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October 15, 2020 Uncategorized

I can’t believe it’s already our 2nd anniversary of opening my dental practice.  It has definitely
gone by in a whirlwind! Check out some things that have happened in the last two years.

When I started the practice I had just had our second daughter and now she’s turned into a
very opinionated toddler, while my older daughter went from preschool to being in
Kindergarten! Since then we’ve also survived  pseudo-hurricanes and a pandemic!

Our strive to make dentistry affordable has grown by opting to go in network with several
insurance providers to help lower the out of pocket costs for our patients.

In these past two years we’ve committed to helping and being present in our community. Some ways we
achieved this is with events such as hosting our Halloween Candy Buy Back or participating in
health fairs. Some of my favorite community events over the last two years were speaking
engagements. Whether it was at elementary, middle and high schools, with the Maitland
Chamber of Commerce or for local businesses, it’s been a pleasure to share my knowledge in
oral health with Maitland and the surrounding communities.

Every year it seems like our technology has grown with us as well. This year we decided to say
goodbye to the goop when we purchased a scanner for the mouth. Our new scanner allows us
to scan our patients mouths and make virtual, 3D models. We can use these models to track
any wear or gum loss. It also gives us the opportunity now to send our cases to laboratories in
a matter of minutes rather than being traditionally mailed. We can even show you simulations of
what your teeth would look like after corrected with Invisalign®!

To celebrate our 2nd anniversary of opening and as a token of my appreciation to all of our loyal and wonderful
patients, we are offering a free whitening kit when you refer a friend, family member or
coworker to the practice for the next month.

It’s really an honor to be part of the Maitland and surrounding areas and I look forward to
serving this community for many years to come!


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August 17, 2020 Uncategorized

 

 

As your child goes back to school, make sure there are no distractions this year, such as teeth!   Did you know that dental health could have a big impact in the classroom?  One study points out that unplanned dental care for children 5-17 equals 34 million school hours lost a year!  So now that we’re back to school, help prevent those lost school hours by introducing your child to the dentist if you haven’t already.  To help do so, here are some tips to make sure your child’s dental visit is a pleasant one!

 

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Role play: The week leading up to your child’s first visit have fun with them by pretending to be at the dentist.  You can act as the dentist and your child the patient.  Then have fun with it and switch the roles.  This gives your child a sense of control not to mention the giggles it creates!  Be sure to role play some common procedures your child will encounter.  Some things to act out are: taking x-rays, having a dental exam, cleaning the teeth, using suction, flossing and putting on fluoride.

Terminology: When you role play try using age appropriate words and descriptions.  Some ways we explain common procedures are:

  • Taking x-rays: “taking pictures”
  • Exam: “counting teeth”
  • Explorer: “tooth counter”
  • Cavities/bacteria: “sugar bugs”
  • Polishing/Cleaning: “tickler or tickling toothbrush”
  • Suction: “Mr. Thirsty or vacuum”
  • Air/water: “squirt or water gun”
  • Fluoride: “vitamins”

Read to them: Dental themed children books are great tools to prepare your child.  Reading these books ahead of their dental appointment can help them not only hear but also see what to expect. Two of my and my children’s favorites are The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain and Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer.

Make Sure They are Well Rested

If your child still naps, try not to schedule their dental visit around that time.  Tiredness and crankiness often go hand in hand!

Feed Them

A hungry child can be a crabby child.  Try to have your child eat 30 minutes to an hour before their appointment.  After a routine visit your child won’t be able to eat or drink for 30 minutes if fluoride is placed on their teeth.  If your child is having more complex dental work done that requires numbing, they may not be able to eat for a few hours!  Having your child fed can help ensure no growling tummies or tempers at their visit.

Check Your Anxiety at the Door

It’s not uncommon for adults to have a dental phobia.  Children can often pick up and sense the anxiety of a parent.  This may lead to their becoming apprehensive as well.  But the good news is that the reverse is also true!  Having an upbeat and excited attitude about your child’s dental appointment can rub off on them.  This can help make the visit a pleasant one for all!

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Does your child have an older sibling that is used to visiting the dentist?  If so, have them observe their big sister or brother during a routine check up before their first visit.  Make sure to have a talk with the older sibling.  Have the sibling show enthusiasm and discuss how nothing hurt after the visit is over.

