Funny Healthy Halloween treats

 

Carrot-Finger Food

Hungry goblins will love getting their hands on these crunchy carrot snacks.
 
 

Apple Bites

These toothsome treats are a fun and healthy break from Halloween sweets. Almond sliver teeth.
 
 

Melon Brain

Made from nothing more than a small, round seedless watermelon, this spooky cerebral creation is bound to turn heads.
 

Goblin Grins

These little creatures are a great way to get your kids to eat a couple vegetables. Almond sliver teeth and a tomatoe tongue.
 
To see these and more great healthy snack ideas... please click on this link.
For more tips on maintaining your hauntingly beautiful smile... please visit our website or call Imagine Dentistry at 704-540-7600. 
Tiffany Claassen, RDH

Why T-Rex hates flossing!!!

I absolutely need this shirt!!!
 
So for everyone who hates to floss those difficult to reach back teeth,
 let me introduce you to the amazing Reach Flosser.  
It puts the floss on a toothbrush handle.  
 No more excuses T-rex!
 

For more great flossing tips and ways to take your poor flossing habits out of the dinosaur age and into a whole new era of reachable goodness, please contact Imagine Dentistry at 704-540-7600 or visit our website atwww.imaginedentistry.com.

Got Bad Breath?

Bad Breath Remedy - Tongue Scraper | Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum
 
I am always getting asked what my patients 
can do about their bad breath. 
 My #1 answer is...  USE A TONGUE SCRAPER!
 
 
Bacteria can hang out and get packed in around your taste-buds.  
You wouldn't want white goopy teeth, so why allow your tongue to get that way?
 
"BUT I BRUSH MY TONGUE WITH MY TOOTHBRUSH!"
Well, that can definitely help. However, to really remove all the plaque that is packed in deep will require a little elbow grease and a more firm scraping device than what a bristle can offer. 
 
 
You can find tongue scrapers in all shapes and sizes.  The brand does't matter.  It may take a few days to really get rid of the majority of the coating on your tongue.  After that, you should plan to scrape your tongue daily to keep your friends close and bad breath far far away!
 
Other Solutions to avoiding BAD BREATH...
 
  • Floss!!!! (Try taking a good old sniff of your floss next time you are in there.  Smells a lot like a trash can.  That is because it is teaming with bacteria that can lead to cavities and a sulfuric odor!  It is literally decaying food trapped between your teeth.)
  • Avoid Garlic and Onion since they contain sulfur compounds that are transferred to the lungs after they are absorbed in the bloodstream.
  • Don't rely on mouthwash alone.  It usually only masks odors.  Yes, It will kill bacteria, but new bacteria reforms quickly.  The effects of mouthwash usually fade within 20 min to 2 hours. 
  • Drink plenty of water.  A dry mouth can become a bacterial breeding ground.
  • Sugar-free mints or gum will keep your saliva flowing to help flush out food debris. 
For more information on how to keep friends and not lose the opportunity for a second date, please call Imagine Dentistry at 704 540 7600 to schedule your next cleaning!  You can also visit our website to schedule an appointment.
 
Tiffany Claassen RDH

 
 

What toothbrush should I buy?

 
There are so many creative designs for removing plaque from our teeth!  The image above is certainly creative, but maybe not the most effective.  :-)
 
Standing in the dental aisle can feel overwhelming 
when you aren't sure what you are looking for...
 

Unfortunately, there is no "perfect" toothbrush or one specific one to recommend.  It depends on a lot of factors, including the age of the person and the access they have to their back teeth. 
Here are some helpful tips for picking out a toothbrush:
 
