The best beverages for your smile

Cavities and periodontal disease are the two main threats to teeth and gums. While we know that cavities can form and be treated with fillings, it is best to avoid them in the first place. With the team at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND, you can rest easy knowing that you have the attention of our team and the knowledge about caring for your smile. Many patients who visit Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen have questions about their diet and how it affects their smile. This is especially true for many of the beverages our patients enjoy.

What are the best drinks for the teeth?

  • Water. Our bodies need water to stay hydrated, but water is also needed to maintain proper saliva production. It is a calorie-free, fat-free solution to thirst! City water also has added fluoride, which can strengthen teeth and protect against cavities. There is no added sugars or acids to worry about, making it appropriate for all ages.
  • Milk. Milk contains three ingredients well-known for supporting strong, healthy teeth. This includes calcium phosphorus and vitamin D. In addition to strengthening teeth, these ingredients also replace lost minerals. Caseins in milk also create a protective barrier for the teeth to keep acids from eating away at natural tooth enamel.
  • Unsweetened dairy alternatives. For those unable to tolerate dairy products but want to enjoy the benefits of milk, alternative dairy products such as soy, almond, and rice milk can be a great swap. Choose those that have added calcium to maintain strong teeth.

Request a visit with Broadway Family Dentistry today!

Taking care of your smile means more than just daily brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. What you consume can also impact oral health. If you have questions about caring for your smile, the team at Broadway Family Dentistry is here to help! Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen work with you to provide the care you deserve and educate you on what is best (and worst!) for your teeth and gums. Call 701-839-1299 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team.

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Proper nutrition and your dental health

Proper nutrition and dental health go hand-in-hand. Eating a balanced diet and properly brushing your teeth regularly can help prevent issues such as cavities and gum disease from developing while also giving you the energy you need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we work routinely with patients to help them understand the link between the foods they eat and the health of their smiles. Certain foods, such as acids and sugars, can eat away at natural tooth enamel and cause cavities or sensitivity. Other foods can be hard or sticky and can cause damage to the teeth and even dental restorations.

What foods should you avoid that can impact the smile negatively?

However, many people don’t realize that there are certain foods that can be particularly harmful to their teeth. Here are just some of the worst offenders:

  • Sugary drinks like sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks. These beverages are full of sugar, which can feed the bacteria in your mouth and lead to tooth decay. If you must drink them, remember to brush your teeth afterward.
  • Sticky sweets like candy bars and taffy. These treats get stuck in your teeth, which allows the sugar to linger and do its damage. If you can’t resist, make sure to brush thoroughly following consumption.
  • Acidic fruits like lemons and oranges. While these fruits are healthy in moderation, their acidity can wear away at your tooth enamel. If you eat them frequently, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.
  • Crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery. These foods can actually be good for your teeth, but only if you chew them slowly and carefully. Biting down too hard or chewing too quickly can damage your teeth.

Request an appointment with our team at Broadway Family Dentistry

If you reside in the Minot, ND community or beyond and are interested in learning more about how the diet affects your dental health, call our office today at 701-839-1299 to schedule a consultation visit with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Our practice is equipped to help with general, cosmetic, preventative, and restorative dentistry needs of our patients.

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SureSmile® clear aligner therapy allows straight teeth without metal braces

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we understand how an imperfectly aligned smile can impact one’s self-confidence and result in embarrassment or poor self-esteem. Thanks to Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen, you can learn about ways to realign the smile without traditional braces, including our popular SureSmile® clear aligner therapy treatment option.

How does SureSmile® clear aligner therapy work?

The first step is to visit Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen who are trained in the SureSmile® system. They will conduct a thorough evaluation of your mouth and teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. If they decide you are, they will take digital images and x-rays of your mouth, which will be used for creating a 3D model of your teeth.

Once the model is formed, our team utilizes special software to design a personalized treatment plan for you. This plan will map exactly how your teeth need to be moved to achieve the desired result and create a series of custom-made aligners.

You will need to wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one in the series. As you progress through treatment, the teeth gradually shift into new positions. You will need to visit Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen periodically so they can check on your progress and make sure that everything is going according to plan.

