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Choices “Part-Two”

Feb 18

I heard an interesting speech recently on what affects people’s buying decisions. The argument made was that people don’t buy based on the “what” it is you do so much as the “why” you do what it is that you do what it is that you do. In other words, when customers can “feel” the love or passion behind a product or service, they are more likely to be attracted to buying. A perfect example is a product that a local endodontist invented, which never made it to American households. It is called “Save-A-Tooth.” It makes perfect sense that every parent should purchase this kit for $14.95. In addition, every major pharmacy should sell this. The kit contains solutions that you place a knocked out tooth into and it keeps the tooth fresh so that a dentist can save the tooth for up to four days! Not one major pharmacy…

February is National Children’s Dental Heath Month

Feb 10

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. During dental health month The Smile Specialists offer a program in which we would come visit your school or organization and talk with young children about their teeth.  The focus of the program is to educate children on healthy habits and discuss what happens at the dentist.  The presentation is full of cute and funny teeth pictures, fun facts, as well as hands-on brushing and flossing skills.  We like to ask a lot of questions, get the kids involved in the presentation, and have fun in the process!  If you think you might be interested in scheduling a presentation with your group,…

Choices

Jan 28

The greatest gift is our ability to make choices – and of course the freedom to make choices. But do we really give our children enough opportunities to make good choices? We begin by dressing, feeding, and entertaining our children as infants because they are unable to do so, until they have learned for themselves. Our first opportunity to empower them to make choices happens when they learn to speak. Then we can offer them choices and ask them to select. I believe that offering them 2-3 good choices, is good parenting. If I could begin again…rap music would not have been one of the choices. Nor would unlimited video games and or sugared drinks. I would offer movies, games, and books that stimulate the imagination. I would offer those items that teach the lessons of forgiveness, truth, and love. Also, those that free us from fear, jealousy, rage and…

A Comfortable Growth Change

Jan 24

        Young children that are rapidly growing and developing are tremendously flexible.  Bony sutures are still open and not fully fused at early elementary school ages.  This is how our Press-on Incremental Expanders (PIE’s) are able to accomplish palatal expansion so comfortable.         The PIE’s gently guide palatal growth day by day as our 6-10 year old patients wear them.  Parents just have to help remove the smooth appliances from their children’s molar teeth, and their child can brush/floss and press on the next slightly wider appliance before bed time. For most young children we can avoid cemented expanders.  Parents who formerly had to activate a jack-screw appliance are thus able to keep the process more pain-free for their children.  Our appliances are made entirely of plastic- a more forgiving substance than the heavier metal jack-screw appliances. Thus, through palatal growth, we are able to create enough room for tooth…

The Best of Collegeville…

Jan 20

Ok — We are open to suggestions here! Our office has voted and we want you to respond with your choice and in six months we will update the list. Make sure you vote to help break the two that tied! This list comes from our sixteen staff members. As of now though, here it is… THE BEST of Collegeville… (Within a 5 mile radius) Cheeseburger — Red Robin Soft Pretzel — Philly Soft Pretzel Factory Cupcakes — Sublime Prime Rib — My Friends Tavern Cheese steak — Palermos Salad — Palermos Hoagie — Collegeville Italian Bakery & Primo Pizza — Rocco’s & Palermos Breakfast — Anna Maries French Fries — Rocco’s        

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