Ten Back To School with Healthy Smiles Dental Health Tips

Back-to-School with Healthy Smiles

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We’re sharing 10 Dental Health Tips to help you keep your child’s smile healthy all school year long! Why is this so important?  Tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems; such as eating, speaking, playing, and learning.  In fact, the Surgeon General calls dental problems the “Silent Epidemic” that results in more than 51 million school hours missed each year!

The good news is that tooth decay and other oral diseases that can affect children are preventable.  In fact,  90% of all cavities are preventable.  Preventive dentistry can help keep your child’s smile healthy and attractive.  Children with a healthy mouth have better school attendance and are more attentive in class.

 Top Ten Back-To-School Dental Health Tips

 Schedule a Back-to-school dental visit:

1. Regular dental checkups (at least 2 x per year) may seem like an unnecessary expense but they can actually save you money in the long run. Parents and teachers may not realize there’s a dental problem, regular check ups are important to diagnose, treat and prevent dental problems. Dental problems caught early can quickly be fixed, with little or no pain, and prevent a big expense. And prevent your child from missing school.

2. Seal out decay!Most decay in the teeth of children and teens occurs in the grooves of the back-teeth chewing surfaces. Dental sealants protect these teeth from decay. The application of the sealants is quick and painless. 

Our office is offering many dental specials just for students and teachers during August & September. To Schedule an appointment, please call us at 313-945-8900

Brushing and Flossing:

3. Children should brush at least twice a day.

4. Let your child choose his or her own toothbrush. The only thing you need to do is make sure it’s the proper size and has soft bristles.

Replace a toothbrush when it’s worn, splayed bristles, or after illness. (We recommend every 3 months)

5. Consider purchasing their own travel toothbrush and toothpaste to keep in their backpack or locker. Even a trip to the water fountain to rinse their mouth will help.

6. Flossing is an annoyance for adults, let alone children. Floss picks make flossing easier for kids and come in fun flavors.

7. Toothpaste comes in many flavors. Find a flavor your child likes. The more they like it, the better chance you have of getting them to use it.

8. Timing is important too, children often fail to brush for the required amount of time. Purchase a two-minute brushing timer to help them keep track of time.

Pack Healthy Lunches and Snacks:

9. Fresh fruit, vegetables and cheese are great choices. Cheese, like Swiss, aged Cheddar and Monterey Jack, is especially good for teeth because it neutralizes acids. Nuts, whole grains and yogurt are also good snack choices.

Avoid fruit juices, energy drinks and sodas as they erode tooth enamel. Avoid sugary, sticky and chewy foods (such as raisins, fruit snacks and crackers) because they will cling to the tooth surface, allowing bacteria in plaque to produce more acid.

Sport a Mouthguard:

10. An injury can take the fun out of gym class, recess and after-school sports. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard will help protect your child’s precious teeth from being chipped or knocked out by a misstep/or kick, ball or puck.

We are happy to answer any questions parents may have about their child’s dental health. 313-945-8900.

We wish you all a very Happy & Healthy School Year!

Your partners for better dental health,

Drs. Jaffe, Goldstein and Aboona

Special note to Teachers:  Just a reminder we offer totally FREE Dental Education & Toothbrushes during February’s Dental Health Month – To schedule a free field trip call us today at 313-945-8900

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More Fresh Breath Facts

Today is National Fresh Breath day so we thought we would share a few more fresh breath tips with you. If you missed our other fresh breath tips, you can check them out here.

Mint & Cinnamon –

Chewing on a fresh mint sprig or a cinnamon stick can quickly freshen your breath.

Water –

Our circumstances don’t always allow for us to brush our teeth right after we eat but rinsing with water can actually keep bad breath at bay.

Spices & Seeds –

Eating spices and seeds such as clove, anise and fennel are great solutions for fresher breath. And don’t forget about that parsley garnish on your plate, parsley is a wonderful breath freshener.

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There are many reasons you may have bad breath, from improper brushing, medications, dry mouth, smoking, the foods you eat and so on. If bad breath is a concern for you or those around you, please talk to us we can help!

