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2016 – It’s the Year to get Serious About Dental Health

Everyone is busy gearing up for a new year. Here at my Madison dental office, we’ve been working on our New Year’s resolution lists too. What’s on yours? More exercise? More time to relax? A new hobby? Whatever is on your list already, I’d like to suggest that you add more regular dental hygiene visits…. Read more »


4 Tips to Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Healthy

At my dental office in Madison, we’re pros at getting and keeping our neighbors’ smiles healthy and beautiful. But what we want to make sure all of our patients know is that dental care for their pets is just as important.   Choose the right tools When you decide to start brushing your animal’s teeth,… Read more »


4 Ways to Boost Your Kissability

Did you know that 32 percent of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers? If people don’t like it in co-workers, they certainly won’t like it in their date! True fact: No one really wants to kiss an unhealthy mouth. That’s why I’m bringing you four of the most effective… Read more »


5 Dental Habits You Should Stop Right Now

You brush everyday. You floss on the regular. You visit my dental office in Madison twice a year. Yet you still have cavities and other dental problems. What’s going on? Chances are, you probably have a dangerous dental habit (or two). No matter how awesome your oral hygiene routine, if you have a dental habit… Read more »


5 Things Every Dental Patient Should Know

The team at our dental office in Madison is dedicated to caring for our patients’ smiles, both while they’re in the office and in between appointments. We’re also focused on educating our neighbors about oral health so we can do our part in creating a healthy community. In this blog, we want to cover some… Read more »


5 Toothache Remedies From Your Madison Dental Office

Toothaches can be caused by a number of issues. Usually it’s from a cavity that needs a filling. But sometimes it’s a result of something a bit more serious like gum disease, infection, or dental trauma. No matter what the reason, one thing remains constant. Toothaches are painful. What’s worse is they can happen at… Read more »


6 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Every year on the third Thursday in November the American Cancer Society puts on the Great American Smokeout, which encourages smokers to try and quit once and for all. The team at our Madison dental office can certainly get behind an event that promotes health! Which is why we’re covering a few reasons why quitting… Read more »


6 Worst Habits for Your Smile

We all know that eating or drinking too much sugar can cause cavities, and by now we should all be aware of the oral health risks associated with smoking or tobacco use. But these common facts aren’t the only habits that may be affecting your smile. At our dental office in Madison, we know plenty… Read more »


A Straighter Smile is Just a Visit Away

Straight smiles are healthier smiles, not to mention they improve the way we look and feel about ourselves. When teeth are straighter, they are less likely to develop abnormal wear, gum disease, and cavities. With the new advancements in orthodontic therapies, more patients are getting access to treatment than ever before, including adults! Invisalign is… Read more »


All About Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays are a vital diagnostic tool used to properly identify any underlying conditions that may not yet be visible on the surface. At our dental office in Madison, we perform dental x-rays only as often as necessary, which can vary from patient to patient depending on their oral needs and health history. We also… Read more »


All About Gum Recession

At our dental office in Madison, we tend to put a lot of focus on our patients’ teeth and any concerns they have in relation to the appearance of their smiles. But there’s so much more to consider when evaluating overall oral health. The gums, for example, are one area that is commonly ignored, yet… Read more »


Are Smiles Hereditary?

We’ve all heard the phrase, “He has his father’s smile!” And while that may be true when it comes to appearance, can it also mean children and parents can share the same likelihood for dental problems? At my Madison dental office, we’d like to give you a little insight as to what oral health complications… Read more »


Are You a Mouth Breather?

We all mouth breathe a little bit during a cold, while running, or when lifting something heavy; however, doing it all the time may have negative effects on your dental health. Most people who are chronic mouth breathers do not even realize it, which is especially distressing for all of us at my Madison dental… Read more »


Biting Your Tongue While You Sleep? Here’s Why.

