Back To School

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Back to school for a lot of families means getting supplies lists organized, buying new clothes and getting those doctor appointments scheduled. Most students returning to school will need a physical by their primary pediatrician as well as a dental examination completed before their return to classes.

As we urge all of our patients to visit us at least twice a year for their dental checkup and cleaning, we want to be available to getting those last minute school checkups for new patients as well! We are available six days a week with convenient evening and weekend appointments. We want to make your child’s checkup as simple as possible, so we have those dental school forms filled out and ready to go as soon as your appointment is completed.

Feel free to contact us over the phone or schedule at your convenience through our website for your child’s checkup and cleaning. Best of luck to all the students on the upcoming school year!

Tooth Fairy Payouts?

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For many American children, the tooth fairy can be counted on to make losing a tooth, a very profitable event. So exactly, how much is she putting under pillows these days?

Did you know that, on average, a child in the Midwest receives $2.83 per tooth lost? That may seem like a lot to parents who remember finding a dime or a quarter underneath their pillows. However, compared to the average payout in the Southern states of $5.17, the parents of the Midwest seem to be pretty conservative!

Delta Dental (dental insurance provider) did a survey of more than 1,000 primary caregivers to get the average payout results. They also found that over the period of 1999 to 2014 that the national gift average for the tooth fairy was pretty consistent with the ebbs and flows of the stock market.

So next time your kids ask what they can expect from the tooth fairy…maybe they should start following the stock market. 🙂

Which Medicine Should I Take

 

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Whether you are suffering from a toothache, headache, sore muscles or a fever, do you take the same trusty medicine?

If you are always reaching for your one cure all medication, there are some things you should consider. According to research, you should be taking symptom specific medicine so that you are targeting your discomfort with quickest and most affective result.

As stated in the infographic;

“All medicines are not created equal. Some, like Advil and Aleve, treat swelling and inflammation, while others, like Tylenol, only deal with pain and fever. Some studies suggest that certain drugs, like Aleve, are better at treating what’s known as hard-tissue inflammation, such as bone swelling, while others are more effective at reducing soft –tissue inflammation, like sore muscles and inflamed sinuses.”

Something to think about next time you’re in pain. Remember that not all medicine is created equal!

Soft Drink Dangers

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As the weather turns warmer, the temptation to reach for a cold soda instead of water can be a lot more appealing.

“Pop” or soda is one of the leading dietary sources of tooth decay and affects people of all ages. The acid and sugary byproducts that are found in pop soften the tooth’s enamel which attribute to the development of cavities.

The popularity of soft drinks has risen in the United States, especially among children and teenagers. How many school age children drink soft drinks? Estimates range from one in two to more than four in five consuming at least one soft drink a day. At least one in five kids consume a minimum of four servings a day (1).

Some teenagers drink as many as 12 soft drinks a day (2). Long term users are at risk as well, with the cumulative damage having effect on their mouth at some point in their life.

It goes without saying that soft drinks account for more than just damage to your teeth’s enamel. Obesity, increased risk of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, reproductive issues and even asthma.

The damage that could be done in the long run is far more expensive than the cost of a can of pop. So when in doubt, choose water to keep your body hydrated and healthy!

(1)Gleason P, Suitor C. Childrens diets in the mid 1990s: Dietary intake and its relationship with school meal participation. Alexandria, VA: US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation;2001.

(2)Brimacombe C. The effect of extensive consumption of soda pop on the permanent dentition: A case report. Northwest Dentistry 2001;80:23-25.

A Little Dental History

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Historical evidence has shown dentistry being practiced as far back as 7000 BC. This early form of dentistry involved curing tooth related disorders with bow drills (an ancient tool typically used for starting fires). Yikes! Dentist were even filling teeth with beeswax as an early form of a dental filling!

While some of these practices may seem barbaric, they were very advanced for their time considering their limitations with tools and other supplies. During the Middle Ages and throughout the 19th century, dentistry was not a profession in itself, and often dental procedures were performed by barbers or general physicians.

The dental instruments that we use today were adapted tools from watch makers, jewelers and even barbers!

It wouldn’t be until 1867 when Harvard University would found the first university affiliated dental institution.

