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The Friendly Professionals at Olympia Hills Family Dental located at 916 Coronado Blvd in Universal City. Conveniently located near Garden Ridge, Schertz, Selma, Cibolo, Converse, and San Antonio!
We are happily accepting new patients and accept most insurances including Cigna ,Dental Network of America , Delta, Metlife, and BCBS of Texas.
If you are looking for a dental home, call us at (210) 658-3131
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Olympia Hills Family Dental was honored to be asked to present at the regional HOSA Career Days at Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Hafen, Dr. Gonzalez, and Capri had fun teaching the students how to diagnose dental -x-rays, including, decay, bone loss, cancer, and periodontal disease. The steps to placing a dental filling, including the difference between amalgam and resin fillings, why dental fillings are done, and the different stages of tooth decay. The reason we place sealants to help protect teeth from getting cavities, how to place sealant material in the grooves of the teeth, and why sealants are one of the best ways to prevent decay. The importance of flossing was also discussed.
At the end of the workshop, The Olympia Hills Family Dental staff gave the students a chance to win prizes by answering true or false dental questions. Here is a list of the questions. How do you think you will do?
True or False:
Whitening your teeth doesn't make them stronger.
Chewing ice can break your teeth.
Gum disease is contagious.
Not all cavities hurt.
After your braces are removed, you should wear your dental retainer for the rest of your life.
Lemons are bad for your teeth.
When it comes to brushing, a soft touch is better.
A lollipop is worse for you than chocolate.
Losing teeth is not part of the natural aging process.
Tongue piercings can damage your teeth.
Mouth guards are needed for all sports.
It's not normal for gums to bleed.
Too much fluoride can damage your teeth.
Chickens don't have teeth.
Baby teeth are called primary teeth.
It's important to take care of baby teeth.
Your oral health can effect your overall health.
Cavities are contagious.
The biggest teeth in the mouth are called molars.
Adults have 32 teeth.
Wisdom teeth don't always have to be removed.
Stress can effect your gums.
If you don't floss, you're missing up to 35% of your teeth's surface.
Sipping on Soda is bad for your teeth.
Enamel is the hard shiny surface that covers teeth.
The best type of toothbrush has soft bristles.
Apples are a good snack for your teeth.
Coconut oil does not help prevent decay.

Answer Key:
Whitening your teeth doesn't make them stronger: True
Does whitening my teeth make them stronger? Whitening your teeth can make you look younger but it does not make them stronger. In fact, whitening teeth can make them sensitive. Teeth whitening can also make teeth more susceptible to staining. When whitening your smile, it's important to avoid foods and beverages that can stain including Coffee, tea, wine, and berries. Smoking will also stain teeth worse when whitening teeth. Be sure to rinse with water after eating during teeth whitening to help prevent staining. Teeth sensitivity due to whitening can be helped by using a toothpaste made to help with sensitivity.

Chewing ice can break your teeth: True
Can chewing ice break my teeth? Chewing ice can break teeth. Ice Chewing is a common habit but it is very bad for the health of your teeth because it can cause micro-fractures in the teeth's enamel. If a tooth is already compromised, there is even a greater risk of breaking a tooth on ice. Patients often ask us Can I chew on soft ice? No. There is no type of ice that is safe to chew.

Gum disease is contagious: True
Gum disease is periodontal disease and is caused by bacteria that lives in unhealthy mouths. Some questions patients ask us are: Can I get gum disease by kissing? and Can I get gum disease by sharing food? The answer to both is yes. The bacteria can travel in saliva from one person to another and spread the infection.

Not all cavities hurt: True
Cavities don't typically cause pain and discomfort until they are through the enamel and into the second layer of teeth called dentin. Once the decay is in the dentin, it is more likely to be sensitive to hot, cold, and sweets. If not treated, the decay will then enter the center of the tooth known as the pulp. When decay reaches the pulp of a tooth, a root canal is then required to save the tooth. Patients often ask: Why do dentist take x-rays? Well, one of the reasons dentist take x-rays is to look for decay that is not yet visible to the eye. Finding and fixing these dental cavities before they get bigger is the best way to maintain your oral health.

After your braces are removed, you should wear your dental retainer for the rest of your life: True
How long do I have to wear my retainer? Forever. When you are done with your braces, your dentist will provide you retainers and instructions on how to wear them. Typically, you will wear your retainer full time for at least the first week. After that,you will wear your retainer every night. What happens if I don't wear my retainer? If you do not wear your retainer, your teeth will move and no longer be straight. Protect your investment in braces by making sure you wear your retainer!

Lemons are bad for your teeth: True
Lemons are high in acid and that acid can remove the enamel from teeth. What other foods are high in acid? Lemons are not the only high acid food that is bad for your teeth. Limes, oranges, grapefruit, pickles, tomato products, coffee and wine all have a high acid content and can damage teeth over time. When eating any of these foods, always rinse with water as soon as possible to remove the acid from your mouth.

When it comes to brushing, a soft touch is better: True
How should I brush my teeth? Use a soft bristled brush, a pea size amount of toothpaste, and use a gentle touch. Brush your teeth using a circular motion. Make sure to brush along the gum line and all surfaces of the teeth.

A lollipop is worse for you than chocolate: True
What candy is worse for my teeth? Sticky candies that combine sugar and acid are the absolute worse candy for your teeth. Hard candies with sugar and acid are a close second. What candy is best for my teeth? If you have a sweet tooth and have a craving, try dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids (plant-based antioxidants). Studies have shown that antioxidants slow the growth of tooth decay. Now that's a great sweet snack!

Losing teeth is not part of the natural aging process: True
Take good care of your teeth and they will take good care of you! How do I take care of my teeth? Brush twice a day, floss once a day, eat a diet low is sugar and acid, see a dentist at least twice a year.

