Category Archives: Preventive Dental Care

How to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

Young boy smiles at his mom after brushing his teeth at the bathroom sink

Good oral hygiene is just as important for kids as for adults! We understand that many kids struggle with brushing their teeth. But poor brushing habits can make your child more vulnerable to developing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Here are some ideas to help your child be more consistent about brushing their teeth every day:

  1. Start Young
  2. Habits started young are more likely to persist as a child gets older. Start cleaning a baby’s gums every night with a damp, soft cloth. As soon as they start getting teeth, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush and a tiny smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Once your child has two teeth touching, you should begin flossing too. Starting early helps your child get used to the routine and feel of using a toothbrush and floss.

  3. Let Them Choose Their Tools
  4. Children like to feel a sense of control. Letting them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste can be a simple way to help them feel more involved in their oral hygiene. Whenever it’s time to replace their toothpaste or toothbrush, you could bring your child with you to the store to pick their next soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Or you could buy two different toothbrushes and/or toothpaste flavors and allow them to choose which to use each morning and night.

  5. Play a Song for 2 Minutes
  6. Your child may be brushing their teeth twice a day, but are they brushing for the full two minutes each time? To encourage them to brush long enough, play two minutes of their favorite song. This can keep your child more engaged in brushing, especially if you join in and brush your teeth too.

  7. Use an App
  8. There are many brushing apps available for both iOS and Android that are designed specifically for kids. Using colorful characters and music, the timers let your child know how long they should brush each section of their mouth.

Kid-Friendly Dentistry in Denver, CO

Brushing and flossing at home are essential for maintaining good oral health. Your child should also visit the dentist at least every six months for cleanings and exams! Vero Dental sees patients of all ages – including babies – and offers family block appointments for your convenience. Please contact us if you have additional questions about how to encourage your child to brush their teeth or if you want to schedule appointments for your family at our office. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Give Your Smile a Spring Cleaning!

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It is finally springtime! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and chances are you’re ready to get out and enjoy the longer days and beautiful weather.

If you haven’t scheduled one of your twice-yearly routine cleanings yet or even if you haven’t seen the dentist in many years, now is a fantastic time to give your smile a boost with a preventive cleaning and checkup at Vero Dental. Our team would be delighted to help you have a healthy smile!

Preventive Cleanings & Checkups

Your oral health can change rapidly. It doesn’t take long to develop a cavity, especially if you have an inconsistent oral healthcare routine or a poor diet. Preventive cleanings help give your teeth and gums a reset every six months so your chances of developing decay or gum disease are significantly reduced.

At Vero Dental, we carefully floss, polish, and remove tartar from your teeth and below the gum line before we conduct a professional examination to make sure your oral health is in good shape. Depending on the outcome of your examination, you’ll also have time to speak with our friendly team about any specialized treatments you might need or be interested in.

Spruce Up Your Smile This Spring!

Vero Dental also offers specialized restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, including crowns, veneers, professional teeth whitening, dental implants, and full-mouth reconstruction. No matter your needs and budget, we can build a treatment plan that is right for you.

Affordable Dental Care in Denver, CO

Don’t let your smile hibernate for any longer! We’d love to help you reach your smile goals, beginning with a professional dental cleaning and examination at our modern office in Denver, CO. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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5 Tips for Healthy Gums

Brunette man wearing a green shirt and sunglasses smiles by a lake with healthier gums in Denver, CO

Happy National Gum Disease Awareness Month! Now is the time to check-in on your gum health, and consider what you can do to safeguard or improve it. In this post, we’ll go over our five top tips for promoting healthy gums.

  1. Brush Right
  2. When it comes to gum health, your general oral care is a top priority. When you’re caring for your teeth, you’re also caring for your gums. Need a refresher on great oral care? Brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush is a must. Make sure you’re doing it for two minutes each time, and that you’re not brushing too forcefully. Aggressive brushing can damage the teeth and gums.

  3. Never Skip Flossing
  4. Brushing and flossing go hand-in-hand. So in addition to daily brushing, you need to be flossing daily. Why? Flossing gets at the places that a toothbrush just can’t. Dental floss can reach the pesky plaque hiding between your teeth and under your gums, which is a key culprit in causing gum disease.

  5. Eat a Balanced Diet
  6. A healthy diet full of lean proteins, fruits, and veggies, and low in processed sugars and carbohydrates, will help you create less plaque, which means you reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

  7. Stay Hydrated
  8. Drinking lots of water is excellent for both your overall health and your oral health. Water rinses out the mouth and removes food particles and plaque that cause gum disease. Plus, it stimulates saliva production. Saliva is a key element in your mouth’s defense against disease and decay. It contains powerful enzymes that fight germs and promote healthy gums.

  9. Visit Vero Dental in Denver, CO
  10. When it comes to gum disease, early detection is the best way to beat it. Visit our dental office twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. At these appointments, our Denver dentists will evaluate your mouth for oral health issues, like gum disease and tooth decay. But if you notice your gums are swollen, tender, bleeding, and abnormally red, schedule your next appointment ASAP so we can help you achieve healthier gums!

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