Once your treatment is completed, you wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions. Wearing a retainer is an essential part of the treatment process, so make sure that you follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.

Call Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND, to learn more about the SureSmile® clear aligner system!

If you are seeking an orthodontic treatment that is effective, efficient, and comfortable, look no further than SureSmile® clear aligner therapy. This treatment is best for patients who have mild to moderate misalignments, and it can be completed in a shorter period of time than traditional braces. Contact Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND, today to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists and learn more about this amazing orthodontic option. Our office can be reached at 701-839-1299 to request this appointment.

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What to expect before, during, and after dental bonding is done to a tooth

Rejuvenating the appearance of the smile can be achieved with the help of a cosmetic dentist. At Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND, men and women interested in smile enhancement will want to ask about the many aesthetic treatments available. Our team of professionals works with individuals to help them understand their options, including dental bonding.

How does dental bonding work?

Also known as composite resin bonding, dental bonding involves the placement of a composite resin material onto a tooth to act as coverage for imperfections such as gaps, chips, and cracks in the natural teeth.

What to expect before, during, and after dental bonding

When it comes to dental bonding, there are a few things you should know before, during, and after the procedure. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Before dental bonding, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and prepare them for the bonding material. They will then roughen up the surface of your teeth so that the bonding material can adhere properly. Once your teeth are ready, your dentist will choose the right shade of bonding material to match your natural tooth color.
  • During dental bonding, your dentist will carefully apply the bonding material to your teeth, shaping it until it looks natural. Once they’re happy with the shape, they’ll use a special light to harden the material. After the material has cured, your dentist will make any final adjustments and polish your teeth, so they look shiny and new.
  • After dental bonding, you can expect your teeth to look great! The bonding material is very strong and durable, and it should last for many years with proper care. Just make sure to brush and floss regularly and avoid habits like biting your nails or chewing on hard objects, as this can damage the bonding material. If you take proper care of your bonded teeth, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.

How do I learn more?

The team at Broadway Family Dentistry works routinely with Minot, ND area patients to educate them on the benefits of dental bonding and help in determining if an individual is an appropriate candidate. Call the office today at 701-839-1299 to request a visit with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen.

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Why might dental extractions be necessary?

Losing teeth is the norm when we are children. The baby teeth fall out on their own to make way for the permanent adult teeth. However, there are times when a dentist may need to remove a tooth manually. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we help Minot, ND, patients understand when it is necessary to remove a tooth through dental extraction and what to expect from the procedure. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are committed to providing simple and surgical extractions for those needing it.

What are some of the reasons why a tooth might be extracted?

Several situations may arise in which your dentist may tell you that a dental extraction procedure may be necessary. Below are a few of the more common causes of manual tooth removal:

  • Tooth decay has reached the tooth’s pulp
  • The tooth has suffered significant damage from a previous trauma
  • A dental abscess is present
  • There is extensive gum disease present
  • The patient is suffering from a life-threatening infection
  • The patient has cancer that has spread to their jaw
  • Preparation for other treatments such as dentures or orthodontia
  • Failed root canal therapy

What types of extractions can be performed?

Two types of extractions might be used to remove a tooth. First, a simple extraction is done when impaction is not a concern. A simple extraction may be performed if the tooth is above the gum line and accessible. This requires using a unique instrument to take hold of the tooth and remove it from the bone socket. A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth has been impacted and is stuck underneath the gum line. This requires the dentist to cut into the gums and remove the tooth from the jawbone. It is a more invasive procedure and does require a few days of recovery following the surgery.

How do I learn more about dental extractions?

At Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND, we understand that you have many options for dental services in the community. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are here to help you determine the best solution for your unique needs. Call 701-839-1299 to request an appointment at our facility and speak to our team about dental extractions.

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What you need to know about dentures

Dentures continue to be an affordable way for patients to repair the smile after tooth loss. At Broadway Family Dentistry, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen can educate you on the types of dentures available and what you need to know to protect and care for them over time.

