New Year…New Newsletter
Hello Patients and Family Members!

We hope you all had a fabulous holiday season, and that 2016 is off to a great start! This year, one of our goals at Children’s Dentistry was to start a quarterly (tooth) newsletter! Our newsletter should include some important information to help further educate parents on how to care for their children’s teeth, as well as upcoming and past events, news, contests and fun information about our office. Let us know what you think…

THIS JUST IN!

We are excited to announce Dr. Jerry Udelson has acquired a second pediatric dental practice called Elmhurst Dentistry for Kids.  Dr. Michael Ewers, a pediatric dentist in Elmhurst has retired and kindly allowed his practice to be retained by Dr. Udelson. The new location is 311 York St. Elmhurst, IL 60126. We look forward to continuing to provide a fantastic dental experience to children of Forest Park and now…Elmhurst. Come check us out! Grand opening to be announced soon.

PAST NEWS

Children’s Dentistry Announces Record Breaking Candy Buy Back

For the past five years, Children’s Dentistry has been leading an anti-decay, charity-based movement titled Annual Candy Buy Back. Trick-or-Treaters bring their candy confections to Children’s Dentistry in Forest Park and receive $1 per pound (up to 10 pounds). Dr. Jerry is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” At the event, children are invited to write notes of encouragement and cheer to our troops, which are included and sent with the sweet treats to troops here and overseas.

This year was a record breaking one for Children’s Dentistry!! A collection and donation was made of over 700 pounds of candy. Entire schools banded together to make donations and include notes of thankfulness to our soldiers and service men and women all over the world. A local school, St. Vincent of River Forest, donated 161 pounds of candy! The very exhausted teachers hauled in the coveted confections in laundry baskets and garbage bags. Julian Junior High in Oak Park also contributed with a large candy donation. Most touching, were the homemade cards and well wishes. It was obvious the kids put in a lot of time and effort into making our soldiers feel appreciated. GREAT JOB KIDS!!!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dental Health Month

How would you like the tooth fairy to visit your school, organization or library? This February, in honor of Dental Health Month, Children’s Dentistry is offering free presentations on proper dental hygiene in a kid friendly, interactive way. Each child attending the presentation will receive a goodie bag with dental items discussed in the presentation. Do you know a school, library or group who might be interested in scheduling? Contact us at cristy@kidsdentistforestpark.com for more details.

ESTIMATION JAR CONTEST WINNERS

Congratulations to our winners!!!

Johnny N, our October Winner, was awarded
4 weeks of classes at My Gym of River Forest

Lourdes M, our November Winner, was awarded
a $20.00 ToysRUs Gift Card

Nancy L, our December Winner, was awarded
a $25.00 ToysRUs Gift Card

Great job estimating kids! Have fun with your gift cards and make healthy choices!

CONTEST CORNER

Kids Contest…and Parents too?

Name our Newsletter…Give us your best, most clever title. The winning entry will receive a SoniCare toothbrush ($45.00 value) and bragging rights!
Email your entries to cristy@kidsdentistforestpark.com. Contest ends April 1st.

DENTAL HEALTH NEWS

A Tale of Superhero Sealants

Sealants? What are those and how will my child benefit?

Dental sealants act as a Superhero shield to prevent cavities. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where evil doer decay most often occurs. Brushing and flossing help remove food and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot always reach to the back teeth and into the depressions and groves to extract the foes of food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” the bad guys.

Superhero Sealants are easy as they are painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This shield of resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the Superhero Sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the Superhero Sealants and reapply them when necessary.

A little expense early in the life of teeth can save hundreds of dollars, pain and extra visits to the dentist. Ask your dentist about this tooth saving, Superhero procedure today!

JERRY’S JOKE

Q: What does a dentist call his X-ray pictures?
A: Tooth “pics” of course!

TANTALIZING TOOTH TREATS

Crunchy fruit and veggies – like apples, pears, celery, and carrots – are excellent for your teeth in two ways. The crisp texture acts as a detergent on teeth, wiping away bacteria that can cause plaque. Plus, these foods require a lot of chewing, which increases the production of bacteria-neutralizing saliva! Try out some dipping sauces for apple slices…be creative…peanut butter, sugar free chocolate or caramel sauce, or even yogurt with sprinkles. Try our recipe below:

Apple Dip

1 cup of vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup apply butter
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. Vanilla Extract

Mix together, slice an apple, dip and enjoy…YUM!

Children’s Dentistry
1125 S. Harlem Avenue Forest Park, IL 60130
708-386-5437
www.kidsdentistforestpark.com