Kids, parents, and dentists alike get excited about a new lunchbox and the delicious, nutritious meals it will hold each day – helping to replace the less desirable fast-food type school lunch with tooth-healthy food.
But unfortunately, by the end of September, that wonderful new lunchbox has lost some of its shine. Even with the best of intentions, it’s hard to keep coming up with great, healthy lunches each and every day! Thanks to our full-steam-ahead, hurry-and-get-out-the-door, grab-whatever-will fill-you-up, busy family lifestyle, the sticky lunchbox is forgotten in the mudroom and a crumpled lunch ticket takes its place.
GPS Dental knows the hurry and scurry of most families create a headache when dealing with lunchbox shopping and packing. A simple plan will help parents keep the healthy lunch ball rolling long after the excitement of a new school year has passed.
Get the Tools:
You already have a lunchbox on your list. Make sure to add a cooler pack, and – if you’re a soup family – a thermos.
Plan Menus Now:
While you and your kids are excited about the upcoming school-year, plan out a variety of lunches that you will approve of and they will enjoy . Get their input. The success of your personal “lunch program” will depend heavily on the buy-in of your kids. You want them eating and enjoying their lunches so they have healthy, fueled brains and bodies for their school day.
We suggest meals that are high in protein and calcium, and include fresh veggies and fruit. Here’s a sample menu list for a tooth-friendly lunchbox:
- Back to Basics: Turkey and cheese sandwich with carrot and celery sticks, apple slices with a nut-butter for dipping, and a bottle of water.
- Simple and Sweet: Peanut butter and low-sugar jelly sandwich with apple slices, nuts and raisins, and a thermos of milk.
- Progressive Palate Pleaser: Chicken avocado wrap, sliced cucumbers, fruit yogurt with granola, and a thermos of ice-cold lemon water.
- Winter Warm-up: Hot soup, cheese, crackers and celery sticks, fresh strawberries and a bottle of water.
Tip: Leftover soup makes a perfect school lunch. Choose a family favorite and make enough for the next-day lunch thermos. Warm it up in the morning and a good thermos will keep it hot for hours. Veggie beef, chicken noodle with carrots and celery, and chili are all high in protein and healthy veggies.
- Feeling adventuresome? Grab some recipes online. Here is a great link at Pop Sugar, or some other tooth-healthy eating tips in our blog.
Once you have determined your menu items, make sure the fixings for them are on your regular shopping list. Establish and maintain a place in the fridge and cupboard exclusively dedicated to your lunchbox items.
Routine, Routine, Routine:
This is perhaps the most important part of maintaining the lunchbox momentum throughout the school year.
- Emptying and washing the box, bottles and containers – as well as re-freezing the cooler pack – will be a regular job and can easily be added to the after-school or evening chore routine.
- Along with that chore, kids can decide (from your menu) what will be in their boxes the next day.
- Make time for morning packing or you will find yourself sending a baggie of cereal and a juice box out the door in their backpack.
Bend So You Don’t Break:
Healthy eating is not perfection; it is a lifetime of more positive choices than negative ones. Sometimes the convenience of school lunch outweighs the advantage of something from home, and kids often enjoy the freedom of choosing which meals they would like to eat at school.
If you shoot for an all-or-nothing result, by the middle of October, you will probably end up with nothing. Determine what you can consistently accomplish and stick to it. If you need to make some exceptions on lunchbox frequency or contents to make the plan work for you, do it.
GPS Dental looks forward to sharing more tips to help you and your family make tooth-healthy choices.
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Back to school dental check up? Call GPS Dental at (210) 633-3477
When you’ve got an aching tooth or lousy breath, you probably think to make an appointment with your dentist.
However, at GPS Dental in San Antonio, we can handle much more than cavities and gingivitis. We’ve summed up some of the reasons we see our patients every day that have nothing to do with pulling teeth!
Rehab Your Smile with Dental Implants
Dr. Skrobanek has been working with patients to transform their smile with implants for more than a decade. A dental implant may be the best option for restoring your smile if you’ve lost a tooth. Simply put, an implant is an artificial tooth that is surgically placed in your jaw.
Depending on the extent of the work needed, a bridge can then be anchored by that implant, leaving you with a stronger, more confident smile. The work, including both the surgery and restoration process can be completed in our office.
Teeth Whitening Options for All
Teeth whitening doesn’t have to be a DIY project. Infact, while our office offers whitening treatments, we can do more than help take the stains away! Beyond traditional teeth whitening, patients looking for a whiter smile should consider options like veneers or cosmetic bonding. These procedures actually cover the top layer of the tooth, giving you an instantly whiter smile!
