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.


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:

fresh breath tips

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

Is Your Dental Health Plan Confusing? We Can help!

Hello Friends,

If you have dental insurance – Congratulations! Dental insurance is a fantastic way for you to get assistance in paying for your dental health care.

Your dental insurance was chosen for you by your employer based on many factors. While all dental insurance plans differ, one thing that most have in common is that they stress prevention – keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible through regular dental examinations, necessary x-rays, and dental cleanings.

When it comes to covering other services such as dental fillings, crowns, gum disease treatment, the replacement of missing teeth and more – insurance programs vary widely. The good thing is that even a little bit of help in paying for your dental care is better than nothing at all.

At Oakwood Family Dentists, we know that you may have questions about your dental insurance, and we’re here to help. We take pleasure in working with you to maximize your benefits so that you get the best coverage possible. Please give us a call at 313-945-8900 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Most importantly, whether you have dental insurance or not, we will team up with you to get your teeth and gums in the healthiest condition possible and give you the smile of your dreams!! Please don’t hesitate to call or stop by.

Your partners for better dental Health,

Oakwood Family Dentists

Drs.Jaffe, Goldstein & Aboona

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Is There A Killer Hiding Under Your Nose?

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Did you know that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month?  

Sadly,  Oral Cancer KILLS One American Every Hour of Every Day!!

Close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Oral cancer (cancer of the head, neck & mouth) can go completely undetected and kills. Early development of oral cancer doesn’t always produce physical symptoms that you would be aware of. However, if detected early enough survival rate increases 80-90%. We urge you to visit your dentist for your oral cancer screening!

In years past, oral cancer was a disease most often associated with older ones who were long time tobacco users.  Not anymore! A serious change has taken place, a common sexually transmitted virus has replaced tobacco as the number one cause, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in persons ages 25-50.

Additional risk factors include high alcohol consumption, the use of conventional smokeless (chewing/spit) tobacco, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun (for lip cancers).

Symptoms Include:

Persistent mouth sore

Difficulty swallowing & chewing

White or Red Patches in the Mouth or Lips

A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth

Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice

Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck.

Non tender lump in neck


Feeling that something is caught in your throat

Loose Teeth

Loose Dentures

Bleeding from the mouth

Unexplained Weight Loss

The good news is, Oral Cancer is easier than ever to detect. The screening is quick and painless.

Knowing all the risk factors and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent this deadly disease.

Oakwood Family Dentists are pleased to offer FREE (No-Obligation) Oral Cancer Screenings by appointment  now thru April 30, 2013

-Call us today to schedule your complimentary Oral Cancer Screening at


You do not have to be a patient of record to take advantage of this free, no obligation offer.

Please Visit us at  www.oakwoodfamilydentists.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oakwood-Family-Dentists/350573238380573?ref=hl

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have about your dental health. 313-945-8900

Your partners for better dental health,

Oakwood Family Dentists –

Drs.Goldstein, Jaffe & Aboona