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Happy New Year, everyone. Yes, we are a few weeks late on that, but want to wish everyone a wonderful 2017! In addition to this, we want to offer a few health tips to help you be healthier in the new year.

1) Try to quit smoking (help a loved one quit smoking)

Quit Smoking

This tip may be an obvious one, but we can’t stress the importance enough. According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes is the cause of 480,000 deaths per year, or 1 of every 5 deaths in the US. Smoking is linked to gum disease, tooth discoloration, mouth cancer, and many other harmful diseases. It is important to have a good support system, identify your triggers, and eliminate those triggers.

 

2) Get a full night’s sleep

 

Sleeping eight hours per night will help to give you more energy throughout the day, boost your mood, and improve your appearance. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you do not sleep enough, it can lead to obesity and health problems like diabetes.

 

3) Limit your Caffeine and Sugar Intake

 

To no one’s surprise, both of these things in excess are not good for our health. Sugar can cause you to have energy highs and lows. People often find themselves having more energy after they cut back on their sugar intake. Additionally, caffeine can overstimulate you and lead to an increase in anger.

 

Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH, and his entire team at Royalton Dental, hope that these hints can help you be healthier in 2017! In addition to these tips, Dr. Florian urges you to get back to the dentist if you didn’t in 2016. Your oral health is an important start to having good overall health. Need a dentist? We are always welcoming new patients, so feel free to contact us today!

Being healthy is important to everyone. However, did you know that good overall health and wellness begins with good oral health? This being true, it is important that we exercise good oral health hygiene. It is also important that we teach our children good oral health hygiene so that they can have a healthy mouth and smile.

Pediatric DentistryIf your child does not develop good oral hygiene habits, they are at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, as we age, tooth decay and gum disease can increase our risk of suffering from diseases like diabetes, heart and kidney problems, and many others.

Healthy dental habits should begin as soon as your child’s tooth starts showing through the surface of the gum line. After the tooth is visible, it should be brushed twice per day like you brush your own teeth. As your child continues to develop more teeth, as soon as two teeth are in contact with one another, you should begin flossing their teeth along with the brushing you have been doing. Additionally, you should start scheduling dentist appointments for your child roughly 6 months after their first tooth has arrived.  

Unfortunately, getting your child to brush is an extremely difficult task. Whether it be that your child doesn’t want to brush twice per day, or only spends 15 seconds brushing and then is done, children rarely brush as they should. Dr. Florian addressed this problem by offering some helpful hints to get your child to brush properly. That article can be found, here. If you are looking for a good dentist to bring your child/children to, Dr. Florian is always welcoming new patients, and is looking forward to getting your child on track to a lifetime full of healthy smiles. Contact us today at our office in North Royalton, OH to schedule an appointment.

The day your child is born, you have the privilege of becoming a parent. While enjoyable, being a parent presents many challenges and teaching opportunities for you: Changing diapers, teaching your kids to tie their shoes, and teaching them the ABCs, just to name a few. One day, you will even teach your kids how to drive and be independent. While all these are important, make sure you don’t forget to teach your children good oral health habits. As a dentist that treats many children, Dr. Florian knows how important proper brushing habits are for the longterm dental and overall health of your children. Some other tips  can be found here

One of the hardest parts of teaching good oral health habits to your children, is getting them to brush twice per day. Because of this, Dr. Florian wants to pass along some valuable information that may make this task a little bit easier. Below, Dr. Florian outlines 5 tips to get your children to brush more often, and for longer periods of time:

1) Let your child choose their toothpaste.

Think about it: children rarely have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. Chances are, your child will relish in this opportunity and take ownership of it. Due to this, they will be more likely to want to use the product they chose. You should watch your child brush their teeth to make sure that they are using the correct amount of toothpaste (they do not need to use as much as adults).

2) Allow your children to brush with their blanket or stuffed animals.

Naturally, children form a special bond with their blanket or stuffed animals. These objects offer a sense of comfort and security for your children. Your children take these things with them in the car, to grandma and grandpa’s house, and sleep with them almost every night. Letting your children bring them along to brush will help them be more comfortable, and will also spark their imagination and make brushing a little less boring.  

3) Designate a catchy tune for brushing time.

Does your child have a song that they love? If you designate this song for brushing time, your child will look forward to brushing their teeth. Additionally, they will brush their teeth for a longer period of time so they can listen to the song longer. This is effective in getting them to brush more often and for longer periods of time.

4) Create a schedule.

If you set up a schedule for your child to follow, brushing can become a part of their routine. A habit takes roughly 3 weeks to form. If your child sticks to their routine for 3 weeks, it will become a habit for them to brush twice per day.   

5) Try an electric toothbrush.

Often, brushing can be boring for children. Allowing them to use an electric toothbrush will make the experience a little more fun, as the electric toothbrush will fascinate them. Additionally, an electric toothbrush will help to make up for poor brushing technique. 

Please note that you should always supervise your children when brushing. After they are done, we recommend brushing the spots your children may have missed like their tongue, back molars, and top of their mouth. 

Dr. Florian wants your children to have exceptional dental health. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. If you live in the North Royalton, Ohio area, and your child needs to start seeing a dentist, or you are looking for a good dentist for your child to see, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian. We are always accepting new patients.

As a dental professional, I preach proper oral health habits every day to my patients. You know the drill (no pun intended): brush twice per day for two minutes, floss once per day, use a mouth wash that includes fluoride, and keep your dental visits scheduled every six months. One question that patients often ask me when talking about these habits is: “Will an electric toothbrush help me take better care of my teeth?” While an electric toothbrush cannot hurt, if you are using your manual toothbrush for the proper amount of time and with the proper technique, the results will be the same. The American Dental Association (ADA) has confirmed that your manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric toothbrush.Electric Toothbrush

While it is true there are no benefits for the average person, there are groups of people who can benefit from using an electric toothbrush. These groups include the following:

Children - Ask any parent and they will tell you that getting their child to brush properly is nearly impossible. An electric toothbrush will make up for many of their shortcomings. Additionally, children are captivated by electric toothbrushes and will likely result in them brushing longer.

People with braces - Your brackets can keep you from adequately cleaning your teeth. By using an electric toothbrush, it will allow you to clean your teeth in an easier fashion.

People who have diseases - Those who have coordination issues, arthritis, gum disease, diabetes, and other diseases may benefit from an electric toothbrush. Any of these things can hinder a person from properly brushing their teeth, or create a condition where additional cleaning is needed. 

No matter what kind of toothbrush to use, remember to change it every three months, and after you have been sick. If you need a cleaning and are in the North Royalton, Ohio area, please contact us today.