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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

  • Adult Taking Medication

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

  • Tobacco Ruins Teeth

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

  • 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

  • Buffet of Holiday Sweets

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

Jaw Dental Xray - OsteoporosisRoutine dentist visits are integral to good oral health, but they also may be your first line of diagnosis and prevention for diseases that affect other areas of your body. That’s because the mouth is the gateway to the body, and various diseases have signs or symptoms that are noticeable to your dentist. Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) is one of those diseases. read more

  • Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a commonly undiagnosed sleep disorder that affects an estimated 18 million Americans.1 With sleep apnea, your breathing pauses or becomes very shallow, causing you to move out of deep sleep and into light sleep, resulting in poor sleep quality and increased fatigue. Untreated OSA can increase your risk of health problems including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, obesity, and diabetes.2 It may also contribute to morning headaches, irritability, snoring, and dry mouth/sore throat.3 read more

  • Man brushing teeth

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

How to Floss by WikiHow

Photo credit: wikiHow “How to Floss”

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.