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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

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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

CFD can whiten your smileThe year goes so fast, and before we know it, we’re back into the holiday season! It’s an exciting time of year, with family gatherings, holiday parties, and an overall spirit of joy that fills the air. You simply can’t help but smile as you celebrate one festivity after the next. We want to help you make sure that smile is as beautiful as possible. read more

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CariVu is a hand-held instrument that reveals cracks and cavities in seconds, using only light – no radiation! It can help you address small problems before they become big ones. read more

It’s the season of sweets and treats. Sugary foods around the holidays are basically inescapable, but eating foods that are high in sugar can jeopardize your oral health.

We wish we were immune to sugar cravings, but understand that it’s hard to pass up on every Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas goodie that appears at work or holiday parties. So, what do we suggest to keep your teeth healthy during the holidays? read more

A study recently published in the European Journal of Ageing has concluded that poor oral health may contribute to loneliness in older adults. Therefore, maintaining good oral health into old age may be a protective factor against loneliness.
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But why would poor oral health cause loneliness?

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You may have seen recent headlines announcing that flossing isn’t necessary. We want to make sure you are well-equipped with the information you need, so you can properly care for your oral health. Here’s a breakdown of the current debate: read more

What are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Although many people may worry and overreact when they hear the word “herpes,” HSV-1 is a common virus that affects almost 70% of Americans age 12 and older1. It is easily spread through saliva or direct contact with the infected area. Often, HSV-1 is contracted early on in life, generally by family members or close friends kissing or sharing items like towels, toothbrushes, or kitchen utensils.2

Why Do I Get Cold Sore Outbreaks?

Young man with cold soresOnce the virus is contracted, people tend to experience recurrent cold sore flares, which can be triggered by read more

Do you find yourself doing a breath check on a daily basis? You know the one we are talking about: when you discreetly breathe into your cupped hand and try to determine whether your breath is tolerable enough for a face-to-face conversation with your partner, friend, or boss. If you suffer from bad breath, you might be wondering if you should invest in a tongue scraper. Luckily, we’ve got some input for you. read more