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Bad breath treatment

Bad breath treatment

Bad breath is the result of bacteria build up in the mouth. While brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning can take care of most problems, some bad breath requires more extensive treatment. A good thorough cleaning is the best way is take care of any problems. Also, we offer many products and clinical strength rinses that can help treat bad breath at home. However, some bad breath can be the result of more serious problems, such as gum disease. Only a hygiene evaluation can diagnose the correct problem.

Chipped teeth

Chipped teeth

First, please call us and get in for an exam. An x-ray will be required to make sure that no damage has occurred to the roots of the teeth. Many smaller chips can be fixed with bonding, which adheres a tooth colored material to the chip and restores your smile. More extensive chips may require a crown. Only the dentist can tell what options will work for you.

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Do I have “dry sockets”?

Do I have “dry sockets”?

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you’ll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.

Headache and jaw pain relief

Headache and jaw pain relief

You may be suffering from TMJ disorder. TMJ is a common disorder that can cause headaches, teeth grinding, migraines, jaw pain, popping and clicking of the jaw, and severe wear on teeth. Most all of these symptoms can be treated by making a “splint” or night guard. The splint fits tightly on your upper teeth and is worn at night to help alleviate any pain that you are experiencing.

I have not been to the dentist in a while, what is the first step?

Missing teeth

Smile makeover options

What can I expect at my dental visit?


What can I expect at my dental visit?

What can I expect at my dental visit? Each visit can vary in time due the amount of procedures being completed and the extent of the treatment. Cleanings generally take an hour to complete; time may be extended if a more extensive cleaning is required. Crown preparations can take 1-1 ½ hours for your visit. Bridge preparations can be completed in 1-1 ½ hours. Cavities are filled anywhere from 30 minutes or more, depending on the number of fillings being completed at your visit. Implants vary in time from 45 minutes to an hour, per implant being placed. Completed treatment is same day to months in duration. A dental assistant will be able to answer any questions you may have.

When should I bring my children in for their first visit?


When should I bring my children in for their first visit?

Children around the age of two should come in for a visit. This initial visit will check how teeth are erupting, and familiarize them with the dentist. The first visit will be as fun and relaxed as possible. Each child is unique and we gage our time with your child accordingly.

It’s never too early to start brushing your children’s teeth. At this age just use a small smear of fluoride toothpaste and try to make it fun for them. Watch Dr. Karl’s one year old daughter Lexi have fun brushing her teeth.

It’s never too early to start brushing your children’s teeth. At this age just use a small smear of fluoride toothpaste and try to make it fun for them. Watch Dr. Karl’s one year old daughter Lexi have fun brushing her teeth.

Posted by Anderson Dental on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal

Typically wisdom teeth should be extracted between the ages of 16-19. Wisdom teeth decay easily because they can become hard to clean. Crowding can cause structural damage to your bite causing pain and an unsightful smile. Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted prior to orthodontic treatment. Impacted teeth have increased pathologic risk of cysts and tumors.

Getting your wisdom teeth extracted is nothing to worry about. The procedure varies in time from 45 minutes to an hour. We use local anesthetic so you will be completely numb and comfortable. Conscious sedation is an option, please call us for details. Make sure that you eat before your procedure and bring a friend or family member to drive you home. Check out our “form page” for care instructions after your extractions!


What Every Young Mother Should Know

By Dr. Karl Anderson

A few months ago I received the exciting news from my wife we will soon be expecting our second child. Instantly my mind started thinking of all of the blessings and excitement as well the responsibilities that will come. I know there is a mountain of things that all mothers must take care of in order to ensure a happy and healthy birth of a child into this world, but one of the most important things a mother can do is take care of herself. This includes prenatal, proper diet, exercise, adequate rest, and all too often forgotten proper dental care.

As a dentist, one of the things I encouraged my wife to add to her already busy schedule was a proper cleaning and exam. When women are pregnant hormonal changes cause an increase in certain strains of cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria. Many times, just like my wife experienced with our first child, women will experience their first cavities, fillings, and periodontal issues post-partum. Further, it has been proven time and time again, parents, this includes dad, with poor oral health transfer cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria to their children. This happens in ways as simple as sharing food with your children.

So there you have it. If you want to do a loving thing for the biggest blessing in your life, your family, start by taking good care of yourself with good oral care.

Healthy Tooth Friendly Summer Snacks

Summer is right around the corner, and with all the kids out of school and having fun it’s hard to know what snacks your kids are eating or if what they’re eating is good for their teeth. Kids are notoriously finicky eaters so it can be difficult to find snacks that are both healthy for your child, and that your child wants to eat. Here are some healthy summer snacks that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Teddy Bear Toast Healthy Summer Snacks

Teddy Bear Toast

This snack is so adorable it’s un-bear-able! All it requires is:

  • Whole Grain Toast
  • Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Blueberries

The whole grain toast is full of fiber and has many vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and gums. The peanut butter has elements like calcium and phosphorus which are essential in fighting tooth decay. You can also swap out the blueberries for any other antioxidant-packed foods, such as grapes or raisins.

Source: Crafty Morning

Snail On A Log Healthy Summer Snacks

Snail On A Log

Another cute creation, the Snail On A Log is an upgrade from the classic Ants On A Log (which is also a great snack for teeth).
All it requires is:

  • Apple
  • Celery
  • Raisins
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole Grain Pretzels

Apples act as a natural toothbrush and are packed with vital nutrients and vitamins. Celery, like other crunchy, juicy vegetables, has a high water content. This helps to offset the sugar content in other snacks or foods your child may be eating.

Source: Do It and How

Whole Grain Cracker Sandwiches

Cracker Sandwich Healthy Summer Snacks

These little finger sandwiches may be small but they pack a big punch of tooth-healthy nutrients! All it requires is:

  • Whole Grain Crackers
  • Cheese, and
  • Lunch Meat.

Cheese is good for teeth because it is rich in Calcium and lowers the level of acidity in the mouth. Any type of cheese is good, but hard aged cheeses are the best choices. Lunch meat is rich in nutrients and proteins which help enamel and prevent the build up of plaque.

Source: Simple As That

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