How to Clean My 3M Clear Aligners

This time, we look at “How to clean my 3M Clear Aligners” in the Smiles in Framingham blog. In our previous post, we looked at how to clean retainers, a similar process.

Dr. Himelhoch and the team are proud to offer top orthodontic treatment with high-quality 3M Clarity Advanced Clear Aligners, our number one choice. EM aligners are guaranteed to give you a great result while using a comfortable product. 

First, we’ll take a quick look at advanced 3M Clarity Aligners.

What Are 3M Clear Aligners?

Clarity Aligners are nearly invisible clear aligners for orthodontic treatment. Like another brand, Invisalign, a series of aligners is customized to your unique smile. Then, you’ll wear each aligner in the series as your teeth very gradually shift. Over time, your teeth move to their ideal positions, and it’s time to reveal your new beautiful smile.

Using the 3MTM Treatment Tracking app, you can monitor your progress. Also, you can track how long you’ve worn your aligners and share your progress with selfies if you like.

Smiles in Framingham provides 3M Clarity and Invisalign and will discuss the differences and options with you before treatment.

How to Clean My 3M Clear Aligners

To keep your 3M Clarity Aligners clean, be sure to remove them before you eat or drink something other than cool water. If left in place, particles of food become trapped against your teeth, which promotes tooth decay.

Also, be sure not to expose your aligners to hot liquids, which can warp them. Likewise, please avoid placing them in hot environments, such as a car windshield.

When it’s time to enjoy a meal, take out your aligners and put them in their case. Next, put the case in your pocket or purse, wherever you won’t forget it. After enjoying your meal, it’s best to brush or at least rinse your teeth well with water. Wherever possible, it’s also a good time to clean your aligners. 

We recommend carrying a travel-size soft toothbrush to clean your aligners on the go.

Here’s what you need:

  • Cool tap water
  • A soft toothbrush
  • That’s it!

 

Cleaning steps: Use your soft toothbrush and brush your aligners with cool water. 

As you can see, keeping your 3M Clarity Aligners clean is as simple as it gets. Daily, also rinse your case with warm soapy water and pat it dry with a towel.

See more below:

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners or Mouthwash

Although it can be tempting, avoid using toothpaste to clean your aligners. Due to its abrasive qualities, toothpaste can scuff up the surface of your aligners or retainer.

Similarly, avoid using denture cleaner or mouthwash to soak your aligners, and never put them in a dishwasher or microwave. 

As an alternative to denture cleaner, you may use a product such as Fresh Guard made for cleaning retainers. Soaking for a few minutes is all that’s required. Then, rinse the aligners and start wearing them again.

Notably, your aligners are designed for temporary use, usually a couple of weeks. So, they are somewhat delicate and should be treated accordingly. 

Improving Your 3M Clear Aligners Experience

As you can see, the process for “How to clean my 3M Clear Aligners” couldn’t be easier. 

By keeping aligners clean, you will have a better experience and reach the goal faster. Also, you will ensure the aligners remain discreet so you can feel confident throughout treatment.

Have questions? Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

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Dr. Himelhoch and Dr. Sergaeva are trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

How to Clean My Retainers

Today, we look at “How to clean my retainers.” When you complete orthodontic treatment, retainers ensure that your teeth stay in place. Otherwise, teeth may relapse, shifting back to their original position.

By wearing your retainer at all times, (except when eating, brushing, or playing sports), you will continue to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.

Like Invisalign, retainers need regular cleaning. If not, then a coating of bacteria can build up on the surfaces. Besides being unsightly, it can also contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.

Also, like Invisalign, it’s possible to misplace a retainer when you take it out. Therefore, always place your retainer in its protective case where you’ll remember it. On this case, write your name and phone number. By doing the same thing every time, you will be much less likely to lose your retainer.

In the event of losing or breaking your retainer, please call Smiles in Framingham immediately. Unfortunately, teeth can begin to shift again if you don’t keep a retainer in place. A tooth’s mobility is why orthodontists can move teeth to their ideal positions.

Eventually, teeth will stay put, but it usually takes six months to a year after orthodontic treatment. Thus, it varies by person, and Dr. Himelhoch or Dr. Alena Sergaeva will discuss how long you’ll need a retainer with you. Please, call Dr. Himelhoch’s office if you are having any trouble with how your retainer fits in your mouth.

