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Halloween Safety

General Dentistry Minot, NDThe only thing scary about October 31 should be the ghosts, witches, and occasional Darth Vaders roaming your neighborhood street. Unfortunately, the number one cause of injuries on Halloween falls due to costume hems that are too long, steps, curbs, and unseen objects. Hazardous or allergy-causing candies can also pose a risk to children. Here are some basic ways to ensure you and your child have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Children need adult supervision

If your child is younger than 12, they need an adult to accompany them as they trick or treating. On Halloween, children can get so excited they may forget the usual sense of safety they would normally practice, like looking both ways before crossing the road. When kids are occupied with counting their candy and looking at eye-catching costumes, an adult is needed to make proper decisions about traffic threats and which neighborhoods to visit. If your child is older, make sure you know who they will be with that night and instruct them not to go into strangers’ homes.

Sort your child’s candy

After a long night out knocking door to door, your child will be ready to enjoy the loot. Before they do, sort their candy to make sure there is nothing hazardous or allergy-inducing (if your child has allergies). First, spread the treats out and inspect each piece to ensure it has not been tampered with. If you discover homemade treats, keep them only if they came from close friends or family. If you have very young children, be sure to toss candy that could present a choking hazard.

Take care of your teeth

After a fun-filled night of snacking on sweets, be sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth before going to bed. Sticky candies are particularly bad for teeth because they take longer to dissolve and will stick in crevices without a thorough brushing. As always, be sure you have regularly scheduled dental cleanings to guard against cavities throughout the year. To schedule a dental exam for your child, call Broadway Family Dentistry at 791-839-1299. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Don’t Just Start the Schoolyear Right; Keep the Pace for Healthy Smiles!

dental services Minot, NDStudents and parents – as well as teachers and others who work with kids – all tend to hope for one thing at this time of year: to start the school year right. Students think about making new friends and making memories with old ones. Parents think about their students making the “right” friends, and about the success, their students will experience in the classroom. Amidst the busy-ness of a new school year, the business of oral care can easily be left in the dust.

Kids of all ages need consistency in all aspects of life. We are here to provide that in the form of routine dental care. Additionally, we help families maintain healthy smiles with tips that may be overlooked. Here, we want to point out a few ways that dental problems can be averted as the school year gets into full swing. We hope that our patients won’t just start the schoolyear off right, but that they will end the year with healthy teeth, as well.

Remember the basics

The basics of oral care are so easy and so familiar that we can easily drop the ball. Busy students who rush through their morning routine set the stage for bad breath, which can be more than a little embarrassing. Lack of proper brushing also leads to a “dirty mouth” appearance, in which teeth look gritty and yellow. This appearance indicates plaque, which is the prime factor in cavities and gum disease. Students may need help remembering to brush and floss. It is up to parents to develop the right strategy for their child.

Go above and beyond

There are hidden dangers to students’ teeth: bruxism and injury. Students who play sports may be best served by a custom-fit mouth guard versus a boil-and-bite type sold in sporting goods stores. The smaller profile of custom-fit gear facilitates breathing during play and is more comfortable overall. Bruxism is often related to stress. The clenching and grinding that go on during sleep can wear down enamel, and even break teeth. A night guard made by your child’s dentist can minimize the force of this habit, and thus protect teeth.

Oral care isn’t a complicated matter. We are here to help you with common concerns, as well as the unforeseen. Call Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot at (701) 839-1299.

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Teething Pain

pediatric dentistry Minot, NDAs a parent, one of the hardest things to witness is your child in pain. Unfortunately, there are some things that your child just has to experience— including falling off of a bike and experiencing teething pain. And although most teething gels aren’t popular anymore due to some of the ingredients that were put in them, there are some other solutions that you can use. To help your little love find relief and comfort, try using these three tips listed below. Read on to learn more.

Cold Washcloth

If you are on the go like most parents, then you are looking for a fast and easy way to help your teething tot find comfort. Try giving your little one a cold, wet washcloth to munch on while you’re on the road. The cold temperature combined with the rough texture will help them find relief.

Ibuprofen

As long as it is used in the correct doses, there is nothing wrong with giving your teething tot some ibuprofen (as long as they are over six months). By cutting down on pain and inflammation, ibuprofen is a fast way to help your little one start feeling like their usual self once again.

