Fall Clothing Swap

fall clothing swapThe Fall Clothing Swap is on November 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM until 1:00PM. Kids outgrow their clothes and shoes so quickly. If you are a family on a budget, you might find yourself wracking your brain on how to keep their closet updated with fresh clothes that fit. The Clothing Swap is a free event where parents and children can bring gently used children’s clothing to trade. You can bring clothes that your own kids no longer fit into or clothes that they no longer wear. For every item that you bring, you get to take that same amount of items home with you. For example, if you bring ten items of clothing and four pairs of shoes, you can take 14 items home with you. You bring your items to a volunteer and then you are able to choose through items that have been brought by other families. (more…)

When Is A Dental Bridge Right For My Smile?

When Is A Dental Bridge Right For My Smile?When you have one or more missing teeth, the idea of replacing them can become daunting. While the choice may be intimidating, it is important for a your tooth or teeth to be replaced. A missing tooth not only lives a visual void in your smile’s appearance, but it can also impact your smile’s abilities. Chewing, biting, and sometimes even speaking can all become problematic after even just one lost tooth. A dental bridge is a dental restoration that acts structurally similarly to an architectural bridge. A dental bridge fills in the gap between two teeth by anchoring onto the surrounding teeth. When is a dental bridge the right restoration for you and your smile?  (more…)

The Important Role Of Dental Implants

The Important Role Of Dental ImplantsReplacing a missing tooth as an adult is important for your oral health. A missing tooth limits your ability to bite and chew. If it is a tooth in a visible part of your smile, a missing tooth can create a void in your appearance. Losing a permanent tooth as an adult also comes with the risk of bone loss. A tooth that is lost can contribute to the loss of bone density in your jawbone. This bone loss can put your remaining teeth in danger of shifting or loss. A dental implant can stabilize a tooth’s replacement and it can reduce your risk of bone loss.  (more…)

Keeping Healthy Smiles This Halloween

Keeping Healthy Smiles This HalloweenThe Halloween candy aisles have been filling the grocery stores since September. This week, your children are probably bringing home lots of candy from school. You might even be running into big bowls of candy in the office. With all this candy around, how do you keep yours and your family’s smiles healthy? How do you keep all the tricks from becoming tricks on your teeth? Depriving yourself and your family usually results in overindulgence. Moderation is a key part of keeping your smile healthy in the face of all this sugar. We have compiled a few other tips to help you keep healthy smiles this Halloween.  (more…)

Mansfield Event: Boo Bash

boo bashLooking for another safe way to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos? The Mansfield Activities Center is throwing a Boo Bash! The event will be a carnival-style night of candy, games, snacks, and crafts. The event is designed for children ages 2 to 6 years old, but children of all ages are absolutely welcome. Children must have an accompanying parent to attend the event. Any children under the age of two years old must pre-register for safety reasons. Along with carnival style games, the Boo Bash will include festive activities like bobbing for apples and s’mores. The Boo Bash is held the Friday evening before Halloween, which is on Tuesday this year. (more…)

Why Do I Need A Tooth Extraction?

Why Do I Need A Tooth Extraction?A tooth extraction is a procedure where your dentist removes your tooth from your mouth. During an extraction, the tooth and its roots will be permanently extracted from the bone. A dental extraction is a last resort for your dentist, and it is a procedure not performed unless it is absolutely necessary to protect your health. An extraction may be necessary if there are complications with a wisdom tooth, extensive damage or decay, overcrowding, or severe infection. Depending on your specific situation and the location of your tooth, the procedure can be simply done in the dentist’s chair or it can be a more complex surgical procedure.  (more…)

Should I Be Afraid Of Root Canal Therapy?

Should I Be Afraid Of Root Canal Therapy?The short answer is no, you should not be afraid of root canal therapy. Modern technology has made it so that root canal therapy is often less painful than the toothache that you are experiencing that makes the root canal therapy necessary. While relieving your pain, root canal therapy can often save your tooth from a necessary extraction. If your dentist gives you the news that you will be needing a root canal treatment, do not fret. Take a deep breath, ask any questions that you need to, and relax.  (more…)

Is It Snoring Or Sleep Apnea?

Is It Snoring Or Sleep Apnea?In cartoons, snoring can be a comical way to signal that someone is in the middle of some deep sleep. In real life, snoring can be a signal of a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But how do you know when your snoring is just simple snoring or if it is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong? Aside from being an annoying burden on your partner or loved ones, snoring can be a signal of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can increase your risks of serious health complications like high blood pressure or heart disease. Your dentist can help you treat OSA, which can lower your risk of developing serious complications. Treatment can also help you and your family get the restful sleep you need.  (more…)

Problems Caused By Grinding Your Teeth

Problems Caused By Grinding Your TeethDo you grind your teeth? Maybe you notice that you wake up with headaches or a sore jaw. Perhaps you find during the day that you are clenching your jaw more often than not. Do you suffer from teeth sensitivity to cold foods? Maybe you find yourself getting a lot of cavities despite having good oral hygiene. These are some signs that you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Grinding your teeth is a common sleep disorder known as bruxism. It can cause numerous problems for your oral health.  (more…)

Protecting Teeth With Sealants

Protecting Teeth With SealantsHave you heard of dental sealants? If you have heard of them, do you believe them to be only for children? Dental sealants are a plastic material used to protect your teeth against harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. While sealants are a common tool used to protect the teeth of children, they can and are used to protect the teeth of adults, as well. Some adults have a higher risk of developing cavities; sealants can help to reduce this risk. Especially as we enter autumn and winter, seasons filled with sugary treats, it is important to think about every way you can protect the smiles of yourself and your families.  (more…)