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Preparing for Back to School

Preparing for Back to School

Going back to school is always a stressful time for parents and children. Because this school year will be different, the team at Hoskinson Orthodontics wants to help our patients and families in Scotia, NY, get a happy and healthy start to the new year.

Here are some ways you and your family can prepare to go back to school!

Tips for Going Back to School

Whether your children will be returning to school or resuming online learning, sticking to a morning routine will give your family a good start to each day. Start by waking your child up around the same time every morning. For older children and teenagers, encourage them to set their own alarm clocks.

Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, providing the fuel you and your child need to ward off fatigue, get moving, and stay positive. If your child has braces, here are some healthy, braces-friendly breakfast ideas:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Soft fruits (bananas, mangoes, berries, etc.)

Be cautious with crunchy cereals, granola, chewy breads, and hard, sticky fruits like apples, dates, and raisins. After breakfast, make sure your child carefully brushes their teeth and around their braces.

Before heading off to school or beginning the day from home, encourage your child to make their bed, help with morning chores, read, or go outside.

Book Dental & Orthodontist Appointments

Life can get pretty busy when it’s time to go back to school.

With new limitations in place for extracurricular activities, your family may not be as busy as previous school years. We encourage families to still book their dental and orthodontist appointments as far in advance as possible.

If you haven’t booked your family’s dental cleanings or next checkup at the orthodontist, schedule your appointment and learn about what you can expect.

Have a Stocked & Handy Braces Kit

It’s always a good idea to have a braces kit ready to go, no matter if your child is heading off to school or a weekend excursion with the family. Here’s what your child should carry just in case they need to give their braces some extra care and attention outside the house:

  • Travel toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Dental wax
  • Tissues

Healthy, Braces-Friendly Back to School Snacks

There’s nothing like a healthy snack at the end of the day for a much-needed energy boost! Here are some healthy, braces-friendly snacks your children can enjoy when they’ve wrapped up the school day:

  • Soft fruit (grapes, bananas, watermelon, berries, etc.) with yogurt or cottage cheese
  • Avocado, steamed veggies, tomatoes, or cucumber with hummus or salsa
  • Hardboiled egg
  • Sliced apple with peanut butter
  • String cheese
  • Deli meat (sliced thin)
  • Soft granola bars

Your child should avoid hard vegetables and fruit, corn chips, nuts, popcorn, hard pretzels, chewy bread, pizza crust, as well as sticky candy.

Have a Nighttime Routine

Now that it’s time to go back to school, whether that means going in person or online learning, establishing a nighttime routine can help the entire family during the week.

Every family has different rules when it comes to the TV. Encourage your family to partake in more TV-free activities, such as evening walks, playing board games, arts and crafts, or cooking dinner together.

Have a set time when everybody under your roof settles in and gets quiet. Make sure your children lay out their clothes and pack their lunches the night before. Before it’s lights out, don’t forget to brush your teeth!

Fun Ways to Enjoy Time at Home

Having a healthy work/school/life balance is important for the entire family, regardless if you’re all spending more time at home these days. With the closure of many public places and activities, you and your family may be looking for new ways to enjoy the weekends. Here are some safe and enjoyable activities you can try:

  • Family scavenger hunts
  • Board games & puzzles
  • Charades
  • Camping in the woods (or the backyard)
  • Family yoga
  • Hiking or bike riding
  • Chalk drawing
  • Writing letters to family & friends
  • Art or gardening projects
  • Movie & ice cream night (because summer is not the only time of year to enjoy this delicious treat as a family!)

A Healthy, Happy Start to the New School Year

Going back to school may look different this year, but with these tips, we hope you and your family can enjoy your time together and make happy memories along the way.

Stay tuned to our blog for more ideas!

Orthodontics & How to Sweeten Your Summer

Orthodontics & How to Sweeten Your Summer

In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing better than cooling off with a nice, frozen treat or getting lost in a great book. Whatever brings you joy in the sunshine this summer, we hope it keeps you smiling.

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want you to know that, although this summer is a little different in Scotia, NY and throughout the country, there are still plenty of opportunities to have fun. From National Ice Cream Month to finding your new favorite book, here’s how to elevate your summer while still prioritizing orthodontics.

