This month we celebrated Dr Tack’s birthday. Of course we did the obvious and brought some fantastic food into the office. We can never pass up an excuse to bring in some veggies and dip… and other not so healthy snacks!
Dr Tack celebrated with two of her closes friends the day before her birthday. They surprised her and took her for a special dinner at Artisan 179 in Pewaukee. On her birthday, her good friend Tara surprised her with flowers and special treats.
Happy birthday Dr Tack . We are thankful to have you on our team and so glad we could help you celebrate!
You know the routine; brush and floss twice daily in order to keep your mouth at optimum performance. Flossing is especially important because it can reach the nooks and crannies that a toothbrush can’t touch. Think about all the food you consume in just a single day. That’s a lot of food particles that need to be removed from under the gum line and between your teeth. The longer these and other bacteria stay in your mouth, the more likely you are to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease. You’d be surprised how many patients are clueless on how to properly floss. For those of you who know how to properly floss, keep doing what you’re doing. For everyone else, get ready to learn how to floss the right way. Our Brookfield, WI office is here to the rescue!
Flossing The Correct Way
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles that are stuck in your teeth and under the gum line. Even the food particles you can’t see or feel can remain stuck in your teeth for long periods of time. Not only can this take a toll on your gums, but your breath, too. Days-old food that’s been rotting away in your mouth can turn your breath into a smelly problem. Bad breath can turn people off and affect your personal and workplace relationships.
To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:
- Tear off roughly 18 inches of floss and wind each end around your middle index fingers, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.
- Hold the floss firmly between your thumbs and index fingers and slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, ensuring you go beneath the gum line.
- Don’t snap or force the floss – it could cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.
- Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.
How you floss is a major determining factor in how healthy your mouth stays. In some cases, the type of floss you use can have as much of an impact, if not more. Nylon and PTFE (monofilament) floss differ, yet when used properly, both are excellent at removing plaque and debris. Nylon is prone to tearing, especially between teeth with tight contact points. We’d suggest opting for PTFE as it slides easily between teeth, even in tight spaces, and is virtually shred-resistant.
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If you have any questions regarding the proper flossing technique, we’d love to hear from you. Our office in Brookfield, WI is proud to extend services to our fellow Wisconsin residents in New Berlin, West Allis, Pewaukee, Wauwatosa and beyond. To receive fantastic dental care from a great dentist, Brookfield residents know who they can trust: the pros at Elmbrook Family Dental.
Many of our patients with younger children as us when the right time for their child’s first dental visit. You may get a variety of opinions on the internet or even among local dentists. This blog will share the philosophy that our office follows. If you have further questions, we are always happy to answer them!
At Elmbrook Family Dental, we prefer to see your child for their first visit near the age of 3. This is an age that we can expect a little more cooperation and understanding from your little one. Although some recommendations discuss seeing a child near the age of 1, the compliance of a child at that age can be unpredictable and may lead to more dental anxiety in the future if it is not a good experience. Around age 3, we will schedule your child for a “Happy Visit”. During this visit we will give your little one special sunglasses to wear and a ride in the chair. If they seem eager and excited, we will “count” their teeth, and hopefully even polish them! The dentist will come in to do an exam at which time they will check for cavities and for early signs of crowding or orthodontic issues. At the end, we will paint a preventative fluoride treatment on their teeth. If your child is apprehensive during this visit, there are no worries! We will not push this visit. We are here to make it a good experience in any way we can. This sets the premise for many more good experiences in the future. Often times the first visit may consist of just a ride in the chair (maybe even on Mom or Dad’s lap) and a quick peek to scan for any major problems. We will always discuss brushing technique, good diet choices and perhaps use of pacifiers and thumb sucking as well.
If you have’t seen it, we have a great treasure chest with wonderful prizes for after a good dental check up! We look forward to taking care of your smile and the smile of your little family members for years to come.