We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation that goes along with biting our tongues, but the positive (if there is a positive to something so painful) is that we can usually identify how we did it. However, there are some people who experience the annoying aftermath of tongue biting and have no idea how it even… Read more »


Brushing Teeth at Work: Yay or Nay?

We’ve recently stumbled across a debate about whether or not you should brush your teeth at work. Some people consider it weird to walk into the office restroom and find co-workers with a mouth full of toothpaste. Others think it’s better to brush than plague the cubicles with stinky breath. At my Madison dental office,… Read more »


Combat Bad Breath with These 4 Tips

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can affect people of all ages. It can be embarrassing, and if it doesn’t go away, it might also be a sign of a serious problem. But what exactly causes bad breath, and how can you get rid of it? What Causes Bad Breath? At my dental practice in… Read more »


Come On Man, Visit Your Madison Dentist!

When we say “man,” we really do mean men. Guys. Dudes. Call them whatever you’d like, truth is, this blog is for them. We’re not trying to single out the male population, but statistically they’re less likely to regularly visit the dentist. At my Madison dental office, we weren’t exactly sure why. Do they not see… Read more »


Common Dental Emergencies & What to Do About Them

Nobody ever wants to experience an emergency of any kind, and dental emergencies can be particularly concerning and confusing. What’s the right thing to do? What shouldn’t you do? Don’t worry, our dental office in Madison is here to help. Different Emergencies Require Different Care Not all dental emergencies should be handled the same way,… Read more »


Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Toothbrush

Are you delaying swapping out your frayed toothbrush for a new model? Well, don’t be! My Madison dental office wants you to know that it’s in the best interest of your oral and overall health to make the change to a new toothbrush. We understand that sometimes it’s easy to forget, so here’s a reminder… Read more »


Electronic Cigarettes: Are They Bad for Your Oral Health?

Whether you call it vaping, smoking e-cigs, or something else, the fact remains that there’s been a widespread increase in electronic cigarette use. At my Madison dental office, we’re always concerned with the oral health and overall health of our patients. While we know smoking cigarettes increases the risk for oral cancer and other serious… Read more »


Fall in Love with Your Smile

There’s a lot to say about a healthy, beautiful smile. Some people are lucky to have one naturally. Others have to battle against genetics, accidents, or aging. When time, or life itself, takes a toll on your teeth, your confidence can dwindle and it’s common to begin hiding your smile. However, you don’t need to… Read more »


First Dental Visit in a Few Years? We’ve got you Covered.

When you’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from seeing the dentist, you may be nervous to go back. No matter what your reasons are for avoiding dental care, the important thing everyone at my dental office in Madison wants you to know is that now you’re considering coming back, nothing makes us happier. No… Read more »


Four Main Reasons People Don’t Floss

At my Madison dental office, we’re all about creating beautiful smiles and keeping them healthy. An important part to overall oral health is a proper oral hygiene routine, and with that comes regular flossing. However, more than half of Americans don’t floss regularly, and a whopping 20% don’t floss at all. Why are so many… Read more »


Gluten Sensitivity & Oral Health

Many people choose to eat a gluten-free diet, but there are some individuals who don’t have a choice. Those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity become seriously ill when gluten is consumed, so they avoid it as much as possible. Predominantly, celiac disease affects the gastrointestinal tract, but at my Madison dental office, we… Read more »


Happy National Dental Hygiene Month!

October is commonly recognized as the month packed with pumpkins, scarecrows, trick-or-treaters, and all things Halloween. At our dental office in Madison, October has another important meaning that’s near and dear to our hearts; it’s National Dental Hygiene month – when we recognize our dedicated dental hygienists and bring awareness to the importance of proper… Read more »


Healthier Mouth, Healthier You

We’re always talking to our patients about the importance of a proper oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting my dental office in Madison regularly.  But did you know these guidelines can do more than just ensure a healthy mouth? They can also provide insight to other whole-body… Read more »