National Ice Cream Month

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? In 1984, Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky introduced a resolution to designate the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. Later that year, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law and also declared that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day.

The tradition carries on today, and since July is the peak of summer, there’s no better time to enjoy some delicious ice cream with your family!

The Art of Homemade Ice Cream

You might be wondering: What’s a great way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, especially when you have braces? Making homemade ice cream is an excellent option for all ages!

Believe it or not, making homemade ice cream is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients. Not only is it a delicious activity, but it’s also a great way to have fun together as a family. If you’re not sure where to start, try this simple ice cream recipe.

Ice Cream & Orthodontics Safety

Whether making or enjoying ice cream, it’s important to keep your teeth in mind. While ice cream is a safe food to eat with braces, you should always be conscious of toppings and extra ingredients.

Nuts, candy pieces, and other added items may be hard or sticky, and therefore dangerous for those with braces. Hard or sticky foods can get stuck between braces and be difficult to remove. When eating ice cream, always avoid such toppings and flavors so you don’t need to worry about any potential issues with braces.

After eating ice cream, it’s always a good idea to brush your teeth. Not only will it help to remove the sugar from your teeth, it will also keep your mouth and braces clean and healthy!

Summer Reading

There’s nothing better than laying out in the sun with a good book. No matter what kind of books you like, summer is the perfect time to dig in to your favorites or discover something new.

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’re proud to encourage our patients’ summer reading habits with our “Give a Book, Take a Book” basket. Discover your new favorite book or add to our collection and help someone else find their next great read. Whatever you choose, we hope you’ll keep reading and smiling this summer.

Orthodontics & Good Practices This Summer

Whether you’re enjoying ice cream, reading, or exploring other activities, we hope you and your family are having fun this summer. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to providing tips and activities for orthodontic care all summer long. Be sure to come back to our blog for more summer ideas!

For more information on orthodontics or to schedule your next appointment, get in touch with us today!

Orthodontic Care: What You Need To Know This Summer

Orthodontic Care: What You Need To Know This Summer

Summer is finally here!

While this summer may look a little different than previous years, there are ways you and your family can enjoy the sunshine, great outdoors, and all the little things in between.

Here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want to help our patients and their families make the most of their summer vacation. If you or your child has braces, here’s what you need to know about orthodontic care this summer!

Schedule Your Family’s Dental Cleanings

As dental offices begin reopening across Scotia, NY, and Schenectady County, now is the time to schedule your next dental cleaning. Because of new safety measures in place for COVID-19, your dentist may be limiting the number of patients they treat in the office at one time.

Call your dentist’s office to see how far in advance they’re scheduling dental cleanings and checkups. If you can, try to book an appointment for the entire family so everyone can have their teeth cleaned and checked out in one visit.

Appointments for New Patients

If you’re interested in orthodontic care for you or your child, call our office at 518-372-3424. We are currently accepting new patients who are interested in braces, Invisalign, early orthodontic treatment, and other services.

Hoskinson Orthodontics has made some changes to how we operate in response to COVID-19. Because we are limiting the number of patients we see at one time, our office asks new patients to call as soon as possible. That way, we can make arrangements so you’re able to meet with our orthodontist and take the next steps towards treatment.

Participate in Our Face Mask Contest!

To practice safety and make light of our current situation, Hoskinson Orthodontics is holding a Face Mask Contests for patients of ALL ages! Participants can show off their decorated/stylish mask by wearing them to their next appointment or uploading their photos and tagging us on Facebook or Instagram.

There’s no shortage of ways you can decorate a face mask - and you don’t need to be a professional sewer, either!

You can paint and marker a design on a utility mask (otherwise known as a disposable dust mask). You can also glue on rhinestones, sequins, embellishments, and other paper crafting supplies.

Put your sewing skills to the test by attaching ribbon, colored threading, or felt to your face mask. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, create DIY masks and participate in our contest! For ideas and inspiration, check out these projects and video tutorials.

Enjoy Braces-Friendly Summer Foods

Even though you shouldn’t bite into a frozen popsicle or a corn-on-the-cob with braces, there are still ways to enjoy all the best summer foods!

