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Tips for Teaching your Kids how to Properly Brush their Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 25, 2018 , Comments Off

When it comes time to teach your kids how to brush their teeth on their own you will want to make sure they are doing it properly. Improper brushing habits or technique can lead to some nasty cavities. While your child is getting their bi-annual cleaning at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, ask your dentist for some tips for proper brushing. Below are some tips to help teach your child how to brush their teeth on their own.

 

Make it Part of the Routine

Have your child brush his/her teeth at the same times each day. Attach it to other normal tasks like, brushing right before pajamas come off in the morning and as soon as they go on in the evening. Developing the habit of brushing their teeth is important to combat against cavities. This will also give them the practice they need in order to brush properly.

 

Lead by Example

Your kids will be more willing to brush their teeth properly if they see you doing it as well. Have them observe and brush their teeth with you each morning and night so they can see how it is done. Soon they will be able to go and brush their teeth on their own.

 

The 2x2min Rule

The common rule to brushing your teeth properly is the 2×2 rule, which means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Get them in the habit of thoroughly brushing their teeth each morning and night for at least two minutes. Purchase a 2 minute timer or sing a fun song to help them keep track of how long they are brushing.

 

Brushing Technique

Show them how to start the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line, then clean the front (and back) of each tooth with short, round strokes. Brush the biting/chewing surface of each tooth with short, sweeping strokes. It is also good practice to brush the tongue to remove germs and improve bad breath. Stress the importance of spitting out the remaining toothpaste when finished. Tell them that even though the paste still tastes fruity-yummy, it is now yucky from cleaning off the teeth and needs to go down the drain.

 

For more brushing techniques make sure you ask your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork at your next dental appointment.

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Interesting Dental History Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 27, 2018 , Comments Off

While going to the dentist doesn’t seem like fun, compared to the dentistry practices in the past, it’s a breeze! To let you know how good you have it at Roger’ Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork we have pulled out our history books to give you some insight on some interesting dental history facts.

 

  • The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
  • George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
  • The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
  • The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
  • Back in the Middle Ages, “barber-surgeons” were the people you would visit in order to get your face shaved and your teeth pulled
  • The cure for a toothache in Medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.
  • N. Wadsworth was granted the first U.S. patent for a toothbrush in 1857. In 1938, the first nylon bristled toothbrushes were mass produced by DuPont.
  • The plaque that grows on human teeth consists of 300 different species of bacteria
  • Teeth are like fingerprints, no two are alike and everyone’s is specific just to them. Even twins do not share the same dental fingerprint.
  • The first dental drills were made of stone. Teeth have been found belonging to Stone Age humans with stone drilled holes around decayed matter.
  • In early colonial days, the village blacksmiths also served as the community dentist because they had tools that could most easily pull teeth, which was the only way they dealt with a toothache.
  • Aristotle and Hippocrates first contemplated type of dental braces as far back as 300 A.D. and archaeologists have discovered mummified remains of people with bands made from catgut wrapped around their teeth.

 

Now going to the dentist doesn’t seem so bad, right? Schedule your appointment with us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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Summer Treats that could Harm your Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on May 23, 2018 , Comments Off

Summer calls for fun in in the sun with our friends and family. These fun summer gatherings will have a variety of treats for you to munch on. When it comes to the care of your teeth you need to be careful about the kind of the treats you are eating. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you to keep your smile healthy and bright. We listed some treats that you should try to avoid this summer to prevent harm to your teeth.

 

Potato Chips

Salty potato chips are mouth-watering; unfortunately they are also a mouth hazard. Potato chips have a pesky way of breaking into little pieces that can hide in your mouth and get stuck in between teeth. With a high starch content, potato chips can put your mouth at risk for cavities and a host of other dental problems.

 

Soda

Those delicious sodas (and sugary drinks) found at every get together come with a cost: cavities. The sugar in the soda combines with the bacteria in your mouth to create the perfect storm that can wear down enamel and cause cavities.

 

Pickles

Pickles are a popular summer treat and can be found on your burgers at every summer grill out. Unfortunately, the vinegary acid that makes pickles so mouth-watering can also erode your enamel and cause sensitive teeth.

 

Ice Cream

Ice cream is a delicious and popular summer treat, especially for those hot summer days. Many ice creams are produced with a lot of sugar, putting your teeth at risk for cavities and gum disease. Ice cream is also one of the chief offenders for people with sensitive teeth, which is caused by an erosion of tooth enamel.

 

Lemonade

The acid in lemonade can wear down enamel over time. Flavored lemonade can have a secondary hazard: sugar. When you do enjoy a delicious glass, drink it fast and don’t sip.

 

Make sure you schedule your next dentist appointment at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah to get your teeth cleaned before the summer festivities begin.

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Little Known Facts about Orthodontics and Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 24, 2018 , Comments Off

Many of us have the privilege of having braces. This amazing invention allows us to achieve the smiles we have always wanted. With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can avoid any smile mishaps. Unfortunately it wasn’t always this way. Listed below are some little known facts about orthodontics and the braces you could be wearing today.