How to Become a Dentist

At our Madison dental office, we love what we do and we find our jobs rewarding. We get to help our patients’ mouths stay healthy, which can directly affect their overall well being, and we even get to see some dramatic smile transformations and change lives. We’d go as far as to say it’s the… Read more »


How to Choose a Dentist in Madison

Whether you’re new to the area or just looking for a new dentist, choosing the right practice for yourself and your family can be an intimidating process. It’s important to know that not all dentists will be a good fit for your unique needs. But don’t worry, there’s a practice just for you, and we’d… Read more »


How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Any emergency is serious and should be treated as such. Dental emergencies, which include any injury to the teeth, gums, or mouth, are no exception. At my Madison dental office, we understand that a dental emergency can be scary, so we’re here to help give you a few tips on how to handle several types…. Read more »


It’s All About The Straw

When we’re on the go, it’s easy to grab a beverage from the nearest fast food restaurant or convenience store. My dental office in Madison wants to talk about an important, handy accessory that commonly comes with these to-go drinks – the straw. How Can Straws Help Teeth? It might seem strange that a bendable… Read more »


Keeping Teeth Safe During Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is pretty incredible. You’re bringing a new life into the world, you’re growing your family, and you’re becoming a parent again or for the first time. But the reality is, not all things that go along with pregnancy are awesome. At my dental office in Madison, we’d like to talk about one of those… Read more »


Know The Signs of Oral Cancer

Every year, April is recognized as Oral Cancer Awareness Month. At our dental office in Madison, we strive to keep our patients and our neighbors as healthy as possible, so we’d like to join in and help educate our community on the risks of oral cancer, how to identify it, and why it’s best to… Read more »


Looking For Love? Smile!

Love starts with the first glance, right? The first thing someone notices about you had better be attractive. So what do people notice first? Not surprisingly, the first thing is your eyes and the second is your smile. That means if you aren’t smiling, you just might be missing out on love…and some great health… Read more »


Medieval and 19th Century Dentistry

Would you kiss a donkey to cure a toothache? No one in my Madison dental office would recommend such a thing nowadays, but some “dentists” in middle ages believed that was good advice. Dental history, is obviously something of interest to all of us, but we think you’ll be surprised by how entertaining and even… Read more »


Missing Teeth? Dental Implants Can Help

If you’re missing teeth due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or other reasons, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. Prior to technological advancements in dentistry, the only option to replace missing teeth was either a bridge or dentures. However, at my dental office in Madison, we’d like… Read more »


New Year’s Resolutions for Better Oral Health

As the calendar rolls into another year, so many resolutions are being made every day — to eat healthier, call your mom more, and get to the gym regularly. Chances are by June, more than half of all resolutions will have fallen by the wayside. At my Madison dental office, we’d like to propose a… Read more »


Other Uses for Toothpaste

When we think of toothpaste, we obviously think of the main purpose… to clean the teeth. That is what it’s designed for, after all. But at my Madison dental office, we always hear of other uses for toothpaste, and while we haven’t tried them all, we still thought it’d be fun to share them with… Read more »


Over 50? Look Out For These Oral Health Issues

It used to be incredibly common to lose teeth as we grow older. But thanks to advancements in dental technology, that’s really not the case anymore. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Americans are keeping their own, natural teeth longer than ever. However, at my Madison dental office, we know that the longer we… Read more »


Picking the Right Madison Dentist

There are a variety of reasons you may be in need of a new dentist. Perhaps you’ve moved to a new town or your former dentist is retiring. No matter the reason, picking the right dentist for you isn’t an easy task. After all, you’re looking for someone you can trust your smile to. At… Read more »


Replacing Your Missing Teeth Has Never Been So Exciting

Missing teeth are due to various types of causes, but if there’s one thing patients want the most, it’s to be able to replace their teeth in a manner that provides quality, aesthetics, and reliability. Dental implants are regarded as the most ideal choice for tooth replacement because of their strength and ability to replace… Read more »


Save Your Vacation Days — See Your Dentist!