For those patients who are more concerned with the shape of their teeth than the hue, we have options for you, too! Cosmetic bonding and enamel shaping procedures allow us to help rehabilitate a patient’s smile in the face of not only yellowed, but even crooked, chipped, overlapping, or cracked teeth.
Check out all the ways GPS Dental can help you achieve a more beautiful smile!
Dr. Skrobanek’s Sleep Apnea Correction
Could Dr. Skrobanek help you get a better night’s sleep? If you’re one of the 25 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, the answer is yes. We don’t usually think to visit our dentist with sleep problems, but there are many forms of sleep apnea that can be corrected with oral appliance therapy, a specific type of specially fitted mouthguard.
However, with more than 100 options to choose from, it’s important to come in for a consultation to address your sleep apnea. Dr. Skrobanek can help you figure out the best treatment plan for your sleep apnea. Treatment is even covered under many insurance plans.
If you could use a whiter smile or better sleep, why not make an appointment? Give GPS Dental a call at (210) 633-3477!
One of the latest trends in dentistry is aimed at getting more people to floss regularly. Because most people cite the difficulty and the extra time flossing takes as their reason for skipping it, new products have emerged to make flossing easier and faster. Enter the electric flosser.
Find out how to use this new technology to achieve a healthier, cleaner mouth with GPS Dental’s expert tips!
What Is an Electric Flosser?
Electric flossers, also known as water flossers, use a thin, targeted stream of water to help clean between teeth. This form of flossing is particularly useful for patients who have a difficult time with traditional floss, such as those with braces or bridges.
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While they certainly help our patients get a healthier smile, electric flossers are not a replacement for traditional flossing. Both traditional and electric flossing specialize in reaching certain areas of the mouth, and when they’re used together, the two can seriously reduce plaque.
Guide to a More Powerful Flossing Routine
While there are plenty of benefits to using an electric flosser, getting started with one can be intimidating. Before you power up your flosser for the first time, take a look at these tips to do it right. Don’t forget to check your flosser for directions or instructions that may come with it!
- If this is the first time you’re powering up your flosser, fill it with water and set the pressure to the highest setting. Spray the flosser into the sink until you get a steady stream.
- Bring the pressure back down to the lowest setting, or, at your preferred setting if you’ve used your flosser before.
- Lean over the sink, as using an electric flosser is a little messier than traditional flossing. Place the tip of your flosser in your mouth, closing your lips gently around it to prevent water from splashing out.
- Turn your flosser unit on, and let the water flow out of your mouth and into the sink.
- Move your flosser along your gumline. Starting with your back teeth, move the flosser forward, aim at a right angle and pause slightly between teeth.
- Once you’ve made your way past every tooth, turn your flosser off and take off the tip for cleaning.
Flossing not the only part of dental care you’ve been skipping? Schedule a Netflix binge & dental checkup! Give GPS Dental a call at (210) 633-3477 to make your appointment!
Somewhere between 12% and 25% of people suffer from a fear of the dentist, otherwise known as dentophobia or odontophobia.
There are many causes for this widely shared fear, but there are also many ways to make trips to the dentist’s office easier on anxious patients.
Talk about Your Nerves
Dentists see a lot of patients who experience anxiety in their office. Many have strategies in mind for those patients who dread their appointment. Knowing that you’re prone to nervousness in the dentist’s chair, the dentist and their team can work to help alleviate your anxiety.
Sharing your anxiety with friends or family can have multiple benefits. By letting someone know about your fears, you might find out you’re not alone, and your friends may have some helpful tips for you.
Filling in someone, like a significant other or close family member, can also help keep you accountable for going to the dentist regularly. Patients who experience dental anxiety often avoid check-ups, and don’t see their dentist until they have a serious problem. By the time they come back in, they may need more extensive (and stressful) treatments.
Need another reason to make your appointment? Find out why you should visit the dentist before the end of the year.
Cover Those Anxious Ears
Before you head to your next appointment, grab your headphones. In the waiting room, your favorite comedian or a funny podcast can help you loosen up and relax before going in.
A book on tape or soothing music can help ease your nerves in the chair. Just check with your dentist to make sure your headphones won’t get in the way!
This technique helps in two ways. First, you hear less of the tools, which can sound much more menacing than they really are. Second, music you enjoy or a good story can distract you from where you are. Use the narrator’s voice as something to focus on, instead of the unfamiliar sensations you’re experiencing.
