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Checking In At The Start Of A New Year

A NEW YEAR IS A NEW BEGINNING, which is why so many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If there’s something we want to change or to accomplish, a fresh year seems like the perfect time to start. So here at the beginning of 2018, our practice is taking stock of last year and looking forward to this one!

 

 

The Successes Of 2017
Angela and I had a tremendous and exciting 2017. Most importantly, we go married and continued our loving relationship and blending of our two families.

With all the excitement we also faced challenges too. The outcome of those challenges was the opportunity for us to purchase City View Dental in April. Collaborating with our talented dental team to create and continue providing the best care to our patients and creating the office of our dreams has been so rewarding and one of our biggest successes. We are forever grateful for all of the bona fide support and teamwork we have received from the entire staff this year. It makes looking forward to 2018 even more exciting.

Our Goals For 2018
I am not big on New Year resolutions. I learned a long time ago that the only day that is promised is today. But setting goals throughout the year is paramount to our businesses. Personally, I want to continue to strive to be an even better husband, father, doctor, and business partner. As business partners, Angela and I hope you will start to notice some exciting new changes throughout the year that make your time with us even more meaningful and fun. We will continue to develop our staff, work on our pay it forward community outreach initiatives and strive to find new ways to help our patients smile freely.

Both Angela and I enjoy helping people and work to leave the world better than how we found it and we look forward to every healthy day that we get the opportunity to positively change lives and do all that we have outlined for 2018.

Don’t forget that we can all make positive changes in our lives any time of the year!

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What About Your Resolutions and goals?
We’ve shared some of our goals and commitments for 2018, but we’d love to hear what yours are! Studies have shown 80% of resolutions fail by February, so let’s all help each other stick to our goals this year!

We wish all our patients a wonderful year!
Dr. Dave & Angela Schrad

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Baby Teeth Folklore Around The World

WE’VE ALL HEARD OF the Tooth Fairy, even if the details are a little different from one family to the next. But did you know that the Tooth Fairy is only common in certain countries? Across the world, there are many different ways families celebrate a child losing a tooth!

El Ratoncito Perez And La Petite Souris
In many countries, instead of a tooth fairy, they have a tooth mouse! Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Guatemala, and Mexico have their teeth swapped for coins by El Ratoncito Perez (also known as Raton Miguelito). La Petit Souris (Little Mouse) collects the baby teeth of children in France and Switzerland.

Some countries like Argentina also have a tooth mouse, but instead of putting the tooth under a pillow, children place it in a glass of water and wait for a coin to take its place by morning!

Children of other countries that celebrate this mythical mouse believe if they put their tooth under their pillow, the mouse won’t trade it for money or candy, but it will guarantee that the new tooth grows in strong and healthy.

Tooth To The Roof
In countries like Greece, China, Singapore, and Vietnam, children throw their teeth on the roof. Some of these countries believe if the tooth lands straight, the new tooth will grow in straight, but if it lands crooked, the new tooth will grow in crooked! Do you have good enough aim for that tradition?

Native American Traditions
There are many different ways American Indian tribes celebrate losing a tooth. The Cherokee Indian children would run around the house with the tooth and throw it on the roof while saying, “Beaver, put a new tooth in my jaw!” four times.

The children of the Dene Yellowknives, on the other hand, give the lost tooth to their mother or grandmother, who in turn puts the tooth in a tree. Then the family dances around the tree to encourage the tooth to grow in as straight as the trunk!

The Tooth Fairy And Money
The tradition we’re most familiar with, of course, is the Tooth Fairy. In the United States, Denmark, England, and Australia, when a child loses their tooth, they put it under their pillow at night in hopes that the Tooth Fairy will come and replace it with money (or sometimes candy).

If your or your children are bored with the Tooth Fairy and are looking for ways to spice up your family traditions, here are a few neat alternatives you could try instead of just replacing the tooth with money! If you’re really good at video editing and special effects, you might even do something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAXVgbM58IQ

Have Fun With Loose Teeth Traditions!
Whether it’s a Tooth Fairy, a mouse, or dancing around a tree, losing a tooth is a special occasion anywhere in the world, with many different ways to make it exciting and fun. Does your family have a cool tradition for loose teeth? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below or when your child comes in for their next visit!

