Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips

It's that time of the year again when little goblins will be running around our neighborhoods. Of course you can expect us to remind you to brush your teeth, and make sure your children do the same, but there are important safety tips that should not be ignored.

Safekids Worldwide published a simple, straightforward article sharing helpful dos and don'ts that we want to pass on. 

Please be safe out there!


Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sensitive Teeth Got You Down?

Has this ever happened to you? Have you bit into a favorite cold food and shooting pain in your teeth made you want to jump up and scream? If you have, you are not alone.

Having sensitive teeth here or there is very common, however, the sharp or stabbing pain that can develop from sensitive teeth can become unbearable.

Thankfully you don't need to suffer from this condition permanently. There are things that you can do at home, and that we can help you within our office that can rid your life of this uncomfortable pain for good.

Here is a small infographic found on Google. You will notice that sensitivity can happy anytime during your lifetime. Learning the symptoms early on, and how to prevent the pain, can save you years of painful suffering.

Dr. Clark and our hygienists can talk to you about this condition and provide you solutions that bring the desired results you seek. There is no need to suffer in silence!

Call us today to schedule your exam - 
Put an end to tooth sensitivity!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Use Your Benefits Soon!

If someone handed you $1,000 would you use a little bit of it and then throw the rest in the garbage can?

Of course not - right? But the truth is, many Americans leave their hard earned benefits unused and before they know it, the benefits expire.

Please don't let this be you! We would love to sit down with you and review your dental insurance benefits to help you maximize your policy coverage. It is always good to start with the regular preventative care that your policy provides. We can then let you know the coverage amounts you have not utilized this calendar year, and we can tailor your treatment plan to use those dollars wisely before you lose them.

It is our goal to help you successfully use the dental insurance coverage that you have available with each of your dental visits. With careful planning, we can build treatment plans that not only maximize your coverage, but also help you take advantage of the treatments you may not be aware of that are built into your existing policy.

The clock is ticking - 2016 will be over before you know it. Don't throw your benefit money into the trash! You've worked for those benefits, let us help you make the most of them.

Call today to discuss your dental 
insurance coverage today!