  1. The nickel titanium in some braces wire was developed by NASA with shape memory properties (meaning it keeps its shape) that are activated by body heat and/or pressure.
  2. Braces are not magnetic. Braces don’t set off metal detectors. Braces don’t pick up radio transmissions. Braces don’t increase your odds of being hit by lightning.
  3. The first braces were designed in 1728, consisting of a flat piece of metal connected to the teeth by thread. Orthodontic brackets were invented in 1915.
  4. Adults want straight teeth too! In fact, MILLIONS of people over age 18 are currently in orthodontic treatment.
  5. Some cements used to attach brackets to your teeth include a fluoride-releasing substance.
  6. Nearly 25% of orthodontic patients have to get braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers!
  7. 100% of all orthodontists are dentists. About 6% of all dentists are orthodontists.
  8. Approximately 4 million people in the United Sates are wearing braces or another form of orthodontic appliance to straighten their teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
  9. Even though braces weren’t designed until the early 18th century, many mummies have been discovered with cords made from animal intestines wrapped around their teeth, much like modern braces wiring, which archaeologists believe was an attempt at straightening crooked teeth.
  10. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child seen by an orthodontist as soon as tooth irregularities appear no later than age 7. An early evaluation can help determine if problems are present and anticipate the most appropriate time for orthodontic treatment, if necessary.

For more information regarding braces make sure you talk to your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Call us today to make an appointment.

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What to Know Before you Whiten your Teeth

by James Webster on March 6, 2018 , Comments Off

Have you noticed your teeth looking a little more yellow than you would like lately? Have you considered various whitening treatments to get that gorgeous smile you have always hoped for? Before you start the process of whitening your teeth there are some things the Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork want you to know.

 

You Need to Start with Healthy Teeth

Whitening your teeth when you have gum disease, exposed roots, cavities, crooked teeth, gum recession, or other untreated issues can cause further pain and problems, plus you’ll have wasted your time and money since the whitening likely won’t take on damaged teeth. You need to have these dental issues addressed and fixed before you can think about having your teeth whitened.

 

Whitening could cause Sensitive Teeth

One common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity in the 24 hours after your teeth have been exposed to whitening gel. You can take a pain reliever like ibuprofen if the sensitivity is too much to bear. The symptoms should resolve within the 24 hour period. If this isn’t the case make sure you give your dentist a call.

 

It’s Not a Once in a Life Time Procedure

Teeth are always yellowing as part of the aging process. They’re also always becoming stained by the foods and drinks we consume. No matter where or how you whiten your teeth, it won’t last forever. Most results last from 6 months up to 2 years.

 

Your Results will Vary

The results you get depend on what your teeth were like when you started. The better you’ve cared for your teeth, the greater the results. If you have kept up on your dental appointments, brushed and flossed regularly, and avoided damage and discoloration, the whiter your teeth will appear after treatment.

 

For more advice regarding teeth whitening procedures you can call us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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Interesting Facts about Teeth

by James Webster on February 6, 2018 , Comments Off

Going to the dentist definitely isn’t the most fun or interesting thing to do in a day. But we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some very interesting facts when it comes to your teeth. Check out these little known facts below.

 

  • The average person spends about 45-50 seconds brushing their teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for 2-3 minutes. When brushing your teeth, it helps to listen to your favorite song to make sure you brush long enough.
  • Flossing once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years!
  • Ever notice that the toothbrush colors in the store are mostly shades of blue and green? Studies have shown that blue tooth brushes are sold more often than red ones.
  • Did you know that periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 35? 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Still, we don’t recommended to use your teeth as a tool to open things.
  • Sugar begins attacking the tooth, but the real cause for cavities are acid and bacteria.
  • Seventy-three percent of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss. Yet flossing is one of the most beneficial practices you can do to maintain your teeth health.
  • Placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more harmful because bacteria favors moist environments. Uncap your toothbrush to limit the possibility of bacteria growth.
  • Kids get cavities between teeth while adults usually get cavities on the biting surface of teeth.

 

For more interesting facts about your teeth you will definitely want to schedule an appointment with the experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We can provide you with some interesting facts while making sure your teeth are in tip-top shape. Call us today!

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Facts about Sedation Dentistry

by James Webster on January 16, 2018 , Comments Off

Has your fear of the dentist gotten out of control lately? So much so that you haven’t been keeping your yearly appointments? Perhaps you need a dental procedure done that requires some sedation. Either way, we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT want you to be informed about Sedation Dentistry and what is usually involved. You can see the most common facts about sedation dentistry listed below.

 

Methods of Sedation

There are four methods for sedating a patient during an in-office dental procedure: anxiolytic or minimal sedation; conscious/moderate sedation; deep sedation; and finally, general anesthesia. Each one is tailored to the amount of dental work needing to be done. Your skilled dentist will determine which method is best for you and your health while still being able to alleviate some of the pain you might feel.

