Happy New Year from Clark Family Dental

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Make Dental Health A New Year’s Resolution!

Dr. Beth and Dr. Chris would like you and your family to make dental health a priority in 2016. In fact, why not make oral health a New Year’s Resolution? Join with us by taking the time to make an appointment, find out what is troubling those teeth, and committing yourself to better dental hygiene. You never know, better oral health now might protect your teeth from things like discoloration, fractures, cavities, and even periodontal disease. A focus on preventative care can also drive down your overall dental care costs, since you might not need as many procedures.  

If you aren’t sure where to start, we can help. We love to talk with our patients about their current dental hygiene regimen and make suggestions to improve their practices.

We Can Help

Here at Clark Family Dental, one of our main focuses is preventative dentistry. We want to teach you and your family how to avoid dental decay in the first place. We love to answer questions about oral health and teach you how to use tools already at your disposal. If you want to come in for a checkup, feel free to bring in your current toothbrush and your favorite floss. We can watch your brushing technique to spot problems. For example, if you brush too hard and it is causing root exposure, we can show you how to lay off the gas.

We can also help you with existing dental issues. We have worked hard to make our practice viable to every member of your family, from toddler-age children to grandparents. We can take care of things like braces for teenagers, dentures for seniors, or even teeth whitening for you. Think of us as a one-stop-dental-shop for your busy family on the go. We pride ourselves in having the best staff in the business, so don’t worry about your kids being nervous to have their teeth cleaned.

To make an appointment, contact us at 614-503-7801.

Dental Health and the Coming of Age

Many of the diseases brought on by age can have a detrimental effect on dental health. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia are all linked to tooth decay and dental disease, and the risk of each increases as we grow older. For patients over 60 who have to cope with the effects of age, tooth loss can seem inevitable. But with good dental habits and regular dental care, your natural teeth can be preserved.

What you can do

Good dental hygiene becomes more important with every passing year. If you haven’t yet established good habits of daily, thorough brushing and flossing, you can start now. The more care and attention you pay to your dental hygiene routine, the more likely you will be able to prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. Appropriate daily cleaning is the difference between empty gums and a mouth full of teeth.

What we can do

Family dentistry includes all members of the family, from children to seniors. At Clark Family Dental, we are familiar with the issues to watch for and can catch warning signs you may miss. Regular dental exams remain key to dental health throughout your life. We can also treat problems in their early stages and prevent them from leading to worse complications, applying fillings and crowns wherever needed to keep your teeth healthy. Don’t put off your regular dental visits; your teeth depend on it.

Coping with tooth loss

If the worst happens and you do lose teeth, we can help you to smile freely again with our quality restorative dentistry procedures, including providing dentures and dental implants.

It is never too late for treatment. Whether you are trying to preserve the teeth you have or replace the ones you’ve lost, Clark Family Dental will help you preserve your dental health against the effects of age.

 

Happy Holidays from Clark Family Dental

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Here at Clark Family Dental, we have more than just cutting-edge technology and excellent reviews. We also have the best staff members and patients in the world. Our dental hygienists, assistants, and office employees work tirelessly to provide the best care possible to our patients. We want you to know how much we love and appreciate all that you do! We also want to thank our loyal patients. We know that you have other choices, but we appreciate you giving us the chance to shine.  We hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday season filled with fun festivities.

 

With Love,

Dr. Beth and Dr. Chris

Happy Thanksgiving from Clark Family Dental

iStock_000021905716_XXXLarge compressedHappy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope that you will have the chance to take a little time away from work, enjoy your friends and family, and delve into some delectable holiday goodies.

Don’t Forget About Your Teeth This Thanksgiving!

You might not realize it, but your teeth can take a significant hit if you aren’t careful during the holidays. That monstrous meal can leave behind loads of food grime and sugars, which can create quite a feast for the oral bacteria inside of your mouth. Believe it or not, your mouth contains around 25 different strains of oral bacteria, each designed to target different teeth. As these bacteria grow and multiply, they can create acids that can erode enamel.

