Have You Scheduled Your Child's Summer Dental Visit?

Summer is here! And it’s almost official (June 21!). So, it’s time for staying up late, bonfires on weeknights and crazy camp schedules, right? Well, yes. Many of us at Grand Avenue Dental Care have young children and understand the busy-ness of summer all too well. That is why we recommend that you schedule your family's dental visits right away. 

For some of us, we have young ones who are just starting 4k or kindergarten this coming year. For these kiddos, there is usually a dental examination that is required by the school district before registration. For others, we know that our kids are overdue for their cleaning or they might need some dental treatment to address some areas of decay. In both of these situations, you should call your dentist now and get these appointments scheduled. 

We all know how the summer can fly. Before we know it, it will be August 15th and we will have mere weeks before the chaos of the school year starts back up. This is the kind of situation that we want our patients to avoid. By calling to schedule your appointments now, you will reserve your ideal time, check another to-do item off of your list and be able to enjoy the rest of your summer as lackadaisically as you can. No rush involved. Sounds nice, right?

As a way to celebrate all that is summer, we are offering a Summer Sealant Special!  A sealant is a bit of material that is painted on to the biting surface of the tooth to protect the grooves of the tooth from decay. They are a wonderful thing for both kids and adults, but can be particularly helpful in preventing cavities in younger children who are still perfecting their brushing habits! 

From now until September 1st, 2018, all sealants will be 1/2 off! That’s a savings of over $25.00!

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Call us today and take advantage of our Summer Sealant Special and get one more step closer to knocking that to-do list out of the park!

Get your Dad in for a Dental Visit this Father’s Day!

In most families, it is typical that the wife or mom will be the one to arrange doctor and dental appointments for the family. While this is a good thing, it can sometimes mean that Dad doesn’t get his appointment scheduled. So, this father’s day, why not try to help your dad take that first step towards a healthy mouth!

Usually there are a couple of reasons why dad won’t schedule his dental appointment. 

  1. Time - Between work and family, there isn’t a lot of time to get in
  2. Fear of Judgement - They haven’t been in a while and they are worried of what someone might think or say
  3. Prioritizing themselves - Just like moms, dad’s can also tend to put other things in front of their own health at times

Why Grand Avenue Dental Care might be a good fit for your Dad (or husband)!

  1. We have late hours! We are open until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, so there is lots of time for Dad to come over after work.
  2. NO Judgement! We never judge anyone who walks through our door. Just by coming, we think that you are taking your next step in improving your oral health, and we are all about that! Welcome to our office!
  3. We treat each patient like a person. Each of us should take the time to take care of ourselves and we’ll be sure to encourage your dad to take care of himself. 
  4. We serve cookies! (Let's be real ... sometimes we all need a nudge...) =) 

Regardless of whether your dad schedules a dental appointment or not, having a conversation with him about his oral health is a great thing to do and it shows him that you care. If you or your dad need anything, we are always happy to welcome new patients! We hope all of the dads out there have a wonderful and relaxing weekend with their families!

From all of us at Grand Avenue Dental Care, Happy Father’s Day!

Snoring can be Annoying ... It also could be a sign of Sleep Apnea.

I don’t snore! Or so you may think. Chances are that if someone has told you that you are snoring, they are probably right. Statistically, almost 50% of us snore sometimes and 1/3 of us snore consistently. Those are big numbers and this affects millions of Americans each year. While snoring can be an annoying habit that can make it hard for loved ones to sleep near you, it also can be a sign of a more serious condition. 

Sleep apnea is defined by webmd.com as "a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain -- and the rest of the body -- may not get enough oxygen.”

Sleep apnea is a very serious condition and it is one that many people blow off and do not take seriously. Some signs that you might be suffering from sleep apnea are: 

  • you are feel consistently tired, even after a ‘full night’s sleep’
  • you wake up frequently during the night
  • you snore heavily and never feel that you sleep well
  • you are groggy during the day and have trouble being productive. 

The best thing to do if you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea is to have a sleep study done. This allows medical professionals to determine if you do have sleep apnea, what type you have and how best to treat you.

One of the most common treatments of sleep apnea is a CPAP mask. This mask continually blows air through your airway to ensure that you don’t stop breathing. The downside to this treatment is that it is big, bulky and can make noise while you sleep. In addition, for some people who toss and turn, it doesn’t stay on their face while they sleep. While this treatment is still the most recommended treatment from people suffering from sleep apnea, there is also a dental appliance which many people can benefit from. 

