As a new school year approaches, we know things can get hectic for busy parents. When many schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, daily routines skidded to a halt for many of us, it is easy to let habits change, including regular brushing and flossing. Researchers looked at 8,500 children and found that those with consistent habits were nearly 50% more likely to demonstrate good social-emotional health than those without. While the start of the year may look a little different this fall, it’s a good idea to transition back to some of the dental routines before the homework starts rolling in and parents are juggling work, remote or hybrid learning and, eventually, in-person school. Over 40% of kids have cavities, but consistent brushing and flossing help keep kids on the right track and out of the dental office for emergencies. Plus, healthy routines boost self-esteem and confidence to help now and in the future!
Here is our handy back-to-school checklist for parents. Mix and match these oral health ideas, or try all of them!
- Keep them safe If your kiddo will be doing hybrid learning and going to in-person classes, chat with them about how to stay safe, including how to properly wear a mask, the importance of handwashing, and safe social distancing. Start to work on routines like washing hands as soon as they come home, as well as being sure to pack masks and hand sanitizer and check their temperature in the morning before going to school. The CDC has a back-to-school safety checklist for parents to use when the school year kicks off.
- Set Up a Designated Homework Station The reality is there will be at least some amount of distance learning this school year. Having a designated area just for remote learning and homework that’s free of distractions can help kids focus and be more productive. It also allows you to reclaim some of your living space! If you don’t have a lot of room, even a corner works. Add a small desk or table, a comfy chair and all of the necessary school supplies so there are no excuses. You might also want to place a bin or basket there for kids to keep folders and paperwork so it doesn’t get lost or accidentally thrown away.
- Grab an App! Technology can make a big difference for kids. Take a look at one for younger kids, like Brush Up, and bring fun and games into the chore. Older kids enjoy Brush DJ with a few lively tunes. Yes, even teens give this a high rating!
- Make a Reward Calendar! For younger kids, print out a calendar page for the month and pull out the crayons. Have kids decorate their own calendars and hang it on the bathroom mirror. Add three stickers to each day: Brushing in the morning, brushing in the evening, and flossing once a day. Pick a weekly reward that fits your child.
- Educate! Find and watch a fun video just before brushing that helps kids learn about dental health. Youtube has many short, unique videos for kids that reinforce the reasons for good oral care. Check out this one from SciShow Kids.
- Join Them! If you have more time at home, you can cook, play games, and even brush and floss together. Grab your tools and play “Follow-the-Leader” with your routine.
- Use a timer! See if your kids (and you) can go a full two minutes brushing! It seems like a long time, but it makes a difference.
We know there will be a lot of changes this year but, remember, we’re all in this together! Schedule your child’s visit online at www.missionviewdental.com before we kick off another school year or by calling us at 408-945-4333. To find out the measures we’re taking to keep our patients safe, check out our COVID-19 safety protocols here.
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Are you ready for the Big Game? A Super Bowl get-together demands super snacks but not at the expense of your teeth. Lost in the tradition of overeating, complaining about the referees and admiring the advertisements is oral health. In fact, oral health is most likely the last thing on the minds of those watching the big game on Sunday. That’s why we’ve put together a few tasty game day snacking ideas with healthy ingredients and also list snacks that are not so great for your teeth. Of course, these are snacks, and none of them are perfect. Regardless of what you eat, don’t forget to brush!
Super Bowl Snacks Your Teeth Will Love
- Spicy Jalapeño Dip + Vegetables like Carrots and Celery
This dip with a kick will make your veggies disappear. Raw veggies require lots of chewing which stimulates and promotes healthy gums. Carrots contain beta-carotene that your body uses to create vitamin A which works to build strong teeth. The sour cream in this dip gives your teeth a boost of Calcium which also helps to keep your teeth strong.
- Hummus with Cucumber
Protein rich chickpeas don’t contain any saturated fat or cholesterol, making hummus a good choice for your overall health. Chickpeas are also rich in folic acid, which keeps your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth throughout your body. As to the cucumbers, not only are they a healthy alternative to chips, but they are rich in vitamins B and C and have even been shown to help freshen breath and naturally whiten teeth!
- The Party Standard: The Meat & Cheese Tray
The cheese on the sidelines plays quarterback in this party tray. Cheese is a tooth powerhouse with tons of tooth strengthening calcium and a protein called casein which is amazingly effective in protecting the surface of your teeth. One note about the crackers, however. We chose whole wheat crackers for their beneficial fiber, but all crackers can stick to teeth and promote bacteria growth. Again, just be sure to brush after the game!
