May is Physical Fitness Month! At Family Dentistry of Neosho we love to workout and keep our bodies as strong and healthy as our smiles! As you may know, exerting yourself through physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy and strong. It is also known to reduce stress and boost those feel good endorphins after a long day at work!
In recent months, more and more companies have been coming online to promote new clear aligners to straighten your teeth. In theory this sounds like a great idea, but buyers beware!
The research currently shows that these aligners are not yet efficient and will require more updates before being truly accurate. In fact, at this moment, these new styles of aligner hold close to a 75% failure rate, which means instead of actually straightening and aligning your teeth and improving your bite, it could make it worse!
Dr. Anna nine at the midwest dental conference
In an effort to provide exceptional quality care to our patients, the team at Family Dentistry of Neosho makes a special effort to stay current with research and technology. One of my favorite ways to do this is to attend the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City. In case you’ve never been to a dental conference before (who hasn’t!), picture high school, but for dental professionals instead of teens. You choose from a wide variety of classes to attend, you meet friends new and old for lunch, and you discuss the latest in ceramics technology. Maybe that last one doesn’t relate as well, but if you ever need a crown, you’ll be thankful we keep up with the latest advances. Ongoing research projects, samples of the newest tools and materials, and demonstrations of the best techniques are all available throughout the weekend. Basically, it’s a safe place for people to nerd out about dentistry – it’s a blast!
This particular dental conference is a special event for me, as it is hosted by UMKC, which is my and Dr. Reagan’s alma mater. It is wonderful to have Kansas City’s vibrant backdrop to facilitate learning as well as meeting with a wide range of colleagues. It is at this conference that I am able to learn about and use new materials and tools for fillings, root canals, and generally making appointments faster and more comfortable for our patients.
Our office has had the amazing opportunity to send several members of the team to this conference every year. Diana, Mercedes, and I were able to attend this time. It was a pleasure going with coworkers that care as much about learning as I do. The weekend seemed too short, but now we are invigorated and excited to apply what we learned. Until next year, Kansas City!
Do you know the recommended age for taking your little one to see a Dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child at age 1 to see the Dentist. There are dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry and only see children under age 18.
At Family Dentistry of Neosho, Dr. Reagan and Dr. Nine will take patients starting at any age. Think 1st tooth 1st visit. It’s easy to remember. During the early years we just love on the toddlers, and make coming to the dentist fun and exciting. It’s exciting for their siblings to show them around! When they get to around two and a half years they are usually begging to get their “teeth counted”.
February is national children’s dental health month. Make plans now to commit to helping your children enjoy the dentist, not to fear the dentist.
Here are some quick tips.
- Brush as a family
- Brush longer
- Look inside your child’s mouth often
- Bring them with you to the dentist
- Never let them see you sweat coming to the dentist. You might have a “dental” story but they can still have a great experience even if they are unsure of their surrounding.
- Usually by age 3 they have 20 teeth
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