Good Brushing Starts With Parents

Good oral hygiene is essential to health and social acceptance. Brushing, flossing, using mouth wash and other important habits start early in life with the help of parents. If you’re unsure how to teach your kids the basics of healthy teeth, give this article a peek and see what Every Day Health recommends. 

Scared of the dentist? You could be passing that fear on to your children, according to a new study from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid. Researchers found that the development of “dentophobia” is closely linked to parents’ behavior in the dentist’s chair. What’s more, the way Dad responds to the dentist may be particularly important in how both the child and the mother view their own dentist visits.

Kids live by their parents’ example, so remaining calm at the dentist’s office in front of your children is key to how they will behave during their own future cleanings and also affects whether or not they will stick with other good dental habits. From maintaining a relaxed demeanor during dentist visits to encouraging daily brushing, there are many ways to ensure your kids grow up with healthy teeth and mouths. Here are a few strategies you might try:


Because we know the best way to teach is by your own example, your toddler should see you brushing your teeth every morning and evening. If you usually do this before they get up or after they go to bed, alter your routine so they can be present. You can even let your child help you brush your teeth just like you help them with theirs. It’s only fair! You can also find YouTube videos of children the same age as your child having a good time using a toothbrush. Kids love having a peer to relate to when they are learning a new skill.

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The Internet and Orthodontics

The internet is a great place for lots of information and is a handy tool in so many different circumstances but a new study shows that it might be best to think twice before taking information from the internet about orthodontics to heart. There is a lot of misinformation out there in the orthodontic field specifically that ends up on the web. Check out this article about why it’s best to just get advice from a professional orthodontist. 

(Reuters Health) – Internet information about orthodontic braces varies in quality and may not be entirely accurate, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

Orthodontic patients may look for information on the Web, but some people have questioned the quality of that information, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The study team used the search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing to find websites giving advice on oral hygiene for braces.

They used the search terms “cleaning braces,” “brushing braces” and “oral hygiene and braces.”

Overall, they evaluated 62 websites for accessibility, usability, reliability, readability and completeness of information, such as instructions about tooth brushing, dietary advice, fluoride recommendations, and dental care accessories.

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The Causes of Bad Breath

Everyone has experienced sitting by or talking to someone who has less than pleasant smelling breath. We all have a bit of a phobia about being that person. To get rid of bad breath, we need to understand its causes and take preventative measures. This article from Everyday Health can help you understand what causes bad breath and how you can eradicate it.
If you’re constantly popping mints or chewing gum to cover up bad breath, you’re not alone. One in four Americans has halitosis and is cursed with smelly breath.

Why? Most cases of halitosis are caused by improper dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth after every meal, bits of food that get stuck in your teeth and gums and on your tongue will begin to decay and emit foul odors.

An unclean mouth also means that bacteria can grow, potentially leading to gum disease, which is also one of the causes of bad breath. In addition, certain foods and drink are more likely to cause bad breath, including:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Cheese
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Toothbrush Etiquette

Brushing your teeth is a very important part of having good oral hygiene and is a considerate gesture for those around you! We all have our routine and place of keeping the toothbrush but this article is an interesting (and sometimes frightening) look at what can live on your toothbrush if you aren’t careful. Simple things like keeping your toothbrush away from the toilet, (you’ll see why!) and swapping it out regularly with a new one are essential to keep from not only putting gross bacteria in your mouth but avoiding contracting disease from something that seems so innocent!


You do it morning and night and maybe even after meals. It makes your mouth feel clean enough to kiss and helps you smile without feeling self-conscious. Yet if you’re like most people, the number of germs that are lurking on your toothbrush will make you re-think that minty-fresh feeling.

According to a study at the University of Manchester in England, the average toothbrush can contain 10 million or more bacteria—including E. coli (the stuff that lives in our intestines and can cause mild diarrhea—or even vomiting and severe abdominal cramps, if it’s a nasty strain) and Staph (which are mostly harmless but can cause infections). What’s more, at any given time there are 100 to 200 species of oral bacteria living in your mouth—bacteria that end up on your toothbrush.

There’s more to worry about if you store your toothbrush in a cute little cup on the bathroom sink. “If your toothbrush is stored within three feet of the toilet, the droplets of water that spray up after you flush remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom—including your toothbrush—which means you may be cleaning your teeth with what you thought you flushed down the toilet,” says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona.

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Aesthetic Options from 3M Unitek Featured on Lifetime Network

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As part of a commitment to furthering interest in aesthetic treatment, 3M Unitek is helping raise awareness for modern orthodontic capabilities by teaming up with award-winning Lifetime® Network show Designing Spaces® for a special “Kids Spaces”-themed episode. The episode is designed to help teens and their parents get excited about orthodontic treatment, and facilitates conversations between orthodontists and their patients about new solutions that make treatment more efficient, comfortable and aesthetic.


The episode, titled, “Exploring the Options in Braces Technology: An Education for Today’s Parents,” includes commentary from Dr. Lisa Alvetro, whose kid-friendly office is highlighted, as well as 3M Unitek’s global professional services manager, Ann Bruck, RDH. It initially aired on the Lifetime Network in March and will re-air periodically. It can also be viewed online at The segment covers a number of 3M Unitek technologies, including:


  • Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces, which combine aesthetics and high performance
  • Incognito™ Hidden Braces, giving patients invisible, convenient and comfortable orthodontic care
  • APC™ Flash-Free Adhesive, which lets orthodontists move directly from bracket placement to bracket cure without removing adhesive flash
  • Forsus™ Appliances, a reliable and patient-friendly option to bulky headgear

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