Medina family dentist, Dr. Allan J Milewski, and his staff stress preventive dentistry to preserve strong smiles and overall health. They ask patients to keep routine appointments, especially now that school is out. (more…)
July 27, 2016
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!
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.
May 29, 2012
Is there anything cuter than a toddler learning to walk? We take such care to protect our children, we would never dream that something as simple as a sippy cup or a pacifier could cause them injury. But they can. A recent nationwide study found that in a twenty year period from 1991 through 2010, more than 45,000 children under the age of three were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups. Injuries tended to occur at home and result in cuts to the mouth and face, usually when children were running or walking. Now keep in mind, these were the children injured so badly that their parents took them to an emergency room. Imagine how many more less severe injuries were handled by parents at home or by pediatricians or dentists.
In this study, the majority of injuries involved 1 year olds. Why one year olds? By that age, most children have started to walk. Toddlers are of course, very unsteady on their feet and more likely to fall. Put a hard plastic object like a bottle or sippy cup in their mouth and well…ouch. “Two-thirds of injuries examined in our study were to one year old children who are just leaning to walk and are more prone to falls,” said the study’s co-author Sarah Keim PhD, MA, MS, principal investigator int eh Center for Biobehaivoral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “having children sit down while drinking from baby bottles or sippy cups cna help reduce the occurrences of these injuries.”
Pediatric experts encourage parents to wean their children from a pacifier or a bottle by the age of 12 months. Dr. Keim estimates that if the guidelines for stopping bottle and pacifier use had been followed “about 80 percent of the the children in the study would not have been using the product at the time they were injured”. So please…work on having your toddlers weaned from their pacifier or bottles by their first birthday. Don’t let them walk around drinking from a sippy cup, bottle or with a pacifier in their mouth.
Remember… teach your children to sit before they sip!
For further information on your child’s dental health contact us at www.MedinaFamilyDentistry.com or call our office (330)725-2242