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Welcome Dr. Carole M. Emanuel, DDS

Flatirons Family Dental and Orthodontics would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Carole M. Emanuel DDS.  Dr. Emanuel joins the full service dental office in Superior, Colorado adding to the extensive offering of services and dental care professionals.

Dr. Carole Emanuel is an outstanding care provider with over 20 years of experience as a practicing dentist and a lifetime of care in the industry.  Originally from northern Indiana, Dr. Carole Emanuel had aspirations of becoming a dentist from a young age and began working with her own dentist at the age of 19.  She went on to finish her undergraduate studies with a Bachelors of Science in Food Science in 1991.  She continued her studies at Indiana University School of Dentistry graduating as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1995.  Upon graduation, she passed both the Indiana State Board and the Southern Regional Board.

Dr. Emanuel began her professional career in a busy small town practice in Cedartown, Georgia later moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she joined a practice in the Buckhead district that focused on esthetics and comprehensive dental treatment.  With a commitment to continuing education, Dr. Emanuel achieved a Fellowship level in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2009.  She has also been an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association in Georgia for over 20 years.

“I love making dentistry esthetically pleasing while also providing optimal functionality,” shares Dr. Carole Emanuel.  Her years of experience working with a variety of demographic backgrounds gives her a love of diversity and helping all patients reach their best dental health and esthetic goals.

Dr. Emanuel currently resides in the Denver metro area with her 12 year-old daughter.  Her hobbies include snow skiing, hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors gardening roses.

Most Common Issues With Baby Teeth

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It was so long ago for most of us, but if you have a child you may want to educate yourself on the three most common issues found in baby teeth, to help your kiddos avoid them! Knowledge is power, but that alone will not keep your child’s teeth as healthy as possible; The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 monthsof age.

Check out this list of the top three issues with baby teeth, then call our office and schedule your family in for a preventive care visit!baby teeth health

1) Tooth decay/ Cavities

Cavities  are the number one most common oral hygiene issue we see in children. The good news is that when your child is consistently brought in for their 6 month cleaning, exams, and x- rays, we catch them early and they are almost always treatable! On the other hand, if a child is not receiving regular dental care and a cavity is left to decay into their tooth, we see a plethora of issues including but not limited to: pain, infections, speech issues, malnutrition, troubles chewing, etc…, which is why catching them early and staying on top of your child’s oral health is our goal!

2) Injury

If you have a kiddo then you know that falls, accidents, bumps and bruises are just par for the course; If you did not acquire a good chin scar during your child- hoof than you did not play hard enough! Unfortunately when those falls are more serious they can lead to troubling bodily and sometimes even oral injuries/ dental emergencies: chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and even missing teeth. As a parent their is only so much we can do to protect our children from their own thrill seeking curiosities and bad habits, but insisting on things like safely equipment (mouth-guards, helmets, etc…) can go a long way, as well as discouraging harmful treats like hard candies and jaw breakers.

3) Congenital issues

Some things are just out of our hands, like congenital issues, which is another reason why bringing your kids in to see a professional at least twice a year is urged. Our doctors and team are trained to recognize and develop treatment plans for things like improper tooth development, unusual tooth position, abnormal shape or size, or even missing teeth with improper development in the jawbone.

We know we do not have to tell you that daily oral care maintenance is crucial (brushing and flossing), but we know that things like that are easier said than done when it comes to kids. If you are looking for a way to encourage your children to brush properly ask about our kids Sonicare electric toothbrush and interactive blue tooth application that make brushing fun during your next appointment! Since Flatirons Family Dental and Orthodontics offers comprehensive, full- service dental and orthodontic treatments, we are able to accommodate your family more conveniently!

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4 Tips for Instilling Good Family Hygiene Habits

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Long-term dental health is built on a foundation of good hygiene habits instilled at an early age. Consistent, daily hygiene not only makes for healthy teeth and gums but an attractive smile too!

Here are 4 tips for encouraging your child to develop effective oral hygiene habits.

Begin teaching them to brush and floss on their own around age 6. Brushing and flossing are the primary ways to remove bacterial plaque from teeth, the main cause for dental disease. You should begin brushing your child’s teeth when they first appear; around age 6 you can begin encouraging them to brush for themselves and learn to floss.

Promote healthy eating and snacking habits. A nutritious diet is also important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Make sure your child is eating a varied, balanced diet of whole foods in appropriate portions. You should limit sugar and other carbohydrates (which accelerate growth of decay-causing bacteria) to mealtimes; offer limited, non-sugary snacks between meals.

Warn older children and teens about practices that are unhealthy for the mouth. As children enter their teen years, they’re under increased pressure from peers to try unhealthy practices. Oral piercings like tongue and lip bolts can increase tooth damage — chipping and wear — and gum recession, infection and bone loss. Tobacco use, both smoke and smokeless, can also cause tooth staining, increase the risk of decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Begin stressing the dangers these practices pose to their general and oral health before they reach puberty.

Practice what you teach.  Modeling healthy behavior you want your child to learn is just as important as instructing them how to do it. When they’re very young, brushing teeth should be a family affair — allow them to see how you brush your teeth as you help them brush theirs. And, if you’re not sure if your hygiene techniques are worthy of emulation, we’ll be glad to help you improve your effectiveness to pass on to the next generation.