- Baked (Goat) Cheese Roll
If cheese made from cow’s milk is a powerhouse, goat cheese is a touchdown. It contains more protein and calcium than cow’s milk cheese and yet has less fat and calories per serving. The higher calcium of goat cheese means even more protection for your teeth.
- Healthy 7-Layer Dip
This dish has it all and it’s a great update of what is usually a calorie dense snack. While tomato and citrus juices can be tough on your teeth because of their high acidity, the cheese and Greek yogurt help to balance that out. Plus, this dish is high in vitamins E, A and C, which are all essential for a healthy mouth. Choosing celery or another vegetable over chips would make this an even better choice for your teeth.
These Superbowl Classics are Terrible for your Teeth
- Chips and Other Starches
Chips, crackers, and bread are Superbowl mainstays typically used for dipping. Unfortunately, starches like chips are terrible for teeth and contribute to tooth decay by wearing down enamel. This occurs when starch metabolizes into sugar, which is a breeding ground for bacteria that eats away at tooth enamel. If you’re looking for a mouth-healthy dipper, try substituting celery or carrots in place of starches.
- Hot wings
A true Superbowl Classic, hot wings seem like the perfect finger food for game day, however, they can be very damaging to your teeth. Spicy hot wings are particularly bad for teeth because of how acidic they are. The average spicy hot wing is made from buffalo sauce which contains a PH level of 2.8 – which is nearly as acidic as a lemon! Exposed acid attacks on teeth can decimate enamel and leave them vulnerable to tooth decay. If you must have hot wings on Superbowl Sunday, we suggest choosing a flavor that isn’t spicy.
Soda and other carbonated beverages are loaded with sugar and other additives that can slowly destroy teeth. Sodas are awful for teeth because they are high in two of the worst things for teeth: sugar and acid. There are some sodas that contain more than the total recommended amount of daily sugar in one 20 oz. bottle! The high sugar and acid content can eat away the enamel that protects your teeth, and can lead to cavities. Instead of grabbing a soda, we suggest sticking to water during the Superbowl.
- The Fruit Tray
This may sound counterintuitive, since the fruit tray is often perceived as the most healthy thing at a Superbowl party, but some fruit can seriously damage teeth. Fruits such as oranges, grapes and pineapple all have elevated levels of acid that can damage teeth. If you decide to eat fruit during the big game, we suggest rinsing your mouth out with water to avoid prolonged exposure to acid.
Enjoy the Game, and Eat Responsibly
It’s easy to overindulge during the Superbowl. This year, try to avoid foods that can harm your mouth. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the game. It’s the primary component of saliva, which protects the teeth against “acid attacks” caused by bacteria, and it’s indispensable as the final rinsing agent for foods and sugary drinks. It’s also a good way to pace yourself if you’re drinking alcoholic beverages during the game. Remember, regardless of what you choose to snack on during the Super Bowl, be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time! What will you be snacking on during the Big Game this year?
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Get in early! Schedule your appointments now before the schedule fills up!
It’s the end of the year and your family is probably busy, busy, busy. However, it is a good time to evaluate your dental health before you go into the holidays. Most dental insurance companies reset their “benefit year” starting on January 1st. This means you have until the end of December to get in any last-minute dental work.
The National Association of Dental Plans estimates only 2.8% of patients with PPO dental plans maxed out their dental coverage. Depending on your plan’s limits and coverage levels or your FSA contributions, you could be wasting thousands of dollars. Furthermore, if your plan has a deductible and you’ve already met it for 2019, it makes sense to get all the treatment you can before your benefit cycle renews.
- Use it or lose It: If your dental coverage is part of a benefits package paid for by your employer, it’s like throwing away part of your paycheck! When you have dental insurance, you pay a monthly premium that entitles you to dental care at a free or reduced cost, once your deductible is met. These dental plans specify a maximum amount that insurance providers will pay toward preventative and/or restorative dental services after the deductible’s been reached—often that figure is between $1,000 – $2,000. Let’s say, for example, that you’ve already paid your plan’s deductible and your dental benefit is $1,500. If you don’t use that amount before the end of the calendar year, you’ll lose it and be required to meet a new dental deductible in 2020.
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA): If you participated in an FSA through your employer this year, you were able to deposit untaxed money into your FSA account to use toward out-of-pocket medical expenses. However, most FSA plans require you to use the money in your FSA account by the end of the year or lose it. Suppose your dental insurance covers a root canal at 80%, you could use your FSA to pay for the remaining 20% and not incur any out-of-pocket expense.
