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Teaching Kids to Brush Teeth

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!

Celebrating 7 Years of Barden Orthodontics!

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!

Smile with a Tooth Joke!

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!

Tips for Great Dental Hygiene

March 8th, 2019

Great dental hygiene is essential while in orthodontic treatment. This includes brushing the surface of the teeth as well as flossing to get in between the teeth and along the gums. Brushing can be a little more difficult if you have braces so be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his assistants about the best methods to keep your teeth clean.

At Barden Orthodontics we recommend patients use an electronic toothbrush. Electronic toothbrushes have a special orthodontic brush head specifically designed for use with braces (ask us at the front desk if you need a replacement head). Patients should brush, using fluoride toothpaste, for at least 2 minutes, after each meal. Carry a travel toothbrush so that you can brush while on the go! If you can’t brush right after each meal, then you should rinse with water to dilute any sugar and remove food particles from your teeth. The most important time of day to brush your teeth and braces is at night, before you go to bed, so that the food doesn’t stick to your teeth all night long.

If you are being treated with clear aligners, such as Invisalign, be sure to remove the aligners when you eat and then brush your teeth before putting them back in your mouth.  Brush the aligners clean each night.  

Don’t forget to clean in between your teeth! Every night you should floss or use an interproximal brush to clean under the arch wires and clean between your teeth. Brushing often misses these tight spaces where plaque likes to build up and cavities can develop. When you floss be sure to clean along and under the gum line. With practice, flossing with braces gets easier.

Finally, rinse with a fluoride-based mouthwash to maximize fluoride protection on your teeth.

Parents of our younger patients (about age 12 or younger) should monitor their child’s brushing and double check to make sure that the teeth are clean. A good tip-- use a mouth rinse that has been designed to show food particles left behind after brushing. This way children (and their parents!) can see which areas might be getting missed and adjust their brushing.

Good dental hygiene takes time and effort – especially with braces. However, failure to properly care for your teeth can result in plaque build up, cavities and white spots, and gum disease. Your brushing and flossing effort is worth it to ensure that you have beautiful, healthy teeth.

Be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his team if you have any questions about brushing and flossing. We love healthy smiles!

 

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