National Tooth Fairy Day 2020

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DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Celebrating National Tooth Fairy Day 2020

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day! Kids can’t wait to lose their first tooth. It’s something big to look forward to – like their birthday. It’s such an exciting time because it’s something new and they know they will get some kind of “prize” with it. Whether it’s sparkly tooth fairy money, or a small toy or gold coin, kids are sure to love it. 

What Age Does a Child Lose Their First Tooth?

A child typically loses their first tooth around age 6. At Dental Reflections Dublin, we always add and subtract 6 months around this average because every child is different. The first tooth to be lost is one of the bottom front middle teeth followed by the one next to it. Once a child starts to lose teeth, they will lose the first 4 on the bottom front middle and then the top front middle. Then, they won’t lose teeth again for a few years – usually around age 10 or 11. 

Wiggly Teeth 

If your child’s tooth is lose, you can encourage them to wiggle it out. They can practice each day by wiggling it back and forth or pressing and holding it each direction for a few seconds. Many times, kids will shy away from brushing a loose tooth and the gums will get inflamed due to extra plaque in that area. Be sure to help them brush when they have a wiggly tooth or check over after. You do not have to press hard to remove plaque, just a gentle brush in this area will be sufficient. A mouthwash with fluoride is also good to use. Do not be alarmed if you notice teeth coming in on the back side of the wiggly teeth down in the bottom front. Dr. Rudi As-Sanie, a family dentist in Dublin, OH, says this is very common and does not affect anything. Once the wiggly teeth fall out the permanent teeth that came in behind will typically move forward into that space with everyday tongue pressure with eating and talking.

Make the loss of your child’s front tooth a memory they will never forget! Look for a special tooth chest or pillow they can use to put their tooth in and switch it out for something fun while they are sleeping. Some children even like to write a letter or color a picture for the tooth fairy. If you ever have any questions or concerns about the loss of your child’s teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us at 614.799.5576.  Our team would be happy to take a look!

Children’s Dental Health Month

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Children’s Dental Health Month with Dental Reflections Dublin

February is one of our favorites – Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s the time to really focus on the dental health of children and how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. We know it can be a struggle to try to keep up with your child’s oral healthcare routine, but it truly sets the stage for their entire life. Starting good habits while the child is young will create a routine, the child will understand the importance of. This month, our blogs will center around different topics for a child’s dental health and hopefully offer many tips and tricks to keep your little one(s) teeth clean and cavity-free.

Tips for Brushing

Wording can be everything when you start giving your child options. Never ask them if they are ready to brush their teeth. What kid would ever be ready? Associate brushing with something else. Maybe it’s every night before reading books, or every night after bath time. Let them know at that time every night; now it’s time to brush. If you stay consistent, they know there is no option. Yes, they may put up a fight, but be adamant about it getting done, and they will get tired of fighting night after night. The same goes for mornings. Be sure you are getting that twice a day brush in. Lots of plaque bacteria form on our teeth at night when we sleep, and morning time is extremely important to brush to make sure food is less resistant to sticking to the teeth throughout the day. It is important to start using fluoride toothpaste at first tooth eruption. You only need a rice size amount smeared into the bristles of the toothbrush. Yes, we know your 6-month-old is not going to rinse and spit, and that’s ok. This meniscal amount of fluoride is not going to be toxic when your child swallows it. You can wipe out the remaining toothpaste with a washcloth using your finger after brushing.

Flossing and Mouthwash Use

Flossing is best at night and just once per day. We find it easier to floss with the string floss than the floss picks. You have more control when using the string. The picks tend to snap and may hit the gum, leaving the child more upset. Of course, it is whatever works best for you and your child. If you try flossing your child’s teeth while they are laying down at the end of a couch or standing in front of you facing forward with their head resting back on you, you can get a much better visual and floss easier. It all takes practice. In between, or flossing cavities are the most common among children since they tend to snack a lot and not floss as often as they should. Your child will need help with brushing and flossing until about the age of 8 years old. They can practice well before that, but following up or assisting is very important. Once your child is able to rinse and spit, a fluoride mouthwash is a great idea. This helps get into those small nooks and crannies. The toothbrush bristles even have a hard time reaching. The fluoride settles into these areas and helps strengthen, preventing cavities. Once a day, use for this is sufficient.

