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

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

How Nuts Can Improve Your Smile | Skiatook Dentist

If we are trying to get healthier, there are a million and a half ways to get there. Keeping active is always necessary to keep the ol’ ticker moving, but our diets are also intricate in maintaining our health. One of the more recent health crazes is nut consumption. Anywhere you look, it seems our foods have become invaded by a variety of nuts. And for the most part, it is a delightful addition to most meals. That is, unless you have a nut allergy. In honor of National Pecan Month, let’s take a look at just how good these delightful little treats are for our overall health. Because the benefits of nuts go well beyond your taste buds. Here’s are the reasons why your body and smile benefit from nuts:

Snacking on nuts is a win-win regardless of your dietary restrictions. They’re packed with protein, fiber, essential fats and a whole lot of vitamins. Almonds and walnuts are full of calcium and vitamin E, which benefit skin and bones. Brazil nuts help with thyroid function and heart health while also buffing out your pearly whites!

From protein to potassium, there are just so many minerals found in nuts that benefit our mouths, it’s tough to not make them a part of your diet every day:

  • Protein supports tooth structure and development
  • Phosphorous strengthens tooth enamel
  • Magnesium helps enamel while resisting decay
  • Zinc strengthens tissue connectivity

The health benefits of nuts seem never-ending! So, when you are looking for a tasty treat to nosh on, why not pick up a handful of nuts? They are the ideal tooth-healthy snack!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the benefits of nuts on your dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or

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

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are essentially replacements used by people who have more than just a few missing teeth. They can be worn, as well as taken out anytime, but while that proves to be much of a convenience, plenty of people dislike dentures. The main reason for this is that dentures will never feel the same as natural teeth. Though, with the advancements made in modern dental medicine, today’s dentures are much more natural looking and more comfortable to wear.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures used – full and partial. The dentist will be the one to decide which type of denture is best for you, a decision that’s based on whether all of your teeth are replaced or only a portion of it, as well as the cost involved.
How Dentures Work
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory using impressions that are taken by dentists from their patient’s mouth.
They work, or at least full dentures do, by having a flesh-colored acrylic base being fitted over the gums. The base of the upper denture is then made to cover the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is made to be similar in shape to that of a horseshoe to make it easier for you the tongue to fit.
• Conventional Dentures – This type of denture is placed in the mouth after the dentist has removed all the remaining teeth and the tissues have been given enough time to heal. The healing process is usually what turns off most people from conventional dentures because apart from it taking many months to heal, you will be without teeth the whole time.

• Immediate Full Dentures – As the name suggests, immediate full dentures can be inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. This means no more healing involved, which is good news since you don’t have to ever be without your teeth as well. The problem, though, is that the dentures have to be relined constantly to make sure that the denture does not become loose.

• Partial Dentures – Partial dentures rest on a metal framework that’s attached to your remaining teeth and are generally considered as a removable alternative to bridges. There are certain cases where a crown may be used to serve as anchors for the denture.
Proper Care and Maintenance
Your dentures will be relined, remade and sometimes, even rebased over time. This is because your mouth will change as you age and sometimes, these changes may cause your dentures to become loose, which could lead to worse dental problems if not fixed immediately.
It’s best to see your dentist at least once a year for a thorough examination of the current condition of your dentures.
Here are a few additional tips to help you take better care of your dentures:
• Always stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpets when handling your dentures. This is to prevent the dentures from breaking if dropped by accident.

• Place your dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution or plain water when you’re not wearing them to prevent them from drying out. Avoid using hot water as this may cause the dentures to warp.

• Don’t forget to brush your dentures as often as you would your natural set of teeth to free it of plaque and food deposits. You can also use an ultrasonic cleaner, though, brushing and flossing are still better, as well as cheaper options.

• Before inserting your dentures, brush your gums, tongue and palate using a soft-bristled brush. This helps remove plaque and promote circulation in your tissues.

• If your dentures show signs of becoming loose, or breaking, chipping and/or cracks, go see your dentist immediately. Attempting to adjust or fix them yourself may result in irreversible damage and unnecessary expenses.

If you are missing several teeth and are interested in dentures, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at 918-396-3711. Visit the website to learn more about the practice by visiting