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Getting teens to brush



How do I get my teen to brush their teeth?


When children hit puberty, brushing habits can start to slip.  Not only can habits slip, but it becomes harder to monitor things like their sugar intake as well. These two facts can be bad news for teeth.  As parents we hear that we need to choose our battles with our teens.  Oral hygiene is a battle worth fighting.  Down the road poor hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease and eventually tooth loss.  Battling teenagers takes consistency and sometimes creativity.

Explain in detail now that your child is a teen.

Play off of this vain age. Talk to your teen about long term consequences. Play up on the fact that not brushing is bad for their looks as well as their health. Yellow teeth, discolored teeth, bad breath and red gums are all very unattractive. Remind your teen how attractive a beautiful smile is.

Make it more interesting.

Upgrade their tooth brush, tooth paste and mouth wash to adult care. Play off technology and have them listen to their ipod while they brush. Have your teen google visuals of poor oral hygiene and what bacteria looks like under a microscope.  An age appropriate reward system never hurts.

Go to the experts.

All of us parents know that teens listen to others better then to us most of the time.  Make sure your child is still going to the dentist for their regular check ups. Have our doctors and team go over brushing and what will happen if they don't.  If you would like us to spend extra time going over oral hygiene, just ask and we will be happy to.  Make sure though that you do not use going to the dentist as a punishment.  

Remember to be a good example.

Monkey see, monkey do. Remember that your teen now more then ever notices your choices. A parent who takes care of their teeth and goes to the dentist regularly is more likely to  pass on these good habits to their children.

The Importance of baby Teeth



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Baby teeth are as important to infants and children as permanent teeth are to older children and adults. The average for first teeth to erupt is 6 months of age and all 20 primary teeth usually erupt by the age of three. 

Baby teeth:

  • are necessary for children to chew properly
  • hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums
  • are necessary for proper speech

If a child loses a baby tooth too early, the space must be saved with a space maintainer. Accidents and dental disease may be reasons for a primary tooth to be lost. If space is not maintained, the new permanent tooth may erupt out of its proper position. This can effect the positioning of other teeth that leads to crowding and bite misalignment that needs correction with orthodontics.

Regular dental check ups that offer preventative measures and diagnose disease early on, are important tools in keeping baby teeth healthy and in place until the permanent teeth are ready to erupt.

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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



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.


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.