Johansen Dental Blog

Posts for: August, 2016

By Johansen Dental
August 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”


Around ages 6 to 8, a child's primary teeth will begin to loosen to make way for their permanent teeth. If all goes well, the new set will come in straight with the upper teeth slightly overlapping the bottom.

But sometimes it doesn't go that well: a child may instead develop a poor bite (malocclusion) that interferes with normal function. If we can detect the early signs of a developing malocclusion, however, we may be able to intervene and lessen its impact. You as a parent can play a vital role in this early detection.

The first thing you should be watching for is teeth spacing. Normal teeth come in straight with a slight gap between them. But there are two abnormal extremes to look for: teeth having no space between them or crowded together in a crooked, haphazard manner; or they seem to have too much space between them, which indicates a possible discrepancy between the teeth and jaw sizes.

You should also notice how the teeth come together or “bite.” If you notice the lower front teeth biting in front of the upper (the opposite of normal) it may be a developing underbite. If you see a space between the upper and lower teeth when they bite down, this is a sign of an open bite. Or, if the upper front teeth seem to come down too far over the lower, this could mean a deep bite: in extreme cases the lower teeth actually bite into the roof of the mouth behind the upper teeth.

You should also look for crossbites, in which the teeth in one part of the mouth bite abnormally in front or behind their counterparts, while teeth in other parts bite normally. For example, you might notice if the back upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (abnormal), while the front upper teeth bite outside the lower front teeth (normal).

The important thing is to note anything that doesn't look right or seems inconsistent with how your child's teeth look or how they function. Even if you aren't sure it's an issue, contact us anyway for an examination. If it really is a developing bite problem, starting treatment now may lessen the extent and cost of treatment later.

If you would like more information on bite development in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

August 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: bad breath   smoking   nutrition  

Don’t let bad breath dictate your social life. Get to the bottom of this problem right away.

Bad breath can be an embarrassing issue that may have you swigging mouthwash throughout the day or even cancelling a date. The bad breathmedical term for bad breath is halitosis and it could be trying to tell you that there is a problem with your health. From the office of our Chandler dentists Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Grant, find out what could be causing your bad breath.

There are so many factors that can play a role in whether or not you have bad breath. Some of the more common causes include:


If you are a smoker or if you use chewing tobacco, then you are probably well aware that the chemicals found in these products can have a lot of harmful effects on your mouth. Smoking can also increase your chances of gum disease or oral cancer, two health problems that can also cause bad breath.

Your Diet

This is often the most common culprit of bad breath because there are so many foods that can affect your mouth including garlic, spicy foods, onions, fish, coffee or cheese. While most of the time the bad breath it leaves behind is very short lived, if the offensive food is trapped between your teeth then you may notice your bad breath lingering.

Poor Hygiene

If you aren’t someone who brushes or flosses regularly or thoroughly, then you may find yourself dealing with some pretty offensive breath. If you don’t care for your smile like you should and don’t visit your Chandler general dentist for routine cleanings, then plaque will most certainly buildup on your teeth and gums and cause some serious and odorous issues like gum disease and decay.

A Medical Issue

Along with the oral health problems that can cause bad breath, there are systemic infections that can also affect your breath. These problems include sinus infections, sore throats, pneumonia, diabetes, acid reflux, stomach disorder and even liver and kidney diseases.

It can be challenging trying to pinpoint your bad breath culprit. That’s where we come in. Turn to the dental experts at Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ to give you the answers you deserve so you can breathe a little easier.