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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Dental Health

dental healthFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we bet you’re wondering how to improve your child’s dental health. Don’t be overwhelmed – it’s actually much easier than it sounds!

Consider three simple ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy in 2018:

Implement the 2-2-2 Rule

If your child brushes his teeth for only 30 seconds, his teeth are not getting a good scrub. Teach your kiddo the 2-2-2 rule! Brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two full minutes. (You can set a timer to help him.) And bring your child to Dr. Jordan twice a year for a full cleaning.

Cut Back on Sugary Sweets

Sugary drinks and sweet foods are the main culprits of cavities. When your kiddos eat or drink something sweet, make sure they brush their teeth afterward. This will help eliminate cavities from forming. (Read this informative blog for realistic tips on how to cut back on sugar.)

Teach Your Kids About Dental Health

The more your kids understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean, the more likely they will develop good habits. Talk to them about why a healthy mouth and teeth are important. You can even give them crossword puzzles and coloring pages all about dental hygiene to make learning fun! (This is a great resource if you’re looking for puzzles and coloring sheets.)

After you’ve completed these tips to improve your child’s dental health, make sure you schedule an appointment with Dr. Jordan for a full cleaning. This way, you’re ensuring that hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth are getting cleaned. We hope to hear from you soon!

May is National Smile Month

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The month of May, is also a month of smiles! We are in National Smile Month, but it can be difficult at times to find a reason to keep a smile on your face, especially after a difficult day. Studies have shown that smiling, no matter how forced, can actually help improve your mood, and help your stress to dwindle. Here, at Jordan Dentistry, we encourage everyone to smile as often as possible. So, for those days when it may seem impossible to turn the corners of your mouth up, here are a few things to inspire you to crack that smile!

  • Endorphins are released – When we smile, it makes us feel happier because it actually releases endorphins in your body. Some people suggest that before a job interview, you smile at yourself in a mirror for 60 seconds to decrease your stress and heighten your mood.
  • Cortisol is reduced – cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone, and when we smile it can be drastically reduced.
  • Success – Studies have shown that people who smile more have a better chance at success in the workplace and in their personal lives than those who don’t.
  • Over all health – Laughing can actually give your lungs a bit of a workout. It will expand the lungs, stretch your muscles and encourage homeostasis.

And if you just can’t seem to make yourself grin a little, take a look at a picture of a smiling dog, it always works for us! We even included one in this blog for you!

 

Freshen Up With Food

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We have all had those onions that seem to follow us for days, or the garlic bread that you can’t get off your breath no matter what you do. Most of us know the foods to steer clear of if we are going to be in closer quarters any time soon, but what about foods that give us fresher breath? Bad breath is always an issue that is asked about in any dental office, so Jordan Dentistry, located in Cumming, Ga, suggests adding some of these foods to your diet for fresher breath.

  • Water is one of the first things you should go for when trying to tackle bad breath. Dry mouth is one of the biggest reasons for bad breath, and staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to avoid it.
  • Yogurt is high in probiotics and odor-eliminating properties.
  • Crunchy Foods, like apples, help to keep your teeth clean of plaque and bacteria that would normally make its way to your tongue.
  • Citrus Fruits  are great for your breath. They are packed full of Vitamin C, and bacteria cannot thrive in an area with high levels.
  • Cinnamon have essential oils, which studies have shown to fight bad breath.
  • Leafy Greens such as spinach or kale help regulate the pH levels in your mouth, which in turn help prevent dry mouth.
  • Strawberries are a great one stop shop for your breath. Not only are they delicious, but they are loaded with water which can help prevent dry mouth, and are also filled with vitamin C.
  • Basil and Parsley, which help add great flavor to our food, are also filled with chlorophyll which is a natural deodorizer.
  • Green Tea is high in antioxidants that fight bacteria.

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Listen to Your Heart, and Take Care of Your Teeth

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It’s not secret that being attentive to your oral health is very important, but most of us single out that importance to ourmouths. The truth is, our oral health can be directly linked to the health of our hearts as well, and poor attention to dental care can lead to heart disease. Studies have shown that someone who suffers from gum (periodontal) disease are much more likely to acquire heart disease. Oral health can be a window into your overall health and provide signs to other diseases and issues. Jordan Dentistry, located in Cumming, GA, wants you to know the basic signs of gum disease so in the unfortunate instance it occurs, you can treat it immediately.