Massage

Massage can be a weird thing because even though it can be painful, it feels good at the same time. Similar to a back massage, massaging your child’s teething gums can help to alleviate built-up pressure and get rid of the pain in the process. To massage their gums, take a clean finger and getting rub the gums from side to side applying a little bit of pressure along the way.

Teething doesn’t have to be an awful experience for you and your child. By using the tips listed above, you can help them get through the teething process virtually scar free. To learn more about teething and ways to give your child relief, contact Broadway Family Dentistry today!

7 Things Your Dentist Wants You To Know

dental exam and cleaning Minot, NDWith the constant inundation of health information online, it can be difficult to discern truth from the trend. Here are seven important dental facts to help you on your journey to a healthier and brighter smile.

  1. Cavities are caused by more than sugar. Candy is not always to blame for tooth decay. The acidity found in coffee, red wine, soft drinks, and citrus fruits can diminish tooth enamel. This opens the door to tooth decay for people of all ages. Be mindful of your sugar consumption, but remember that other foods also contribute to cavities.
  2. Bleeding when you floss is not normal. If your hands bled when you washed them, you’d probably call your doctor to find out why. For some reason, most people think that bleeding gums are completely normal. Bleeding gums can point to periodontal disease, an infection, or other dental problems. Call or visit your dentist immediately so the problem can be treated.
  3. People always notice your teeth. Studies show that when meeting someone, we notice the eyes first, teeth second, and hair third. Oddly, the American populace spends far more money on hair care than dental wellness.
  4. You need to brush longer. Dentists recommend two minutes of brushing, twice a day. The next time you brush, set a timer to see how long you are brushing. Remember to use light circular motions and switch to a soft bristled tooth brush to avoid recession
  5. Bad breath could be a sign of a larger dental problem. If you deal with persistent bad breath, ask your dentist what can be done. 85% of people with bad breath can attribute it to a more serious issue. A mouth rinse will merely mask the problem, not fix it. While upholding a daily dental regimen for fresh breath is vital, sometimes more help is needed.
  6. Drink more water for a healthier mouth. When we are dehydrated, saliva production is diminished. This environment encourages the growth of destructive bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to cavities. If you sense that your mouth is persistently dry, you may need more than extra water. Contact your dentist to determine the best treatment plan.
  7. Dental problems will not disappear. When your dentist provides you with a treatment plan, do it. For instance, if you wait too long to get that cavity filled, it can become infected and cause more problems to the surrounding tissue.

Reach out to Broadway Family Dentistry today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. You can reach us at 701-839-1299. Begin today to accomplish your goal of a more brilliant and healthier smile!

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Stress could be hurting your dental health

dental services Minot, NDStress can lead to a variety of health challenges like heart, stomach, or psychological issues. But did you know that stress can also cause dental problems? Bruxism is a condition characterized by grinding, clenching, and gritting the teeth. It causes headaches, earaches, jaw pain, tooth loss, and enamel erosion. Studies show that 70% of bruxism cases are specifically caused by stress and anxiety.

To determine if you suffer from bruxism, arrange a consultation with your dentist to develop a plan of action to treat the pain and symptoms associated with it. Part of that plan will likely include stress reduction, but here are some ways to immediately reduce your stress level today.

How to relive stress right now

  1. Take a short walk: Stand up from your desk and move around. Get outdoors in the sunshine and take a stroll around the neighborhood. Better yet, go on a hike or find a park with green space. Studies show that interacting with nature will noticeably reduce anxiety.
  2. Breathe: Shallow breathing is an indication of stress. Taking a few deep and slow breaths can assist in reducing stress levels and tension due to extra oxygen.
  3. Visualize: Studies show that mindful visualization is a powerful way to promote positivity and relive stress. During a lunch break or early in the morning, find a quiet place in the back yard or an empty conference room then get in a comfortable position. Visualize a peaceful setting like the beach or mountains. Or, imagine yourself accomplishing a long awaited goal and how that will feel.
  4. Stop staring at screens: Long bouts of computer use are connected with depression, stress, and lost sleep—particularly in women. Be mindful of your screen use and be sure to get up and take a break every now and then.
  5. Listen to music: The right kind of music has the power to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. Research shows that classical music can have a particularly soothing influence.

Stress can have an overwhelming impact not only on general well being, but dental health as well. Begin today to reduce stress and anxiety. It will lead to a healthier and happier smile. For more information about how to improve your dental health, contact Broadway Family Dentistry at 701-839-1299.