If you ever have questions about your child’s teeth, do not hesitate to call Dental Reflections Dublin for advice or to bring them in for us to take a look! That’s what we are here for.

Tips and Tricks to Brush Your Little One’s Teeth

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Brushing Your Little One’s Teeth

We all know you are supposed to start brushing your child’s teeth upon first tooth eruption. But how on earth do you brush their teeth and get them to open and cooperate? Especially once they get all 20 teeth in and you have to get wayyyy in the back??? We know, it’s a challenge. It can be stressful and frustrating. The last thing you want is to say forget it, I can’t do it, and then they have 10 cavities at their first check-up visit. I know, I know, 10 sounds extreme but we have seen it and it’s not uncommon when parents give up on brushing their child’s teeth. In this article, our team at Dental Reflections Dublin discusses a few tips and tricks to brushing your little one’s teeth.

Fluoride Toothpaste

Step one: use fluoride toothpaste. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends a rice size amount of fluoride toothpaste upon first tooth eruption. Yes, we know your 6-month-old can’t swish and spit out the toothpaste, which is why a rice size smeared into the toothbrush is recommended. Tom’s natural strawberry toothpaste with fluoride is a great option. Even if a child swallows a meniscal amount of fluoride, it will not harm them and is very safe.

Swaddle

Having trouble controlling your child’s hands, arms and legs? One of our favorite tips is to have the child’s toothbrush ready on the counter with toothpaste. After bath time, grab them out of the bath and wrap/swaddle them up in a towel while their arms are down. Sit down on the toilet seat lid and place the child on their back across your lap and grab the toothbrush. Tilt their head down a bit and boom – you have control and can get the toothbrush in the mouth to brush. It is a bonus if they are mad and scream and cries so that they open big and you can see what you are doing. Sing a fun song while you are brushing and tell them how good of a job they are doing even if they are screaming. After every night of the same routine, they will start to listen to the song and learn it, knowing you will brush their teeth whether they like it or not. It’s just like anything else they have to do that’s mandatory – it’s not an option. It’s truly all about what you make it. It gets really fun when the child hears your song every night and starts to sing it when they learn to talk. Would you rather take a minute to brush your child’s teeth while they are mad or spend hours with your child at the dentist getting their cavities filled?

Stand, Chin up and Head Back

Once a child is old enough to listen and follow directions, have them stand in front of you on a stool in the bathroom in front of the mirror. Have them tilt their chin up high and rest their head back on your chest. Cup their chin with one hand while brushing with the other while the child opens wide. This gives full sight of brushing all surfaces of the teeth including outsides by the cheeks, the grooves where they chew and the insides down by the tongue and near the roof of the mouth. This position also allows you to see to floss a child’s teeth which is important once the floss clicks in and the teeth start to touch. Once most children reach toddler age, they want to take a turn too. Great! Let them practice and take a turn but be sure to follow up after even if it looks like they are doing a good job. It’s a good idea to pull the cheeks up/down to see the toothbrush brushing the gumlines where the plaque tends to settle.  It is important to help a child brush until they can tie their own shoes. This is when they have better dexterity and can be trusted with good technique. Most importantly, don’t forget the song you started singing when your toddler was a little baby.

For family dentistry in Dublin, Ohio, contact Dental Reflections today. Questions? Just give us a call. Our team is happy to help!

Be “Teeth Ready” for Back to School

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DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Be “Teeth Ready” for Back to School

Back to school is approaching fast and we want to give you the best tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy. First things first – get their checkup visit in before school starts! You want to be sure they don’t have any active decay or cavities in their mouth! According to the CDC, about 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. The issue seen here is studies also show that children with active decay have issues with eating, speaking, playing and learning while at school. This is why preventative dental care is so important.

Check-up Visit

At your child’s checkup visit to the dentist, we can offer services that get them back to school ready. We assess their need for sealants to prevent cavities, apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel, and give tips on nutrition and brushing and flossing. We emphasize the importance of brushing twice a day for two minutes. We apply a disclosing solution to highlight missed areas while brushing so they know where to focus at home to effectively remove all the plaque. We also give them the tools they need if they are in braces to properly care for their teeth while at school which is a necessity.