This dental appliance is just that: an appliance that goes in your mouth. It is usually recommended for those patients who the CPAP doesn't work for, or for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Many patients find much relief from this appliance and it drastically improves their quality of life. Increased productivity, healthier eating and an improved mood have all been reported by people who are successfully treating their sleep apnea. 

If you think you, or a loved one, are suffering from sleep apnea, or if you have a severe case of snoring, contact your doctor or dentist and talk about how you could treat it. There are dental appliances that can help with both!

 

My gums are bleeding. Is that normal?

This is a common question we get from our patients because, unfortunately, it is a common occurrence. However, the answer to the question is …  no, bleeding gums are not normal. The reality is that about 50% of us suffer from periodontal, or gum, disease. If left untreated, advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can lead to loss of gum tissue and loss of jaw bone. This can lead to loose teeth or tooth loss. These are the reasons why we take bleeding gums so seriously! 

Gum disease is progressive and treatable, so the earlier you catch it and start treatment, the better. The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is marked by red, swollen gums and occasional bleeding when flossing or brushing. If you notice your gums bleeding, you should call your dentist and schedule an exam. Here at Grand Avenue Dental Care, we perform periodontal exams once a year for our patients. This is where we measure 6 different areas of the gum around each tooth to see how healthy your gums are. For a video that shows and demonstrates the periodontal exam, visit mouthhealthy.org.

What can you do to prevent gum disease?

Taking care of your mouth and gums is actually a pretty easy thing to do. And, even if in the past you haven’t done a good job of it, you can start now! Here are some things you can do:

  1. Brush for two minutes, two times a day
  2. Floss once a day
  3. See your dentist at least twice a year
  4. Tell your dentist or hygienist about any abnormality or pain with your teeth or gums
  5. Ask if there are any products than can help you at home

One product that we recommend to patients who are at risk or in early stages of periodontal disease is paradontax. Sometimes a simple thing like switching your at-home product can make a big difference! Remember- whenever you switch a product, be sure to read all instructions and directions for it, and use it appropriately. That will allow it to have the most beneficial impact on your dental health. 

If you are concerned that you might be in early stages of periodontal disease or if you know that you are suffering but you have been putting off getting treatment, we urge you to make an appointment with your dentist. If you are here in southeastern Wisconsin, feel free to call us and we’d be happy to see you!

Take the first step towards a healthy mouth - see your dentist -  your smile will thank you!

 

Can My Oral Health Affect My Pregnancy?

Finding out you are pregnant can be a very joyous occasion and it usually means that there is a lot of planning and prepping to do in the immediate future. Very quickly, the focus shifts from the soon-to-be Mom, to the baby that is on it’s way. While this is a necessary thing, there are some things that the Mom could and should be doing to take care of herself in the process, and your oral health is a big one!

Many women think that they can’t go to the dentist while they are pregnant or that their teeth are just going to suffer and that’s the way it is. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What is true is that the combination of hormones a woman experiences during pregnancy put her at a greater risk for periodontal issues and that pregnant women should visit a dentist and pay extra attention to taking care of their mouth.

New research is suggesting more and more frequently that bacteria that can live in your mouth and gums are related to many diseases, and can even negatively affect pregnancy. 

A recent article published in the International Journal of Health Sciences reported that “Robust evidence shows the association of periodontal diseases with systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. … Periodontitis is related to maternal infection, preterm birth, low birth weight, and preeclampsia.”

While this study is pretty scientific and technical, what it comes down to is that pregnant women should be seeing their dentist during their pregnancy and evaluating the health of their gums. At Grand Avenue Dental Care, we are familiar with the signs and symptoms of the bacteria that can cause gum disease and potentially harm your unborn baby. We also have several treatments and methods that we can use to get the bacteria under control, which will benefit both your health and the health of your unborn baby

For more information on how to best take care of your teeth when pregnant, check out this article from mouthhealthy.org!

We want what is best for all of our patients at all stages of life. Being pregnant is a very exciting, and constantly changing, time for soon-to-be moms. It’s easy to forget about yourself and put all of the focus on the new baby-to-be, but we want to encourage all pregnant women to come and see us while they are pregnant. It’s important for both you and your baby!