Tongue piercings can damage your teeth: True
Can a tongue piercing break my teeth? Yes. Tongue piercings can break teeth. Even the plastic ones. They can also cause infection and bad breath.
Mouth guards are needed for all sports: True
Do I need a mouth guard for basketball? Yes, and for tennis, volleyball, track and field...when it comes to sports, it's better safe than sorry when it comes to your teeth.

It's not normal for gums to bleed: True
Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush my teeth? No. Bleeding when brushing and flossing is a sign your gums are sick. It's time to schedule an appointment with your dentist and find out the cause.

Too much fluoride can damage your teeth: True
Can fluoride damage your teeth? True
Studies have shown the benefits of fluoride to decrease the risk of tooth decay. However, too much of anything is a bad thing. Too much fluoride can cause staining of teeth. If you live in an area with a high level of natural fluoride in the water, talk to your dentist.
Chickens don't have teeth: True
However, recent stories in the news report scientist are working on genetically altering today's chicken with their prehistoric ancestors, the dinosaur. If this is true, then we may see chicken with teeth in the future!

Baby teeth are called primary teeth: True
The official term for baby teeth is primary teeth.

It's important to take care of baby teeth: True
Is it important to take care of baby teeth? Absolutely! Our baby teeth help us eat, speak, and hold the spots for the grown up teeth. Bacteria and infection of the baby teeth can also affect the health of the adult teeth.

Your oral health can effect your overall health: True
Our mouths are the gateway to our bodies and our overall health. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers. When we neglect our mouths, we put ourselves at much greater risk for other health problems.

Cavities are contagious: True
Are cavities contagious? Yes! Just like gum disease, tooth decay is caused by bacteria and kissing, or sharing food and drink with a person with decay means their is a chance that bacteria could travel to your mouth.

The biggest teeth in the mouth are called molars: True
Our biggest teeth in the back are called molars. People generally get their first molars around the age of 6 and second molars around the age of 12. Our 6 year molars, first molars are our main chewers taking on 80% of the responsibility of smashing and grinding our food so it's important to take good care of them.

Adults have 32 teeth: True
How many teeth do grown ups have?
32 including wisdom teeth.
How many teeth do children have? children have 28 teeth.

Wisdom teeth don't always have to be removed: True
Do I have to remove my wisdom teeth? Not always, some people have space in their mouths for their wisdom teeth. Some people never develop their wisdom teeth. How will you know if your wisdom teeth need to be removed? Your dentist will take a dental x-ray called a panoramic x-ray that shows all your teeth, your jaw, and your sinuses. This x-ray will also show if you have wisdom teeth and if they will need to be extracted.

Stress can effect your gums: True
Why are my gums swollen? Are you pregnant, going through a life crisis, starting a new job?...All of these events can effect your hormone levels, which effect your gums. If your gums stay swollen for more than a few days, call your dentist and let them know. They may want to evaluate and make sure no other factors are responsible.

If you don't floss, you're missing up to 35% of your teeth's surface: True
Why do I need to floss? Toothbrushes are great but even the best of them can reach in between teeth. That's where floss comes in. Flossing physically removes the plaque build up that causes decay from in between teeth. Think of it this way, not flossing is like taking a shower with your clothes on. Gross.

Sipping on Soda is bad for your teeth: True
How bad is soda for your teeth? Really, really bad. So are sports drinks. The worst culprits are the citrus flavored drinks because they contain both sugar and acid. When a person sips on soda or sports drinks, they are constantly washing their teeth in the sugar. If you want to drink a sports drink or soda, it is best to have it with a meal and then rinse with water as soon as possible.
Enamel is the hard shiny surface that covers teeth:
What is the hardest part of the human body? The enamel that covers your teeth!

The best type of toothbrush has soft bristles: True
What kind of toothbrush is the best? The ones with soft bristles. Harder is not better when it comes to brushing our teeth. An easy touch and a toothbrush with soft bristles are the way to go.

Apples are a good snack for your teeth: True
Are apples good for my teeth? Yes! Apples are like natures toothbrushes! They help clean the teeth and contain flavonoids that help slow down the growth of the bacteria that causes decay.

Coconut oil does not help prevent decay: True
Does swishing with coconut oil stop cavities? No. There is a lot of crazy hype out there claiming swishing with coconut oil for 30 minutes will do wonderful things for your oral health. Completely false. While swishing coconut oil will not hurt you, it does not have any benefits at all. It does not kill the bacteria that causes decay or gum disease. It does not keep plaque from sticking to your teeth. Instead of swishing anything for 30 minutes, try brushing for two minutes and flossing. It will take a lot less of your time and is proven to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. That coconut oil? Save it for cooing.


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10/12/16
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One of the best things about working at Olympia Hills Family Dental is getting to watch our youngest patients grow up! Dr. Jerame Hafen has had the pleasure of getting to watch these guys for the past six years. We couldn't be prouder of the amazing people they have become!
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Olympia Hills Family Dental lovse our patients and the ties they give Dr. Jerame Hafen too!
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Andi has hung up her scrubs to become part of our front office! It's her friendly face that will now greet you at the front desk. Be sure to stop by Olympia Hills Family Dental and say hello!
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Got coffee?
Well then you need to stop by Olympia Hills Family Dental for your free coffee cup!
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Great job to all our teams and it was a close race between silver and gold but Team Hafen eeked it out for the win!
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2016-08-18
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How cute is this?
Dr. Hafen hanging out with a couple of new friends while their mom gets a cleaning.
Olympia Hills Family Dental has special baskets filled with toys and activities to keep little hands busy and happy.
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