Spring Giveaway Contest Rules: Win a Garden Tool Tote & Seat by PicnicTime

Spring is in full gear, and we’re celebrating with a Spring Giveaway. We’re hoping that this giveaway will allow you to garden in comfort and create the beautiful vegetable garden or landscaped entryway you’ve always wanted. We’re giving away a PicnicTime Gardener Garden Tool Tote & Seat. It can also make the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

To Enter: Go to our Facebook Page and post a comment to our Spring Giveaway post (shown below) that answers the question: What is your favorite thing about spring? Then, Like the post and you’re entered! We will randomly select the winner on Monday, May 8 (leaving enough time before Mother’s Day for the winner to receive the giveaway!). Read the rest of this entry »

Reducing Stress Can Also Reduce Tooth Problems

Today is National Stress Awareness Day–a time to try new stress relief techniques, learn about the effects of stress, and most importantly, to reduce your stress. Stress can have negative impacts on your entire body, your mouth included. For example, jaw soreness, teeth sensitivity, cavities, and gum disease can all be signs of increased stress. Below we go over some of these negative impacts, and 5 easy and fun tips to reduce stress. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Your Mouth: April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This month, the Oral Cancer Foundation wants you to Watch Your Mouth (for oral cancer) by getting screened. East Madison Dental provides oral cancer screenings to all our patients during comprehensive and periodic exams. Get the facts about oral cancer below, and check out our blog post on why Oral Cancer Screenings are Now More Important Than EverRead the rest of this entry »

Why Would I Need a Mouth Guard?

Your dentist may recommend a mouth guard, also called an occlusal guard for many reasons. However, some of the most common reasons include grinding and clenching of teeth at night or during moments of stress. Teeth grinding and clenching can cause headaches, discomfort and teeth sensitivity as well as more serious dental problems like root canals and gum recession. This post will help you understand what some of the symptoms are of grinding and clenching your teeth, what it does in the short and long term to your teeth, and how you can stop it from happening.

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Color to Win! Enter the EMD Coloring Contest to Win a Kid’s Electric Toothbrush!

This contest has ended. Thank you to all of the creative #EMDkids participants and congratulations to the winners! Stay tuned for more contests and fun throughout the year! 

For National Children’s Dental Health Month, East Madison Dental is hosting a coloring contest! Winners will receive a Children’s Battery Power Electric Toothbrush and other prizes. Color and decorate the American Dental Association’s Healthy Teeth Chart and take a picture of it on your fridge or wherever you wish to hang it. Get creative! Don’t be limited by crayons! Kids can decorate the whole chart however they like. Get your kids in the habit of brushing and flossing every day! Read the rest of this entry »

February is National Children’s Health Month

National Children’s Health Month began as a one-day celebration in Cleveland Ohio in 1941. In 1981, it became a one month awareness campaign that highlights the importance of children’s dental health. The event is just as relevant today as when it started, if not more.

Dental Decay is the #1 Chronic Illness Facing Kids

In 2010, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin called dental caries and periodontal disease “America’s Silent Epidemic.” She noted, “Dental caries is the most chronic disease in children: it is 5 times as common as asthma and 7 times as common as hay fever.” Read the rest of this entry »

What Invisalign is Like: My Experience with Clear Alignment Therapy

Our treatment coordinator Bella shares her experience with Invisalign to help you better understand what the whole process is like.

Bella with her Invisalign aligner tray

Bella with her Invisalign aligner tray

“If this was the end result, I’d be happy,” Bella says of the progress her teeth have made after only two months of using Invisalign. Bella started her treatment in October, hoping to straighten some teeth that had moved since the last time she did alignment therapy.

“This isn’t my first time using Invisalign,” Bella admitted. The first time, she didn’t use the retainer after finishing treatment, and her teeth shifted.

Our teeth are always shifting due to a variety of different forces, such as swallowing, grinding, and even lip biting. Alignment therapies like braces or Invisalign shift our teeth into a straight position by applying consistent pressure on them over the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Teeth Shift and How to Fix It

Over one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile, and more than 78 percent of Americans perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. There is clearly a lot of value placed on a nice, straight smile. While a large number of Americans do get braces during adolescence, let’s be honest, not all of us are great at using our retainers.

As a result, our teeth continue to shift and our centric occlusion–where our teeth touch and rest when our mouth is closed–changes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Baby Boomers and Dental Healthcare

bigstock-senior-smiling-couple-in-love-20703293Every day, over 10,000 baby boomers celebrate their 65th birthday. By 2030, there will be 74 million adults over the age of 65. It is therefore more important than ever to expand on, improve, and talk about dental healthcare for older adults, which is exactly what Oral Health America did in its third comprehensive report which came out this year. The report noted that baby boomers differ greatly from their parents’ generation in terms of oral health in several ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Oral Cancer Screenings More Important Than Ever

orthodontist-287285_1280With smoking rates among Americans down, many doctors expected to see a decrease in cancer diagnoses, particularly throat and neck. Instead, they started seeing an increase. This rise in oral cancer, particularly in the tonsils and back of the tongue (known as oropharyngeal cancers), has now been linked to HPV infection. “Most people in the field thought I was crazy,” Maura Gillison, an oncologist at Ohio State University says of the moment when she began testing tumor samples for HPV. But the results kept coming back positive, reports the AARP, and now 3 out of 4 cases of oralpharyngeal cancers are HPV positive.  Read the rest of this entry »