Dentist in Auburn | Back to School for All of Us

While mid August is the traditional start of the high school fall sports season, and the start of school right around the corner, at Mount Auburn Dental we also look ahead to possible educational opportunities for our staff.

Like other small businesses there is delicate balance to be made-making sure we serve the needs of our patients while also keeping up to date on current technology and encouraging our staff to further their education. For those in the dental field we can increase our knowledge base in one of two ways: hands on clinical trainings (often are more costly and require more time out of the office) or through lectures (a less expensive option with a smaller time commitment).

Even though there is no requirement for dentists to take “clinical” continuing education courses, over the last year Dr. Helmkamp and the staff Mount Auburn Dental have attended several clinical courses and workshops. Topics have included new trends in dental implants, a software update that helps efficiently make in-house crowns, periodontal disease and the relationship to oral hygiene, and of course hands on training of our Waterlase Laser.

A skilled workforce is more productive, helps businesses retain employees, and of course allows us to bring a greater wealth of knowledge and experience to our patients.

Yes, there is both a time and financial investment to continuing education. At Mount Auburn Dental we believe this is key component to the level of dental care we wish to bring to our patients. As you and your family prepare for the upcoming school year, you can smile knowing your dentist is also looking ahead.

Auburn Dentist | Refreshing (& teeth friendly) options on a hot day.

It is a hot summer day, perhaps you and your family are wrapping up a day at Range Pond State Park, or Auburn’s municipal beach, or just taking a walk along the river in Lewiston. Wow a nice cold, refreshing, beverage would be nice, so many drinks we associate with summer (shakes, ice coffee, sodas, energy drinks) are not necessarily good for your teeth.

Fast food chains, restaurants, and coffee shops advertise the the latest ice coffee or smoothies. While they certainly will take the edge off the heat, the added sweeteners will be harmful to your teeth. Don’t be afraid to ask for un-sweatened alternatives. While not always promoted or advertised, most establishments have lower sugar options.

Before heading off to the beach or the lake make some home made fruit smoothies, a great treat for when you get home. Fresh summertime berries, already containing natural sugar, means you don’t have to add any sugar or honey. Add some milk or cream to your berries, put them in a blender, fill the glasses, put ’em in the fridge. A perfect treat for when you get home.

Quite often we only think of drinks as a means to cooling off on warm day, there are a number of foods which can also do the trick. Watermelon can act as a thirst quencher, is full of antioxidants, a great source of Vitamin C & A (both are good for your teach). Also the water in the watermelon can help push unwanted food particles and plaque away.

Pure cold water is still the best option to refresh your body on a hot day. For a twist, try adding a lemon or lime wedge to your ice water.

Moderation is the key, with regular brushing and visits to your dentist, you can have the occasional sweet drink. Understanding all options, being informed and aware of what additives have been put into otherwise healthy drinks is important to life long dental health.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us at Mount Auburn Dental, 207-782-3971.