More than 164 million hours of work are lost each year because of dental problems. If you’re like us and would prefer to save your vacation days for, well, vacation, take a word of advice from all of us at my Madison dental office.   We’d love it if every one of our patients came… Read more »


Scared of the Dentist? Let Us Help!

You have a dental appointment early tomorrow morning…and you can’t sleep. You toss and turn in bed, you feel tense and can’t seem to relax, you start sweating, your heart starts pounding, and you may even start to feel nauseated. Does this sound like you? If so, you’re one of an estimated 80 million Americans… Read more »


Seniors and Oral Health

A common misconception is that as we age, we must lose our natural teeth. That’s not necessarily always true. With a lifetime of proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits to my Madison dental office, it’s possible to keep your teeth for your whole life. However dental care for seniors becomes particularly important.   Gum… Read more »


Smile Strong, Smile Healthy

When teeth break, decay, or old restorations give out over time, it’s important to establish a game plan that helps restore your smile to its much needed health while also looking natural. Restorative care doesn’t have to just be about eliminating disease and returning function back to teeth, it also has an important cosmetic aspect… Read more »


Smiles and Success: The Correlation Between Your Grin and Your Job

We’d all like to believe we were hired for our brains, our passion for the job, and because we were the best fit all around. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. Everyone at my dental office in Madison wants you to know that, while it may sound incredibly superficial, the way you look can affect your… Read more »


Spit It Out! Top Juicy Facts About Spit

We don’t literally mean spit it out, whatever it may be. In fact, it’s never really polite to spit in public (or while reading blogs online). What we really mean is that despite how gross spit may seem, it’s actually some pretty cool stuff. All of us at my dental office in Madison want to… Read more »


Start This School Year with a Healthy Smile

As we all gear up to head back to school, loading up on folders, notebooks, pencils, and backpacks, the team at our dental office in Madison wants to send a friendly reminder to our patients and neighbors about the importance of getting your child (or yourself) to the dentist before school starts. Dental Checkups Help… Read more »


Sunshine and Your Oral Health

The daylight hours in the winter months are few are far between. Those rare times when the sun is shining, we’re usually stuck inside at work or it’s just too cold to enjoy it. This is particularly troubling for all of us at my dental office in Madison.  What’s So Great About The Sun? It’s… Read more »


Taking Care of Your Tongue

Tongues are pretty cool parts of our mouths that not only help us with things like chewing and talking, but taking good care of them is instrumental for a healthy mouth. If not taken care of properly, the tongue alone could create some serious dental concerns. At my dental office in Madison, we want to… Read more »


The ABCs (and Ds) of Vitamins & Your Dental Health

At my Madison dental office, we not only care about your oral health, we care about your whole body. To reach optimal wellness for both, it’s crucial that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. While all are important, we wanted to highlight a few that are necessary to keep your mouth healthy. A is For… Vitamin… Read more »


The Best and Worst Easter Candy for Your Smile

Grocery aisles are stocked full of marshmallow-shaped chicks, pastel-colored creamy eggs, and oh-so-good chocolate bunnies. Another Easter season is here, which means another holiday that’s typically flooded with candy. At my Madison dental office, we want to talk about the best, and the worst, candy for your pearly whites. The Best We know dentists are… Read more »


The Nightly Grind – Battling Bruxism While You Sleep

As the holidays approach, so can major stress. I mean, really, we are all stressed enough as it is, so the stress of preparing for the holidays can put us right over the top. I often see more patients in these high-stress times than ever. Why? Bruxism. What is Bruxism? Bruxism is just a fancy… Read more »


The Oral Health and Heart Health Connection

Our Madison dental office’s philosophy of patient care revolves around keeping our patients healthy, and not just in their mouths. Many whole-body concerns are associated with oral health problems, including heart disease. This February, in celebration of Heart Health Month, we’d like to educate our patients on the oral health and heart health connection and… Read more »


Time to Toss Your Toothbrush?