This holiday season, keep those bacteria in check by brushing your teeth after those big meals. To make flossing easier to do on the go, consider buying some disposable flossing picks and keeping a few in your jacket pocket. That way, you can keep your teeth clean—even when you are far away from home.

Avoid Dental Staining – If you want to keep your teeth clean and white, watch out for heavily pigmented foods like cranberries, after-dinner coffees, or flavored gelatins. If you let these dyes rest on your teeth, they can absorb some of the color and end up looking dingy. To keep dyes from sinking in, consider swishing your mouth with a little water or mouthwash. You can purchase small bottles of mouthwash meant for travel, which might help you to keep your teeth tidy.

Eat Hard Foods Carefully – eat hard foods like crusty breads, roasted corn, or snack chips carefully. If you bite down too hard, you could unintentionally create chips, fractures, or painful cracks.

Keep in mind that we are here to help you during the holidays if you have an emergency. If you sustain a dental injury, let us know and we will try to fit you in right away.

Dentistry for the Entire Family

shutterstock_115992457compressedEvery age has special dental needs. At Clark Family Dental, we look out for the whole family, and offer checkups and dental cleanings to everyone, as well as individualized service for every member of your household. Here are some of the milestones to look forward to, and problems to watch for, at every stage of life.

Your child’s first tooth

While babies generally get their first tooth somewhere between four and six months of age, it can happen at any time up to a year. Whenever your child’s teeth begin to come in, they will need daily cleanings right from the start. You should also schedule your child’s first dental appointment when their teeth begin to erupt, to make sure that they are healthy and to have any questions answered about your child’s dental care. Clark Family Dental is happy to share this important occasion with your family, and promise to provide the gentle and competent care your child needs to begin a lifelong habit of good oral health.

Sports and athletic activities

As your child gets older, their interest in sports and hobbies will grow. Many of these activities, whether they’re team sports like football, soccer, and basketball, or individual events like gymnastics and track, can be dangerous for your child’s teeth. We advise the use of athletic mouth guards for children, teens, and adults involved in athletic activities. While over-the-counter mouth guards are available, the most effective protection comes from custom-made mouth guards, which are offered by Clark Family Dental. Talk to Dr. Beth or Dr. Chris about fitting your child for a mouth guard, so that they can enjoy their activities without fear for their teeth.

Permanent molars

Your child will generally get their first adult teeth, a set of molars, between the ages of six and seven. Once they do, it is vital to help them care for those teeth by applying dental sealants. Molars are naturally full of pits and crevices which can easily harbor food and plaque, leading to the majority of all tooth decay. A child at that age doesn’t have the ability to clean their molars well enough to prevent this. But dental sealants fill those crevices and provide a new, smooth tooth surface that is easy to clean. Let us help protect your child’s teeth as soon as they emerge with dental sealants.

Lifelong dental care

As you get older, preventive care remains important; but you are also more likely to need restorative dental work, or to choose cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the beauty of your smile. Clark Family Dental is proud to offer a full range of restorative and cosmetic services including composite fillings, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implant restorations, and root canal therapy. Whatever your dental care needs, we can help you achieve the health and aesthetics you are looking for at any age.

Keeping your Smile Bright

iStock_000007371535_CompressedIt can be hard to take pride in teeth that are yellowed or stained. Teeth whitening is one of the fastest ways to beautify your smile and boost your confidence. Whitening can significantly improve the color of your teeth and minimize even dark stains, leaving your smile at its best. But over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not as safe and effective as professional teeth whitening performed at Clark Family Dental. Having your teeth whitened professionally is the safest form of tooth bleaching and produces faster results using products that aren’t available in at-home treatments.

