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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

February 4, 2014

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

At what age should parents bring their child to the dentist for their first visit? And what are your tips for preparing your child for their first dental visit?

Christine: Children should have their 1st visit when they are emotionally ready but no later than 3 years of age.  Parents should look at the teeth regularly and have the child looked at if any dark spots or suspicious areas are noted.   Prepare your child for the dentist by only saying positive things about a dentist. Speak with excitement.  Read books about dental visits and have them watch you or a sibling at the dentist.

Aesthetic Dentistry By Design 719-599-0700

Tips For Brushing Baby’s Teeth

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! We asked our Hygienist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design:

What are some tips for parents of babies who are starting to brush those first teeth?

It’s best to use the tiniest amount of toothpaste and a type specific for toddlers and infants.  A good approach is to allow child to brush themselves, then parent can do so after.  If child is very resistant, then wipe teeth with wet washcloth to remove plaque.

How to protect your healthy smile while wearing braces

January 21, 2014

Attention Teens! Orthodontic treatment is an important investment in your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible.

While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums.

The hygienist at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design has seen many teen patients lately who haven’t been taking good care of their teeth while wearing braces.

She shares some tips on the whys and how of protecting your smile while wearing braces.

Greater Risk of Tooth Decay

The brackets and wires on braces have many nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems may be higher while you are wearing braces.

Permanent damage to tooth enamel (such as white chalk marks due to decalcification) can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean.

How To Keep Your Teeth Clean

1. Remove the plaque – Use an electric tooth brush like Sonicare and brush for the recommended, full 2 minutes.

2. Use a WaterpikA Waterpik Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip is designed with a tapered brush on the end to help remove plaque that sticks to the brackets and between your teeth. It also helps flush out the bacteria and food debris from around teeth and under the gums.

3. Use a Platypus Flosser – Features a Spatula end to fit under the arch wire and a Bracket Pick for around brackets.  Free samples are available at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.

While you are having orthodontic treatment, you need to continue to have regular check-ups with Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to ensure little problems don’t become big ones.  719-599-0700

Baby Teeth and Cavities – Does It Really Matter?

February 1, 2011

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 11:02 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist, Yee Fong, “Does it really matter if a baby tooth gets a cavity?”

Yes it does matter!! Your child’s teeth need to be strong and healthy to chew, speak, smile with confidence, to sing, play a musical instrument and maintain proper space for the adult dentition to erupt into their proper position.

If your child prematurely loses a tooth/teeth, the tooth beside it may drift into the empty space, which then doesn’t allow for the adult teeth to erupt into it’s proper place. If your child has a tooth decay this can also cause a toothache and can be very uncomfortable for them!

Your child’s teeth are just as important as your adult teeth!

Call 719-599-0700 for your hygiene appointment.

Children’s Books About Visiting The Dentist

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 10:57 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist, Yee Fong, “What are some of your favorite children’s books about visiting the dentist?

There’s a lot of great children’s books about visiting the dentist, so definitely choose one that your child can relate to. For example, if your child likes to watch Dora the Explorer or Little Bill, there are children’s books with Dora talking about her visit to the dentist.

I have a few books I personally enjoy for children:

“Going to the Dentist” by Anne Civardi

“Just Going to the Dentist” by Mercer Mayer


“What to Expect When you go to the Dentist” by Heidi Murkoff and Laura Rader


Read Yee’s tips for preparing your child for their first dental visit.

Dr. Gasper likes to have the 1st visit for  children between 2 ½ -3 years of age.

Call 719-599-0700 for your hygiene appointment.

Tips for preparing your child for their first dental visit.

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 10:45 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist, Yee Fong, for some tips on preparing your child for their first dental visit.

  • Read a book about what your child can expect.
  • Always talk positively about your dental experience (even if you may not like going or have had a bad dental experience).
  • Tell your child in a fun manner the ‘slurpee straw’ we use to get to water out or the ‘ small water gun/sprayer’ we use to rinse to teeth out (like we’re giving their teeth a shower), the ‘cool polisher’ we use to make their teeth sparkle.
  • Bring your child with you during YOUR dental visit or if you have an older child who’s going to the dentist bring your younger child along.
  • You can always bring your child into our office even if you don’t have an appointment (several times) to meet our friendly staff, so your child can become familiar with our office, the environment and the different sounds they might hear.

Call 719-599-0700 for your hygiene appointment.

Chewing gum and kids. Yeah or Nay?

January 31, 2011

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 8:07 pm

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygenist, Yee Fong, “Chewing gum and kids. Yeah or Nay?”

There are no specific guidelines on what age a child can chew gum, each child’s development is unique and variable, therefore it’s up to the parent to decide.

It’s important for any parent to be aware that it’s a possible choking hazard, and to make sure the child knows not to swallow  gum.

When you think your child is ready, chewing sugarless gum is a great way to create more saliva in your mouth, which can neutralize plaque acid and help reduce erosion of tooth enamel. Studies have shown that chewing gum can increase alertness, focus and concentration, so I would say chewing gum has a lot of great benefits but just make sure your child is ready for it!

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 8:00 pm

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist, Yee Fong, to “Talk about Baby Bottle Tooth decay.  How to prevent it. Why it’s dangerous.”

Baby bottle tooth decay often occurs on the upper front teeth, however other teeth can be affected as well. Prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar, like fruit juice and sweetened water, milk, breast milk and formula can and will cause decay. Decay is more likely to occur when a parent allows their child to sleep with the bottle in their mouth or when a bottle is used (instead of a pacifier) for a fussy baby. The sugary liquids pool around the teeth while a child is asleep and bacteria use these sugars as food and the bacteria in turn produce acids that attack the teeth.

There are several ways to prevent baby bottle tooth decay, but the most obvious is NOT to allow your child to sleep with a bottle and to make sure after each feeding to wipe the baby’s gums with a clean damp wash cloth. Do not dip a pacifier into to juice, honey or sugar, as this can cause decay. When your child has his/hers first tooth, begin using a wash cloth AND a pediatric toothbrush and toothpaste (with fluoride) to help reduce decay. Encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday, and reduce or prolonged use of a sippy cup.

Not only does sleeping with a bottle cause decay, but it’s also a choking hazard! Whether your child sleeps on his/her stomach, back or side if any food or liquid is present in the mouth while they’re asleep they can potentially choke and death may occur.

Aesthetic Dentistry By Design 719-599-0700.

Dental Sealants at Aesthetic Dentistry By Design

In honor of February and National Children’s Dental Health Month, we asked our hygienist, Yee Fong, “Talk about dental sealants. Does Dr. Gasper suggest them?”

“Dental sealants are a great preventative measure against tooth decay!

Due to the natural anatomic patterns of our teeth, we all have pits and fissures (on the chewing surface) which bacteria love to harbor in.  With a simple procedure, which does not involve anesthetic we place a plastic resin over these pits/fissures (on molars and premolars) to create a smooth surface, along with a self cleansing surface to prevent decay.

Dental sealants are not only beneficial for children, but for adults as well!”
Call for your sealant appointment 719-599-0700.

Aesthetic Dentisty By Design Gives Career Advice To Teens

January 27, 2011

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month,teens — admin @ 8:01 pm

If any teens are interested in going into the dental field, what advise do you have for them?

Hygeinist Yee Fong: “Find a great dental office and ask to volunteer regularly, even if it’s for a front desk or sterilization position.

Do your research and find out what it is you’d like to do in the dental field (dental assisting, dental hygiene, dentist, dental forensics, dental rep etc).

Being in the dental field (or in any medical field) is really about caring and having the desire to build relationships with patients, along with great patient care of course.”

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