COVID Test Kits

The US Postal Service has begun taking orders for at-home coronavirus test kits. Households can order four rapid tests, which the Postal Service says will be shipped for free in late January. Place your order at https://special.usps.com/testkits for free at-home COVID-19 tests. Stay well!

Orthodontic Emergencies

During the holidays, there are plenty of parties and family gatherings with crunchy and sticky foods. Be prepared if an orthodontic emergency happens over the holidays.

Dr. Klein and Dr. Lim would like you to understand that accidents can happen during orthodontic treatment. When they do happen, it can result in a call or unplanned visit to our office for an emergency visit.

Initially, you may think it’s not a big deal, but Dr. Klein and Dr. Lim would like to remind you to make the call and don’t wait. The orthodontists of Affiliated Dental Specialists are your partners in creating your smile of a lifetime. If there is an urgent need, for example if you are in pain, or an injury has occurred, call the Vernon Hills office at 847-367-6055 or the Gurnee office at 847-263-1842 for an emergency appointment.

In the meantime, stock up on supplies to help discomfort. Essential items to keep in your medicine cabinet are:

  • Orthodontic wax
  • Dental floss
  • Interproximal brushes
  • Topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel)
  • Over the counter pain relievers (such as one taken for a headache)

Plus, a warm salt water rinse can be soothing, as well. The recommended mixture is 1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. warm water.

Ultimately, an important part of successful orthodontic treatment is communicating with your orthodontist. If an emergency arises, it’s okay. Don’t panic. This hiccup shouldn’t have much of an impact on your overall treatment plan. Don’t forget, you play an essential role in your treatment. All you have to do is follow your orthodontist’s directions. Happy holidays and don’t eat hard or gooey treats.

Be Nice to Your Teeth

Keep up with healthy dental habits all year long. The best thing you can do is be nice to your teeth by brushing for 2 minutes twice a day. You can find more healthy teeth tips and coloring sheets at the American Dental Association. We wish you healthy and happy holidays!

Coloring and Activity Sheets 2021

 

Due to popular demand, we’re making our coloring and activity sheets available in English and Spanish to download and print for your convenience. Feel free to visit here as often as you like to print out April 2021 Brush and Floss Calendar.

Be sure to visit MouthHealthy.org for a great selection of Coloring and Activity Sheets. We love seeing how creative our patients are, so bring your artwork your next dental visit!

 

Monthly Brushing Calendar

Has your child been tracking their dental brushing routine? If your child would like to start tracking their brushing habits, please print out a copy of the brushing calendar! Sometimes a visual aid is all you need to reinforce the importance a healthy dental routine. Be sure to bring your child’s brushing calendar to their next appointment with Dr. Orbon, Dr. Maddox or Dr. Paula. The doctors love to see their patients develop healthy brushing habits!

How to Reduce Sugary Snacking

It’s easy to tell patients to avoid sugary snacking, but we all need reminders about how to reduce sugary snacking and limit the amount of sugar the entire family eats for good dental and overall health. Dr. Orbon, Dr. Maddox, Dr. Paula and the American Dental Association suggest you start saying good-bye to unnecessary sugar throughout the day by following these six helpful tips.

Check Labels for Sugar

Check labels for added sugar, like corn syrup and white sugar. Naturally occurring sugars in healthy choices like milk and fruit, are less worrisome.

When reading labels, you’ll see sugar is listed in grams. Since 1 tsp. of sugar equals 4 grams, aim to make sure the foods you are feeding your child fall between 12 to 50 grams a day.

Limit Juice

Because juice is high in sugar and calories, water and milk are always the best options for your little one. In fact, if your child is under 1 years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests completely removing juice from his or her diet.

Older children can occasionally drink juice, but if they do, there are two things to remember:

  • Children ages 1-6 should have no more than 4-6 oz. of juice each day, according to pediatric guidelines. Children ages 7 to 18 should drink no more than 8-12 oz. (Many juice boxes are about 6 oz., so younger children should have no more than one per day, and older children no more than two.)
  • Allowing your child to sip on juice throughout the day puts him or her at higher risk for tooth decay because you’re giving that cavity-causing bacteria more opportunities to eat and produce the acid that eats away at teeth. This can also happen with juice that is watered down. “Even though the volume of sugar has decreased, you’ve added the time that it takes to drink it,” says ADA spokesperson Dr. Jonathan Shenkin.

So what’s a parent to do? Limit the amount of juice your children drink, and always offer water or milk first. If your child does drink juice, serve the recommended, age-appropriate limits at mealtimes only. Avoid drinking juice outside of mealtimes and rinse with water when possible.

Skip the Soda

One can of soda has 3 times the daily recommended amount of sugar for a child. In fact, a February 2016 study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found a strong association between sugary drinks and poor dental health in teenagers. Researchers asked teens 14-19 in Mexico about how many sugary beverages they drank, then examined their teeth. They found 31.7% had tooth erosion, which means their enamel had been eaten away. The main culprit? Soda.

Be Picky About Sticky Snacks

Avoid raisins and gummy or sticky fruit snacks are more like candy and stick to teeth even after rinsing.

Serve Crackers and Chips with Care

Crackers and chips taste great, but they stick to your teeth and break down into sugar. Try and substitute crunchy carbs with jicama, apples and celery.

Lead by Example

Help change your child’s snacking habits by changing your own. Eat well, brush twice a day for two minutes and floss between your teeth once a day.

Keep up with your healthy habits for a great 2021!

Flossing and Coloring with Hermey

Hermey knows flossing is important and worth the extra time to maintain your healthy smile. We know we should floss at least once a day, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Use this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth.

Start flossing as soon as your child has two teeth that touch. Because cleaning between teeth demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to do a thorough job on their own until age 10 or 11.

Healthy daily dental habits are important, but so is creative time! Be sure to print out the following coloring pages Hermey brushes teeth, Hermey wants to be a dentist, Hermey teaches Rudolph, Hermey on brushing.

Thanksgiving Activity Sheets

Many of our patients have been asking for the Thanksgiving coloring and activity sheets that we use to have in the office pre-Covid. So, for your convenience, here are three activity sheets for you to print out I’m Thankful, Thanksgiving Floss Maze, and Thanksgiving Turkey. Feel free to bring your completed artwork to the office and share them with the doctors and staff, or post them on Instagram and share them with us @affiliateddentalspecialists. Happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Dr. Orbon Humanitarian Award Recipient

Dr. James Orbon is the proud recipient of the 2020 Humanitarian Award from the Illinois State Dental Society! Since 2016, the ISDS recognizes member dentists who have distinguished themselves by giving at least 10 years to improving the oral health of underserved populations in the United States and/or abroad.

Dr. Orbon is a founding member of El Nino Rey, which is a scholarship group that has been venturing to Guerrero, Mexico since 1995. Dr. Orbon has been leading the dental mission group to rural mountain regions of Mexico delivering dental care to the less fortunate since 2001. In an effort to stop the cycle of poor oral health, Dr. Orbon and his group provide much needed dental services and education to the people of Quelchultenango, Mexico and surrounding communities.

Smile Behind the Mask

smile behind the maskWe know there is a smile behind the mask, but we miss seeing it! Our patients miss seeing the smiles of the doctors and staff at Affiliated Dental Specialists as much as we do. So, we decided to wear our smiles on buttons at the office. The next time you visit us, be sure to check out the buttons our doctors and staff are wearing. We will be posting photos of the doctors and staff on instagram, twitter and facebook doing things that make them smile. Feel free to tag us with the things you like to do that bring a smile to your face!