If you would like more information on developing life-long dental habits with your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a free consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

Facebook Offer

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The end of the year has come, and that always means awesome deals everywhere… Here at Flatirons Family Dental & Orthodontics we are no exception!

Now through December 22, 2016 all new patients will receive a $25 Visa Holiday Gift Card when they print the below coupon and bring it in, or show it to our staff at their first preventative care or procedure visit.

FAQs

What is a preventative care visit?

A typical preventative care visit is pretty straight forward and will include  a thorough cleaning, exam, and x- rays just to be sure everything looks great within your teeth and below your gum-line. If you have insurance these visits are typically little to no cost to you twice a year.

What is considered a procedure visit?

We offer complimentary consultations for a plethora of procedures including but not limited to: implants, crowns, veneers, braces, Invisalign, Perfect Start, dentures, and root canals. Once your treatment plan is put in place, depending on what it is, you may need to return to the office. The procedure visit is considered the visit in which your procedure is completed.

How will I get my card?

Just give or show your coupon to our staff and we will mail you your card to the address you have in your file within 7 days!

Is there a limit?

Yes, the limit is one per patient, but if you love your first visit at Flatirons Family Dental & Orthodontics you can always earn cash through our Word- of- Mouth Referral Program!

How long does this offer last?

You may redeem your gift card as long as you complete your visit on our before December 22, 2015.

 

If you have any other questions about our end of year Facebook Promotion please feel free to contact our office  !

We hope you have a happy and safe Holiday Season with your family and friends!


 

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Halloween Candy and your Kid’s Teeth

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It’s that time of year again… all of our little ghost and goblins will be running around, trick- or – treating, and most likely eating more sweets than usual. Sugary treats are a staple to this time of year, whether it is all of the candy they gathered up on their big night, or the extra classroom treats, kids find a way to consume sugar in the excess, and lets face it… so do their parents!
Halloween candy guidelines

Although abstaining from eating sugar all- together would be the best course of action, we all know that would be no fun! Sticking to some of these basic guidelines should help keep your teeth happy through the spookiest holiday of all time for teeth.

  • Avoid extremely “sticky” candies

Things like gummy bears, Skittles, caramels, tootsie rolls, Twizzlers, and taffy that give your jaw one heck of a work out while you chew them are among the biggest culprits in this group! These types of candies find their way into all the little nooks and crannies of your teeth and make themselves right at home! This gives all of the bacteria in your mouth plenty of time and a buffet of sugary treats to create cavities with.

  • Avoid incredibly hard candies

In addition to their sugar content, things like jaw breakers, jolly ranchers,  and lollipops have a high potential for chipping and damaging teeth, avoiding things that put extra wear and tear on those pearly whites is both smart and will help keep your teeth out of trouble!

  • Avoid sour candies

Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly, and unfortunately, sour candies are usually very sticky, leaving them to wreak havoc in your kid’s mouth for quite some time.  The good news is that saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth over time.

If you are going to consume some of these spooky treats anyways, Dr. Brain Kraft recommends brushing within 30 minutes of consumption. language translate Some not- so – scary alternatives to these treats are things like dark chocolate ( with or without nuts) and sugar free candies. Chocolate will not stick to your teeth and even contains antioxidants that have been proven to improve cardio health.  Xylitol is a great sugar substitute in candies, but be careful with it around your furry family members, it is toxic for dogs.

From our family to yours, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the start of the holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

How Do I Know if I Need Dental Implants?

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Did you know that over 180 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth! This statistic is staggering, but not surprising given the rise in popularity to things like Mixed Martial Arts and Spartan Races.  Implants are an excellent treatment for many oral ailments, the most obvious indication that you may be a good candidate for a dental implant is a missing tooth.

Dr. Anthony Naranja, Dr. Trent Sayers, and Dr. Carole Emanuel can replace your missing tooth or teeth by using an artificial root, more commonly referred to as a dental implant. Unlike our same- day CEREC dental crowns, an implant is a multi- step process and can take around 3 visits to complete. If you need a tooth extraction this will need to happen first and foremost. Next Dr. Anthony Naranja, Dr. Trent Sayers, and Dr. Carole Emanuel and their skilled team will surgically place the implant, and restore with a crown. Flatirons Family Dental utilizes Nobel Biocare Implants known as the very best in the industry.   A screw- retained implant crown will be used to complete your treatment. Screw- retained implant crowns are more reliable and have a much higher success rate than their inferior alternatives. Healing time is an important step in the process, and Drs. Sayers, Naranja and Emanuel will ask that you are very careful with your eating and oral habits, but don’t worry, they will go over everything you need to know make an efficient recovery face- to face.implants

Damaged or excessively decayed teeth that are past the point of restoration are also indications of candidacy for a dental implant. Sometimes the doctors at Flatirons Family Dental  will even use a few implants to help improve the comfort and fit of a set of dentures, making most people with dentures excellent candidates for implants. This brings us back to the original question: how do I know if I need a dental implant? The very best way to know whether or not you need one or more dental implants is to see a professional for an exam and allow them to develop a treatment plan that would best address your issues. Flatirons Family Dental and Orthodontics in Superior, CO is now accepting new patients; Call today and schedule your COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION and our team will work hard to develop the best course of action for your missing or badly damaged teeth.

Flatirons Family Dental & Orthodontics

1691 Coalton Road

Superior, CO 80027

(720) 304-326