Now, let’s look at “how to clean my retainer.” Again, the process is much like Invisalign aligners and very easy.

For more, see our information about retainers here.

How to Clean My Retainers

We’ll look at three types of retainers that require slightly different cleaning: Removable, Clear, and Vivera retainers.

Removable Retainers

Using a soft toothbrush reserved for cleaning your retainer, brush your retainer in lukewarm water. Whenever you brush, please take out your retainer and brush it as well.

Keep in mind; toothpaste can scuff up the surface of retainers. Instead, clear liquid soap (with no alcohol) will clean without being abrasive.

Important: Never use hot water because it can warp retainers or Invisalign.

Next, each day soak your retainer for 5-10 minutes in denture cleaner or Fresh Guard. 

How to Clean My Retainers: Clear 

Cleaning your clear retainers is exactly like cleaning removable retainers. However, when you soak them each day, we recommend Fresh Guard for only 5 minutes at a time. By sticking to this plan, your retainer will last longer.

Again, remember never to use hot water to clean, or you may warp retainers or Invisalign.

How to Clean My Retainers:

Vivera 

When you brush your teeth, you may use a soft toothbrush and lukewarm or cold water to clean your retainer.

Like clear retainers, we recommend soaking your Vivera retainer in Fresh Guard for 5 minutes daily. In this case, you may use lukewarm or cold tap water. Please, don’t use hot water that may warp retainers or Invisalign.

Please, avoid using denture cleaner or mouthwash for retainers. Notably, these products will dull the surface and make them more visible. Similarly, toothpaste can tend to scuff the surfaces.

How to Clean My Retainers:

Bonded 

For some people, a bonded retainer that stays in the mouth is required. In such cases, please see Smile in Framingham’s videos here for how to clean using dental Super Floss and a floss threader.

See more in our video from Instagram below:

Retain Your Gorgeous Smile!

As you can see, the process for “how to clean my retainers” is easy. By keeping retainers clean, you will help maintain your oral health and avoid bad breath. Best of all, you’ll help retain your gorgeous, healthy smile for a lifetime.

Have questions? Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

Dr. Himelhoch and Dr. Sergaeva are trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

How Often Should a Child See a Pediatric Dentist?

How often should a child see a pediatric dentist? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a check-up every six months is recommended.

With routine check-ups, your pediatric dentist can help prevent cavities and address any other oral health problems. 

After a check-up, your pediatric dentist will evaluate your child’s oral health and schedule follow-up visits to keep them smiling and healthy. 

Dr. Himelhoch has years of experience providing children from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas with the best pediatric dental care possible.

First Pediatric Dentist Visit at the First Birthday

When the first tooth comes in, it’s time for a child’s first visit with a pediatric dentist. Generally, the first tooth comes in between 6 and 12 months of age. So, the AAPD recommends visiting when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday.

As a board-certified pediatric dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Himelhoch received years of specialized training. During this time, she focused on the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and teenagers. 

Due to her specialized training and experience, Dr. Himelhoch can provide the best care for kids, including those with special needs and behavioral challenges.

At your first visit, we’ll focus on creating a wonderfully positive experience for parent and child. A fun, educational experience helps create the foundation for a lifetime of better oral health habits.

Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment 

With routine check-ups, Dr. Himelhoch and the team can detect any early signs of oral health issues. Then, they can prevent them from worsening with effective and gentle treatments, such as dental sealants or restorative dentistry.

With pediatric dental care, your child can avoid problems that worsen over time.

By the time they reach age seven, Dr. Himelhoch can advise the best orthodontic treatment. If your child received routine pediatric dental check-ups, they have a big advantage. Generally, routine care will help prevent the need for more extensive and costly treatments later in life.

Short, Sweet, Pleasant Experiences

At Smiles in Framingham, we love our young patients and always strive to create enjoyable and fun experiences.

For younger children, the appointments are usually very short and sweet. During visits, we will evaluate dental development and check for any decay. If there are any problems, we’ll discuss all the available options. Then, we’ll help determine the right treatment plan for you.

Always, we seek to encourage kids and create a calm, comforting environment. Our office is designed with kids in mind, and we love making kids feel special.

We Look Forward to Helping Your Family

Today, Smiles in Framingham is taking every precaution to keep everyone safe while providing routine dental and orthodontic care. To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

Have questions? Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

When Should My Child First See a Pediatric Dentist?