- Plan Ahead: Don’t wait until mid-December to schedule an appointment. Traditionally, November and December are packed with patient appointments, as many people like to use all their dental benefits before the calendar year ends. If you need dental work—and want to schedule it for this year —we encourage you to make your appointment today. By planning ahead and scheduling early, you can be on the books before the end-of-year rush. A quick call to your dentist’s office will let you know if you have any outstanding treatment or if you are overdue for a cleaning or exam.
- Future price increases: Scheduling sooner rather than later could also save your pocketbook before any fee increases take place in the new year. Dental offices have some of the highest overhead expenses of any industry, and most of them happen behind the scenes. Liability insurance, the cost of state-of-the-art equipment to enhance the patient experience, training for that equipment, and single-use items like gloves and sterilization pouches continue to increase. Many offices are forced to raise their fees simply to keep up with the rising cost of doing business.
- Splitting treatment between two years can also help you get the treatment you need. Many treatments can max out your annual dental benefits quickly. Some offices will let you schedule your root canal in December and the permanent crown in January. This repairs your tooth before there is any further damage, reduces your out-of-pocket cost, and uses up any remaining benefits.
What Types of Services Should I Spend My Dental Benefits on Before Year-End?
- The answer to that question depends on your specific insurance coverage. We recommend that you view your plan to see what’s covered—or contact your insurance provider—before selecting the dental service you’d like to schedule.
- Assuming your plan coverage permits it, we’d encourage you to come in for a dental checkup if you’re due, or consider having restorative work done like bridges, fillings, or crowns. You may even want to consider teeth whitening if the money in your FSA or dental benefits can be applied toward it.
However, we’d encourage you not to delay. We do tend to fill up appointments quickly at this time of year so we recommend you call now or schedule your appointment online today by clicking here. By scheduling your appointments now, you can catch up on any outstanding treatment and maximize your 2019 dental benefits. You can start 2020 with a fresh, healthy smile!
We look forward to seeing you!
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Summer is almost over and school is here. Back-to-school can be an exciting time for kids—and parents too! As summer starts giving way to fall, your to-do list begins to fill up: there are clothes to buy, supplies to gather, and get-togethers with friends both old and new. Here are a few tips that can help keep your kids oral health in great shape through this busy season…and all year long.
Avoid soda or sugary snacks
Soda, processed foods and sweet treats are loaded with sugar and are not a healthy choice. In addition to promoting obesity, sugar provides food for the harmful oral bacteria that can cause cavities. Even 100% juices have loads of sugar—so go easy on the sweets for better checkups!
Ensure kids brush and floss regularly
That means brushing twice a day (2 minutes each) with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day—every day! Brushing and flossing daily is the most effective way to fight cavities at home. If your kids need help, take time to show them how…and if you need our advice on the proper techniques, just ask us to demonstrate.
Do pack kids a healthy lunch
In addition to a protein, a healthy lunch may include crunchy vegetables such as carrot or celery sticks, dairy like cheese or yogurt, and fresh fruits. Add a bottle of water and your kids will be all set to go!
Do not let kids chew on pencils or fingernails
Fidgety kids often develop habits like these to help themselves feel calmer. But chewing on things that don’t belong in the mouth is a recipe for dental problems—like chipped or broken teeth. Try giving them sugarless gum instead; if the problem persists, ask us for help.
Use mouthguard if they play sports
It’s not just for football or hockey—baseball, basketball and many other schoolyard sports have the potential to damage teeth and gums. A custom-made mouthguard from our office is comfortable enough to wear every day, and offers great protection.
Remember to schedule routine dental visits
With the hustle and bustle of a new school year it’s easy to let things slide. Don’t put off regular dental checkups until end of the year! Professional cleanings and dental exams can help keep those young smiles bright, and prevent little problems from getting bigger.
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Spring is here… Did you take care of your Smile?
Spring is the time when you scrub the baseboards and de-clutter the closets. Here is a different spring cleaning checklist, one for your smile! If it’s been more than six months since you last visited the dentist, then now is the time to schedule a routine exam. It’s also always a good time to reexamine your at-home habits and establish a regular routine of good oral care to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
How Often Should You Clean Your Teeth?
Most dentists recommend that patients get their teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months or twice a year, the typical interval covered by most dental insurance companies. Professional cleanings remove the hard deposits that you cannot eliminate by brushing or flossing alone.
