February 13, 2017
We all know that a toothache can be painful, but did you know it can lead to severe infection in other places of your body? In severe cases it can even lead to death. When a tooth becomes infected or you get an abscess, it is important to seek help from a dental professional immediately. Your dentist can often resolve this infection with a root canal and an oral antibiotic. In some cases, an extraction may also be needed to resolve the infection. It is extremely important to know that an oral antibiotic alone will NOT resolve a dental infection. It will temporarily decrease the amount of infection, pressure and pain, but there will always still be some infection remaining until a root canal or extraction is performed. This is why seeing a general doctor or emergency room doctor can lead to misunderstanding and incomplete treatment of dental infection. In severe cases, infection will come back after a course of oral antibiotic and spread to other parts of the body. This can cause hospitalization and even death. Follow the link listed below to read a story about a young father who sadly lost his life when his dental infection spread to his lungs. Our heart goes out to this family. Our goal is to never read another story like this again.
Our team of dentists is always here for you. If you have pain, don’t hesitate to call us. Not sure if it is a true “emergency” or if it can wait? Call us. We can help you figure it out. If you have any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign that an infection is present. Call immediately if you are experiencing the following :
-Sensitivity to hot temperature.
-Pain that wakes you up at night.
-Pain that is lingering for 30-60 seconds or longer after experiencing temperature sensitivity.
-A bump in your mouth, near your tooth root that appears like a pimple.
-Puss or discharge coming from your gums.
Life is precious, so don’t take any chances. We are happy to diagnose your tooth pain for you. Here is the link to the article mentioned above: http://fox6now.com/2017/01/31/california-father-dies-after-tooth-infection-spreads-to-lungs/
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February 3, 2017
During the month of February, we promote Children’s Dental Health Month. During this month, schools and medical and dental providers in the community spend a little extra time focusing on what is best for the dental health of the children. We will post different ways to make brushing fun for your little ones. Be sure to follow us on facebook to get the best and most current information!
Check out this link for some cool and printable fun for your kids. It even includes a page on which you can draw a picture of your favorite Elmbrook Family Dental Professional! We would love to see what your child creates! https://cdn.dentalcare.pgsitecore.com/-/media/dentalcareus/patient%20education/pdf/dhm2016-kids-activity-book.pdf?la=en-us&v=1-201608021132
Find us on facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/elmbrookfamilydental/
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January 24, 2017
You and your sweetheart rang in the New Year in 2016 with a bang. You got tickets to Rock the Burbs at the Waukesha Expo Center. As the ball dropped and the music played on, you made a New Year’s resolution to be committed to your dental health, to floss more, and to see a dentist who takes your insurance for an exam and cleaning. But 2016 flew by without that visit. How is it 2017 already? Well, now that it is, you have the chance to make good on your resolution and give your teeth the attention they deserve with the renewal of your dental benefits. You have Scion Dental insurance, but what dentist in Waukesha takes this insurance? The team at Elmbrook Family Dental does, and they can see you right away. (more…)
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January 18, 2017
In today’s hectic and busy world, sometimes it can be a challenge just to make it to your routine dental checkup, especially when you have a family. Getting everyone to his or her activities and appointments can become overwhelming, and it often takes precious time from your day. Elmbrook Family Dental wants to help! Learn more about family friendly hours and convenience from your dentist in Wauwatosa.
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January 7, 2017
Do you have new dental insurance benefits in 2017? No worries, we will help you with the details. As a courtesy to our patients, we obtain a full run down of insurance benefits. This run down includes information outlining what your insurance will cover on dental procedures and what your out of pocket cost is estimated to be.
If you do have new dental benefits, please come to your next visit with us 5-10 minutes early with your new insurance card. We will call and take care all the details from there! No card? Don’t worry. Some insurance companies don’t issue a card. Speak with your HR or insurance facilitator at work before you come in to get the necessary information. Here is what you’ll need to know: insurance company name, customer service phone number to reach them, group number and either your social security number or subscriber ID number.
Although our staff will always work hard to provide you with the most accurate information possible, it is the responsibility of the plan holder be aware of changes to insurance coverage and estimates are not a guarantee of benefits.
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December 16, 2016
Thank you to everyone who donated food to our Hunger Task Force food drive this season. We are glad to say that we collected over 250 lbs of food! Those who donated were entered to win a gift basket. We drew one random winner. Congrats to Jenny B. We hope you enjoy your awesome gift.
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December 13, 2016
Please note that our office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday January 2nd for the holidays. We wish all of your a great holiday season!
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October 31, 2016
Our office is excited to be hosting our annual food drive! We are proud to be collecting money and non-perishable food donations for our sixth year in a row. Staff and patients can donate non perishable food items during normal office hours through November 30th. For each donation given, you will receive an entry into the drawing for this years gift basket valued at $550.00. The basket includes: 2 adult Sonicare electric brushes, 2 Sonicare brushes for children, $25 Starbucks gift card, 2 gift certificates for custom whitening trays, 4 Elmbrook can Koozie’s and some lip balm.
Needs ideas on what to donate? Here are some thoughts: peanut butter, cereal, stuffing mix, soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, crackers, canned or jarred fruit.
Contest details: Those who donate can get multiple entries by dropping off food items on different days. Limit one entry per person per day. You don’t need an appointment in order to stop in and donate! Contest winner has 3 business days to contact our office and arrange for prize pick up. A runner up will be chosen if the initial prize winner does not contact us within that time.
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October 2, 2016
Did you know that if you don’t use all of your dental insurance benefits this year, you lose them forever? That’s right – no dental benefit plan we know of allows you to carry unused benefits over to the following year. If you don’t use them, you lose them!
You may have benefits remaining this year. Waiting until next year means that not only will you lose any unused benefits for this year, but also that you’ll have to first satisfy a new year’s deductible before any benefits will be paid.
If you have been postponing dental treatment, call our office to see if you have benefits remaining this year. We also have various financing options to help with any portion not covered by dental insurance. If you have no dental needs at this time, good for you! Please just accept this as a reminder that we are concerned with keeping your out-of-pocket dental costs to a minimum.
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September 19, 2016
photo courtesy of: http://mchoralhealth.org/PediatricOH/mod7_3_2.htm
Many times parents ask us when their child should be getting certain teeth, or when they should expect loose teeth. The answer to this is not black and white. In fact, it is the most variable thing in development and often greatly varies from child to child. Here is a chart with general guidelines for you to follow. If your child does not follow these age guidelines, don’t worry! They may just be a bit ahead or a bit behind schedule. Your dentist and hygienist can monitor this through routine digital x-rays.
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