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Fun Dental Facts

At Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD we try to have fun with our blog posts! Below are 10 interesting dental facts that many people may not know.

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  1. 60% of people don’t know that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack – especially in women.
  2. 32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.
  3. 38.5 = the total days an average American spends brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
  4. 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
  5. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
  6. A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
  7. Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.
  8. The number of cavities in the average mouth is down and people are keeping their teeth longer.   People, on average, have healthier mouths than even 10 years ago.  Specifically —The decline in tooth decay was greatest among kids but holds across every age group.
    —Only 40% of  young people age 6 to 19 had ever had cavities.  That’s down from 50% a decade ago.
    —Over the last ten years the proportion of people age 60 who’d lost all their teeth had decreased from 33% to 25%.
    —Use of dental sealants, which block tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of kids’ vulnerable molars, was up 64%.  30% of kids had had at least one sealed tooth.
    —Adults with post high school degrees had an average of three more teeth than those without a high school diploma.
    —Smokers remain three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all their teeth.  This figure has not changed from a decade ago.
    —Socio-economic status plays a definite role in one’s general and dental health; 33% of low-income adults have untreated decay.  This is compared with 16% of middle- and higher-income adults.  19% of kids living in poverty have untreated decay compared with 8% of wealthier kids.
  9. More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  10. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

Fun Ways to Recycle Your Toothbrush

We are supposed to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months, when there is noticeable wear, or when we have an illness. So on average, a person will go through around 5 or more toothbrushes a year. It has been reported the amount of toothbrushes that end up in landfills every year equals 25,000 tons. Below are some ways to reuse and recycle your toothbrush.

JUST RECYCLE IT:

Some toothbrushes are now made with handles from recyclable plastics. These can be put in your recycle bin at home and will then be melted down and made into other things like outdoor furniture. Next time you go buy a toothbrush, look for the recycle symbol on the packaging.
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MAKE IT INTO JEWELRY:

-We just love this one. You can actually turn your toothbrush into a bracelet. Check out the link below for a tutorial on how to do this very cool craft. http://twogirlsbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/01/upcycling-toothbrushes-into-bracelets.html

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USE IT TO CLEAN:

Here are some ways to use your toothbrush to scrub the house:

Cleaning hard to reach areas
Comb cleaning
Cleaning jewelry
Carpet stain remover
Vegetable scrubber
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TAP INTO YOUR INNER ARTIST:

An old toothbrush can make a great paint brush for a child.
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***Please remember to disinfect your toothbrush before reusing it!

Free Dental Health and Oral Hygiene Presentations

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 17, 2014) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD gave away over 20,000 free toothbrushes during dental presentations in 2014. Children in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte County were the primary recipients of the toothbrushes.

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“Educating our local community on dental health and oral hygiene is a big focus”. I believe any time you can provide educational opportunities and those tools to succeed, success will be higher in all areas of life,” said Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD of Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers provides free dental health and oral hygiene presentations to preschools, elementary, and private schools throughout Southwest Florida. Children learn the importance of healthy eating habits, dental facts, and the proper instruction on brushing their teeth, free of charge. This educational presentation equips the children with the necessary tools and guidance to confidently understand the importance of dental health.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for the last 24 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information on dental presentations, visit www.DrVerwest.com or call (239) 482-2722.

Local Dentist Helps Children Attend Theatre Performance

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 10, 2014) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD supported 50 children in attendance of the Lunchbox performance, Journey to Oz at the Florida Repertory Theatre in Downtown Ft. Myers on November 22, 2014. Children from Voice for Kids of Southwest Florida also received a free lunch courtesy of Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers.

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“As a kid, I grew up watching the Wizard of Oz and enjoyed the story. I was ecstatic to allow others to learn and cherish those memories I had,” said Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD of Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers.

Journey to Oz is a magical and interactive new play from the Author of Florida Rep’s hit, The Odyssey Adventure! Transported on the wings of a cyclone to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy and Toto, must find the Wizard before it’s too late. This ALL- NEW adaptation puts the audience in the middle of the action as Dorothy and her friends travel down the Yellow Brick Road, battle the Wicked Witch, and find the brains, the heart, and the courage they never knew they had.

The Florida Rep is one of Lee County and Southwest Florida’s most important cultural and educational institutions, and has been named “Best Performing Arts Group” numerous times by Gulfshore Life Magazine and Florida Weekly, and its work was featured in the New York Times and covered in American Theatre Magazine. In addition to its work on stage as a regional theatre company, Florida Rep has very active and vital Education & Outreach arm that includes Children’s Touring & Lunchbox Theatre, Camp Florida Rep, an audition-only Theatre Conservatory Program, and classes for youth and adults, artist in residency programs and the ACT UP program designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. For more information on the Lunchbox performances, visit www.floridarepeducation.org.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for the last 24 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers to sponsor City of Cape Coral “Movie in the Park”

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 8, 2014) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD will sponsor the free “movie in the park” in conjunction with the City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation for the 2015 season. The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation will have special activities and a grand prize giveaway for each movie.

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“Many of our patients and staff live in Cape Coral, we’re happy to be able to help sponsor family activities and we’ll continue to show we care about our community because we sincerely do,” said Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD of Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers.

Among the movies that Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers is sponsoring include, Despicable Me 2 Saturday, February 21 2015, The Croods Saturday, April 18, 2015, and The Avengers Saturday, May 16, 2015. For locations and  movie times, please visit www.capeparks.com or call (239) 573-3123.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for the last 24 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers to sponsor Alliance for the Arts Family Movie Nights

 

2015 Family Movie Nights

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 3, 2014) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD will sponsor outdoor family movie nights at the Alliance for the Arts for the 2015 season. All funds collected go to support the children programming at the Alliance for the Arts.

