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Trouble getting your kids to brush? No More!

How many of us struggle getting our kids to brush for a full two minutes? As a parent of a large family, it was constantly a wrestle.  That is, until I I began my kids on the Disney Magic Timer Toothbrush App.  The Disney Magic Toothbrush Timer App is a free download for Apple and Android Devices.  It makes tooth-brushing fun for the kids while directing their brushing efforts in the correct quadrant of their mouths.  They can even scan in their Oral B toothbrush to see a light-saber fight or a scene from a favorite Disney movie, depending on the toothbrush they have.   It keeps track of their brushing frequency and gives them awards and stickers along the way.   My kids love this app!  I have no trouble getting them to brush 2 minutes.  Instead, they want to brush 3 or 4 times to see their siblings character and movie scene and be a part of their tooth-brush experience.  It's hard to get them to stop brushing!  Our final solution was to create one character with the name "Go…

Don't wait until hurts!

"Don't wait until it hurts before you do treatment." It seems like a rather obvious truth, yet some of us don't live by it.  The temptation to procrastinate treatment seems to be universal.  After all, how many stories have we heard about unnecessary surgeries, or, worse yet, surgeries in which the patient's symptoms and primary complaint were not resolved or even made worse?  We have also all heard stories about dubious treatment done only for the reason of enriching the care giver.  All of these stories have made us a little cynical of treatment, I think.
Quite frankly, I am not the favorite for people to come see either.  Don't worry, I don't take offense! Most people view dental work as unpleasant and I think that some would rather pretend their mouths were healthy in order to avoid the experience of having things taken care of. And of course there's the expense of getting treatment done.
As a dentist, I feel so grateful for all of you patients ou…