Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tooth Bothering You?

It never ceases to amaze us how long people put up with a tooth that is bothering them. First of all, our teeth should never bother us. If an issue has arisen, and a tooth is exhibiting any type of pain or problem please don't ignore it. These are warning signs that you need to pay strict heed to.

Our bodies are amazing! They run 24/7, healing, nourishing, and keep all systems running so that we can enjoy our lives. However, from time to time our body will let us know that something is wrong.

Problem teeth or sores in the mouth warn us that something is not right. Seek medical attention quickly. We are so disheartened to see some of our patients wait for weeks, and even months, to seek medical treatment. We understand that the fear of pain or financial burden are the two most common reasons people avoid seeing the dentist, but by delaying treatment you actually can make your dental problem much worse. For example, instead of a simple cavity fix, you now face oral surgery because the infection has ensued and progressed to a dangerous level in your gumline.

Don't let fear of the unknown keep you from finding solutions and relief from pain and suffering. Teeth should not bother us. If we take good care of them, they surely will take good care of us.

When was the last time you were in for a checkup? Call us today to schedule an appointment. Keep those pearly whites happy and healthy!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Teeth Are Always in Style

While these memes found at can make us chuckle, this one speaks a universal truth. There is not one person with missing teeth that truly feel confident in their smile.

Missing, stained, and crooked teeth are all contributing factors to low self-confidence when approaching other people. This can be especially disquieting in the business world.

With the advanced technology today there are so many options to solve your smile challenges. There is no valid excuse not to get your smile fixed. We have in-house financing options and many financing plans to help you achieve your happy smile goal.

We have seen lives literally transform before our eyes when cosmetic dental work is completed. Tears regularly stream down the faces of our patients who've battled for years with low self-esteem and confidence because their smile was lackluster. They have held back smiles, good ole belly laughs, and simply stopped their face from expressing the joy that they truly felt inside all out of the fear of judgment.

Release yourself from that prison. Let us help you build the smile of your dreams. Start living life and stop living behind a tight-lipped grin. You deserve to be happy and live fully, without inhibition.

Call today to schedule a consult with Dr. Clark and our caring team. We will provide a few viable options to help you make this life-altering decision today. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Are you prepared for a dental emergency?

Are you prepared for a dental emergency? 

The American Dental Association shares some quick tips about dental emergencies that can make a big difference in your family. Take note of these ideas, and make sure you have this information recorded in a handy place for quick reference.

Thousands of dental emergencies—from injuries to a painful, abscessed tooth—take place every day. Would you know what to do if your child broke a tooth or had a tooth knocked out while playing outdoors? What if you had a bad toothache in the middle of the night and couldn’t get to the dentist until the next day? Knowing what to do can lessen the pain and save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. 

Keep your dental office phone number and an emergency number where the dentist can be reached after hours with other emergency numbers, such as your family doctor, and fire and police departments. Some families post these numbers on the refrigerator or inside a kitchen cabinet door near the phone. Call the dentist immediately for instructions on how to handle a dental emergency. 

Toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to remove any food or other debris that may be caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth. This could burn gum tissue. If the toothache persists, try to see the dentist. Don’t rely on painkillers. They may temporarily relieve pain but your dentist should evaluate the condition. 

Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth: Try to find the tooth! This may not be as easy as you think if the injury took place on a playground, basketball court or while skateboarding, so try to stay calm. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if the tooth is dirty. Don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If it’s possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket while you head to the dentist. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and bring it to the dentist. Time is critical for successful reimplantation, so try to get to your dentist immediately. 

Broken tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the outside of the cheek to help reduce the swelling. 

Tongue or lip bites or wounds: Clean the area gently with a clean cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding can’t be controlled, go to a hospital emergency room or clinic. You may able to reduce bleeding from the tongue by pulling it forward and using gauze to put pressure on the wound. 

Objects caught between teeth: Try to gently remove the object with dental floss. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object with floss, contact your dentist. 

Possible broken jaw: Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Get to the hospital emergency room immediately.

Don't ever hesitate to call our office. Believe us, we've seen it all, and we are here to help. Waiting too long can cause permanent damage, so it is better to call and let us help you decide on a treatment plan.

Don't delay, call right away!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nail Biting - Your Teeth's Arch Enemy!

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When you get a dent in your car's exterior you take it to the repair shop to be fixed. So what do you do when your habit of biting your nails dents, dings, and breaks your teeth? Your repair options may not be so simple.

Dental has a great article on the risks you are exposing your health and your teeth to if you persist on biting your nails. The Academy of General Dentistry indicates that people spend thousands of dollars every year to repair damaged teeth from this seemingly innocent nervous habit.

Aside from the damage nail biting causes to your teeth, have you considered the pathogenic microorganisms you introduce into your body every time your finger enters your mouth?  Not a pleasant thought. You can cause gum infections, bad breath and compromised health by chewing on your fingernails because the mouth is the gateway to your body.

Nail biting has also been associated with teeth shifting, TMJ, overbites or gaps between the teeth as well causing surface damage, even breakage. Repairing any one of these conditions is costly.

Dental lists some simple steps you or a loved one can apply to break that finger nibbling habit. They include:  

  • Keep your nails short and filed. Long or ragged nails trigger the chewing habit for many people.
  • Get regular manicures, and consider wearing artificial nails. Many people have no inclination to bite on fake nails.
  • Give your hands something to do – squeeze a stress ball, knit, sketch, doodle, fold origami, whatever works for you.
  • Bitter-tasting clear nail polishes, available at drug stores and beauty supply shops, are a great way to remind yourself that you really don’t want to bite your nails. 

We encourage you to make a serious commitment to your oral and physical health by putting a stop to nail biting. While it may appear as something small and insignificant, nail biting can turn into large medical bills down the road.

If you have any questions about nail biting, or if you are concerned about your own teeth, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you about this topic further.

Remember to use your HSA and FSA money before the year runs out. You've worked hard for those benefits - make sure they work hard for you!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Back to School Dental Tips

Back to school dental tips are summarized in this fun info graphic:


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It's Back to School Time - Let's Keep Your Child in School

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Believe it or not, school is back in session. Did you know one of the most common reasons children miss school is due to dental issues? Parents who do not bring their children in for regular exams find that cavities, abscesses, and other preventable oral health care concerns can interrupt their child's ability to learn and be present at school.

Dr. Clark is great with young children. He has decades of experience in helping them feel calm and safe while he and our team clean their teeth and perform examinations. Tooth decay, tooth loss, and sports injuries to the mouth are all part of the growing up years. However, the pain and time necessary to treat these things are lessened greatly when a child receives regular dental care and has time to develop a rapport with Dr. Clark and our team. 

Call us today to schedule your child's semi-annual exam. Let's team up together to keep them at their healthiest and happiest this school year!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Did I Hear You Correctly?

We promise to explain your dental procedure to you in language that you can understand. If something is not clear, please do not hesitate to ask. We would much rather repeat something and clarify what we are saying rather than let you leave with unanswered questions. No question is a dumb question.

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