February 16, 2016
I have safely navigated the teenage years three times. If you have had teenagers yourself, you know what I mean when I say “safely navigated”. Life with a teenager sometimes feels a lot like being a submarine captain…you really can’t see where you are going, and there are potential minefields everywhere. Teenagers of course, know everything and don’t hesitate to let you know that they are right and you, an experienced adult, are invariably wrong. Having been through this stage in my kid’s lives three times, I can assure you that eventually this, like all stages, will pass and that one day you will actually be wise again. It just takes a while.
The part that gets me though, is how often my kids as teenagers were actually right. They were children raised with the internet, and had at their fingertips the answer to almost any question they could ask. Information to them is only a keystroke away. They live in a world that changes at warp speed and they move right along with it.
The challenge always lies in convincing them that the more things change, the more things stay the same. This is true in life and it is true in Dentistry. Dentistry can advance techniques, equipment and knowledge, but basic hygiene habits still create the foundation of good dental health. Brushing at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily without fail, eating a diet low in both sugar and high acid foods are habits that if established when your child is young, will help guard against serious problems when they are older. Cosmetic dentistry, whitening and smile makeovers are all great advancements…but none of it matters if you don’t brush and floss.
Februrary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Give your kids a hug and remind them to floss and brush. And whether your child is four, fourteen or forty-four, pat yourself on the back for surviving parenthood. You’ve earned it!
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October 13, 2015
Commitment is hard, especially when it comes to settling down with a dentist you can trust for years to come. These days it’s hard to find a dentist you feel excited about visiting, isn’t it? Either the team is too busy, or the office is too big — and you’re not ready to make your final choice. But did you know that one secret to having healthy, beautiful teeth for a lifetime is sticking with a dentist you trust? Today, learn more about Dr. Allan J. Milewski, the dentist that so many in Medina, OH already trust with their precious teeth.
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October 7, 2012
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September 24, 2012
Elephants have more than a great memory. Elephants are polyphydonts – mammals who have more than one set of adult teeth.
Elephants can grow new teeth up to six sets of teeth in their lifetime. When a tooth is ground down, a new one pushes forward and takes its place.
We humans are not so lucky. We only get one set of adult teeth, so we need to take care of them.
Brush and floss daily and be sure to see your smiling dentist for a regular checkup.
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September 17, 2012
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson was an avid fossil collector? When you walk into his home, Monticello, he had fossils of giant Mastadon teeth right by his front door. Jefferson knew from studying the giant teeth that the Mastadon were herbivores. Even Thomas Jefferson knew that our teeth were often a reflection of what we eat!
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September 2, 2012
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August 21, 2012
How can it be back to school time already? Summer went by far too fast! We have had a great time seeing all the young patients in the office and enjoyed catching up with all their activities. What a wonderful group of young people we have in our practice! We’re always sorry to see you go, but know that you go back to school with three parts anticipation and one part dread. (We get the part where you don’t like to get up early!)
Even though you are back to school and busy once again don’t forget to take care of your teeth. Here’s a link to our blog post on healthy school snacks and to our older students here’s another link to a recent post about energy drinks. Take time to brush and floss and try to make smart choices about what you eat. Your teeth will thank you!If you are leaving town to head off to college, please be safe, be smart, and learn lots. If you are a bit younger and taking the big yellow bus or walking to school, please be safe, be smart and learn lots. And if you are starting school for the very first time, we envy you. What an exciting adventure lies ahead!
To all our students..have a great year! Post updates on what you are doing on our Facebook Wall. Made the honor roll or dean’s list? Let us help brag! Scored a goal in soccer? Let us join in cheering you on! Have a part in a play or musical? Send us a picture! We enjoy interacting with you all on Facebook…stay in touch!
Here’s hoping this is the best school year ever!
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August 20, 2012
Think your smile doesn’t matter? Experts tell us it does! In this age of digital communications, we use email and text messaging every day. And often those messages are misunderstood, because there is no facial expression or tone in those messages. So what did we invent to help? The emoticons! Yes, the ubiquitous Smiley Face helps us smile even when we are not face to face! Your smile matters!
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