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February – Children’s Dental Health Month

ANY PARENT KNOWS that getting your child to do certain things like eat their veggies, clean their room and even brush their teeth can be difficult. But the reality is that tooth decay is the number one disease affecting young children today.

To combat this, kids need to learn and love to brush their teeth early on in their lives. Our goal is to help your children maintain bright, healthy smiles and help them learn early the importance of good oral hygiene.

Let’s Catch Up On Some Of The Basics

Your child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth appears, or around their first birthday. Once teeth emerge, you can start brushing them. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). When two teeth begin to touch, it is time to start flossing!

From the ages of three to six, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Remind children not to swallow the toothpaste. Continue to help your child brush their teeth until you feel that they can correctly do so on their own.

Our Top Tips On Teaching Your Kids Good Oral Hygiene

It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it to teach your kids the value of taking care of their teeth. Here are some things you can do to help them understand just how important a task it is, and even how fun it can be!

Teach Them Why

When kids understand the reason behind something, they are more inclined to do it. You can even make it more interesting by spinning it into a fun story and giving the bacteria in their mouths a name, like the plaque monsters or tooth bugs!

Let Them Participate

Allowing your child to pick out their toothbrush, toothpaste and floss is a great way for them to participate. If you use a timer to help them brush their teeth for the full two minutes, let them press the button. Find ways to get them involved!

Use Positive Reinforcement

Parents know better than anyone what kids will do for prizes. One idea is to use a sticker chart. Every time they brush their teeth well, without complaining, they get to put a sticker on the chart. When the chart is full, they get a prize!

Make It Fun

Whether you turn on their favorite two-minute song or have them brush their stuffed animal’s teeth first, making it fun is key to helping your child love brushing time. There are also many smartphone apps out there dedicated to making oral hygiene more fun!

You can even show them this fun video to help encourage them to brush their teeth!

We Are Proud Partners Of Parents

Although getting your child to love brushing and flossing their teeth is difficult at times, remember that we are your allies in helping ensure their lifelong oral and overall health. If your child is still struggling with brushing and flossing, let us know, we are here to help.

Have any other suggestions that have worked for you and your child? Tell us in the comments below!

Thank you for your trust in our practice. Our pledge to you is that we will always strive to take care of you, and your family, way beyond your smile.

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Pets – Humans Aren’t The Only Ones With a Strong Link Between Oral Health and Total Body Wellness

At ALASKA PREMIER DENTAL GROUP we love our family, friends (the family you choose), coworkers, patients and pets! We know many of you have animals that also bring a smile to your face. To honor that relationship we want to highlights this weeks blog on how to care for your animals oral health.

Here are some tips to keep the whole family happy and healthy, and you may even learn something about your own oral health.

Keep Up On Your Pet’s Dental Health

You probably don’t think about checking your dog or cat’s mouth very often, but it’s important that you do. Dental problems can often lead to other health problems in your pet, not to mention they can be painful and costly. As with our own teeth, prevention is key!

Here are some things you should do to keep your furry friend’s mouth healthy:

  • Have your pet’s teeth checked and cleaned at least once a year by a veterinarian
  • While daily toothbrushing is ideal for your pet, at least get in three to four good brushing sessions per week (using toothpaste specially formulated for them–not human toothpaste)
  • Make sure your dog or cat is on a nutritious diet that is good for their teeth; your veterinarian will help you know what kind of food is best
  • Chew toys are great for scraping plaque off of your dog’s teeth and can be a great supplement to tooth brushing!

There are many products out there that can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy and breath fresh. Talk to your veterinarian about what products they recommend for your dog or cat’s oral hygiene routine!

Watch the video below to see how to properly brush your pet’s teeth:

Healthy Smiles Make It All Worthwhile

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have some kind of oral disease by the age of two or three. That’s why attending to your pet’s oral health on a daily basis should be as normal to them as their daily walks.

After enough practice, they may even look forward to toothbrushing time! And while brushing your pet’s teeth may be a lot of work, just remember, healthy smiles make all that work worthwhile.

We’d love to see your pets’ smiles! Snap a photo of you and your pet showing off your pearly whites and post it to our Facebook page! Here’s Sinjin smiling, he does this all on his own folks!

Images used with permission from Holly Evans, local Alaskan and owner of RR’s Cardinal SIDEOUT “Sinjin” and the late Colonel Carlsbad Bogart McKenzie “Bogie”.

Thank you for reading our blog and supporting our practice.