Good luck with those baby teeth, and remember: we’re rooting for you!

Your City View Dental Team

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The Gift Of Gift-Giving

WINTER MIGHT BE the coldest time of year in terms of weather, but it can also be the warmest in love and cheer thanks to that wonderful spirit of giving. Of course, we all love getting presents over the holidays, but there’s something extra special about seeing someone we care about open the presents we so carefully chose for them. That’s why our practice is taking a moment to look back on one of our favorite memories of gift-giving this year!

Our Team’s Favorite 2017 Christmas Gift-Giving Memory

This year we decided to combine team-building and giving back to our community and it proved to be one of our collective favorite gift giving memories.

The staff split into three teams and with the help of American Outback Adventures and their awesome app we were on our way to experiencing an amazing day of giving. Teams competed via a virtual app which included a leader board to track our progress (we like the friendly competition). Each team was given a list of opportunities to pay it forward including tasks such as: help a server clear tables, buy someone coffee, compliment someone, offer to help a city worker, write an uplifting note and leave it in a public place and then post photos on they app throughout the day. At the end of our activity we joined together to share our stories. The energy and happiness surrounding our team was abundant.

While it was a fantastic opportunity to work together outside the office it was also extremely gratifying to see how something so simple can make someone’s day and helps us continue to positively change lives including our own. Our stories and experiences were plentiful and the exercise was so impactful that we have added a “Pay it Forward” initiative to our 2018 goals. We are excited to continue to give the gift of giving to those in our downtown Omaha community throughout the entire year. It is one more way to help not just our patients but everyone around us to smile freely.

Looking For Fun Gift Exchange Ideas?
If you’re looking for a new gift-giving tradition to try out, take a look at a few of the ideas here. We’ve shared three of the ones we thought were unique!

“Cookie-swap packing party. Besides cookies to swap at the party, guests bring extras, along with metal tins, takeout containers, plastic boxes, and packing materials. Together, you carefully box up the extra cookies to ship to out-of-town family and friends, military, or even deliver to those in your own neighborhood.”

“Swap toys with Santa. Along with cookies and milk, leave (gently used) old toys under the tree on Christmas Eve for Santa to “take back to the North Pole.” (You can donate them to an organization like Toys for Tots or Goodwill.)”

Join City View Dental  and 94.1 in collecting diapers for this years Lydia House diaper drive. We are an official diaper drop off site. Stop in, drop off your diapers we would love to see you!

If you’re trying to think of ways to teach your children the joys of giving gifts, check out this short video:

What Are Your Favorite Gift-Giving Memories?
We’d love to hear some of our patients’ best gift-giving stories, so share yours with us in the comments below or on Facebook. Whether they’re sweet or funny, we can’t wait to read your stories! We hope you make wonderful new gift-giving memories this holiday season!

May you continue to help those around you smile freely throughout the holidays and beyond.

Cheers!

Your City View Dental Team

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Our Team’s Thanksgiving Traditions

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS COME in all shapes and sizes. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to breaking the wishbone to getting together with those wacky yet lovable relatives, traditions vary from family to family, and that includes the families of our practice’s team members!

Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions & Memories

We recently discussed as a team some of our favorite traditions and memories. While we laughed at how so many were similar, debated about our picks for pies, we also had a few unique traditions. Almost all of us could remember a Thanksgiving being snowed in which is not surprising given we are all midwesterners. It seems some of the best memories come from those unexpected experiences.

One of the most unique was Alix’s family tradition. She shared that because she and her husband split their time between several homes during Thanksgiving (that doesn’t sound so bad–all that yummy food!) that her families all meet at the end of the day at a nearby Casino getting their game on for a little family friendly competition.