Those with braces can indulge in soft, easy-to-chew foods like ice cream, cubed watermelon, and sliced fresh vegetables. When eating shish kabobs, ribs, steaks, or other meats, be sure to enjoy these foods with a fork and knife. Avoid biting into hard icy treats, taffy, pizza crust, popcorn, and until your braces come off, you will have to enjoy corn-OFF-the-cob for the time being.

Understanding Orthodontic Care This Summer

A lot of changes have happened in our community in the last few months. At Hoskinson Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to have the best summer possible, and we’re here to make your orthodontic treatment plan easy, safe, and worthwhile.

If you have questions about orthodontic care or need to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today!

COVID-19 Response: What You Can Expect at Your Orthodontist Appointment

COVID-19 Response: What You Can Expect at Your Orthodontist Appointment

With changes happening everyday in our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Hoskinson Orthodontics is taking steps to ensure the safety of our patients, workers, and their families. 

While the residents of Scotia, NY have had to adjust to a new norm in their daily lives, so will small businesses and health clinics throughout our community. As areas and communities begin reopening across New York in the weeks ahead, Hoskinson Orthodontics is taking preventative, proactive measures to ensure we can treat patients in a safe environment.

Despite the new set of circumstances we all face, the team at Hoskinson Orthodontics is looking forward to seeing our patients (in face masks and all.) Here’s what you can expect at your next orthodontist appointment!

Adherence to Safety Rules & Guidelines

Infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. With new updates and safety measures around COVID-19 happening everyday, our practice continues to follow infection control procedures and practice management guidelines set in place by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Our staff will monitor new updates on safety rules and guidelines. Our staff will also monitor our symptoms every day, wash our hands, and practice good hygiene in all of our daily operations. We will continue to make careful use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and utilize the necessary equipment and supplies to keep our staff and patients safe.

What You Can Expect at Your Orthodontist Appointment

During the COVID-19 outbreak, patients can expect to see some changes in the way we operate here at Hoskinson Orthodontics. These new changes are in place to limit contact between our staff and patients.

Prior to your orthodontist appointment, you can complete your patient forms online. Our office will ask you a set of screening questions before your appointment, as well. When you arrive at our office on the day of your appointment, you will be asked those same questions again. 

Maintaining social distancing between patients is our utmost priority when scheduling appointments. This means we will have to cut down on the number of patients we see in a day. There will be fewer options available when scheduling your appointment. Our staff is available to work around your schedule and allot enough time so you’re seen with minimal waiting time in our office.

Before entering our facility, one of our staff members will greet you in the parking lot to take your temperature. All patients are required to wear a mask before entering. We will also provide hand sanitizer for you to apply before entering, and we will also have sanitizer available throughout our facility. 

If you are bringing your child or relative to their appointment, we recommend that you wait in the parking lot. We will reduce the number of patients allowed in the reception area at any one time, and we will no longer offer magazines and children’s toys in our waiting room.

How to Keep Yourself Safe at Home

We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak and need for social distancing has created challenges for our orthodontic patients. While we will be able to schedule appointments for all of our patients, we will also be striving to minimize non-emergency appointments as much as possible. To do this, our team is prepared to communicate with our patients and help them take care of their braces and oral appliances at home.

At home, it’s essential to keep tools and supplies handy to address common orthodontic issues. These include:

  • Orthodontic relief wax
  • Dental floss
  • Disinfected tweezers
  • Q-Tips
  • Salt
  • Proxy brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Topical anesthetic 

Our office is open to answer your questions should you or your child encounter any issues, such as protruding wire, mouth irritation and discomfort, or lost “O” ring. We will work closely with you on the phone or over a tele-medicine appointment to help you address the issue until you are able to be seen in our office. 

Making the Most out of Your Orthodontist Appointment

As always, Hoskinson Orthodontics encourages our patients to practice good oral hygiene and maintenance on their braces and oral appliances. If you experience any problems, have questions, or need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoskinson, please call our office today.

During this unprecedented time, Hoskinson Orthodontics is committed to keeping our patients safe and making your orthodontic treatment plan as easy, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. To help add some light and laughter during this time, we will be holding a Face Mask Competition for all of our patients!

face mask contest flyer

Hoskinson Orthodontics
207 Mohawk Ave #1A
Scotia, NY 12302






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