The thought that “having a cavity will always cause some sensitivity or discomfort” is a very big, bad myth. Tooth decay will not generally cause symptoms until it is advanced enough to reach the nerve. Not treating decay in the early stages will lead to much more expensive procedures like root canal therapy. That’s why early detection through regular dental exams and x-rays is so important! We can detect these cavities before they advance into the nerve and repair them with more simple, less expensive treatments.
So, before you decide to wait until it hurts, think of what it may cost you in the end. Remember: once a cavity starts, it will only continue to grow
Though it may not seem important, taking advantage of your dental insurance before the year ends can save you money in the long run. Because most insurance companies run off of the calendar year, whatever benefits you haven’t used before midnight December 30 is long gone.
Not comparable to your cell phone minutes, your dental insurance benefits don’t roll over to the new year if you have not used them. You work hard for your benefits, and not taking advantage of them before the year is up can possible leave you wasting hundreds of dollars. If you use your benefits before the New Year, you’ll be able to take advantage of your deductible before it resets. It’ll also give you the ability to use up your annual maximums. Another important reason is to take care of any dental woes before they get any worse! Even though it may seem like a small stain or discomfort now, along the line, it can possibly mean a more extensive procedure.
If you are unsure about what your dental benefits may be or when they expire, ask your employer, or use the company handbook as a reference. Either way, being able to use your dental benefits before the year ends is beneficial for your money, and, more importantly, your teeth.
Elmbrook Family Dental is committed to providing state-of-the art dental care for you and your family from our Brookfield, WI dental office. Call us today to learn more or schedule your next appointment.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. We all love to enjoy the fantastic food that comes along with it. Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy. We have decided to share some healthier versions of some great Thanksgiving recipes. Check them out and be sure to let us know what you think!
Cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/RE00142
Flavorful turkey and gravy: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/turkey-gravy/RE00130
No meal is complete without dessert. Rustic apple-cranberry tart: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00545
Another beautiful baby girl has been born to our hygiene (previously front desk) staff member, Amanda G. On October 28th, Amanda and her husband Mike welcomed Baby Evelyn into the world. 5lbs 15.5oz and 19 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great!
You may have received an e-mail from us last week in regards to our annual food drive, but in case you missed it, here is the info:
We are proud to be collecting non-perishable food items for the 5th year in a row! Working with the Hunger Task Force, we will be collecting food items here in our office through November 25th. All patients and non-patients are welcome to donate. Stop in any time during business hours (even if you don’t have an appointment) to donate. As a ‘Thank you’ to those who donate, each person will be entered to win an awesome gift basket which is valued at over $550.00! One entry per day, per person. So, stop in often for more than one chance to win!
It is important to our doctors and staff to reach out to those less fortunate in the community. We are thankful for patients like you who can help make it happen.
Our front desk team member Tiffany is going to be welcoming her first baby into the world this December. To celebrate, the staff threw her a special baby shower on Friday. We enjoyed some time together along with some great food and adorable baby gifts. Tiffany and her husband are due with baby Owen in early December.
Many of you may know our assistant Katie, but let us introduce you to to the newest member of her family! Audrey Paige was born on August 23rd to Katie and her husband Brian. She weighed 6lbs and measured 19 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great and enjoying this beautiful fall weather. Katie plans on returning to work on November 4th.
Fall is such a great time for beautiful colors and yummy flavors. Here are some fun fall activities that you and the family may enjoy.
Simple and fun Apple Smiles activity! Apples are in season, so choose your favorite kind and make this fun snack with the kids: http://www.kidsacookin.org/Site.aspx?page=Recipe&Recipe_id=10921
A pumpkin with braces? Why not! Use pop tops from a soda can, or visit your local hardware store for some cheap metal pieces. Get creative with your carving and have some fun!! http://ingobutsch.com/44766/397736/this-and-that/pumpkin-with-braces
After carving up your pumpkin, Don’t forget to bake up those pumpkin seeds too. Check out this recipe: http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv310.htm
It happens all the time: we see a child between the ages of 9 and 18 years old that still really need help with their brushing and flossing routine. They open their mouth and we find moderate to heavy plaque and puffy, tender gums. This puffiness and build up can cause gingivitis, decay and bad breath. You might be thinking: “So, you want me to brush my 11 year olds teeth?!” No, you don’t have to brush their teeth, but we do suggest that you supervise and be involved in a more passive way. Here are some tips:
-Be aware of how often they are brushing. Remember, twice daily brushing is recommended with the night time routine being most important. Not sure if they really brushed? Feel those brush bristles to see if they are wet or dry. If they are dry, chances are they may not have brushed as recently as they told you.
-Be aware of how long their brushing routine lasts. Keep a subtle eye on the clock. If they are brushing for less than 1.5-2 minutes, they may be leaving harmful plaque and build up behind.
-Provide easy tools for flossing like the Reach flosser or floss picks. Keep track of how quickly you replenish the supply.
-Positive reinforcement goes a long way. Remind them of the benefits of brushing and flossing and let them know when they are doing a great job!
Hopefully these tips can make the next check up a happy and healthy one.
According to the Wisconsin Dental Association, an estimated 51 million school hours are missed every year in the US due to dental related illness and disease. These reasons include cavities, toothaches and dental infections. Don’t let your child be a part of this statistic and miss out on important learning time. Take a few simple steps to avoid dental disease by following these simple guidelines.
Always remember that preventative care and early detection is key! Stay on a strict 6 month recall which includes cleaning, exams, fluoride treatment and necessary x-rays. By doing this, we can detect cavities while they are small and repair them before they become painful.
Be aware of the liquid your child consumes. Sipping juice, milk, sport drinks and soda for periods of time between meals increases their chance of getting cavities. Limit these beverages to meal times only or as a special treat. If your toddler is carrying a “sippy cup” with them over an expanded period of time, and taking sips while they play, their mouth is in a state of acidity and high risk that entire time.
Fluoride is your friend! Including fluoridated toothpaste and mouth wash into the oral hygiene routine can be an easy way to keep decay away topically. Enjoying fluoride in a glass or two of water each day can help systemically and help teeth forming under the gum-line grow with strong, healthy enamel. Most local communities have a fluoridated water supply which is monitored and regulated. Not so sure about fluoride? Talk with our dental staff at your next visit for alternative options like xylitol.
It can set your child behind the others when they miss school and it is even more difficult to see them in pain. Keep them healthy and in school and keep their dental visits fun and easy by following these easy guidelines.