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Dental Anxiety – Easing Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist
January 14, 2019
It’s perfectly normal to have fears, especially for children. But what can a parent do when their child is afraid of the dentist? Also called dental phobia or dental anxiety, a trip to the children’s dentist can be one of the more difficult parental chores.
Last Modified: 01/14/2019 2:27:48 pm MST
Christmas Gifts for a Full Year of Healthy Smiles
December 13, 2018Never mind the candy canes, fruitcake and eggnog. This is the year of Christmas gift ideas with dental health in mind. Dakota Family Dentistry, your Huron dentist, says think tech toothbrushes and whitening treatments. Ho Ho Ho...here’s to our favorite Christmas gift ideas for a healthy smile!
Last Modified: 12/13/2018 11:01:23 am MST
Make Dental Health Part of Your New Year’s Resolution
December 13, 2018
We wish everyone a very Happy New Year filled with healthy smiles and ever-better dental health. Festivities, feasting, and fun are on the minds of everyone. We think about the best of 2018; we think about what we could have done better, including improving our health habits. We at Dakota Family Dentistry say it’s never too late to get on the right path with healthy resolutions for the best dental health ever! To get you started, here are some easy-to-stick-to New Year’s resolutions for a forever healthy smile:
Last Modified: 12/13/2018 9:19:57 am MST
How to Avoid Cavities during the Holiday Season
November 19, 2018Whoever thinks about how to avoid cavities during the holidays? Oh sure, you’re brushing and flossing but, oh...those seasonal treats! Who thinks about maintain a healthy mouth? Your Huron dentist, that’s who!
The holidays are nearly here, and with them come a variety of delights that you’ve been anticipating all year. Your taste buds are going crazy in anticipation. In the meantime, your teeth and gums are hiding in the dark, waiting for the disaster.
Last Modified: 11/19/2018 5:06:01 pm MST
Fighting Monsters - Good and Bad Halloween Candy and how to keep cavities away
October 12, 2018
...And parents are thinking about costumes, parties and safety as they prepare for another year of tricks and treats. You probably oversee the house-to-house march and keep a careful eye on the candy bags. But did you know that you and your family dentist can actually guide your kids to healthy candy?
Last Modified: 10/12/2018 1:18:24 pm MDT
Fluoride Benefits - Great for Children AND Adults
October 10, 2018
Decades of research can’t be wrong – we all know that fluoride treatments begun at an early age go a long way towards lifelong oral health. But should it stop when we reach adulthood? Read on to learn the facts about this powerful mineral.
Last Modified: 10/10/2018 2:59:27 pm MDT
Oral Cancer Screenings – another reason to keep regular dentist appointments
September 12, 2018According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 42,000 men and women in the United States are diagnosed with throat and oral cancer every year. What is even more shocking is that the five-year survival rate is just over 64 percent. However, with regular cancer screenings your dentist may be able to catch oral cancer early enough for treatment.
Last Modified: 09/12/2018 11:03:05 am MDT
Class is in Session – Teaching good dental habits to your kids
September 12, 2018As children age, a bright white smile gives them confidence with a healthy smile. It’s important for parents to implement kids dental care procedures when children are too young to care for their own teeth. Later, parents and pediatric dentists can focus on teaching dental health habits that kids can do by themselves. As they mature, they can practice these dental tips to insure children’s oral health.
Last Modified: 09/12/2018 11:03:45 am MDT
Back to School Dental Tips
August 27, 2018It's that time of year again–summer is winding down and the beginning of a new school year is close at hand. Registration, a new wardrobe, school supplies, and new shoes are just a few of the many items needed. One need that is often neglected on the Back to School Checklist – your kid’s dental health check-up.
Last Modified: 08/27/2018 2:28:55 pm MDT
Back to Sports Means Mouth Guards
August 27, 2018
Kids across the country are heading back to school and, for many that means after-school sports programs. Football, baseball, wrestling, hockey, soccer, basketball; any one of them can lead to a variety of injuries. One type of potential injury that is often overlooked is damage to the teeth. Ball, puck or body contact–your Huron dentist knows that teeth can be seriously damaged by an impact.
Last Modified: 08/27/2018 2:26:38 pm MDT
Periodontal Disease: What Is It, How to Prevent It, Ways to Treat It
July 24, 2018
One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that Dakota Family Dentistry has been helping people in the Huron, SD area achieve superior oral health for many years. We make every effort to educate our patients on gum disease prevention, while keeping treatments as quick and painless as possible. Timely care of your teeth and gums will determine whether your periodontal disease is stopped, slowed, or prone to get worse in the future. So don't let fear hold you back from talking to your dentist about taking care of your gums!
