Start Them Young: Flossing Edition | Skiatook Dentist

Getting our children on a good dental routine can be tricky. It takes some time to teach them to brush properly – but when does flossing work itself into the process?

Flossing should be introduced when your little human’s teeth start to fit closer together, generally between two and six. Start off by using floss that is soft so that it is gentle on their teeth and gums.

As we all know, the process itself is relatively simple. Cut a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth to gently scrub down the spaces your toothbrush can’t reach.

Use a new area of floss for every tooth, don’t snap or flick the floss between your teeth, and always use a new piece. No particular order necessary to do it right. Work from top to bottom or vice versa. We have been taught to floss after we brush, but in fact, it is better to do it before to loosen any debris your toothbrush won’t be able to get to.

If their gums begin to bleed as you begin to teach them, don’t worry – it’s natural. Their baby gums will become stronger as they get older. If it doesn’t seem to go away, bring it up at their next dental appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding pediatric dentistry, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.

Holiday Foods You Should Avoid | Skiatook Dentist

The holidays are a delicious time of year and the last thing we want to do is avoid any of the amazing treats coming our way during the celebrations. Unfortunately, not all holiday food is good for our smiles. Not only can they harm our teeth, but they can also cause them to decay. So, before you get ready to attend your first holiday parties of the season, take a look at this quick list of foods you may want to rethink:

Candy canes. When we think of Christmas sweets, one of the first things that comes to mind is the candy cane. Those delicious cane-shaped confections are not only made of 100% sugar, but they take a while to eat. Sucking on a candy cane will leave sugar in your mouth longer than necessary, making it easier for cavity-causing bacteria to dig in and cause harm.

Popcorn. Do you have popcorn garlands or make popcorn balls as gifts for your guests? While popcorn is quite festive, eating popcorn can cause harm by getting stuck between teeth and gums. If you aren’t much of a flosser, this can lead to a buildup of cavity-causing bacteria. If you love popcorn, learn to love flossing.

Eggnog. Are you one that loves to indulge in a cup or two of eggnog? Sure, it is a fantastic adult beverage, but it is also loaded with sugar and fat. Because it is a drink, eggnog coats your mouth with sugary sweetness, turning your mouth into a bacterial playground. If you drink eggnog, make sure you rinse with water to limit the sugars remaining until you can brush.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding holiday dental tips, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

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Smile for Santa: Pediatric Dental Tips | Skiatook Dentist

Ask any tiny human their favorite time of year and chances are you will likely hear it’s Christmas. Not only do they get lots of presents from Santa and no school in sight, but everywhere they go there is another delicious treat waiting for them to eat. Between the cakes, cookies and candy canes, the holiday season is a tiny human’s dream. What isn’t dreamlike is a parent trying to keep their little one from ruining their smile during all of the holiday festivities. In fact, it can be downright tough to keep a smile on their child’s face while keeping that smile healthy. But a healthy smile starts with a good foundation. Here are some tips to start your little one off on the right foot:

Daily routines. Repetition is the best way to start a good habit, so make sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Supervisor their work until they can thoroughly do it themselves. Once teeth coming in begin to touch, introduce flossing.

First dental visit. The AAPD suggests baby’s first dental visit occur when their first tooth comes in, or around the age of one. Keeping them on a six-month dental schedule will not only ensure they keep a healthy smile, but will also help prevent dental anxiety as they grow.

You are what you eat. We can instill all the dental knowledge we can, but if you have a bad diet, it won’t help. Same goes for your little one. Keep things in moderation. Limit the sugary snacks, cooked starches and sweetened drinks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding pediatric dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Tulsa and Owasso.

