Most of our patients know a thing or two about stress. Whether you’re dealing with chronic stress, or a brief stressful life circumstance, we all encounter it from time to time. Most people associate stress with heart attacks or ulcers, but do you know how stress can affect your oral health? Stress may negatively affect your oral health in indirect ways. For starters, stress can cause folks to reach for coping strategies that aren’t so good … [Read more...] about How Stress Affects Oral Health
Have you ever had to patch a hole in your home? What size hole was it? And where? For smaller holes, a little putty or spackle should do the trick. But for larger ones, well, you might have to patch them up with a fresh sheet of drywall. Just as you might need different types of materials to mend your walls, your dentist uses different types of filling material to fill cavities in your teeth. Most people are familiar with silver fillings. But … [Read more...] about Different Types of Dental Fillings
During this time of Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! Parkview Dental will be closed on Thursday November 22, 2018 and Friday November 23, 2018. We will reopen on Monday November 26, 2016. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call 320-587-2726 and follow the prompts. … [Read more...] about Happy Thanksgiving!
The age-old question – should you floss before you brush or after? If you asked any one of our team members, you just might get a different answer on this one! Before you report them for not knowing their stuff, each response can be right! As long as you’re doing a thorough job, we don’t care when you floss! The Case for Flossing Before Brushing Theoretically, flossing first dislodges the gunk between your teeth, letting the fluoride in your … [Read more...] about Should I Brush Before Flossing?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters; it’s who’s doing the brushing. Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a … [Read more...] about Electrical or Manual Toothbrush: Which is Better?
It’s normal to be confused about dental terminology. Unless you’re in the profession yourself, it can be easier to smile and nod while in the chair than ask about all the ins and outs of any procedure recommended to you. If you’ve always been curious, however, about the difference between the two most common treatments for tooth decay – crowns and fillings – then we will fill you in. Pun intended! First, let’s give you a brief reason why … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between a Crown and Filling?