When should my child first see a pediatric dentist? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD, it’s around a child’s first birthday. More specifically, it’s when a child’s first tooth appears.

When choosing a dentist for young kids, a pediatric dentist is preferable because they have years of specialty training following dental school.

Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

At Smiles in Framingham, we are unique because Dr. Deborah Himelhoch is board-certified in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics with over 37 years of experience. This rare combination means that the whole family can get the best dental and orthodontic care in one friendly Framingham, MA location.

Why See a Pediatric Dentist So Early?

When the first tooth emerges, the chances for tooth decay begin. Smiles in Framingham make sure baby teeth stay healthy and protected. For example, pediatric patients may benefit from dental sealants that prevent food and plaque from building up on baby teeth.

The AAPD notes that baby teeth help children speak clearly as well as chew food naturally. As teeth come in, they create a position for permanent teeth to follow later. So, ensuring baby teeth are healthy has long-term benefits.

By starting early, your child will have the best chance to avoid oral health issues. Also, regular visits will help kids learn the importance of good oral health habits. So, getting started can ensure a lifetime of better health and beautiful smiles.

How Often Should Kids See Their Pediatric Dentist?

The frequency of visits depends on your child’s personal oral health. However, the AAPD suggests check-ups about every six months. With routine visits, we will prevent cavities, check on sealants, and recommend any necessary repair where needed.

We will always keep our eyes open for any potential problems during check-ups, catching them before they can worsen.

Dr. Himelhoch’s advanced training in behavioral and care needs for kids means she can assist kids with special needs. Also, we’ll help parents with recommendations for the best ways to care for kid’s oral health at home. See more here.

Keeping Kids Comfortable and Calm

Pediatric dentists specialize in treating children and love to make children feel special. Generally, kids are calm, comfortable, and confident during their visits at Smiles in Framingham. We love kids and helping them enjoy their visits as much as possible.

In cases where kids are anxious, we provide safe sedation dentistry for children from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Pediatric dentists have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods for your child. However, each child is unique, so we tailor care to each child’s unique needs. See more about Nitrous Oxide, perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. 

When Should Kids See an Orthodontist?

As noted, Dr. Himelhoch is also a board-certified top orthodontist. So, by getting kids started at Smiles in Framingham, your child also has access to top-quality orthodontic care. 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit the orthodontist no later than age 7. Thus, very young kids won’t require orthodontic care until later in life.

By age 7, the first adult molars have usually grown in, although it varies by individual. Then, Dr. Himelhoch can begin addressing any early signs of malocclusions, misaligned teeth, or jaws. Aligning the teeth and jaws is the specialty of orthodontists. Like pediatric dentistry, becoming an orthodontist requires years of additional education and training past dental school.

By getting an early start on orthodontic care, you can avoid problems chewing food, speech impediments, and TMJ jaw problems. Even better, kid’s smiles will be as beautiful as they are healthy. 

Today, Smiles in Framingham is taking every precaution to keep everyone safe while providing routine dental and orthodontic care. To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

Have questions? Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Why Do Teeth Shift with Age?

This time in our blog, we answer the question, “Why do teeth shift with age?” Although we often think of teeth as firmly rooted and stationary, they are not. As we age, many changes in our mouths can cause teeth to shift. 

Generally, a minor shift is a natural process and may not pose a problem. However, larger shifts can lead to serious oral health concerns. Let’s take a closer look. First, we’ll look at how teeth stay in place.

How Teeth Are Held in Place

Many people believe that teeth are held in place by the bone and gum tissue, but this is not accurate. They are always somewhat mobile and attached by a flexible, important ligament.

The periodontal ligament (PDL) fastens teeth to the jaw with connective tissue and collagen. Light yellow minerals and collagen on the outside of the tooth’s roots, called cementum, interlocks with root dentin and helps to secure the ligament.  

When you chew food, clench, or grind your teeth (bruxism), the periodontal ligament absorbs excess pressure. Fortunately, the PDL makes it relatively easy to extract a tooth if necessary. With no direct bone-to-bone connection, your jawbone isn’t damaged.

Teeth Shift Naturally

Throughout life, teeth shift naturally and more with age. Through the process of mesial drift, they tend to move gradually toward the front of the mouth and lips as we age.

Through normal daily chewing, friction grinds down tooth enamel, which can eventually create gaps. Often, acid erosion breaks down the enamel, and sometimes an injury damages teeth. As a result, teeth may shift more.

