What's New at Norwell Dentistry

Tips to Protect your Teeth this Halloween (& Candy BuyBack!)

It’s that time of year again, South Shore Trick or Treater’s  – Halloween and our Candy BuyBack are here!  Time to share some essential trick or treating tips to help keep teeth happy and healthy.

  1. It’s all about “what and when.”  Candies that wash off the teeth (chocolate (especially dark chocolate), smarties, m&m’s, etc.) should be enjoyed directly after meal times as a dessert.  Let your child pick one or two pieces at the end of lunch or dinner.
  2. Sticky, chewy candies and hard candies like jolly ranchers, skittles, starbursts (you get the idea!) cause the most damage to teeth. They will also pull off orthodontic appliances and sealants.
  3. Make sure the Halloween bag of candy is out of the house after a couple of days, earlier if possible. Avoid grazing or snacking on the candy bag throughout the day.  Eating or drinking sugar too many times in the day is a leading factor of tooth decay.
  4. Halloween is a late night for most kids, but don’t forget to take two minutes to brush and floss after all of the fun!
  5. If your child has a food allergy, be on the look out for a teal pumpkin, which indicates the house has a candy-free option as a treat.
  6. On that note, consider giving out stickers or other fun prizes instead of candy – take it from us, kids love prizes!
  7. Have a safe and magical Halloween, fortunately for dentists it only comes once a year…

Our Halloween Buy Back will be from November 1-4, bring in all that extra unneeded and cavity causing candy for a prize bag and a chance to win some great prizes!  Patients and non-patients are welcome, we will be donating the candy to Operation Gratitude.  


What's New - First Update

Welcome to my first What’s New At Norwell Pediatric Dentistry Update! Our new blog is just the beginning, and it seemed only fitting to write about many of the What’s New upcoming changes to the office!

First, please keep a look out for our new signs, which will be placed roadside and in our waiting room this June! Our new logo is a clipper ship with a toothbrush mast and tooth sail; it ties together local south shore history and dentistry with a little whimsy, and we love it!

The new logo and tag line “Embark on a Lifetime of Smiles,” better represent our growing multispecialty office. Our Pediatric Dentistry Department aims to provide quality care to children in a safe and compassionate environment, our orthodontic department gives patients a confident and healthy smile, and our new Adult Dentistry Department provides adults with the same caring and compassionate service we give our pediatric patients. After all, there’s a little kid in all of us! We are very excited to announce that Dr. Caitlin Coleman is now certified and licensed to use nitrous oxide, which can help give our anxious adult patients a better experience during their dental appointment.

Finally, throughout the summer you may see new computer installations throughout the office! We will be making the digital leap this September and should be completely paperless by 2017!

Please bear with us as we make these changes; we will be sending out emails as we transition, and believe ultimately that our new software will give us more time to better serve our patients!

And of course, keep a lookout for more What’s New updates!

Thank you! – Dr. Heather