Monthly Archives: September 2017

Are You Happy with the Appearance of Your Smile?

At our family dental practice in Bloomer, we frequently get questions regarding the appearance of our patients’ smiles. Whether it’s someone who wants to get teeth that are a bit straighter, or someone who wants to go a few shades lighter in color, cosmetic issues with teeth drive a significant number of our patients’ questions.
If you are not too happy with the way your smile looks, the good news is that there are plenty of options for you. Any dentist in Bloomer can educate you on this matter, but we would like to give you the information you need right here and now. If, after reading this blog, you have more questions as to what you can to do straighten or whiten your teeth, please feel free to contact us via telephone, email, or even in person. We’re here to help you!

Options for Correcting Tooth Alignment and Spacing
Practicing dentistry in Bloomer means we have seen smiles of all shapes and sizes. Whether your issue is a tooth that came in slightly crooked, a gap between two teeth that seems just a little bit too big, or something else entirely, we can help you.
If you want your teeth to appear straighter, you may want to consider braces or retainers. The different types of braces and other straightening orthodontic devices available is a whole other blog post in and of itself; for our purposes, we will just say that you have a number of options, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Another option to straightening your teeth would be the use of veneers. Although veneers are traditionally thought of in terms of what they can do for the color of your teeth, they can also be fashioned so as to correct slight gaps or other imperfections in the alignment of your teeth. While they are not the best choice to correct major issues, they can work nicely with minor ones.

Options for Adjusting Tooth Color
Many of our patients come in to see us and ask what they can do in order to lighten their teeth by a few shades. Whether the color of your teeth is naturally a few shades darker than you’d like, or your teeth have been discolored over time, we can help get your smile looking whiter and brighter without too much time and trouble.
If your smile has become discolored through the use of tobacco or due to drinking foods or drinks with dark colors—traditional culprits are coffee, wine, and tea—lightening the stains is a relatively straightforward matter. We can perform lightening treatments in our office, and we can also provide you with a take-home kit to use in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Getting a whiter and brighter smile can be accomplished in as little as a few treatments. This means you could see a difference inside of a week. If you have questions about whitening treatments, by all means ask us.
We are here to help you, and we look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted!

What Kind of Mouthwash Are You Using?

Using a good mouthwash is a vital part of your oral hygiene routine. At our family dental practice in Cadott, we always encourage our patients to be sure they are using a good mouthwash at least twice a day. Using a mouthwash helps reduce the population levels of the bacteria in your mouth, which, in turn, means fewer cavities and fresher breath.
But not all mouthwashes are the same. In fact, some mouthwashes can actually have the effect of worsening your breath and causing other problems. As any dentist in Cadott can tell you, it actually makes a big difference what type of mouthwash you use.

Mouthwashes with Alcohol
In theory, using a mouthwash with alcohol in it makes sense. After all, alcohol is used to kill germs, and dental problems frequently arise due to excessive bacterial growth in the oral cavity.
But it’s not as simple as that. An alcohol mouthwash will have the effect of drying out your mouth. Because one of your mouth’s natural defenses to bacteria is the continual washing effect of the salivary flow, you don’t want to do anything to dry it out. Doing so will actually increase the bacterial population in your mouth.
Also, the alcohol in the mouthwash can actually kill some of the sensitive soft tissues in your mouth such as cheek and gum tissues. This dead tissue will provide more issues, as it lends itself to higher bacterial population levels.

Ditch the Alcohol
Practicing dentistry in Cadott means telling your patients to make smart choices. When it comes to mouthwash, skip the alcohol and reach for a refreshing non-alcoholic alternative. There are many options to choose from, and if you need help, we are happy to review your choices with you and tell you what we think. We are here to help you!

Should You Use a Water Flosser?

Ask any dentist in Bloomer, and he or she will tell you that it is very important to floss your teeth regularly. Regularly means at least once in each 24-hour period. We recommend that you floss at night before you go to sleep.
At any rate, flossing regularly is crucial to healthy gums; yet, as we have noted at our family dental clinic in Bloomer, many people simply don’t get it done. One reason they cite is that flossing is messy, takes a long time, and seems to be more trouble than it is worth.
If this is you, you may want to consider using a water flosser. While a water flosser has some drawbacks, it also has some advantages. If you’re not sure, please carefully consider the benefits of using a water flosser versus using nothing at all.

Advantages of a Water Flosser
A water flosser has a number of advantages to traditional string floss. First and foremost, it is easier to use, and for this reason alone many of our patients choose it. Secondly, a water flosser does not require that you put your hands in your mouth and deal with used dental floss.
Unlike traditional string floss, you can easily learn to run a water flosser by feel, meaning you don’t need to have the setup of a mirror and good lighting to get the job done. After a few times of using it, you will be able to do it pretty much anywhere.

