September 24, 2012
The leaves are changing once again and there is a chill in the air. This signals more than the fact that it’s college footballl season once again. It also means the year is coming to a close.
I’ll bet things are getting hectic at your house, with kids back to school and the holidays looming ahead. Don’t forget to think about your dental health.
All of us here at Medina Family Dentistry pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best possible care. An important part of this is reminding you that you have treatment that has been recommended but not completed. We urge you not to delay having your treatment done and risking an even more extensive problem. If you are fortunate to have insurance, remember that your benefits may reset at the end of the year and any unused benefits are then lost. If you have flex spending that you want to use in 2012, now is the time to schedule.
Each year, our schedule gets very full in November and December. Please contact our office as soon as possible to ensure we can accommodate you before the end of the year.
Take a few minutes to enjoy Ohio at it’s most beautiful. Cheer on your favorite high school or college team. Jump in a pile of leaves. And give us a call!
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August 8, 2011
Our house has it, does yours? It’s “Back to Schoolitis”, you know, the change that is in the air once August hits and the return to school looms only a few weeks away. The college kids are counting the minutes until they are back on campus, the high school kids are bemoaning the start of early mornings, and the little ones are excited about new backpacks, notebooks and shoes! School marks yet another change to the routine of your family…here are some quick tips to keep your student’s smile healthy as they head back to school.
Brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Yes, I know those of you who hibernate when you sleep like to roll out of bed five minutes before you leave for school or class…but take a few minutes to brush your teeth AFTER you eat breakfast and BEFORE you leave for school. You need to get rid of the plaque that has built up on your teeth overnight, and no one wants to sit in class next to someone with morning breath. And remember to floss. All the cool kids are doing it!
Pack a healthy balanced lunch and snack. Too many carbohydrates can be as harmful to your teeth as candy..be sure to load up on lean proteins and healthy fruits and vegetables. Plan your lunches and snacks carefully…remember, many kids stay after school for sports and activities. They are ravenous when that final bell rings. If you haven’t provided a healthy snack for them, they will head to the vending machines. And we all know that not much good comes from a vending machine.
Stop the Pop! Soda pop and sugar laden sports drinks can contain an astounding amount of sticky sugar and acid. If your student is drinking a lot of pop or sports drinks, it will show in their teeth, often in the form of decay. Be a good role model, get the pop out of your house and out of your kids lunches. Provide them with sugar free, acid free drink alternatives.
Make your college student’s 6 month check up appointments NOW! We keep special days open in December and January for our college students, but they fill up fast! Set up your six month cleaning appointments for your busy college and high school students when they are on Christmas break…it is important to have regular professional cleanings to keep your teeth free from decay forming plaque and to take care of any dental concerns before they become big problems.
If you are in college, don’t forget to call your mom. Trust me on this one.
Back to Schoolitis is here! And whether you’re getting your PHD or starting preschool, here’s hoping you have a great school year, full of learning and fun and adventures. And smiles. Lots and lots of smiles.
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October 16, 2010
The Times They are a Changing! Boy, I remember back in the sixties when Peter Paul and Mary sang this song…it resonates again for us today as we face change coming at us at warp speed. At times like this, it is even more important to hold onto those things we know to be constant, those things we know to be true.
What I know is dentistry and taking care of you, our patient. This is what I know to be true:
· Prevention is the key to a long and healthy life for your teeth. This means watching what you eat, avoiding those foods high in sugar and acid. It means brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. It means flossing, yes flossing, your teeth at least once a day. Every day, not sometimes, but every single day.
· Regular checkups are an incredibly important part of the equation. A professional cleaning and exam at least twice a year helps to keep disease causing plaque from building up between your teeth and below your gumline. Sharing your health history and what changes you are encountering helps us anticipate potential problems. It also allows us to see what changes are happening in your mouth, identifying problems when they are small.
· Small problems are easier and less expensive to fix than big problems. Decay never gets smaller, only bigger. A filling on a tooth is less expensive than a crown. Plain and simple.
· Affordable dental care is a must. We will do everything humanly possible to keep our costs down and help you find ways to make your dental care affordable. But we will never comprise the quality of our care for the almighty dollar. We will only provide one level of dentistry…the best quality care that allows you to have the highest quality dental health. We don’t believe in gizmos and flashy technology unless, UNLESS it has a direct correlation to improving your health. Then we will be at the forefront of that technology, because your health is what matters most.
When it comes right down to it, I want you to know that I am here to help you traverse these difficult times. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office and ask to speak to me or any of our staff. Together, we can face an uncertain future armed with knowledge and what we know to be true.
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