Football and food were at the top of the list for most of us and there is something to be said for tradition and the comfortability of being at home. Angela and I shared that for the first time EVER our entire family will be spending the holiday away in Colorado skiing. Angela’s mom is already worried about whether the house is equipped with everything necessary to host the proper Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve assured her that being together and creating memories is enough for us and we look forward to lots of laughter and hope for some fresh powder too!

Angela has only spent ONE Thanksgiving away from her family, something she says she will never do again. To make the best of being half way across the country she hosted her friends spending Thanksgiving solo. She spent her day making all the traditional dishes including the turkey! It was a learning experience, and a lot of preparation. She gained a new appreciation for all those who do this year after year with a smile on their face and wishes she would have made a quick call to get advice from her own mom and grandma on that turkey. While it turned out beautifully the giblets left inside, well not so much…oops!

Have you ever wondered where some of the most iconic Thanksgiving traditions come from? Check out this video to learn more.

Staying Mouth-Healthy During Thanksgiving
Enjoying traditions is one part of what makes Thanksgiving wonderful, but staying on top of our oral health is another! If you’re looking for ways to make your Thanksgiving dinner more mouth-healthy, you can find a few here. Don’t forget to keep brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily, and if it’s been a while since your last dental exam, we’d love to see you!

Tell Us About Your Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions!
Now that we’ve shared some of our favorite traditions and memories, we want to hear how your family celebrates Thanksgiving! Share a comment below or on Facebook to let us know about your unique traditions, or else tell us about them when you come in for your next appointment!

Our patients are what we’re most thankful for this year and every year!

Happy Holidays, Dr. Schrad

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The Bare Bones Of Gum Recession

NO ONE LOOKS FORWARD to getting “long in the tooth” because of gum recession.
However, while tooth length might be an accurate yardstick for judging the age of a horse, age is not the culprit behind receding gums in humans. Gum recession is simply such a gradual process that it can take decades before the effects are noticeable.

Not All Gum Recession Is Avoidable
There are many contributing factors to gum recession, and some unfortunately include genetics. Some people simply have fragile gums or don’t have enough jaw bone covering the front of the roots of their teeth to support gums up to the crowns. The good news is that many of the other contributing factors can be controlled, and even if you’re predisposed to gum recession, there are ways to minimize it.

Bruxism Versus Your Gums
Chronic teeth-grinding, or bruxism, causes a whole host of problems for your oral health, and one of them is increasing your risk for gum recession. All that grinding puts too much pressure on the gums, so they begin to retreat. Bruxism can be a difficult habit to break, especially if you’re doing it in your sleep, but you can minimize the damage to the jaw bones, gums, and teeth by using a mouth guard.

Overbrushing Damages Gum Tissue
It might sound counterintuitive, but you can actually brush your teeth too much. Or, at least, too hard. Brushing teeth isn’t like scrubbing the grime out of tile grout; gums are not built to withstand the abrasive assault of hard-bristled brushes (and neither is the enamel on our teeth). Soft bristles are actually ideal for scrubbing away plaque and massaging the gums without damaging them. The same principle applies to flossing; you should definitely floss once a day, but go easy on those gums.

Tartar Buildup And Gum Disease
When plaque isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, it will eventually harden into tartar, which can only be removed by dental professionals. This means that the longer you go without a routine dental cleaning, the more tartar builds up along your gum lines, which puts you at risk for gum disease. Speaking of which…

In the early stages of gum disease, also called gingivitis, the health of your jaw bones is not yet at risk, which is good for avoiding gum recession. If your gums are tender, swollen, and bleed easily, it’s likely gingivitis. You can combat it with healthy brushing and flossing habits, but it’s also wise to bring the problem to us.

If untreated, gingivitis advances to become periodontitis. This is when gums start pulling away from the teeth and the integrity of the jaw bones is compromised. There are many risk factors for gum disease, including smoking, hormonal changes (like during pregnancy), diabetes, and dry mouth as a side effect of medications. At this point, better oral hygiene habits aren’t enough and professional treatment is absolutely necessary.

Help Us Help You Keep Those Gums Healthy!
If you’re worried about the structure and health of your gums, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us! We can help you get your gum health back on track and discuss treatment options.

We’re rooting for you!

