You Can Ride The 1880 Train Holiday Express Starting Nov 23!

As of Friday, November 23, the 1880 Train will start welcoming passengers to board its Holiday Express! Your ticket will grant you a ride on a one hour trip all the way up to the North Pole, where Santa Claus will join the ride and visit with the kids in attendance. There will be treats like hot cocoa and cookies, and each child will receive their own gift from Santa before the ride is over. The train will be running until December 23. This is a great chance for you to start celebrating the Christmas season with your kids. While this time of year can be full of fun, you should stay mindful of your smile when you consider how many treats you have access to. Your Rapid City, SD dentist is here to help you maintain a healthy smile by providing preventive care. (more…)

How Your Diet Choices Can Weaken Your Enamel

The choices you make at every meal can have more of an impact on your smile than you might realize. Sugar is a well-known concern, and a valid one, as your cavity risk can rise when you fail to limit your intake of sweets. However, this is not the only concern you should have when it comes to protecting yourself against tooth decay. Starches, sticky foods, and acidic products can all create trouble for your oral health. While your Rapid City, SD dentist can protect you by providing professional teeth cleanings, and by carefully examining your smile, you should think about your smile care on a daily basis. A combination of brushing, flossing, and responsible dieting can help you lower your risk for oral health troubles. (more…)

ClearCorrect Can Help You Address Poor Bite Alignment

Is it really possible to have an “incorrect” bite? You might not realize it, but poor bite alignment can create trouble for your smile in the long term. If your alignment is flawed, you may be putting more strain on your jaw joints, which can lead to persistent pain. You can also place more wear and tear on particular teeth, making those teeth vulnerable to harm that may require restorative dental work. Orthodontic work can be recommended when you want to correct your bite. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can talk to you about undergoing treatment using ClearCorrect aligners. Your experience with these clear aligners can have benefits you appreciate. You can enjoy a more discreet orthodontic treatment than metal braces can provide, and you can remove your appliance when they might be intrusive! (more…)

The Ice Rink At Main Street Square Opens On Nov 17!

Rapid City residents can look forward to time on the ice soon, as the Main Street Square Ice Rink opens on Saturday, November 17! On the day of the opening, you and your family can enjoy an evening screening of the classic film “Grease,” and you can take part in a special food drive being held at the rink. The collection of food items will be donated to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, and those who bring items to donate can receive a $1 discount on their day pass. Your Rapid City, SD dentist wants to remind you that the year is almost over – if you have not come in for a checkup in over six months, you should schedule your next appointment! Semiannual dental exams help you keep your smile in great shape, and alert you to any problems that might need attention. (more…)

How Serious Is The Link Between Gum Disease And Tooth Loss?

If you are familiar with the threat gum disease can pose you, then you may already be familiar with the link between this condition and tooth loss. What you should know is that gum disease actually leads all other causes when it comes to the problem of losing teeth as an adult. That means if your periodontal problems are not dealt with effectively, the state of your smile could be in jeopardy! Your Rapid City, SD dentist’s office can identify the signs of poor periodontal health. Once these problems are identified, proper treatment can be planned. You can also count on help if you have already experienced tooth loss, as your dentist can provide you dental implant-supported prosthetic work. (more…)

Tooth Loss Can Impact Your Diet, But Implants Can Help

You can certainly recognize the cosmetic trouble created by tooth loss, particularly if you have lost multiple teeth. While your appearance is certainly a valid concern, there are oral health concerns connected to tooth loss you should also recognize. One problem is that your biting and chewing functions depend on having a complete set of teeth; even one missing tooth is enough to interfere with your ability to comfortably eat. Fortunately, dental implants provide a degree of stability for a restoration that can address functional concerns. If you are frustrated by the effect tooth loss has had on your diet, you can talk to your Rapid City, SD dentist about dental implant-supported prosthetic work(more…)

Visit The Holiday Art Market At Dahl Arts Center

From Friday, November 16 through Saturday, November 17, you and your family can enjoy access to unique items offered up at the Holiday Art Market. For the seventh year, this event at the Dahl Arts Center will provide Rapid City families the chance to meet with vendors offering an assortment of special goods. This year, more than thirty vendors will be on hand offering up handmade crafts, artworks, and special Christmas decorations! While the holiday season is always exciting, it can be important to take a moment and reflect on how holiday treats can have a “naughty” effect on your smile. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can help you address a smile concern. You can also make sure your next dental checkup is arranged with us! (more…)

Take The Time To Be Thorough When You Brush And Floss

Think about how much time you typically give yourself to brush and floss. The right approach to daily oral care should see you thoroughly taking care of your teeth. That way, you can more effectively clear your smile of harmful food debris and oral bacteria. Unfortunately, people can rush through these actions more often than they realize. You might spring through your routine on your way out the door to work because you overslept. You could haphazardly practice these habits before bed when you are especially tired. Unfortunately, when bad habits turn into the usual habits, your oral health can suffer, and you can find yourself in need of restorative dental work. (more…)

Why Are You So Tired During The Day? It May Be Sleep Apnea

Feeling tired during the day can certainly intrude on your ability to be a productive member of your office. It can also affect your mood, and leave you struggling to feel good generally. If you are struggling with frequent feelings of exhaustion, despite going to bed at a decent hour, your problem could be tied to sleep apnea. Fatigue is one of several issues you can experience as a result of this problem. Many people are already aware that sleep apnea can cause snoring, but you should know that it can affect your mood, your blood pressure, and other health issues you already deal with. Fortunately, your Rapid City, SD dentist can help you address this problem. (more…)

Are Dental Alignment Problems Affecting Your Oral Health?

The cosmetic concerns around poor dental alignment can serve as adequate motivation to seek out orthodontic work. With that said, it should be recognized that crooked teeth can create other issues that deserve attention. If you suffer from poor dental alignment, your bite alignment could be compromised, which can raise your risk for TMJ problems, and you can have a harder time fully cleaning teeth that overlap. Fortunately, your Rapid City, SD dentist is able to offer a treatment solution that can correct orthodontic problems, while also offering advantages over traditional metal braces. With ClearCorrect aligners, you can straighten your teeth with an appliance that is difficult to see. Rather than wearing bracket and wire braces that are affixed to your smile, you can rely on ClearCorrect aligners to gradually fix your concerns without drawing unwanted attention. (more…)