Dr. Karley Brantman joins the team of dentists who are currently serving patients at The Family Dental Center. Dr. Karley Brantman, a native of East Iowa City, earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa, where she went on to earn her dental degree.
At The Family Dental Center, Dr. Brantman, is among the team of highly skilled [ . . . ]
Mouthguards are devices that are frequently recommended to be used to protect your teeth from grinding (also called bruxism) or clenching while sleeping or from injuries while you play sports.
Many times, they are also extremely helpful in reducing snoring and providing relief from obstructive sleep apnea.
There are differences in mouthguards and discussing this with your family dentist is recommended. Basically, there are three types of mouthguards to use depending on the reason it is being used.
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Each February dental professionals spend the month promoting all the benefits of good oral health for our children, their parents, teachers, caregivers, and many others.
The American Dental Association (ADA) created this national event as just another way to help keep our children healthy and updating all the advances in oral health care. Advances like public water fluoridation and sealants are just a couple of the advances that have had a huge impact on improved oral health care.
Oral Care Tips for Kids
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Wearing masks to protect you and others from COVID 19 has also brought out more awareness of bad breath. Under that cloth or surgical mask, there is just no where for your breath to go making you more aware of bad breath issues.
First steps to the one-two knockout punch to get rid of bad breath is to determine what is causing it. There are several factors that can contribute to bad breath and they include:
- Chronic acid reflux
- Chronic dry mouth
- Kidney failure
- Tooth decay or gum disease, which results from plaque build-up
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Tobacco use
- Untreated tonsilitis
- Allergy-related postnasal drip or respiratory infections like sinusitis or bronchitis
Determining the primary reason for bad breath will assist you in addressing the problem. Also having a good thorough oral care routine that includes brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing that will remove [ . . . ]
Fluoride is recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association) as a safe and effective way in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults. Community water fluoridation continues to be one of the most effective ways to be sure you are provided the fluoride needed.
However, many people do not realize that the bottled water they are drinking does [ . . . ]
While wearing a face mask is important to keep us safe from COVID-19, new medical and oral health issues are becoming apparent from the long period of time that many of us are having to wear them.
You also may have now noticed the smell of your own breath as well as other oral health issues.
Face masks are saving us from COVID-19
Every time we say a single phrase, we release hundreds of respiratory droplets that can be transmitted several feet away. These tiny droplets are almost impossible to track and therefore just as difficult to tell who is infected or not.
The face mask will protect and help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by stopping the droplets from being transmitted. [ . . . ]
Many of us equate having braces right along with one of the rituals of being a teenager that started in the mid 1900’s. The history of creating that perfect smile can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
Today we find that the field of orthodontics has morphed substantially over the last quarter century.
By using 3D dental imaging, orthodontists are now able to get a more [ . . . ]
Most of us know that to improve your oral health with what you eat, you need to cut back on all those tempting sugary snacks. There are other ways to improve your smile through your diet! It also has additional benefits for your body’s health when you cut back on sugar while boosting the health of your mouth! Here are a few suggestions for snacking to naturally keep your smile shining and strong.
THOSE RAW VEGGIES SUCH AS CARROTS, CELERY, AND CUCUMBERS
You are probably not surprised that raw vegetables end up on most lists of healthy snacks. What you may not know is that raw vegetables that are high in fiber can help prevent tooth decay? While you are enjoying them, you are also gently scrubbing your teeth as you chew them. This will remove plaque that would have otherwise caused cavities. When you are chewing raw vegetables, it will encourage [ . . . ]
There’s more than one smart way to brush your teeth.
But is there a clear better way? One of the great dental debates is manual toothbrushes vs. electric toothbrushes. One is a trusted, reliable, proven tooth cleaner. One is a technologically advanced cleaning method that provides in-depth and thorough tooth care.
As the American Dental Association (ADA) notes, both electric and manual toothbrushes [ . . . ]
When it comes to a tooth, gray is a scary color indicating oral health issues and aging, worn-down teeth. Gray teeth sometimes happen through no fault of their owners.
“For some people, no matter how often they brush and floss, their teeth never turn that pearly white,” Colgate.com’s Jenny Green notes.
But why do teeth turn gray?
The Tetracyline Effect
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