Posts for: April, 2018
Find out when you might want to turn to a family dentist to help you maintain a healthy smile.
Whether you are looking to a dentist that your whole family can trust or you are looking for a new dentist who can address your specific needs, our Rockville, MD, family dentists, Dr. David Allick and Dr. Ghassan Jacklis, are here to tell you why a family dentist might be the best option for you and your loved ones when it comes to getting the oral care you deserve.
Most people don’t realize that there is a general dentist out there who has received extensive and specialized training to be able to properly provide a complete lineup of dental care to people of all ages. In fact, some parents just assume that they need to take their child to a pediatric dentist or a different dentist from the one they go to (after all, you both have very different oral health needs, right?).
However, this doesn’t just mean taking time to find a quality pediatric dentist that you trust but also you have to take time out of your busy schedule not just to get your routine dental checkups but also to take your child to a separate dentist for care. Why not streamline this process, right?
At White Flint Dental Associates, we already know that families lead hectic lives. We want to make it easier, not more difficult, for everyone to get the oral care they deserve. We can even work with your schedule to make sure everyone in your family gets routine cleanings on the same day, which can ultimately save you a lot of time, stress, and heartache.
Not to mention, it’s wonderful to have a medical professional by your side who gets to be with you as your family grows up. If you have a general doctor that you’ve turned to for many years then you understand the importance good rapport has for your long-term medical care. The same applies to your dental care.
We really take the time to get to know your family from the very beginning and it’s amazing to watch the little ones grow up while also providing them with the proper and individualized dental care that they trust and with which they feel comfortable. Making our Rockville dentist a regular part of your family’s care is important for ensuring that everyone you love preserves their beautiful smiles for the long run.
White Flint Dental Associates prides itself on offering comprehensive family dentist to the Rockville, MD, area. No matter if you need to schedule your child’s first visit or your 20th appointment, we are here for you.
If you’re committed to providing your family nutritional, low-sugar snacks, you’re not only helping their physical well-being but their dental health too. If you have school-age children, though, you might be concerned about other snacks available to them while away from home.
To begin with, any potential problems at school with available snack items might not be as bad as you think. A few years ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established new snacking guidelines for public schools. Known as the Smart Snacks in Schools initiative, the new guidelines require schools to only allow snacks sold on school grounds that meet minimum nutritional standards. In addition, these guidelines promote whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
Still, the guideline standards are only a minimum, which could leave plenty of room for snacks that don’t meet your nutritional expectations. And school-offered snacks aren’t the only ones available on campus: there are also those brought by other students, which often get swapped around. The latter represent tempting opportunities for your child to consume snacks that aren’t the best for dental health.
But there are things you can do to minimize the lure of these poor snacking opportunities at school. First and foremost is to educate your child on why some snacks are better for them than others. In other words, make nutrition an instilled family value—and, of course, practice what you preach.
You can also send them with snacks you deem better for them than what’s available at school. Of course, you’ll be competing with a lot of exciting and enticing snacks, so try to inject a little “pizzazz” into yours like a dusting of cinnamon or a little parmesan cheese on popcorn. And use a little creativity (even getting your kids involved) to make snack choices fun, like using cookie-cutters to shape whole-grain bread and cheese into shapes.
And consider getting involved with other parents to encourage school administrators to adopt stricter snack standards over and above the Smart Snacks in Schools initiative. This not only may improve the nutritional content of available snacks, but also transform a “family value” into a community-wide appreciation for snacks that promote healthy teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on dental-friendly snacking, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snacking at School.”
If there’s one essential tool for dental health, it’s the toothbrush. But though simple in basic design, manufacturers have nonetheless created a dizzying array of choices that often muddy the decision waters for consumers.
It doesn’t need to be that way—you can choose the right toothbrush like a boss. First, though, you need to know a toothbrush’s purpose expressed as two basic tasks: removing dental plaque, the thin biofilm that causes most dental disease; and stimulating the gums to maintain good health.
So what should you look for in a toothbrush to effectively perform these tasks? Here are 3 important factors to consider when buying this essential dental care tool.
Bristle quality. First, it’s a myth that bristles should be hard and stiff to be effective—in fact harder bristles can damage the gums. Opt instead for “soft” bristles that are also rounded on the ends. And look for bristling with different levels of length—shorter length sections work better around the gum line; longer sections help clean back teeth more effectively.
A “Just right” size. Toothbrushes aren’t uniform—you’ll need to choose a size and shape that works well for you personally. You might find an angled neck or a tapered head easier for getting into your mouth’s hard to reach places. If you have problems with dexterity, look for a brush with large handles. And be sure to ask us at the dental office for recommendations on brush dimensions that are right for you.
ADA Seal of Acceptance. Just like toothpaste brands, the American Dental Association assigns its seal of approval to toothbrushes they’ve evaluated and found to meet certain standards. Although you can find high quality toothbrushes that haven’t sought this evaluation, an ADA seal means it’s been independently tested and found safe and effective for use.
Of course, no matter how high quality the toothbrush you buy, it’ll only be as effective as your brushing technique. So, be sure to use gentle circular or oval motions along all your teeth and gumline surfaces—it should take you about two minutes. We’ll be happy to show you the proper technique in more detail, so you’ll be able to get the most out of your chosen toothbrush.