 

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Alaskan Summer is Synonymous with Alaskan Salmon

June brings the second installment of our Tracey Pilch Silent Auction at Alaska Premier Dental Group! Many of our Doctors and Staff have already hit the rivers and oceans seeking fresh Alaskan Salmon.  Fittingly Salmon artwork will be the focus for our second Silent Auction. If you didn’t catch the  news last month I will summarize this exciting community fundraiser:

I would like to first start by reminding everyone that 100% of the money we raise with this artwork stays in our community and helps existing patients get the treatment they need and want but cannot afford. Tracey Pilch is one of our many talented patients.  Several months ago, Tracey approached us with an altruistic idea. She proposed donating several pieces of art for the sole purpose of raising money for people here in our local community. Tracey shared with me a personal story of not always being able to afford the dental treatment she needed and wanted:

“I very well understand the need for dentistry and it’s value. I also understand it can be unaffordable for some people… I think that the ability to smile is so closely connected to our wellness and I feel strongly about total wellness… Feeling good comes through our smile. I think everyone should be able to smile.”

We will be featuring several different art pieces a month and will be reserving all of the funds raised to help existing patients get the treatment they need/want but are not able to afford.

I did not consider my home complete until I had artwork celebrating salmon. Don’t pass up this chance.

Bidding starts at $100, see our Facebook Event to bid online or come in to the following locations to see specific Tracey Pilch Originals.

 

TP Sockeye 1

Located upstairs in our Anchorage location. This piece is already been bid on at $150!

TP Sockeye 2

Located downstairs in our Anchorage location. This piece has also already been bid on at $100!

 

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A Week to Celebrate Mothers

WE ARE ECSTATIC TO HAVE this week to celebrate all the wonderful mothers out there! They fed us, clothed us, read books to us and raised us. But most importantly, they LOVE us! We’d like to return the favor and show all our mothers some love this Mother’s Day.

 

What We Love About Our Moms
From Dr. Jessica: “I love that when I look at my hands I see my mom’s same fingers.  My momma is so artistic and creative – I love that I have her hands and have her creative spirit!”

From Breana: “My mother taught me to love, she was an excellent role model for compassion and confidence. She is why I nurture as much as I do.” 

From Sarah: “I love that my mother always has my best interest at heart.” 

From Shelly: “One thing I love about my mom is her giving and caring heart. A mother’s love is irreplaceable!” 

From Heidi: “My mother is the most loving, adventuresome, silly, intelligent person I know. I’m just trying to be the best version of myself — like she has always encouraged me to be.”

From Jennifer: “I think that the thing I find most inspiring about my mother’s life was her desire to live. Despite being diagnosed with a fast-acting terminal illness she became our personal miracle and lived a long and full life bringing myself and two younger siblings into the world as well. She left behind a legacy of compassion and leadership that not only affect her children, but everyone who knew her.”

 

From the Mothers on Our Team… What Do You Love Most About Being a Mom?

From Breana: “Words can’t describe what I love most about being a Mother…”

From Azita: “One thing I love about being a mom is the cuddles and the smiles I get from my son. Those little smiles wipe away all the stuff from the day.”  

 

 

Mothers, We Appreciate You!

Whether your mom lives near or far, show her how grateful you are for her this Mother’s Day Season. To all you moms out there, THANK YOU!

Have any great stories about your awesome mom? Post it in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

May brings an exciting new announcement at Alaska Premier Dental Group! Let me fill you in on some history to set up the good news…

We are lucky to have many talented patients. One of those patients is Tracey Pilch. This blog isn’t over how talented she is, but is focused more on her heart and her aptitude to give. Several months ago, Tracey approached us with an altruistic idea. She proposed donating several pieces of art for the sole purpose of raising money for people that cannot afford the treatment they want or need. Tracey shared with me a personal story of not always being able to afford the dental treatment she needed and wanted:

“I very well understand the need for dentistry and it’s value. I also understand it can be unaffordable for some people… I think that the ability to smile is so closely connected to our wellness and I feel strongly about total wellness… Feeling good comes through our smile. I think everyone should be able to smile.”

We will be featuring 3 different art pieces a month and will be reserving all of the funds raised to help existing patients get the treatment they need/want but are not able to afford.

If you have a willing heart, and love excellent artwork please take part in this exciting new venture.

 

Bidding starts at $75, see our Facebook Event to bid online or come in to the following locations to see specific Tracey Pilch Originals.

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Original piece available to view Upstairs in our Anchorage location.

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Original piece available to view Downstairs in our Anchorage location.

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Original Piece available to view in our Wasilla location.

 

Sneak Peak: June brings Salmon!!

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Summer Summertime Stains

Summer time is a time for relaxing, sipping on sweet drinks, and enjoying some awesome BBQ while camping. However, it can also be a time for sugar to wreak havoc on your teeth.

Citrus
Why is it harmful?
The sweet citrus fruits in your drink are acidic and erode the enamel on your teeth, leading to decay and softening in the inner layer of your tooth.