Keep Your Cool

If the dental office is a new environment for your child it can often be a scary one.  At the first appointment, your child is getting used to new sights, sounds and smells.  Meeting new people and often times people wearing a lot of funny things (gloves, masks, eyewear, gowns, etc) can be tough for anyone.  If your child doesn’t react well try to stay calm and let the dentist and team members take the lead.   Raising voices or threatening can often make an already stressful situation worse.  Remember that every child is different and we all have our bad days!  Sometimes it is in their best interest to reschedule at a different date and time. 

Prevention

Preventing cavities can lead children to have only routine visits making their trips to the dental office easy, peasy.  Check out my previous blog with tips on good oral hygiene for your kids.

Before your child heads back to school be sure to get their mouths examined. Remember regular dental visits can prevent missed school days. Make sure the only thing bothering them this year is homework and not their teeth.  To book their appointment contact us!


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It’s that time of the year again where our hearts and waistlines seem to grow.  This year I wanted to share some holiday healthy dental tips and recipe ideas that will not only leave your mouths satisfied but will leave them healthy as well!

Tip One: Substitute Out the Sugar

Holiday desserts are notorious for being loaded in sugar.  I recommend substituting out the sugar in your recipe for a naturally sweet substitute such as unsweetened applesauce, honey, agave, stevia or natural maple syrup.  Stevia is one of my favorite sweeteners, it is derived from a naturally sweet plant and comes in a powder form similar to sugar.  When substituting sugar out of a recipe either read the back of the package or look up the ratio.

Tip Two: Find the Fruit

A simple way to skip the sugar but still get your sweet tooth satisfying dessert is by roasting fruit.  Roasting and baking causes the fruit’s sugars to caramelize which brings out its natural sweetness.  Great seasonal fruits to try out are pears, apples and plums.  For an extra seasonal warmth sprinkle on some nutmeg and cinnamon before roasting or top them with crushed pecans or walnuts.

Tip Three: Watch What You Drink

It’s hard to think of a healthy holiday in combination with drinking alcohol, especially when often celebrating we tend to indulge in a cocktail or two.  It’s easy to forget that alcohol is notorious for hidden sugars.  That doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid it but making a few smart choices can help reduce the amount of sugar you take in.

Wine

When it comes to wines dry wines will have the least amount of sugars ranging from 0.5 g for a dry red and 1.5 g for a dry white while sweet whites can have 14.75 g per glass.  So try to avoid those sweet, fruity wines and stick to the dry varieties to cut down on your sugar intake over the holidays!

Alcohol

Most hard liquor itself does not contain sugar and are great options.  The problem isn’t the alcohol itself but the sweet and sugary mixers it is usually paired with. Nix the sweet juices and substitute club soda with your favorite cut fresh fruit instead.

Remember though that any alcohol will dry your mouth out and can lead to more risk of cavities so try to limit your intake and be sure to drink plenty of water.

Tip Four: Make Water Your Best Friend

Speaking of water, water is always a safe bet when it comes to a beverage choice.  If you are drinking cocktails or eating sugary treats try to sip water in-between to help rinse off the sugars, keep you hydrated, and to help keep the pH of your mouth at a healthy level.

Tip Five: Not All Treats are Made the Same

Some sugary treats are more damaging to your teeth than others.  Avoid those treats that are chewy or crunchy ones. 

Chewy

Chewy, sticky treats like caramels tend to stay stuck in the fine grooves of your teeth and are difficult to brush out.  If you must indulge find a healthy alternative like sugar free caramels. 

Crunchy

Crunchy treats are common this time of the year.  Desserts, such as peanut brittle, can break your teeth or dental work and can do permanent damage.  Try to steer clear of these treats to keep your teeth healthy and strong!

Tip Six: Fill Up on the Good Stuff

Pregame with healthy alternatives.  Try to fill up on healthy options from the cheese plate and veggie platter while drinking lots of water.  This will not only curb your appetite but can help you to say no to those sugary temptations.

Tip Seven: Brush and Floss

With holiday travels and parties coming up it’s easy to get out of your regular routine.  Make sure though you take the time to daily brush at least twice and floss at least once. If you need a refresher on good oral hygiene refer to this blog I posted on tips on keeping your mouth healthy. Following a good oral hygiene routine during this busy season will help make sure you have a healthy holiday and will ease your stress when it’s time for you dental check up!

Try out these tips and trust us your mouths and waistlines will be thanking you!


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