Elmbrook Family Dental’s menu of patient services is long. From attaining the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry to warding off serious health risks with preventive and restorative dentistry, our procedures and techniques afford patients all the benefits of modern dental medicine. If you suffer from headaches or if your smile is missing teeth, our innovative clinical techniques can improve your quality of life. We’re trained to keep your family’s smiles healthy, functional and beautiful. We’re passionate about our job in Brookfield, WI.
A crucial cornerstone of dental care is prevention, and the experts at Elmbrook Family Dental will guide you down the right path. Giving you a happy smile is Drs. Brandon Brunner, Eric Taibl and Suzanne Tack’s top priority, and our treatment options will establish a strong foundation for oral health and beauty that you can maintain for years to come.
General Dentistry Services
General Dentistry is important for your overall oral health and should be taken seriously. Having a beautiful smile is great, but keeping that smile shining bright and maintaining good oral health is vital.
Our available general dentistry services include the following:
- Comprehensive exams & X-Rays
- Teeth cleaning
- Tooth-colored fillings:
- Dental crowns & bridges
- Tooth extraction
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Dental implants
- Gum disease therapy
Each patient’s dental situation is different, so what might work for someone else may not work for you. Consult with Dr. Xiao about which procedure best fits your situation.
Your comfort at Elmbrook Family Dental will always be our primary concern. Our entire team want to make your dental experience rewarding. We use many technological advances, including soft-tissue lasers and pain-free anesthesia. Advanced technology helps us provide you with the most convenient and comprehensive care possible, while also maximizing your comfort.
Achieve the Perfect Smile
It’s time to get the smile you have always wanted. Call our office in Brookfield, WI to schedule an appointment today! We also proudly serve the surrounding communities of Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Waukesha, New Berlin and beyond.
A majority of adult patients have some recession. Perhaps you have even heard us mention it during one of your dental visits. Since it is so common, it is important to know how we decide that it’s a problem and how we determine there is nothing to worry about.
To put it simply, recession is when your gums move back from it’s normal location on the tooth (right around the neck of the tooth) and begin to expose some of your root surface. If you have 1 or 2 millimeters of recession, don’t worry. Chances are it will not be a problem as long as you take the correct precautions. If the root surfaces have been worn after recession occurred, a simple filling or crown may easily protect that root surface. If the recession is more severe, or the wear on the root is more severe, gum surgery may be an option. Our goal is simply to prevent the recession from ever getting to a severe enough point in which surgery is necessary. Here are some helpful hints on how to prevent recession from ever happening, or preventing it from getting worse.
1. Brush correctly. Believe it or not, you can actually scrub your gums away through heavy handed brushing. Keep a gentle hand, use a soft or extra soft bristled toothbrush, and replace it every 3 months. Angle your bristles 45° toward the gums and make a gentle circular motion for 2 minutes. A Sonicare toothbrush is also a very effective method of cleaning your teeth while keeping your gums safe.
2. Manage acidity in your mouth. Patients who suffer from acid reflux or who enjoy a diet high in acidity often have more recession than those that don’t. If you feel like you have indigestion often or burp more than normal after meals, you may have acid reflux that comes up into your mouth during the day or while you are asleep. This acid can be destructive to your teeth and gums. In addition, a diet containing frequent soda, coffee or juice intake, or even sucking on lemons (yes, people do this!) is highly damaging to gums and teeth. Talk with your general doctor or your dentist if you think you may be at risk.
3. Protect those pearly whites against clenching and grinding. Wearing a night guard at night can prevent wear of your teeth and also prevent gum trauma over time. Exercises and stretching techniques can help relax your jaw during the day.
Ask our staff at your next visit to discuss your risk factors for recession and the best way for you to prevent it from happening or getting worse. After all, you’re not a shark! These are the only teeth you are going to get.
At Elmbrook Family Dental, our staff is made up of people who have been on the team for over 20 years, and staff that has been with us for less than 1 year. We have been so blessed to grow so much over the years! As our team grows, the doctors recognize how important it is for us to all be there for each other on a daily basis within the office. In order to help the team members bond, they plan some great team building events throughout the year. This month, we all went to Dave and Buster’s for some great food and fun competition. Thank you Dr Brunner, Dr Taibl and Dr Tack for giving us such a fun afternoon.
