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!
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April 21, 2017
Dr Taibl and his wife welcomed their second child into the world in mid March. Beckham William was born weighing 8lbs 2oz and was 20.5 inches long. He is a relaxed baby with a great appetite! Congratulations Dr Taibl. He is such a beautiful baby!
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April 20, 2017
Throughout the years, you’ve certainly had a lot to smile about – from getting married, to watching your children grow into successful adults with kids of their own, to retiring, you’ve always had a reason to beam. And as you get older, you want to make sure you maintain your healthy smile. But how does the aging process affect your teeth? The team at Elmbrook Family Dental understand your question and are here to help. Follow these tips from your premier Pewaukee dentist for a golden smile in your golden years.
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April 11, 2017
One of the main goals of any dental practice is to distinguish themselves. When they do it correctly, their special service is often recognized, which is why Elmbrook Family Dental was recently voted the Best Dental Office of Greater Milwaukee 2016 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. What made your Brookfield dentist stand out from the rest? (more…)
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April 8, 2017
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful patients who participated in our 8th annual March Madness contest. We always have such a fun time with the NCAA tournaments. Below are the top 4 winners and the prizes they received:
1st: Yunge M. $150 Bartolotta gift card
2nd: Chuck S. Custom whitening trays
3rd: Jenny O. 4 movie tickets and snack passes
4th: Joy B. $25 Blackfin gift card
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March 27, 2017
Over the last few years, electronic cigarettes have really become a trend. Many use it as an alternative to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes with the thought that they are not as damaging to your lungs and body. Others use the E-cigs as a transition to cut down on nicotine while they quit smoking regular cigarettes. The truth is, research is just starting to uncover the negative effects that the E-cigs may have to our health. History shows us that it can take decades to study the long term affects of products like this. In the early stages of research, they are uncovering proof that shows cellular change and cellular death at a rate of up to 53% in oral tissue. Studies are also showing that smoking these can be detrimental to your lung health causing an irreversible lung disease commonly known as “popcorn lung”. Think that smoking an E-cigarette doesn’t release second hand vapors? Think again. They do emit second hand toxins which include formaldehyde and other carcinogens.
Only time and further studies will reveal the potential fate of someone who smokes E-cigarettes. We care about your oral health and your overall health. The only safe option is to eliminate cigarettes, E-cigarettes and all other forms of smoke or smokeless tobacco from your life. Did you know that your staff at Elmbrook Family Dental is trained to help you quit? That’s right! Next time you see us, just ask. We are happy to help provide you with the first steps toward quitting and get you further resources as well.
Want to learn more about “popcorn lungs” or lung scarring and it’s long term effects? Visit here: http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/dental/article/e-cigarettes-shown-be-detrimental-oral-health-new-study?kara-rdh
For our other resources, please follow these links.
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March 11, 2017
Elmbrook Family Dental is hosting our 8th Annual March Madness college basketball tournament for current patients! (Patients having 1 cleaning within the last 12 months)
In years past, our NCAA tournament contest was a hit and this year we’re making it even better by awarding prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place!
1st place: $150 Bartolotta Gift Card
2nd place: Custom Whitening Trays
3rd place: 4 Movie Tickets and Snack Passes
4th place: $25 Blackfinn Gift Card
To sign up, go to http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/en/frontpage and create an account. Once you have logged in, click “My Groups” link toward the top of the page. Type Elmbrook Family Dental in the search box. Our group password is TEETH. Create your own bracket, and please use your actual name as your team name (so we know who you are!) and pick who you think will win. For more information, click the “How to Play” link.
You must sign-up and pick your teams by the tip-off of the first game on March 16th in order to play. You will not be able to pick your teams until the tournament field is announced on March 12th.
The contest through ESPN is open to anyone, however in order to be eligible for a prize from Elmbrook Family Dental you must be a current patient, meaning 1 cleaning within the last 12 months.
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March 5, 2017
When you’re looking for a dentist there are a few things that you must consider. Is my dentist convenient? Does my dentist care about my comfort and wellbeing? And most importantly, does my dentist take my insurance? Finding a great dentist in the greater Milwaukee area is now easier than ever. It’s a no-brainer! Elmbrook Family Dental has a dentist in Pewaukee that is ready to treat you with award-winning dental services that are worth the drive. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named our dental office the Best Dental Office in the Greater Milwaukee Area for 2016, and we’re ready to show how our convenient office cares about you and makes our services affordable for every patient.
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February 16, 2017
Your child’s baby teeth are important to speech, nutrition and facial structure. They ensure the proper alignment of those permanent teeth. Your dentist in Pewaukee at Elmbrook Family Dental asks parents to bring children in for their first get-acquainted visits when that first tooth erupts and by age three for regular preventive care. Learn what happens at a child’s first dental visit and what services are available for little smiles.
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February 13, 2017
We all know that a toothache can be painful, but did you know it can lead to severe infection in other places of your body? In severe cases it can even lead to death. When a tooth becomes infected or you get an abscess, it is important to seek help from a dental professional immediately. Your dentist can often resolve this infection with a root canal and an oral antibiotic. In some cases, an extraction may also be needed to resolve the infection. It is extremely important to know that an oral antibiotic alone will NOT resolve a dental infection. It will temporarily decrease the amount of infection, pressure and pain, but there will always still be some infection remaining until a root canal or extraction is performed. This is why seeing a general doctor or emergency room doctor can lead to misunderstanding and incomplete treatment of dental infection. In severe cases, infection will come back after a course of oral antibiotic and spread to other parts of the body. This can cause hospitalization and even death. Follow the link listed below to read a story about a young father who sadly lost his life when his dental infection spread to his lungs. Our heart goes out to this family. Our goal is to never read another story like this again.
Our team of dentists is always here for you. If you have pain, don’t hesitate to call us. Not sure if it is a true “emergency” or if it can wait? Call us. We can help you figure it out. If you have any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign that an infection is present. Call immediately if you are experiencing the following :
-Sensitivity to hot temperature.
-Pain that wakes you up at night.
-Pain that is lingering for 30-60 seconds or longer after experiencing temperature sensitivity.
-A bump in your mouth, near your tooth root that appears like a pimple.
-Puss or discharge coming from your gums.
Life is precious, so don’t take any chances. We are happy to diagnose your tooth pain for you. Here is the link to the article mentioned above: http://fox6now.com/2017/01/31/california-father-dies-after-tooth-infection-spreads-to-lungs/
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