- Do not share a toothbrush.
- Don't allow your child to place their fingers in your mouth.
- Don't share a cup.
- Brush and floss regularly.
- And of course, have dental checkups every six months for you and your child.
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
Parents can pass the oral bacteria called mutans streptococci on to their children. Children are not born with this bacteria in their mouth, but it can be passed from your mouth to theirs. This is the bacteria that causes cavities and is found in saliva. If you have active cavities or are at high risk for cavities, there are ways to prevent spreading this bacteria to your child or anyone else:
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
The Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation are returning to Mankato's Verizon Wireless Center this Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26 for the annual Mission of Mercy. The mobile dental clinics were started in 2000, with the first one in the state coming to Mankato in 2012. After heading to Bemidji in 2013, the clinic is back in Mankato this summer.
A thousand or so volunteers will help an estimated 2,000 patients receive free care during the two-day clinic in Mankato. The turnout by volunteers in 2012 was impressive with the smooth setup, operation and tear-down of the clinic that provided $1.3 million in free care. I will be working at the clinic, as will both of my sons and other members of the Commerce Drive Dental team.
For anyone interested in helping, there is a job for everyone! Visit www.mndental.org to register as a volunteer. No doubt Mankato will do the state proud once again by pulling off an impressive feat that will bring lots of smiles to those who not only receive, but also to those who give for the sake of dental health.
- from Dr. Clause
Why get wisdom teeth removed in the first place?
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimate that 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed. Many people do not have enough room in their mouth to allow wisdom teeth to erupt, or come into position, like other adult teeth. These “impacted” wisdom teeth can cause problems to adjacent teeth, surrounding bone and tissue of the jaw, and nerves. Difficult to treat cavities and gum disease can occur on teeth next to impacted wisdom teeth. While not everyone will need his/her wisdom teeth removed, your dentist will be able to aid you to determine if your wisdom teeth could pose a problem.
How many wisdom teeth do I have and if they need to be removed when should it be done?
A special x-ray called a panoramic radiograph is often used to see how many wisdom teeth a person has, their location, and how a surgeon can effectively remove them. While a person may have four wisdom teeth, another may not have any and others can have many more.
Many problems associated with holding on to wisdom teeth don’t immediately cause pain, and a person will not be able to notice these issues as they develop. Wisdom teeth are often most easily removed during a certain period of their root development, so this age is not the same for everyone. As roots continue to develop and a person gets older, the complications associated with removal are more likely. For that reason, oral surgeons generally recommend wisdom teeth removal during the teenage and young adult years. However, there are often reasons to remove wisdom teeth later in life and your dentist can help aid you in this process.
- from Dr. Jernberg
Should you try “oil pulling”? Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice that dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years. Advocates claim that swishing with any type of oil (usually coconut oil) in your mouth every day for 20 minutes will whiten your teeth, reduce bacteria, freshen your breath and protect against heart disease. There are very few limited studies done on oil pulling and the ADA emphasizes in their policy on unconventional dentistry: the provision of dental care should be based on sound scientific principles. Although oil pulling won’t cause any harm, you can accomplish the same results with brushing and flossing in less time and if needed, you can supplement your home care with an antiseptic mouth rinse.
Source: Science in the News, American Dental Association (ADA)
- from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)
Flavored water may taste better but it can be harmful to your teeth. Plain water is a great choice for healthy teeth! Many advertisements and marketing tactics by flavored water companies can be misleading. The most important thing to do before you buy flavored water is read the ingredient label. Many flavored waters contain sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame. They also contain acids like citric acid and phosphoric acid. The acid and sugar combination of drinks can cause cavities. So next time you reach for the fancy flavored water, read the label first. You may decide plain water is cheaper and better for a healthy smile!
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.