The Latest from Your Hudson Valley Dentists

Your Hudson Valley dentists believe in the power of the patient-doctor bond, and how essential it can be. Every day we create these connections with all of our patients and ensure they go beyond the office doors.

One of the ways we encourage and implement that personal touch is by having a page like this, our office news, available for all of our patients to review. Learn about what has been happening in-office...special offers we are running and much more by checking back frequently.

 

We invite your family to become a part of ours...

Family Smiles of the Hudson Valley.

Arlington Street Fair

Below are some pictures from the Arlington Street Fair that we recently were a part of!

If you were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed your time-

And if you couldn't make it, hopefully, we can catch you next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip for A Healthy Halloween Smile

With Halloween comes all the sweet and delicious treats! Here are some tips straight from the American Dental Asscociation to keep your smile healthy while enjoying all your goodies, even with the stockpile you've collected to last you through 'til winter. 

 

Choose Candy Carefully

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

 

Avoid Sticky Situations

Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

 

Clean Between Your Teeth

Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

 

Time It Right

Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

 

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you "fill up" affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.

 

Drink More Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

 

HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND HEALTHY HALLOWEEN!

 

 

6 Easy Ways to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Kids and cavities seem to go hand in hand. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 percent of children ages 2 through 5 have at least one dental cavity, compared to 24 percent a decade ago.

 

Although 4 percent may not seem like a lot, that increase represents thousands and thousands of children and cavities -- as well as a trend in the opposite direction of the last 40 years, when tooth decay was on a gradual decline.
 
So if you have children and cavities are a concern, here are six easy ways to reduce the risk:
 
1. Avoid giving your baby juice or formula at night. The sugar in juice and formula causes the bacteria in the mouth to produce the acids that cause baby bottle tooth decay. Use fluoridated water instead.
 
2. Choose low-fat foods from the basic food groups. Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole-grain breads and low-fat dairy products are great for your child's overall health and their dental health!
 
3. If you must, give sweets only as a dessert. If your child must have sweets, limit it to dessert or following a main meal. Late-night snacking and frequent snacking are a major culprit of cavities in children.
 
4. Invest in a water filter. Instead of spending extra on bottled water, invest in a filter for your sink, or a filtered water pitcher. Fluoridated tap water is an excellent resource to help the battle between children and cavities.
 
5. Don't share cups or utensils. Cavities are contagious. So if you have them, you can pass them onto your child by sharing cups and utensils.
 
6. If you smoke, stop. The University of Rochester's Strong Children's Research Center has discovered a link between smoking, children and cavities. Results from a study show that children of parents who smoke are more likely to develop cavities.
 
Dental Care Checklist for Adults

Don’t let dental visits slide! Adult life can sometimes be a juggling act and it may feel like you just can't find the time for a dental visit. But making time for regular dental visits now can help keep you out of the dental office in the future.

 

Brush and floss daily, even if it’s late. You've heard this a million times by now, but the importance of regular brushing and flossing can never be emphasized enough. Even if you've been good about your oral hygiene all your life, resist the temptation to let it slide for even one day; the longer plaque stays on your teeth, the more destructive it becomes.

 

Eat well-balanced meals. When you're juggling work, home and kids, it can be tempting to turn to fast food, soda and sugary snacks as a way to save time and feel more energetic. But sugar is a tooth decay demon and can cause you to crash after that initial "sugar high." Be sure to integrate plenty of fresh vegetables into your daily meals and eat fruit, nuts and celery or carrot sticks as snacks.

 

Exercise regularly -- it's good for your teeth! Studies show that people who maintain a healthy lifestyle -- exercise and eating right -- are 40 percent less likely to develop advanced gum disease.

 

Consider treating yourself to cosmetic dentistry. Whether you want a quick boost or a complete smile makeover, there are plenty of cosmetic dental treatments available to help you achieve your dream smile. One-hour laser teeth whitening treatments can make your teeth 8-10 shades whiter, and porcelain veneers can mask stained teeth, chipped teeth or crooked teeth.

Freedom Day 2015

On Thursday, September 10th, our practice will be participating in Freedom Day for the 3rd year in a row! On this day, we provide courtesy dental services for veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces. It is a true honor to have such brave individuals in our community, and it is our privilege to support them in any way. 

 

If you, a family member, relative, or friend currently serves or has served in the Armed Forces, give one of our offices a call!! We would be honored to meet you!!

 

Davis Office 845-473-4565

Main St. Office 845-452-6110

Wappingers Office 845-223-9987

New Name, Same Fantastic Team! Family Smiles of the Hudson Valley!

It brings us great pleasure to announce our practice's new name! As of 2015, we are now known as Family Smiles of the Hudson Valley! 

 

Our new name better represents those we serve in our community. While our former name, Drs. Gross, Flores, Gatchalian & Associates DDS, PC, served us well for 31 years, it was time to chose a different name that reflects every individual that is part of our practice, both patients and team members alike!

 

Although our name has changed, our superior doctors and staff have remained the same, and we will continue to provide you with exceptional services.

Holiday Joy and Cheer!

'Tis the season of giving! This year, in full holiday spirit, our team joined together and adopted a local family in need. We were able to donate gifts to this family of 7 so that they could celebrate Christmas during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

--Below, you can find the "Thank You" letter from the family and the church assisting them, as well as some pictures of the presents and staff.  

 

We are thrilled to be able to impact the lives of our people in our own community, and we look forward to more opportunities to spread joy and generosity.

 

On behalf of the entire staff, we want to wish you and yours a blissful holiday and wonderful new year!

 

Family Smiles of the Hudson Valley St. Mary

 

Hudson Valley Dentists Christmas

 

Family Smiles dentist Christmas

 

Family Smiles dentist Christmas 2

 

Stay Up to Date on Your Dental Knowledge!

Below you will find a link to Mouth Healthy, an American Dental Association sponsored website. This site will provide you with up to date dental information from how to brush your teeth, to the latest research on gum disease, to details on procedures such as root canal therapy and sealants.

 

Have a child whose teeth are starting to come in? Healthy Mouth also contains material and instructions on how to care for your little one's developing mouth. The site further provides information on dental care for ALL ages. 

 

Check out the site, and stay up to date on your dental knowledge!

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/

 

 

Freedom Day 2014

On Thursday, September 11th, our practice participated in Freedom Day. For this special event, we provided free dental care to the veterans and active duty men and women in our community. This was our second year partaking in such an incredible affair. It was the least we could do to honor the many individuals who have made, and continue to make, tremendous sacfrifices for us. We extend our deepest appreciation to all those who serve our country, past and present! Thank you!

Dr. Andrew Flores & Hygienist, Diana Visit Astor Services for Children & Families

On July 30, 2014, Dr. Andrew Flores & Hygienist, Diana visited Astor Services for Children & Families in Poughkeepsie. For children grades kindergarten through seventh, Dr. A. Flores & Diana educated and demonstrated the importance of oral hygiene. They had an extraordinary experience engaging with the children, and our team members look forward to more opportunities to educate the community about the importance of oral hygiene.

 

Here are some pictures of our visit to Astor!

 

Dentists in Hudson Valley Volunteer

 

 

General Dentists Wappingers Falls NY Educating

 

 

Dentists in Wappingers Falls NY Educating

 

 

Family Smiles dental Helping Community

 

 

Hudson Valley Dentists Giving Back

 

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