Are Sleep Apnea And Snoring Really Separate Issues?

Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring can stem from a similar problem. People produce snoring sounds while sleeping because their breathing passages become partially blocked by soft tissues. In a case of obstructive sleep apnea, you can experience this issue, but the blockage can lead to a prolonged period where you are not able to breathe. Your body must “wake up” from this to clear your airways, which disrupts your sleep cycle. Sleep apnea can cause several issues, and ignoring the problem can put a serious strain on your health. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can help you manage this condition with a special oral appliance. (more…)

Are Tartar Deposits Putting Your Teeth And Gums At Risk?

Tartar accumulation is a problem you are not able to address on your own. You definitely have the ability to prevent tartar from building up on your teeth – with smart daily oral care, you can remove plaque deposits before they harden. Unfortunately, existing tartar will remain until your next professional teeth cleaning. During regular dental exams with your Rapid City, SD dentist, you can benefit from the removal of tartar, as well as a careful check of your teeth and gums. When you leave tartar deposits, your risk for problems like tooth decay and gum disease can rise.  (more…)

Are You In Need Of A New Toothbrush?

Your toothbrush has an important job. You should be brushing at least two times each day, and you should count on your brush to help you effectively clear away plaque and food debris each time. As time passes, the bristles on your brush will inevitably start to wear down. The trouble with keeping the same brush for too long is that over time, that wearing down of the bristles means your efforts are less effective. You should replace your brush approximately every three or four months – if the bristles seem to be frayed before this, a replacement can be appropriate. Your Rapid City, SD dentist is ready to help you maintain proper oral hygiene, so you can stop cavities from forming. If you do your part to defend your smile between routine dental exams, you will have less to worry about from cavities and gum disease. (more…)

Dental Implants Can Help You Regain Your Full Smile In 2019

Tooth loss is one of the most frustrating oral health problems that a person can experience. Just one missing tooth is enough to interfere with your appearance, as well as your ability to bite, chew, and speak. Because your teeth depend on their neighbors for stability, the problem can become worse over time if you do not address it. If you are tired of how tooth loss is affecting your life, you can talk to your Rapid City, SD dentist about dental implant-supported prosthetic work. Dental implants offer a remarkable degree of stability for a restoration. You can feel better about your smile, and about your ability to bite and chew.  (more…)

Bringing Up Your Sleep Troubles During A Dental Checkup

How much information do you really need to share with your dentist? Beyond addressing problems like toothaches, or signs of gum disease, what else should you mention? It may seem odd, but if you are struggling with sleep troubles, you may want to say something at your next routine dental checkup. If you feel groggy and irritable during the day, snore loudly, or feel fatigue on a daily basis, you could be dealing with sleep apnea. While many people assume the only treatment option open to them is a CPAP machine, your Rapid City, SD dentist can actually provide help with an oral appliance. When you insert the appliance, you can count on it to keep your breathing passages open, and put a stop to sleep apnea. (more…)

ClearCorrect Can Put You On A Path To Straight Teeth

Are you eager to see results from orthodontic work, but reluctant to spend time with braces? Many people can be bothered by the idea of wearing metal braces – you may fear it makes you look less professional at work, or that you will become frustrated with your inability to remove them. ClearCorrect aligners may be exactly what you need to make improvements. Your Rapid City, SD dentist can talk to you about what to expect from these orthodontic appliances. You can wear them discreetly, and you can remove them when they might seem to be in your way. After treatment concludes, you can show off a straighter smile, and enjoy the benefits of better alignment. (more…)

A Dental Implant Can Securely Hold A Replacement Tooth

Is there really anything all that worrying about one missing tooth? If your smile is not affected, and you have everything else, what do you gain from seeking out a dental prosthetic? You might not realize it, but your missing tooth can start to impact your daily life in ways that lead to more trouble. For instance, you face an increased risk for losing additional teeth, as both teeth that neighbored your missing tooth will be less stable. You can also face trouble because your biting and chewing habits can be compromised. The sooner you act to address the problem, the sooner you can put a stop to the risks it carries. By using a dental implant for support, your Rapid City, SD dentist can give you a lifelike restoration that has functional value, while also helping your smile! (more…)

Advanced Periodontal Issues Can Raise Your Tooth Loss Risk

What do you have to worry about if you develop gingivitis? This early stage of gum disease can be reversed with proper care. In fact, your Rapid City, SD dentist’s office can provide a periodontal cleaning to remove harmful agents that are affecting your gums to protect you. If you act quickly, you can address the problem before there are serious consequences to contend with. However, ignoring the matter can lead to more significant trouble. While gingivitis can be treated and reversed, gum disease at an advanced stage can be more difficult to manage, and it can increase the risk you will lose teeth. If you think something may be wrong with your periodontal health, acting sooner rather than later can be vital to the long-term health of your smile. (more…)

Enjoy An Ugly Sweater Skating Party At Main Street Square!

During the winter season, Main Street Square will host many different activities on its ice rink. You can take part in a particularly festive event on Friday, December 21 when the ice rink welcomes skaters for an Ugly Sweater Skate Party! As the name suggests, visitors to the rink are encouraged to arrive wearing their favorite ugly sweater. People are welcome to hop on the ice from 6 pm until 9 pm that night. Christmas will be over before we know it, and 2019 will be here – have you secured your dental benefits for the next year? Make sure you have this secured, and make sure your regular dental checkups are scheduled in the next year with your Rapid City, SD dentist’s office. (more…)

A Proper Flossing Technique Can Help You Avoid Gum Disease

Are you taking the time to properly floss your teeth every day? Many people put themselves at risk for oral health problems by flossing infrequently, if at all. Others will floss regularly, but fail to properly clean during their session. It is important to make sure that you move the floss string vertically when you are cleaning between teeth. Make sure you reach to the base of your teeth, at the gum line – this helps you fight the buildup of oral bacteria that could lead to periodontal problems. While your Rapid City, SD dentist is able to help you maintain a healthy smile during every routine exam, these visits should not replace your commitment to taking care of your teeth on a daily basis. (more…)