Elkins Dental - June 2019


Prepare for Family Fun at an Amusement Park This Summer

PACKTHE ESSENTIALS Find an over-the-shoulder bag or strap on a fanny pack to carry your cash, keys, snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses. You’re spending the whole day outside, so make sure you’re considering the weather when you head out and always slather on a generous amount of sunscreen. Lastly, wear comfortable walking shoes to prevent blisters and aching heels. You’ll have more fun if you know you’ll be prepared for anything. WATER COSTS HOWMUCH !? Amusement parks are expensive, and when you spend a whole day seeking thrills, you’re eventually going to need sustenance. Check the park’s rules before you leave, but most will allow your family to bring in a few snacks, like fruits or granola bars, and a reusable, empty water bottle. Many parks will have a drinking fountain near the entrance where you can fill up before exploring. If you plan to eat or drink at one of the establishments in the park, peruse the food options on the park’s website ahead of time to get an idea of what is available and how much money you should bring. Adventure awaits this summer! Don’t let a lack of preparedness keep you from enjoying a 135-year-old tradition.

On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster in the nation opened to eager and brave participants at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. In the years since the first riders climbed aboard the Switchback Railway 135 years ago, roller coasters and the amusement parks that house them have changed dramatically. But the thrill that attracted all those first participants still remains. Celebrate the nation’s love of heart-stopping adventure by visiting an amusement park this summer. Follow these tips to make the most out of your trip. I’M LOST! Before you head out, review park maps and ride descriptions. Create a list of the attractions everyone in your group wants to see and plan out your route ahead of time. While some spontaneity can be fun — it’s a vacation, after all — the sheer size of many parks coupled with high anticipation can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. Planning ahead will save you a few headaches and disappointed family members.

A Word From

Kalie and Caryn

Sealants Save the Day!

WHYWE LOVE SEALANTS • They can reduce tooth decay by up to 90%! • No numbing is needed. • We use materials free of BPA and toxins. • They don’t change the appearance of the tooth.

From the time you’re little, you brush, floss, and take care of your teeth in an effort to avoid cavities. And the good news is you’re not on your own.There are various dental

treatments that protect your teeth when combined with a good oral hygiene routine, and one of those is sealants.This simple treatment “seals” up the grooves in your molars, so they are less susceptible to decay. Sealants are one of the best precautions you can take to prevent cavities. Have you ever noticed how your molars have deep grooves? The bristles of a toothbrush can’t get that deep, so even when you’re an awesome, twice-a- day brusher and flosser, there are areas you won’t be able to reach. Sealants help protect those areas by keeping bacteria out and making it harder for decay to occur.

Sealants are a simple, cost-effective way to prevent cavities.They’re especially effective for patients ages 6–12, soon after the molars have emerged. If you have a little one, talk to us about the right time for their treatment. Age isn’t the only factor — just about anyone can benefit from sealants to protect their teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially those who are at a high risk. While we can’t put sealants on teeth that already have fillings, we can still help prevent cavities that haven’t formed yet. Let us help, and let sealants save the day!


-Kalie and Caryn

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