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Posts for: November, 2016


When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

By Robert L. Wyler DDS, SC
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn why teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure worldwide.

If you've thought about whitening your teeth, you'd be joining the people who make America the number one country in the world for teeth whiteningteeth whitening procedures. This affordable cosmetic dental treatment makes a great impression on those who see you smile and the results from whitening treatments performed at Dr. Robert Wyler's dental office in Waukesha, Wisconsin, are unmatched. You can learn more about in-office teeth whitening in this blog post.

How does teeth whitening work?

Most whitening products, including those you can find over the counter or online, use peroxide-based ingredients that introduce oxygen to the tiny crevices in the enamel of the teeth. This oxygenation process breaks apart the molecules of the stains that have built up inside the crevices, making them easier to remove and eventually restoring your teeth to their natural whiteness.

Why is professional whitening preferred?

Although over the counter whitening products like strips and toothpaste contain the same ingredients your Waukesha dentist uses, the professional-grade treatments have a much higher concentration of peroxide, resulting in much faster and more significant results. It can take several months of diligent usage of store-bought whitening products before seeing a significant improvement in the color of your teeth. When you visit Dr. Wyler's Waukesha, Wisconsin, office for a whitening procedure, your results are immediately visible.

We may suggest follow-up treatments to help you maintain your new whitened smile, particularly if they have a coffee-drinking habit that can reintroduce staining agents to the teeth.

If you would like to learn more about professional teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic procedures we offer, we encourage you to contact Dr. Robert Wyler in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile and your self-confidence!