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Mortenson Family Dental Locations are Crusade for Children and WaterStep collection Sites

Looking for a way to make a difference? Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kid’s Dentistree locations are proud to be collection sites for two non-profits that call Kentucky home, the Crusade for Children and WaterStep. If you are looking for a way to contribute to either or both of these charities, drop by any Mortenson Family Dental and we will be glad to help you!

Through the end of March, we will be collecting financial contributions to the Crusade for Children. The Crusade for Children is a fundraiser held throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana community, most notably with their telethon and help from local fire fighters in June. 100% of the funds raised are used to help children with special needs in the local area.

WaterStep’s mission is to save lives through safe water around the globe. Through innovative water purification systems and educational efforts, WaterStep is able to improve the health and quality life for so many. WaterStep also works to provide relief in emergency situations where water supplies are compromised. In an effort to help with the water situation in Flint, MI, the City of Louisville and WaterStep have set out to fill an entire semi full of shoes. The shoes are used sold to an exporter and WaterStep uses the money from the sale to fund its projects. In this case, the money raised will be donated to organizations in Flit, to help the children impacted by the lead in their water.

You can bring shoes of any condition to any Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces or Kid’s Dentistree location and we will get them to WaterStep!

Image Credit: Waterstep.org

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association (ADA) established National Children’s Dental Health Month over thirty years ago to promote the benefits starting young to achieve good oral health.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the country.  Tooth decay affects more children than asthma or hay fever. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40% of children will have some tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten. The good news for parents is that tooth decay is preventable!

The following recommendations will get your child off to a great start with good dental health.

  • Brush and floss twice each day

The best weapons available to a parent are a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. The ADA recommends that parents teach their children to brush for two minutes two times a day—morning and evening at bedtime. Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and teach your child to avoid swallowing toothpaste.  Parents should provide help and supervision until a child is about seven or eight years old.

  • Limit sugary treats and drinks

This includes avoiding juice between meals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends limiting juice to four to six ounces per day. Parents can also replace sugary treats with healthy snacks such as cheese, yogurt, and fruit.

  • Schedule a dental checkup

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents schedule their child’s first visit to the dentist when the child turns one year of age. First birthday equals first checkup.  However, if a parent detects discoloration or staining, they should schedule an appointment right away.

  • Make sure your water has fluoride

Fluoride helps teeth resist acid attacks by strengthening tooth enamel. If your local water supply does not have fluoride, talk to your dentist about fluoride drops or tablets.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is a good reminder that it’s never too early to start your child on the path of good dental health. Habits developed early tend to become lifelong habits.

An Apple A Day May Keep The Doctor and The Dentist Away!

You may have noticed the apple featured on the Mortenson Family Dental logo. Apples have long been associated with a healthy smile. It takes strong, healthy teeth to bite into a crunchy apple! There’s also a more personal reason for the apple on the logo. Years ago, Sue Mortenson took her car to the car wash. When she got back in her car, she found an apple left for her on the front seat. Sue was very impressed by that special touch. That’s why you’ll be offered an apple and apple cider when you visit your Mortenson Family Dental office.

You’ve heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It may also be true that an apple a day keeps the dentist away.  Children have a natural sweet tooth that draws them to sugary snacks and chewy candy that can stick to the teeth.  Tooth decay results when cavity-causing organisms feed on this sugar and turn it into enamel-eroding acid. Apples are naturally sweet and offer a healthy alternative to processed, sugary snacks packed with nutrient-deficient calories.

Apples have other advantages over sugary snacks and even over many other fruits.

  • Apples are portable and can be packed in a lunch box with no refrigeration needed.
  • Apples can satisfy a sugar craving at ¼ the calories of candy or chocolate.
  • Apples are packed with Vitamin C which is great for the immune system.
  • Apples have flavonoids with antioxidant properties that guard against heart disease.
  • Apples have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and may have cancer-fighting benefits.
  • Apples come in many varieties of taste and color. If you don’t like a Granny Smith apple, have a Gala, a Honeycrisp, a Golden Delicious, or many others!

You might be surprised that in addition to apples and apple cider, you’ll find chocolate chip cookies waiting for you at your next visit to a Mortenson Family Dental office. The cookies are to help you feel at home and comfortable too and Sue Mortenson knows that one cookie won’t hurt you and our dental hygienist will clean your teeth during your appointment so you’ll leave with a healthier smile!

So Many Brands, So Little Time!

Since Crest toothpaste became the first toothpaste to receive the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval in 1960, more than 400 toothpastes have shown up on retail store shelves.  Every brand offers multiple sizes, flavors, and specialties. Buying a simple tube of toothpaste is not so simple.

Toothpaste is a daily essential, or should be, in every household. Toothpaste improves the cleaning power of your toothbrush by helping to remove plaque, the film of bacteria on teeth and gums that contributes to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Most toothpaste contains detergents that cause a foaming action to remove food particles.  Some add abrasives to help remove stains or flavoring to improve taste.  Beyond that there are baking soda toothpaste, natural toothpaste, gels, desensitizing toothpaste, breath-freshening toothpaste, and many more. With so many choices, what’s a shopper to do?

  • Look for fluoride

The fluoride in toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel which helps prevent tooth decay.  Fluoride also works to remineralize teeth worn by acid.

  • Look for the ADA Seal

The American Dental Association evaluates toothpastes for safety and effectiveness. All toothpastes with the ADA Seal contain fluoride.

  • Evaluate special claims

Many manufacturers have specialty products in their line that make certain claims. You should know that whitening toothpaste doesn’t really whiten teeth but contains abrasives or chemicals to remove tooth stains.  Tartar control toothpaste doesn’t remove existing tartar; only a dentist can do that. Instead, the product helps prevent tartar from accumulating.

  • Consult your dentist

 

Based on the results of your dental exam, your dentist can determine if a special product is necessary. If there are no specific concerns, most dentists advise their patients to choose a brand they like because they will be more likely to use it regularly. Also, check with your orthodontist before making a selection. Some orthodontists advise patients who wear braces to avoid certain toothpastes, such as those containing a whitening agent.

 

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