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3 Tongue Twisters to Teach Your Kids

3 Tongue Twisters to Teach Your Kids

A tongue twister refers to a string of words or phrases with similar sounding sounds, words, and syllables. Tongue twisters aren’t just good for a good laugh. Believe it or not, they are also educational.

Teaching your children tongue twisters can help them to strengthen muscles in their tongue and mouth, improve their pronunciation, encourage clearer speech patterns, and help to facilitate the correct pronunciation of difficult sounds and syllables.

In speech therapy, tongue twisters are used to treat common speech problems, such as stutters and lisps, as well as to reduce the prominence of foreign accents.

In many cases, tongue twisters are even used to help individuals who have suffered from brain damage or strokes to regain their linguistic abilities.

Take a look at these three tongue twisters to teach your kids. We promise that they will trip up the tongue of even the most articulate individual!

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

If your child is struggling with a particular phoneme, try picking a tongue twister that features that phoneme. This fun tongue twister is great for children who need a bit of extra help practicing the “p” sound.

How many boards could the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hordes got bored?

This tongue twister is an excellent way to encourage clear pronunciation, as the child must clearly pronunciation each syllable to differentiate between the similar phonetic sounds. Remember, your child isn’t likely to master a tongue twister right off the bat. The trick is practice. Encourage him or her to recite the same tongue twister several times per a day.

Three sweet switched Swiss witches watch three washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switches. Which sweet switched Swiss witch watches Which washed Swiss witch Swatch watch switch?

This one is a tough one! It’s great for kids having trouble with “w” and “s,” however, helping to encourage clear pronunciation, helping him or her to figure out proper placement of the tongue and teeth to make the correct sound.

If your child is struggling, try writing the tongue twister for him or her to recite. Sometimes it also helps to practice in front of a mirror.

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5 Questions Everyone Should Ask Their Dentist

5 Questions Everyone Should Ask Their Dentist

To get the most out of your visit to the dentist and maximize your oral health, it is important to develop effective channels of communication with your dentist. In order to get things going and start a dialogue, here are five questions that every patient should ask his or her dentist.

1. Is there anything that I can do to improve my overall dental health and hygiene?

You’re only human — when it comes to oral health and hygiene, you’re probably not perfect. Whether you sometimes forget to brush after a meal or you skip out on flossing a few times a week, there are likely habits that you can improve.

Dentists can help you to figure out what you’re doing right and what needs a bit more work. And remember, no two mouths are the same. Some people might need to floss more regularly than is recommended to prevent cavities, while others might benefit from a specific kind of toothbrush or extra fluoride.

We are here to provide you with specific, individualized information that can help you to maximize your overall dental health.

2. What is the overall status of my dental health?

Ask your dentist for a comprehensive overview of your overall dental health. And this doesn’t just include looking for cavities. Your dentist can also do a general exam of your mouth area, which includes checking for any unusual lumps or bumps, measuring bone density, and checking for inadvertent teeth grinding.

Remember, our job is to make sure that your smile is as healthy as it is beautiful - which is more than just cleaning teeth and filling in cavities!

3. Would you recommend any specific treatments or dental work?

Whether you need night guards to prevent nocturnal teeth grinding or a treatment for your bad breath, dentists can help you to figure out what kind of treatments or dental work can improve your oral health and hygiene.

Keep in mind that the more information your dentist has to work with, the better. Always be sure to inform us of any problems or issues that may have arisen.

4. Are there any specific products you would recommend?

In today’s world of hyper consumerism, you’re probably bombarded with ads for all sorts of different products — from organic toothpastes to high-power whitening strips. It can be daunting to figure out which of those products are reputable, and which aren’t. So don’t hesitate to ask us!

Whether you want a recommendation for great whitening toothpaste or the most effective toothbrush, we can help you figure out which products will actually improve your oral health and hygiene and which are just a waste of money.

5. Do you need any information from my family practitioner?

Remember, dentists need to be up to date on your overall health and wellness. That means we need to be up to date on what is going on across your whole body, not just inside of your mouth.

Be sure to ask if we any information from your family doctor regarding medications or changes in health.

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5 Tips for Effective Brushing

5 Tips for Effective Brushing

You’re probably already well aware of how often you should be brushing your teeth (at least twice a day), but are you aware of how you should be brushing your teeth?

Not all brushing strategies are created equally. In order to maximize your oral health and hygiene and ensure those pearly whites are in tip-top shape, be sure to check out these five tips for effective brushing.

1. Pick the right brush.

Just like all brushing strategies are not created equally, not all toothbrushes are created equally. First and foremost, make sure your toothbrush is the proper size.

“If you are straining to open wide enough to let the brush in, the brush is probably too big,” explained Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association.

Fresh, firm bristles are important, but go for something on the softer side. Bristles that are too stiff can hurt and cause recession of your gums.

You will also want to ensure that you are changing your toothbrush on a regular basis and that you thoroughly rinse your brush after each cleaning to get rid of any grime or germs.

2. Choose your toothpaste wisely.

Try to avoid harsh toothpastes, such as products that boast whitening power or tartar treatment.