Crooked and Crowded Teeth

Most people aren’t born with a perfect smile. As many as nine in ten people have teeth that are at least slightly misaligned. Such misalignments are called malocclusions ( or a bad bite) and often involve crowded or crooked teeth. 

In such cases, it’s harder for anyone to adequately clean between the misaligned teeth. Unfortunately, without orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth, decay and disease are more likely over time.

The longer malocclusions remain untreated, the more related problems may develop. That’s why getting braces or Invisalign is much more than cosmetic. In fact, such orthodontic care can improve your health and keep teeth from shifting with age.

Grinding Teeth Can Loosen Them

Sometimes, excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching can enlarge the PDL, allowing the tooth to become relatively loose. Then, teeth can shift, and the more space around the tooth, the more it may move. If you grind your teeth, it can damage surrounding bone and gum tissue. 

Also, bruxism often leads to problems with the temporomandibular joint in the jaws. As people age, the damages caused by bruxism tend to accumulate. However, an orthodontist can help. Please, give us a call if you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night or have TMJ symptoms.

Tooth Loss Causes Big Shifts

Teeth can shift more when a tooth is lost, leading to malocclusions. Notably, as many as 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Worse, as many as 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years old have no natural teeth at all.

In cases of missing teeth, treatment can prevent your teeth from shifting in ways that harm your oral health. If gaps between teeth remain, the underlying bone can recede, causing negative changes to your appearance and health.

If you have missing teeth, restorative dentistry and orthodontic treatment ensure your teeth don’t shift into the gap. Please, check out our Smile Gallery for examples of smile transformations, even for those with considerable gaps.

Periodontal Disease 

Importantly, periodontal disease (gum disease) can damage the periodontal ligament PDL and the underlying bone. By avoiding gum disease, you can help keep your teeth from shifting. However, as people age, they are more likely to experience gum disease. By age 30, 47.2% of adults have periodontal disease, and 70.1% of adults over 65 are affected.

Bacteria that cause periodontal disease form plaque and then tartar below the gum line. It’s a big reason why seeing a dentist for routine cleanings is so important.

Keeping Teeth in Place

Orthodontists take advantage of the way teeth move to help guide them to their ideal positions over time. With treatment like braces and Invisalign, we can correct malocclusions and improve your overall health in the process. 

Following successful treatment, your smile will look fantastic! However, for a time, your teeth remain prone to moving. Therefore, everyone wears a retainer to keep teeth permanently in place.

We’ll discuss retainers and how long you may need to wear them following your treatment. By sticking to the plan, you can enjoy better health and a perfect smile for life. 

We hope this helps with the question, “Why do teeth shift with age?” Although teeth shift with age, an orthodontist helps make sure your smile always looks and feels amazing.

Have questions? Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Take a free virtual consultation here. It’s quick and easy, with no obligation to start until you’re ready.

Find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign or braces, and learn how long treatment would take. Plus, get answers to any questions you may have.

Then, schedule your first in-person visit when you’re ready. It’s that easy!

At Smiles in Framingham, we help the Framingham community and the surrounding areas:

  • Southborough
  • Ashland
  • Wayland
  • Natick
  • Marlborough
  • Hopkinton
  • Holliston

 

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

“When should my child see an orthodontist?” In general, the answer is by age seven. 

Notably, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit the orthodontist no later than age seven. Why this number? Because that’s when their first adult molars have grown. However, if you notice something that concerns you, it’s a good idea to check with an orthodontist, even if it’s earlier than age seven.

In cases where a child hasn’t seen an orthodontist by age eight, it’s not too late for a check-up.

Before the age of seven, kids should see a family dentist for routine cleanings and to ensure oral health. As the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends, kids’ dental visits should start around their first birthday.

Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, kids and people of all ages can get the best care at Smiles in Framingham.

Giving Kids the Best Start for Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

An orthodontist will assess your child’s smile for any red flags that could suggest early treatment. In many cases, it won’t be necessary. However, if there are signs of potential bite problems, you can catch them before they worsen. 

Thus, early intervention can mean you can avoid larger problems later in life. Also, early treatment can mean you can avoid larger expenses and potential health issues down the road. Therefore, seeing an orthodontist gives your kids the best start for a healthy, beautiful smile.

