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Our office is now re-opened Monday through Friday to serve our patients. Some changes to scheduling and service have been made that you will notice throughout the building to best protect our patients and staff alike. Thank you in advance for being accommodating to these changes!

Sincerely, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, Dr. Patty Martin, and Dr. Kimberly Murdoch

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Summer Dental Care 6/28/2017 2 Comments Summer Dental Care ?Tips to Maintain your Dental Health Throughout the Summ
Posted on 6/15/2020 by Michael Mettler
Summer is officially here! For many families, this means kids home from school (even longer than normal this year with COVID causing schools to switch to at-home iterations over the past several months), visitors, road trips, and a different daily schedule. Don’t let your family’s teeth suffer from the change in routine. Here are some tips to maintain your dental health during the dog days of summer: Restock on Dental Supplies: The start of summer is the perfect time to buy new toothbrushes, replace empty boxes of floss and stock up on toothpaste. If your summer plans include travel, stock up on trial sizes that are quick and easy to pack. Our team here at Alder Family Dental recommends replacing toothbrushes every three months. Hydrate: The summer heat and increased activity level demand an increase in your fluid intake. Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day to wash away plaque-causing bacteria. Limit intake of soft drinks and sports drinks that can wear away the enamel. Lemonade, that beloved summer staple, is highly acidic and should be consumed sparingly. Rinsing the mouth out with water will wash away the acid and sugar before too much damage is done. Avoid Summer Dental Dangers: Don’t chew ice – As refreshing as a cool, icy drink is, resist the temptation to crunch the ice. Excessive ice-chewing can result in cracked and chipped teeth, damage to tooth enamel and problems with existing fillings and crowns. It can also become a habit which is hard to break. Follow the “pool rules” – According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many summer dental injuries are due to a pool accident. Running on slippery pool decks, diving into shallow waters or bumping the pool ledge causes many children to either chip or knock a tooth loose. If a tooth is knocked out, keep it hydrated in water or milk and call us her at Alder Family Dental immediately. Keep your routine: It’s easy to get off your routine during the summer. A more relaxed schedule, travel, and late night are just a few things that can disrupt daily oral care. Although it’s not catastrophic to miss the occasional brushing, you don’t want your family to end the summer with a mouthful of unwanted cavities so be vigilant about maintaining a dental routine. Put together some dental travel kits for unexpected nights away from home. The kit should contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, floss and a pack of sugar-free gum. Travel tips: If your summer plans include travel, be sure to take your dental insurance information, our office's contact information and any dental devices, products or medications your family needs. Beat the crowd: Even if you don’t have kids, scheduling a dental appointment in the summer is more convenient because you can avoid the back to school rush that happens every August. Alder Family Dental is here to address your dental needs anytime of the year!...
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