Healthy School Lunches

This is a big one. Fill your child’s lunchbox with foods high in fiber, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and even nuts and cheeses. These are all teeth-friendly and help promote a healthy pH in the mouth to prevent cavities. Avoid juices, sodas, sports drinks, dried fruits, fruit snacks and any other sticky, high sugar foods. Water and milk are best to drink. Pretzels and chips aren’t the best for the teeth, but other healthy choices listed above can offset and help remove the particles from the teeth better. They also dissolve more with saliva alone as compared with sticky, high sugar foods.

Vending Machines

This is another tough one. Vending machines are slowly improving but we aren’t there yet. Vending machine foods are filled with preservatives. Avoid candy bars, chips, sports drinks, energy drinks or soda. Sipping on anything but water throughout the day can significantly increase a child’s risk for decay. We see it all the time. Propel has water with electrolytes that is safe to drink with no added sugars or sweeteners. Other brands are coming out with their own versions as well.

Sports Mouthguard

Finally, it is important to protect your child’s teeth during any physical contact sport. This includes but is not limited to lacrosse, basketball, football, wrestling, and hockey. More and more schools are making this a requirement and make it a must that the guard be colored so the coach can see it in the mouth. A custom sports guard is well worth the money and protection, still allowing your child to talk and play as they normally would during a game vs. walking in our doors with a tooth in their hand. (Yes, we have seen it).

Whatever your dental needs are for your children, we can help! Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin to schedule your child’s dental appointment and we will be sure they are back to school ready!!

Dental Hygienist vs. Dental Assistant: Understanding the Difference

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Dental Hygienist vs. Dental Assistant: Understanding the Difference

The general public, including dental patients, typically do not quite understand the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist. Sometimes we are all referred to as “dental technicians,” “nurses,” or “those girls.” Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we feel it is important for our patients to know what roles we play and to understand the key differences between the 2.

Dental Assistant

A dental assistant is like the dentists “right-hand man” or woman for that matter. Programs or schooling for dental assisting is typically offered either at a vocational school- which you take part in during high school, or a career/technical program. A dental assistant can take x-rays, update a patient’s health history, obtain vitals, take dental impressions, do dental charting, place topical anesthetic, assist during dental procedures such as crowns, fillings, bridges, implants, extractions and more. They are multi-talented and fast workers. It is entirely optional for a dental assistant whether or not they become state board certified. If they choose to do so, they can advance in the profession and become licensed in additional areas of dentistry to be able to do more independently chairside. A dental assistant is a crucial aspect to a dental practice and is needed to make sure operations flow smoothly and seamlessly.

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist must obtain a minimum of a 2-year degree from college, and pass all three parts of their state board exam to practice (work). A dental hygienist can also take x-rays, dental impressions, update health history, obtain vitals, dental charting, and place topically. What they don’t do is assist the dentist. What they do in addition to a dental assistant is professional dental cleanings, administer nitrous oxide, injections to numb patients (separate board exam), in-depth patient education, and nutritional counseling. They basically have their own column of patients, and the doctor does the exam at the end of each appointment to check for cavities. So, they do work more independent.

Both are great professions and are unique in different ways. The ultimate goal is to make every patient experience phenomenal by building rapport, addressing any questions or concerns, and keeping them reflecting their best.

Benefits of Fluoride

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Different Benefits of Fluoride

There are many benefits to incorporating fluoride into your daily oral health care routine. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their ages.* There are different types of fluoride treatments in and out of the dental setting that can be useful depending on a person’s decay rate.

Topical Fluoride

Topical fluoride comes in many forms, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and varnish. If a patient has a higher tooth decay rate, we may recommend a higher prescription strength fluoride toothpaste for them. An over the counter toothpaste has .24% sodium fluoride concentration. The prescription-strength has 1.1%, so 5x as much. Fluoride varnish has 5% sodium fluoride concentration and is applied during your 6-month checkup at your dental office. Consider this a larger dose to help strengthen the enamel and any weaker areas in the mouth. Children typically receive fluoride twice a year, and it is a great preventive for adults as well. For a patient that does not have a higher decay rate, a fluoride mouthwash like ACT or Listerine Total Care Zero is a great option to use twice a day after brushing.

Systemic Fluoride

This includes tap water with fluoride in it. Some other foods also contain naturally occurring fluoride like fruits and vegetables and even some seafood like shrimp and crab. Sometimes a fluoride supplement is recommended for kids in more rural areas without fluoridated water. Studies have shown those without fluoride in their tap water will have a higher risk of decay or developing cavities.