How long has your toothbrush been in use? Is it past its prime? Is it time to toss it in the trash and invest in a new one? At my dental office in Madison, these are important questions that we’d like to provide some answers to. Toothbrushes are designed to remove as much plaque, tartar,… Read more »


Tips for a White Smile After Labor Day and All Year Around

We’re all familiar with the thought that it’s a fashion faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. While we’re not fashion experts, at my dental office in Madison, we tend to disagree with this rule. Here, white smiles are always in style and we’ve got some tips on how you can get yours brighter… Read more »


Tooth Sensitivity: What to do When Both Heat & Cold Bother You

Cold drinks, hot soup, and a whole lot of pain. If you’re struggling with eating what you want without pain, especially if it’s common with hot or cold foods, you’re probably suffering from sensitive teeth. At my Madison dental office, we hear this often and we’d like to help. The Why There are many reasons… Read more »


Top 3 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Root canal — two simple words that can invoke a whole lot of apprehension and sometimes even fear. But the truth is, if you’re experiencing tooth pain so severe that a root canal is needed, the procedure actually relieves the pain. But how do you know if the pain you have is root canal worthy?… Read more »


Top 4 Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known clinically as halitosis, is embarrassing. But you don’t have to be self-conscious of your breath if you can identify what may be causing it, and work with your Madison dentist to fix it. So what may be contributing to your bad breath? Let’s check out the top four causes. The Foods… Read more »


Top 4 Denture Care Tips

Dentures can be an amazing replacement to all or several missing teeth. They can help regain confidence, enhance your lifestyle, and can even restore a more youthful look. But just because they aren’t natural teeth doesn’t mean they don’t need the same level of care. At my Madison dental office, we want our denture patients… Read more »


Top 6 Worst Foods For Teeth

Food is such an important part of our lives. Not only is it crucial for our health, it’s historically pretty important for our relationships too. We meet friends over dinner, we snack on the couch with loved ones while watching a movie, and we even join blind dates for a cup coffee. At our dental… Read more »


Top Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

The holidays are well upon us, and there’s never been a better time to celebrate friendships, spend time with family, and be grateful for our health. However, with the hustle and bustle of parties every weekend, fulfilling wish lists pages deep, and all that food, it’s also a time when our health is at increased… Read more »


Trouble Getting Numb During Your Dental Visits?

Some of the treatments we offer at our dental office in Madison require us to administer an anesthetic to first numb the area prior to beginning the procedure. We do everything we can to keep the process easy, comfortable, and totally pain free so that you become nice and numb and don’t feel anything during… Read more »


What Foods are Good (and Bad) for Dentures?

At my dental office in Madison, we are always teaching patients about the effects different foods and beverages can have on teeth, and the importance of maintaining excellent dental hygiene at home. The same is true for denture patients! It’s important to try and avoid foods and drinks that can literally be a real pain…. Read more »


What to do When You Forget Your Toothbrush

It happens all the time, and it’s ok. You’re packing to go on vacation, a work trip, or a long weekend getaway and you forget your toothbrush. While brushing with a proper soft-bristled toothbrush is always best, my Madison dental office wants to give you some tips to try if you find yourself toothbrush-less Tip… Read more »


What Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You

Did you know that your teeth actually tell a fairly accurate, somewhat detailed story about who you are? They can give away your age, your hygiene habits, and so much more. At our dental office in Madison, we love meeting and treating smiles of all ages for this very reason. Now let’s take a moment… Read more »


What’s a Dental Night Guard?

So you’ve just had your six month dental checkup and you were told you need to consider getting a dental night guard. What exactly is a dental night guard and what is it for? The team at our dental office in Madison is here to explain. What’s a Dental Night Guard For? Dental night guards… Read more »


What’s Causing Your Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is an annoying, sometimes sporadic occurrence that can be caused by any number of things. But no matter how annoying it is, it’s concerning to everyone at my dental office in Madison when dry mouth lasts for a prolonged period of time. Dry mouth isn’t just an obnoxious, uncomfortable thing that happens…it can… Read more »


What’s the Difference Between Silver and White Fillings?

