Posts for 2015
Dakota Family Dentistry wishes your family a Happy and Healthy Christmas
December 14, 2015
The holiday season is at Dakota Family Dentistry and we want to wish all our patients a happy holiday season. No matter what you celebrate the holidays, we want you to be safe and enjoy your family at this important time of year.
We know this month is filled with candy, cookies and festive gatherings. Let our 12 Tips of Christmas keep your smile merry and bright his holiday season!
Last Modified: 01/28/2016 1:20:05 pm MST
New Year, New you: Make this year the year of the smile!
December 14, 2015
As 2015 comes to an end, you may find yourself reflecting on the past year. You may have already begun to think about your New Year’s resolutions. You may be considering resolving to save money, get a better job or lose weight. While many make resolutions regarding their health, they often forget to resolve to better oral health. Why not make this year, the year of the smile?
Follow these tips and resolve to a healthy 2016 for you and your smile.
Last Modified: 12/14/2015 2:38:24 pm MST
Healthy alternatives for your Thanksgiving
November 25, 2015
At Dakota Family Density, we know the holidays mean sweet treats and rich meals. Don’t get us wrong, we love the good stuff too! During the holidays it can be easy to let healthy eating habits go to the wayside. Why eat and apple when you can have a piece of apple pie? While it’s okay to imbibe in moderation, here are some delicious alternatives to rich and sugary favorites for healthier teeth and gums as recommended by the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Last Modified: 11/25/2015 11:03:08 am MST
Five tips for a tasty and tooth friendly Thanksgiving
November 25, 2015
- Keep the Meal Short - It’s the best part of the day, gathering around the dinner table with family and friends to share a delicious meal. While it’s okay to stay at the table and visit, be aware, you may be tempted to continue snacking past your third helping of mashed potatoes! When you continue to expose your teeth to the acids in food by snacking throughout the day, it makes it easier for cavity-causing bacteria to build up in your mouth. Instead of passing the time by munching, focus on spending time with each other. Share stories, play games or go for a walk.
Last Modified: 11/25/2015 11:01:04 am MST
Keep your little monster's chompers healthy this Halloween!
October 21, 2015
Halloween is right around the corner and with it comes sweet treats, sticky fingers and the potential for some scary cavities! Keep your little ghosts and goblins happy and healthy this Halloween and year round by following these tips!
Last Modified: 10/21/2015 12:17:18 pm MDT
Protect your student athlete's smile with a mouth gaurd
October 21, 2015Along with the changing colors of the leaves and the cool crisp bite in the air, come football games, cheerleading practice, basketball camps and hockey season. Fall is a time where young ones and our very own Huron Tigers and surrounding community schools are gearing up as fall and winter sports season is in full swing. But, before they suit up, and hit the field, make sure to protect your all star’s smile with a properly fitting mouth guard from Dakota Family Dentistry.
Last Modified: 10/21/2015 1:19:46 pm MDT
Oral care for geriatric patients
September 23, 2015
Daily oral health care is important for any age, but as you get older, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. Many believe, as they get older losing their teeth is inevitable. This, however, is not true. With consistent care and regular check up’s your teeth and smile can last a life time.
Last Modified: 09/23/2015 12:23:43 pm MDT
Oral Health Concerns for patients over 50
September 23, 2015
As you age, you may notice you are getting cavities, when you previously never had trouble with them before. For many over the age of 50, and who regularly use medication, your cavities may be the side effect of your medicine. Many prescription drugs list dry mouth as a side effect of their use. Saliva helps protect teeth and when your mouth is dry your teeth are at risk. Make sure to use an over the counter oral moisturizer, such as mouth wash to keep your mouth clean and moisturized
Last Modified: 09/23/2015 12:19:38 pm MDT
The importance of your semi-annual check up
September 2, 2015
Have you ever wondered why you need to visit the dentist every six months? Why not every 4 months or even once a year? It may seem like just a little scraping, rinsing and spitting, but so much more is happening during your regular check up than that.
Last Modified: 09/02/2015 4:32:17 pm MDT
Make a dental check up part of your Back To School routine
September 2, 2015
It’s back to school time and for parents and students alike that means your days are quickly filling up with after school activities, sports practices and homework. But don’t let the hectic pace of the school year get in the way of your child and teen’s health.
Last Modified: 09/02/2015 4:28:02 pm MDT
Choose healthy snacks to keep your smile bright this summer
August 17, 2015
Summer is a time for cook outs and cool treats. And while it may be tempting to divert from your usually healthy diet remember to maintain your oral hygiene regiment while enjoying summer snack foods.
