Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Sky is the Limit!

Dentistry is a fascinating field of endless possibilities. Although the teeth we were born with may have emerged crooked, missing, darkened, etc. there is no reason why our smile can't be fixed to reflect who we really are.

Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut with options available to repair and improve any smile. We have seen the lives of our patients transform with everything from simple changes such as teeth whitening, to full-mouth restoration through crowns, bridges or teeth replacement. 

When asked, most people have at least one thing they would like to improve their smile. What is your secret wish? Our advice to you is to share that desire with us because those changes are within your grasp. 

Dr. Clark is more than willing to visit with you and create a treatment plan that will help you attain the smile you've always wanted. We have numerous financing plans, and he can tailor your treatment plan to match any financial situation.

Take a moment to look through the many possibilities on our website today at You will find educational material as well as patient testimonials to help you decide which treatment is the best option for you. Together with Dr. Clark, you can be confident that the correct plan will be successful.

So what are you waiting for? Let's work together to unveil the smile of your dreams! Call today to schedule a consult with Dr. Clark. Make 2017 the year you make your wish a reality.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Brushing Habits to Break in 2017

In our Tuesday's Tip yesterday we discussed six benefits of receiving regular dental cleanings from our fantastic hygienists. You can review the list above.

It has been our experience spanning almost three decades in dental care that small, consistent habits yield long-lasting results. It is not uncommon for all of us set a New Year's resolution to lose weight for example. It is conceivable that more gym memberships are purchased in January than during any other month, however, said memberships tend to be discarded or forgotten after a few shorts weeks into the new year when life just gets too busy. 

Good oral hygiene habits can be overlooked simply because we don't take the time to review ourselves and see what we can improve upon. 

The American Dental Association offers seven areas that we need to evaluate about our own oral health care habits. We extend the challenge to you to ask yourself how you are doing in the following areas:

1) Do you keep your toothbrush too long?

"Did you know the average life of a toothbrush is 3-4 months? Make a resolution to change your toothbrush with every season this year. Frayed and broken bristles won’t keep your teeth clean—these are signs it’s time to let go. When you’re shopping, look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance."

2) Do you brush for the recommended two minutes?

"Speed demons, listen up! Your teeth should be brushed for a full two minutes, twice per day. Most of us fall short —the average time most people spend brushing is 45 seconds. If you’re racing through cleaning, try setting a timer. Or distract yourself by humming your favorite tune!"

3) Do you brush too hard?

"Be gentle with your teeth. You may think brushing harder will remove more leftover food and the bacteria that loves to eat it, but a gentle brushing is all that’s needed. Too much pressure may wear down the hard outer shell on your teeth and damage your gums."

4) Do you brush right after eating?

"If you feel the need to clean your teeth after eating or drinking, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing—especially if you have had something acidic like lemons, grapefruit or soda. Drink water or chew sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to help clean your mouth while you are waiting to brush."

5) Do you store your toothbrush improperly?

"When you’re done brushing, keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry in the open. Don’t keep your toothbrush in a closed container, where germs have more opportunity to grow, and if your toothbrush is in a holder next to another, keep them separated like the photo above."

6) Do you use a toothbrush with hard bristles?

"Soft bristles are the way to go. You don’t want to use medium or hard bristles because these may wear down the outer shell of your teeth and may cause sensitivity when eating or drinking cold food and beverages."

7) Do you use an improper brushing technique?

"Get your best brush with these steps: First, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Next, brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Finally, To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes."

So there you have it. Are there one or two areas in which you recognize you need improvement in your daily routine? Pick one or two bad habits you'd like to change and make it happen

We believe in you - slow and steady wins the race! It was true with the tortoise and the hare and it is true in dental care. Small and consistent good habits will pay you dividends for years to come.

Happy Brushing!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year, New You!

You've heard it said before, if you make a goal but don't write it down, you are less likely to accomplish said goal.

What are your goals for your dental health this upcoming year? Haven't thought of setting of dental goals? Don't worry, you are not alone.

We get so busy with "life" that we forget to focus on things that make it possible for us to enjoy our lives. Good dental hygiene is one of those often overlooked items.

We would like to challenge you to pick at least one of the following tips to focus upon this year. As you dedicate time to your oral health care, your body will receive the benefits. Everything is connected!