Our practice is successful because of our committed patients and their wonderful referrals. We see so many of your family and friends, and are glad to be the ones to help keep their smiles beautiful and healthy. Thank you for your kindness and confidence! But, there are still many other people looking for a new dentist and they often turn to internet reviews to help them make their choice. So, if you’ve been happy with us and want people to know about your great experience, let us know! After each visit, you should receive an option through e-mail to leave a review. Haven’t been to see us lately, but still have something to share? Visit our facebook page and leave a review there. Follow the link below to visit our facebook page. Click the “Review” tab under our cover photo to write a review.
Have you ever seen something so cute that there isn’t even a word good enough for it? Well check out this sweet little one! Our Assistant April and her husband welcomed their son into the world this month. Gabriel Nolan weighed 6lbs, 13oz and was 20 inches long. He is growing, happy and sweet as can be! Mom, Dad and Gabriel are doing well.
What is the first thing most people notice about you? Do you think it’s the clothing you chose to wear? Do you think it’s the hairstyle you decided to create this morning? Your smile is the very thing people first notice about you. Almost immediately, you smile sends a wide range of emotions and messages to others. Flashing a bright, white smile can have a significant effect in the professional and personal aspects of your life. Elmbrook Family Dental can help you enhance your smile and give you wonderful, luminous, white teeth.
A Stellar Smile
Discoloration in your teeth is unavoidable. Certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth, and your teeth with begin to acquire a yellow hue over time (this happens naturally). Our brilliant doctors and skilled, intelligent team of practitioners offer a magnificent teeth whitening treatment. When you walk into our office, we will talk with you and listen to your personal goals, what kind of look you want for your teeth, and then walk you through our procedures. We are passionate about helping our patients meet their goals, and we love to see our guests walk out of our building with giant smiles stretched across their faces.
We offer both in-house and take-home whitening treatments. For our office treatment, we will bring you in, have you sit in one of our comfortable chairs, and apply Zoom! whitening. This high-peroxide gel will rest on your teeth for about an hour, and we will use a special low-heat light to activate the chemicals and speed up the process.
If you are unable to stay in the office for an appointment, we can provide a take-home kit. The kits are simple and easy to use. You will apply a gel on a set of dental trays and insert them around your teeth. Our dentists will tell you how long to leave the trays in your mouth, how many times to conduct this process, etc.
Achieve the Perfect Smile
It’s time to get the smile you always wanted. Obtain the smile of your dreams by calling us today and scheduling an appointment. We are proud to serve the residents of Brookfield, WI, Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Waukesha, New Berlin, and the neighboring communities.
How many times have you walked into the toothpaste and toothbrush isle at Target or Walmart and just stared at the wall of endless options? It can be so overwhelming as you try to make the best decision. Many of our patients ask about purchasing an electric brush because they have heard great things about them. While an electric brush MAY greatly increase your quality of oral hygiene, not all brushes are created equal. And while each persons needs are individualized, there is one brush we stand behind at our office. We gladly promote the use of the Sonicare electric brush and even sell them at our office for a great price!
Why Sonicare you may ask? Well, it is proven to remove as much as 5 to 7X the amount of plaque that a manual brush removes. It is extremely gentle on your gums and root surfaces that often show in areas of recession. It can aid in keeping stain away if you are prone to getting it, and it also has a 2 minute timer to help you complete the recommended amount of brushing time (no cheating!). It has a rechargeable battery and removable brush heads. This means that multiple family members can use the same unit. Just be sure to change the brush head for each person. They have handy color coated rings so you can tell which is yours.
Ask your Dental Hygienist for brush recommendations at your next visit to see if a Sonicare may be a good brush for you. And if you do purchase one, just remember that brush heads wear out and collect bacteria. They should be replaced about every 3 months.