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!
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.
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.
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.
If you have followed us on our blog or our facebook page, it is no news to you that we LOVE celebrating great things around this office! This month we celebrated birthdays of 3 staff members. We also celebrated a baby shower for our Assistant April.
Our assistant Mindy celebrated her birthday on 03/12. She was able to take the day off and spend some time with her husband Cory and enjoy some fantastic food at Cafe Hollander.
Our front desk member Wendy celebrated on 03/15. She spent some time in beautiful Galena IL with her fiance John enjoying some great food, gambling and shopping.
Our hygienist Ashley also celebrated her birthday on 03/19. She and her husband Barry spent some time at Ho-Chunk gambling and relaxing. They were also able to head to the outlet mall and get some shopping time in.
Our assisting team member April had a special baby shower at Mo’s Irish Pub on 03/15th. She received some awesome gifts for her baby boy. The staff got her some great baby outfits, a gift card and other important baby necessities. The doctors got her a car seat. We can’t wait to share pictures of her new little bundle of joy (he arrived just last night!).
We have a good amount of you joining us for our NCAA bracket tournament again this year. We have really been enjoying watching these games! What goes better with a good game more than good food? We have found a couple links that have some yummy game day recipes. Southern Living has everything from easy chili to salt and pepper oven fries. The Herald Times Online has some fantastic dip recipes, perfect and an easy crowd pleaser for any party. Enjoy, and as always, don’t forget to brush after enjoying all this great food!
Wow! Can you believe we have been hosting this contest for 6 years? We always have such a blast doing this with you all, so we thought we would keep the party going. Some of you may have received an e-mail with all of the contest details, but if you haven’t, all of the information is listed here is well. Good luck and have fun everyone.
To sign up, go to http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/en/frontpage and create an account. Once you have logged in, click “My Groups” link toward the top of the page. Type Elmbrook Family Dental in the search box. Our group password is TEETH. Create your own bracket, and please use your actual name as your team name (so we know who you are!) and choose who you think will win. For more information, click the “How to Play” link.
All patients who have seen us for a routine cleaning within the last year are eligible to enter our contest. Brackets starts on Sunday, March 15th at 7pm, and can be filled out until tip off of the first game on march 19th.
We are awarding prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place this year. Here is what you can win:
1st place: Apple iPad Mini
2nd place: 4 Brewers tickets (date choices still to be determined)
3rd place: Custom whitening trays and a $25 Jose’s Blue Sombrero gift card
4th place: $25 Jose’s Blue Sombrero gift card