How many times have you walked into the toothpaste and toothbrush isle at Target or Walmart and just stared at the wall of endless options? It can be so overwhelming as you try to make the best decision. Many of our patients ask about purchasing an electric brush because they have heard great things about them. While an electric brush MAY greatly increase your quality of oral hygiene, not all brushes are created equal. And while each persons needs are individualized, there is one brush we stand behind at our office. We gladly promote the use of the Sonicare electric brush and even sell them at our office for a great price!
Why Sonicare you may ask? Well, it is proven to remove as much as 5 to 7X the amount of plaque that a manual brush removes. It is extremely gentle on your gums and root surfaces that often show in areas of recession. It can aid in keeping stain away if you are prone to getting it, and it also has a 2 minute timer to help you complete the recommended amount of brushing time (no cheating!). It has a rechargeable battery and removable brush heads. This means that multiple family members can use the same unit. Just be sure to change the brush head for each person. They have handy color coated rings so you can tell which is yours.
Ask your Dental Hygienist for brush recommendations at your next visit to see if a Sonicare may be a good brush for you. And if you do purchase one, just remember that brush heads wear out and collect bacteria. They should be replaced about every 3 months.
If you have followed us on our blog or our facebook page, it is no news to you that we LOVE celebrating great things around this office! This month we celebrated birthdays of 3 staff members. We also celebrated a baby shower for our Assistant April.
Our assistant Mindy celebrated her birthday on 03/12. She was able to take the day off and spend some time with her husband Cory and enjoy some fantastic food at Cafe Hollander.
Our front desk member Wendy celebrated on 03/15. She spent some time in beautiful Galena IL with her fiance John enjoying some great food, gambling and shopping.
Our hygienist Ashley also celebrated her birthday on 03/19. She and her husband Barry spent some time at Ho-Chunk gambling and relaxing. They were also able to head to the outlet mall and get some shopping time in.
Our assisting team member April had a special baby shower at Mo’s Irish Pub on 03/15th. She received some awesome gifts for her baby boy. The staff got her some great baby outfits, a gift card and other important baby necessities. The doctors got her a car seat. We can’t wait to share pictures of her new little bundle of joy (he arrived just last night!).
We have a good amount of you joining us for our NCAA bracket tournament again this year. We have really been enjoying watching these games! What goes better with a good game more than good food? We have found a couple links that have some yummy game day recipes. Southern Living has everything from easy chili to salt and pepper oven fries. The Herald Times Online has some fantastic dip recipes, perfect and an easy crowd pleaser for any party. Enjoy, and as always, don’t forget to brush after enjoying all this great food!
Wow! Can you believe we have been hosting this contest for 6 years? We always have such a blast doing this with you all, so we thought we would keep the party going. Some of you may have received an e-mail with all of the contest details, but if you haven’t, all of the information is listed here is well. Good luck and have fun everyone.
To sign up, go to http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/en/frontpage and create an account. Once you have logged in, click “My Groups” link toward the top of the page. Type Elmbrook Family Dental in the search box. Our group password is TEETH. Create your own bracket, and please use your actual name as your team name (so we know who you are!) and choose who you think will win. For more information, click the “How to Play” link.
All patients who have seen us for a routine cleaning within the last year are eligible to enter our contest. Brackets starts on Sunday, March 15th at 7pm, and can be filled out until tip off of the first game on march 19th.
We are awarding prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place this year. Here is what you can win:
1st place: Apple iPad Mini
2nd place: 4 Brewers tickets (date choices still to be determined)
3rd place: Custom whitening trays and a $25 Jose’s Blue Sombrero gift card
4th place: $25 Jose’s Blue Sombrero gift card
Last week we celebrated a special birthday for our assistant Tonia. The staff brought some great food and treats in for us all to enjoy. She was able to spend the weekend celebrating with her boyfriend and family. After a special dinner at Cooper’s Hawk with her boyfriend, they spent time celebrating the holidays with his family. Sunday she cheered on the Packers for a win at her parents house. Happy birthday Tonia! Thank you for letting us help you celebrate.
What a wonderful success our food drive was! We collected 27lbs of food, and also $70 in cash donations. Thank you so much to all of you who donated! We are so thankful for patients like you who enjoy helping those in need as much as we do. Patricia K. donated 18 bags of food and was the winner of this wonderful gift basket. Thank you Patricia! We hope you enjoy all of your goodies.
The holiday season is upon us and our office hours will vary through the end of December. Here are dates to be aware of:
Thursday, November 27th and Friday November 28th: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 24th- Friday December 26th: CLOSED
November 11th, 1918 was the day World War I ended. Today, we celebrate November 11th as Veterans day. A day to remember all of the men and woman who have served in our military and who currently serve. We take this day to remember the commitment these people have made and still make for our country. Many local businesses reach out to those veterans by offering some great free goods. So, if you’re a veteran, check out this list of some great free things that JSOnline has posted today. Enjoy!
Thank you to all of you who serve and who have served in the past. We are so grateful!
Follow this link: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/282155401.html
We hope you have been having a wonderful year! As the end of 2014 is quickly approaching, we are writing to share a tip that can help you take full advantage of any dental insurance benefits you may have remaining.
Every year you receive a maximum amount of dollars from your dental insurance company that you or your employer pays for. Those of you who have incomplete treatment ought to utilize your available benefits otherwise this paid benefit is lost for the year.
If you have funds set aside in a flexible spending account (FSA) or healthcare saving account (HSA), now is the time to schedule treatment so your copayment amounts can be applied to this year’s deductions.
Your health is important to us and we want to provide the care you deserve. Calling ASAP will afford you the opportunity to obtain a more convenient appointment time. We find that the holiday season is always our “busy time”, as patients wait to call last minute to use these benefits. So call soon and we will happily accommodate your schedule.
Call today to schedule your appointment!
On a daily basis, we put our teeth through a lot of work! While those pearly whites are helping you to smile, bite into those yummy sandwiches and chew up that fantastic food, we need to remember to keep them safe from gum disease, breaking and decay. Follow these simply steps to lower your risks:
Use your teeth for biting and chewing food. Contrary to what a lot of us do, teeth are not made for removing tags from that adorable new shirt you just bought. Or as a bottle opener! Yup, we’ve seen it all. Using your teeth for things like this can cause to chips, cracks or breaks. Don’t worry, if you didn’t read this blog in time, we are only a phone call away and can get you fixed!
Avoid sipping on juice, sports drinks, coffee, soda and diet soda all day. These liquid sugars and acids pose a much lower risk when they are consumed with a meal. Just remember the catchy phrase: “Sip all day, get decay.”
Brush twice daily and floss daily! Rinse with water between meals or chew sugar free gum. Having these simple things in your routine greatly reduce your chances of getting gum disease, cavities and build up.
See your favorite Elmbrook Family Dental team members twice yearly for routine cleanings, exams and x-rays. Early detection and prevention lead to lower cost dental visits in the future!