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.

Straightening Things Out | Skiatook Dentist

Let’s face it – your smile is less than perfect. It’s a new year, why not make the jump to give yourself a new smile? Braces are a great way to help fix your bite and straighten your teeth, but you may have a question or two before making that investment. Here are some basic, yet highly informative questions you may want to run by your dentist at your consultation:

How long will the treatment take?

When it comes to braces, each patient is different, but you should be able to get a ballpark figure.

How painful is it going to be?

The shifting of your teeth and how the braces rub inside of your mouth can be quite uncomfortable, but there are lots of options to alleviate the pain as the adjust.

Are there foods to avoid?

Gum or anything sticky, soda and any type of hard candy are universally recognized as bad for people with braces.

Should I brush my teeth differently?

Take the time to ask the orthodontist about the proper brushing and flossing method to remove all the food particles lodged in between your teeth and gums.

What about head gear?

There are cases where headgear is used to correct an underbite.

How often do I have to come for adjustments?

You will need monthly visits so that they can check the progress, as well as make any necessary adjustments.

What is the total cost?

You will want to ask just how much the whole procedure will cost you, as well as any payment plans offered so it’ll be easier on their wallet.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding braces, 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.

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.

Diabetes: What Your Teeth Need to Know | Skiatook Dentist

Having diabetes is definitely going to affect more a lot of your overall health, but one affected area you may not realize is your teeth. It’s true – not taking care of your diabetes and blood levels will likely cause more dental issues down the road beyond cavities. Because it is a blood-related disease, poorly watched diabetes can lead to oral infections.

Dry mouth is common among people with diabetes. And because saliva is important to oral health, when not producing enough, bacteria thrive, tissues can get irritated and inflamed, and your teeth can be more prone to decay. But worry not – there are lots of simple things you can do to keep things under control. After all, you have a new lifestyle now, and this is going to be an allover lifestyle change:

  • Make sure you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day to help curb bacteria that can cause plaque buildup on teeth and gums
  • Check your mouth for inflammation or signs of bleeding gums and report any findings to your dentist
  • Visit a dentist for a cleaning at least every 6 months to clear up any plaque that has begun to build up

The most important thing you need to do when diagnosed with diabetes is to make sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes and any meds you take. You may even need to see a periodontist who specializes in gum disease.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding diabetic dental tips, 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.

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.

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.