Posts for: September, 2015

By Sood Family Dental
September 22, 2015
Category: Oral Health

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 Sood Family Dental
September 11, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Healthy Food  

After visiting Dr. Shikha Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township for professional teeth whitening, the last thing you want is to wind up with discoloration once again. Did you know that there are many foods that can actually help you keep your teeth a brilliant, Food for Whiteningsparkling white? Stock your home with a variety of these five healthy foods that promote teeth whitening and enjoy a smile that will continue to look fantastic long after your procedure is over.

1. Apples

An apple a day doesn't just keep the doctor away; it can help you keep your teeth white as well. This is because apples are a crunchy, abrasive food. Every time you take a bite, the rough interior or the apple acts as a small scrub brush, scrubbing away germs and food particles that can cause discoloration.

2. Pineapples

Pineapples might be juicy and sweet, but eating them can actually help your dental health, not harm it. Pineapples contain an enzyme known as bromelain, which helps break up plaque, reduces your chances of cavities and supports teeth whitening.

3. Strawberries

While you will want to avoid most red foods, especially berries, after your tooth whitening procedure, strawberries are one food you can make an exception for. Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural astringent that helps to remove surface discoloration.

4. Cheese

Cheese and other dairy products aren't just good for your tooth strength; they can help keep your teeth white and bright as well. Not only does cheese protect your tooth enamel, but it also increases your saliva production, which helps wash away stain-causing bacteria and food particles.

5. Nuts

Another abrasive food, nuts also act as small scrub brushes, effectively clearing away the bacteria and food particles that linger on your teeth all throughout the day. Plus, nuts also increase your saliva production, which helps to wash any remaining bacteria away.

After professional teeth whitening from Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental at Shelby Township, your teeth are sure to look great. Now you just have to keep them looking that way. Enjoy these five foods and make sure to visit your dentist in Shelby Township on a regular basis to keep your teeth looking amazing long after your teeth whitening procedure is through.


There’s really no secret to keeping your child’s teeth healthy — good, daily hygiene habits, regular dental visits and early treatment for emerging problems. It’s a lot easier for those things to happen if your child feels comfortable with dental care and visiting the dentist. Sadly, that’s not always the case: many children develop an unhealthy fear of the dentist because the initial relationship may have been mishandled.

Here, then, are 3 tips that will help you foster a healthy relationship between your child and their dentist.

Visit the dentist before their first birthday. From a health standpoint, dental visits should begin soon after your child’s first teeth emerge (erupt) in the mouth. Visiting the dentist by their first birthday also improves the chances they’ll develop a sufficient level of comfort with the visits, more so than if you waited a year or two longer.

Choose your dentist with your child’s sense of security and comfort in mind. When you’re looking for a dentist to care for your child, think of it as looking for a “new member of the family.” It’s important to find an office environment that’s kid-friendly and staff members that work well with children. Some dentists specialize in pediatric dentistry and many general dentists have additional training in working with children. The key is a dental team that has a good, trust-building rapport with children.

Set an example, both in the home and at the dentist. Children learn quite a bit watching what their caregivers say and how they react in potentially stressful situations. If dental care is important to you personally, it’s more likely to become important to your child. And when you visit the dentist with your child, be sure to project calm and a sense that it’s routine — if you display tenseness or nervousness your child may take that as a sign that visiting the dentist is something to fear.

You want your child to learn that the dentist is their friend who’s there to help them. That lesson should begin early with the right dental team — and by making dental care a priority in your own life.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”

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Shelby Township, MI 48316

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