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Take Care Of Your Furry Friend’s Smile!

WE TALK A LOT ABOUT what you need to do to keep those teeth of yours healthy and beautiful. While you’re taking care of your smile, don’t forget about your pet’s! Your furry friend’s teeth need to be cared for as well.

Keep Up On Your Pet’s Dental Health

You probably don’t think about checking your dog or cat’s mouth very often, but it’s important that you do. Dental problems can often lead to other health problems in your pet, not to mention they can be painful and costly. As with our own teeth, prevention is key!

Here are some things you should do to keep your furry friend’s mouth healthy:

  • Have your pet’s teeth checked and cleaned at least once a year by a veterinarian
  • While daily toothbrushing is ideal for your pet, at least get in three to four good brushing sessions per week (using toothpaste specially formulated for them–not human toothpaste)
  • Make sure your dog or cat is on a nutritious diet that is good for their teeth; your veterinarian will help you know what kind of food is best
  • Chew toys are great for scraping plaque off of your dog’s teeth and can be a great supplement to tooth brushing!

There are many products out there that can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy and breath fresh. Talk to your veterinarian about what products they recommend for your dog or cat’s oral hygiene routine!

Watch the video below to see how to properly brush your pet’s teeth:

Healthy Smiles Make It All Worthwhile

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have some kind of oral disease by the age of two or three. That’s why attending to your pet’s oral health on a daily basis should be as normal to them as their daily walks.

After enough practice, they may even look forward to toothbrushing time! And while brushing your pet’s teeth may be a lot of work, just remember, healthy smiles make all that work worthwhile.

We’d love to see your pets’ smiles! Snap a photo of you and your pet showing off your pearly whites and post it to our Facebook page!

Thank you for reading our blog and supporting our practice.

 

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Preparing Your Smile For The Big Day

YOU’VE DREAMED OF THIS day your whole life. You have the ring and the fiancé, the planning is going well, and you’re down to the last few details. Bridals are coming up, and then the wedding itself. You realize there’s something you need to do before you have hundreds of pictures taken of you: perfect your smile!

Whitening: Home Versus Professional
When it comes to teeth whitening, strips, toothpastes, and rinses are the most cost-effective options. They’re cheap and you can do them yourself, but the results won’t be as good as with professional whitening. It’s critical to start the whitening strips at least one to two weeks in advance, and at least a month in advance if you go with toothpastes and rinses.

Another option is take-home custom whitening trays. These trays do cost more, but they result in better whitening as long as you follow the instructions carefully. We recommend starting whitening trays about one month before the wedding or any important photoshoots.

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Straightening That Smile
Whitening alone will make a beautiful difference to any smile, but sometimes there are other issues to take care of before the big day, such as orthodontics. Orthodontic appliances can be expensive, but the results are life-changing. Having straight teeth and a healthy bite are a huge confidence-booster, in addition to providing health benefits and looking great.

Unlike whitening, which can be done in the last couple of months leading up to the wedding, braces or invisible aligners generally require at least a year, so don’t wait too long to schedule a consultation if you hear wedding bells in your future!

Repairs For Chips And Cavities
One of the factors that determines our oral health is genetics. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes, even the most diligent brushing, flossing, and avoidance of sugary treats aren’t enough to keep cavities at bay. And even when we’re being careful, accidents happen, and a tooth might end up chipped.

If you find yourself facing one of these setbacks before your wedding, veneers and bonding are both great options to consider. Veneers are color-matched to blend in with your natural teeth, resulting in a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Tooth bonding is a process that covers damaged or discolored teeth with plastic resin. These don’t last as long as veneers, but they can be applied in just one visit. On the other hand, it takes one or two weeks after taking the impression of your teeth to receive your custom veneers.

We’re Here To Help Make Your Special Day Perfect!
We know how hectic it can be to plan a wedding, so your downtown Omaha Dentist wants to make things easier for you by helping you prepare to smile freely. Whether that’s as simple as a regular cleaning appointment or something more involved, you can count on our practice!

Wishing our patients all the happiness in the world!

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