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Sleep Apnea Treatment in the St. Cloud area

We are proud to be the first dental office to officially offer sleep apnea treatment in the St. Cloud Area!

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Unlike simple snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention. The risks of undiagnosed OSA include:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • irregular heart beat
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • decreased libido
  • daytime drowsiness

Many people try and fail with the traditional CPAP treatment.  We are proud and excited to be able to offer a treatment alternative that can effectively treat your mild or moderate sleep apnea.

We offer a few different options for oral appliances.  Call 320-251-2972 to schedule for a consultation with one of our dentists!

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I have a dental emergency!

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Emergency Dentist St. Cloud

Dental emergencies seem to come at the worst times.  On an important day at work, right before a wedding, or on the weekend when the dental office is not open.  Most dental emergencies include broken teeth, painful teeth or swelling, lost fillings or crowns, traumatic injury to the teeth, and many others.  We are able to often see existing and new patients the same day for treatment during our office hours.  We also treat existing patients after hours and on weekends if need be!  We are here to help!  If you have a dental emergency call our office right away to schedule an appointment to have one of our dentists help get you back to health!  We offer emergency dental care in both St. Cloud, MN and Sartell, MN.

How often should I be brushing my teeth with braces?

Some patients wonder if brushing once or twice a day is enough if they have braces.  Some patients wonder if they can skip brushing all together and use other tools such as a waterpic. The fact is that it is even more important during orthodontic treatment to brush well and we recommend brushing and flossing at least two times per day.

Most patients can’t wait to get their braces off so they can have a better smile and are disappointed to find that there are white spots covering their teeth. These spots occur because their dental hygiene was not adequate during their orthodontic treatment and their enamel started to break down, its similar to scars being formed in the enamel.
It can be challenging for patients to keep their teeth clean while in braces, but proper and thorough brushing is really important and a waterpik, does a poor job of removing all of the plaque like a toothbrush would. Teeth with braces have brackets and a wire that is attached. When brushing these, a patient should orient the brush bristles at a 45 degree angle , with the bristles pointed to the bracket edges. This means that the patient has to point The brush up and down for each tooth in order to clean around their brackets. We also recommend using proxi-brushes to get a more thorough clean in those harder to reach spots between brackets.
Our St. Cloud Dentist office currently offers discounted 3 month cleanings and flouride treatment for patient’s in braces.

 

How clean is your toothbrush?

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The “toothbrush” has been used for thousands of years. “Chew sticks,” bone, wood, and ivory were all used as a means to keep the teeth clean in the past. The bristled toothbrush that we use now was invented in 1938.

Your toothbrush may not be as clean as you think.  Here are some ways to keep that toothbrush clean:

1) Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.  Children’s toothbrushes often need to be changed more often.  If the bristles are splayed earlier than 3-4 months the toothbrush should be changed as it won’t clean as effectively.

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2) Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing.

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3) Store your toothbrush upright to allow for faster drying preventing bacteria to build up.

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4) Keep your toothbrush out in the open.  Keeping it in an enclosed area will keep it moist longer allowing more bacteria to grow

 

5) Don’t share toothbrushes

 

 

All information in this post was found from the following: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/toothbrushes?source=facebook&content=toothbrushes

 

 

Before and Afters of a recent case

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This patient received two new bridges on his front teeth.  The bridges he had were fitting poorly with open margins that were starting to decay.  The incisal edges of the previous bridges did not line up well, the shade was too bright for the patient and the teeth just didn’t look very life-like.  In two appointments we were able to provide a great service to this patient by creating a much healthier smile that was also more esthetically pleasing!

Before:

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After:

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What exactly is a bridge?

 

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A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth.  It crowns the two adjacent teeth and bridges a false tooth in between.   A bridge can be a great alternative to an implant especially if:

You are not a candidate for implants due to health or other reasons

The two adjacent teeth have existing crowns that need to be replaced

There is a current bridge in place that needs to be replaced

The two adjacent teeth would benefit from being crowned

Time constraints limit your ability to restore with implants