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Smiles for Life Dominican Republic Humanitarian Trip
As many of you know, every year from March through June, Levin Family Dental fund-raises for Smiles for Life. Smiles for Life is a way we can give back to the community we live in and do something great around the world. Here in Denver we have been able to help fund the Child Life Zone at Denver Health Hospital, and currently we partner with Rocky Mountain Active 20-30 to raise money and touch even more local charities. Smiles for Life also recently helped us achieve our goal to do humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic.
On august 28 2014 Dr. Jen and half of the Levin Family Dental team left Denver on a red eye to fly 1000s of miles, sleep on airport floors, and spend countless hours riding a bus into various bateys (or labor communities in sugar cane fields) to provide dentistry to underserved Haitians that immigrated to the Dominican Republic looking for work. The team worked in an environment similar to a sauna in regards to temperature AND humidity, thinking it was going to be as simple as just doing something kind for extremely poor people with no access to health care of any kind. What happened in the end is those people gave us a priceless gift that changed our lives forever, and they gave us so much more than we were able to give them. We are so fortunate to have been able to do this work, and couldn’t have done it without you, our patients.
Thank you so much to all of you that support our practice, our team, and even more our fundraising efforts through Smiles for Life. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. You are a part of our family, and even your well wishes before and after the trip meant so much to us! We are looking forward to next year’s opportunity to raise more, do more, and help more!
50 Shades of White?
As Denver dentists we know that our state has some of the healthiest people in the country. Many Coloradoans work very hard to eat healthy and stay fit, and one of the advantages of this healthy lifestyle is also looking your best. Having a healthy smile says a lot about a person, and a smile is the first thing that many people notice on professional and personal levels. Unfortunately the reality is that people do judge you by your image within seconds of meeting you, and you only have one chance to make a great first impression. Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening or veneers (we offer complementary consultations for smile designs) is a way to have a more attractive and healthy looking smile. A whiter smile can make you look healthier, younger, and improve your self-esteem.
We offer whitening in our office so that patients can brighten their teeth in less than two hours in the dental chair, while snuggled up under a blanket and watching a movie. Right now until the end of June 100% of the whitening is a donation made by you to charity. We also make teeth whitening trays that you can take home so that you can maintain those gorgeous pearly whites. Along with the fact that we discount the whitening during this charity drive, you can’t go wrong with calling to make an appointment to brighten your smile now. This can be done on anyone at any age! We have whitened smiles from teenagers to 95 year olds. Call our office now to make your teeth whitening appointment!
Keeping Your Smile White And Bright
WITH WHITE CLOTHES, SOMETIMES IT TAKES a little bleach and a little sunlight to bring them back to their beautiful brightness! Over time, and even when freshly washed, a t-shirt and socks will start looking like they’re losing some of their zip. The same goes for your smile!
Your teeth may not feel the same as a cotton t-shirt feels, but they ARE porous, and they absorb the food colors that you eat each day.
Which Foods and Drinks Stain Teeth the Most?
Take a look at these top staining culprits. Some of them may surprise you.
- Coffee (some studies show coffee will stain even worse than smoking)
- Berries (including those delicious berry smoothies you love)
- Brightly colored candies
- Red wine
- Dark sodas
- Soy sauce
- Dark fruit juices
Remember that drinks can be especially problematic because we tend to sip them continuously. It’s a lot like bathing your teeth in dye.
Tips for Maintaining a Bright Smile
- Limit your teeth’s exposure to strong pigments.
- Swish with some water after consuming any of the foods or drinks listed above.
- Brush, floss, and visit us regularly!
Is It Time For Professional Whitening?
There are stains that normal cleaning won’t get rid of. To have your whitest white, consider professional teeth whitening.
Your timing is perfect, because we’re doing our Smiles For Life Campaign! When you get your smile whitened you also help children locally and around the world.
Here’s how it works:
50% of proceeds are set aside for Rocky Mountain Active 20-30, a local philanthropic group that awards grants to Denver youth charities. The rest is distributed to children’s charities around the country—organizations like St. Jude’s Hospital, Smiles For Hope, and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Help Us Spread The Word So We Can Help MORE Kids!
Whether you choose to have your own smile whitened or not, you can make a HUGE difference for seriously ill and underserved children around the world by simp ly sharing this opportunity on your trusted social networks such as Facebook!
Thanks for helping us make a difference in children’s lives!
Have you ever wondered if what you are drinking is bad for your teeth?
There are so many beverages to choose from, and so many of our patients ask us what is OK to drink. Being in one of the most active and athletic states in the country, many of us rely on sport drinks to help us get through our marathons, century road bike rides, or 14er hikes. Most of these sport drinks are actually really bad for our teeth. I have seen patients who eat very well and are very health conscious, but then rampant cavities in between their teeth (which we can only detect using x-rays, but that is another topic). Besides sugar, pH is also a very large factor in how these beverages break down tooth enamel. Keep in mind that enamel starts to break down at a pH lower than 5.5, and most sports drinks average a pH of somewhere around 3. So water is always better (tap water has a pH of around 6.6), but if you have to use your sports drinks on those long rides, try to swish with water after each sip to help get things a little more neutral.
Are mercury fillings outdated?
At Levin Family Dental, we do not use mercury fillings and haven’t used them in years. Doctors Brett and Jen haven’t placed them since dental school. Dental amalgam is made of mercury, silver, tin and aluminum. These fillings actually expand and contract from temperature changes in your mouth, resulting in cracked teeth that often end up needing to be crowned and sometimes even removed. We only use healthy materials that are tooth colored to function and look like natural teeth, and it is environmentally safe as well!
"Thank you so much for your compassion and patience as a dentist."
"Thank you so much for the stellar care when I came in a few weeks ago."
"I wouldn't have been able to do this without your generosity."
"Thanks so much for the nice work. The looks and bite are perfect."
"I am beyond thrilled with how my teeth look and I really just can't thank you enough."