Last Modified: 07/24/2018 9:58:46 am MDT
Protecting from Enamel Erosion
July 24, 2018
We all remember the drill from our childhood days–brush, Brush, BRUSH your teeth to prevent cavities and the enamel erosion that results. What was true then is true today, but you may be surprised to learn some healthy foods can actually hurt your teeth. And sometimes brushing your teeth can actually make things worse!
Last Modified: 07/24/2018 8:54:05 am MDT
Summer Dental Appointments for the Whole Family!
June 26, 2018
It’s summer time, summer time, sum-sum-summer time! Vacations, lazy days lounging by the pool or at the beach. Barbecues, ice cream and lots of cool beverages. With all of this fun, you may not think about a dentist appointment. Summer is the perfect time for scheduling your family’s visit to a Huron dentist. Come on in and say hello to the friendly staff at Dakota Family Dentistry.
Last Modified: 06/26/2018 1:17:48 pm MDT
Wisdom Teeth – Should You Have Them Removed?
June 26, 2018
Wisdom teeth removal means having one or more of the third grinding molars (your wisdom teeth) at the back of your mouth taken out. This can sometimes involve oral surgery.
You’re likely to have wisdom teeth by the time you reach your mid-twenties, though some people find they come through earlier or later than this. Sometimes, your wisdom teeth don’t come through properly (they’re impacted). This can cause problems such as pain, swelling, and infection. Having wisdom teeth taken out can ease these symptoms.
Last Modified: 06/26/2018 1:16:14 pm MDT
Dental Care for Diabetics
May 16, 2018Here at Dakota Family Dentistry, it’s our goal to understand the needs of each of our patients. We understand that those patients living with medical conditions need unique dental care without sacrificing beautiful smiles and a healthy mouth.
With that in mind, let's look at diabetes dental care and the dental health challenges that diabetics have to consider.
Last Modified: 05/16/2018 10:51:53 am MDT
What’s in your Dental First Aid Kit?
May 16, 2018
You just don’t know when a dental emergency is going to happen. Having the proper tools will insure pain relief and lessen the risk of further injury.
At Dakota Family Dentistry, we’re committed to seeing emergency patients same day, whenever possible. But time is of the essence—the first few minutes matter. So let’s make sure that your dental first aid kit contains everything you need.
Last Modified: 05/16/2018 10:48:03 am MDT
Teeth Grinding: How it Affects Your Health and What You Can Do To Prevent It
April 12, 2018
Are you grinding your teeth during the day or in your sleep? Your oral health depends on finding solutions. Affecting approximately 50% of all adults, teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause TMJ, chronic headaches, and the cracking or deterioration of your teeth.
Last Modified: 04/12/2018 8:46:59 am MDT
Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget Your Smile!
April 12, 2018
Whether it’s a wedding, a prom, or some simple backyard barbecue fun, Spring is the season for pearly white smiles. Open the windows, let the sun shine in. Invest in your dental health with a visit to the family dentists at Dakota Family Dentistry.
Last Modified: 04/12/2018 8:35:31 am MDT
Dental Sealants: What are they and why you should get them
March 13, 2018
Dental sealants protect teeth from cavities by creating a barrier between bacteria-laden plaque and tooth enamel. Back teeth have small “trenches” on their surfaces that can trap food particles. These particles often remain there for a long time because your toothbrush can’t remove them completely. The acids in plaque eventually cause cavities to form. A dental sealant stops decay before it can start by not allowing plaque to make contact with teeth. Your dentist may apply sealants to protect your first permanent molars as soon as they arrive.
Last Modified: 03/13/2018 11:12:47 am MDT
Why Dental Checkups are Essential: Treating More than a Toothache
March 13, 2018
When was the last time you visited your family dentist? Safeguarding your dental health is more than a contribution to your good looks; it’s critical to your overall welfare. Neglecting one’s oral well-being can lead to a variety of dental and/or medical issues such as bone loss, infection, heart disease, gum disease and more. Although there are some dentists who suggest a dental checkup once a year is perfectly fine, going every six months is one of the best ways to ensure you are taking proper care of your dental health.
Last Modified: 03/13/2018 11:11:23 am MDT