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Minnesota summers can be hot and muggy. On days when the temps and humidity are high, it can be very tempting to reach for ice-cold lemonade, or grab a can of pop from the refrigerator. Unfortunately, both of those drinks are bad for your teeth due to the acidity and sugar content. Here are several alternatives that are less acidic, and lower on sugar, to keep your mouth happy. read more

Just when you think allergy season can’t get any worse, it does. You’re stuffy, sneezy, and itchy, and your eyes won’t stop watering. We don’t blame you for reaching for allergy medication. However, we do want you to be aware that your medication may be affecting your oral health. read more

We think it’s time for an important conversation. It’s well known that smoking and chewing tobacco is detrimental to both your oral health and overall health. Many people know that it especially increases the risk for oral cancer and lung cancer.

But do you know the other ways in which tobacco products affect your mouth? read more

We applaud you for taking care of your health and consuming good-for-you foods. But, even foods that are good for your body are not always good for your teeth. (By no means does that mean stop eating them!) If you frequently consume the following foods, you’ll want to make sure you’re also giving your teeth some extra attention. read more

Man magnifying teeth and bracesWhen someone gets braces, chances are your first thought is that they want a straighter, more beautiful smile. However, if you take a deeper look at some of the common, seemingly “cosmetic” reasons people use orthodontia, you find that left untreated, they may cause oral health issues. read more

Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after dental procedures in cosmetic dentistry today. In fact, white teeth have been desired as far back as ancient Egyptian times. However, methods used in the past are not as quick or desirable as what is available today.

CFD can whiten your smileHow’d They Do It?

In ancient Egypt, white teeth were a sign of wealth. To achieve bright smiles, the Egyptians mixed ground pumice stone with wine vinegar. Tasty, right?

Of course, the Egyptian method of whitening isn’t nearly as unappealing as the ancient Roman means of teeth whitening with urine. Unfortunately, the Romans weren’t aware that it was the ammonia in urine that produced whiter teeth.

Fast Forward to Today

We now know quite well that hydrogen peroxide whitens teeth quite nicely, without the drawbacks of ancient methods. At Chanhassen Family Dentistry, we offer several teeth whitening options:

  • Crest 3D Whitestrips with Advanced Seal Professional Supreme, which are about 3x stronger than Whitestrips found in stores
  • Custom Tray Bleaching, with reusable trays that are custom-fitted to you.
  • Porcelain Veneers, which mask discoloration and fix slight mis-alignments to create a beautiful and natural smile.

If you’re interested in brightening your smile, call us at 952-443-3368.

Megan, a high school senior, is working on a capstone care package project. She is collecting items to ship to Marines and Army soldiers stationed in Minnesota and abroad. These service men and women really appreciate receiving care packages, and are in need of a variety of items, listed below. Please join us in our effort to provide the supplies they need. We will be collecting items at the office through March 1st. read more

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Somehow it always happens: winter shows signs of ebbing, and you find yourself laid up in bed with a cold (or worse, the flu).

It can be difficult to find the energy to do anything when you’re hit with illness… and you’re likely not focusing on what sort of havoc it’s wreaking on your teeth. But the harsh reality is the things you do in an attempt to improve your overall health can damage your oral health.

Let’s take a closer look. read more

  • Woman smiling and eating chocolate

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. A day specifically dedicated to showing those you love how much you care—usually with sweets and treats galore. But don’t forget to show your teeth some TLC, too! Instead of showering yourself and the special people in your life with baked goods and candy, here are some ideas to show your love in other ways this Valentine’s Day. read more

  • Thanksgiving Dinner Foods that Affect Your Teeth

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Chanhassen Family Dentistry!

This is one of our favorite holidays. We have a lot to be thankful for—including all of our patients. We’re also thankful for the great time we get to spend with friends and family this holiday, and the delicious meals we get to share with them.

Of course, working in the oral health field always makes us think about what we are eating, and how it affects our teeth. We decided to share a little “Thanksgiving and Your Teeth” meal breakdown. Here’s what we’ve got to say about some traditional Thanksgiving dishes. read more