Smiles Unlimited News
At Smiles Unlimited, we believe in creating a relationship with our patients that goes beyond the office doors. We've specially created this section of our site to share with you important news from our Belton family dental practice.

Dr. Kevin McNamara 
Treats for Troops

Congratulations Jack!!
Congratulations Jack!!!!  You are the September winner of an Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush.
Thank you to everyone for the amazing testimonials we have received. It is truly an honor to have such wonderful and loyal patients!!
Continuing Education
Dr. Sullivan attended a continuing education class this month on root canal treatments. She was updated on the latest tips and trends in endodontics, as well as the latest technology. Dr. Sullivan has taken what she has learned in this class and integrated it into her practice. If you are in need of a root canal or have any questions about root canal treatments, please call our office.
Congratulations Carla Hopkins!!!
Congratulations Carla!! You are our August winner of an Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush!!
The benefits of simply switching your normal routine of using a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush are many. Powered toothbrushes maximize plaque removal since they are able to rotate or vibrate with more strokes per minute than by manually brushing. Greater plaque removal means a superior clean that will keep teeth and gums healthier with a fresh clean feel. Electric toothbrushes have shown to decrease gum recession and reduce inflammation. Most models have a timer to ensure adequate brushing time and multiple settings which can allow for a more specific kind of clean. A more thorough clean daily means less of a chance for bad bacteria to accumulate and cause cavities, bad breath, or other problems. Begin using a powered toothbrush today to experience the best at home clean and ensure a better dental check-up at your next routine visit.

Lori celebrated her anniversary with Smiles Unlimited this month!! Lori has been with us for 4 years! Thank you Lori for your hard work and dedication!!!

Congratulations Lori!!
Smiles Unlimited would like to congratulate Lori, our hygienist, on the newest addition to her family.  Welcome Carter Monroe!!!  Born on August 14, 2012 at 7:55 a.m., 9lbs. 5 oz., 21" long. We wish you all the best!!
Mouth Healthy
Check out a new website from the American Dental Association that allows you to:
* Visit the life stage sections to learn about oral health issues and tips for every member of your   family.
* Explore ADA Seal of Acceptance Products to help you decide which dental products are right for you and your family.
* Search A-Z topics to learn about different dental issues and discover how you can prevent and/or treat these issues.
* For Kids! has activities and games to help kids learn the importance of good oral health - all while having fun
Just click on the link below!!
OSHA Update
Lori, Sarah, Rachel, and Hanna attended the annual OSHA meeting. At Smiles Unlimited we stay up- to-date on the latest techniques for the safety of both patients and staff.  
Continuing Education
Lori Trillo, RDH, and Rachel Crawford, RDH, attended the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City in April. Both Lori and Rachel enjoyed the conference and earned continuing education credits. They learned about advances in periodontal health and treatments. A class they both enjoyed was about oral health and its effects on the body as a whole. As always, feel free to ask them any questions you may have about your oral health.  
Research Belton Foundation Dental Screenings
Dr. McNamara screening 3rd graders
Kevin McNamara, D.D.S. and Rachel Crawfored, R.D.H. volunteered through the Research Belton Foundation to perform dental screenings on approximately one hundred 3rd grade students at Scott Elementary School in Belton, MO on February 27th, 2012.  Rachel educated children on home care and nutrition while Dr. McNamara examined their teeth; other volunteers applied a fluoride varnish to those with parental consent.
This service is performed annually in coordination with the State of Missouri to help identify oral health problems early on and direct those children with urgent needs toward dental care. Dr. McNamara and Rachel enjoyed meeting all the students and listening to their comments about their teeth!!