FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL MONTH

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the American Dental Association is asking people to “Defeat Monster Mouth.”

This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. The ADA and dentists across the country also celebrate Give Kids A Smile Day on Feb. 6 by providing free oral health care to children.

This year’s campaign slogan, “Defeat Monster Mouth,” is displayed on posters that feature the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, Den and Gen Smiley and K-9 the dog. They are fighting to defeat Plaqster the Monster for good oral health. The posters demonstrate effective ways to defeat monster mouth and maintain good oral health by brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating healthy snacks.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. To access free online resources that can help you with teaching children about good oral health, visit ADA.org, click on Public Programs and then National Children’s Dental Health Month.

BRUSHING TIPS FOR TODDLERS FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY

Brush Tips for Toddlers from the

Tooth Fairy      

  • Choose a small, child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. Soaking the brush in warm water for a few minutes before brushing will soften the bristles.
  • Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend using an amount of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice as soon as your baby’s first tooth appears. You can graduate to a pea-sized amount when your child turns 3 years old.
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day – in the morning and just before bed. Spend 2 minutes brushing, concentrating a good portion of this time on the back molars. This is an area where cavities often first develop. Take turns brushing with your child, as your child may want to help.
  • Replace the toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear.
  • Start flossing your child’s teeth once a day as soon as two teeth emerge that touch.
  • Ask your dentist about your child’s fluoride needs. If your drinking water is not fluoridated, fluoride supplements or fluoride treatments may be needed.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants. These are thin, plastic protective barriers that fill in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting them from tooth decay.

How Many Teeth Should My Child Have?      

A general rule of thumb is that for every 6 months of life, approximately 4 teeth will erupt. By the time your child is 2-3 they should have all 20 of their primary teeth.

When Should My Child Start Seeing a Dentist?

It is generally recommended that an infant be seen by a dentist by age 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in. This allows the dentist to inspect the teeth for any irregularities and counsel the parents on correct brushing methods and appropriate diet.

 

We would love to have your child as our patient!

Check out the STARS!!!!

Frisco Starfest

8000 McKinney Road Frisco, TX 75034

 

 

Texas Astronomical Society holds one monthly Star Parties where members and guests can get together to observe and educate others about the night sky. Look at planets, stars and other celestial wonders at Frisco Starfest, taking place the second Saturday of each month at Frisco Commons Park.

Visit www.texasastro.org for more information.

Weather Permitting

Check the hotline before you go: 214-800-6000

  • RECURRENCE: RECURRING MONTHLY ON THE 2ND SATURDAY
  • LOCATION: FRISCO COMMONS PARK
  • ADDRESS: 8000 MCKINNEY ROAD, FRISCO, TX 75034
  • TIME: 6:00 PM TO 10:30 PM
  • PRICE: FREE

Fluoride & Floss

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! This year’s slogan hits two very important concepts for keeping our kids’ dental health in tip-top shape.

The 2018 slogan is: “Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

Yes, it’s a no-brainer to say, but actually doing it takes a little bit of effort. We know, ahem, adults who still don’t floss … so let’s get that positive habit started early!

What you need to know…

Using Fluoride Toothpaste

In the amounts our bodies receive via drinking fluoridated water and brushing our teeth, fluoride is quite harmless and incredibly beneficial for our teeth. It can even reverse the very beginning of tooth decay!

Fluoride works by strengthening tooth enamel and making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.

The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste for everyone, including the youngest in our families. As soon as teeth erupt, use a tiny bit (grain of rice size or smaller) of toothpaste on your child’s tooth brush. Then, as soon as they learn how to spit, use a pea-sized amount.

Flossing

How early should your kids start flossing?

As early as possible!

You know your child best, so when you feel it’s age-appropriate to introduce them to flossing, go for it!

The best thing you can do is have your littles watch you floss daily. They see you doing it, they see that it’s not so scary, and they just might want to start copying you.

You may want to have them start with disposable flossers, then move on to regular floss as they get older. And make sure you teach them proper flossing technique!

That’s it! Focus on these two things this February, and slowly they’ll become habits that are hard to break.

New Year? New You?

Did you know that the practice of making New Year’s resolutions began almost 4,000 years ago? Ancient Babylonians, when their new year came around, made a promise to the gods that they would pay all debts and return anything they borrowed.

Today, it’s still a very common practice, whether you’re successful at following through or not!

If you’re into making resolutions, might we suggest some that would be good for your teeth?

If you’ve let your dental routine slide, pick one or two of the below recommendations for upcoming year. Your teeth, your wallet, and your dentist will thank you!

Floss. Just do it. Think about all the food and gunk that gets caught between your teeth that can only be removed by flossing. Ick.

Start using a tongue scraper!