Dentistry has come a long way and we can all be grateful that the doctors are not using bow drills and beeswax anymore. Thank goodness for modern day advances!

Invisalign

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Have you ever thought of straightening your teeth, but do not like the idea of metal braces? Invisalign may be just the answer you’ve been looking for!

Invisalign is a proven method to achieve the appearance you desire during and after your treatment. Invisalign is series of clear trays that are worn over a period of time that ranges from 3 months to 1 year. Length of treatment will vary by individual treatment needs.

Interested, but unsure about what it look like after or how long it will take? We suggest by starting with a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. We can take all the necessary information and provide you with a digital preview of your case with a computer generation of what your final outcome will look like AND how long it will take to achieve your desired results.

After that, you will have monthly checkup appointments with our office to check on how your treatment is progressing and to deliver your new aligners.

So, stop wondering what it would be like to have a straighter smile, call us and make your consultation today!

Children’s Dental Health Month

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The month of February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Every February, we, in the dental profession like to stress the importance of taking the initiative in your child’s oral hygiene.

Before your child even shows their first tooth, you should be considering their dental hygiene. Wiping the gums with a warm wash cloth after they’re done eating is a good habit to start. Also, make sure that you are not sending your baby to bed with a bottle full or milk or juice. This can cause “bottle rot” and wreak havoc on your child’s teeth.

Your child should start regular dental checkups and cleaning around age 3. This is a great way for your child to get in a routine about coming to the dentist. It’s easier to start habits and routines earlier in life. Also, encourage children to follow a wakeup and bedtime brushing routine.

As with most children, accidents are bound to happen. If they happen to bump their mouths or teeth, we encourage you to call the office to make an appointment. The dentist can evaluate your child to make sure no serious damage has been done or that any problems with their incoming teeth have been affected. If a tooth falls out, remove any debris immediately and place the tooth back in. If unable to do so, place the tooth in salt water or milk. Do not put the tooth in water.

Gateway to Better Health

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You may put off going to the dentist for lots of reasons, but putting off this simple appointment could cause damage to your overall health.

Brushing two times a day and flossing regularly are just the first step in your dental health care. Keeping your semi- annual checkup and cleaning appointments with the dentist are imperative to make sure that the state of your oral health is stable.

Poor dental health can not only cause some costly dental treatments, but can also affect the rest of your body. Heart disease, mouth cancer, diabetes, gum disease, tooth loss, bad breath dental decay, lung conditions and strokes are just some of the problems that are associated with neglecting your oral health.

Start the New Year off right! Make an appointment with your dentist, make sure you are doing everything you can to stay healthy.

Happy Holidays

The team at SLoop Dental wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of our wonderful patients for another great year. We have been very fortunate in 2014 to be able to expand our staff, once again, and continue to grow our practice. We love being a part of the South Loop neighborhood as our community continues to grow as well.

2014 has also blessed some of our staff with engagements and others with new babies to add to their families! We are happy to look back on 2014 with pride as it has been a great year for us all.

We would like to wish all of our patients, family and friends a very happy holidays. We hope the holidays bring joy to you and your families. Thank you again for your continued support. We strive to continue to provide you with outstanding care and customer service.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sweet Tooth

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If you are like most people, it’s hard to turn down the leftover Halloween candy. At first, it starts as just a sweet addition to your lunch. Then, it becomes a go to after work treat. The next thing you know, you are on the couch catching up on your favorite TV show with the whole trick or treat bag in your lap.

While there is nothing wrong with a little indulgence, these sugary temptations can take a serious toll on your teeth. Some candies can be less harmful than others.

Here is some advice with some of the candy you may be enjoying:

Chewy/sticky candy can get stuck in the deep crevices of the teeth  This can make it very difficult for  your toothbrush to wash them away which will lead to tooth decay.

Sour candies are highly acidic and can wear down tooth enamel. If you find yourself snacking on sour treats, wait about 30 minutes before you brush your teeth.   Otherwise, you are just brushing the acid into the tooth’s surface. The safer option is to swish with water and then wait 10 minutes to brush.

We hope you enjoyed your Halloween and hope these tips help you through the rest of the holiday season!