Why is Saliva Important Anyway?

Saliva may be made mostly of water, but there are other helpful substances in there that really go to work in keeping your mouth functioning properly.  Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day!  Some people suffer from dry mouth, which is not only uncomfortable, but is a welcome wagon for germs and bad breath.  We can help those people with special recommendations and medication suggestions to get their saliva back on Team Oral Health.  Keep in mind chewing foods (we recommend sugarless gum) is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow and most people create the most saliva in the late afternoon.

Why is Saliva Impor

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Top 3 Myths of Child Oral Health Busted

Sometimes it’s hard to break through the mumbo jumbo of marketing tactics or what you think seems logical and actually know what’s best for your child’s smile.  There are definitely some common myths out there when it comes to children’s dental health and we’re here to help set the record straight on the top 3 myths of child oral health.

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The 411 on Dental X-rays

We often get asked about why we take X-rays or encounter people worried due to the radiation risk.  Let us reassure you why we take them.  X-rays are a necessary part of good patient care.  Since we can see only about one-third of the actual tooth, X-rays provide valuable information that we cannot visualize otherwise.  I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t feel comfortable if your dentist had a blindfold on, now would you?  To help put it in perspective as to WHY dental X-rays are so important: Continue Reading…

What are the Warning Signs of a Cavity?

warning-signs-of-a-cavityOne of the biggest mistakes we see (besides people never flossing – come on guys! haha) is that people think if nothing hurts in their mouth, than they’re just fine!

We are firm believers that care today is savings tomorrow.  The dental prevention skills you learn can really help you financially and physically in the long run.  The more you frequent the dentist, the earlier you can catch issues instead of waiting for the warning signs of a cavity on your own. Continue Reading…

DON’T Brush After Eating Sour Candy You Say?

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‘Scuse me WHAT?!   A dental office is not only talking about eating candy but also not brushing your teeth?  How is this real life?

Let’s clarify — ‘cuz you know we have your best interest at heart here.  When you eat sour candy, sports drinks, soda or anything with a higher acidity you put your lil chompers in a soft spot.  This acidity literally softens the enamel on your teeth and if you were to brush your teeth right away after eating you would brush away parts of that enamel coating your teeth.  The scary part about that is that enamel does NOT magically grow back, I repeat, does not grow back.  So you want to take precautions to keep that coating as it protects the inner parts of the tooth.  We got the 411 for those seldom times you do have sour candy or DO the Dew — so pay attention!

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Mouth Breathing and Dental Health

You may not think a lot about how you are breathing, but how you intake air can affect things in a negative way, specifically if you mainly breathe through your mouth. Mouth breathing and dental health definitely go hand in hand.  Quite of few of us experience allergies, especially here in Wisconsin, and that tends to plug us up as if we have a cold leading to breathing through the mouth. Many people also have obstructed nasal passages (me included) from a deviated septum or other reasons and we tend to favor breathing through our mouths just for the fact that we get more air ingestion that way. If you are a mouth breather, and you probably know it if you are, it’s not a good thing for a number of reasons, a lot of them being dental related.

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How Radiation and Chemotherapy Affect Our Mouths

Most of us have known someone or heard of someone that has gone through treatment for cancer.  One thing that we may not think about is how radiation and chemotherapy affect our mouths.  Both treatments for cancer zone in on diseased cells but they also change normal cells which cause side effects.  They have similar oral effects and it’s best to know ahead of time that certain problems may occur and to be prepared as best you can.

How-Radiation-and_-Chemotherapy_-Affect-Our-MouthsChemotherapy when administered in high doses will affect 2/3’s of patients receiving it with side effects occurring in their mouths.  Low doses of chemotherapy will affect the mouths of approximately 1/3 of those receiving treatment 

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Choosing the Right Mouthwash for YOU!

There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. adaThis means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.

At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities?
If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride.  Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing).  Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in.  To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.

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Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it

A lot of us grew up in a time when fluoride was not a big deal and because of this, a lot of us have had cavities as kids.  Nowadays, it’s pretty much the standard for fluoride to be in our city water, foods and toothpastes, and at the dental office so we can get needed exposure to it for healthier teeth.

Does everyone need fluoride?  Fluoride helps our teeth become stronger and more resistant to plaque. Plaque forms on our teeth pretty much at all times and it is made up of acid which eats away or erodes minerals in our tooth enamel causing cavities.  If we aren’t getting enough fluoride and other helpful minerals through the food we eat or water we drink, erosion happens faster than your enamel can restore itself.

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