Will Tartar Deposits Lead To Periodontal Problems?

One of the benefits patients enjoy when they effectively practice daily smile care is the prevention of tartar formation. Tartar, a hardened form of plaque, is something you can avoid, but not something you can remove on your own. If you have deposits of tartar at your gum line, you can face a real risk for gum disease. So what can you do to address the potential presence of tartar? During a routine cleaning at your Rapid City, SD dentist’s office, tartar can be effectively cleared away. This can stop future problems, and help you stay out of oral health trouble. If you need treatment for periodontal problems that have already developed, your dentist can talk to you about a proper treatment to reverse the condition. (more…)

Has Tooth Loss Made It Harder To Enjoy The Holidays?

Has tooth loss made it more difficult to enjoy your favorite holiday treats? While people often think about missing teeth as a concern for their smile, there are other issues that can result from the matter. You may have a harder time biting and chewing certain items, which can limit your diet. Fortunately, through the use of dental implants, it becomes possible to support a restoration securely enough to improve your dental function. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can talk to you about planning your prosthetic work. By placing your dental implants, and securing the restorations that take up the space of missing teeth, your dentist can help you feel better about your appearance, and enable you to enjoy better oral health support. (more…)

Find Fun, Unique Gifts At Kountry Junkin’ Christmas Market

On Saturday, December 8, Rapid City families will have an opportunity to find unique, handcrafted items at the Kountry Junkin’ Christmas Market! All day long, the market will be bustling with activity, as there will be hundreds of vendors on hand to provide creative, rustic items that can serve as gifts, holiday decorations, or as something you simply have to take home! This is a great opportunity to find something with an authentic, DIY feel, as you can enjoy access to so many special items not available in stores. What are your plans for the holidays this year? Your Rapid City, SD dentist hopes everyone enjoys their time, and prepares for a happy 2019. We also want to remind you that our practice is ready to help you maintain your smile during your next dental checkup! (more…)

Thanksgiving Can Be Fun For You, But Trouble For Your Teeth

Many of us eagerly count down the days when we realize that Thanksgiving is close. You may be dreaming of your favorite dishes, or hard at work to create something that will wow your friends and family. Of course, we all need to be mindful about what we eat. Overindulging can be trouble for our waist lines, and our smiles. Many popular Thanksgiving treats can be high in sugars, and starches. Desserts can be even more troubling, as they can be packed with sugar, and likely to stick to your teeth. While your Rapid City, SD dentist takes care of you during each dental checkup, you will have to be mindful of your daily habits, and their effect on your teeth, to keep your smile in great shape. (more…)

Will A CPAP Mask Make It Difficult For You To Sleep?

When people are familiar with sleep apnea, and the need to address this problem, they can assume that their support will come from a CPAP machine. While this device helps many people avoid the serious health problems that come with sleep apnea, the mask can make falling asleep difficult for some. If you are struggling with wearing your mask, or worry about having to wear one, you should know that obstructive sleep apnea can be addressed with a different appliance. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can talk to you about using an oral appliance at night to correct sleep apnea. For individuals with this problem, the appliance can keep their airways clear, so that they are no longer affected by this disruptive sleep problem. (more…)

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…)