If you’re like the majority of Americans, chances are you’ve needed to have a cavity filled at least once in your life, and that’s ok. There are several options for filling a cavity, and they’re all successful at helping to keep your teeth healthy. But while all types of fillings are super strong and can… Read more »


What’s Your Sleep Saying about Your Oral Health?

What is your bedtime routine? If you are a patient at my Madison dental office, we feel pretty sure it includes brushing and flossing your teeth. But routines and habits you may not even be aware of might be part of your night as well! And these habits won’t improve your health the way oral… Read more »


Women’s Hormones and the Link to Oral Health

Throughout the course of a woman’s life, she undergoes several changes in which her hormonal levels fluctuate dramatically. During these times, the body, and the mouth, is affected in a variety of ways. At my Madison dental office, we’d like let all of our patients know the oral health complications that can occur during phases… Read more »


Your Oral Health and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that mainly affects women over the age of 50. But it can happen to anyone no matter age or gender. Osteoporosis causes bone density to decrease, making breaks and whole-body concerns much more common. At our Madison dental office, we want to talk about how your oral health may be linked… Read more »


Your Posture and Your Dental Health

You know many of the common things that result in dental health concerns including not brushing or flossing enough, forgoing regular visits to my Madison dental office, smoking, and even eating foods high in sugar. But did you know that your posture can also affect your oral health? Straighten up, put your shoulders back, and… Read more »


You’ve Got Dental Questions, We’ve Got Answers

We know dentistry can be confusing, but at our Madison dental office, we want to make sure all our patients are comfortable coming to us if they have questions. We’re always happy to answer or clarify anything. In fact, in this blog, we want to talk about a few questions we hear a lot. “Why… Read more »


“Do I Need to Take Antibiotics Before my Dental Visit?”

Taking antibiotics prior to a visit to your Madison dentist used to be a common practice if you had a heart condition or received a joint replacement; however, this may no longer be the case. Recent research has shown that the use of too many antibiotics could actually outweigh the benefits, and using them as… Read more »


“It’s Been Awhile Since I’ve Seen The Dentist. What Do I Need to Know?”

Whether it’s been a couple of months, a couple of years, or even a couple of decades since you’ve seen your dentist in Madison, please know you’re not alone. We see patients frequently who are hesitant to schedule an appointment just because it’s been such a long time since they were seen by a dentist…. Read more »


“There’s What On My Toothbrush?!”

When we brush our teeth, we’re doing it to remove germs, food particles, and bacteria. It’s one of the most important steps towards a healthy smile. But what would you say if we told you that you may be cleaning your mouth with a not-so-clean device? At my Madison dental office, we know some scary… Read more »


“What’s Oil Pulling and Does it Work?”

A new trend in oral health care called oil pulling has been on the rise in recent years. At my dental office in Madison, we’re always open to learning and constantly evolving our care to incorporate the latest technology and techniques. So we put oil pulling to test and here’s what you need to know…. Read more »


“What’s the Best Toothpaste for Me?”

Whether it’s one that fights sensitivity or one that whitens while it works to fight cavities, different toothpastes are appropriate for different people. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which is right for your specific needs? The team at my Madison dental office can help. Is it Approved by… Read more »


“Why is Biting My Nails so Bad?”

Whether it’s out of boredom, nervousness, or your nails just get too long and nail clippers aren’t handy, biting your nails is one of the most common habits. While nail biting may seem to ease stress, at my Madison dental office, we want you to know that it’s not only a great way to transfer… Read more »


“Why is My Dentist So Happy to See Me Smile?”

When patients visit my dental office in Madison, we make it a priority to go out of our way to make sure they feel like they’re part of our family. I truly enjoy helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile, while feeling comfortable and at ease. I’ve compiled a list of just a few… Read more »