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

Overcoming Dental Fears

Dentistry has come a long way over the years.

Can you imagine undergoing an extraction in ancient times with no anesthesia and unsterilized tools? Luckily, we live in the right century when it comes to having a positive experience at the dentist.

But no matter the times we live in or current technology, fear of the dentist is a real thing experienced by many Americans. It’s normal to be a bit fearful of certain experiences, but if fear is preventing you from getting the dental care you need, it’s time to find some help.

Here are a few ideas to help you calm your nerves!

Identify your fears

It’s helpful to identify the specific aspects of a dental visit that cause you anxiety. Write them down on a piece of paper.

Sometimes this exercise alone can help you identify fears that may be unfounded or overblown by your imagination.

Once you have them written down…

Ask your dental team how they can help

Perhaps they can dim the lights to provide a calmer experience. Or they can tell you about what to expect each step of the way. Or perhaps you prefer they remain silent so you can focus on relaxing.

Most dental offices work hard to alleviate patients’ fears and may have suggestions of their own for you!

Have a close friend in the room

Simply having extra social support can make a big difference!

Afraid of the needle? Have your friend hold your hand or share a funny story to make that initial twinge more doable for you.

Use some relaxation techniques

Try deep breathing or repeating a helpful mantra.

Whether that’s your favorite verse, music lyric, or something simple like “I am in control. This will be over soon,” this affirmation can help settle your nerves.

Use hand signals

Inform your practitioner when you need a break.

Let them know that when you lift your left hand, it means you need something.

When you’re ready to proceed, give them permission to continue the procedure.

Ask about your sedation options

Your dentist will be able to explain the different options out there and any associated risks.

Depending on the level of sedation you require, you may need to be referred to a special dentist.

Reward yourself

If it helps, find some type of reward to focus on throughout your visit.

Focus on intrinsic rewards (“I finally won’t have to deal with this toothache”) or extrinsic rewards (“double mocha with whip, please”).

 

Saving Dental Implants With LANAP!

Proven Success for Saving Implants

The LAPIP protocol is the only patient-friendly, predictable solution for ailing implants. Studies indicate 95% of the failing implants treated with the LAPIP protocol have reintegrated in the pocket and stabilized with bone growth of 3-8 threads.

Because no resection or reflection of a vertically oriented flap is needed, the integrity of the structural tissue is retained. Thus all other future treatment options remain.

A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth.
B. Laser vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants in soft tissue.
C. Ultrasonic scaler tips are used to remove surface accretions.
D. Bone is modified at time of surgery.
E. Laser is used to form a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from bone.
F. Adhesion to clean surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a ‘closed system’.
G. Occlusal trauma is adjusted.
H. New attachment is regenerated.

 

To learn more visit our office in Frisco, TX or visit https://www.lanap.com

Fall Staff Photos

After we had our amazing staff Thanksgiving lunch together we decided to take some staff photos! We added some amazing individuals to our team. We are proud lucky to have a team full of talent. Here is one of our favorite photos!!!!

 

Christmas In The Square

Experience Christmas in the Square

Frisco Square Property Owners Association, and in partnership with the City of Frisco and NBC5  presents the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. Christmas in the Square returns for its 14th year, full of established favorites and new surprises.

Christmas in the Square draws over 750,000 visitors annually. Families, friends and holiday guests from all over come and enjoy the spectacular show. The Holiday lights and music will run daily 6-10 PM November 23 – December 31, 2018. This show is free to the public.

Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square. The light and music extravaganza is choreographed by Frisco’s own Jeff Trykoski (Illumimax, LLC). With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen.

Skate the Square returns!

Enjoy ice skating under the festive lights and sounds of Christmas in the Square

Skate the Square Outdoor Ice Rink

Skate Daily Through November 23, 2018 through January 7, 2019

 

For More information please visit: http://friscosquare.com/cits/

NORTH TEXAS TURKEY TROT!!!

This is the 8th year for the popular and growing family event on Thanksgiving Day in Frisco. The event offers a 10K trot, 5K trot, and a Miracle Mile for kids. Join thousands of participants who celebrate the holiday with grandparents, relatives, friends and their youngest who we look to see with their own families in the years ahead!

Race Details:

Date: Thanksgiving Day – November 22, 2018

Location: 5500 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034

For more information go to: http://www.northtexasturkeytrot.com/race-info/