What Can You Do?
Make sure to drink your citrus drinks with a straw positioned at the back of your mouth. Having water after your drink and chewing sugarless gum can reduce remaining acid as well. Additionally, drinking while eating a meal will help reduce the effects of enamel erosion.

BBQ
Why is it harmful?
Nothing tastes better than a juicy rack of ribs smothered in BBQ sauce, but the sauce and other condiments used for BBQ are actually loaded with sugars that can cause bacteria to build up, leading to extensive tooth decay

What Can You Do?
The best thing to do is moderate your condiments and not go over board on the sauces. Additionally, brushing your teeth after a sugary meal and flossing can make a significant difference in your oral health.

Camping
Why is it harmful?
Often times when people are camping, they let hygiene slide a little and skip the nighttime tooth brushing. This is the most critical time to brush, especially after the s’mores and BBQ sugar you just consumed. Skipping brushing creates a breeding ground for bacteria in your mouth and your teeth are not able to get the rest and recovery they need to remineralize over night.

What Can You Do?
This one is simple, just brush those teeth of yours, followed by a flossing. Fluoride is a wise choice as well. This will all take you about three minutes, and you will be thankful when you wake up without fire breath in the morning.

So have fun with your summer festivities, food, and beverages while following our three oral health suggestions. If you have any questions, or think you are in need of a good cleaning after reading our blog, give us a call today at 337-1322.

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Fun Dental Facts

It is time for some fun. Dentistry isn’t all serious all the time. We are going to mix it up with some fun facts and interesting findings!

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Regardless of this fact – please continue to open bottle with bottle openers.
  • According to a recent survey done by Time Magazine, 59% of Americans would rather have a dental appointment than be sitting next to someone talking on a cell phone. What about you?
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth. The snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth What on earth??
  • Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual – it is true and not just some Hollywood movie plot!

What fun things do you know about teeth?

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Staying Active This Summer

We aren’t only concerned about our patient’s oral health, but their overall health as well. Regular physical activity increases your life span and helps prevent disease and illness. Luckily, the beautiful weather and scenery our state provides us in the summer, offers us a multitude of fun recreational activities to choose from. So, here are a few ideas if you are looking to stay active this summer.

Trail Running
Your run or walk will never get dull with the beautiful trails Alaska has to offer, such as the scenic coastal trail in Anchorage. There is also a plethora of fun summer running events, such as the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon or the Skinny Raven Pub Run that takes place every Tuesday. For a list of runs this summer visit http://bit.ly/1s3FU8A.

Mountain Climbing
You don’t have to summit Denali to enjoy a fun hike in Alaska. There are plenty of fun hikes practically in your backyard. Flat Top is a popular and enjoyable hike for experts as well as beginners. You can also try Bird Ridge, which offers an amazing view overlooking Turnagain Arm. More Anchorage hikes can be found at http://bit.ly/SLuCFQ.

Kayaking
There are also some beautiful lakes just within our city limits perfect for Kayaking, such as Jewel Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout. Eklutna Lake is also another kayaking venue, and while further out, the beautiful view is worth the drive. You can even schedule to have a bike waiting for you for your return trip. More kayaking spots can be found at http://bit.ly/1kYD8gV.

What are you favorite summer activities to partake in?

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3 Common Questions

We see lots of patients, and plenty of kids are included in that number. We love to see them as they grow and help to teach them about dental hygiene!  When it comes to oral care – most of the questions do come from parents as they are the ones who are “in the know” about teeth as they are already on their second set at this point!

When will my child get their first tooth?
The average time for the first teeth to make their appearance is between five and seven months of age, there is a wide range before and after this that can still be considered “normal.”

My child’s baby teeth have cavities. Why should they be filled if they’re just going to fall out in a few years?
Baby teeth hold space in the mouth for the incoming permanent teeth. If the baby teeth become decayed or are taken out too early, the permanent teeth often become crowded and will likely need braces to straighten in the future.

What are sealants and why are they done?
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth. Young children are prime candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults. This also helps prevent the new adult tooth from gaining problems from the baby tooth.

As always – questions are welcome – you never know until you know.

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Keep Brushing Fun

We know that brushing is important – but telling a kid that it is important doesn’t always get the job done. They just don’t understand long-term at this point in the game of life.  Especially toddlers who are just beginning to brush.

Here are a couple of things that you can do to try to keep things interesting!

  • Trade places with them and instead of you always brushing their teeth – why not let them brush yours?
  • Make sure you tell them how shiny their teeth look once they are done! What kid isn’t attracted to something that shines?
  • Play some music! Put on their favorite song and make them brush for the duration f that song.  This will allow for anywhere between two and a half minutes to almost four minutes.
  • Let them pick out their toothbrush on their own. If they like it – it might keep them excited.

These are just a few suggestions and we do realize that every kid is different, so have fun with the options!

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