In addition to regular cleanings at the dentist’s office, it’s also important to maintain good habits at home. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily, preferably at night right before bed. Regular or electric toothbrushes get the job done; just make sure to replace your toothbrush or bristles every two to three months. Read more on oral hygiene here.
The Cost of Neglect
Plaque is a soft, sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth. Thankfully, regular brushing and flossing removes most plaque, but if you let it sit on your teeth, then it turns into tartar that collects at the gum line. Plaque can also eat away at tooth enamel, creating a hole or cavity on the surface of the tooth.
The only way to remove tartar is with a professional cleaning. If tartar is not removed, then you run the risk of developing gum disease (gingivitis) and even a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. In addition to discomfort and pain, these conditions can sometimes lead to tooth loss as the bone and gums that support the teeth break down.
Benefits of a Healthy Smile
Teeth do more than chew food. Those pearly whites give shape to your face and help you to speak. It’s easy to forget that having healthy teeth and gums is just as important as maintaining the health of the rest of the body. A strong smile can boost your self-confidence and save you from unnecessary pain and trips to the dentist.
Keeping up with Dental Appointments
If you can’t remember to make your bi-annual cleaning appointments, then try scheduling them around special times of the year, such as the start of school or near a birthday, and keep it the same time every year if you can.
Many dental offices send text reminders and mailers as well as phone confirmations so that your appointment doesn’t slip your mind in the days or weeks leading up to it. It’s important to not cancel cleaning appointments just because “nothing is wrong.” The purpose of preventative care is to stop something from going wrong. Motivate yourself to actually make and keep the appointment by promising a small reward to yourself afterward.
Below are five spring cleaning tips to help clean your mouth and the appliances you use in conjunction with keeping your smile beaming!
Tip #1 – Replace Your Toothbrush
Have you been using the toothbrush you received in your stocking at Christmas? That’s great! It’s been about three months since Christmas so it’s time to say goodbye to these weathered bristles. If you are using an electric toothbrush, 3-4 months is the recommended replacement time for their heads as well. Have you been sick? Cold or flu? If you forgot to replace you or your child’s toothbrush right after being ill, now is the time to throw it away and start fresh.
Tip #2 Check the Expiration on Your Mouthwash
We recommend a mouth rinse with your daily oral hygiene routine. Sometimes an old mouth rinse or wash is lurking underneath our cabinets that still gets used. Check your mouthwash and if past the expiration date, toss them. Quick and easy.
Tip #3 – Clean Your Retainer / Invisalign / Night Guard Cases
Brushing our retainers, night guards for teeth grinding, invisalign, etc. should be part of our daily routine. The cases these sit in, however, often get neglected and can collect bacteria and grime. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to soak your cases and give them a good scrub to clear debris and bacteria. If you’ve been sick it’s always a good idea to try and remember to scrub your retainers, guards, and cases right away to avoid getting sick again.
Tip #4 – Dentures Professional Cleaning
Dentures should be brushed daily to help keep both the dentures and your mouth clean. Every so often, though they can use a professional cleaning. What better time than now to take them to your dentist? We can professionally clean your dentures and check them out for any damage. If you are having any troubles with your dentures, this is a great time to address these issues as well.
Tip #5 – Schedule a Professional Dental Cleaning
When is the last time you had a general dental cleaning? We recommend bi-annual cleanings for a host of reasons. Regular dental exams help rid your mouth of plaque that brushing and flossing can’t take care of, help keep cavities at bay and can prevent costly repairs that could go unnoticed without check-ups. Schedule your dental cleaning here.
While we don’t want to add to your heaping cleaning list, a spring cleaning for your mouth should be a gift to yourself. A healthy mouth is often associated with a confident smile. Feel good about your dental health and visit Mission View Dental for any of your dental needs this Spring!
Mission View Dental’s team of caring professionals can help you and your family maintain good oral health with a range of preventative services focused on keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. Call 408-945-4333 or email [email protected] to schedule your spring cleaning today.
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Hope your 2019 is off to a great start. When you made your New Year’s Resolution this year, chances are you’ve made some commitments to live healthier.
Perhaps you’ve resolved to better manage your stress, eat healthier, or visit your dentist every six months. Either way, the New Year is a time to start fresh.
If you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to feel great about yourself in 2019. By getting a smile makeover, you can not only help your teeth look better but to actually be healthier.
Is it time for you to get your beautiful smile back? Let’s look at some of your potential treatment options for a smile makeover in 2019.
Who Qualifies for a New Smile?