As an added benefit, starting early with dental and orthodontic care develops lifelong habits for better oral health. Dr. Himelhoch has extensive experience and training to handle kids’ unique health and behavioral needs. (including special needs)

Always, our caring team strives to make visits comfortable, educational, and even fun for kids and parents.

For parents, please see the information here for what to expect.

Avoiding Potentially Serious Health Issues

Orthodontists are smile specialists that ensure a pretty smile and a functional bite. By getting started, you can avoid potentially serious health concerns.

An orthodontist can help kids avoid:

  1. problems chewing food
  2. painful bite or jaw pain
  3. speech impediments
  4. tooth decay and loss
  5. gum disease and related problems
  6. changes to appearance
  7. jaw problems and related issues

Plus, an orthodontist can reduce the need for tooth removal, make room for crowded teeth, and ensure proper jaw growth.

Later in life, it can mean the time spent wearing braces is shorter and less expensive.

See What Our Patients are Saying

Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision. So, we encourage you to see what our patients are saying in our reviews. We’re proud of our many 5-star reviews and awards! Our community has consistently voted us the best orthodontist for a decade.

Also, please check out our Smile Gallery for examples of the smiles we’ve helped transform. Remember, it’s never too late to get started, and today more adults are getting the smiles they always wanted.

Now, you know, “When should my child see an orthodontist?” To find out more, call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to showing you why we’re the best orthodontist and pediatric dentist in Framingham.

Or, schedule a consultation here. Parents are always encouraged to join their kids, and your child should experience no discomfort during their visit. For more of what to expect on your first visit, click here.

 

Why Choose an Orthodontist in Framingham?

Why choose an orthodontist in Framingham? In short, orthodontists have years of experience, tools, and knowledge to create beautiful smiles. By choosing an orthodontist, you can avoid setbacks and get faster, comfortable treatment. Using the latest technologies, orthodontists offer spectacular results and help patients stay within budget. 

By pursuing orthodontic care, you can improve your health and gain newfound confidence. As you smile more, you can see far-reaching benefits over a lifetime. Therefore, choosing the best orthodontist in Framingham can be a life-changing decision.

At Smiles in Framingham, you have access to a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. However, Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Therefore, your whole family can enjoy the best care in a caring, friendly environment. For a decade, the Framingham community has voted Dr. Himelhoch the best orthodontist.

An Orthodontist is a Smile Specialist

When it comes to your smile, you deserve a smile specialist with years of training, experience, and education. As the American Association of Orthodontists points out, orthodontists are specialists in treatments to ensure the proper alignment of teeth and jaws.

All orthodontists must complete advanced studies at an accredited two-to-three-year orthodontic residency program. Using their knowledge and the best tools available, they create beautiful, healthy smiles for people of all ages. Most orthodontists will begin seeing kids around age seven. As noted, Dr. Himelhoch is uniquely qualified to see young kids to adults of any age.

Today, more adults are choosing to get started with orthodontic treatment. Remember, it’s not too late, and the benefits can be life-changing. Not only can you avoid many oral health issues, but you can begin to feel more confident and smile more!

See more in the video below:

What Our Patients Say

You don’t have to take our word for it. Our patients say Smiles in Framingham is the best orthodontist around for a decade. Over the years, we’ve helped generations of families in the area improve their health and get the smiles of their dreams.

Please, check out our Reviews for examples of what our patients are saying.

For example, here’s a recent review from Google:

“I greatly appreciate Dr. Himelhoch’s patience and kindness. She makes what can be a stressful experience a good one. She doesn’t just rush through the visit and move on to the next but takes an active interest in her patients. Thanks, Dr. Himelhoch!”

It’s reviews like this that make us smile, and we are committed to providing an exceptional experience for all of our patients.

Find out more about our friendly, experienced team on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Your Smile is Worth It

Often, people wonder if their smiles can look perfect. Please, check out our Patient Results for a few examples. As you can see, we can transform smiles completely. So, chances are, you can have the smile of your dreams by choosing Smiles in Framingham.

Today, orthodontic care is more discreet, faster, more comfortable, and affordable. As more people stay at home, it’s a great time to get started. What better way to go into a new year than with a new smile to show as we return to social gatherings again?

Why Choose an Orthodontist in Framingham?

Why choose an orthodontist in Framingham? By choosing the best, you get the best experience and a perfect smile to show for life. Today, it’s easier than ever to get started, and you don’t have to leave home.

