Because These Teeth were made for Smiling

You made our Candy Buy Back a Huge Success!

THANK YOU!!! Words are never enough to show our appreciation for the wonderful event we held last week to buy candy from trick or treaters to send to Operation Gratitude and our US troops serving overseas. These treats will put smiles on soldiers faces. We are grateful so many were able to come out and have fun. The balloon artist did a fabulous job making creations. We loved the minions, minnie mouse ears, spiderman, and even a huge shark smiling just for me. Thank you to our photographer, Stephanie Norwood, for capturing the smiles and sparkling teeth of the kids. We love putting smiles on the faces of kids. We also love supporting our US Soldiers serving overseas.

Stephanie Norwood took some fabulous photos the night of the event. You can check them out at Stephanie Norwood photos of the candy buy back

Thank you for supporting our efforts to make this community the best!

kayla and chandler at Halloween Candy Buy Back

kayla and chandler at Halloween Candy Buy Back

Dr Garrett and kids at Halloween Candy Buy Back

Dr Garrett and kids at Halloween Candy Buy Back

 

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Yes, You Can Have Some of the Halloween Candy

 

Halloween is just around the corner, and although candy consumption is almost unavoidable this time of year, the Academy of General Dentistry(AGD) wants parents and children to know that there are both good and bad candy options, both of which may find their way into children’s trick-or-treat bags this fall.

Of course, dentists do not advocate that anyone eat large amounts of sugary treats, but it is that time of year, so we want to clarify which treats are better for their teeth and which ones may increase the risk of developing cavities.

 Worst:

 Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. These candies get stuck in grooves of teeth and are harder for saliva to wash out.

Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth.

Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Best:

 Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth and prevent cavities.

Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.

Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.

By closely monitoring intake, we can prevent cavities and still enjoy good treats.

Candy Buy Back 2015Join us on Monday, November 2nd from 4pm-7pm for our Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back!

We will give kids $1 per pound of candy up to $5

We will have a balloon artist, face painting, crafts, and a raffle drawings.

We even have prizes for parents too!

Have a Missing Tooth?

 

When you have a tooth that is missing due to decay or it never formed, many people can be embarrassed by the space. But did you know that there are other reasons to have the space filled?

When there is a space between teeth, the teeth on either side can shift or tilt causing problems with yourtooth-loss1 bite which can lead to TMJ problems. Also, the opposing tooth from top or bottom can drift into t
he space. Another problem can be bone loss due to not having a tooth to stimulate the bone. When bone is not being used, it resorbs causing bone loss.

 

 

There are a few different ways to replace a missing tooth.

The best way, if possible, is through a dental implant. These are titanium implants that go into the bone and become set to hold implanta new tooth, crown, in place. They function like a normal tooth and are easy to keep clean. Because there is something in the bone, the bone is being used and does not resorb.

 

 

The second best way is a fixed bridge. This is a porcelain or metal apbridge picturepliance that uses the teeth on either side of the space to anchor in place. A bridge is cemented in place and does not come out. Cleaning can be a little more difficult than an implant, but is easy once you get used to the bridge.

 

 

 

The third option is a removable partial denture. This is like a retainer that has teeth on it and comes in and out. A partial denture hooks onto the remaining teeth and give the appearance of teeth in the missing areas. You take the partial out to clean it but it stays in to function as a tooth.

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If you have a missing tooth don’t be like this guy, discuss with your dentist which option is right for you!missing tooth

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Mouthguards help prevent head injuries.

We all see the players on the field take those gross mouthguards out of their mouths and place them on the helmet during football games. Ever think that little piece of rubber could prevent so many injuries?

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Not only protecting the players’ teeth, these mouthguards also protect against injuries such as broken jaws, damage to the soft tissue around teeth, damage to neck muscles and bones, and helps prevent concussions too.

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Studies have shown that custom mouthguards made my a dentist are better than the “boil-n-bite” version found at stores at preventing these injuries.

Ask your dentist today how you can help prevent head related injuries for you child, grandchild, or team player.

 

 

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