When it comes to your health, your dentist in Pewaukee is one of the first resources in your line of defense against disease and health concerns. Whether you realize it or not, your mouth shows signs of major health concerns that affect your whole body—not always dental issues. Visiting Elmbrook Family Dentistry ensures that our professionals will keep an eye out for large problems and address them as soon as possible. This includes oral cancer, gum disease, and the diseases that could develop from advanced gum disease. Let’s explore what one of our dental experts could run into during your next dental checkup.
Elmbrook Family Dental Blog
August 8, 2017
August 3, 2017
Do you wake up every morning with sore jaws and a pounding headache that just won’t quit? That’s no way to start the day! What may be causing your headache could be lying just in front of your ears: your temporomandibular joints. That’s right, your body could be reacting to several factors that cause your TMJ’s to dysfunction. Elmbrook Family Dental is here to help you get a better understanding of what TMJ disorder is, the signs, causes, and most importantly: how TMJ therapy in Brookfield can help you!
July 30, 2017
Earlier in July, our hygienist Miranda and her husband Nathan welcomed their 3rd child into the world. This beautiful baby girl was born at 10lbs 6oz and 21.5 inches long. Her big brother Henry and big sister Mackenzie are so glad to have Kaylee Denise as their newest sibling and couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations to you and your family Miranda!
July 19, 2017
Our staff has grown over the years, but we have many staff members that have been with us for a long time. The doctors and staff have enjoyed caring for and getting to know our patients over the years and can’t wait to continue to care for them for many years to come! Miranda who is pictured with Dr Taibl, and Mindy who is pictured with Dr Brunner are celebrating 10 years of employment with Elmbrook Family Dental. They received gift cards as a special anniversary gift. Cheers: to at least 10 more!
July 5, 2017
The week leading up to the 4th of July, our staff had a little fun and wore our most patriotic outfits. We are always looking to have fun, but our staff can get a little competitive! So to make it a little more fun, check out our facebook page. We have posted 3 group photos with our best outfits of the week. We need YOUR help to decide who was the most patriotic group. Each comment, and each ‘like’ will count as a vote. So, visit our facebook page and comment or like your favorite group. Thanks for helping us have a little fun and we hope you all enjoyed your holiday.
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June 14, 2017
If you have noticed that your gums bleed when you brush and floss, you may be worried about your oral health — and with good reason. It’s not time to panic, but you should learn why gums bleed and what it means for the state of your smile. Making small changes now can prevent bleeding gums from progressing into a more serious issue later on. Keep reading to learn more on the subject from your dentist near Pewaukee.
Broken teeth can happen to anyone, at any time. Whether the break or fracture occurs during a Sunday afternoon football game or over dinner on Tuesday night, any kind of dental injury can be frightening and leave you not knowing what to do next. Your emergency dentist in Brookfield wants to help you be prepared for the unexpected. Keep reading to find out what to do after a broken or fractured tooth!
June 5, 2017
Are you one of those patients who only floss the night before their dental appointment and maybe the morning of? Does your stomach do a few flips when your New Berlin dentist asks how often you floss? We hope not (Yes, we can tell the difference between a diligent brusher and someone who brushes and flosses)! The teeth and gums don’t lie. If you’re one of the many patients that need to improve their dental regimen at home, this post is for you!
June 1, 2017
If you’ve been doing your research about whitening your smile, you’ve probably come across hydrogen peroxide a few times so far. It’s true, hydrogen peroxide has long been used as a bleaching agent. Believe it or not, your dentist in Pewaukee recommends brushing your teeth with hydrogen peroxide toothpaste to rid mild stains on your teeth. Let’s take a look at why hydrogen peroxide might be the next best thing for your smile beside professional teeth whitening.
May 26, 2017
Many of us are guilty of using a heavy hand while we brush our teeth, but did you know that brushing too hard can actually damage your teeth and gums over time? A common result of hard brushing is gum recession. When you use heavy pressure, your gums actually wear away over time and begin to expose your root surfaces. In a healthy mouth, the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line is covered in enamel. Enamel is the hardest structure in our body being 97% mineralized, making it even harder than bone! In a person who has recession, the gum has receded away from the enamel and is now exposing the root surface. That root is covered with something called cementum which is only approximately 40% mineralized. So what does this mean? This means that over time, if you continue to “scrub” your teeth a little too aggressively, you can actually start to scrub away that softer root surface and cause increasingly deep wear spots called abfractions. Having recession can cause cold sensitivity and and increased chance of decay. Having an abrfaction can cause food to get stuck in these spaces, cold sensitivity, decay and a darkened appearance. Abfractions can often be repaired with a simple tooth colored filling, but in severe cases a crown may need to be placed or even gum surgery may be necessary to cover the area.
So, how do you know if you’re brushing too hard? Take a look at the bristles of your own tooth brush after having it for about 2-3 months. Do the bristles look new and still straight up and down? Or, do they look smushed and splayed out to the sides (like pictured above). This significant wear on your tooth brush is a good indication that you’re using too much pressure. Always use a soft or an extra soft tooth brush unless you’re cleaning your bathroom tiles! Replace your brush every 3 months. If you just can’t get used to brushing with a gentle hand, consider investing in an electric tooth brush. They do all of the work for you and are nice and gentle on your gums. We love the Sonicare brand which gives amazing results!
If you have recession, or if your brush looks like the one pictured above, let us know at your next visit. Your friendly Elmbrook Family Dental clinical staff would be happy to help you change your habits and keep a beautiful, healthy smile!