Suggested Dental Goals:

1) Brush at least twice daily, and floss once.
2) Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings.
3) Make cosmetic changes that are needed.
4) Smile consciously every day.
5) Stop drinking soda.
6) Stop smoking.

There you have it - a simple yet powerful list. If you make changes with any of these suggested goals, your body and mouth will thank you. You could possibly even save your life or add years to it if #6 is your goal!

We believe in you! We are here to help you make your goals become reality!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Good News!

Although we will be closed for Christmas, you can still take advantage of this fantastic rebate offer from Oral-B in the new year. If you were blessed with some Christmas cash and would like to invest in your health, this toothbrush is the perfect gift choice!

Stop by our office after the holidays and we will help you purchase this revolutionary tool that will truly be a gift that will keep on giving throughout the year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dr. Clark & Staff

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Helping Others Helps You

Have you stopped to consider why this particular time of year people are generally more thoughtful, helpful, and even happy? We have been observing people around us recently, and there is something that happens when this special time of year arrives. People start to think about others more than themselves. They purposefully find ways to reach out, serve, and help those around them.

We found an interesting article written by Mike Gonyea entitled, "Importance of Helping Others" that dives into what happens to ourselves, both emotionally and physically when we reach out to help others.

Importance of Helping Others
by Mike Gonyea

Emotional Well-Being
Research led by Dr Suzanne Richards at the University of Exeter Medical School indicates that altruistic behaviors -- those born of an unselfish concern for the welfare of others -- can have a profound effect on a person's emotional well-being. The study shows that helping others improves social interaction, distracts people from their own problems, and improves self-esteem and competence. It even suggests concern for others can allow one to build a "kindness bank" of memories that can be drawn upon well into the future.

Physical Well-Being
While many studies on the positive aspects of altruism deal with emotional well-being, research has also shown that helping others has physical benefits as well. It leads to increased social integration which allows people to lead more active lifestyles. It reduces stress and its associated negative impacts on the body, and it can boost a person's immune system which helps ward off disease. Studies of older people have shown that those who help others live longer, and presumably happier, lives than those who don’t.

Your Brain on Helpfulness
Helping others affects brain chemistry. Scientists have documented the physiological changes that occur in the brain when someone sees the response to their altruistic behavior. A group of economists at the University of Zurich said they have found the sweet spot in the brain associated with altruistic behavior. It appears that variations in the size and activity of a brain region known as the right temporoparietal junction dictates your ability to appreciate the perspectives of others, and it creates the possibility that stimulating it could allow almost anyone to enjoy the many benefits associated with altruistic behavior.

Our challenge to you is to reach out and help someone today. Give your brain the positive benefits it needs, and you might be surprised how a little service actually lifts the heavy burdens we are sometimes called to bear.

Dr. Dennis Clark & Staff

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

We Remember...

Today we pause to reflect upon the devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor. Have you stopped to consider the word "remember" and the significance this word plays in our lives?

As a nation, we honor the lives of those lost. As families, we remember the spirit of giving, love, and service that accompanies this time of year. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, especially during the busyness that accompanies the holiday season.

May we each take a few moments today to reflect upon the freedoms and blessings that we enjoy because of the ultimate sacrifice given by so many throughout this world's history.

"Remember" is a word that changes the future. When we remember why we have the freedoms we do today, we work harder to preserve them for the future generations. 

We hope today, and especially throughout the remainder of the month each of you remember and reflect upon the goodness of the world around you. Sure, problems abound everywhere, but in the quiet acts of service, goodness pervades society and therein lies true peace. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let Us Be Your One Stop Shopping Destination!

The holiday season is upon us and we have to really great gift ideas for you and yours.

This state-of-the-art Oral B toothbrush is a gift that will keep on giving throughout the years to come! You don't want to miss out on this incredible promotion! Call to place your order today before supplies run out.

A customized gift certificate for those "hard to shop for" family members or friends is the perfect answer to your shopping woes. You can determine the service you would like to gift and we will prepare the gift certificate tailored to your specifications. 

Talk about a one-of-a-kind gift idea!

This final gift offer will surely brighten any smile! We have 4-pack Opalescence Go Home Whitening Trays available for purchase. 

These would make a fantastic stocking stuffers or gifts for your office co-workers. 

Make us your one-stop shopping destination this year! We'll take the worry and frustration of finding that perfect gift for the loved ones in your life.

Act quickly, supplies are limited!