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All In the Family: Setting a Good Example Can Set Your Kids on a Path to Oral Health for a Lifetime

Setting a Good Example Can Set Your Kids on a Path to Oral Health for a Lifetime

The foundation for healthy teeth is established during the first years of life.

Making healthy food choices, brushing well, seeing the dentist for regular checkups and visiting the orthodontist for a healthy bite are all practices that prevent issues with your little one’s tiny teeth now, and ensure the development of strong and healthy permanent teeth. Parents serve as role models for this behavior — for better or for worse, children learn best through imitation. Consequently, involvement in your child’s oral health is key during the early years.

Here are some tips for parents of young children, to help keep your little ones’ oral health on the right track:

As soon as the first teeth show up, parents should begin brushing them or wiping them with a washcloth, especially after milk and before bedtime. Let your child see you brushing your teeth. Good habits are learned early!

Brush your child’s teeth yourself twice per day (if you can!) until about age 2. When they start wanting to brush themselves, encourage them by brushing and flossing together (but be sure to re-brush the hard-to-clean areas of your child’s mouth).

At age 7, children are usually able to brush their teeth well on their own. In this phase, parents should continue supervising regular brushing efforts. This is also the time for an initial consultation with an orthodontist to ensure that your child’s teeth and bite are tracking with their growth. Often, early intervention by an orthodontist can prevent issues from occurring, ultimately shortening orthodontic treatment time.

If you’ve been in treatment before and have been considering getting your straight smile back, now is the time. Set up an appointment for both you and your child so you can go through the process together.

At Coolsmiles we are committed to providing each of our patients with a unique experience by treating them with respect in a caring, compassionate and warm atmosphere. We work hard to make your experience fun, affordable and convenient. Coolsmiles is at the cutting edge of orthodontics, providing the highest possible quality, technology and service for improved oral health, self esteem and a beautiful smiles that last a lifetime.


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There are many options for straightening teeth these days and you might wonder why it’s necessary to see an orthodontist if you have that need. Here are the five reasons why it’s imperative that an orthodontist be the one who treats you or your child:

1) Orthodontists are specialists.

After their general dental education, orthodontists devote additional years of study to orthodontics after they graduate from dental school. They practice orthodontics exclusively, focus their continuing education on orthodontics and see hundreds of patients every month. They are uniquely positioned to use their knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.

2) You only want to do this once. Do it right.

An orthodontist’s goal is an attractive smile and a healthy bite. We work toward having the teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles all positioned so that you can bite, chew and speak well. Without taking these components into consideration problems can arise, including issues with the jaw joint, headaches, wearing or chipping of the teeth, premature tooth loss and gum problems. We often see patients who come in for corrective treatment after pursuing orthodontics elsewhere.

3) Orthodontists identify the cause of the problem, and then solve it.

You may see crowded teeth that appear crooked. An orthodontist use their education, experience and expertise to delve deep to discover the cause of the issue and solve it in a way that is healthy and sustainable– for an attractive smile and a lasting result.

4) Orthodontics goes beyond your teeth.

Orthodontics can have a significant impact on your facial profile, smile line and general appearance. An orthodontist is trained to take a holistic, comprehensive approach to your treatment so that your overall appearance is considered along with your smile.

5) Orthodontists can recommend the right treatment for you.

No two people are the same, and likewise no two orthodontic treatment plans are identical. Only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the possible issues and outcomes that may arise. The bottom line: orthodontists know what to use and when to use it because they are specially trained with these tools and work with them every single day.

Call us to learn more about Coolsmiles Orthodontics: (631) 289-0909 in Medford and (631)928-9800 in Port Jefferson, and visit our Facebook page to learn more about us: facebook.com/coolsmilesortho.


At Coolsmiles, charity is part of our mission. Along with providing healthy smiles and a self-esteem-boosting experience, helping those less fortunate is a core value. It’s one that we strive to share with our Coolsmiles families, which is why we regularly participate in philanthropic activities such as charity walks, contests to win donations and gift collections during the holiday season.

We also know the impact this participation has on children can be significant. In fact, a recent study supported by the United Nations Foundation reveals the important role parents play in encouraging their children to be active in philanthropic efforts. The report found that it’s crucial for parents to talk to their children about charity to positively influence their kids’ interest in philanthropy.

PBS.org has some good recommendations for encouraging kids to participate in philanthropy at home:

  • Talk as a family about who you’d like to help and why and letting the kids pick a charity they’d like to help. 
  • Reflect on giving at the dinner table. At dinner, ask, “What am I grateful for?” This can be followed by, “What did I give today?” or “How can I help someone?” 
  • Look for need in the news. Save newspapers so that everyone can read a front page and circle areas of need. Have a discussion about how they might be able to help and create a plan for helping.

Together we can teach our kids that they can make a difference in our community, and beyond.

Call us to learn more about Coolsmiles: (631) 289-0909 in Medford and (631) 928-9800 in Port Jefferson.