As you get back into the rhythm of school life, make sure brushing twice a day is part of your family routine. If you’ve got reluctant brushers, here are some tips to encourage the habit:
Here are a few tooth-friendly foods to keep in mind for snacks and lunches.
Choose real fruit over fruit snacks and fruit leathers, which can cling to teeth & encourage plaque. Try bananas, apples, strawberries, grapes and mandarin oranges.
Skip starchy & salty snacks like pretzels, chips & crackers. While low in sugar, these simple starches break down into a sticky goo that can coat teeth and cause cavities. For crunchy alternatives, look to sunflower seeds, almonds and baby carrots.
Milk is a great source of calcium, but beware flavored options like chocolate or strawberry which have added sugars that can cause decay. Choose plain milk, string cheese and chunks of cheddar cheese.
Colorful veggies can be very enticing to kids. Cherry tomatoes, strips of red and orange bell peppers, snap peas and edamame are great choices that feature vitamins and minerals that are great for teeth and gums.
Other great combos include: baby carrots with hummus, sliced celery and apples with peanut butter, cheese and whole-grain crackers, and sugar-free applesauce.
If you're shopping for school supplies, grab some extra toothbrushes so you can swap out new ones. Hard to remember when you last changed toothbrushes? Change it each time a report card comes out.
Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school. A third of children miss school because of oral health problems, according to Delta Dental’s 2015 Children’s Oral Health Survey. You can book an appointment right here through our website.
The weather the last few days has been a bit gloomy - sun then rain, sun then lots and lots of rain. Need a pick me up? How about a brighter smile? Our patient Jill came in for Opalescence Boost, our in-office whitening treatment. She got a great result. Want to give your smile a boost? Book now and take advantage of our special summer pricing - only $350!
We've extended our special pricing for Botox, Juvederm and teeth whitening until August 15. Request an appointment online right now (for Botox and Juvederm, choose Botox Consultation, for teeth whitening choose Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation.)
We ask every patient "is there something about your smile you'd like to change?" Sometimes people want to brighten their teeth a few shades. Sometimes they have a crooked tooth that's always bothered them. Recently, we had a patient who was unhappy with dental work done by a previous provider several years ago, and wanted to improve her smile. Here's her smile at her first visit with us.
To give her the smile she wanted, we needed to remake several crowns. After a few visits with Dr. Howard, we were able to deliver exactly the result she wanted.
Is there something about your smile that bothers you? We can help. Come in for a free consultation, just to chat with Dr. Howard and let's see what we can do to make you smile.
It's the perfect time to get photo-ready for all of your summer celebrations!
Book your appointment today - just request a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation.