Is a Sonicare Toothbrush Worth The Extra Money?

So we’ve had people ask what’s the big deal with these electric toothbrushes?  Is a Sonicare toothbrush worth the extra money especially when we’re handing you a toothbrush for free?  This is a valid question and one that will depend on your own personal skills.  To help gauge if your skills are reeeeeeeeally up to par, see if you pass this simple proper brushing checklist.

Proper Brushing Checklist:

• Do you brush for at least two minutes?  That’s right, two full minutes.  That’s 120 seconds!  Most adults do not even come close to brushing that long. It’s probably a lot longer than you think too!  Go ahead and take out your handy-dandy smart phone and time yourself next time.  Most electric toothbrushes are timed so you know just how long to keep brushing. Continue Reading…

Why Did My Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

Painful-teeth-cleaningHave you ever switched hygienists or waited awhile in between cleanings and noticed a big difference in the pain?  Did you leave the office feeling your teeth cleaning hurt too much or missing the good ol’ days when your hygienist was gentle?   Let us be the first to say we are not jabbing you with metal probes trying to make you bleed or cause you any unnecessary pain!

But the truth of the matter is, most of the time you are experiencing pain or tasting blood is due to your own poor oral health.  Ok ok – I know what you’re thinking.  We’re just pointing the finger at you, but let us explain!  Continue Reading…

Is Natural Toothpaste Better?

Are you the type of person that dissects the ingredients list of everything?  Would rather make your own candles?  Can list your favorite essential oils?  Or just really love the idea of all-natural products?  Well then you may perk up at the thought of natural toothpaste and really wonder “Is natural toothpaste better for me?”.  We have had more and more patients inquire about the pros and cons and just like with anything, it’s not for everyone.  But the world likes options and we like to keep our patients in the know of these options.  It does break down to each individual and catering to your specific wants and needs.  Oddly enough the pros and cons are the same…let us explain why: Continue Reading…

What Lipstick Can do for Whitening Your Smile

If you’re anything like me — you want that BRIGHT white smile all of the time.  I mean who is to say when Mr. Right might be around the corner or you’ll run into an old friend that needs to be reminded of just how great you truly are?  I’m a firm believer in staying ready and looking extraordinary.  But when it comes to your smile, maybe you’re also like me and have a coffee addiction, or find yourself sipping on wine, tea or any of the other many culprits that triggers teeth staining.  What a drag!  You don’t want to whiten your teeth too often,  but as a woman we have the miracle that is makeup!  HALLELU’!  Did you know that different shades of lipstick can actually affect how white your teeth look?  It’s no accident that the striking lady in the toothpaste commercial is sporting that bright red lipstick.  Maybe it’s Maybelline…but maybe it’s the science of color!  Check out the proof right here of what lipstick can do for whitening your smile:

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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…

New Year’s Resolution Flossing! Seriously?

So, you probably have been one of the numerous folks that have made a New Year’s resolution, right? Well, if you are like myself, it was a colossal fail. I have learned from my failure to not make a resolution, ever, ever again. However, why not make one that is super easy and you can keep? Flossing is a perfect New Year’s resolution. Don’t laugh. I’m serious. Continue Reading…

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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Root Planing and Scaling

Have you been to the dentist and they suggest getting root planing and scaling done and you have no idea what that means? Let us break it down for you:

Plaque is the primary cause of gum (periodontal) disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease which can include: hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, puberty, etc), medications, poor oral hygiene, illnesses (diabetes, cancer, etc), bad habits (smoking, chewing tobacco, etc), and family history.

Periodontal disease progresses over time if not treated. The symptoms include: Continue Reading…