Drawbacks to Using a Water Flosser
Of course, some of our patients have tried a water flosser and been dissatisfied with the result. Studies have shown that water flossers simply don’t get the job done as well as using traditional string dental floss. Normal flossing on a regular basis leads to lower incidence of gum bleeding and plaque formation than water flossing alone.
So, why would you choose a water flosser? Well, as you can imagine, using a water flosser is definitely better than using nothing at all. Although a water flosser will not bring the same results as string floss, it does help keep things clean, and the fact that it is so easy to use can help people who would not otherwise floss engage in some sort of regular dental hygiene practices.
We have been practicing dentistry in Bloomer for a long time. We have seen the advantages of dental floss, but we also acknowledge that water flossers have their place in your oral hygiene toolkit. Perhaps the best approach would be to use traditional floss whenever you can, and supplement it with a water flosser when you simply don’t have the time to use string floss.
If you have any questions about flossing, brushing, or anything else related to your oral hygiene practices, please feel free to call us at any time. Or, make a note of it, and be sure to bring it up at your next routine cleaning appointment. We are here to help you keep your mouth healthy and happy!

Is It Time for Dentures?

At our family dental practice in Cadott, we sometimes encounter patients who are considering dentures. While dentures are marvelous inventions, and have surely aided countless people who otherwise may not have been able to continue eating the diet they want to, they are not always the best choice in every situation.
Because we care about our patients, we want to provide you with the information you need to make a reasoned, well-considered decision. Any dentist in Cadott can slap together a pair of dentures for you; but how many care enough to make sure you’re making the choice that is best for you? Please take a few moments and read more information about dentures. As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call or stop by our office whenever it is convenient for you.

Uses of Dentures
Obviously, dentures allow you to chew food that you otherwise might not be able to eat after you have lost a significant number (or all) of your teeth. But did you know that dentures serve other uses as well?
For one thing, you use your teeth extensively when you speak. Without the presence of your teeth, you would have a difficult time forming words correctly, and communication could become quite frustrating, to say the least. A good set of dentures will allow you to communicate just as well as you always have.
For another thing, dentures help provide the support to keep your facial structure intact. Here’s the deal: your teeth grow out of the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the bone in that area loses stimulation and begins to erode. Over time, this bone loss can cause your facial structure to change, causing you to have a sunken appearance over your face.

Dentures Versus Other Options
Although dentures certainly do serve a role, they are not the only way of achieving the goals you have. Other options, such as bridges or dental implants, can serve as methods of replacing the function of teeth you may have lost.
Dentures are a good option if you have lost several (or all) of your teeth and you are looking for an economical replacement. However, be aware that although you will adjust to your dentures in time, they will never feel exactly like your natural teeth.
If you are looking for replacements for only a few teeth, or if you are interested in more closely duplicating the appearance and function of your natural teeth, you may want to talk with us about dental implants.
Whatever options you are considering, we are happy to talk with you about them. Keep in mind that every option will have pros and cons, and it’s good to know what you’re choosing before you take the plunge.
So give us a call, or drop by for a visit. Practicing dentistry in Cadott has given us the chance to help untold numbers of people over the years. We look forward to helping you, too.

Getting a Dental Crown

After practicing dentistry in Cadott for as long as we have, you learn a few things about what people expect when you tell them that they need a dental crown. Because we care about our patients, we want to help inform you as to what you can expect when getting a dental crown. As always, our family dental practice in Cadott is here to answer your questions, so feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call, or stop by and see us.

What is a Dental Crown?
Although you probably know what a filling is, when we tell a patient that he or she needs a dental crown, sometimes the response is one of confusion. A dental crown, for the sake of simplicity, is basically like a cap or covering that fits over an existing tooth.
Unlike a dental implant, which involves completely replacing the tooth, a dental crown is affixed to an existing tooth. And, unlike a filling, which involves simply replacing a small portion of a tooth, a dental crown involves a significant addition to your tooth.
Dental crowns may be fashioned from one of a few different materials. Any dentist in Cadott can tell you about the different materials, but we want you to know the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Ceramic. Some dental crowns are made out of a dental ceramic material such as porcelain. These crowns look very much like your natural teeth, and they are a good choice for teeth that are towards the front of the mouth. The downside to getting a ceramic or porcelain crown is that they are not as durable as some of the other materials.
Metal. Metal dental crowns can be made from a mixture of different metals. A full exploration of the different types of metal dental crowns is beyond the scope of this blog; however, if you are interested in getting a metal dental crown, please ask us about it, and we’ll be happy to go into greater detail. A significant advantage to metal dental crowns is their incredible durability. Of course, as you can imagine, they are quite different in appearance from your natural teeth, and may not be the best choice for teeth in the front of the mouth.

Installation of a Dental Crown
Installation is a simple process. When you come to see us for a dental crown, we will numb the area of the tooth we are working on. We will go in and remove any decayed or damaged tooth material. This can be done with a traditional dental drill or with certain laser implements.
In either case, once the tooth is prepared, we will affix the crown using special dental techniques. Then, after giving it the time it needs to set, your crown will be ready for use. By the time your anesthetic wears off, you will be able to use the tooth just like you would any natural tooth.
We are here to help you through this process. Come see us today if you think you may need a dental crown.