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  • Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) can be embarrassing. But does having bad breath automatically indicate that you are a bad brusher? Not necessarily.

Although poor oral health habits are one cause of bad breath, it can also be caused or worsened by several other factors, such as diet, lifestyle, disease or medication. read more

We realize that a trip to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite activity. However, it is an important one. Not only do routine and specialty visits keep your teeth healthier and minimize your risk for cavities, they can also save your life. read more

Brushing your teeth is a good and healthy habit! But we’ve all heard the question, “is there ever too much of a good thing?” In the case of dentistry, there is. 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.

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

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.
Lonely Woman

But why would poor oral health cause loneliness?

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  • Flossing Teeth

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

  • Woman using tongue scraper

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

Business woman biting on penHave you ever stopped to think about how your day job might affect your oral health? Delta Dental has. They’ve put together both a list of common risk factors contributing to poor oral health, and what industries are most at risk, as well as a list of the 5 work habits that can wreck your teeth. Is what you do at work putting you at risk of poor dental health?

Schedule your routine dentist visit to make sure you’re keeping your mouth healthy by calling our office at 952-443-3368.