Brace Yourselves!

We all have been there, you’re at school, and your braces start causing you problems! We wanted to share some tips and items that we feel are braces essentials that can easily fit in your locker or backpack!

  • Extra Elastics/rubber bands
    • During the school day, you might take your elastics off to eat and accidentally throw them away, sometimes they break; there are a million reasons you might need to change your elastics unexpectedly during the day. Having an extra pack with you helps you stay on track with your ortho plan!
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • It’s always a great idea to carry one of these with you when you have braces! They help give you that fresh breath and clear any evidence left behind from lunch!
  • Ibuprofen
    • We all know that sometimes braces are just uncomfortable! It’s always a good idea to have some medicine around to help take care of any discomfort. As always, discuss any concerns with your parents.
  • Extra Wax
    • Every once in a while, your braces start irritating your mouth during the day. Next time you visit your orthodontist ask them about getting an extra pack. Having extra wax in your locker/bag is a great way to avoid that!
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  • Soft snacks
    • Sometimes lunches at school are just impossible to eat with your braces so it’s still smart to have a few snack items in your locker/bag that you can eat just in case the lunch tray is filled with non-brace friendly food.
  • Sports mouthguard
    • In PE and sports, a mouthguard can be a great thing to have to keep everything feeling secure and in-line!

 

High school can already be hard enough some times, and braces should never get in the way of you having fun and getting involved! With these braces tips, you’ll be able to tackle anything that comes your way this school year!

As always, feel free to call us anytime with any questions or concerns at 801-747-8015.

It’s Time to Party!

Have you heard about our end of the summer party? Well if you haven’t, mark your calendars for August 24 from 1-3 to celebrate the end of summer with us!

We have been having a Summer Selfie contest over the past few months. We have been encouraging our patients to go out and take a selfie at different locations around Salt Lake City. We also have photo booths at each of our offices for patients to snap a picture after their appointment. Throughout the contest, we have been giving away $25 gift cards to someone who tagged us in their selfie.

After the success of the contest, we are entering everyone who participated for a chance to win the grand prize! Our grand prize consists of camp chairs, cooler, outdoor games, and many other tailgate necessities that will be perfect for the upcoming Fall! Don’t worry; you still have time to enter! Snap a selfie and tag us using #SLCsummerselfie up until the day of the event and you will be entered to win!

To send out summer with a bang, we are throwing a carnival and inviting all of our patients and staff! This summer was hot, but this party is going to be hotter!

We have a bounce house for the kids, carnival games for a little friendly competition, a face painter to transform your look, and a taco truck to feed the masses! There will be tons of prizes and even more opportunities to enter to win the grand prize!

Come to Fairmont Park at the Grove Pavillion and follow the signs and the sounds of a party to find us!

(1040 E Sugarmont Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106.

and follow the signs and the sounds of a party to find us!

We have enjoyed this summer with each patient that came to visit us! Thank you for making this a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you at the party!

 

 

Back to School!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to an end, and the excitement of the upcoming school year has kicked in. We can’t avoid it even if we tried, and it is everywhere. This time of year you can go into almost any store and see notebooks, pencils, folders, backpacks, and many other necessities for school lining the aisles.

It is an exciting time for us as well. August is one of our most enjoyable months as we begin our Early Childhood Prevention Program. Each year we go into Elementary schools, daycare facilities, and other centers which care for education and well being of our children. Through this program, we can educate youngsters on their oral health and how to have healthy teeth and gums.

One way we support setting up young children for success is by making life a bit easier for parents! Every August, for one month, only we offer a back to school promotion, $49 Dental Cleanings and Check-Up! In addition to our back to school promotion. We also provide a variety of scheduling options, which include morning, day, evening, and Saturday appointments.

Education is vital in every child’s life, and we love doing our part in ensuring that this upcoming school year is the best one yet!

You might be asking yourself, why does it matter? Have you ever thought about the correlation between oral health and school performance?

“Scientists from the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California came to this conclusion after examining nearly 1,500 socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary and high school children in the Los Angeles Unified School District and matching their oral health status to academic achievement and attendance records.” (Colgate; Poor oral health can mean missed school, low grades;2019) 

It is as simple as when kids need to go to the dentist frequently; they are missing school. If your child is regularly experiencing oral pain, focusing, and paying attention to the teacher can take a back seat to the pain that they are feeling.

For some families, dental care can fall second to other necessities. The Center of Dental Professionals aims to make dental care available for all children and families. The current promotion that we have going on is open to children from kindergarten to senior year. We want every child to be successful and make this school year the best one yet!

Call in at (801)747-8018 or stop by either of our offices and get your appointment booked!

Baby Teeth: it is a good idea to pull them?

I am sure you have all seen those videos of people removing their children’s baby teeth in unique ways. There is the throwing a toaster method, using a doorknob, throwing a ball with a string attached; the list goes on and on!

Kids can start losing their teeth as young as four, but some don’t start noticing those wiggling teeth till seven.  Usually, kids lose their front teeth first, and these tend to fall out on their own pretty quickly. As you get farther back in the mouth, the teeth can be hard to lose. With a tooth like this, it can be SO tempting to want to pull it out!

While it might be tempting to use one of those creative ways to pull out teeth, it is always better to let the tooth come out on its own!

We know that as a child, when you can feel that tooth moving, pulling the tooth can be SO tempting. Pulling out a tooth before it is ready can cause pain, can damage the tissue, and even leave to an infection.

Encourage your kids to play with the loose tooth, brush their teeth, and even bite into solid food. These tips can help remove the tooth without any pain!

It can be so fun to have a child with a loose tooth, and we want to make sure that the experience is enjoyable for everyone! If you still have questions or want to talk to a dentist more about your child’s teeth call in for an appointment and one of our professionals would love to sit down and talk all about teeth with you!

Hopefully, the tooth-fairy finds its way to your house soon! Happy brushing!