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Posts for: August, 2016

Flossing:  You can never floss too often, but you can floss too hard and incorrectly, which damages your gums. So many people just pop the floss through their teeth and punch it up and down hard.  Not only does this fail to remove plaque, it also really hurts the little part of gum in between teeth, which can lead to bleeding, irritation, and swelling.

Instead, try to hold the floss at an angle so it wraps around the tooth and removes plaque when you move it up and down.  Think of it as gliding the floss gently along the two sides of each tooth. It’s easier to do this using normal threaded floss, but it’s possible with floss picks, too.

Brushing:  Even though it might feel like you’re cleaning your teeth better, brushing too hard literally wears away surface of teeth and gums. It’s basically like sandpaper. As we age, our teeth go through a lot of wear and tear so you don’t need to add to this with bad brushing habits that end up exposing the super sensitive roots.

Use a soft toothbrush and going in gentle circles when brushing close to the gum line. 


This will be the LAST 3rd Thursday Event for 2016 (one was in June and July)

Downtown businesses will be open late and offering a unique and different experience.  Come stroll the streets of downtown and prepare to be happily surprised to see artists, musicians, trunk shows, demonstrations, and more!  Every 3rd Thursday will be unique!


Thursday, August 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm


Crystal Lake, IL, United States

Every child wants to look their best as they head back to school this fall. Parents help by scheduling haircuts and buying new outfits, but most overlook the simple steps to helping their child maintain one of their most visible features – their smile.

Studies show that one of the first things people notice about someone is their smile and that a good smile creates a positive self-image…something all parents wish for their children.  Back-to-school time is the perfect time to incorporate good oral health habits into a child's daily routine. The sooner you make them a priority, the sooner your child will benefit.

Schedule a back-to-school dental visit

Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital because this is a time of great change in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease and, left untreated, it can impair a child's ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. However, studies show more than 60 percent of school-age children do not see a dentist annually.  Simple preventive checkups twice a year can head off childhood decay and help you and your child learn how to protect their teeth throughout the year.  

Establish daily brushing habits with your children

Children should brush at least twice a day. To encourage children to brush after every meal, let them pick out their own travel toothbrush and toothpaste to take to school.  There are many child-friendly products that help encourage younger children to brush.  Make sure your child's toothpaste contains fluoride and the toothbrush is soft-bristled.

Make good nutrition a top priority

National studies show that only one in five school-age children eats the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables – greatly increasing their risk of cavities. In addition, only one in five children meets even the minimum standards for calcium consumption. Take charge of your child's health this school year by packing healthy lunches.

Don't forget after-school snacks.  Many school children go straight to sporting practices after school and turn to sugary foods and drinks from a vending machine when they don't have any other option, which are disastrous to children's oral health.  Bite-sized carrots, fruits, nuts and bottled water are much better after-school snack options and give children the fuel they need to excel in physical activity.

All of us at Osmanski Dental want to wish the children a happy and healthy start to the school year!