Preparing Your Child for their First Dental Visit

A child’s first visit to the dentist is a special one, and we love to make it just that! We are often asked about the appropriate age for a child’s first dental visit. We usually say anytime is fine, if you have a dental concern. For a routine checkup, between the ages of 2.5 and 3 work well! The first dental visit consists of getting the child’s medical history, bringing them back to the exam room and familiarizing them with the dentist! A ride in the chair (even if on mom or dad’s lap) and showing our fun tools (the Read More →

How Long Will Crowns Last?

Crowns are a common practice in dentistry. They are used to help prevent further cracking, to protect already heavily filled teeth, and for aesthetics. Many of our patients ask how long their crowns will last. The answer is: it depends! Crown Longevity Depends on Good Home Care There are many factors that go into the longevity of a crown. A big misconception is that crowns can’t get cavities. A crown is simply a real tooth, covered. The tooth still has a root and nerve. There are still surfaces of the tooth that are exposed and capable of getting cavities. Meticulous Read More →

What Parents Need to Know About Permanent Teeth

Your child’s smile is bound to change throughout the years, as they transition from baby to permanent teeth. One of the most common question our Rochester family dentists get from parents is, “When will my child lose their first tooth?” The answer is not concrete. For many, the first tooth is lost between the ages of 5 and 7. Typically, the first teeth lost will be the lower, central incisors. When permanent teeth erupt, they tend to have bumps on the edge. These are called mammelons – and they are normal! As time goes on, they wear down to be Read More →

How to Relieve Tooth Sensitivity

The number one concern of patients in my hygiene chair is sensitivity. It comes in all forms, caused by cold, hot or sweets. Simply brushing can also cause a feeling I describe as a “zing.” It can be frustrating, and even life altering, when tooth sensitivity prevents enjoying the things we once could – like ice cream! It is important to bring up any tooth sensitivity at your dental appointments. The majority of sensitivity comes from exposed root surfaces (recession). Sensitivity can also come from tooth issues such as cracks or nerve issues. Describing your symptoms and the location gives Read More →

How to Prevent Dry Mouth at Night

Dry mouth has many causes, including medications, sleep apnea, allergies and dehydration. It is uncomfortable and, if untreated, can lead to accelerated cavities. Many times, a patient adds a new medication to their list that has the unwanted side effect of dry mouth. While medications are obviously needed to maintain your health, the side effects need to be monitored closely. Most patients introduced to these meds may have recession areas. These areas are more prone to cavities because they are not as strong as enamel. As a result, they tend to develop cavities when in the presence of dry mouth. Read More →

How to Get the Most Out of Your Dental Benefits

At Family Dentist Tree, we work with dental benefits every day. We know they can be confusing and difficult to navigate. While it’s important to review and understand your specific dental benefit package, here are some general tips to ensure that you are getting the most out of your benefits. Pre-authorizations If you are unsure of what your dental insurance will cover, ask your dental office to submit a pre-authorization. While pre-authorizations do not guarantee benefits, they are usually pretty accurate. If you have questions about your pre-authorization, talk to your dental office and they can help you understand your Read More →

How to Stay Healthy this Cold and Flu Season

Did you know? The mouth is, in fact, connected to the body! So as cold and flu season approaches, we wanted to share a few tips on how to keep your body – and your mouth – healthy. Keep Your Hands Clean Wash your hands frequently! And do your best to keep your fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth, as those parts of the body are where viruses like to enter. Eat Healthy Foods Our diet is important to all aspects of life, but especially in terms of keeping those pesky viruses at bay. Eating a balanced, healthy Read More →

What’s the Latest ‘Buzz’ on Electric Toothbrushes?

Electric toothbrushes have been around for quite some time. They come in a variety of sizes, brush heads and prices. As a consumer, it can be tricky shopping for a new brush. Here is the advice I give patients when asked about electric toothbrushes. Brand Matters Stick with a brand that is trusted. I caution patients on purchasing battery operated five dollar brushes, because the bristles used in these brushes are not always soft or extra soft. Replacing the batteries often becomes pricey. Further, not all of the motions they use are effective at cleaning the gumline areas. Braun Oral Read More →

How Long do Fillings Last?

In dentistry, we tend to tell our patients that we don’t have a crystal ball. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to tell a patient when their tooth or fillings will break, begin to hurt or decay. What we can tell a patient is what we currently see in their mouth and how we can treat it. Fillings are common practice in dentistry, and are needed when a tooth has a cavity, fractures or is being used esthetically to fill spaces. We are asked daily how long a filling should last. There are many dimensions to this question, so let Read More →

Just for Fun

Bloopers! Sometimes we’re serious and then sometimes… Halloween Candy Buyback This year our halloween candy buyback event went from November 1st through November 9th. We were able to donate 355 pounds of candy to our troops overseas! We are so thankful for everyone that participated in this event! Muddy Warrior Run Another year of muddy fun at the muddy warrior run with our team! We are excited for the oportunity to particicapte in an event that brings our community together to raise money for those who serve our country. Early Learning Dr. Peters spent some time teaching pre-school and kindergarten Read More →