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Check this out! A special thank you to our patients for their referrals!

As a patient of Family Dental Center, we appreciate you!  For every new patient you refer to our office by December 17th, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a  $100 HyVee gift card (giving away 2) or a $300 Amazon gift card (only giving away 1) !! *Drawing ends December 17th, new patients must be seen prior to that date Submitted by Lynn, Clinic Manager          ...

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Pacifiers: Time to say good-bye?

  We know saying good-bye to a pacifier can be a difficult task for parents and children alike.  For children...it is like losing their best friend.  For parents... it means tough days ahead, and that their child is growing out of the baby stage and into the next stage of development.  We hope this article from Delta Dental will help ease the burden of taking the plunge!  Good Luck! The pacifier can be a parent’s best friend and a terrible nightmare. While it’s...

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Child’s Sugary Snacking

Cutting down on sugar is a great place to start improving your oral health! When working with her young patients, pediatric dentist and ADA spokesperson Dr. Mary Hayes teaches them this simple, but important, rhyme: “Sugar is fun to eat, but not good for your teeth!”  That’s because your child might love sweet treats, but the bacteria in his or her mouth loves them even more. “Sucrose (sugar) is the ‘food’ for the bacteria that cause tooth decay,” Dr. Hayes says. “Those bac...

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Benefits from Quitting Smoking almost immediately!

Have you ever felt "what's the use in quitting smoking, I've been smoking for years and the damage is done?"  Well that's not necessarily true!  Did you know that: Your heart rate drops within 20 minutes after your last cigarette? Your carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal in 12 hours? Your risk for coronary heart disease is cut in half in the first year? At 10 years, your risk of oral cancer is almost the same as a non-smoker? At 15 years, your heart disease ...

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Dental Emergency Tips

It is important for parents to know how to respond in the case of a dental injury. Coaches, school nurses and team doctors can be very helpful in determining what should be done in the moments immediately following an accident. Of course, dental trauma can come in multiple forms. Many accidents involving trauma to teeth will also require other medical attention. In many cases, medical treatment often becomes a higher priority than dental treatment. However, if you know the teeth and/or mouth hav...

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Thinking of getting a piercing? Be aware of the risks…

If you pierce your tongue, lips, cheeks or uvula (the tiny tissue that hangs at the back of the throat,) it can interfere with speech, chewing or swallowing. It may also cause: Infection, pain and swelling. Your mouth is a moist environment, home to huge amounts of breeding bacteria, and an ideal place for infection. An infection can quickly become life threatening if not treated promptly. It’s also possible for a piercing to cause your tongue to swell, potentially blocking your airway. ...

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Dental Emergency? Prevention & Response

With Spring and Summer just around the corner be thinking about protecting your teeth from injuries sustained in sports activities.  A custom fit mouthguard made at your dental office can prevent broken teeth, jaw injuries, and cuts to lip, tongue or face.  Remember to get a guard that fits properly and be sure to wear it!  Most tooth loss under the age of 35 years old is caused by athletic trauma or accidents.  If a tooth is knocked out, the important thing is to keep the tooth moist at all...

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Looking for an Accessory for Your Spring Wardrobe?

As we enter spring and a change in wardrobe, remember...                   Submitted by Sarah, Clinical Assistant...

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Football Season is here – Protect your teeth!

Are your teeth protected?  According to the American Dental Association, you are 60 times more likely to damage your teeth during sporting activities if an athletic mouth guard is not worn.  Mouth guards are easy to make and can be purchased where sporting equipment is sold.  Custom mouth guards can also be made at Family Dental Center.  Give us a call if you have questions!   Submitted by Dr. Gertsen, DDS  ...

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First Stage Tooth Decay

Most people know that a cavity is a hole in the tooth. A cavity does not happen over night, as it takes time to develop. If the start of a cavity is caught and treated early enough, the tooth may be able to repair itself. Over the counter toothpastes containing the minerals calcium, phosphate and fluoride can help strengthen this area. The dentist may recommend prescription-strength fluoride varnish and or dental sealants to help keep your teeth healthy. Limiting between meal snacking and ...

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