I just wanted to thank you Dr. Houston and your team for your exceptional dentistry during our time in Virginia Water. Your knowledge is quite impressive but you also have the ability to describe your treatments with great clarity. You went above and beyond in your service to our whole family, coming in on a Saturday just to help me out. And you helped me connect to a dentist when we moved back to California to ensure continuity of care. By the way, the dentists in Los Angeles were impressed with your approach and the treatment plan you had for me. Above all, you are wonderful with your patients and are an incredibly high integrity person. I thank you for the time I was able to benefit from your services and would highly recommend you to anyone. Sincerely Lloyd Mencinger CEO Aqua Medical Inc.
During my initial Invisalign consultation with Colin his attitude was positive, and he was certain that he would be able to improve my teeth, which was welcomed after condescending and disparaging comments from other dentists and orthodontists. Within 18 months my treatment was completed and the end result was far better than I had expected. All the staff are very approachable, and it is great to have found such a professional dental practice.
Colin is a perfectionist, and he has a gentle and caring manner. He uses the latest technology and I always feel I am in good hands. I'm so relaxed in the dental chair that I've even fallen asleep during a crown procedure! The practice is also run extremely efficiently.
I have been a patient of Colin Houston for 5 years. He corrected a number of problems that had occurred before I came with deteriorating old fillings and sensitive gums ultimately returning my teeth to good health. I then proceeded to have some straightening work over 8 months which was immensely successful. I am very grateful for the return of good health and a more attractive appearance. Thank you ColinPS I very much enjoyed watching the movies whilst treatment progressed!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! It aims to work with children, caregivers, teachers and other professionals to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health, by educating and inspiring young people to enjoy cleaning their teeth and to help make it become a part of their daily routine.
Tooth decay is most common among children and therefore it is very important to promote good oral hygiene. This campaign is the perfect opportunity to fine tune your efforts to ensure your child maintains proper oral hygiene.
Beginning an oral health routine with your child at an early age is important for the life of his/her smile. From before the time your baby’s first teeth appear through the development of adult teeth, good habits are the foundation for the future of your child’s oral health.
Dentists recommend an initial visit before the child’s first birthday to make sure teeth and gums are cared for and cleaned properly.
For your child, you are the role model and a great way to help your kids establish great tooth care habits is to practice those habits yourself.
While your children are still learning, consider brushing your teeth at the same time they do. Your presence will be comforting for them and you can also offer advice on easier techniques, and even time them to ensure they’re brushing for long enough.
Brush up on healthy habits during National Children’s Dental Health Month with these tips:
It is recommended that kids brush their teeth for two minutes, two times a day, an hourglass timer is helpful and fun to use.
Maintain a regular routine: brush at the same time each day, e.g., before school and before bedtime.
Once your child understands not to swallow toothpaste, use a pea-sized amount of a kid’s fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities.
Don’t forget to floss! Kid-friendly tools like Kids Flossers work well. Use floss holders or help your child floss until he/she gains the dexterity to do it on their own.
Visit the dentist every six months for regular cleaning and check-up.
Give your child healthy snacks instead of sugar-laden sweets when possible and be mindful to ensure your kids brush well on days sweets are enjoyed.
Make brushing fun! Add music or purchase a musical toothbrush for your child and encourage them to pick out their toothbrush and flavored toothpaste.
Tips to help brushing-averse children:
One way to get your child interested in tooth brushing is to purchase them a special toothbrush. Explore toothpaste options as well until your child finds one he or she likes (be sure to discuss this with your child’s dentist as well.)
Sometimes using warm water rather than cold helps, or have your child dip their toothbrush in hot water prior to brushing.
Play a Song or Video: If brushing or flossing is especially tough for your kids, consider distracting them with their favorite song or video. This will help distract them from the aspects of brushing or flossing that they don’t enjoy. It can also serve as a timer to help ensure they’re brushing for two minutes.