Below are just a few of the common questions we hear from patients who are considering dentures for their smiles:

How long do dentures last?

With proper care, you can enjoy your dentures for many years. Our team can educate you on how to take care of your dentures to extend their longevity and ensure you get the most for your money!

What are the different types of dentures?

There are various types of dentures that patients can consider depending on the number of teeth they need to replace.

  • Partial dentures. Drs. Jensen and Hirst may recommend partial dentures for patients missing one or more teeth in the dental arch. These metal and acrylic appliances slide into place using the existing teeth for support and place false teeth where needed to repair the smile.
  • Full dentures. The more traditional type of denture is the full denture, which replaces all the teeth in your dental arch. These are made of high-quality acrylic to ensure they look as natural as possible in the smile. You keep these dentures in place with denture adhesives or natural suction.
  • Implant-retained dentures. One of the most popular options is the implant-retained denture. This is a denture that is more conservative and uses several mini dental implants along the arch that hold the full denture in place. Patients can enjoy all their favorite foods with implant-retained dentures, eliminating the fear of dentures sliding or falling out of place.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Dentures are:

  • Economical
  • Easy to use
  • Simple to clean and care for
  • Long-lasting
  • Adjustable
  • Natural-looking
  • Often covered by insurance

How do I care for my dentures?

Your dentist will supply you with denture care instructions to ensure that you protect your investment and enjoy your dentures. Denture care varies depending on the type of denture you have in place.

Who do I call to learn more?

Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND is here to help educate you on dentures and other tooth replacement options available. Call for an appointment at 701-839-1299 today!

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How long does it take to recover from root canal therapy?

If you are experiencing pain in a tooth, it’s possible that you may need root canal therapy. This is a common dental procedure that is performed by Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND at Broadway Family Dentistry. It can help preserve the tooth and alleviate pain and discomfort. However, it’s important to understand how long the recovery process will take, and what you can do to ensure a speedy and successful recovery. In this blog post, we’ll discuss root canal therapy in detail, as well as post-operative care instructions to help you recover quickly and without complications.

What is root canal therapy?

The first step to understanding how long the recovery process might take is the first step in learning more about the benefits of root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is a unique dental procedure used for the treatment of an infected tooth. The infection is eliminated by removing the nerves and blood vessels from the root of the tooth. This leaves an empty space in the tooth’s root that can be filled with a rubber-like material.

What to expect from root canal recovery

The recovery time after root canal therapy will vary depending on each individual case. In most cases, however, people report feeling much better within a few days after the treatment has been completed. It is important to follow post-operative care instructions closely from Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen in order to ensure a speedy and successful recovery. Some of these instructions may include:

  • It is normal for the area to be sensitive, though this should dissipate within a few days. Any discomfort may be addressed with over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Keep the area clean and free from food debris, though brush and floss as normal.
  • Take any prescribed medications as directed, including pain medications and antibiotics.
  • Call the dentist if any problems persist, including pain, swelling, and redness that does not resolve on its own.

Find out more about root canal therapy

Call Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen in Minot, ND to discuss your needs following root canal therapy. The office is located at 1839 South Broadway Street and can be reached by calling (701) 839-1299.

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Are porcelain veneers stain resistant?

There are many ways to obtain a beautiful smile with the use of cosmetic dentistry. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND are dentists in the area who are committed to listening to patients and what they want and making their dreams a reality! At Broadway Family Dentistry, patients can ask about elective treatments such as porcelain veneers to enhance their smiles.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers, which may also be referred to as dental veneers, are porcelain restorations made to bond onto the front of a tooth to disguise imperfections. These veneers are made extremely thin and are placed onto teeth using a special bonding material. They look completely natural as they are created to match the patient’s existing teeth.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers have several benefits to them. They are:

  • Stain resistant
  • Long-lasting
  • Custom-fabricated
  • Made to match the smile
  • Easy to care for
  • Versatile

How can I maintain my veneers?