Don’t skip a brushing. Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes a pop.

Figure out what’s causing your dry mouth. Your mouth needs a good amount of saliva in order to bathe the teeth and wash away icky stuff. A dry mouth needs some attention to keep your teeth at their best.

Don’t skip hygiene appointments. For most people, twice a year is adequate. For others, you may need more. During routine visits, dentists spot problems before they get worse (or more expensive for you). Plus, that squeaky clean feeling after a cleaning is hard to beat!

Change your relationship with food. Addicted to sugar? It’s never too late to reset your habits!

Go easy on the kombucha. If your other resolutions include stocking up on the stuff, you may want to reconsider. Kombucha is a rather acidic beverage, and isn’t so great for your teeth.

Drink less soda, energy drinks, and juice. These beverages contain a ton of sugar and empty calories! They’re not good for your pancreas, or your teeth. Go with sparkling water or water infused with yummy chopped fruit for flavor.

Been wanting to whiten your teethGo for it! Being the proud owner of a beautiful new smile will make you want to take better care of your mouth. We think that’s a win.

Quit smoking! This one is always worth mentioning. Smoking is terrible for your body, your gums, and your teeth.

The most successful New Year’s resolution-ers pick one or two specific, achievable goals. Do any of these and your mouth’s health will be better by the end of the year!

Dental Holiday Gift Ideas!!!!

Racked for gift ideas this season? Fear not, because we’ve got some great ones for you.

And we think they’re great because they’re all … dental-related!

If your little one has a tough time in the dental chair, or if they despise their daily dental health routine, these toys can help.

By giving your kids the instruments of the dentist, they suddenly have control and autonomy that they might not otherwise feel with dental-related matters.

Let them get familiar with what it takes to be a dentist, and they just might start flossing and brushing like a pro!

Below are just some toys that are out there. You wouldn’t believe how much we sifted through! You can find these at various retailers.

Play-Doh Doctor Drill ‘n Fill kit

Make sure your child is old enough to play with Play-Doh (and not eat it). With this kit they can fill cavities, put on braces, and even operate a buzzing electric drill.

A game called “Crocodile Dentist”

Your kids try to find the one tooth that’s causing the crocodile’s pain; otherwise, they’ll get their hands chomped on!

Doctor Playset by Mumu Sugar

This wooden playset offers children dental tools and a jaw with removable teeth!

Barbie Careers Dentist Playset

Have a little one who’s into Barbies? This would be perfect!

Playmobil Dentist with Patient

Includes the exam chair and everything!

Alma’s Designs Dental Kit

This kit includes plush instruments to help your little one get used to a great dental routine.

Gamzoo Doctor Kit

This kit allows children to pretend they’re a dentist, doctor, or nurse.

Children’s books about the dentist

There are so many to choose from! These fun stories will make your little ones feel more comfortable next time they need a cleaning.

There you have it! So much dental-inspired fun!

And don’t forget all the other goodies they’ll be wanting: a new toothbrush with their favorite character on it, flossers, age-appropriate mouthwash, and their next routine dental visit scheduled!

Who wouldn’t want that for the holidays?!

FSA 101

Maximize your FSA so you don’t lose any of that money when the year comes to an end.

Ding ding ding! Your time is coming up! If you have money set aside in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), but have no clue what your current balance is, now’s the time to look it up!

In most cases, money in your FSA is forfeited at the end of the calendar year. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! And if you lose it, that’ll be sad. And we don’t want you to be sad.

If you’re confused on the specifics of your account, that’s perfectly okay! This is insurance after all, things can get a little confusing

You don’t have to be an expert on all things FSA. All you need know is how much money you have. From there, you’ll need to know what it can be used for.

Here are some tips for maximizing your FSA and not losing any money at year’s end.

Your FSA can be used for dental expenses

Your FSA dollars can be used for anything that “treats or prevents a dental disease.”

This includes regular cleanings and checkups, as well as bonding, bridgework, crowns/caps, dentures, extractions, fillings, gum surgery, root canals, sealants, and in most cases, orthodontia.

Your FSA cannot be used for anything considered cosmetic, including whitening and veneers.

Inquire about your balance

On the back of your FSA card is a telephone number.  You can call it to receive balance updates and learn what procedures are covered by your FSA.

The person on the end of the line is there to help you, and is a very good resource to answer specific questions. Make use of them!

Ask if your employer allows a grace period or carryovers

In most cases, you forfeit any leftover dollars as soon as the new year begins.

Sometimes, however, your employer will offer a grace period of 2-and-a-half months, or will allow you to carry over $500 (but no more) into the next year.

If you aren’t sure if your company offers these, ask!

Your FSA doesn’t come with you after changing employers

Your FSA is company-specific. The only way you can still use your FSA is if you continue your health insurance under COBRA.

