Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease in children? It’s true! Helping your children maintain a healthy smile takes some extra work and vigilance, especially when they are still very young and may not be able to brush on their own. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), so there is no better time than now to learn more about children’s oral care from your dental team at Dentistry by Design!

Dr. Sledge recommends the following strategies to set your kids up for a lifetime of dental success:

  • 2×2 – Your children should brush for two minutes, twice a day and they should floss just as often. Brush right alongside your kids to watch for proper technique, and play some fun music on your phone to make sure you brush long enough. Encourage them to spit out toothpaste, since getting too much fluoride can impact the appearance of their teeth.
  • Eat Healthy – Every parent knows just how many sweets are aimed at their kids. This compounds the problem for kids, since they’re already prone to tooth decay and cavities. Limit sugar – in foods and drinks (like fruit juices) – and stick to water, high-protein snacks, leafy greens, and dairy products. Cheese can protect tooth enamel so enjoy this healthy treat.
  • See Your Dentist – Since dental problems can arise as soon as teeth show up in the mouth, the ADA recommends scheduling your child’s first appointment no later than their first birthday. Kids should see our team at least twice a year for exams and cleanings.
  • Make It Fun – It’s important that kids get a good impression of the dentist when they’re young to encourage a lifelong habit of dental wellness. Watch cartoons and read children’s books about the dentist. Do dental activity sheets before your children’s appointment. (see below) Get them excited to visit the dentist!!
  • Set A Good Example – You know that your kids look up to you, so if you drink soda all day long, skimp on flossing, and don’t visit the dentist yourself, your children will pick up on that message.

Fun activity sheets for your children:

Now that you know what Children’s Dental Health Month is all about, take advantage of our $65 kids smile special  and give your son or daughter a smile that will last a lifetime! 

Schedule an appointment today! (920) 854-5200

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

 

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

 

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to design resolutions for establishing healthy habits. Whether it’s improving toothbrushing habits or completing dental treatment, wellness resolutions are ALWAYS in season and the benefits of setting goals can be rewarding and motivating. Remember to make resolutions attainable by taking baby steps to achieve them.

Routine Dental Visits: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist twice a year for a routine checkup to help maintain optimal oral health and identify any potential dental concerns before they have a chance to develop into something more serious. If you have been putting off your checkup or restorative work that needs to be done, then set a goal to get it done right away. Most dental insurance plans renew at the beginning of the year, which means that you have new coverage for the services that are needed.

Brush & Floss Daily: Brushing twice-a-day and flossing daily keeps harmful bacteria and plaque at bay, freshens your breath, and brightens your smile — which is typically the first thing people notice about you. Plus, it only takes a handful of minutes each day to floss and brush, so once you get into a routine it will be easy to maintain!

Choose Water Instead of Soda: It’s important to stay hydrated, but sipping on a soda throughout the day can be one of the worst things you can do for your dental health. Every time you take a sip, the sugar from the soda coats your teeth and creates the perfect acidic environment that promotes tooth decay.

In 2021, ditch the soda and switch it out for healthier alternatives like water.

Get a New Toothbrush: When was the last time you got a new toothbrush? It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. One of the reasons is that the bristles can wear, making the toothbrush less effective. But a lesser-known reason for replacing your toothbrush is all about cleanliness. Toothbrushes are susceptible to bacteria just like the teeth, meaning that if you don’t take care of it adequately and keep it clean between use, you could be introducing bacteria into your mouth every time you brush.

Kick the Habit: Smoking has been linked to several health issues, making “quit smoking” one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. When it comes to dental health, quitting smoking can be a game changer. Smokers face increased risk of everything from chronic bad breath and tooth discoloration, to loss of jawbone density, gum disease and tooth loss. Smokers also face an increased risk of developing oral cancer.

For more tips on how to improve your smile, like us on Facebook and Instagram, or contact us today! 

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PROTECT YOUR HOLIDAY SMILE: 5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY

Holiday feasting and fun not only does a number on your waistline, but it can also take a toll on your teeth. This holiday season, get in the giving spirit and give your oral health the attention it deserves.

