Category Archives: Cosmetic Dentistry

Easter and Hard Candy

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Easter means many things to different families everywhere, but one thing that remains consistent is the appearance of candy! Whether it’s hidden in eggs or just passed around, it is definitely part of the celebration.  Sweets make for some excellent treats, and there is no reason not to indulge (in moderation of course)! However, all candies are not created equal, and it may be worth knowing which ones you can have relatively guilt free, and which could spell trouble for your wonderful smile.

When it comes to Easter indulgences, chocolate may make it onto the nice list – we know, this is great news to many of you. The less forgiving candies are the ones that make that all-too-familiar CRUNCH! Hard candies, like lollipops or jolly ranchers, can be a tempting treat to bite.  At best, they pack pieces of sugar into hard to reach grooves of your teeth. Saliva can have a difficult time breaking down those sugars and they remain there for long periods of time. Worst case scenario is that crunch sound includes a sharp pain followed by a broken tooth, and sends you straight from your Sunday activities into our office. We do love seeing our patients, but not at the expense of their healthy smile! This happens more often than you think. Some who are prone to absentmindedly crunching on ice have discovered the dangers of biting down on those crunchy munchies.  Teeth that have fillings in them are at even greater risk of fracture. They are weakened by the restoration. The larger the filling, the greater the fracture risk. Your teeth are durable for normal eating and chewing, but anything that causes too much stress runs the risk of chipping, cracking or breaking one of your pearly whites. Before you try to impress your friends with breaking that jaw breaker in half, remember that it earned that name for a good reason.

Even if you resist that satisfying crunch, there are still a few other points of concern for hard candies that you don’t run into with other options (like chocolate!). Hard candies that you suck on tend to spend a long period of time in your mouth. During this time, plaque on your teeth will turn that sugar into acid. This acid can be very concentrated and build up quickly while that candy slowly dissolves. This can be a quick way to damage the enamel. Consider this next time you find yourself unwrapping that tootsie pop, an after-meal mint or even one of those little Altoid mints.  Perhaps you (or your child) might enjoy a stick of sugar free gum instead. It’s not often that the solution for a sweet treat is yet another sweet treat, but you’re in luck. This time it is! The increased saliva produced while chewing gum can actually help dislodge and break down the remaining sugar in your mouth.  Saliva is nature’s way of buffering and neutralizing those nasty acids that plaque produces.   It does NOT replace your toothbrush and floss, but it is still helpful.

Overall, we don’t want to take the enjoyment out of candy-filled holidays. Enjoy your time with your friends and family, and definitely don’t be afraid to pop open that plastic egg and see what treats hide inside. If you do find yourself going crazy for the crunchy candies, we hope this information will help you make smart choices.  If things do go wrong, you always have your friends at Stumpf Dental to repair the damages.   Happy Easter everyone.

 

Dr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: (262) 955-8970

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What’s Your Excuse?

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Here are some of the Most Common Excuses to Not Visiting the Dentist

At Stumpf Dental, we cannot even tell you how many times we’ve heard people say things like…“I’ve been meaning to make an appointment but I just haven’t gotten around to it.”

With that in mind, here are some of the most frequent excuses people have for not visiting the dentist.

  • Going to the dentist is too expensive!

Actually, the opposite is true! While quality health care certainly can be costly, the investment in preventive dental procedures such as cleanings, exams and necessary x-rays can save thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in more extensive treatment later. The sooner you go, the less it will cost!

  • Dental appointments are uncomfortable

While a dental visit may not be as much fun as a night at the movies, it’s not as difficult as it was decades ago. Modern anesthetics and dental techniques have made a trip to the dentist more pleasant than ever before. Express your concerns to your dentist and chances are she or he will have a solution. If you don’t think your dental team is doing all they can for your comfort, it may be time to find one who does!

  • I’m not in any pain so I don’t need to go!

Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth and gums, waiting until you have pain means you waited too long! Early cavities and gum disease are painless. Waiting for symptoms can lead to complicated expensive treatment and even tooth loss!

Stumpf  Dental Values Quality Dental Care

At Stumpf Dental, we value the importance of regular dental examinations and preventive cleanings. Our goal is to make your dental treatment as comfortable and cost-efficient as possible, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 1-262-970-0111. We’re here for you!

And If you aren’t making any excuses, please feel free to forward this to someone who is. You’ll be doing them a huge favor!!