Once you begin new health insurance with your new employer, you will no longer have access to your previous FSA.

Keep all receipts and documentation

For IRS purposes, just keep them all in a file somewhere. This will also help you plan your FSA contribution for next year.

If you still have money left in your FSA account, now’s the time to schedule your appointments!

Remember: Keeping up with regular dental cleanings and preventative care will save you big bucks in the long run. Prevention is always cheaper than treatment!

For more information on Flexible Spending Accounts, visit Zenefits and the FSA Store.

Christmas at The Star in Frisco (2nd Annual)

Event Photo
When:Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018
Time:6 pm
Cost: Free admission and parking
Where: One Cowboys Way, Frisco TX

 

2nd Annual Christmas at The Star Event Details:

Taking place at The Star in Frisco, this event gives fans an opportunity to enjoy free, family-friendly events throughout the holiday season including the Christmas Spectacular presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus.

The Christmas Spectacular presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb is a 20-minute show that electrifies The Star with a powerful mix of game day excitement and Christmas cheer. The Christmas Spectacular begins with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree, lit with digital LED lights, located on Tostitos Championship Plaza, and leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa, special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances such as Jerry Jones, Jason Witten, Dat Nguyen, Bradie James, and more.

The Christmas Spectacular takes place every Friday and Saturday at 6 pm on Tostitos Championship Plaza starting November 23. Admission and parking for the event are free.

Santa Claus will arrive at his Cowboys fan-themed set within Fans United at The Star in Frisco on November 19. Visitors wishing to see Santa will have the opportunity to book appointments for a photograph with him inside his custom Dallas Cowboys cottage by visiting TheStarInFrisco.com/Santa. Photo packages include a printed 5×7 photo and an exclusive Cowboys gift for each child. Visitors can save $5 when they book their appointment before December 1.

Fans visiting The Star may dine and shop at a variety of restaurants and retail spaces that are open throughout The Star District. It’s the perfect place to shop, dine, and bring the family to experience the Dallas Cowboys-themed campus. Offering more than twenty restaurants, shopping and specialty services, The Star District is a place for the whole family to enjoy.

For an updated list of events at Christmas at The Star presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb, visit TheStarInFrisco.com.

Understand Root Canals

When you hear the term “root canal,” does your mind start playing some tune from a horror movie?

Well, we hope we can sort out the truth about root canals so you know they’re not that scary. In fact, the procedure causes no more pain than a filling.

Let’s give you the facts…

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is used to save teeth that would otherwise need to be removed. Due to trauma or decay, a tooth’s pulp (the inside tissue of a tooth) may become inflamed or infected. This causes pain and could cause an abscess.

Root canal treatment is a way to clean out the affected pulp.

Basically, the treatment involves making an opening through the crown of the tooth, removing the pulp, cleaning the root canal, filling the pump chamber and placing a gold or porcelain crown over the tooth.

Why do root canals get a bad rap?

The main reason people talk about the pain of a root canal isn’t because of the procedure itself, but rather, the infection that necessitates the procedure. When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it really hurts.

Often a secondary infection in the form of an abscess can form at the base of the tooth as well, and when it fills with pus, it places a lot of pressure on the nerves in the area. Again, uncomfortable.

The other reason root canals have acquired a bad rap is because of old technology.

In the past, rotary drills required a lot of pressure to clean out the tooth. That pressure created heat, which in turn heated the nerve, causing pain.

Also, just the sound of the drill itself created a certain sense of mental anguish among patients that furthered the concept of pain even in its absence.

Today, improved drill technology, and the wide array of anesthesia available, mean that the procedure is no more painful or uncomfortable than a regular filling.

What are the risk factors for needing a root canal?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Tooth decay should never be ignored. If you’ve been diagnosed with a cavity but have not yet scheduled your filling, decay can increase to the point of needing a root canal.
  • Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth.
  • Smokers are twice as likely to need root canal treatment.
  • Tooth trauma. Have you been hit in the mouth with a hockey puck? Even if you don’t see a chip or crack, your tooth could be affected.

If at any point your dentist suggests root canal treatment, don’t be afraid! A root canal is a simple procedure that helps restore your natural tooth instead of having to replace the tooth with an implant.

Modern dental technology removes all the fear surrounding root canal treatment. You’ll be fine!

Our Team of Registered Dental Assistants

Meet our outstanding back office team. Our registered dental assistants have spent hours upon hours training one on one with our doctors learning how to provide excellent care to our patients. Your dental fears can be put at ease knowing that you truly are in the best hands.

Ariel, Haley, Maryvel, and Hadiya

Lone Star Dental Care

4500 Hillcrest Road Suite 190 Frisco, TX 75035