July 5th, 2019
Kohler Andrae State Park, Wisconsin. Photo by D. Barden
Summertime in Wisconsin is wonderful. The weather is (finally!) warm and sunny. The beautiful nature, lakes, and State Parks are perfect for exploring. It’s a great time to go CAMPING! In addition to packing your tent, sleeping bags, and other camping gear-- don’t forget to pack for good oral hygiene!
Here are Dr. Barden’s suggestions for maintaining good dental hygiene while camping:
- Get all in one tooth brushes. These come with toothpaste and a flosser built in!
- Bring safe-to-swallow toothpaste.
- Buy light, travel size toothbrush and toothpaste kits.
- Consider using environmentally friendly substitutes like baking soda.
- If all else fails, brush and rinse with water.
Dr. Barden also recommends packing the following if you are currently in treatment with braces, clear aligners, or retainers:
- Bring an emergency kit in case of orthodontic situations such as poking wires. Having some wax can solve minor emergencies until you return from your trip.
- Don’t forget your retainers and storage case. Be sure to put them in a safe place so you don’t lose them among your camping gear.
- Bring a storage case for your clear aligners if you are being treated with Invisalign ®
We hope you enjoy your time camping and exploring the great outdoors in Wisconsin and other parts of the United States. Happy Camping!
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June 7th, 2019
Are you having trouble getting your kids to brush and floss their teeth regularly and thoroughly? We understand – little kids wiggle, don’t open wide, and it can be tough to get them to brush. Don’t stop trying: brushing and flossing are important for preventing cavities and maintaining good oral health.
Parents often ask why it’s important to brush “just baby teeth”. They might be baby teeth, but some of these teeth will be in your child’s mouth until they are 12 years old. Cavities in baby teeth will need to be taken care of which can be painful and expensive. Infections in teeth can also cause other health problems in your child.
Teaching your child good brushing and flossing skills takes time. But, if you start at a young age they will develop an important lifelong skill.
Dr. Barden’s advice on teaching kids to brush and floss:
- Start when your child is a baby! Before the first tooth even erupts gently wipe your child’s gums with a soft, wet washcloth.
- Once the first tooth erupts continue to wipe the tooth and consider getting a soft bristle baby brush. You don’t need to use any toothpaste yet.
- As your child gets more teeth use a tiny bit of children’s fluoride toothpaste. Think the size of a piece of rice. Gently brush the child’s teeth using a rotation.
- Around the age of 2 your child will likely want to brush their own teeth. Great! Let them brush their own teeth but the parent should do a second brush until the child is able to clean the teeth well on their own (around age 12!)
- Use special children’s mouth wash that shows areas missed when brushing. This can help the child (and parent) learn how to brush more thoroughly.
- Floss using floss sticks. They are easier to use than string. Children should floss daily.
- Do you have a reluctant brusher? Use a sticker or reward chart. Every time your child brushes without a struggle—they earn a sticker on the chart. After a set number of stickers, they earn a desired prize. Just make the reward isn’t candy-related!
We recommend that children start to see a family dentist or pediatric dentist around their first birthday. This dentist will closely monitor your child’s teeth, check for cavities, and determine if treatments, such as sealants, would be beneficial for your child.
Dr. Barden and his team provide every patient with a chart that gives feedback on their brushing and flossing. We are happy to work with you to teach your child good brushing and flossing skills.
Do you have any creative suggestions that helped your child learn to brush and floss? Share them with everyone on our Facebook page!
May 10th, 2019
This month we celebrate 7 years of Barden Orthodontics in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. We love working with the many wonderful patients and excellent area dentists. We love what we do here – creating beautiful smiles with amazing people!
On our anniversary we want to celebrate some of our accomplishments and highlight what sets Barden Orthodontics apart from other orthodontic offices:
- Dr. Barden was named a 2019 TOP ORTHODONTIST by Milwaukee Magazine. This honor is based on reviews from dental professionals in the community. We are so proud to have received this distinction that recognizes Dr. Barden’s expertise.
- Dr. Barden is President-elect of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontics. He has previously served as vice president, treasurer, and trustee to the organization. Service to the community is an important part of Dr. Barden’s professional commitment.
- Our new, state-of-the-art office utilizes the newest technology. This provides patients with the most efficient and advanced care available. The digital x-ray is low radiation and provides an immediate x-ray for use during the appointment. Our iTero element scanner means no goopy, messy impressions!
- Barden Orthodontics is FAMILY FRIENDLY and was designed to be fun and relaxing. Patients and their families can enjoy complementary gourmet coffee, wi-fi, and of course our very popular GAME ROOM and PHOTO BOOTH! We love seeing patients and their families enjoying their time together in the waiting room. Patients tell us that coming to an orthodontic appointment is a lot of fun at Barden Orthodontics!
- The TEAM at Barden Orthodontics is the best! From the smile you receive at the front desk to the encouragement and gentle care from the assistants, we treat our patients like our own family.
- Dr. Barden is proud to live and work in this wonderful community. He is honored to be a business sponsor for numerous community events and various area organizations.
Dr. Barden and his team want to thank you for your support. We love being part of the amazing Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee Northshore Community. We look forward to many more years serving the area and creating beautiful, healthy smiles!
April 5th, 2019
Over the years, patients, friends, and family have told us a number of funny (and a few not so funny) teeth-related jokes. At Barden Orthodontics we love what we do – making beautiful, healthy smiles. And we LOVE a good joke that makes people laugh and show off their beautiful smiles!
Because we know everyone can use a good laugh, we have compiled our favorite jokes below. ENJOY!
What did the tooth say to the departing dentist? Fill me in later
What did the dentist say to the golfer? You have a hole in one
What did the orthodontist do on the roller coaster? She braced herself
Why did the King go to the dentist? To get a new crown
Where does a whale go to get braces? The orca-dontist
What is the best time to go to the dentist? “tooth-hurty”
What did the dentist of the year win? A little plaque
Why did the snowman go to the orthodontist? To fix his frostbite
How are false teeth like the stars? They come out at night
Why did the cell phone go to the dentist? It was having trouble with its Bluetooth
Why are orthodontists such good problem solvers? They get to the root of a problem
Which teeth do you have to brush? Just the ones you want to keep
What is an orthodontist’s favorite day of the week? Toothsday
Share your favorite (tooth) jokes with us at your next appointment or on our Facebook page. Let’s see some smiles!