talk about why we brush our teeth every night, and what happens to your teeth when you skip it.

What Happens When You Skip Brushing Before Bed?

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Dentistry For Children In Bee Cave

Good oral healthcare is an important part of our lives, and the best way to maintain a healthy smile is to start as a child! In fact, tooth decay is even more prevalent in children due to the likelihood of improper brushing and an increased intake of sugary treats. If started early, children can lay the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles with the help of Dr. Rigby and his team.

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