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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.  


Autumn Activities Around Town

We have been very busy in the South Shore community these last couple of weeks, and will continue to be out and about in October. We were so grateful to be part of the Cartwheels for Kids Event in Norwell, and are so happy to be part of breaking the record for most cartwheels done at the same time! I think Calle is very proud of all of us, what a poignant way to honor her life and remember her spirit. Funds raised at this event will go towards fighting pediatric cancers, because none of our children should ever fight alone.

Last week Dr. Heather, Erin, and Lisa had a great time at the Hanover Touch a Truck. We sponsored the balloon animal artist and got a front seat view of the helicopter landing and taking off! It has been a pleasure to see this grow from a town event to a South Shore event, kids from Hingham, Scituate, Marshfield, Weymouth, Rockland, and towns even further away came to enjoy what might be the biggest Touch a Truck in the area. Thank you Hanover Firefighters for all of the hard work you put into this event.

In the next couple of weeks we are excited to be part of the South Shore Children’s Museum’s Trunk or Treat Event at the Hanover Mall on October 16!  (https://www.facebook.com/events/1139060816165071)  Dr. Heather is looking forward to decorating her car spooky-style, and handing out toothbrushes to remind kids to brush after trick or treating! We are also happy to help our neighbors across the street, the Norwell Police Department, as we are a sponsor of their 5k and kid’s fun run here in Norwell on October 22!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for Halloween tips in the next couple of weeks (and info about our Candy BuyBack Program with Operation Gratitude), and if you don’t have an appointment, be sure to drop by the office the last two weeks of October to see all of our pumpkins, it’s almost time for our third annual staff pumpkin decorating contest!!!

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