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Teens Interested in a Dental Career

February 4, 2014

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

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

Christine: See if they can visit and observe in a local office.  Also make sure you like Biological Sciences.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700

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

Back to School: Back to Dental Routine

September 13, 2013

Kids and parents tend to get away from a good oral hygiene routine during the summer, so with the school buses rolling and school bells ringing, this is a good time to get back on track.

Here are some additional tips to practice good oral care during the school year:

  • School-age children should see a dentist twice a year, because this is a time of great change in the mouth as many kids transition from baby teeth to permanent ones.
  • Children should also drink plenty of water during the school day.
  • Send kids to after school practice with fruits, nuts, bite-sized carrots and bottled water that will deliver the energy kids need without the downside of sugary snacks.
  • Finally, Dr. Gasper encourages parents to fit their sports-minded children with mouth guards to protect their teeth and jaw. Under Armour mouth guards are available at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design at 719-599-0700

Summertime Dental: Taking Care of your Teeth

July 3, 2013

Filed under: Children,Dental Care,Emergencies,teens,Travel,Uncategorized — admin @ 4:26 pm

Summertime is for cookouts, going to the pool, swimming in the sea and lying in the sun.

However, researchers warn that during summer the number of dental related accidents and dental damages is much higher than throughout the rest of the year.

Children are involved in many collision injuries which result in damaged or even knocked out teeth, and they are at a higher risk of injuring their teeth at the side of the pool or by falling from the bike.

Call our office at 719-599-0700 should you encounter a dental emergency.

Additionally, summer is also the time for drinking sodas, white wine, and sports drinks in excess. Try to be careful and moderate your intake of these harmful beverages, which are highly acidic and destroy the dental enamel quickly. Instead, limit yourself to as much pure water as possible, and drink the favorite beverages only occasionally.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700

Back to school check up

July 2, 2013

Filed under: Children,Dental Care,Dental Facts,teens,Uncategorized — admin @ 9:17 am

The ADA has a

When scheduling health care appointments, don’t overlook a dental checkup for your child. A dental examination is as important as booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations.

More than one-half of all children aged 5 to 9 years have at least one cavity or filling. A painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to diffi-culty in eating, speaking and concentrating. Children with chronic dental pain may not always voice their problem. They may appear anxious, depressed or tired, but teachers may not recognize their pain. Dental problems also cause many children to miss school.
Regular dental checkups and preventive dental care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatment, provide children with “smile” insurance. Routine
dental examinations uncover problems that can be treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal and restorations may be small. This helps prevent painful, chronic conditions and saves money.
Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs for your Back To School Check Up. 719-599-0700.

The Perfect College Care Package Item: A Toothbrush

September 9, 2011

Filed under: Children,Dental Care,teens — admin @ 9:58 am

Do you have a child away at college this fall?  Throw in a toothbrush along with other “We are thinking of you” items.

Skipping balanced meals in favor of snacking on sugary, carbohydrate-rich ‘convenience’ foods and beverages. A steady diet of pizza and soda, donuts and cappuccino can take a toll on oral health.

When college students eat carbs, they never eat alone.  Oral bacteria also feed on those insidious sugars and carbohydrates. This bacterial pig-out produces a sticky film called plaque that attaches to your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed every day, it builds up and eventually turns into a cement-like substance called tartar.

When you study for your college exams, don’t forget to prep for your next dental exam with these dental care tips:

  • When you are cramming for an important exam or rushing to an early class, brushing your teeth is probably the last thing on your mind.
  • However, it needs to be the first thing you think about after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed.
  • It takes only a couple of minutes twice a day to preserve your teeth and gums for a lifetime.
  • In addition to making healthier food choices, use fluoride toothpaste, thoroughly brush your teeth and gums twice each day, and floss at least once every day.

And when you come home for a school break, come see us at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design: 719-599-0700.

Today’s Trendy Oral Piercings May Lead To Tomorrow’s Periodontal Disease

August 9, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care,Gum Disease,teens — admin @ 7:08 pm

Many people looking to express themselves artistically turn to piercings instead of tattoos because they feel as though the jewelry can be taken out later, whereas tattoos are permanent.  Unfortunately, piercings can leave lasting effects long after the jewelry is removed.

Oral piercings, including lip rings, can cause gum recession, which can lead to decay and periodontal disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the tissue that supports the bone that holds the teeth in place, according to the AAP.

Additional oral health risks include:

  • Chipped teeth from piercings in the tongue, lips and cheeks.
  • Many people wind up chipping their teeth as a result of playing with the jewelry in their mouth or accidentally biting the jewelry while eating.
  • Lip rings also run the risk of wearing a groove in teeth where the ring rests.
  • Infection is also a possibility with oral piercings.
  • There is so much bacteria in our mouths, that there is a good chance of getting an infection at the piercing site.

If you suspect damage from oral piercings, Aesthetic Dentistry by Design can help. 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.”

Aesthetic Dentistry By Design 719-599-0700

This Sports Season, Give Your Child And Team a Competitive Edge

Would you like to increase your strength, speed, and balance without any training?

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Professional athletes across the nation are stepping up their game with the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear.

Sports teams are benefiting as well!

More than just a mouthguard, Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is custom designed to reduce jaw tension, allowing you to focus on what’s important – smearing the competition!

When you train and compete, your natural reaction is to clench your jaw. It’s part of the “fight or flight” wiring of your brain. Your clenched jaw and teeth compress your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), triggering the release of excess amounts of performance-sapping hormones (like cortisol) that produce stress, fatigue and distraction.

UA Performance Mouthwear helps the human body help itself by unlocking the power of the jaw. Patented ArmourBiteTM Technology prevents your teeth from clenching and pivots your jaw forward to relieve pressure on the TMJ. Gone are the excess negative hormones and the energy-draining effects, so the body can now unleash its full potential.

It’s recommended for adults, children eight and older and teams who play contact, no-contact, and limited-contact sports, including football, baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf.

Learn more.

Free consultation for coaches and teams! 719.599.0700.

5 Ways To Wean Teens Off Sugary Drinks

October 20, 2010

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month,teens — admin @ 9:08 am

Sodas, sports beverages, energy drinks. Teens love them!

We found a great article on the blog for 1-800-Dentist on how to help your teen wean off sugary drinks which will help prevent tooth decay! Tooth decay tops the Surgeon General’s list of chronic childhood diseases.

From the article:

Switching to healthier alternative beverages — doesn’t have to be traumatic. Most kids are perfectly happy drinking healthier choices. Here are five of our tooth-friendly favorites:

1. Water – Always economical and typically infused with fluoride, calorie-free tap water is still nature’s number-one thirst quencher.

2. Fruit Juice Fizzers – A splash of 100 percent fruit juice mixed with seltzer or sparkling water is a refreshing way to transition kids from soda to healthier beverages.

3. Sporty Half & Half’s – A 50/50 mix of sport drink and water creates a cool drink kids love. The best part? It dramatically reduces the sugars and acids found in most sports drinks.

4. Tea – Chilled black tea lightly sweetened with honey or stevia is a healthy alternative to canned iced teas.

5. Low-fat Milk – This old favorite is packed with bone-building, teeth-strengthening calcium.

Remember, it’s important to act as a good role model and reinforce “oral healthy” lifestyle choices with your own beverage selection.

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