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My teeth feel great. Do I still need to see the dentist?

March 19th, 2014

Absolutely. Checking in with Dr. Laura Hannon on a regular basis—usually every six months—is essential to keeping your smile looking its best. At Smile Brightly, we are proud to offer a number of preventive procedures to ensure the health of your mouth and the beauty of your smile. Your smile is just as important to us as it is to you!

Another good reason to visit our Portage, IN office is to check for hidden issues in your mouth you may not even realize you had. Bacteria, tartar, and cavities are known to form in the hard-to-reach crevices of your mouth and may only be detected through a professional exam. If left untreated, these cavities and decay can get worse, requiring more extensive treatment, and costing you even more time and money down the road. During your routine exam, Dr. Laura Hannon and our team will also check to make sure your fillings or other dental restorations you may have had are in good shape.

Preventing problems before they start is the key to optimal oral health. If it has been more than six months since your last visit, please contact our Portage, IN dental office to schedule your routine checkup! See you soon!

St. Patrick's Day: Celtic pride, green shamrocks, and lucky charms!

March 12th, 2014

“St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.” Adrienne Cook

Lucky green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold – it must be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish, how do you go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy: You just put on one of those tall leprechauns hats, dress in green from head to toe, and wear one of those carefree pins that say “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, and that is the universal beauty of the holiday. Celtic pride does not discriminate.

Wondering what our team at Smile Brightly is doing to celebrate March 17th? Well, we’ve thought about doing everything from handing out lucky gold coins (you know, the fake ones that are made of chocolate) to shamrock stickers. Maybe we’ll even give away green toothbrushes and floss! You’ll never know unless you come in to see Dr. Laura Hannon !

All kidding aside, St. Patrick’s Day is an important cultural and religious holiday. There are lavish parades and church services across Ireland on March 17th. Over time, however, the holiday has developed into a day to observe Irish culture in general. In places like England and the United States, where there is a large Irish Diaspora, the holiday has greater significance than other countries. From the streets of Boston to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, it is a day of celebration, and many Americans of Irish descent will cook up a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage.

So, to all of you with Irish ancestry, and to all of you who have decided to be Irish for the day, our office wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck looking for a pot of leprechaun gold, which is said to exist at the end of the rainbow. However, keep away from those sugary Lucky Charms; sweet cereals might taste good, but your kids’ teeth might not be feeling too lucky if they eat it for breakfast every day. Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

March is National Nutrition Month!

March 5th, 2014

While you don’t have to wait to start eating right, March is the month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks everyone to pay special attention to what goes into our bodies. The Academy has designated the month of March for focusing the public’s awareness on what they eat.

What Not to Eat

The academy points out that the foods you eat have a direct effect on the health of your teeth and specifically on tooth decay. Bacteria rely on carbohydrates to thrive. That is why Dr. Laura Hannon and our team at Smile Brightly tell our patients to cut back on both candy and sweets. They consist of simple sugars that feed the bacteria in your mouth and enhance tooth decay.

It’s the hidden sugars that will cost you, though. Get in the habit of reading labels on food and looking for products with added sugar. This includes ingredients that end with the suffix “ose.” When it comes to nutrition, these foods offer little value beyond satisfying that sweet tooth.

What You Should Eat

Turn to foods that not only taste good but are good for your teeth too. Dairy products, for example, provide the body with nutritional items that support tooth enamel. Foods high in protein feature phosphorus, a nutrient critical to oral health.

You can’t really go wrong by adding color to your diet, either. Fruits and vegetables make for a colorful plate and a healthy meal. Use some caution with acidic fruits like oranges or even tomatoes, because the acid can erode tooth enamel. It is better to include these foods in a meal instead of eating them by themselves.

Remember, good nutrition is something you should worry about all year long, not just when celebrating National Nutrition Month. March just serves as a fun reminder that eating right is a proactive step in managing your dental health.

We encourage you to give us a call at our Portage, IN office to learn more!

DR. LAURA HANNON, DDS. SEEKS TO RAISE RECORD AMOUNT OF CONTRIBUTIONS DURING 2014 SMILES FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN!

February 28th, 2014

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Help improve a child’s life by having your teeth whitened. Sound easy? That’s because it is. The 3rd annual partnership with Smiles for Life Campaign begins today, which means dental patients throughout Northwest Indiana can visit Dr. Hannon’s office, which is a participating Crown Council member. The campaign runs from March until June, and 100% of the proceeds from teeth whitening done at Dr. Hannon’s office are donated to children’s charities, both locally and around the world. Patients love the unique opportunity to improve the lives of children in need while enhancing their own smiles.

This is a wonderful and easy way for members of the community to help make a real difference in a child’s life. Dr. Hannon offers a safe and caring environment for her patients. She finds her partnership with Smiles for Life rewarding by extending a helping hand to the children in our community.
Half of the contributions raised by Dr. Hannon’s office will be donated to Hannah’s Hope which is a not for profit organization that aims at assisting children with special needs obtain various therapies and costly medical equipment that is so desperately needed. Hannah’s Hope works with organizations that provide these services, as well as providing monetary assistance to pediatric brain research. The other half of donations will be going to the Smiles for Life foundation for distribution among other children’s charities. Stay tuned to see how much we are able to raise together this year. Better yet participate! We invite patients and non patients alike.
For more information on Hannah’s Hope as well as Hannah’s story visit http://www.hannahshope.org

Patient’s who would like to be involved please contact Dr. Laura Hannon’s office at 219-763-6646 or email our office at patientcare@smilebrightly.com.

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