One of the primary benefits of porcelain veneers is, unlike other materials such as composite resin, porcelain veneers do not stain. This means they do not need to be replaced as often as alternative treatments. Patients can keep their veneers in tip-top shape longer with proper care. This includes brushing and flossing the smile to maintain proper oral hygiene and avoid foods that are hard or sticky and can damage the restorations. By visiting the dentist regularly, patients can have their veneers and other restorations evaluated to make sure they are firmly in place and functioning as they should.

Are you interested in learning more?

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we are excited to offer patients a wide range of cosmetic treatments to consider in restoring and repairing their smiles, including the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers. Many patients choose these restorations because of their longevity and natural appearance. If you want to find out if you are a candidate for veneers, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND encourage patients to call the office to book an appointment. The facility is located at 1839 South Broadway Street and can be reached by phone at (701) 839-1299.

How to choose the right toothpaste

You may have noticed the wide array of products available in the local drugstore’s oral care aisle. This can be overwhelming for many patients who are not quite sure the best products for their unique dental health needs. When it comes to choosing a toothpaste, you may find yourself perplexed as to why one is a different cost than another. Choosing the right toothpaste and other oral care products is vital to ensuring a healthy smile. If you are interested in learning more about selecting items that will meet your needs, continue reading on!

What types of specialized toothpastes are available?

Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND’s Broadway Family Dentistry work regularly with patients to help them choose a toothpaste that meets their needs. There are certain specialized toothpastes that patients might find. These include toothpastes with added benefits, including those for patients who are seeking:

  • Enamel restoration
  • Whitening toothpastes
  • Toothpastes for sensitive teeth
  • Fluoride toothpastes
  • Dry mouth toothpastes
  • Periodontal toothpaste
  • Gum sensitivity toothpastes
  • Antimicrobial toothpaste
  • Tartar control toothpaste

Each of these have specific benefits, but which one is most important for you? It is best that patients choose a toothpaste that has fluoride and is approved by the American Dental Association. You’ll know this by the seal on the toothpaste packaging. We encourage patients to talk to their dentist about the various toothpaste varieties and which one will benefit their smile the most. Patients have certain conditions such as sensitive teeth or dry mouth will often be encouraged to consider specific toothpaste varieties at the store. In some instances, the dentist may also provide a prescription toothpaste for the patient to use to get certain conditions under control at home between visits.

Are you in need of your routine dental visit?

Contact the team at Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND to learn more about choosing the right toothpaste products and keeping your teeth clean between visits. The office is located at 1839 South Broadway Street, and an appointment with Dr. Stanley Hirst or Dr. Bethany Jensen can be scheduled by calling the front office team at (701) 839-1299.

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What to expect with porcelain veneers

Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry during which a professional can help patients in enhancing and rejuvenating the appearance of their smiles. One popular cosmetic procedure is that of the porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that a dentist will bond onto the front of a tooth to cover imperfections. Veneers are readily available at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND, and many patients have questions about how they work.

What to expect with porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers require a few appointments to complete from start to finish. During the first visit, patients will consult with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen about the imperfections of the smile they’d like to address. If the dentist feels as though porcelain veneers are appropriate for achieving the desired results, they will perform an evaluation to decide if the patient is a good candidate. Patients will then schedule a visit during which the tooth is filed down and roughened to help the veneer adhere to the tooth. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory where a ceramist fill fabricate the final veneer. Patients receive a temporary porcelain veneer over the prepared tooth to protect it until the new restoration arrives at the dental office. Then patients return for the removal of the temporary and the bonding of the final porcelain veneer. The entire process can take anywhere from two to four weeks, but the veneer itself can last anywhere from 10-20 years with proper care and attention.

Do porcelain veneers look natural?

Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain for a reason: this material closely resembles the appearance of a natural tooth. The ceramist who fabricates the porcelain veneer will use information from the dentist regarding the final shape, size, and color of the veneer to ensure it blends in with the smile.

Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

The best way to determine candidacy for veneers and other restorative treatments at Broadway Family Dentistry is to book an appointment with one of our dentists, including Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Call our Minot, ND area practice at (701) 839-1299 to request a consultation visit with our team and find out if you are a candidate for veneers or other cosmetic restorations available at our facility.