Friday, July 29, 2011

We love the feedback we receive from all our great patients!

We seriously have the greatest patients ever! We love you all and appreciate all the wonderful feedback you give us. Thanks for taking the time to let us and others know about your experiences at My Family Dentist. I wanted to post a comment we just got from a new family yesterday... how nice! "The hygienist who helped me was so gentle with my normally sensitive teeth - that was definitely the most pleasant cleaning I've ever had! Even better was how well they treated my kids. My wife and I were really concerned about how our energetic - but sometimes easily frightened - 3 year old would react for his first cleaning. The hygienist who helped him was so patient - just what he needed. She took the time to let him touch and play with everything (the spit vacuum, the polisher, etc) before she stuck it in his mouth. That really helped him feel so much more comfortable and brave. Everyone else from the dentist to the receptionist were also very friendly and helpful. With other dentists in the area, I've mediocre to bad experiences and not returned for a 2nd visit. From now on, my family will visit Dr. Faddis and his staff every time!" A.W. of Pleasant Grove.
There are so many more... I had a hard time choosing which one to share!  If you want to read more, or complete a survey of our office.... here is a link! My Family Dentist Reviews

Monday, July 25, 2011


Our smile is important, it's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Today there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color of your teeth. We offer ready to go pre-filled disposable whitening products, custom made take home whitening trays and even whitening procedures that are done in our office with one visit. You can learn more by visiting
Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme features innovative, preloaded whitening trays that fit comfortably over your teeth. The trays are discrete and disposable, making it easy to whiten on the go. An affordable option, with a wear-time of just 15-20 minutes once a day. Opalescence Treswhite Supreme contains 15% hydrogen peroxide and is stronger than supermarket teeth whiteners. Because of its prescription-strength formula, Opalescence Treswhite Supreme offers noticeable results in about a week.
Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are delivered via customized bleaching tray. We will create this tray from an alginate impression of your mouth; this customization is part of why Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are so effective. The prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are 20%PF carbamide peroxide. The sticky, viscous gel won’t migrate to gums, and include Potassium Fluoride (PF), which helps to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention. Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels can provide results after just one night, though expect to see results in about a week.
For a brighter, whiter smile without the wait, opt for Opalescence Boost. An in-office, chemically activated whitening treatment that offers results in about an hour. Opalescence Boost features a unique, chemically activated formula that allows us to whiten your teeth without the sometimes bothersome ultraviolet rays of a light used in Zoom Whitening. Opalescence Boost also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention. Custom Take-Home whitening trays and whitening gel is also given to you at your appointment to continue the whitening process at home for even more improved results.

The Zoom! Advanced Power Teeth Whitening procedure begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. Then the Zoom! Teeth Whitening Gel is applied, and is activated by a specially designed ultraviolet light. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. Custom Take-Home whitening trays and whitening gel is also given to you at your appointment to continue the whitening process at home for even more improved results.

We would love to help you with finding the perfect whitening system that is right for you! Contact us today! (801)785-8835

Whitening Options at My Family Dentist

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Back-To-School: Start the school year with a healthy, beautiful smile!

Start the school year with a healthy, beautiful smile... just in time for school pictures. The final days of summer are perfect times for back-to-school dental check-ups.  As the school bell is set to ring, (and with one in four children having undiagnosed tooth decay) now is the time to give students a solid foundation for future dental health. Proper oral hygiene is a great way to start the school year off on the right foot and can spell greater success in the classroom.

Despite recent improvements in dental care in the United States, tooth decay is still one of the most common childhood diseases, according to the American Dental Association. It is five times more common than asthma in 5-17 year-olds, according to the association, and affects more than one fifth of American children aged 2-4, half of those aged 6-8 and nearly 60 percent of those aged 15, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Tips to help your child brush-up on dental hygiene:

A Good Cleaning. Your child may think he or she is old enough to brush their own teeth, but until they reach the age of six, make sure to take command and help them brush at least twice a day, using a pea-sized amount of ADA-approved toothpaste. Make sure older children brush at least twice a day, too.

Don't Forget in Between. A toothbrush can't get into every nook and cranny so it's important for parents to floss their child's teeth.

Eat Well. Make sure your child eats a balanced diet, stays hydrated, and seeks healthy options for between-meal snacks. Do not put your child to bed with a bottle. We encourage use of a cup as their first birthday approaches.

Visit your Dentist. Book routine visits for professional cleanings and check-ups as recommended by the American Association of Pediatric Dentists and Dr. Eddie Faddis.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

7 Ways to Protect Your Child's Oral Health

Tooth decay -- although largely preventable with good care -- is the one of the most common chronic diseases of children ages 6 to 11 and teens ages 12 to 19. Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  By kindergarten age, more than 40% of kids have tooth decay.

