Welcome Back Dr. Thompson!

By: Jenna Ebenhoe, C.D.A. April 2, 2015 Dr. David Thompson is home safely, following a week-long trip to the Caribbean country of Haiti. Dr. Thompson travels to Haiti each year with an organization called Friends of Haiti, Inc., where he provides valuable dental care to the general public. Friends of Haiti is a non-profit organization that helps people living in impoverished areas of Haiti. The organization provides “medical, dental, development, and educational services via teams of volunteer professionals,” and seeks to improve the lives of people in need (Friends of Haiti, 2015). Dr. Thompson spends much of his time helping those seeking dental attention and relieves the pain of many. In doing so, Thompson encounters many unique experiences, as well as reunites with friends involved with the group. Thompson has supported the organization for several years, and strives to expand and improve the overall treatment process. If you wish to get involved with this cause, please see the Friends of Haiti website for more information or contact Dr. David Thompson at...

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Dr. Maraka Volunteers at the 61st Annual CP Telethon

By: Jenna Ebenhoe, C.D.A. March 9, 2015 Over the weekend, Dental Arts’ own Dr. Patrick Maraka volunteered at the 61st Annual CP Telethon, taking calls to raise donations for a great cause. The CP Telethon is a 2-day fundraising effort that takes place each year during the first weekend of March. The benefit is the most important fundraising event of the year for the Cerebral Palsy Center (CP). It raises awareness about the CP Center and promotes the unique services and treatment options it provides for adults and children in the greater Green Bay community. Luckily, volunteers like Dr. Maraka make an impact and provide “a significant amount of value and worth to deeply enrich and enhance the CP’s mission: Celebrating all abilities and unlocking potential,” according to CP Center. Maraka has been involved in the telethon for the last five years and fully supports the cause.  ...

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Five Tips for a Bright New Year

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people depend on caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, or soda to get them through the day. However, these beverages can leave your teeth dark and stained overtime. Fortunately, with the help of five whitening tips, getting a brighter, more beautiful smile is one resolution that can actually be achieved. As a result, you may find yourself with sparkling pearly whites sooner than you thought! In addition, these tips will also help you learn how to combat stain on a daily basis, leaving you with a dazzling smile all year long. Custom whitening trays A great way to start the whitening process is to explore the possibilities of custom whitening trays. Especially since, “Tooth bleaching is one of the most conservative and cost-effective dental treatments to improve or enhance a person’s smile,” according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Furthermore, custom whitening trays are user friendly, comfortable, and effective. This is because impressions are used to make models of your teeth, giving them a custom fit. The trays are then made with a soft, thin, plastic material, making them easy to wear anytime and anywhere. The whitening gel used along with the custom trays is often effective and easy to apply. For example, “With tray bleaching, teeth normally lighten in three days to six weeks,” said the ADA. Additionally, the gel is thick and viscous, making it less likely to irritate the surrounding soft tissues. Though, sensitivity from whitening may occur, it should subside shortly after the treatment is completed. During the interim, simply pick up some Sensodyne toothpaste, and gently rub it onto the touchy areas. To get custom trays, ask your dentist if this form of whitening is right for you. Whitening rinse Using a whitening rinse is another way to reduce the amount of surface staining on your teeth throughout the year. Whitening rinses are effective because the foaming action they produce helps remove stain left behind from beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea and soda. For best results, rinses should be swished for 60 seconds twice a day before brushing, according to Harvard Health Publications. Brushing and flossing Next, brushing and flossing prevents stain and buildup from formulating on and in-between teeth. The better home care you have, the brighter...

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Brush Up on Some Dental Terms!

Our mission is to “continually educate our patients and ourselves…”   Here are some dental terms that may help you understand more about dentistry as a whole: Abscess: A painful area of inflamed tissue that is filled with infected material due to a bacterial infection. Anesthetic: The numbing agent. First, a topical anesthetic gel is placed with a Q-tip, then the local anesthetic is given to numb the tooth we are going to work on. Usually, the numb feeling is gone 1-2 hours after it is given. Bridge: A fixed unit that fills the space left by missing teeth with artificial ones, held in place by attaching to natural teeth or implants. Bruxism: A condition in which people clench and grind their teeth. Caries: Term for cavities; the decomposition of tooth structure. Composite resin fillings: The white fillings generally used today. These fillings are bonded into place to seal all edges of the filling and the tooth. Cosmetic dentistry: Services provided solely for the purpose of improving the appearance of teeth. Crowns: Commonly known as a “cap,” crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. Crowns are often recommended in cases where more than 40 percent of the tooth is missing or a whole cusp has broken off a tooth. Crowns take two visits: one visit to prepare the tooth and a second to have the final crown cemented in place. Between the two visits a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth. Typically, there is no anesthetic needed for the second visit. Dental Assistant: Prepares treatment rooms, assists the doctor during dental procedures, prepares materials, fabricates provisional crowns, sterilizes instruments, takes radiographs, and records impressions. Dental cleaning: The removal of plaque and tarter from teeth to help prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.  This is generally done by a Hygienist. Denture: Can be a replacement when all the teeth are missing or if just some teeth are missing. Dentures are can be held in by their suction with the tissues or by implants which will help them stay in place better. Dry mouth: Also called xerostomia; a condition that results from an inadequate flow of saliva. Often a side effect of certain medications. Endodontist: Dentist specializing in the treatment of the pulp or nerve of a tooth. Erosion: The thinning...

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February: National Children’s Dental Health Month

By: Jenna Ebenhoe, C.D.A., February 16, 2015 It’s a great time of the year to teach kids about good oral health habits. After all, the month of February is recognized as National Children’s Dental Health Month. National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) helps raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Each year NCDHM encourages dental professionals, healthcare providers, and teachers to promote the benefits of good oral health routines to children, parents, and many others. During NCDHM, groups such as the American Dental Association (ADA), National Education Association (NEA), and Crest, among others, provide free educational online resources to all. They include oral health presentations, classroom projects, activity sheets, booklets, videos and other tools to show kids how to take care of their teeth. These materials help little ones get interested in oral hygiene by making the subject matter fun and interactive. Developing healthy habits at an early age helps children maintain healthy teeth and gums into adulthood. Reports show that childhood caries or decay is the number one chronic disease affecting young children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Additionally, “early childhood caries is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.” However, if parents, teachers, and dental professionals help kids brush up on their preventive habits early on, they may reduce the amount of dental decay in children. As a general guide, a child’s preventive care program should include:  Fluoride Healthy diet Dental visits two times a year Brushing two times a day Flossing once a day     Image courtesy of picjumbo    ...

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