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.

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.

Football Season Is Upon Us | Skiatook Dentist

It’s autumn once again, and you know what that means – time for some football. Tailgates and BBQs are the places to be during this crisp time of year. If you’re the one playing the game, you know that you’ll need to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums from potential injury.

Overall, there are three types of mouth guards – stock mouth guards, the boil-and-bite mouth guards, and the custom-made mouth guards. Of the three, boil-and-bite and custom-made mouth guards are considered as the better option as it provides a better fit compared to stock mouth guards, and at the same time, cost considerably less compared to custom-made guards.

In general, mouth guards are important because replacing missing teeth are costly. While boil-and-bite mouth guards are “molded” to fit your mouth, they’re not exactly custom-built to prevent them from being too bulky when worn.

For athletes, custom mouth guards are designed to ensure optimal oxygen flow throughout the body. The better an athlete’s oxygen intake is, the better they are able to perform, making custom guards the optimal choice for athletes. The process isn’t painful, but may take some time. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth to create and mold your very own mouth guard. That’s it. You have your very own custom mouth guard to prevent any dental issues from arising. Go, fight, win!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding tooth decay, 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.

Keep Dental Decay at Bay | Skiatook Dentist

Tooth decay is one dental issue that seems tougher to avoid than we think. Because we constantly have bacteria in our mouths, if we don’t keep up with proper dental hygiene, it is easy for bacteria to collect in our mouths and develop plaque, the main cause for tooth decay.

If you aren’t keeping up with your dental hygiene, food particles get stuck in the crevices in our teeth. Cavity-causing bacteria find this food and takes your leftovers. As they eat, they produce the acid responsible for causing our teeth to erode and decay. The more acid in our mouths, the more our tooth enamel begins to decay.

Enamel is the outermost layer of our teeth. It’s what makes our teeth look bright white and shiny. If it erodes, a person starts to feel the change in the structure of a tooth. Decay normally begins when the eroding acid reaches the pulp cavity which is the innermost layer of the teeth, which is when we begin to feel pain. This stage of decay is considered the most severe. Saliva settles in the crater that has formed in the structure of the tooth and makes the situation worse. Bad breath is a common symptom of chronic tooth decay due to the accumulation of saliva and dead food particles in the structure of the affected teeth. Keeping up with our dental hygiene is important. Our neglect is what causes our dental issues, so keep it up to avoid a dental emergency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding tooth decay, 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.

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Grin | Skiatook Dentist

Everyone wants a bright white smile, but for most it isn’t as easy as it seems. We can splurge on a professional whitening treatment, but it is a luxury we give to ourselves when our teeth are getting really dingy looking. Over-the-counter treatments are all fine and dandy, but the chemicals can be pretty rough on our teeth. So, what do we do to keep up with our sparkly white teeth? In honor of National Smile Week, let’s take a look at some things we can do at home:

Jelly or jam? Believe it or not, but there are plenty of foods you can eat that will improve your pretty smile. One of those fruits are strawberries. Yes, those sweet berries with the seeds that love to hide in between our teeth are actually great for scrubbing your tinged teeth because of its malic acid. The acid is what will remove tooth stains, so go ahead and eat them up.

Don’t say no to green. There are plenty of reasons why we eat veggies. I mean, the vitamins alone are plenty reason to indulge any time possible. Doesn’t celery look like floss? Could broccoli look any more like a toothbrush? These veggies, along with carrots and cauliflower, have teeth-friendly benefits we can’t deny. Sorry, kids…gotta eat your veggies.

Finish your milk. This one should be a given. Calcium-rich foods not only strengthen our tooth enamel, but the lactic acid contained in low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese will also help whiten your grin.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding healthy foods for 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.

Can Strawberries Brighten Your Smile? | Skiatook Dentist

‘Tis the season for lots of sweet juicy fruit and watermelon and berries are at the top of the Springtime wish list. In fact, May is National Strawberry Month. In honor of this juicy celebration, let’s take a look at ways eating this delicious fruit can help improve our dental health.

Sure, these bright red berries have lots of seeds. But did you know that having them lodged in your teeth gives you reason to brush after eating them, making this tasty treat work for your smile? Sure, sounds confusing but any time you give your teeth some extra attention is a good thing.

Another pro to strawberries is their acidity content. Strawberries have both citric acid and malic acid, and these two acids both help and hurt tooth enamel. You can have too much of a good thing and if you have a lot of acidity in your diet, it can wear out your teeth’s enamel. However, there is a natural way this tiny fruit can actually whiten your teeth naturally by mixing it with baking soda and making a paste for your teeth. Mix this paste and apply it to your teeth for five minutes, three times a day for ten days. It won’t be as effective as a professional whitening, but is a great option to naturally maintain a professional whitening procedure.

Springtime is always a great time to indulge in sweet treats and other fresh foods. Why not choose the best foods for your smile?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the benefits of strawberries on your teeth, 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.