Know The Signs

  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

One of the best ways to prevent gum disease, or other oral health problems, is to simply be proactive with your dental care. Make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Regularly scheduled appointments with the dentist (every 6 months) for cleanings and check-ups is a great way to ensure that your gums stay healthy.

If you haven’t had your 6 month check-up, schedule an appointment with us today!

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Save Face this April

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The warmer months seem to finally be in full swing and everyone is beginning to venture outside of their homes for some outdoor activities. Soon, we will see more and more kids and adults alike, enjoying the sports they have been unable to play for the past several months. But don’t rush into your spring and summer extracurriculars just yet; the month of April is National Facial Protection Month, and it couldn’t be held at a more opportune time! Jordan Dentistry located in Cumming, GA wants to urge anyone who participates recreational sporting events this spring and summer to take some extra precautions when it come to their face.

So, what kind of gear will you need?

  • Mouthguard – This goes especially for those who participate in contact sports. A mouth guard will help to keep your teeth safe, and is significantly less expensive than a repair to something like a chipped tooth.
  • Helmets or face shields – Concussions are very prevalent this time of year, and is all the more reason to take the extra precaution. Using a helmet in football is required now, and for good reason. A helmet will absorb an impact, and will reduce your chances and receiving head trauma.
  • Protective Eyewear – Eyes can be injured in the tamest of sporting events. It’s really easy to be poked or accidentally hit, and eyes are a very delicate part of our bodies and should be cared for like the rest.

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Wise up, to Wisdom Teeth

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Most of us want to get wiser as we get older. Maturing and developing as a human being is generally thought of as a goodthing, except when it comes to your teeth. And wisdom teeth especially. After we turn 17, the issue of wisdom teeth becomes this dreaded looming issue that we often put off addressing. 

Wisdom teeth don’t always need to come out, but often times, they do. Putting off getting your wisdom teeth examined by your dentist can lead to issues down the road.

  • Cavities or Gum Disease – If your wisdom teeth are able to come in, you still might not be able to brush or floss them properly. This can lead to complications like cavities and gum disease.
  • Impacted – They might not be able to come in properly because they are so far back in the mouth. They can become impacted in the jaw bone or gums. This can be extremely painful and uncomfortable,
  • Mouth isn’t big enough – A mouth can simply not be large enough for the teeth to come in.
  • Come in at wrong angle – If this happens, the wisdom teeth can press against the others and cause issues like pushing the others out of line.

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The Toothbrush Showdown: Electric vs. Manual

Manual and Electric Toothbrush

The never-ending debate: manual or electric toothbrush? There are people on either side of that fence, but the fact of the matter is, each type of toothbrush has its own pros and cons. Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, Ga has compiled a list for each, to help you choose the right toothbrush for you

Electric

  • Pros
    • Less work, for great results.
    • Easier for some people to use. People who suffer from arthritis, or other debilitating ailments find that using an electric toothbrush helps them to brush their teeth more effectively.
    • Built in timer. Most electric toothbrushes now have a built in timer that lets you know when you have brushed long enough.
  • Cons
    • More money. Electric toothbrushes cost a good deal more than regular toothbrushes, and the bristles fray just as quickly.
    • An electric toothbrush requires a charge, or the replacement of batteries.
    • Break easily. If you drop your electric toothbrush, chances are it is probably broken.

Manual

  • Pros
    • Sensitive gums? There are more bristle options with manual toothbrushes, and less pressure is put on the teeth and gums.
    • Cost efficient. Manual toothbrushes are much cheaper than electric.
    • Easier for kids to use, and odd are, their teeth are being cleaned better as a result.
  • Con
    • More work. You teeth can still receive a great clean with a manual toothbrush, but it will require more effort.
    • No built in timer. Of course you could set one yourself, but the built in timer of an electric toothbrush is more convenient.
    • Harder for some to use. For those who have a lack of dexterity from something like arthritis, using a manual toothbrush can prove to be challenging.