Moustaches and Mouths: Protect Your Face | Skiatook Dentist

It’s November, the time of year the weather gets chillier and men’s faces get hairy for a good cause. Movember is a month-long journey where men stop shaving to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Why not celebrate the month by focusing on their oral health? After all, it is a known fact that men are less inclined to watch their health in general, much less their teeth. Here are a few ways for men to embrace the attention from their moustaches and look after their dental health:

Regular dental checkups. According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, women are almost twice as likely as men to have had a regular dental checkup in the past year. Make an appointment today. In fact, if you are athletic, ask your dentist about a mouth guard to prevent any dental accidents on the field.

Daily dental care. According to the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association, the average man is less likely to brush his teeth twice a day (49% compared with 56.8% of women), and more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease can put you at risk for other health issues not dental-based. Brush twice daily for two minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Reach every surface of the tooth and gently clean between the teeth and the gums.

Monitor your heart health. There are plenty of medications that can give you dry mouth. Saliva cleans bacteria and food particles from your teeth, so developing a dry mouth increases your risk for cavities and gum disease.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding men’s dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Tulsa and Owasso.

Thankfully, Halloween Is Only One Day a Year | Skiatook Dentist

As soon as October hits, the air turns from Indian summer to chilly Fall. And just like that, out come the cutest little ghouls and goblins waiting to trick-or-treat. Yes, the tiny humans in your family are especially excited about this sugary nightmare of a holiday and there is little a parent can do. After all, we know that too much of a sugary thing will only lead to dental issues in the future. But there is no need to deprive your child of this sweetest of holidays, just keep an eye on what it could do to their teeth. The following is a list of your child’s Halloween dental health enemies:

Sour. Sour candies can ruin your tooth enamel by combining sweet with sour for a pH level of 2.5, a level that high can cause serious damage to developing teeth so keep them clear of this fruity confection.

Sticky. It may seem fairly harmless, but sticky candy is some of the worst for teeth. Not only does the sticky texture stick to your teeth’s surface and in their crevices, but they can also loosen dental fixtures, like braces or fillings.

Gummi. Similar to caramels and other sticky candies, gummy candies also stick to the crevices of your teeth, making it difficult to remove with a brushing or a quick rinse of water.

Hard. Not only can hard candy damage teeth when bitten, but even if you don’t bite them, sucking on hard candy isn’t a quick process, making time for sugars to nestle into a tooth and cause cavities extensive.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding pediatric dentistry, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Tulsa, Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy and Owasso.

October Is National Dental Hygiene Month | Skiatook Dentist

I got a chuckle out of a saying I heard earlier this week, “You don’t have to brush your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.” Such a funny way to phrase it, yet completely apropos. And as we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, we should take a moment to take a look at the way we care for our teeth. You never know – you may find out that you could be doing a better job with just a few tweaks.

The four basic dental hygiene rules you should keep in mind for a healthy grin are as follows:

  • Brushing twice a day, morning and night, for at least two minutes each session. Keeping cavity-causing bacteria from settling in your mouth will prevent future dental issues.
  • Flossing once a day, ideally before you sleep. Flossing gets in between places your toothbrush can’t, keeping your gums strong and healthy.
  • Limiting the snacks consumed, especially those full of sugar, each day. Try healthier options when available. A quick rinse with water will also clear out excess sugars.
  • Visiting the dentist every 3-6 months for regular checkups and professional cleaning. Keeping dental appointments will not only give your mouth a deep cleaning, but the checkup will point out issues that may be arising, as well as give you better insight as to what you need to do to improve your smile.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental hygiene, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Tulsa, Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy and Owasso.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream | Skiatook Dentist

We love ice cream any time of year, but especially during the summer. The heat is unbearable and a quick way to cool down is to enjoy a chilly treat like ice cream or a fruity popsicle. The issue is, the sugar intake involved in making these frozen concoctions can definitely cause some dental issues if you over-indulge.

It truly is a shame that ice cream is bad for our teeth – it’s just the thing to beat the summertime heat. But the sugar turns into food for plaque, and plaque is the beginning stages of future dental issues, like cavities and tooth decay. The more sugar you have on your teeth, the easier it is for the plaque to feed on it. If you have poor dental hygiene, it will surely lead to a dental visit in the future.