  1. Always select a brush with the appropriate size head (small for children, medium for teens, and regular for adults) Tip: if you are adult with wisdom teeth or have difficulty reaching your back teeth, you may prefer to use a children's brush due to the smaller head, which allows for easier access.
  2. Select a soft bristle brush to avoid causing trauma to your gums.  A harder brush may remove a little more plaque but it can also remove gum tissue!  Don't be afraid to brush your gums with a soft tootbrush, just make sure you don't assault them.  :)  If you have concerns about the recession of your gums, you might want to look for a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles.  (Note:  For the most part, all Power brushes have soft bristles.)
  3. Look at the handle size.  Kids might need a thicker handle, while adults tend to prefer one that is thinner.  As we age, however, a thicker handle may once again become beneficial to help with a weakened grip or arthritic hands.  
  4. Power vs Manual.   Here we go.  The debate of the ages.  The reality is that both types can remove equal amounts of plaque if used correctly, but for those who need a built-in timer or who only brush for 10 seconds, it may be better to go Power.  A Power brush can give you many more brush strokes in the same amount of time which is great for little kids, or aging hands that have a hard time with dexterity and speed. Many caregivers have stated that they prefer to use a Power brush with their elderly patients because it was able to do more in a shorter time. (In addition, many elderly patients can't keep their mouth open for very long.)  Ideally, you want to brush for 2 minutes each time, twice a day (but try telling that to my 2 year old!).
I love this type of brush (seen to the left) because it has a longer tuft at the tip which can really help reach around the back edges of those 12 year molars and wisdom teeth.

In addition, Dr. Coambs loves the Oral-B power toothbrush, and I love the Sonicare power toothbrush, but it's all a matter of preference. Next time you are here, just ask us our reasons why.
 
For more information about how to avoid a migraine in the dental aisle, please call to set up an appointment at Imagine Dentistry by calling 704-540-7600, or visit our website at www.imaginedentistry.com.
 
Tiffany Claassen, RDH

How do you choose a dentist?



Whether it be location, cost, or you simply closed your eyes and pointed to a name in the phone book, choosing your dentist can be a challenge. After all, dentists are everywhere, so how do you decide who will be the perfect fit for you and your family's oral health? 

There are several factors to consider while looking for a dentist which may include:


  • Word of mouth! Ask your neighbors, friends, or co-workers. Even your primary care doctor may know of anexcellent dentist in your area. 

  • Consider cost.  Do you have dental insurance? If so, call them and ask them for a list of the in-network providers in your area. If not, you may choose to look for a dentist that offers payment plans, such as third party financing options (like Citi Health and Care Credit). 


  • Location, Location, Location. You may not want to choose a dentist on the other side of town from your work or home. Google dental providers within your zipcode. However, if you find a dentist that you really love, you may be willing to drive the extra distance to maintain that excellent relationship!

  • Speaking of Google--it's an excellent search engine, so use it to your advantage! Look at websites--often times a well designed website can sway your decision one way or another, and many offer reviews from current patients. 


  • Type of dentistry. Are you looking for a dentist who offers a particular product such as Invisalign or dental implants? Or, if you have children you are going to want to choose a dentist who also sees young patients. Think about the kind of dentist that you are looking for, before you make your final decision. 


  • Take your time. The ADA recommends calling or visiting more than one dentist before making a decision. Many offices offer complimentary "meet and greet" appointments that give you a chance to meet the dentist and his/her team before making a commitment so don't be afraid to ask! 
 
In the long run, you should choose a dentist that you feel the most comfortable with. You and your dentist will be long-term oral health care partners. A trusting doctor-patient relationship is key. 
 
For more information on choosing a dentist, check out this article from Colgate. 
 
If you are currently in the market for a dentist, we are ready to meet you! 
You may call us at 704-540-7600, or visit our website for Imagine Dentistry to learn more about Dr. Coambs and our team. 
You may also request an appointment here.
 
Already a patient? Excellent! 
The next time that someone you know is looking for a dentist, please point them in our direction!

 
-Jessica W. Miller, DA2 

Only 1 month left!

Happy October Imagine Dentistry Family! 

It's that time again-cooler weather, changing leaves, and a whiter smile!

Just a friendly reminder that Imagine Dentistry is running a whitening special until the end of October so you can get that ghastly bright smile just in time for Halloween!

Through the month of October we will take $100 off of our "BOOST" in-office whitening, custom bleach trays, and our Tres White strips are now only $49. 

Already have custom trays? Excellent! Our Opalesence refills are going fast at only $35!




Call us today at (704) 540-7600, or visit the Imagine Dentistry website to set up your appointment! Remember, only 1 month left!


Jessica W. Miller DA2