The WDA offers these tips for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy this holiday season:

  • Keep your routine. The holiday season is filled with plenty of hustle and bustle that can easily throw you off your oral health care routine. It’s also a time for sweet treats and starchy foods – which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay – so it is important to brush for two minutes at least twice a day, and floss once each day. If you’re traveling and want to keep good habits on the go, pack a toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste to use after meals. If brushing isn’t an option, chewing sugar-free gum is a great alternative that helps to clean debris from your teeth.
  • Limit alcohol intake. There are a number of ways that alcohol can damage your teeth, so it’s important to choose what and how much you consume in your spirit-filled celebrations. Sugar-heavy beverages, like some wines, fuel harmful bacteria in your mouth and can be a major risk factor in tooth decay. Dehydration, a common side effect of alcohol consumption, can produce the same damaging outcome by decreasing saliva flow and allowing bacteria to cling to enamel. If enjoying a few drinks in your festivities, alternate your alcohol with a glass of water to keep your mouth rinsed and hydrated.
  • Never use your teeth as a tool. When it comes to all the packages to open, bottles to uncork and nuts to crack, use the right tools for the job – and your teeth aren’t one of them. Over time, using your teeth for these tasks can weaken your enamel and fragile tooth edges, which can lead to cracks and breaks – a painful and expensive outcome that can easily be avoided.
  • Snack smart. Hard candies and cookies are just some of the sticky and starchy treats you’re sure to encounter each year. It’s important to avoid overdoing these kinds of snacks as they tend to stay on teeth longer than most other foods. While most things are fine in moderation, it helps to eat these foods during or shortly after a meal when saliva production is high and helps wash food particles away. Holidays or not, it’s always a great time to start thinking about healthier habits. Try implementing healthy options – like cheese, fruits and vegetables – into your snacking. You’ll be doing a service for your teeth and the rest of your body, as well.
  • Don’t delay treatment. If you’re scheduled for an appointment during the holidays, honor it and don’t wait to make your oral health your New Year’s resolution. It’s better to catch and fix problems now rather than potentially allow them to worsen by postponing treatment. If you’re overdue for a cleaning or need work done, don’t use the busyness of the holidays as an excuse – call your dentist today to schedule your next visit. If traveling and in need of emergency care, don’t hesitate to contact a local dental office.

It’s important to be proactive about your oral health all year-round, and not just during the holidays. Practicing good dental care is important not only for maintaining a healthy mouth, but for your overall wellness and quality of life, too. Regular visits to your dental health professional and keeping good habits can help you achieve this.

For more information about your oral health, visit the American Dental Association’s public awareness website at www.MouthHealthy.org.

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COVID-19 Fall Update

It has been just over 4 months since our practice has reopened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to thank everyone for your patience and understanding during our process of developing, implementing, and learning our new systems.

It is still our highest priority to keep our patients, staff and community as safe as possible.

We are committed to best practices and above standard infection control, by continuing to closely monitor and follow all recommendations and mandates from the American Dental Association, OSHA, CDC and our local, state, and federal agencies.

Dental care during these uncertain times is not only necessary, but safe as well.  We ask that you do not delay routine dental care as it’s an important step in maintaining good overall health. 

If you have concerns about scheduling your next appointment, we ask that you review our COVID-19 in Office Safety Protocols. As always, we are here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. (920) 854-5200

Thank you again for you patience and understanding. 

Dr. Sledge and Dentistry by Design Team

Insurance benefits for 2020: Use it or Lose it!

We hope you had a wonderful summer! As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to share a tip that can help you take full advantage of any dental insurance benefits you may have. Use it or lose it!

2020 will soon be coming to a close, and so will your dental benefits for the year. We would like to remind you to schedule your cleaning, exam and any other necessary dental procedures as soon as possible in order to fully utilize your 2020 dental insurance benefits. These benefits typically expire on December 31st.

Here are some important reasons to consider utilizing your dental insurance coverage before the year wraps up:

Dental Problems Can Worsen
By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. Very often, when dental issues are ignored and left to develop, they end up becoming much worse than whatever the original issue was.

Yearly Maximum
The yearly maximum is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental work within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average tends to be around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover, so you should utilize all of the benefits while they are still active.

Here at Dentistry by Design we want to ensure that all our patients are always on the right dental track. Feel free to call us or request an appointment via your Patient Connect Portal page to ensure you are seen and treatment is completed before the remainder of your insurance benefits run out.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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