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Why Dental Implants May Be Dentures’ BFF

Dental Implants Minot, NDTooth loss is an important matter regardless of the number of teeth that are no longer present in the mouth. The team at Broadway Family Dentistry understands, and we put our best into recreating optimal structure as needed. In many cases, we recommend that denture wearers, or those who are facing dentures, consider adding dental implants into their future smile. Dentures and dental implants are both referred to as tooth-replacement options; but their differences make them the perfect pairing; best friends for life.

How Dentures and Implants Coexist

The best way that we can explain the relationship between dentures and dental implants is to say that it is the same relationship shared by your natural teeth and their roots. In the natural scenario, roots tether every tooth to the jawbone. Roots also send vibrations through the periodontal ligament into the bone, which signals the body to regenerate new tissue. In the denture-implant scenario, tiny titanium posts stand in for roots; they secure dentures into place and continue to provide the jawbone with the necessary stimulation to regrow rather than resorb.

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

There are a few notable reasons that patients appreciate the support gained from a few well-placed dental implants:

  • Optimal confidence through ultimate functionality. When you chew and speak and smile with your natural teeth, you feel confident. Nothing should slide out of place or fall out. Securing dentures to a few implants achieves the stability that is needed to assure your conversations and meals do not end with self-consciousness or embarrassment.
  • Natural look, natural feel. One of the downfalls to dentures is that the smile tends to look artificial. This may have been the case years ago, but not so much anymore. We put a great deal of time and effort into the creation of authentic looking false teeth; teeth that look just like your own. When this is coupled with the placement of dental implants, the only thing better than the look of your smile is the structural security you enjoy when you use your new teeth.
  • Long-term facial support. Teeth support lips, and the jawbone supports facial structure. Because implants retain the foundation of bone, the face experiences far less, if any, of the usual signs of denture wear, such as sunken lips.

Learn more about implant-supported dentures when you visit our Minot family dentistry practice. Call (701) 839-1299.

The Importance of Flossing

flossingWe all know that brushing is important, but don’t forget about flossing! It’s just as important AND it takes less time, yet many Americans choose to skip it. If you consider yourself to be one of those less diligent flossers, consider that flossing (together with daily brushing) is integral to preventing tooth loss, cavities, and periodontal gum disease. So if you’re ready to turn over a new leaf and give flossing the attention it deserves (and we hope you are), here are some recommended techniques to ensure you’re flossing the right way:

  • Get a grip. The way you hold your floss makes a big difference in how effective you are at cleaning your teeth. Start with a section of floss that is 18 inches long and wind it around each middle finger, leaving a couple of inches of floss in between. Hold the floss in a taut fashion between your index fingers and thumbs and gently guide the floss between your teeth, up and down.
  • Don’t neglect the gum line. As well as flossing up and down between your teeth, use the floss to gently scrape the surface of your tooth and under the gum line. Just make sure you aren’t too forceful with the floss, or you may damage your bruise your gum tissue.
  • Keep it clean. It’s best to use a clean section of floss as you go from one tooth to another to ensure that each tooth is being cleaned effectively. And if you have any missing teeth, don’t avoid their sides when you floss; they need just as much attention as the rest of your teeth. When you floss, you can begin with the upper teeth first, or choose the lower teeth. What matters is that all your teeth get equal flossing time.
  • Wax on.Waxed floss slides between your teeth easily as opposed to unwaxed floss, which tends to shred. Ribbon floss is a good choice because it covers more of your tooth, and it’s also less likely to cut your gums. For added incentive to floss, choose a version that has a cinnamon or mint flavor, which helps leave your mouth feeling fresh.

Learn more about good flossing habits. Contact Dr. Stanly Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.

Why Wearing a Mouth Guard is Important

According to the American Dental Association, approximately one-third of all dental injuries are related to sports. That’s why wearing a mouth guard is crucial to preventing injuries like chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, root damage, fractured jaw, and concussions. A mouth guard is a soft laminate or plastic item used specifically to prevent oral injuries. If you play sports or take part in activities that could potentially damage your teeth, a mouth guard is essential. Here are a few reasons why:

Less Chance of Loosened Teeth
If you’re not wearing a mouth guard and an object hits your mouth, it could loosen your tooth or, even worse, break it. Wearing a mouth guard ensures that if an object does hit your mouth, your teeth will be protected and an injury will be less likely.

