How to Remove Baby Teeth Safely

YouTube is full of how-to videos that use “creative” techniques to remove stubborn baby teeth, but these techniques are rarely safe. If your child is frustrated by a loose baby tooth, don’t imitate the bad ideas you see online. If … Continue reading

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Help Us Collect Items for Hero Family Outreach

Through January 25th we’re helping Hero Family Outreach by collecting donations for care packages. Please bring travel sized items to the drop-off container in our office. Every patient who donates will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Hero … Continue reading

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Do you know how expensive a missing tooth can be?

No one wants missing teeth, but there’s more to tooth loss than a potential for embarrassment. Losing a tooth can cause ongoing health problems that require expensive surgeries to fix. Whether you’ve lost a tooth and you’re weighing the benefits … Continue reading

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Managing Dental Anxiety

Many people are uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair, and sometimes that discomfort can lead to infrequent (and thus insufficient) dental care. If anxiety or discomfort is keeping you from seeing Dr. Halsema, try these techniques to make things a little … Continue reading

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Brushing Your Teeth at the Campsite: Maintaining Oral Health without Damaging the Environment

Summer is coming to a close, which means it’s a perfect time to go camping; the temperatures are dropping, the campgrounds aren’t as busy, and everything’s just a bit quieter. But going on vacation isn’t an excuse to stop caring … Continue reading

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Teeth Whitening 301: Professional, DIY, and DIWHY

Everyone has a “natural remedy” for stained teeth. This article breaks down what works, what doesn’t, and what’s just dumb. People care about how their teeth look, but they don’t always know how to keep them bright. Good looking teeth … Continue reading

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If You’re Using These Medicines, Visit Your Dentist More Often

Sometimes dental care can be complicated. On top of brushing, flossing, and the frequency of your dental visits, it’s important to pay attention to how the medication you take can interact with your oral health. Some medications can change how … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Bonded Retainers

Wearing a retainer isn’t fun, especially when you’re young and you don’t want to listen to your dentist. Consistently using your retainer, however, is a really important part of maintaining tooth alignment after adjustment. Without it, your teeth will drift … Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

It’s easy to think that using your toothbrush is enough to keep it clean (after all, it cleans your teeth), but dirty toothbrushes are more common than you’d think. If you’re keeping your toothbrush in a cup by your sink, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an old practice that’s gained recent publicity. But does oil pulling actually work? It turns out that it isn’t as simple as it sounds. We’ve looked at the recent studies about oil pulling and what it means … Continue reading

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