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Permanent link  Midwestern University clinic adds pediatric care to menu of services

02/18/2014

Midwestern University’s Dental Institute recently announced the addition of pediatric dental care — exams, cleanings, tooth restoration, and minor oral surgery  — for children from age 5 and up. Orthodontic care is also available. Since some children can benefit from early orthodontic intervention, the Dental Institute strongly advises an orthodontic screening by age 7.

The Dental Institute is home to some of the most advanced technology and diagnostic tools available to help provide patients with quality dental care. Student dentists in their final years of professional training treat patients under the supervision of licensed faculty who have many years of private practice experience. As a teaching clinic, patients can expect comprehensive, compassionate care – at about half the cost.

The Dental Institute is part of Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic located at 3450 Lacey Road, Downers Grove IL. For more information about the services offered at the Dental Institute, contact 630.743.4500 or visit www.mwuclincs.com.

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Permanent link  New App gets users brushing

01/29/2014

If you find your patients with their noses buried in their smart phones and tablets while they wait for their appointments to begin, recommend an App to preview your oral hygiene message. Toothsavers calls on users’ competitive spirit to get kids brushing.
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health, and the national Ad Council recently released the free app to encourage better oral health habits. Find Toothsavers online and in the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores
The game features:
 - 10 colorful characters whose teeth kids can clean with swipes and taps.
 - 10 two-minute animations to make brushing in real life fun.
 - 10 colorful cartoon teeth that animate to your voice in two-player mode.
 - An interactive map to chart each day and night that kids brush with Toothsavers.
 - New characters unlocked by brushing two minutes, twice a day with Toothsavers.
 - A parents' section to designate daily brushing times and monitor kids’ brushing progress on a calendar.
Toothsavers is the first mobile app to be entirely created by the Ad Council — a nonprofit organization that has been producing public service campaigns since 1942. It represents a big milestone in the Council’s efforts to use gaming and mobile technology to effect social change. 
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives shares the view that no child should be in pain and suffer broader health issues or endure the social stigma and lack of opportunity resulting from untreated dental diseases and conditions. Its primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.
This campaign aims to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

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Permanent link  Get ready for Brush Day

08/08/2013

Do you remember the Ad Council? They were responsible for all the Public Service Announcements were remember from childhood:

  • “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,”
  • “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”
  • and, more recently “I am an American.”

The Ad Council has turned its attention to National Brush Day, which will be celebrated Nov. 1. The day after Halloween will be an ideal time to remind parents and children about the importance of good habits for healthy teeth.

The Ad Council is armed with facts like these: 

  • Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease
  • Less than half of children brush their teeth twice a day
  • In the United States, oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually
  • Dental decay affects 16.5 million children in the United States.

 To combat these trends, the Ad Council is working with the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives to supply parents with simple ways to improve their children’s oral health. They’re the same recommendations you give your own patients about how much toothpaste to use and when to start taking a child to the dentist. But they’ve also built a website.

2min2x.org offers a collection of free, two-minute videos— featuring characters from Sesame Street, Cartoon Network and My Kazoo —which kids can watch while brushing. The two-minute clips also help parents easily measure the amount of brushing time that is recommended by leading dental health experts.

Find your child’s favorite character there today.

 

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Permanent link  Support Healthy Kids with $15 today

01/14/2013

If you’re thinking about National Children’s Dental Health Month, you’re not alone. The Chicago Dental Society Foundation has plans, too, for the Healthy Kids Brush Up! program – and they need your help.

This campaign puts toothbrushes, toothpaste and volunteer dentists in local classrooms to encourage better oral hygiene habits among students. Nearly 200 schools will receive more than 56,000 toothbrushes next month — paid for in part by donations from our CDS members and other friends of the CDS Foundation.

Help us extend the program through your donation today. Your $15 gift will provide a whole classroom with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and educational materials to make them meaningful.

Please donate now. And share the link on your Facebook Page and Twitter feed to further our fundraising efforts.

(The fundraising page also has buttons in the upper right hand corner to help you share the page via email to your friends and associates or on your Pinterest page, but we don't want to be greedy...)

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Permanent link  New children's dental clinic opens in Lawndale

05/23/2012

Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) has opened a new Health and Fitness Center in the Lawndale neighborhood. Complementing the indoor track and fitness machines is a clinic, offering comprehensive care for women and medical and dental care for children.

The Health and Fitness Center is located at 3750 W. Ogden Avenue. Alongside the fitness opportunities at the 60,000-square-foot facility are a cafe with freshly prepared healthy food options and classroom space for group fitness classes. 

 “With the new Health and Fitness Center, LCHC has created a new standard for improving the health of an urban, low-income community,” Bruce Miller, CEO of LCHC, said in a prepared release. “This model combines access to great clinical care with the key prevention tools of exercise, fitness and wellness in an environment where community residents can affordably engage themselves to solve chronic health issues like obesity and diabetes.” 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated in a ribbon cutting at the new facility, and praised the ways in which it will promote a higher quality of life for Chicagoans and increase the overall economic and social vitality of the community.

The $24 million center was partially funded through a New Markets Tax Credit Program, a federal program that encourages new development, job growth and retention, education and small business growth in the country’s most economically depressed areas. U.S. Bank committed more than $6 million of New Markets Tax Credit equity to this project. The federal government granted an additional $10 million of federal stimulus funds to support construction.

The Health and Fitness Center is expected to achieve LEED gold certification for its environmentally friendly features, including its green roof and energy-efficient lighting. The Health and Fitness Center will also create 100 new jobs, including those for healthcare providers, fitness staff and custodians.

Find more information online.

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