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Is Your Child Really Brushing Their Teeth?

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Five Clues Your Child is Not Brushing

If your skeptical about your child  brushing their teeth then here are five clues your child is not brushing their teeth:

1. The toothbrush is dry.

It’s tough to keep the toothbrush dry if you’re actually brushing! Make sure to check your child’s toothbrush every day (and night) – before it has time to dry.

2. You can still see food particles.

After your child has brushed, ask for a smile. If you can still see bits of food on or in between your child’s teeth, send your child back to the bathroom for a do-over.

3. Teeth don’t pass the “squeak test.”

Have your child wet his or her finger and rub it quickly across the outside and inside of his or her teeth. If the teeth are clean, you will hear a squeaking sound.

4. Breath is everything but fresh.

If your child is brushing and flossing regularly, his or her breath should be fresh. The foul odor associated with bad breath is most often caused by food particles — either food left in between teeth or food trapped in the grooves on the tongue.

5. Your child has a toothache.

Even if you can’t tell if your child is brushing well, a toothache is a red flag. Make sure your child sees the dentist right away – a filling or other treatment may be in order.

Include Regular Visits to Dr.Stumpf as part of  a Regular Oral Health Regimen

Remember, brushing is just one part of your child’s total oral health regimen. In order to remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup and prevent other dental problems, regular exams and cleanings are a must. Plus, your Pewaukee dentist can help reinforce the importance of good oral hygiene with your child.

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

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My Friend Had Four Teeth Pulled Today Should They Be Using a Straw?

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After Having Several Teeth Extracted is it Okay for My Friend to Drink Milkshakes or Beverages Out of a Straw?

No. If your friend just had several teeth extracted they should not be using a straw to sip milkshakes or beverages from a straw. Sucking on a straw can have adverse affects on your wound that is trying to heal from the teeth extractions.

Sipping From a Straw Can Dislodge the Blood Clot

After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the jaw where the tooth used to be. This blood clot is the first phase of healing after the extraction. Sucking on a straw can lead to loosing the blood clot in the wound. Any kind of suction in the mouth can dislodge that blood clot and cause the healing to be late, or even create a painful condition known as a dry socket. If the blood clot is dislodged it leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for 5 or 6 days.

Pass on the Straw!

DO NOT USE A STRAW OR RINSE YOUR MOUTH FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS. You can use a spoon for the shake or drink normally. Also, ice in a zip- loc bag wrapped in a thin towel applied to the face is soothing and helps with swelling. Do intervals of 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off as much as possible during the first day and take your medications as directed.

Dr. Stumpf is an experienced tooth extraction dentist in Pewaukee and if you are thinking about getting teeth extracted or thinking about tooth replacement options then call our office today- 262-970-0111

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

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

I Have a Dead Tooth, What are My Options?

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Only Two Options for a Dead Tooth

I assume you mean the nerve in the tooth is dead. To keep the tooth requires a root canal and crown. Your other option is to remove the tooth. Now you have a space and that too can be costly to fix. There are no other options. A dead tooth is a future toothache if left untreated. Don’t wait.

Root Canal and Its Causes

Root canals are necessary when a cavity that has been left untreated becomes larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be removed.

The doctors at Stumpf Dental know that serious tooth decay can often lead to a root canal. A root canal may be needed if the decay has reached the tooth’s nerve. Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth’s infected root, then filling and sealing the canal.

Root Canal Procedure:
1) An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
2) The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
3) The infected area is medicated.
4) The root canals are filled.
5) The crown opening is filled with a temporary.

See video for root canal procedure:

Crown Procedure

 A crown is sometimes termed a “cap” or “jacket.” A crown will restore a large filling or a cracked tooth to its original size, shape and tooth color. A crown may be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more likely to fracture. A crown can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improves the appearance of your teeth. With the advances in technology we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns with no metal.

Crown Placement

To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. Your dentist will then use a piece of thread or cord or use a laser to push the gum down around the tooth, to take an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have a temporary crown. These crowns are usually made of plastic and are made in your dentist’s office on the day of your visit. They are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out, and the tooth can decay.

At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, or glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it’s cemented to your tooth.

Watch the video to view the crown procedure:

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

How do you get rid of bad breath from having dry throat?

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What Is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is the feeling that there is not enough saliva in the mouth.  Every once in a while everyone may have dry mouth– if they are nervous, upset, under stress, or taking certain medications. But if you have dry mouth all or most of the time, see Dr. Stumpf. Many older adults have dry mouth, but it is not a normal part of aging.

How Dry Mouth Feels

Dry mouth can be extremely uncomfortable. Some people notice a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth. Others notice a burning feeling or difficulty while eating. The throat may feel dry, which can make swallowing difficult. Also, people with dry mouth may get mouth sores, cracked lips, and a dry, rough tongue, and bad breath. Bad breath can make you feel uncomfortable in social settings. What can we do about dry mouth?

Tips for dry mouth

Dryness causes food and plaque to stick to your teeth and tongue. It stinks! Brush with an electric 2th brush. I like Sonicare. It does a good job. FLOSS too. Now, get a tongue scraper and scrape the goo off. Keep on top of it daily. If u use a mouthwash, be sure it is alcohol free. Alcohol dehydrates and makes things worse. Listerine Zero is one brand. Y R U so dry??? Ask your MD for answers.

Watch video below for additional tips and information on preventing bad breath:

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

My 4month old Snores and wakes herself up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like I do? She also has reflux too.

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Sounds like her airway needs to be checked. Babies should not snore. While apnea is possible, there are many other things that need to b checked SOON. Consult with a pediatric otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat.). Make the appointment now..please.

What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Otolaryngologists Provide?

Pediatric otolaryngologists are primarily concerned with medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat diseases in children. Pediatric otolaryngologists generally provide the following services:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, and throat disorders, and head and neck diseases
  • Surgery of the head and neck, including before and after-surgery care
  • Consultation with other doctors when ear, nose, or throat diseases are detected
  • Assistance in the identification of communication disorders in children

For more information about pediatric otolaryngologist  visit healthychildren.org.

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