Last Modified: 08/17/2015 2:41:52 pm MDT
How to handle a dental emergency while on vacation
August 17, 2015
Summer is in full swing and while you’re busy shuffling children between summer camps, swim practice and various outdoor activities, you’re probably also planning a family vacation. Vacation time is never a good time for surprises to arise, especially medical emergencies. Should you or your little ones experience a dental emergency while on the road, here are some tips to keep in mind until you can find immediate dental help.
Last Modified: 08/17/2015 2:36:33 pm MDT
Dr. Jesse Fast recieves Fellowship award from The Academy of General Dentistry
July 7, 2015
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Jesse D. Fast DDS, FAGD, of Huron, SD received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place June 18-21 in San Francisco.
Last Modified: 07/07/2015 8:46:15 am MDT
Screening, cleaning and so much more
July 6, 2015It’s so much more than “Say, ‘ahhhhh,” “Have you been flossing regularly?” and “Rinse and spit please.” Dental Hygienists are the front line of defense on your oral health team. While you may think they are just scraping a little plaque off your teeth before the dentist sees you, they are actually killing billions of bacteria in your mouth and performing several health screenings during the cleaning process. They are looking for signs of oral cancer and periodontal disease. Many might wonder, ‘Why would anyone want to clean teeth for a living?’ For Paula, a hygienist at Dakota Family Dentistry with 18 years of experience, the answer is simple; “I love smiles.”
Last Modified: 07/06/2015 1:04:38 pm MDT
DFD’s Hygienists proud alums of the USD School of Dental Hygiene
July 6, 2015For college students who are looking to enter a health profession, the dental hygiene program at the University of South Dakota is a path to consider. The program offers a comprehensive and challenging curriculum in the exciting and ever growing field of dental hygiene.
Last Modified: 07/06/2015 12:45:37 pm MDT
The Benefits of quitting smoking
May 21, 2015As Mark Twain once said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." According to the Center for Disease Control, it is estimated that 42.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths. Though the facts are many, why is it so hard for people to quit smoking? Quitting tobacco is difficult to quit in all of its forms cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. They all contain nicotine, the addiction causing agent in tobacco that causes dependency. Dentists and dental professionals can help their patients quit once and for all.
Last Modified: 05/21/2015 10:21:21 am MDT
FDA Rejects Tobacco industry label petition
May 21, 2015Earlier this month, on May 11, The Food and Drug Administration rejected a petition from the tobacco industry and their supporters, aimed at labeling smokeless tobacco products as presenting "lower" or "substantially less" risk to health than cigarettes. The American Dental Association urged the FDA to reject the petition, which they did.
Last Modified: 05/21/2015 10:15:23 am MDT
What happens when you don't brush your teeth before bedtime?
April 23, 2015You fell asleep on the couch the night before and didn’t brush your teeth… ‘Oh well. No big deal,’ right? Wrong. Brushing your teeth only when you remember is not enough for you to keep teeth and gums healthy. You may think forgetting to brush before you go to bed once in a while isn’t going to hurt your teeth, but it will! Night time is breeding time for germs in your mouth. Food particles that remain stuck to your teeth decompose and feed the germs. These germs produce acid, which breaks down the enamel of your teeth. These germs also weaken your gums, which will lead to lose teeth. As if that isn’t bad enough, here are a few more reason’s to remember to brush and floss before hitting the hay.
Last Modified: 04/23/2015 5:04:12 pm MDT
The foods you eat greatly impact your oral health
April 23, 2015
Did you know how often you eat is as influential on your oral health as what you eat. But food’s relationship with your teeth doesn’t end when you are done chewing. Biological changes occur in your mouth the minute you start to eat certain foods. Bacteria in your mouth make acids which help break down food and aid digestion. If the acid sits on your teeth too long it can weaken the enamel on your teeth which eventually will lead to cavities. In addition, poor general nutrition can also be bad for your health and lead to periodontal disease. Gaining knowledge about how certain foods affect your oral health is the first step towards choosing a mouth healthy diet.
Last Modified: 04/23/2015 5:01:52 pm MDT
Check up with the Tooth Fairy
March 31, 2015
Losing your teeth is a big deal and a sign that you are growing up! But you may be wondering, why do I lose my teeth? Why do I need new ones as I get older? Why should I take care of my baby teeth if they are just going to fall out anyway?
Well, I can help you with these questions. You’ve never met me, but I am sure you’ve heard of me. Hello, I’m your tooth fairy! Maybe you’ve already received a visit from me and found a little gift under your pillow. I want you to know, that other kids just like you have questions for me about losing their baby teeth. Let’s look at what some of them are wondering.
Last Modified: 03/31/2015 9:01:56 am MDT