Posts for: April, 2017

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
April 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.

“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.

Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”

Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.

Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.

Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.

“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”

It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!

If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”


By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
April 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You can renew your smile with teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. Stains from foods, beverages, medications or smoking can teeth whiteninggive your teeth a dull or discolored appearance. Professional strength teeth whitening treatments applied by experienced dental staff provide long lasting results in a short period of time. In just one appointment, you can enjoy significantly whiter and brighter teeth. Dr. Jeffrey Mason provides teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic dentistry services in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

Whitening Treatments

There are several over-the-counter whitening products available for use at home, including whitening strips, toothpastes, gels and rinses. However, none of these products contains the same level of high-quality bleaching agents that professional whitening treatments do. Additionally, it can take a long time to achieve any noticeable results with over-the-counter products. Professional whitening treatments deliver results quickly, in as little as one application. Further, the results of professional whitening treatments can last up to five years.

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are the most effective method for whitening and brightening the teeth. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, it is important that your teeth and gums are already healthy. Whitening treatments do contain bleaching agents that can be harsh on sensitive gums. Fortunately, dentists who specialize in cosmetic dentistry in Hasbrouck Heights can take precautions to prevent irritation, such as applying a protective gel to the gums before beginning the teeth whitening treatment.

Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist are an excellent way to renew your smile. Your teeth will be whiter and brighter in a single treatment and the results can last for several years. The procedure is simple and you’ll walk out with a renewed smile in just one visit. For professional teeth whitening, see Dr. Mason, your cosmetic dentist in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (201) 288-4447.