It is safe to use fluoride toothpaste at a child’s first tooth eruption. No need for the training toothpaste anymore. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a rice size amount smeared into the toothbrush which provides the perfect amount of fluoride and benefits even if the child is not yet spitting out the toothpaste and rinsing after brushing. Fluoride is a mineral we are very grateful for in dentistry as it helps in preventing cavities, which is our entire philosophy!

What Sets Us Apart from Everyone Else?

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

What Sets Us Apart from Everyone Else?

We know there are many options out there to choose from for a dentist. This is why we want to really set ourselves apart from your “average” dental office. At Dental Reflections Dublin, we focus on working as a team to ensure you receive the best care and have the most enjoyable experience as possible. We care about not only your oral health but your overall health. With a thorough approach, we treat each patient like family. Here is what we feel really sets apart from other dental offices.

On Time Appointments

This is huge for us. We hear so many times that patients have sat in waiting rooms for 30-60+ minutes. We understand things happen and come up and offices may run late. However, if this is consistent pattern you are seeing at every visit, clearly there is a scheduling issue or miscommunication somewhere. If an office is constantly running behind, more time needs to be scheduled during each visit which is what we really pride ourselves on. We respect your time and we hope that you respect yours by showing up on time. We promise to have you back within 10 minutes (tops!) of your appointment time.

Extra Comfort Items

It is important to feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave. In our waiting room, we have a TV, toys for kiddos, tea, coffee or water available for you and your family. When you are in the dental chair, we make sure to add some extra amenities to go above and beyond. These include warm blankets, essential oil face towels, and headphones to listen to music. We also have a TV on the ceiling with Netflix in our kids’ area for during treatment.

No Judgements

We don’t care if it’s been 10 months or 10+ years since you’ve been to the dentist. We DON’T JUDGE. We mean it. We are here to help. Whether you fear the dentist, you didn’t have dental insurance and flat out couldn’t afford it or the fact that we have just been the last place on your mind, come on in. We want to get to know you, not just your teeth. Our team listens and cares and our goal is to provide the most honest, comfortable care for your entire family.

What To Expect at Your First Dental Visit

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

What To Expect at Your First Dental Visit to Dental Reflections Dublin

So, you scheduled your appointment as a new patient at our office. What’s next? We will send you a welcome email with instructions on how to complete your new patient paperwork on our website before you come in. This will save you time in our waiting room so we can get you back and get started. When we first get you seated, we will review your medical history you completed and address any concerns you may have. We will then take your blood pressure and begin the exam. At this time, you will be with one of our dental hygienists until the end of the appointment when you meet Dr. Rudi As-Sanie.

Initial Record Collecting

During the first exam, we are looking to see what dental work you have had done in the past, and charting it into our computer. This stage is our record collecting, so we have a thorough history of your dental history and what we see today. Next, we will update the measurements between your teeth and gums to determine the health of your gums. We will then take intraoral photos of the teeth with a digital camera wand, capturing details of each tooth. This sets a baseline so that if things were to change, we can refer back to how they looked previously. We can also use them to show you any concerns we may have that day.

Digital Radiographs

Next, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth to check for cavities. Looking in the mouth will only show us so much, and in order to do a comprehensive exam, we must take x-rays to see the health of the inside of the tooth.  With digital x-rays, radiation exposure is very minimal so no need to worry. Typically, we will take 4 bitewing x-rays of the back teeth to check for cavities, followed by a panoramic x-ray to show us the entire jaw and all of the roots of the teeth. This x-ray allows us to check for cysts in the bone or any other abnormalities that may show up. We may also take a 3D scan of your teeth if you have had a lot of dental work done in the past to be sure we are not missing anything.

Professional Cleaning

If your gum measurements were in a healthy range and we aren’t seeing any bone loss on the radiographs, we will then proceed with teeth cleaning. This includes removing hard and soft deposits from the teeth, bacteria below the gum line and polishing away any stains or plaque from the teeth. We then floss all of the teeth to help stimulate the gum tissue and remove any polishing agents from between the teeth.

