Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sensitive Teeth Got You Down?

Has this ever happened to you? Have you bit into a favorite cold food and shooting pain in your teeth made you want to jump up and scream? If you have, you are not alone.

Having sensitive teeth here or there is very common, however, the sharp or stabbing pain that can develop from sensitive teeth can become unbearable.

Thankfully you don't need to suffer from this condition permanently. There are things that you can do at home, and that we can help you within our office that can rid your life of this uncomfortable pain for good.

Here is a small infographic found on Google. You will notice that sensitivity can happy anytime during your lifetime. Learning the symptoms early on, and how to prevent the pain, can save you years of painful suffering.

Dr. Clark and our hygienists can talk to you about this condition and provide you solutions that bring the desired results you seek. There is no need to suffer in silence!

Call us today to schedule your exam - 
Put an end to tooth sensitivity!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Use Your Benefits Soon!

If someone handed you $1,000 would you use a little bit of it and then throw the rest in the garbage can?

Of course not - right? But the truth is, many Americans leave their hard earned benefits unused and before they know it, the benefits expire.

Please don't let this be you! We would love to sit down with you and review your dental insurance benefits to help you maximize your policy coverage. It is always good to start with the regular preventative care that your policy provides. We can then let you know the coverage amounts you have not utilized this calendar year, and we can tailor your treatment plan to use those dollars wisely before you lose them.

It is our goal to help you successfully use the dental insurance coverage that you have available with each of your dental visits. With careful planning, we can build treatment plans that not only maximize your coverage, but also help you take advantage of the treatments you may not be aware of that are built into your existing policy.

The clock is ticking - 2016 will be over before you know it. Don't throw your benefit money into the trash! You've worked for those benefits, let us help you make the most of them.

Call today to discuss your dental 
insurance coverage today!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

National Good Neighbor Day

Today is National Good Neighbor Day. Did you know that? To be honest, we didn't either, but what a great idea!

The greatest part about our office is our wonderful patients. We wouldn't be in business without you. We have met so many amazing people over the years and we wanted to thank each and every one of you for making such a positive contribution not only to our office but to your neighborhoods and communities as well.

Here is a little history about National Good Neighbor Day:

National Good Neighbor Day

Date When Celebrated : Always September 28, previously the Fourth Sunday in September
Ah, Good Neighbor Day. It's definitely a good thing. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. Therefore,  it seems only fitting that one day a year honors good neighbors.
This day of recognition is not to be confused with other forms of "Good Neighbor Days". Stores proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" to promote sales, a wide range of organizations announce "Good Neighbor Days" to promote their cause, and local municipalities and governments proclaim "Good Neighbor Days" for a variety of reasons.
Rather, this day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!

In the early 1970's, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter)  to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. 
In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.
 Note: Rhode Island initiated a  movement to pass a National Neighbor Day on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Action never materialized into a formal national proclamation or law.

How to Celebrate:
Here are some suggestions for celebrating the day:
  • Help your neighbors in some way.
  • Offer a smile and friendly hello to your neighbor
  • Have your neighbor over for a meal
  • Hold a block party
  • Get to know your neighbor a little better
So how are you going to celebrate Good Neighbor Day? Find a way to brighten the days of those around you by saying thanks, or performing a small act of service that lets your neighbors know just how much you appreciate them!

Thanks for making a difference in our lives!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gum Recession Surgery Revolutionized!

Have you heard about this new procedure Dr. Clark offers? Gum grafting or gum surgery to repair gum recession can be horribly painful. There is a new, almost painless procedure developed by Dr. Chao that has revolutionized this surgery.

If gum recession is something you struggle with, please speak with Dr. Clark. You will be amazed at your results.  But don't take our word for it! 

We've included some patient testimonial links at the bottom of this blog post. Take a listen, and call today to schedule for consult with Dr. Clark.

Here is a link to our website so you can learn more about this revolutionary solution to gum recession.

Call today!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Routines Rule!

It's back to school time and the calm mornings of summertime have given way to the chaotic circus which dominates morning routines during the school year. 

Finding the best way to help your family stay calm amidst the chaos can seem undaunting but it is possible. With technology today, ideas are at your fingertips within the world wide web.

In a quick search this morning we found two job charts that could be easily implemented into a family's morning routine that would lessen anxiety, promote organization and accomplishment for all involved. Creating a small incentive such as a prize drawing, extra minutes at the park, or bike riding are great ways to encourage children to do well on their job charts.

Regardless of what works for you in a morning routine, may we emphasize that leaving for school or work with a freshly brushed mouth is a critical component of good oral hygiene.

Removing the plaque that builds up as you sleep each morning gives your teeth another line of defense against the bacteria that will be introduced or incubated in your mouth during the day. Everything you can do to keep your mouth clean will result in fewer cavities, diminished bad breath, and healthier gums.

You want your smile to work for you - make sure you work hard for it by keeping it clean and healthy every day!

Concerns about your smile? 
Call us today:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jaw Pain Got You Down?

Can you relate with this picture? Unfortunately, many people suffer needlessly from jaw pain. There are so many factors that can cause jaw pain, many of which you should not ignore.

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Clark has tools that can help diagnose exactly what is causing your jaw pain. With the proper diagnosis, effective solutions can easily be put into action, and relief is not far away.

Some people are surprised that something as simple as adjusting your bite can make a huge difference. If you are experiencing jaw pain currently, please call our office. A short consultation can help you get back on the path to recovery!

Call to schedule your 
consultation today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Flossing is All the Buzz!

Media outlets around the country, including the New York Times, ran an article yesterday touting that flossing may no longer be necessary. 

The article cites "all flossing may be overrated." The buzz comes from the quiet removal of the instruction to floss daily in the latest dietary guidelines published by the Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. This decision came about because the control groups used to show the effectiveness of flossing were not large enough to prove its necessity in preventing oral health problems.

While health professionals agree the control groups should have been larger, and larger studies need to take place, the American Dental Association (ADA) published its own article yesterday stating that "Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup."

The people who consistently choose not to floss may find some justification for their choice with this recent news story, but the reality is those who have developed good oral hygiene habits will continue to floss because the results are visible and tangible, and dentists across the country will continue to tell their patients that flossing is a critical component to their oral health care needs. 

Think of it this way. Every day we take out the trash in our homes, and weekly the city comes to collect that garbage. If food is left behind in a trash can, and it is exposed to the elements, it will begin to rot and smell horrible. The same is true with plaque. If you are not regularly "taking out the trash" or removing debris from hard to reach spots in your mouth, that plaque (which contains 500 species of bacteria by the way) will rot and smell much the same way inside your mouth.

The bottom line is keeping your mouth clear of debris through brushing and flossing or using a water flosser, along with regular dental cleanings will result in a happier, healthy mouth. Gingivitis will not set in as quickly, which leads to serious gum disease, and further health problems.

The choice, of course, is yours, but as for our office - we will keep on flossing!

Call us if you have any questions or concerns about this important topic -