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Spring Tooth Fairy education

As Spring comes to an end, we want to thank the following day cares and preschools for having us.

  • Kindercare in Golden
  • Kindercare in Green Mountain, Lakewood
  • 5280 childcare center in Golden
  • Wheatridge Recreation Center in Wheatridge
  • Irwin Preschool in Green Mountain, Lakewood

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It truly is a joy to teach young children. Our team has put together a fun and engaging presentation. Our tooth fairy starts with reading a funny book about her adventures and we put on a puppet show that talks about what to expect at the dentist. We discuss how kids can take care of their teeth at home and how they can even floss on their own . We include all children in the "sugar bug game" and play "pass the happy tooth" to quiz them on what they have learned.

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Every child goes home with a gift of dental necessities to help inspire them take care of their teeth. When it comes to kids, our goal is always prevention and education. 

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Getting braces off on time

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Your orthodontist will put together a treatment plan just for you. This treatment plan with include an estimate of time. There are things a patient can do to help with getting braces off on schedule. 

  • Coming to every appointment that patient is told to schedule
  • Keeping the teeth clean. Better oral hygiene can allow teeth to move quicker. 
  • Follow instructions given by the doctor and assistants. For example, wearing rubber bands if told to do so.
  • Stay away from certain foods that we tell you to. Such as sticky foods and hard foods. Chopping up solid foods like apples or hard crusted bread is recommended. This helps reduce broken brackets and wire damage.
  • Don't chew on things such as pencils or finger nails. Nervous habits like these or even playing with orthodontic rubber bands can prolong amount of time in treatment due to pushing teeth out of line.
  • Don't damage orthodontic appliances by chewing on ice, drinking soda/energy drinks, and eating sugary foods. These things can damage braces and sugary foods can cause tooth decay too.

Our team has a wooden nickel reward program for following instructions like these. Patients can save up these wooden nickels and choose from a handful of fun gift cards such as itunes and Target.

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April is National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month

 

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Soccer, skiing, football, karate, hockey and mountain biking. You name it, kids play it. Living in the foothills of active Colorado is a joy. The simple act of wearing a mouth guard can reduce dental injuries in children. When trauma occurs to the face, the teeth and jaw can be effected. It is very important to bring your child in to see a pediatric dentist for an exam and possibly X rays if a dental injury has occurred from facial trauma.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are very important to protect the teeth during sports and some activities like mountain biking. There are a few types to choose from.

Custom made. We do not recommend a custom mouth guard until all permanent teeth are present. This is because custom mouth guards can be expensive. You do not want to have one made that will not fit in the near future due to primary (baby) teeth falling out. 

Mouth formed or "boil and bite". Cost effective and available from sporting good stores. This type of mouth guard provides a better individual fit than a stock mouth guard. This type is also recommended for those wearing braces and receiving orthodontic treatment

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Stock or commercial mouth guards. Sold in the majority of sporting good or convenient stores. Inexpensive and easy to replace.

Because different sports involve different levels of risk. Talk with your pediatric dentist or orthodontist about  choosing the right mouth guard for your child and their sport. Choosing to combine a mouth guard and helmet with face guard is the best prevention with some sports.

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