Meet the Dentist/Final Exam

Towards the end of the appointment, the dentist will come in and do the final exam. This is reviewing all of the records we have collected and diagnosing or addressing any concerns she may have. A thorough review of the teeth is completed and she then will show you exactly what she is seeing in the mouth. This includes the x-rays, photos we took or any charting we completed. Our goal is to make every patient feel comfortable in the chair and have an understanding of what is going on in their mouth. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin we listen and care about every patient. Call us today to schedule a new patient appointment at our office.

Shanisty Ireland Review of our Office

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Shanisty Ireland Review of our Office

We recently had the pleasure of seeing one of our favorite bloggers, Shanisty Ireland, in our office. She is so inspiring, and her positive energy is contagious. If you are looking for a lifestyle blog to follow – add her to your list: https://shesbecomingdomestic.com/. As a mother of three, she is super transparent, which is one of the many things we love most about her. Her youngest boy had RSV which can be super scary for any mama. It can be life-threatening and stressful when a child is diagnosed with it. She is now an RSV advocate which is a big part of who she is. Shanisty even travels to tell others about her son’s experience and how he pulled through. Being a former news anchor, her infectious personality and public speaking skills are phenomenal.

After a Visit with Dental Reflections Dublin

Here is what she had to say about our office when she came to see us:

“Last summer, the kids and I went in for a regular dental check-up and x-rays at Dental Reflections Dublin. We were greeted with the friendliest staff, and Dr. Rudi As-Sanie is simply the sweetest. The remarkable thing about this practice… I didn’t have to feel embarrassed or guilty for not visiting a dentist in quite a few years. They didn’t judge me for letting my flossing lapse, they were genuinely interested and ready to help me take control of my dental health again.

After some x-rays showed I needed a dental crown (yow!) and a deep cleaning, I said my good-byes and left. Honestly, I thought I would leave the crown waiting for a bit while we focused on other expenses for the kids. I know, I know.

But Dr. As-Sanie emailed me personally asking me to come back and have the procedures done. She said it was important to take care of my health, especially as a mom. Dr. As-Sanie gets it… she has little ones of her own! That’s where I decided right then and there to go back.

During the last few months, I have had an incredible deep cleaning experience and left with my very first Sonic Care toothbrush. I AM OB-SESSED!!!! Yes, yes, yes! I already can tell the difference in my teeth. I’ve also had the crown procedure completed without pain, which is huge.

Needless to say, I am extremely happy with my new dental office and look forward to many years with Dr. As-Sanie for myself and my entire family.”

Thank you Shanisty!! We appreciate the kind words more than you know. We love the honest feedback and review of our office. It means the world to us. Our mission as a dental office is to give everyone a top-notch experience, keeping them reflecting their best!!

Reflections Savings Plan

Reflections Savings Plan

Reflections Saving Plan

With open enrollment here, we want to talk about your options at Dental Reflections Dublin. Maybe you aren’t offered dental insurance and have to purchase health insurance from the marketplace. This is why we created an in-house savings plan to give you access to the dental care you need to keep your mouth and body healthy. Yes, we said body too. Did you know the health of your mouth affects your entire body? That will be the topic of our next blog post. For now – we want to explain how our Reflections Savings Plan works and why you should get it if you don’t have dental insurance.

Dentistry is expensive, we get it. All healthcare is. However, preventive care is less expensive than restorative treatment. This means if you go to the dentist twice a year to get your teeth cleaned, you will spend less money than waiting until you have a problem and then going. Most dental issues are asymptomatic which means no pain or sensitivity. Once something does bother you, it usually means more invasive treatment like a root canal, crown or extraction of a tooth. Now we are talking thousands of dollars. This is why we put together our Reflections Savings Plan.

It is important to us that our patients get the care they deserve, from a comprehensive dental office that cares about the whole you. Our Reflections Savings Plan is good for one year from the date of purchase. For an adult, it includes two dental cleanings, two exams, X-rays, intraoral photos of the teeth and all of the other records we collect to properly diagnose at each visit. For kids, it’s the same for an adult, but we add fluoride for the extra cavity prevention. We are running a special right now for $365 for the year. That’s a dollar a day for a healthy mouth. Also – if you need any restorative work done, we give you 20% off of that. We also offer in-house payment plans, and other financing options are available if needed. Don’t wait to take control of your health, start with your mouth! Contact Dental Reflections Dublin today if you’re interested in our Reflections Savings Plan.