Both toothbrushes have their pros and cons, but at the end of the day, each can provide a great clean. It all depends on what works best for you!

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Ask Questions at the Dentist!

ID-10075051-300x225We maybe getting close to Halloween but nothing to be afraid of here at Jordan Dentistry. If it’s a past experience that still makes you intimidated or afraid too ask to many questions, Jordan Dentistry encourages you to tell us what you need and ask us questions if you need more clarity on procedures, cleanings or treatments.

The team at Jordan Dentistry is all about providing a safe and comfortable environment for you and your family. Our expert team is here to answer questions of any kind and want you to have the best experience possible.  Your dental health and comfort in our office are top priority.

In addition to making you more comfortable during your visit, your ongoing oral health is of the utmost importance to us. Asking questions allows us to provide you with the education you need to make healthy choices. It gives us the opportunity to get to know you and better understand your oral health needs, so that we can address them more effectively.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about our team, services or just basic brushing and flossing techniques, visit us today! In addition, you can also follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks again and a warm welcome from the team at Jordan Dentistry!

Make Brushing Fun

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For many adults, brushing your teeth is a normal part of your hygiene routine. For many small children, however, teeth brushing is a dreaded chore that is often done improperly. Although maintaining a good dental hygiene routine isn’t the most exciting part of your day, it is a very essential tool to overall good health. If you are tired of forcing your children to brush their teeth everyday, don’t give up the fight. Take a look at some easy ways you can make teeth brushing not only fun for your kids, but effective.

Music – Everything is more fun with a few tunes. Turn on your child’s favorite song when it’s time to brush. Allow them to brush until the whole song is over. Not only will this break the monotony, but this will ensure that your child brushes for more than one minute.

Kid friendly gear – Teeth brushing may seem a little boring with a plain tooth brush and regular toothpaste. Update your supplies to more kid friendly options that are fun and colorful. This may get your children more engaged in the idea when they have fun characters and colors to look at.

Give rewards – Everything is more exciting when there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Make up a challenge for a certain time frame to keep kids motivated to continue brushing their teeth regularly. Whether it is a week long challenge or a month, set a goal in place so that your kids will have something to look forward to if they continue good dental hygiene practices.

Switch it up – Change things around by allowing your child to brush your teeth one night. Show them the proper way to do so as they brush. Sometimes things aren’t desirable when you don’t know what you are doing. Arm your child with knowledge so they can feel confident when they brush. This will surely give your child a reason to smile.

Visit Jordan Dentistry for all your dental health needs. Located in Cumming, GA, Dr. Jordan offers dental services for the entire family. Browse before and after pictures to see amazing transformations that are sure to amaze. Contact us for more information about how you can take a more proactive approach for oral health and set your appointment today.

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Back To School Dental Health Tips

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Image via RYAN MCGUIRE OF BELLS DESIGN

With kids heading back to school, making sure that their dental health isn’t neglected in between sports, clubs and homework is super important. Preventive steps will help save you money and time that your kids miss school due to dental problems. In today’s post, we have put together a list of homework to ensure that your child or teen’s healthy teeth check-ups are the only dental appointments they will need this year.

Make sure they brush and floss

For the little ones in your family, making sure they are not only brushing and flossing properly but that they are doing it at all is really important. Talk with them about the importance of healthy teeth and having good personal hygiene.

Don’t Miss Dental Check-Ups

With crazy schedules with everyone in the family, make sure that dental check-ups aren’t missed. See Jordan Dentistry every six months for your exam and dental cleaning.

Protect Your Mouth

Some of the most common sports injuries are dental injuries. Youth athletics are an important part of life for many kids, and dental injuries can happen in any sport. Make sure your child or teen wears a dental mouth guard to protect his/her teeth during practice and games.

Eat A Healthy Lunch

What we eat can directly impact our dental health. So making sure you are packing your kids lunch with

The foods we eat can impact our dental health. Pack fresh veggies and fruits for a vitamin packed energy burst. Avoid sugary drinks and sodas in the lunch box. Cheese is a great snack option because it has recently been shown to help protect teeth against cavities!

Want more information or have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact our dentist office in Cumming, GA to discuss your options with Dr. Jordan. She will be able to sit down and help determine which options best fit your needs.