Marching Toward Spring: Events, Treats And More!

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Thanks to our patient Joni for the fabulous cookies!

The month of March has been wonderful at Future of Dentistry! We welcomed many new patients to the “FOD family.” One of them baked us the one-of-a-kind cookies you see here. They’re as tasty as they are adorable!

Around the office, we kept things fun by dressing in green on St. Patrick’s Day and having a friendly competition for March Madness. We also recognized the efforts of our team members during Dental Assistant Recognition Week.

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March Madness at FOD!

We were excited to hear that the Wakefield Basketball Association held their annual banquet recently. We sponsored two WBA teams again and were proud to see the Future of Dentistry name on their shirts. Our team is happy to support their team!

Future of Dentistry is revving up for the Gator Gallop, which will be held this year on April 1. Come by Lake Quannapowitt from 8:15 a.m. to noon for lots of family fun! This annual event supports our neighborhood school, the Greenwood, as well as the Wakefield Education Foundation.

We’re also looking forward to two other events, the Miss Pink Pageant and the game between the Wakefield Police All Stars and the All Pro Patriots Celebrity Basketball Team. Both are in April. These events are very different, but they have something in common – they’re both great causes and great fun!

Another March milestone: Our latest offer is ending soon. If you’d like to save $100 on laser whitening, be sure to contact our office as soon as possible. If your friends or family were interested in our new patient offer, please let them know – first visit $97 for cleaning, exam and x-rays. You don’t have to be seen the next week, but you do have to call during the next week. (We can be reached at 781-245-2299.)

On a more serious note, National Brain Injury Awareness Month is coming to a close. Before the month ends, we wanted to highlight this important issue. Did you know that concussions are brain injuries? Custom-fit mouth guards can help protect athletes. As many of you know, we introduced a special program to help student athletes obtain this important equipment. Call our office at 781-245-2299 or email info@futureofdentistry.com to learn more.

Do Teeth-Whitening Lip Glosses Really Work?

Whitening is one of the most popular options for cosmetic dentistry. Recently, makeup companies started offering lip glosses that supposedly make your teeth look whiter in photos.

Do they really work?! We gave it a shot.

The Experiment

Future of Dentistry tried two products. We had our “model” try out Estee Edit by Estee Lauder and News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss by Ulta.whiteninglipglosses_final_resized

Both glosses go on clear, but contain blue components designed to make your teeth look whiter. Blues and yellows are opposites on the color wheel, so the blue tones in the gloss will supposedly counteract any dental yellowness.

Makeup experts will tell you to avoid orange-y colors if you’re worried about your teeth looking yellow in photos. There are even stories about makeup artists mixing a tiny bit of blue eyeshadow into lip gloss to achieve a whiter look.

The Results

Both glosses made teeth slightly whiter in photos. Neither one made a difference in in-person whiteness, at least none that was noticeable.The Estee product was a little more effective than the Ulta one.

Pros:

  • It did make teeth look a little whiter in the photos.
  • No bad aftertaste (especially the Estee one)
  • The gloss itself was good in terms of shine, lip softness, etc.

Cons:

  • The “whitening effect” was only noticeable in the photo.
  • It’s a gloss, so a matte lipstick look isn’t possible once you apply it.
  • The prices aren’t outrageous (about $20). But if you usually buy lip gloss at CVS or Riteaid, these are probably more expensive than you’re used to.

What’s Next

If you’re trying whitening gloss, we suggest the Estee Edit by Estee Lauder. We’re curious to see if the whitening effect is better or worse in different conditions – outdoors vs. indoors, high and low lights, etc.

There’s no substitute for a professional whitening procedure, but the lip gloss options are fun way to improve your look in photos.

Looking for more dramatic whitening results? Ask about Future of Dentistry’s special offer on laser whitening.

When you call before the end of March 2017, you can save $100 on this highly effective procedure. It’s painless and long-lasting. Call 781-245-2299 to learn more.

Smile, It’s Story Time!

Stories and smiles went hand-in-hand this week when Future of Dentistry visited “P.J. Story Time” at the Beebe Library in Wakefield.

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Racquel reads a classic, ‘The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist,’ to the families at Beebe Library.

P.J. Story Time gives local families a chance to enjoy stories, songs and games together in the evening. The group gave us a warm welcome, and we were so pleased to be there!

With events like this, Future of Dentistry’s goal is helping kids establish good dental health habits and a positive outlook on visiting the dentist. This is especially true during February, which is celebrated nationally as Children’s Dental Health Month.

There are many great children’s books that emphasize pediatric dental care while making it fun for them. Your kids might enjoy hearing about the Berenstain Bears’ and Curious George’s dentist visits, and about “Bear’s Loose Tooth.” Racquel, from the Future of Dentistry team, read several great books at the library and joined in the singing and rhymes. In addition to working at our front desk, Racquel has a clinical background as a Certified Dental Assistant.

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Racquel and a Story Time participant sing together about brushing teeth.

Since Story Time is for age 7 and under, the topic of loose teeth was very popular! Many of the children wanted to share their experiences with loose teeth and visits from the Tooth Fairy. It was a great chance to explain how “big kid teeth” need to be cared for, so they will last your whole life. Racquel discussed the importance of brushing twice a day for two minutes. The children also enjoyed a dental-themed craft.

Racquel brought Future of Dentistry’s interactive “tooth game,” which shows kids how some foods are a problem for teeth. The game board is a magnetic tooth, so kids can see which foods stick to the “tooth.” For example, the candy piece was magnetized, so it clung to the tooth, much like sugar does in reality. The carrot piece wasn’t magnetized, so it slid off the tooth board, just as vegetables don’t stick to teeth in real life.

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Kids love Future of Dentistry’s tooth game, but it’s also educational. It illustrates the effects of healthy and unhealthy foods on teeth.

We always like to bring goodie bags when we give a presentation, so the kids take home a reminder to care for their oral health. Each Story Time participant received a Future of Dentistry tote bag with fun and educational items, as well as dental hygiene products like toothpaste and flossers in kid-friendly flavors.

We had a wonderful evening at Story Time! Dr. Gerry Casazza, the founder of Future of Dentistry, would like to thank the families for attending and making dental care a focus for their children. Special thanks to Youth Services Librarian Dorrie Karlin, whose energy and creativity makes P.J. Story Time a fantastic program.

Future of Dentistry’s community presentations are provided as a volunteer service to raise awareness about dental care and overall health. If you’d like to have Future of Dentistry visit your school or organization, call 781-245-2299 or send us a message here.