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Five questions to ask yourself

Well, it’s that time of year again, summer is waning and it’s back to school season! Healthy teeth and gums can make the school year easier – so ask yourself these questions:

  1. What does your morning routine look like? Make sure that brushing and FLOSSING is part of it, and don’t believe everything you hear – flossing is important.
  2. Does your son or daughter participate in a sport? If yes, be sure to protect their teeth with a mouth guard. We will make and provide FREE sporback to school teeth brushingts guards for any children that are currently patients, just ask!
  3. Could your toothbrush use an upgrade? Think about investing in an electric toothbrush. Some stores run specials on these types of items in the fall. We recommend SONICARE or ORAL B.
  4. What’s in the lunch bag? Stick with healthy snacks – carrot sticks, yogurt, nuts, and cheese. Also, avoid foods that easily get stuck in the grooves of your teeth. Food that is washed away easily by saliva causes less decay.
  5. When was your last dental visit? Always make time during the school year for regular visits to the dentist. We are happy to provide an excuse slip for work or school.

 


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Five things you can do to help your teeth and gums this summer

School will be out soon and we’re ushering in Summer fun, but it’s no time to neglect your teeth and gums. With all the backyard BBQ’s, weddings, graduations, pool parties and more – keep these five tips in mind so your teeth shine white in the sun.

  1.  Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush, or an electronic brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging tooth enamel.flossing
  2. Drink water after every meal to rinse out the mouth and neutralize any acidic or sugary foods that were eaten.
  3. Have a small piece of cheese in the evening after you have finished eating.  Studies have shown that eating cheese at the end of a meal reduces the chance for tooth decay.
  4.  Begin a flossing routine! Even if this means starting with once a week – it’s a start! Build on that.
  5.  If you are a senior,  use a mouth wash that contains fluoride. It helps prevent root decay and other decay. Many common medications cause dry mouth or saliva reduction, which can lead to cavities in seniors.

 


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Why do I need x-rays?

We hear this question from patients almost every day.  Why do I need x-rays?  Here are x ray picthe top three most important reasons (and we’ve got good news about dental x-rays you may not know).

  1. The most important reason for having dental x-rays is to allow the dentist to provide a complete exam. A visual dental exam provides only some of the information a dentist needs to see.  Many cavities can only be seen on x-ray because they are in between teeth. Additionally, sometimes the only way to see abscesses, lesions or growths within the bony structures is via x-ray.
  2. We will only take the minimum number of x-rays that any patient needs, as set out by the ADA guidelines and treatment requirements.
  3.  The radiographs we use in the dental office are DIGITAL radiographs. They use one tenth of the radiation other types of x-rays use.  (You would get more radiation on a sunny day than you will receive from a full mouth set of dental xrays.)

    For all of these reasons, a dentist cannot conduct a complete exam unless x-rays are taken and evaluated.  We are always striving to perform the best treatment possible and one of the most important things we can do for our patients is to have up-to-date  x-rays so we can properly evaluate their complete dental situation.


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Give Kids a Smile!

GKASThe Marquette University School of Dentistry and select dentists in the Milwaukee area, including our office, will be participating in this year’s Give Kids A Smile®  program. On Saturday January 30, 2016 from 7:30 AM – Noon the Marquette School of Dentistry will be offering free dental exams for kids- see address/location details below. Treatment appointments will be available to be made for those who qualify and Midtown Dental Care will be providing selected children free dental care at our office on Friday February 5, 2016.

Since February 2003 when the Wisconsin Dental Association joined the American Dental Association in launching Give Kids A Smile®, volunteer dentists, dental team members, dental and hygiene students and community advocates have provided more than $8.3 million in care to over  64,000 Wisconsin youngsters.

To get your child a free dental exam at the Marquette School of Dentistry go to 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave. (enter from the south side of the building). For more information about the Give Kids A Smile®  program  click here.


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We’re supporting Tosa for Tots

Tosa-For-Tots-Logo-Small (5)We all have different holiday traditions we look forward to and our office is excited to start a new one this year by supporting Tosa for Tots! We’re encouraging employees, patients and the community to donate a new article of clothing our toy by bringing it to our office during normal business hours now through December 12th so every family can celebrate the holiday season with something special.

Four community organizations in Wauwatosa have come together to make a difference for youth this Christmas.  Will you be a part of the movement? We are one of 60 businesses functioning as a collection site where people can drop off an item for donation. This year’s goal is to raise over 1,000 toys/clothing items – let’s surpass it! As we’re reminded of all we have to be thankful for this time of year, join us in spreading some holiday to cheer to others.  Visit Tosa for Tots for more information.

 

 


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Our Halloween candy deal…

candy picI like Halloween as much as anyone – I decorate my home inside and out and I even enjoy a good scary movie on a dark night. The thing that scares dentists the most is the Halloween candy. As much as we talk to our patients about alternative Halloween treats, kids still get a lot of candy.

This is where we can help! Mom and Dad if you think the candy is simply too much, we’re offering a great deal through our candy “buy back” program. For all kids who bring in their candy – we’ll take it off their hands and give a toy store gift certificate in exchange.

If your kids sweet tooth won’t let them participate, then we please ask all parents to monitor your child’s candy intake after the Halloween trick or treating is over. After any candy is eaten, please brush soon after or rinse with water. Moderation is the key! Enjoy Halloween and feel free to come in and ask about our candy buy back program now through Nov 7th.