Start Oral Care Early

Your child should see a dentist by the time he's a year old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Getting preventive care early saves money in the long run, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report found that costs for dental care were nearly 40% lower over a five-year period for children who got dental care by age one compared to those who didn't go to the dentist until later.

Teach the Brush & Floss Habit

Dental visits are just part of the plan, of course. Tooth brushing is also crucial from the start.  A lot of people think they don't have to brush baby teeth. If your baby has even one tooth, it's time to start tooth brushing.  Even before your baby has teeth, you can gently brush the gums, using water on a soft baby toothbrush, or clean them with a soft washcloth.  Once there are a few teeth present, buy an infant toothbrush that is very soft. Brushing should be done twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste.  Flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. Parents should have an active role in brushing and flossing their childs teeth until the child has the proper dexterity to handle the task on their own.  This is usually about the time a child can tie their own shoes.

Avoid "Baby Bottle Decay"

For years, pediatricians and dentists have been cautioning parents not to put an infant or older child down for a nap with a bottle of juice, formula, or milk.  Even so, many parents don't realize this can wreak havoc with their child's oral health.  The sugary liquids in the bottle cling to baby's teeth, providing food for bacteria that live in the mouth. The bacteria produce acids that can trigger tooth decay. Left unchecked, dental disease can adversely affect a child's growth and learning, and can even affect speech.  If you must give your child a bottle to take to bed, make sure it contains only water, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

Control the Sippy Cup Habit

Bottles taken to bed aren't the only beverage problem, the other is Juice given during the day as a substitute for water and milk.  Often, that juice is in a sippy cup. It's meant as a transition cup when a child is being weaned from a bottle and learning to use a regular cup.  Parents mistakenly think juice is a healthy day-long choice for a beverage, but that's not the case.  Prolonged use of a sippy cup can cause decay, if the beverages are sugary.  Juice consumption has been linked to childhood obesity and the development of tooth decay, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In its current policy statement on preventive oral health, the organization advises parents to limit the intake of 100% fruit juice to no more than four ounces a day. Sugary drinks and foods should be limited to mealtimes.  Most Pediatricians are telling parents to use juice as a treat.

Ditch the Binky by 2 or 3

Long-term use can be hazardous to dental health. Sucking too strongly on a pacifier, for instance, can affect how the top and bottom teeth line up (the "bite") or can affect the shape of the mouth. Pacifiers are for infants, not for toddlers walking around with them in their mouths. Ideally, pacifiers should be dropped by age 2. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests getting a professional evaluation if the pacifier habit continues beyond age 3.

Beware of Mouth-Unfriendly Medicines

Many medications that children take are flavored and sugary. If that sticks on the teeth, the risk for tooth decay goes up.  Children on medications for chronic conditions such as asthma and heart problems often have a higher decay rate.  Antibiotics and some asthma medications can cause an overgrowth of candida (yeast), which can lead to a fungal infection called oral thrush. Suspect thrush if you see creamy, curd-like patches on the tongue or inside the mouth.  If your child is on chronic medications, it is advised to help your child brush as often as four times a day.

Stand Firm on Oral Hygiene

Parents often say that their children put up a fuss when it comes time to brush and floss, so parents relent and don’t keep up with oral care at home as they should.  We advise these parents to let their children know they don't have a choice about brushing and flossing and here are some tips to reward reluctant brushers and flossers to get the job done -- or if they are too young, to allow their parents to help them do it.
  • Plan to help your children longer than you may think necessary. Most children don't have the fine motor skills to brush their own teeth until about age 6. Flossing skills don't get good until later, probably age 10.
  • Schedule the brushing and flossing and rinsing, if advised, at times when your child is not overly tired. You may get more cooperation from a child who isn't fatigued.
  • Get your child involved in a way that's age-appropriate. For instance, you might let a child who is age 5 or older pick his own toothpaste at the store, from options you approve. You could buy two or three different kinds of toothpaste and let the child choose which one to use each time. You may offer him a choice of toothbrushes, including kid-friendly ones that are brightly colored or decorated.
  • Figure out what motivates your child. A younger child may gladly brush for a sticker, for instance, or gold stars on a chart.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"LIKE" us on Facebook and be entered into our "Ultimate Date Night" Gift Basket Drawing

Enter to win our "Ultimate Date Night" Gift Basket! Simply "LIKE" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or share a comment about our office and your name will be entered in the drawing! Start with a 30 min couples massage from Unique Spa & Gifts, then off to dinner…$25 to Pizza Factory! After that, enjoy a movie with 2 Cinemark Movie Tickets and if that’s not enough…top it off at home with a DVD, popcorn and yummy treats!!/drfaddis