Because teeth whitening relies on bleaching agents that can be damaging if used incorrectly, it is best to seek in-office treatment with a dentist. While over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, they are slower than professional whitening procedures and are more likely to produce side effects and unsatisfactory results. Tooth sensitivity and pain are common side effects of teeth bleaching products, and poorly fitted bleach trays such as those used in commercially available whitening kits can irritate your gums. Whitening toothpastes and rinses use much weaker doses of the active ingredients and are only in contact with your teeth for a short time, while whitening strips and over-the-counter kits can cause ugly, uneven bleaching. Too much tooth bleaching can even cause your teeth to grey. You can avoid all of these problems by seeking professional teeth whitening.

Unlike at-home treatments, our in-office teeth whitening procedures are ADA approved, ensuring safe and healthy treatment for your teeth. Because they are administered under our direct supervision, we are able to provide stronger peroxide gels than those that are available in at-home products, allowing faster results with fewer treatments. With Dr. Chris and Dr. Beth monitoring your treatment, you will receive careful, even whitening, resulting in a bright, attractive smile you can be proud of.

We Keep Every Generation of your Family Smiling

iStock_000015985407_LargeAt Clark Family Dental, we want everyone in your family to have comfortable, healthy, beautiful teeth. For that reason, we offer a huge variety of services meant for every age group. Here are a few ways we can help your family members:

Baby Oral Care

As soon as your baby cuts his or her first tooth, it needs to be cared for properly. In addition to advising you on proper baby dental care, we can teach you how to care for newly erupted teeth. We also handle baby dental problems, such as baby bottle mouth and teeth that have grown in incorrectly due to pacifier use.

Child Dental Care

We get it—kids are usually afraid of the dentist. To make your child’s appointment a little easier, we have child-friendly offices and nice hygienists. We offer child dental treatments such as gentle dental checkups, sealants, and even restorations for childhood dental injuries. If you are worried about bringing your child in for the first time, don’t be. Our hygienists can even give your kids a tour of the facility, so that your child isn’t nervous about his or her first time.

Teenager Dental Care

Don’t worry about making an appointment with a specialist to get your child braces. We offer orthodontic appliances and traditional braces, so that your child can get their teeth straightened out as soon as possible. We can also handle wisdom teeth removals and things like fillings, so that your teen can maintain a clean and healthy smile.

Adult Dental Care

In addition to basic services, we also offer complicated restorations such as root canals, crowns, and periodontal scaling. If you are interested in making your teeth look better, you might be interested in our cosmetic services like dental bonding, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.

Senior Dental Care

Time can be hard on teeth, which is why we also offer senior services such as bridge repairs, dental implants, and treatment for periodontal disease. However, unlike that specialist, we have time to pay attention to your every need and provide you with the service that you deserve.

If you have questions about our practice, please feel free to give us a call. We also offer a large range of appointment times to make it easier for busy families to get in and see the doctor. Feel free to give us a call anytime!

Keeping Your Smile Bright

shutterstock_116661757 compressedIt can be hard to take pride in teeth that are yellowed or stained. Teeth whitening is one of the fastest ways to beautify your smile and boost your confidence. Whitening can significantly improve the color of your teeth and minimize even dark stains, leaving your smile at its best. But over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not as safe and effective as professional teeth whitening performed at Clark Family Dental. Having your teeth whitened professionally is the safest form of tooth bleaching and produces faster results using products that aren’t available in at-home treatments.

Because teeth whitening relies on bleaching agents that can be damaging if used incorrectly, it is best to seek in-office treatment with a dentist. While over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, they are slower than professional whitening procedures and are more likely to produce side effects and unsatisfactory results. Tooth sensitivity and pain are common side effects of teeth bleaching products, and poorly fitted bleach trays such as those used in commercially available whitening kits can irritate your gums. Whitening toothpastes and rinses use much weaker doses of the active ingredients and are only in contact with your teeth for a short time, while whitening strips and over-the-counter kits can cause ugly, uneven bleaching. Too much tooth bleaching can even cause your teeth to grey. You can avoid all of these problems by seeking professional teeth whitening.

