Deborah Ashcraft, DMD, PC

 

Super Patient award

One of the greatest parts of visiting our office, besides leaving with a beautiful clean smile, is picking a prize at the end of a successful visit. Kids are given a Super Patient award gold token and have the option of choosing from a variety of toys, jewelry, and goodies from our treasure tower vending machine. Dig in kids, and see what new prizes we have for you this month!

Baby Brushing

Children’S Dental Books

Arthur’s Tooth By Marc Brown – Published by Scholastic Inc.
At the Dentist By Carol Greene – Published by Child’s World
Barney Goes to the Dentist By Linda Cress Dowdy – Published by Lyrick Publishing
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
By S. Berenstain – Published by Random House
Brush! Brush! Bunny By Lizzie Nanna – Published by Random House
Brush Your Teeth Please By Leslie McGuire – Published by Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing, Inc.
Bye Bye Bottle By Ellen Weiss, A Muppet Babies Big Step Book – Published by Western Publishing
The Crocodile and the Dentist By Taro Gomi – Published Scholastic Inc.
David Decides about Thumbsucking
By Susan Heitler, Ph.D. – Published by Reading Matters; 3 edition
Dear Tooth Fairy - The True Story of How the Tooth Fairy Came to Be  By Kath Mellentin and Tim Wood – Published by Oyster Books Ltd.
Franklin and the Tooth Fairy By Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark – Published by Scholastic Inc.
I'm Going to the Dentist By Maxie Chambliss – Published by Ladybird Books
I Know Why I Brush My Teeth By Kate Rowan – Published by Candlewick Press
Let’s Talk About Going to the Dentist By Marianne Johnstone – Published by Powerkids Press
Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth By Lucy Bate - Published by Crown Publishers, Inc.
Loose Tooth By Steven Kroll – Published by Holiday House
Martin and the Tooth Fairy By Bernie Chardiet and Grace Maccarone – Published by Chardiet Unlimited Inc.
The Mixed-Up Tooth Fairy By Keith Faulkner – Published by Scholastic Inc.
My Dentist By Harlow Rockwell – Published by Green Willow Books
My Dentist, My Friend By P.K. Hallinan – Published by Ideals Children’s Books
Open Wide - Tooth School Inside By Laurie Keller – Published by Henry Holt and Company
“P” is for Patience By Joanne M. Pasienza – Published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
The Real Tooth Fairy By Marilyn Kaye – Published by Harcourt Brace and Company
Sparkley, the Tooth Fairy By Mary Casey – Published by Meck and Co.
Spencer’s Toothbrush - An Adventure in Preventive Dental Health By Diane Tuggle – Published by Forerunner Press
Staying Healthy By Alice B. McKinty – Published by Powerpress Kids
The Story of the Tooth Fairy By Tom Paxton – Published by Morrow Junior Books
Taryn Goes to the Dentist By Jill Krementz – Published by Crown Publishers
The Tooth Book By Theo Le Sieg, Dr. Seuss – A Bright and Early Book - Published by Random House
The Tooth Chicken By Ricko Reinhert – Published by Ideals Publishing Corp.
This Tooth Bites! By Timothy Gower – Published by Planet Dexter, a division of Penguin Putnam

JUST FOR KIDS



9 Ways to Make Brushing Fun!

You can start using a finger toothbrush or a baby toothbrush to brush your baby's teeth.

It takes many years before children develop the fine motor coordination they need to do a good tooth brushing job. One dentist advises that parents brush their children's teeth until the child can neatly write his or her own name. Other dentists suggest parents use their own judgment, but think about ages six, seven, or eight, as a time for kids to take on the job of keeping their teeth clean and healthy.

While brushing is usually a fun experience, your child may go through a cranky phase when he or she hates to brush. if this happens, try not to make tooth brushing a battleground. Be casual and lighthearted about it all, brushing your own teeth with great gusto and delight, so your child sees how much fun he or she is missing.

Remember that bedtime brushing is most important and, during the day, offer your child lots of plain water after meals. Here are some ways to make brushing fun and easy for parents and kids:

1.) Brush with your child
— Stand next to your child in front of the bathroom mirror and brush together. It's a nice time together, and your child can mimic your brushing technique.

2.) Cute toothbrushes — There are lots of great-looking children's brushes available in stores. Be sure to choose a toothbrush that's small enough for your child to hold comfortably, with a small, rounded head and very soft, polished bristles. You'll probably have to replace toothbrushes every three to four months (more often for preschoolers who tend to chew while they brush!). For babies, a soft finger toothbrush is easy for you to use.

3.) Tasty toothpaste — For children under 4, choose a product formulated especially for children, like Baby Orajel Tooth and Gum Cleanser. It has a special mild flavor that babies and toddlers love, in Fruit or Apple-Banana. It's also safe to swallow and non-abrasive. So tooth and gum care is easier and more fun

4.) Count as you brush — Count out loud as you brush each tooth: "Tooth number one is all clean! Tooth number two is all clean! Here comes tooth number three!" This is entertaining for your child, and a good way to practice counting.

5.) Say Ahhhhh!— You can't say "ahhh" with your mouth closed. As you brush his or her teeth, encourage your child to say "ahhh," varying the pitch, tone, and rhythm to keep things interesting.

6.) Bring a friend —At bedtime, kids may want to invite a favorite stuffed animal into the bathroom to watch as they brush.

7.) Tell a toothy story— Kids love to hear favorite stories again and again. Try making up a special short story that you tell only during teeth-brushing time. It can be simple and silly, like this one:

"Once there was a little girl (or boy) who had very, very dirty teeth! Oh no! said the little girl. What should I do? Boo hoo! Boo hoo! (At this point, your child can supply the sound effects.) Then all at once, a magic fairy appeared and said, I have a special treat for you! It's a magic toothbrush! Hooray! said the little girl (boy). The magic toothbrush jumped up and brushed the dirty teeth just like this (you brush teeth), until they were as shiny as the stars in the sky. This made the little girl (boy) smile the biggest smile in the whole wide world — just like this smile right now. (Your child smiles a big smile at the mirror.) The end."

8.) Make a sticker poster— Hang a piece of bright construction paper on the bathroom wall. Each time your child has a thorough brushing, he or she can choose a sticker or star and put it on the poster. You can also have your child color in Thomas, Percy, James and Gordon on our Thomas & Friends "Brushing Chart"

9.) Sing a toothy song —Make up a silly song to sing every time you brush. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. Try something like this, sung to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm:" Download Song Lyrics


Toothy Games!

National Museum of Dentistry - Mouth Power
Let Mouthie take you into the MouthPower laboratory.  Explore the history of dentistry and the story of your own teeth! Then create your own poster about healthy mouth habits.

Whack-a-Molar
Colgate Games
Download Toothy Activities