Family movie night at the Alliance for the Arts begins Friday, January 9 at 7PM with a screening of The Life of Pi. “It’s a great way for us to show our community involvement and partner with a great local children’s organization,” said Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD of Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers.

The series continues Friday, February 6 at 7PM with Charlotte’s Web, Friday, March 6 at 7:30PM with Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and concludes on Friday April 10 at 8PM with Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.

The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and art organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County.  For more information on family movie night, visit www.artinlee.org.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for the last 24 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers to sponsor Second-Annual Santa’s Enchanted Village

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 2, 2014) – Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD will sponsor the Growing Room Child Development Center of Bonita Springs second-annual Santa’s Enchanted Village. This free two-day family event begins Saturday, December 6 from 6PM – 9PM and concludes Sunday, December 7 from 6PM – 8PM.

Tour the streets of the Enchanted Village while viewing holiday scenes of Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Sponge Bob, Spiderman, Dora & Diego, and Candyland. Follow the dazzling light trail to the outdoor exhibits of lights and snow globes and other Christmas inflatables. “What better way for us to participate with the holiday season than with Santa Claus and the Growing Room Child Development Center,” said Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD of Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers.

Canned food donations are being accepted for entrance to help benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. For more information, visit www.growingroomchilddevelopment.com or (239) 495-0045.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for the last 24 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

6 Surprising Cavity Fighters

Whether you are bound for the calorie-free foods or the sweet and sticky, you’d be surprised at the kind of things your local grocery can offer in the way of cavity fighters. Sometimes the most unlikely foods can turn out to have oral benefits that you’d never expect. Here are a few we thought were especially interesting:

Chocolate – The main ingredient in chocolate, the husk of the cocoa bean, contain an antibacterial agent that actually counteracts harmful oral bacteria, preventing tooth decay.

Cheese – Teeth are partially made up of calcium, and cheese has been shown to increase the levels of calcium in the mouth, leading some researchers to believe it can actually help your teeth counteract the effects of tooth decay.

Chewing Gum – Chewing gums in today’s convenience stores all seem to be sugar-free, which makes them a great way to avoid cavities. However, it’s the new sweet stuff in gum, xylitol, that has actually been found to fight cavities by way of neutralizing bacteria.

Green Tea – Green tea has long been considered beneficial to your health, but studies have recently found it’s even good for your teeth, controlling the levels of bacteria in your mouth to help stop tooth decay and gum disease.

Hard Candy – Probably the most surprising of all, modern-day hard candy can actually prevent the bacteria from causing tooth decay, because, just like gum, it’s now made from xylitol, which has begun to replaced traditional sugars.

Straws – Though it’s not exactly a food, straws CAN help prevent cavities through the simple, but useful act of bypassing your teeth and gums. This is primarily effective when drinking sugary drinks like juice or soda, but the fact remains: the less food touches your teeth, the less cavities you’ll develop!

Getting Children to Brush

One of the major lessons for any child is learning how to effectively and regularly brush their teeth. It’s a lot to take on and remember at a young age, but it’s an important part of growing up and being independent. That means, it usually falls on the parent to teach and reinforce healthy brushing habits. There are many ways to go about getting your kid to brush his or her teeth, but these are some of the methods that we think are most effective in doing so.

Start at 2 years old to ensure your child learns the importance of brushing at an early age. The sooner they start to accept it as part of their routine, the sooner your kids will find brushing comes more naturally, leaving you with less fuss and more brush.

Demonstrate and participate in brushing. Doing it together can help teach your child the proper etiquette. When they are able to see and mimic you, your child will quickly learn just how to apply their toothpaste, how long to brush for, and how to rinse their mouth, all things that encourage independent brushing.

Make brushing a game by having a contest to see who can brush their teeth the best. You can also hold time trials to see if they can last 2 minutes or more, or put on some music and brush to the beat!

Give them a choice in toothbrush color and toothpaste brand. This helps them get involved in the learning process and take more of an interest in the activity. Once they get used to their routine, they can also start to choose the order in which they brush, floss, or swish with mouthwash, giving them further independence in their newly developed skill.

8 Tips to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Dentists

Many adults have fears of dentists, so it’s natural to expect your kids to feel the same way. However, there are some tips you can use to help your child overcome that fear.

  1. Talk to Them About the Dentist: Keeping them prepared for what’s to come helps them think positively about it before, making the experience all the less frightening.
  2. Play Out a Pretend Dentist Visit: Let your child experience the visit with you before they experience it with the real dentist.
  3. Emphasize the Importance of Brushing: Encouraging strong, healthy teeth can help your child develop a sense of pride in their teeth that just might lead them to show off their pearly whites with ease.
  4. Plan Fun Afterward: Let your child know that there is something fun you are going to do together after their dentist visit, whether that’s going to a movie, a park, or even shopping for toys!
  5. Create Positive Associations: Avoid bribes that suggest the dentist is an upsetting place to be, and forget any of your personal experiences at the dentist. Instead, talk about how nice your teeth feel after your visit and how happy it makes you when you both have a healthy mouth.
  6. Bring a Comfort Object: Whether your child sleeps with a teddy bear or a special blanket, find whatever gives them comfort and allow them to bring it with them to the dentist’s office.
  7. Get to the Office Early: Arriving a few minutes early to your child’s exam can help show them there is nothing to be scared of at the dentist.
  8. Be Prepared for Fussing: Not every child can be made to feel comfortable at the dentist’s office, and following the advice of your child’s dentist is often the best course of action when your child starts to fuss. After all, they have likely seen more children in exam chairs than the average parent.