Minimized Risk of Tooth Fracture
Even if you wear a mouth guard, you can still fracture your tooth. But if it does fracture, the mouth guard will have provided enough cushion that the tooth can typically be saved. For example, if you fracture the crown of your tooth, your dentist can put white filling material into the part that is fractured.

Less Risk of Tooth Loss
It’s a tragedy to lose a tooth because you didn’t wear a mouth guard, especially if it could have been prevented. Even if you lose a tooth that isn’t permanent, it can still lead to problems when your permanent tooth comes in due to the trauma to your primary tooth.

Protects Against Soft Tissue Injuries
The soft tissue in your mouth is protected from your sharp teeth when you wear a mouth guard, preventing bruising and cutting your cheeks, tongue, and lips.

Want to learn more about choosing a mouth guard that’s right for you? Contact Dr. Stanly Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.  We are located in Minot, ND and look forward to hearing from you!

Foods to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningThere’s no question that a brighter, whiter smile can boost your appearance and self-confidence. That’s why this procedure continues to grow in popularity. But it’s important to know that what you eat and drink in the days after the procedure can make a big difference to your teeth. To avoid tooth staining, avoid the following five foods and drinks.

  • Sorry, java lovers. Your morning cup of Joe is one of the most common causes of tooth staining. Think of it this way: anything that can stain a white shirt can stain your teeth. At least wait two days after your whitening procedure to incorporate coffee back into your daily routine.
  • Red wine. Studies indicate that one glass of wine a day has its health benefits, but red wine is also a primary cause of tooth staining. To maintain the tooth whitening effects, abstain from a glass of red for as long as possible.
  • Certain sauces.In the days following your treatment, steer clear of dark sauces like tomato sauce and soy sauces. Also avoid stews and marinades, which contribute to significant staining.
  • Dark chocolate, in particular, can do a number on your recently whitened smile. But it has its good points too. It contains a powerful antioxidant that’s been known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. You don’t have to do away with dark chocolate forever. Just stay away from it for the first week.
  • Highly acidic foods. When you whiten your teeth, the bleaching components that are used temporarily weaken your tooth enamel. If you add acidic foods into the mix, it can add more acid to your saliva which can harm your teeth. In the days after your tooth whitening, avoid food types that can increase acidity like oranges, lemons, limes, pickles and soda.

Want to learn more about getting the most out of your tooth whitening procedure? Contact Dr. Stanly Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.  We are located in Minot, ND and look forward to hearing from you!

5 Ways to Beat Bad Breath

bad breathWhat can be more embarrassing than bad breath? Well, a lot of things. But foul mouth odor is definitely high on the list. If you’re dealing with bad breath, take heart – there are ways to get rid of it. Here are a few helpful tips:

  1. Up your brushing and flossing game.When plaque builds up on your teeth, it creates bacteria that causes bad breath. If you haven’t been great about brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, it’s time to change that. Just be careful not to brush with too much gusto, which can erode tooth enamel and make your teeth more prone to decay.
  2. Swish with mouthwash or water.Mouthwash is an effective tool at getting rid of bacteria, not to mention it has a refreshing, minty taste. Just be sure to buy mouthwash specifically designed to kill germs that cause bad breath. Drinking and rinsing with plain water can also refresh your mouth, especially in the morning and after you eat to get rid of lingering food particles.
  3. Watch what you eat. Some foods like garlic and onions tend to linger even after you brush. That’s because garlic and onions contain components that travel to the blood stream and lungs, which you then breathe out. Look for raw crunchy foods instead, which are great at cleaning your teeth naturally. These include apples, carrots, celery, cranberries and walnuts. Eating yogurt is another great way to help reduce bad breath because of the active cultures it contains.
  4. Maintain healthy gums. One of the biggest culprits for bad breath is gum disease. That’s because bacteria invades your gums and creates pockets at the base of your teeth to create a foul odor. Your first line of defense against gum diseases is to maintain good oral hygiene.
  5. Visit your doctor.Sometimes even your best efforts can’t stop bad breath. When this is the case, it’s time to see your doctor. It could be a sign of a medical condition.

Learn more about beating bad breath. Contact Dr. Stanly Hirst, DDS, and Bethany Jensen, DDS, at Broadway Family Dentistry today by calling 701-839-1299 to schedule a check-up.