Unlike at-home treatments, our in-office teeth whitening procedures are ADA approved, ensuring safe and healthy treatment for your teeth. Because they are administered under our direct supervision, we are able to provide stronger peroxide gels than those that are available in at-home products, allowing faster results with fewer treatments. With Dr. Chris and Dr. Beth monitoring your treatment, you will receive careful, even whitening, resulting in a bright, attractive smile you can be proud of. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Two Reasons Preventive Dental Care is Important

iStock_000017075835X compressedUnless you experience sudden, painful dental problems or work in a dental office, it might be easy to forget about your semi-annual dental checkups. Unfortunately, skipping your exams could cause more problems later. Here are two reasons preventive dental care is important, and how it can help you down the road:

1: You Can Catch Problems Early

If you let that dental decay linger, it can cause big problems. Tiny cavities can spread into large crevices, giving bacteria an easy way to access your jawbone. Before you know it, you might be suffering from severe tooth pain, or left staring at an unsightly boil.

Fortunately, if you visit the dentist when you should, you can catch problems early. Our hygienists can perform careful evaluations of your teeth, looking for discoloration, cavities, gum problems, fractures, and infections. If problems are detected, one of our doctors can resolve the issue right away—before it snowballs into a larger, more expensive problem.

2: You Can Develop A Solid Dental Care Routine

You might think that you know how to use that powerful new power toothbrush, but what if you are holding it incorrectly and eroding your gums? One of the best things about visiting the dentist on a regular basis is that it gives you a chance to develop a solid dental care routine.

During your visits, Dr. Clark can inspect your teeth and gums for new problems, so that you can adjust your regimen. For example, if you have been inadvertently cutting your gum tissue in the same spot, Dr. Clark might be able to recommend a less painful solution. When you come to your appointment, come armed with questions! Dr. Clark loves talking with patients about their concerns.

If you know that it has been a while since you visited the dentist, make an appointment with Dr. Beth or Chris Clark today.

5 Myths About Porcelain Veneers

iStock_000023447248_LargeIf you have trouble with your natural teeth’s appearance, you might be thinking about investing cosmetic dentistry; in porcelain veneers. However, after sharing the exciting news with your friends and family, you might hear a few incorrect opinions about these incredible dental inventions. Here are five myths about porcelain veneers, and the truth behind them:

MYTH 1: People Can Tell They Aren’t Real

Your friends and family members might be able to tell right away that your smile looks different, but you might not be too excited about the world noticing that your have transformed your smile. Although it might seem impossible for your dentist to recreate your smile with thin porcelain veneers, they actually look completely natural. In addition to being incredibly thin, porcelain veneers can also be dyed to match your existing teeth. This means that you don’t have to replace all of your teeth, just the ones that are damaged beyond repair.

MYTH 2: You Are Going to Lose Your Entire Real Tooth

Another common misconception about porcelain veneers is that dentists have to drill away the bulk of your tooth before the veneer can be installed. While this may have been true for older veneer versions, new models are thin enough that your tooth can remain largely in tact.

MYTH 3: Veneers Are Painful and Cause Sensitivity

Once your veneers are in place, they act as an extra shield of protection against hot and cold foods, so your teeth might actually become less sensitive than they were to start with. Although you need to keep up your regular oral hygiene regimen to keep veneers healthy, they shouldn’t cause any day-to-day discomfort.

MYTH 4: The Bright White Color Looks Unnatural

One of the best things about veneers is that they can be used to alter your smile however you see fit. If you want a whiter, brighter smile, we can create that for you. However, if you are worried about your new teeth being bright white and unnatural, we can dye them to tone down the color.

MYTH 5: They Are Too Expensive

How much did you spend on your last dental crown? Believe it or not, veneers might not be much more. Veneers are incredibly affordable, especially considering the benefit of improving the entire tooth. In fact, veneers typically cost between $500 and $1100 per tooth.

If you think that porcelain veneers sound like something that could help you, make an appointment for a consultation today.