Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween - Keep Your Teeth Clean!

 Happy Halloween!

Tonight is the night of Halloween Haunts. Little goblins and witches will flock to the streets in search of their sweet treasures. Remember to give your children a flashlight to carry and always accompany them for their safety.

Inspect all candy they bring home before they consume any. However, you decide to divide up their candy consumption remember that hard candies are much worse for their teeth than soft ones. 

Whether you let your ghouls and goblins consume all of their candy in one night (oh the tummy ache) or let them have a specified amount each day, please don't forget to have them brush and floss. As a matter of fact, it is a good rule of thumb to have the brush after every consumption period comes to an end.

Sugar in the mouth is the perfect breeding ground for the plaque to flourish. Do everything you can to minimize the sugar infestation by keeping your mouth and the mouths of your children clean and clear from the sweet stuff. Cavities tend to rise during the final months of the year because our sweet consumption increases beginning with Halloween. You can mitigate this by staying vigilant with your oral health care routines. 

Keep the water consumption up, healthy food consumption regular and along with brushing and flossing you will give your mouth the help it needs to stay healthy and happy. 

As always, should you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to call us!

Happy Haunts tonight!

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!

Phote Source: 600320d0b1d0d7e44f09f6743a043fe8

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!