Take a free virtual consultation here. It’s quick and easy, with no obligation to start until you’re ready.

Find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign or braces, and learn how long treatment would take. Plus, get answers to any questions you may have.

Then, schedule your first in-person visit when you’re ready. It’s that easy!

At Smiles in Framingham, we help the Framingham community and the surrounding areas:

  • Southborough
  • Ashland
  • Wayland
  • Natick
  • Marlborough
  • Hopkinton
  • Holliston

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555

Mouthwash Tips for Kids

In this post, we’ll look at mouthwash tips for kids. In our previous post, we looked at teeth brushing tips for kids.

Smiles in Framingham provides the best pediatric dental services in Framingham in the surrounding areas. Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, the whole family can enjoy top-quality award-winning care in our family-friendly, comfortable office.

From the time the first tooth arrives, it’s time to start caring for them. Therefore, plan on bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. Doing so will help lead to a lifetime of good habits, better health, and beautiful smiles.

Mouthwash Designed for Kids

As with toothbrushes, there are also mouthwash products designed just for kids. The colorful graphics, cartoons, and colors keep kids interested and make it fun. However, mouthwash isn’t generally recommended for kids younger than age six. Otherwise, they may swallow it, which can be a problem.

Before using mouthwash, it’s a good idea to consult with your pediatric dentist. Dr. Himelhoch and our staff will be happy to help.

Fluoride and Fluorosis

Until the age of around six, kids are likely to swallow toothpaste or mouthwash. Thus, use only a tiny amount of toothpaste for kids and always with parental supervision. Notably, this begins when the first teeth emerge. Generally, kids older than six will have no problems spitting out the toothpaste. At the age of six, you can generally introduce mouthwash with close supervision.

Although fluoride is highly effective in preventing tooth decay, swallowing can be a problem for kids during the teeth-forming years. During this time, swallowing fluoride can cause dental fluorosis and damage to tooth enamel. 

If young kids regularly consume fluoride, white or brown spots can appear on their teeth. These spots are unsightly but harmless.

In severe and moderate cases, the tooth enamel can be noticeably spotted or pitted, but this is rare. 

See more information about fluorosis from Delta Dental below:

Teaching Kids to Spit Out Mouthwash

Around age six, it’s time to teach kids about mouthwash and how to spit it out. Often, it can be tempting to swallow it, so it’s essential they learn not to. To start, try asking your child to rinse with water and spit it out in the sink. Once you’re confident they can do this, introduce a mouthwash designed for kids. 

Until age twelve, adults should supervise kids when they use mouthwash. 

Making it a Game

As with brushing teeth, it’s good to make the daily routine fun to encourage kids. Colgate recommends using a stopwatch and timing kids for a minute while they swish around the mouthwash without swallowing. Then, yell, “Go!” or “Spit!” when it’s time to spit it out. 

The mouthwash game can be the final part of the daily routine after brushing and flossing.

Enhance Brushing and Flossing

When teaching kids age six and older about mouthwash, be sure they know it’s no substitute for brushing and flossing. However, a fluoride mouthwash can freshen breath, help prevent cavities, and reach areas they might have missed. 

For older kids with braces, mouthwash can be particularly valuable. During this time, it’s harder to clean thoroughly around teeth. So, mouthwash can help reach areas difficult to get to and loosen particles of food.

We hope these mouthwash tips for kids have been helpful. 

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What’s the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Regular Dentist?

What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist? 

Like a pediatrician, a pediatric dentist specializes in the special needs of kids. Following dental school, they receive two to three years of extra specialized training, working with kids, and their unique needs. During this time, they learn the best methods of care for:

  • infants
  • children
  • teens
  • children with special needs

 

Also, your pediatric dentist can handle all dental care for kids, from routine to emergencies. Often, they work closely with pediatricians and general dentists who may refer patients to them.

Sometimes, a general dentist is comfortable working with small kids. However, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to handle their unique needs, including behavioral challenges and childhood stages.

From Birth to Teens into Adulthood

From the time kids are born to the time they leave for college, a pediatric dentist continues to provide care. Sometimes, kids with special needs may continue to benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist as they become adults. The doctor knows their unique medical history and can provide the ongoing specialized treatment they require.