Your Partners for Better Dental Health,

Oakwood Family Dentists

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Fresh Breath Fact

Hello Friends,

Here is a quick fresh breath fact for you:

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Did you know that while some dairy foods can make your breath not-so-sweet, the live cultures in sugar-free, probiotic yogurt act to lower the levels of odor-causing sulfites in the mouth? 

Eating strawberries and other fruits high in vitamin C works well, too.

Bonus tip: Eating strawberries can help whiten your teeth!

Your partners for better dental health,

Oakwood Family Dentists

What Do Women (and Men!) Want?

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It may be a first date or it may be a long-term relationship, but whatever the goal, young women and men have clearly stated what the “must-haves” are – at least when it comes to initial attractiveness.

Recently a survey was done of over 5,000 single adults, and the most interesting part of the survey involved what others are judged on. The results differed for men and women, with women ranking their date’s clothing (58%) over hair (53%), and vice versa for men (51% for hair vs. 45% for clothes).

Fortunately, at the bottom of the list, only 9% judge others on the electronic device they carry. And towards the top for both sexes came grammar – so watch what you say!!

But least surprising (to us anyway) was the fact that the number one thing both sexes look at when sizing up their dates are…..teeth!

According to one very wise survey participant, “Taking care of your teeth is a good indicator of hygiene.” How true!

Anthropologist Helen Fisher, a professor at Rutgers University, agrees. She says “From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indication of your health – how much you drink, smoke, and what you’re eating.” Even more so, yellow, stained, uneven and otherwise unsightly teeth can leave a first impression that is hard to overturn.

Whether you are single, married, dating, or not interested – a healthy attractive smile says so much about you. That’s why regular preventive dental care is one of the most important things you can do for your appearance and physical well-being.

At Oakwood Family Dentists, we care about you and your smile! If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth or your dental health in general, we are here for you! Whether it’s a confidential smile evaluation, problems with bad breath, or a routine dental cleaning – we will be glad to see you and answer any questions you may have. Please call us today at 313-945-8900. We can help!

Your Partners for Better Dental Health,

Oakwood Family Dentists

Drs. Jaffe, Goldstein & Aboona  

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Will My Dental Visit Hurt and How Much Will it Cost?

At Oakwood Family Dentists we get all kinds of questions, and two that we often hear are:

Will it hurt?”

…and

How much will it cost?”

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Dr.Faith Aboona & Anita our Office Manager 🙂

Have you ever asked those questions? Well, we would like to share with you the answers to both of those questions and we think the answers will make you happy.

Will it Hurt?

Unlike the old days, modern dental care is easy, quick and typically pain- free.

Current dental anesthetics are extremely effective and do an excellent job. We take extra care to make sure that you are comfortably numb before starting any procedure.

If at any time you are feeling any discomfort, please let us know so that we may stop what we are doing and make sure that you are having the best dental experience possible. These days, dental appointments should be totally stress-free.

How much will it cost?

There is no question about it – quality health care can be a sizeable investment. But there is no better investment than your own health.

Whether you are seeing us for your continuing care hygiene appointment or an entire smile makeover, we want to make sure that you are comfortable with the financial aspect of dentistry and that your investment is comfortable for you.

Even though we use the highest quality materials and most advanced techniques, at Oakwood Family Dentists we are dedicated to keeping our fees reasonable.

We are happy to discuss the best financial options for you. We will always make sure that you understand everything before we start any treatment in order to take the stress out of the cost of dental care.

Also, we will work closely with you and your insurance to help you maximize your benefits, and should you choose, we offer a variety of payment options such as 12 month interest free financing.

When it comes to all aspects of your dental care, at Oakwood Family Dentists, Drs. Goldstein, Jaffe and Aboona and their team are truly dedicated to your comfort.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dental health and treatment options, please feel free to call us 313-945-8900. We are ready to help!

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Your Partners for Better Dental Health,

Oakwood Family Dentists