Taking Care of Your SMILE!

Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly. Case in point: Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes? Most adults do not come close to brushing that long.

These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your mouth, teeth and gums:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime!
  • Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor causing bacteria!
  • Floss every day!
  • Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day – drink water or chew sugarless gum afterwards!
  • Do not drink sodas, juice, or sports/vitamin drinks throughout the day. Continual exposure to the sugar and acids can cause cavities!
  • Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning!

 

What is the Right Way to Floss?

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth

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Introducing the Start Smiling Membership Plan!

Many of our patients without dental insurance have often asked us to fnd an insurance plan that would help them save money. While we have not come up with an outside plan that we could recommend, we instead have created a Membership Plan that will save you money.

These plans cover your regular preventative care as well as discounts off your restorative and cosmetic services.

Adult Membership Plan:

  • 1 preventative cleaning and periodic exam every six months
  • preventative x-rays as needed (Bitewings every year / Full Mouth Series once in three years)
  • 1 emergency visit and x-ray per year
  • 10% off all other needed treatment
  • 20% off all cosmetic services

Child Membership Plan:

  • 1 preventative cleaning and periodic exam every six months
  • preventative x-rays as needed (Bitewings every year / Full Moth Series once in five years)
  • 1 emergency visit and x-ray per year
  • 10% off any needed treatment
  • 20% off all cosmetic services

Signing up is easy! Just click the icon below! There are no waiting periods and you can schedule your first preventative visit right away!  Fell free to give us a call at 404-255-6782 if you have any questions.

 

Heroes Wanted!

Heroes Wanted!

Brushing Saves Your Smile – Swabbing Saves Lives!bonemarrow

Your dental visit is the perfect time to join the Bone Marrow Registry!  It’s super easy – just a swab of your inner cheek – and we will handle everything else.

What is the purpose of the registry?

Blood Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and kills more children than any other disease in the U.S.  When chemotherapy can’t beat it, a bone marrow transplant may be the patient’s best hope for survival. A bone marrow transplant can also be life-saving treatment for other diseases such as aplastic anemia and sickle cell disease. Due to the limited availability of matching donors, only half of those in need are able to get one. The registry helps expand the chances of a match and giving a patient the gift of a longer life.

Who can donate?

Eligible registrants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18-55
  • In good health
  • At least 105lbs
  • Willing to donate to any patient in need

How does it work?

At your next appointment we will review your commitments, have you fill out a form, and then provide you a swab (similar to a Q-tip) that gently rubs the inside of your cheek. We then package the swab and send it to the registry for you.

If you are one of the lucky one 1% of donors that becomes a match for a patient, the registry will contact you for further testing. Both the registry and the medical team will make sure you are still willing and able to donate and support you during the process.

What’s involved in a donation?

The donation process usually involves 1-2 days of your time with very minimal side effects.

There are two methods of donation

  • Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection (PBSC): A non-surgical outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream in a process similar to donating plasma or platelets.
  • Bone Marrow Donation: This is an outpatient surgical procedure under anesthesia where marrow cells are extracted via needle from your pelvic bone.

If you are interested in participating, please give us a call to schedule a time to stop by or you can just get swabbed at your next regular appointment.

Thank you!

The End of Year is Near!

There’s only 28 working days left to use your dental insurance and Flex benefits for 2017! Many of those days are booked or close to it!

Most dental benefits and Flex dollars do not carry over into 2018 and treatment must be started this year or they are lost.

Scheduling your appointment now ensures that you will:

  • Minimize your out-of-pocket expenses by taking advantage of any deductibles you’ve already met in 2017.
  • Increase possible tax deductions & utilitze remaining Flex $.
  • Maximize the benefits for the premiums you have paid toward your policy.
  • Perserve next year’s benefits in case of emergencies or other needed treatment.
  • Take care of your dental problems while they are still small & avoid painful toothaches and more costly/time comsuming treatment.

Please give us a call or email ASAP to reserve your time! (404-255-6782 or rebecca@startsmiling.com)

Start Smiling Dental Holiday Schedule

For Thanksgiving – We will be closing on Wednesday 11/22 at 1pm and reopening on Monday 11/27 at 8am.

We will be open Mon-Fri in December up to 12/22!

Our office will be closed for the holidays as of December 22nd and will re-open on Tuesaday, January 2nd to give our team time with their families.

Check out our new website at www.startsmiling.com!

 

 

 

Start Smiling Dental: 185 Allen Road, NE Suite 150 – Sandy Springs, GA 30328
ph: 404-255-6782 – email:
 startsmilingdental@gmail.com