The good thing is, there are frozen treats you can have that are not only good for our diet, but also good for your teeth. There are thousands of recipes that not only use fresh foods, but are also easy to make. One of the best ideas is frozen fruit ice cream. Freeze some bananas chunks and strawberries overnight. Strawberries have malic acid, which helps remove teeth stains. Throw it in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use more strawberries for a sorbet, more bananas for a creamier texture. But that’s it – just frozen fruit and you have a healthy sugar-free treat for everyone!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding summertime dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.

Should You See a Dentist in the Summer? | Skiatook Dentist

We all try to put off going to the dentist for as long as possible. It is wise to go twice a year, but planning it into your schedule isn’t something we jump at the chance to do. But is there a good time of year to schedule that visit? Believe it or not there is – summertime.

I know what you’re thinking, why would I visit the dentist in the middle of the sweetest of seasons? Because it is the sweetest of seasons. Not only are we smiling amidst all our summer fun, but is it a good idea to check on any dental issues you may have. After all, who wants tooth sensitivity when there are so many chilly treats to enjoy in the summer sun? Here are just a few reasons you may want to reconsider a summertime dental visit:

School’s out for summer. The main reason we find it tough to find the time to schedule a dental appointment is because our lives don’t allow for it. Between PTA meetings and soccer games, it seems like we never have a free moment during the school year. Having the summer free of all these activities makes family check-ups a snap.

Hot sun in the summertime. Let’s face it – summer is incredibly hot. There is little we want more during the summer, is to cool off. If your dentist is like most, their dental office is pumping air conditioning into their office, making it the coolest place to be!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding summertime dental visits, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.

How Does Diabetes Affect My Smile? | Skiatook Dentist

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are faced with a lot of different life changes. Your new diet, your new glucose levels, how to keep both of them on track. But did you know that your teeth are also involved when it comes to your health? It’s true. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, there are a few things you need to look out for…

Because your diabetes affect so many areas – from eyes to kidneys, it is necessary to know to that you are at risk for a lot of unwanted dental issues. And if left unchecked, these dental issues can only get much worse. So, if you do find that dental issues are arising, make sure you check where you are as far as your smile is concerned. After all, high glucose levels will inevitably make the perfect environment for all of those cavity-causing bacteria. If you find that you are a victim of one of these symptoms, make sure you plan a visit to the dentist to find out how you can keep your smile as healthy as possible:

  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth decay
  • Salivary gland dysfunction
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Thrush
  • Taste impairment

Just so you know, all hope is not lost – there are ways for you to control the effects of diabetes on your mouth. Make sure you keep up with your dental health. Brush your teeth twice a day, make sure you don’t forget to floss, and make sure you visit the dentist twice a year.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding diabetes and your dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.

How to Get Your Kids to Brush | Skiatook Dentist

As a parent, it is important that our child’s health is in top form. We take them to the doctor if they get ill, and make sure they are healthy in the meantime. One of the best ways to make sure they are healthy is by maintaining their oral health. After all, our mouth is the first line of defense against lots of illnesses. Unfortunately, there is nothing a little human dislikes more than brushing their teeth. So, how do you instill good oral health? Here are a few tips:

Make it fun. Kids love games, so why not make this “chore” fun? Buy fun tooth accessories or create a competition if you have more than one child. Who brushes longest, who has the most bubbles when they gargle. Nothing wrong than a little healthy competition when it comes to being healthy.

Never underestimate the power of a bribe. It may sound bad, but there is nothing wrong with having goals. Treat brushing like a chore wheel. If they work towards a reward, they will be much more inclined to participate. Think of it as a catalyst to building good habits.

Family time. There are no reasons why you can’t turn a daily routine into family togetherness. We all need to brush every day, why not do it together? Not only will this be a chance to spend some time together, but you can also show them the correct way to brush and floss. The better you teach them, the less chance they will have major dental issues in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.