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The short answer is, “probably not.” Chances are, even if you are brushing your teeth with less-than-perfect technique, it is still beneficial to your oral health. That being said, there are several things to keep in mind while brushing that will ensure healthy teeth and gums. read more

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You hear it from us again and again: “Do you floss?” We ask because flossing matters—and the correct flossing technique matters, too. Some people believe that using a little bit of floss and wiggling it around between teeth is enough. If your goal is simply to dislodge a bit of food that’s stuck between two teeth, it will do the trick. However, if your goal is to truly clean your teeth, you need to up your game.

Here is a great How-To (with pictures). Take note about flossing in a “C” motion, moving up and down and back and forth, as this is what will help loosen the plaque from your teeth.

Going to the dentist is not often on people’s lists of favorite things to do. However, keeping your mouth health is extremely important. One of the best ways to optimize your oral health and have a pleasant dental experience is by scheduling routine visits with an ADA® dentist.

What’s the ADA?*

ada-logoThe American Dental Association (ADA) is not-for-profit, and is the nation’s largest dental association. As a commitment to its members and the oral health of the public, the ADA works to advance the dental profession, and to provide oral health related information for dentists and patients. You’ve likely seen the “ADA Seal of Acceptance” on certain oral hygiene products, which indicates that it has been recognized by the association as being safe and effective. read more

Have you heard of xerostomia? You probably have. Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, is a deficiency of saliva, which causes a person’s mouth to become dry and uncomfortable. Although many people can decipher what dry mouth is, fewer people understand the complications that arise from dry mouth, in addition to general discomfort.

What are the Symptoms?

dry-mouth-smDry mouth can cause symptoms ranging from minor discomforts like frequent thirst, bad breath, or a sore throat, to more serious issues such as read more

Halloween is just around the corner, and along with costumes comes candy – and lots of it. Of course, you could tell your child they aren’t allowed to eat it, but be prepared for disappointment. Although it is still highly recommended to limit your child’s consumption of candy, we have some tips for keeping your child’s mouth healthy during the holiday, without taking away all of their hard-earned treats. Thanks to our friends at MouthHealthy.org for putting together the following list:

  • Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, and rinses away food particles. read more

Vitamin D is important for oral healthAs Minnesotans, nothing brings smiles to our faces like sunshine and days at the lake. It turns out there is yet another reason to love the sunny Minnesota days: the “sunshine vitamin,” or Vitamin D. There are a number of ways to get a dose of this vitamin: through food, supplements, or sunlight. But why is Vitamin D so important, and why should it make you smile? read more

Oral health impacts overall healthDentists stress the importance of good oral hygiene: reminding you to floss twice a day, encouraging flossing on a regular basis, and insisting on routine dental visits. This is not only because they want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, rather, so that your whole body stays healthy.

Many people underestimate the importance of good oral hygiene, boiling it down to staying cavity free and having fresh breath. But in reality, poor oral health has been linked to a number of other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and potentially even oral cancer1. read more

The Power of a Beautiful Smile

Your mother probably taught you to “stand up straight and smile” when you are introduced to new people. She had a point.

A number of studies have uncovered just how powerful a smile can be. Approximately half of Americans say that when making a first impression, a smile is more memorable than what an individual says. Nearly one-third of Americans also say that teeth are the first trait they notice when meeting someone. Combine these facts with the traits that people infer from a smile, and you’ll understand how powerful a smile truly is. read more

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects 75% of adults. The severity of the disease can range from inflammation of the gums to more severe forms that result in tooth loss due to tissue and bone damage.

What causes periodontal disease?

You’ve likely heard your dentist mention “plaque.” Plaque is the build up on teeth, caused by bacteria, mucus, and particles. When plaque isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can only be removed by professional cleaning. read more

We are thankful to the Chanhassen/Chaska community for their support over the past 30 years. We want to give back to our community by providing up to 1,000 toothbrushes to those in need. You can help by simply sharing your smile!

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Your Smile Makes a Difference

For every smile you share we’ll donate a toothbrush to a local organization*! Here’s how you can help:

  1. Take a picture of yourself, or a group of friends. Smile to show those healthy teeth!
  2. “Share” your photo on our Facebook page and/or Tweet @ChanFamDent. Include  #smilechan in your post!

Share A Smile, Enter to Win

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