Anyone who wants to improve their smile may qualify for a smile makeover. This includes people who want their smile to be:
- More uniform
- Have less space between teeth
- Replace missing teeth
You can always talk with your dentist to see whether or not you would qualify for the specific treatment you’d like to have to improve your teeth.
The following cosmetic treatments could be an option for you depending on your unique smile!
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful brilliant smile.
Cost-effective but dramatic, a teeth whitening can boost your confidence and remove deeper surface stains that a regular cleaning might not be able to remove.
Teeth whitening is great for weddings, job interviews or promotions, anniversaries, and even getting back into the dating realm. When you want to treat yourself this New Year in just one appointment, consider a professional teeth whitening!
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patients smile.
As compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is invisible and removable, so you can smile, eat, drink, brush or floss hassle-free. Dr. Priyadarshini Beedu is a certified Invisalign provider serving Milpitas, San Jose and Fremont area. We offer a FREE consultation to evaluate if Invisalign is right for you.
With so many restorative options available to make your dream smile come true, there’s no reason to spend another year feeling embarrassed about your teeth.
From chips and staining to replacing missing teeth, let us help you get your smile back into shape in 2019. We look forward to helping you have a healthy and happy smile in the New Year!
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Did you know that 78% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease?
When gums become infected and inflamed from periodontal disease, bacteria in plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. The bacteria can then enter into the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. Ongoing research suggests that periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
You can learn more about Gum Disease on our website here
If your gums bleed or teeth look longer, contact us to discuss your periodontal health. Request an appointment or call our office at (408) 945-4333 to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.
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The staff of Mission View Dental, Milpitas CA recently attended the The Art and Science of Dentistry convention in San Francisco. This 3 day event presented by California Dental Association (CDA) offers more than 150 courses and workshops, and innovations from 400+ exhibitors.
From 3-D printers that are looking to replace labs, to new types of toothbrushes (Crest+Oral B)and toothpastes (Crest Gum Detoxify) and dry-mouth mouthwashes (Colgate Hydris), to new insurance models(Kleer), it was extremely educational for the members of the staff to see and learn the latest innovations in the dentistry. It was also exciting to see the latest updates from the industry stalwarts like Dentrix and Demandforce.
In summary, a great event, and we are always eager to explore and see how we can introduce our patients to the latest products and techniques in the dental industry.
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We hope you remembered to add dental exam and cleaning to your Spring Cleaning list. Did you know that most dental insurances cover 2 annual cleanings? Call your dental office to find out more.
Thank you for reading our first newsletter. In these newsletters, we will share relevant information about dental health, community developments and any office updates. – Priya Beedu DDS
Helpful hints to care for your teeth:
- Brush: You should use toothbrush with right size head and bristles to reach into all the crevices of your molars. Sometimes this may mean small or medium sized brush even for Adults.
- Enough: Many people don’t brush long enough during a hectic morning. You should brush for at least 2 full minutes, twice a day. Keep a low-cost two-minute timer where you brush.
- Technique: Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short back and forth strokes across the sides and tops of your teeth. Then, hold the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to focus on the backs of your teeth of the front anterior teeth where plaque builds up often
- Floss: Flossing gets to areas between teeth that are hard for bristles to get to. Floss should rub against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward ‘C’ shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.
- Mouthwash: Rinsing with mouthwash is the third part of your cleaning regiment. Mouthwash clears the debris that irritates the gumline and causes gingivitis.
You can find more information on maintaining your dental health on our website under Dental Health.
What age can kids brush their own teeth?
The age at which kids can brush their own teeth seems to be between the ages of 6 and 9. Some researchers concluded that 5 year-olds only brushed 25% of the surfaces of their teeth while 11 year-olds only brushed 50% of the surfaces of their teeth. Since every child is different, you will need to figure out when your child is ready to brush without any help. You can use plaque disclosing tablets to decide when you need to stop checking on their cleaning regularly.
Do you think you are too late for braces? You should consider Invisalign – The invisible alternative to quietly align your teeth back into shape. Learn more at https://www.missionviewdental.com/cosmetic-treatments/clear-braces/
In the Community
The Milpitas Bart station opening is now delayed to early 2019. We encourage and support our patients who use mass-transit to get to their appointments at our office. Ask the front desk for more details about travel credit.
Office & Staff Highlights
Did you know that our staff has been serving patients for over 100 collective years? Susanne, Diana and Shannyn have been working with patients of this office for over 15 years. Join me in thanking them for their dedication to the community.
Have a Question?
Have a dental question or feedback? Send your questions to [email protected] and we will do our best to answer your question promptly.
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