Ask for Information
Oftentimes, the cause of dental anxiety is fear of the unknown. When a dentist is working on your teeth, you can’t see what they’re doing, and this adds another layer of stress for some people. Speak up if you’re feeling nervous and ask your dentist what they’re going to do. Even a simplified explanation might be enough to put your mind at ease.
If you think about it, it’s completely natural to be afraid of strange, pointy tools being aimed at your face. Dental tools can be intimidating in their looks alone, and even more so when you don’t know what they’re going to be used for. Ask your dentist what the different tools he has out will accomplish. Some dentists are willing to let you hold their tools to get a better look to decrease your anxiety.
Another great way to feel more comfortable at the dentist is to get to know the professionals working with you! A familiar face can make all the difference. Learn more about the GPS Dental team, or get to know Dr. Skrobanek. Then, give GPS dental a call to schedule your next dental visit at (210) 633-3477.
Before you know it the holidays will be here and another year will have made its mark. But before this happens make sure you take care of a few timely matters, such as visiting your dentist. GPS Dental explains a few reasons why it’s in your best interest to schedule a dentist visit before the holidays get here.
Dental Benefits Expire
Most dental insurance plans span the entire calendar year, meaning that your insurance deductibles reset January 1st. Fitting in your denal visit before the end of the year can help save you hundreds or thousands of dollars thanks to your insurance company. If you wait until early next year you risk having to spend large amounts of money out-of-pocket for your visit. Timing really is everything.
Protect Your Pearly Whites
Visiting your doctor now for routine cleanings and dental work can also benefit you by preventing tooth decay and other issues that can be painful and expensive if left untreated for long lengths of time. With all the over indulgences and sweets we consume around the holidays, it’s better to take care of any dental issues now before they flare up.
Look Your Best
The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends, and usually there are a lot of fun parties and get togethers. Look your best and smile with abandon! Whether it’s taking care of dental work like caps or veneers that you started earlier in the year, or just whitening your teeth professionally in office, don’t put it off. Schedule your appointment today and prepare your mouth for all of the smiling that you’ll be doing over the holidays. Plus, a healthy smile looks great in holiday pictures.
Now you can also give the gift of oral health to someone you love! Gift certificates are available in any denomination.
Make sure to book your appointment early though. There is an end of the year rush with students coming back from college, and kids on school breaks for the winter season. Call the most trusted dentist office in San Antonio, GPS Dental at (210) 633-3477.
The summer flew by, and now it’s back to school for kids and the return of a more normal schedule. This is also a popular time of the year for families to resume their bi-annual dental checkups. To start the school year off on the right foot, and in a healthy manner, here are four surefire tips to make sure your upcoming dental checkup with kids goes smoothly.
Make a Plan
With a busy summer schedule full of fun, it’s easy to let the details of a new school year slip your mind until it creeps up on you. And there is no shame in that, we have all been guilty. But putting off scheduling your kids’ dental checkup can make it more difficult to schedule your appointment. We see a lot of patients around the back-to-school rush, and typically see a schedule backup, as any healthcare office does this time of the year. So keep that in mind when scheduling.
Pick the Right Time for Your Appointment
Speaking of scheduling, also make sure you pick a time that’s right for your child. Steer clear of scheduling a time of day when your child is typically cranky or irritable to avoid a meltdown in the office. We want your kids to enjoy their visits with us. It helps encourage them to see dental care as a good thing.
Promote Age-Appropriate Dental Habits Year-Round
Encouraging good dental habits at home all year-round is the best way to ensure easy office visits. A cavity free visit is the best type of visit. Parents can help make this a reality by encouraging your kids to brush twice daily for two minutes, as well as flossing once a day.
Ages 6 & Under: Let them take the reigns, but be there to jump in when needed. Kids on the upper end of this range may have molars coming in that they don’t know how to care for just yet.
Ages 7-12: Kids these ages know what they’re doing when it comes to dental care, but they don’t always want to do it. At this stage it’s important to nudge your kids to stay consistent with their habits.
Ages 12-18: Kids these ages may not have grown up with a lot of cavities, which is great, but at this point it could cause some issues. Teens get set in their ways, and may not be doing a more thorough job even though they may have more freedom in their diets at these ages (consuming sugary drinks and candy at school when mom and dad aren’t around). This can lead to cavities and set them up for dental issues now and in their early adulthood.
Set an Example
Even if you are a bit nervous when headed into the dentist office, try to keep that anxiety in check around your kids. Kids are led by their parents’ example, and if you walk into the office cool and collected, they will take note and follow suit. It’s a small thing that can go a long way in keeping your bi-annual visits with us smoother.