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

How Do I Save Myself From Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

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It’s Not That Easy

You have no control over your tooth size, jaw size and growth of 3rd. molars. They are the cards in life you have been dealt. If the teeth erupt and you can clean them, you may be able to keep them a lifetime. But if they are unable to come up or only come up part way, they cause big trouble, painful infections and trouble for the tooth next to them. You could lose multiple teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Problems

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The problems involving your wisdom teeth may be caused by the size of your jaw and/or by how crowded your teeth are. Common warning symptoms that there is an un-natural problem in the development of your wisdom teeth could be pain and swelling.

Symptoms can be caused by:
1) Infection to the gums
2) A crowded tooth displacing neighboring teeth
3) A decayed wisdom tooth
4) Poorly positioned wisdom tooth
5) A cyst that destroys bone

Make an appointment and visit our office if you have any further concerns or would like me to examine your teeth.
Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Smile Safety for Active Kids

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Active kids Need Teeth Protection

Active kids call for active safety. And while helmets, goggles and knee pads protect your kids’ bodies, it’s also important to protect their teeth. A mouthguard is an easy, reliable way to safeguard your child’s teeth during sports and play.

Mouthguards a Must for Contact Sports

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Mouthguards are especially crucial during contact sports such as football, hockey or boxing, where blows to the body and face are regular occurrences. But even non-contact sports, such as gymnastics, and recreational pastimes, such as skating or biking, pose a risk to the teeth.

In addition to cushioning your child’s teeth, using a mouthguard can prevent injury to the tongue, lips, face and jaw. Kids who wear dental braces should be especially careful to protect their mouths during physical activity.

We Can Help You Decide on a Mouthguard

A trip to the dentist can help you choose a mouthguard that’s right for your child. In general, there are three types of mouthguards to choose from:

Stock Mouthguards. These pre-made protectors can usually be bought wherever sporting equipment is sold. Most dentists do not recommend their use because they cannot be adjusted to your mouth and provide only limited protection.

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards. Boil-and-Bite guards are softened with hot water and then molded over your child’s teeth. This somewhat custom fit leads to better protection and greater ease in talking and breathing. These are also available at most sporting goods stores.

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Custom Mouthguards. Your dentist can create a custom mouthguard designed specifically for your child’s teeth. These offer the best fit, comfort and protection, but may be more costly than store-bought varieties.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Snacks for Healthy Teeth

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Smart Snacks for Healthy Teeth

Getting your kids to eat fruit, veggies and yogurt instead of candy, chips and ice cream might feel like pulling teeth. But it’s important to encourage them to eat “smart” snacks to keep their teeth – and body – healthy. Whether you’re transitioning your older kids to a healthier, balanced diet or just getting started with a little ones, here are some tips for healthy snacking: Set the tone. Your kids mimic what you do, so it’s important that you eat smart snacks too. And be sure to practice good oral hygiene in front of your kids; if you brush and floss after meals and snacks, your kids will too.

Get Creative with Healthy Snacks

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Get creative with snacks. Show your kids that healthy snacks can be fun! Prepare tasty combinations, such as apple slices with peanut butter, fruit smoothies, meat and cheese rollups, or yogurt sprinkled with granola and bananas.Keep your kids involved. When you make your grocery list, ask your kids to brainstorm about what kinds of food they’d like to eat. This is a good opportunity to help them understand what’s good for their teeth and what’s not. Then go grocery shopping together and teach your kids how to read the Nutrition Facts label so that they can check the sugar content. Prepare nutritious meals. Snacking smart is great for your teeth, but so is eating well-balanced lunches and dinners. Make sure to add fruits and vegetables to every meal so that your kids become accustomed to them.

See Dr.Stumpf for More Creative Healthy Choices

We can help you come up with even more ideas for healthy snacks – come in for a visit, and we’ll work on a plan together.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

What Can Fix a Gummy Smile?

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How Can I Improve My Gummy Smile

You may have asked yourself, “how can I improve a gummy smile”,  because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs a dental crown lengthening procedure or gingivectomy.

Gingivectomy or Crown Lengthening

Both. They are basically the same procedure. A crown lengthening may involve bone removal too while a gingivectomy is just soft tissue removal. Both will make the teeth appear larger.

What is Crown Lengthening? What is a Gingivectomy?

Gingivectomy is a dental procedure often done for both cosmetic and health-related reasons. It involves the removal of some of the tissue of the gingiva, or gums, to achieve a more pleasing appearance, or to make the teeth and gumline easier to clean.

Crown Lengthening is an oral surgery treatment that involves removing excess gum tissue, and possibly some bone, around the upper teeth to make them look longer.crown_lengthening

Call our office now to fix a gummy smile!

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072