“An increase in whitening particles can be harmful and sand away tooth structure,” explained Michael Sesemann, DDS, the former president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

3. Time yourself.

Swishing a toothbrush around your mouth for a mere twenty seconds quite frankly just isn’t going to cut it. Ideally, you need to be brushing two to three times per day for at least two minutes. That should total between four and six minutes of brushing on a daily basis. With that being said, you don’t want to overdo it. Too much brushing can actually be bad for your oral health, putting too much wear and tear on your gums.

Investing in a good electric brush that has a timer built into it can be a useful tool to ensure you not only get a good cleaning, but you spend enough time brushing both your top and bottom teeth.

4. Practice good technique.

Pay attention to the way that you are brushing. Long, side-to-side strokes can scrape your gums. The best method is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line, then use short, up-and-down strokes. Be sure to pay special attention to hard to reach places like molars, as plaque will accumulate in out-of-reach spots if you aren’t careful.

5. Aim for an even cleaning.

The goal of brushing is to evenly clean all sections of your mouth. Again, this is where an electric toothbrush, with soft bristles, can be handy.

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Are You Flossing Correctly

Are You Flossing Correctly?

Unfortunately, your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth. That is why flossing is so important. It helps to dislodge any food particles stuck between your teeth and under your gums. If these food particles aren’t dislodged, they can lead to cavities, bad breath, and gum diseases.

The bottom line?

Flossing is crucial to your overall oral health. Ideally, you should aim to floss after every meal.

“Do that and your mouth will be absolutely immaculate,” says Dr. Rocky, Victoria Dental Group's resident dentist with advanced training in tooth replacement and restoration. “But we know that’s not practical for most people — so we hope our patients floss once daily.”

But remember when it comes to flossing, it’s not just about quantity, it’s about quality.

If you aren’t using proper technique, you aren’t harnessing the full potential of flossing power. How do you know if you are flossing correctly? The next time you reach for the floss, be sure to keep the following tips and tricks in mind.

Opt for a waxed ribbon floss.

Good flossing technique starts out when you are in the hygiene aisle of your local supermarket. You will likely be confronted with a number of different choices:

  • Waxed vs. un-waxed?
  • Flavoured vs. unflavoured?
  • Ribbon floss vs. fine floss?

In general, you will want to opt for a waxed floss, as it tends to be much easier to slide between your teeth, and it is harder to shred. Ribbon floss is also the better option over fine floss, as it covers a larger portion of your teeth and subsequently does a better job cleaning. When it comes time to choosing flavour, that’s up to you — although there is nothing like a bit of mint to leave your mouth extra fresh!

Wind and glide.

Once you have chosen an appropriate floss, you will want to take approximately 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand, keeping roughly 2 inches of taut floss between each finger.

Next, use your index fingers to glide the floss between your teeth, starting in the upper left hand side of your mouth and working your way across to the right hand side.

Once you’ve finished the top, work your way along your lower teeth. Effective flossing will typically take approximately 1 minute.

Be gentle!

Always be gentle when flossing. You should gently move the floss between your teeth in a zigzag fashion, being careful not to snap the floss against the teeth. If you are new to flossing, your gums might feel a bit sore afterward and will likely bleed a bit, but you should adjust quickly. Healthy gums that are flossed regularly will not be sore anymore and will not bleed.

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4 Easy Ways to Brighten Your Smile

4 Easy Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Did you know that 18 percent of people make an effort to conceal their smile in photos because they aren’t confident about their smile? Everyone wants a smile that is whiter and brighter, and it seems like there are a million and one whitening products out on the market today. But did you know that these four simple tricks and tips can actually help you to whiten your teeth?

1. Eat more fruit.

Believe it or not, fruits are actually an easy and effect way to brighten up your smile, especially citrus fruits. The acids oxidize the stains on teeth, helping them to look whiter and brighter. So stock up on strawberries, apples, pears, and oranges — your teeth will thank you! Catherine Zeta Jones reportedly rubs her teeth with strawberries to maximize the whitening power of fruit.

2. Drink with a straw.

When you drink straight out of a cup or a mug, everything passes over your teeth. If you are drinking liquids like tea, coffee, or cola, they can easily stain your teeth. By drinking through a straw, you can minimize your teeth’s exposure to these potentially damaging liquids.

3. Invest in an excellent toothbrush.

The right toothbrush is one of the most important ways to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Choose one with soft bristles, and make sure you replace it regularly. Some research has suggested that an electric toothbrush may help you to get an even more effective brush.

4. Talk to your dentist about whitening treatments.

If you are looking for something a bit more powerful than a natural whitening remedy, you may want to consider talking with your dentist about potential whitening treatments. Many of these treatments are easy, cost effective, and quick. In-office laser whitening treatments can typically be done in roughly half an hour. Custom-fit take-home trays are an option that can be reused, and your dentist can likely also recommend commercial whitening strips. All in all, there are a number of different excellent options out there to help you whiten and brighten your smile. Your dentist can help you to figure out which of these options is right for you.

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