At Smiles in Framingham, we are unique in that Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is board-certified with over 37 years of experience as a pediatric dentist and orthodontist. Thus, your whole family can enjoy the best care in one family-friendly, comfortable location.

Making Your First Experiences The Best Possible

Often, kids can be nervous about dental care. By choosing a pediatric dentist, you choose an expert on making the experience a positive one. Pediatric dentists know how to work with kids in a reassuring, positive, and calming manner. Should a problem arise, they are uniquely skilled at how to resolve issues quickly.

At Smiles in Framingham, your first experiences at the dentist can go smoothly. Rather than something to be anxious about, your visit can be educational, rewarding, and even fun. Dr. Himelhoch and our caring, experienced team focus on making your experience the best possible in an environment designed with kids in mind.

As we know, good first impressions are critical. By choosing a pediatric dentist, you can get off to the best possible start.

Creating a Foundation of Better Oral Health for Life

As kids lose their baby teeth and their permanent teeth come in, it’s essential to get off to the best start. Your pediatric dentist can ensure oral health is optimal and prevent problems before they can start. Thus, your child can get the best chance for a lifetime of better health and beautiful smiles.

From the age of one, a pediatric dentist can help your child avoid cavities, gum disease, and a wide range of oral health issues. By scheduling your first appointment around the first birthday, you can avoid problems. As you continue to schedule checkups, you encourage better habits that can lead to adulthood.

At Smiles in Framingham, we always focus on making sure your visits are positive, educational, and comfortable experiences. Thus, rather than dreading a visit to the dentist, it becomes something to be proud of as you take care of your family. That’s one reason why we often see multiple generations of families in the Framingham area.

See more in our recent blogs: Teeth Brushing Tips for Kids and Kids’ Dental Care During Covid-19.

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

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Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

 

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Teeth Brushing Tips for Kids

In this post, we’ll look at teeth brushing tips for kids.

Smiles in Framingham provides the best pediatric dental services in Framingham in the surrounding areas. Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, the whole family can enjoy top-quality award-winning care in our family-friendly, comfortable office.

From the time the first tooth arrives, it’s time to start caring for them. Therefore, plan on bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. Doing so will help lead to a lifetime of good habits, better health, and beautiful smiles.

Dental Care Begins Before the First Tooth

Even before the first tooth emerges, it’s a good practice to wipe down the baby’s gums. We recommend using a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water to wipe down the mouth daily. Bacteria builds up on their gums and can be wiped away to keep them clean.

By getting your baby used to daily cleanings, it paves the way for introducing them to brushing.

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After the First Tooth: Teeth Brushing Tips for Kids

 When the first tooth emerges, it’s time to begin using a tiny amount of toothpaste. But how much? For kids younger than age three, use a dollop of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Since babies can’t spit out the toothpaste, you can have them tilt their heads, so the paste dribbles into the sink, a cup, or washcloth.

By the age of three to six, you can increase the amount to the size of a pea. When older, kids learn to hold a kid-size brush and spit out the toothpaste. 

To make the process more fun, kids can pick out a brush that has their favorite colors or character on them. To make sure they’re safe, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal and soft bristles. Also, kids’ toothpaste comes in a wide variety and can keep kids interested in brushing.

 Until around the age of six, parents generally need to do the brushing. By that age, kids are ready to do it independently, using the right amount of toothpaste and spitting it out.

Brush Two Times a Day for Two Minutes

The ADA recommends getting in the habit of brushing twice daily for two minutes. Also, they suggest setting a timer and playing a child’s favorite music. Or, you can use counting as a game as you complete two minutes of brushing. After brushing, check out their teeth and make any touch-ups needed.

By making it a game, the experience becomes more fun. As an additional incentive, you can create a reward chart and place a star on it when kids complete brushing. When a child completes a week with all the stars fill in, offer praise for a job well done! 

As they brush, teach them why brushing can help their smiles remain healthy and happy.

See more about what to expect at your child’s first dental visit here. We look forward to helping you keep your family healthy and happy, with a lifetime of smiles!

How to Brush Teeth

To properly brush, the ADA suggests holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently brush back and forth in short strokes. After brushing the outer surfaces, move to the inner teeth and the tops of the teeth.

To reach the inside surfaces, you may tilt the brush vertically and make up and down strokes. See how it’s done in the video below.

See more in the video from the American Dental Association below:

See more about caring for kids’ dental care during Covid-19 in our recent blog. To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

 

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