 

The Dentist Remains in the Room

When administering IV conscious sedation to a patient, the dentist must usually remain in the room with that patient at all times. Under these circumstances, dentists cannot resume their normal routine where they may be practicing in more than one chair at the same time. When practicing IV moderate sedation dentistry, the dentist is usually with one patient at a time from start to finish. Dentists are required to have a current license and meet all of the requirement to use sedation dentistry, so you can rest easy knowing that you are being taken care of by a practiced professional.

 

Ensuring Safety

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective thanks to the methods of sedation and the training required for you dentist to be able to practice sedation dentistry. One of the main reasons is that throughout the sedation you are slowly titrating drugs into the patient’s system, as opposed to pushing a set amount of a drug all at once. As you are titrating medication, you are continually monitoring the patient to determine if more or less medication is needed to achieve the desired sedative effect throughout a given dental procedure.

 

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry and how it is used make sure you call Roger’s Center for Dentistry for more information. An appointment with one of our dentists can help to alleviate any of the fear or concerns you may have.

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Signs you Need to See Your Dentist

by James Webster on December 5, 2017 , Comments Off

Have you been wondering if it is time to make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah? If you have been concerned about your oral health or you can’t seem to remember the last time you had a dentist appointment you might want to consider making an appointment. Below are some tell-tale signs that you should be making an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

 

A Sore that won’t heal

If you notice a mouth sore, a lump or a red or pale patch of skin on your tongue, cheek or gum, keep an eye on it for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t go away, see your dentist. This could be a sign of something serious when it comes to your oral health. An earlier diagnosis of oral cancer means a much better chance of recovery. That’s why dental professionals should do a cancer screening at your regular visits, even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms. And you can check yourself at home once a month. Ask your dental care providers how to do a self-exam.

 

Pain and/or Swelling

If you have unexplained pain or puffiness in your mouth that persists for a couple of days you will want to make an appointment with your dentist. Their expertise will help you to know the cause and the proper way to heal the pain and/or swelling. It could be a sign of infection, decay, gum disease or a cracked tooth. Left untreated, these problems can worsen and even lead to tooth loss.

 

Loose Teeth

Occasionally, a loose tooth can be a sign of oral cancer or gum disease. An accidental impact to your mouth can also loosen a tooth or two. Either way, you shouldn’t ignore a tooth that’s less than solid, because that’s not normal for adults. You will want to get it fixed sooner rather than later.

 

If you find any of the above signs or symptoms it is always a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah. We can get you back on the right track when it comes to your oral health.

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How to Keep your Teeth Healthy over the Holidays

by James Webster on November 7, 2017 , Comments Off

The holiday season comes with a lot of tasty treats to nibble on. To help you in keeping your oral health in tip top shape we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some tips to help you in keeping your teeth healthy over the holidays.

 

Don’t Crack Nuts using your Teeth

The Nutcrackers are out this time of year for a reason. All those tasty holiday nuts will need some help when it comes to cracking their shell and your teeth are not the solution. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth.

 

Pass on the Chewy Treats

Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay, and thick candies like caramel and taffy can even yank out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly and along with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth.

 

Avoid Chewing on Hard Candy

Chewing on your hard candy treats can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. When you’re enjoying a sweet let it dissolve naturally. Better yet, skip the hard candies altogether.

 

Use Tools to Open Packaging

While opening the gifts you are bound to receive this holiday season you will want to have a knife or pair of scissors close by. It may be tempting to use your teeth to tear apart hard plastics or gift wrapping but it can cause you more pain in the long run. Your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal or crown.

 

Your teeth can take a beating this holiday season, but if you follow the tips above you can avoid any of the hazards that may present themselves over the holidays. Remember to always follow up each yummy treat with a good brushing session and don’t forget to floss. Consult with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork for more oral health care tips.

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How to Brush your Teeth with Braces

by James Webster on October 10, 2017 , Comments Off

Getting braces will help you to achieve the smile you always wanted, this is as long as you still have good dental hygiene throughout the process. Roger’s Center for Dentistry can help you in the process of maintaining your good dental hygiene while you have braces. Follow the tips below to help you in properly brushing your teeth.

 

  1. Start the brushing process by first rinsing out your mouth to get some of the loose food particles out of your mouth.
  2. Clean your toothbrush with hot water to remove any food particles from your previous brushing.
  3. Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Be sure to brush between the wiring and the teeth. You also want to brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces.
  4. Brush your teeth for at least 2 or 3 minutes getting every surface of your teeth and gums.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
  6. To keep your teeth thoroughly clean make sure you brush after each meal to remove food particles. If you don’t have time to brush try to at least swish out your mouth with water.

 

Now that you have finished brushing your teeth, you can continue good oral hygiene by flossing your teeth.

 

  1. Thread the floss under the archwire.
  2. Remove the threader.
  3. Floss each side of each tooth in the space.
  4. Pull the floss out of the space with one hand as you release the floss with your other hand.
  5. Repeat this method between all of your teeth.

 

Following the steps above and doing it every day at least twice a day will help you to maintain good oral hygiene while you have braces. While it might be an adjustment at first you will soon get used to this new process. For more tips on oral hygiene and braces make sure you make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork.

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