Monday, July 17, 2017

Kid-Tested, Dentist-Approved: 6 Teeth Cleaning Tips from Dentist Parents

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing a wonderful article from mouthhealthy.org with tips for all parents out there, about how to get your kids to brush and floss. As you know, it's imperative that good oral health begins early.

"As a parent, you may have more in common with your dentist than you think. Many moms and dads—even dentists—struggle to keep their children’s mouths and teeth clean. ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo is a father of four – ages 13, 10, 8 and 2. “As you can imagine, there can be a wide range of behavior on who wants to brush and who doesn’t in our house,” he says. “I’m not just a dentist, I’m their dad, so making sure they’re establishing good habits early on is important to me.”

To keep your family’s smiles strong, try some of tricks of the trade from dentist moms and dads: 
  • Establish a Fun Family Routine
  • Try a New Angle
  • Bigger Kids, Bigger Challenges 
  • Play Detective
  • Above All, Don’t Give Up"  

  • To read the full article and get details on each one of these tips, click here!  

    To schedule a dental checkup for your child with a caring and gentle dentist, call Dr. Mansfield today! www.germantowndentalcare.com 

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Probiotics and Your Teeth

    "The body’s ability to protect itself from harm is quite an incredible thing. And just as blood goes through a clotting process to foil unfettered bleeding without us asking for its assistance, probiotics are working to keep bad bacteria at bay, not only in our gut, but in our mouth as well!" 

    To learn more about what probiotics are and how they can help your mouth's health, visit the article link from PatientConnect today!

    We are accepting new patients in our Germantown office today! Visit us at: www.germantowndentalcare.com to learn more today!  

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles for Your Kids

    Good afternoon!

    "Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:

    • Staying on a Routine
    • Say No to Sugary Drinks & Snacks 
    • Make your back-to-school dental visit a little early  
    Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.” (To read more of the article and learn specifically what you can do to help your kids this summer, click here.)

    To schedule a summer checkup or cleaning call us today!  (301) 540-5195

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday to Dr. Mansfield!

    If you haven't had a chance to wish Dr. Mansfield a 'Happy Birthday' yet, now is the chance! Last week was his birthday and we want to continue with the celebration by sending him birthday wishes on here too!

    Christiana, Dr. Mansfield and Jenn 

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Flossing 101

    Good afternoon bloggers!

    Today we want to share with you a brief article and video tutorial on flossing. Yes, we're at it again and talking about flossing...This is because it's so important!

    "Although some have questioned the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also said flossing is "an important oral hygiene practice" in an August 2016 statement."

    We often have patients ask how often they should floss or what is the best way to floss. Well thanks to this great video from MouthHealthy.org, produced by the American Dental Association, you can learn:

    If you want in-person health or an oral evaluation for your teeth and gums we are here to help! Come stop by our office in Germantown, Maryland or call us today at (301) 540-5195.

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Dental Anxiety... You CAN stop fearing the dentist!

    Good afternoon!

    As much as we are saddened to say, we know that a lot of people out there suffer from dental anxiety. In fact, according to sources at Colgate.com "Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That's about 30 million to 40 million people."

    If you find yourself nervous or avoiding the dentist because of dental fears, this message is for you! First off, you're not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. We are here to HELP our patients, not judge them. you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find, and that's okay too. However take comfort in knowing that the only way to move forward is to address things found and to take it one step at a time.

    If you are looking for ways to help cope with dental anxiety, you can visit this great article from Mouth Healthy at the link here. 

    If you are looking for a kind, caring dentist who won't judge you and is only out there to help please contact us today! Our warm staff is waiting for your call at (301) 540-5195. You can also visit us online at www.germantowndentalcare.com

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    New Guidelines on Fruit Juice: Less for Kids and None for Babies

    Good morning,

    Today we are sharing an article from parents.com that cautions against giving kids too much fruit juices. Of course there is no one way to raise a child and we recommend talking to your pediatrician but from a dental prospective, too much fruit juices can be bad for your kids' dental health. As you may or may not know, most fruit juices contain high amounts of sugar. Therefore "frequently sipping on juice also puts kids at higher risk for cavities, as the carbohydrates wash over the teeth and can cause decay."
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    To read more of the article visit the link here. To contact us today to help your child in a non-judgmental, friendly environment visit us at www.germantowndentalcare.com or call us at: (301) 540-5195.