Notes to Teens about Oral Health

The ADA publishes pamphlets just for teens and two of the items caught my eye recently – oral piercings among teens and mouth guards for athletes.

I don’t see many piercings but remember oral piercings can become infected easily. Mainly, I have seen chipped teeth and gum tissue receded and bone lost from tongue studs hitting the back of the lower front teeth.

Perhaps more important to me  is the use of mouth guards for anyone in a contact sport.  Front teeth should be for smiling and whistling, not for stopping balls, bats, elbows, or sidewalks.  Breaking front teeth is preventable so consider a mouth guard for yourself or your teen.

Remember, Candy Buyback, my office, Thursday Nov. 1 from 3-5PM!

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Halloween Candy Buyback: November 1

Turn Halloween candy into dollars!  Our office will be buying back candy the day after Halloween for a good cause – Healdsburg SOS (Support Our Soldiers). Mary St Clair who heads up the local SOS will be re-packaging the candy for Christmas packages being sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. Of course, tooth brushes and toothpaste will be in the packages too.

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Dr. Pam checks a Zombie’s mouth for cavities!

 We invite your kids to pop over to our office at 1526 Healdsburg Avenue between 3 and 5 PM and we will buy back their candy.  Each child will get $1 for each pound of candy and a small gift.   The buyback will be for the first 100 pounds of candy only so arrive early!!