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Get a Dream Smile with Invisalign

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Did you know that tooth shifting is not just a problem for young adults? Teeth can shift at any time in your life. Maybe that once perfect smile is no more. Maybe you have always yearned for straight teeth, but braces were not affordable. Guess what? There are ways for adults to have braces that are both affordable and discreet.

At Cedar Lake Dental we offer two options for adult tooth alignment: Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Both options allow you to correct your smile without the use of the obvious metal braces.

Invisalign

The Invisalign system, a global company created in 1997, offers a discreet and often unnoticeable alternative to tooth alignment. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligning trays to gradually shift teeth into the correct position. These aligners are custom designed for each individual patient by use of a 3-D model created from the x-rays, photos and impressions of that patient. They are designed to be worn for two weeks at a time, taken out only to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. The ideal wearing time is 20-22 hours a day. Treatment time with the Invisalign system varies from patient to patient.

For more information, and to discuss which system is right for you, contact Cedar Lake Dental. We can guide you in your search for the perfect smile!

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Tooth Healthy Snacks for Kids

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Most kids love candy and sweets, and while the occasional sweet treat is okay, a diet high in sugar is not good for teeth and may cause dental problems over time. Proper dental care not only requires brushing and flossing, but should also include a balanced diet rich in low-sugar foods.

Kids are not always eager for raw vegetables and high-fiber foods, but there are plenty of tasty, tooth-healthy snacks you can prepare for your hungry little youngsters.

Fruit

When your kids are craving something sweet, instead of a candy bar, give them a piece of fruit. Fruit with high water content like pears and melons are good for dental hygiene and help clean the teeth. Crunchy raw fruits like apples help remove residue from the teeth and promote overall health. Fruit is not only a great source of fiber and energy, but is also a snack that kids enjoy.

Cheese and dairy products

When kids are hungry and need something to tide them over until the next meal, a piece of cheese or a cup of yogurt with fresh fruit and nuts is a healthy way to go. Dairy products are often rich in calcium, which supports strong bones and teeth. Aged cheeses like swiss, Monterey jack and cheddar help produce saliva, which aids in cleaning teeth, and dairy products like skim milk and yogurt can promote oral health.

Sugar-free gum

Some children love to chew gum, but sugary gum can be bad for teeth. However, sugar-free gum can promote oral health when used in moderation. When choosing sugar-free gum, look for one sweetened with Xylitol. This artificial sweetener is a natural plant-derived ingredient that helps keep pH levels neutral and prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Also, chewing gum is good for oral health because it increases saliva and helps remove food particles from teeth. Just make sure to give your kids gum that is free of sugar.

There’s no need to give in to your kids’ cravings for junk food. There are many tasty and healthy snack choices available in your local food stores and even in your backyard garden. By making a few changes in their snack choices you can help insure that your kids keep that bright attractive smile for a lifetime.

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Fun Dental Books for Children: 5 Must-Have Books

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It is the age-old fight. Parent, with toothbrush in hand, versus child, with lips scrunched up and arms outstretched and crossed, blocking the toothbrush’s route. But this scenario does not have to play out like this. You can make teeth brushing time into a fun, and then consistently habitual, activity in your home. One good way to help children understand the importance of taking care of their teeth is through books. Here are several fun dental books for children:

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1. Dear Tooth Fairy: This book is about a little girl, Holly, who just lost her first tooth. The book takes readers on a journey with Holly to have a conversation with the Tooth Fairy and, eventually, trade her tooth for a fairy coin–which comes with the book! This is a great book to get children excited for losing their baby teeth and it is sure to help with any nerves that they might have about pulling a tooth out.

2. Brush, Brush, Brush!: This is a book that is for infants and toddlers. It is a sing-song picture book. All of the fun rhymes and pictures will make brushing teeth a memorable experience that a child will enjoy every evening.

3. Just Going To The Dentist: This is a perfect storybook to help children feel more comfortable with going to the dentist. The book takes you through the entire journey of a check-up, and even a cavity filling.

4. Open Wide: This is a book that every parent should have. It intertwines a story with fun teeth facts. The end product is that book that will make children laugh and encourage them to take better care of their teeth.

5. The Tooth Book: A Guide To Healthy Teeth And Gums: This is the perfect book for the analytical child. The picture book runs through what a child should expect when going to the dentist and what to do if they lose their tooth. It provides a fun and stress-relieving way for children to get the answers they are looking for.

filed under: General Dental, Kids Dental



3 Easy Steps to Revolutionize Your Daily Dental Routine

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Are you looking for ways to revolutionize your daily dental routine? Dr. Maureen Copeland, DDS and her friendly dental team at Cedar Lake Dental have offered 3 steps to not only tend to your dental health but also spruce it up a bit!

1. Set Achievable Goals

First brainstorm a list to answer this question: Next time I see Dr. Copeland, what would it take for her to see my smile and shout, “Bravo! Your teeth look great!” Consider what your daily dental habits are now, and then what you would like to achieve. Ask: How many times each day will I brush? For how long? How often will I floss? What food(s) will I remove from my diet to reduce sugars and increase nutrients? Post this list in your bathroom or sink at work. Set an alarm to your phone to ensure daily reminders. If you need suggestions or more information on what daily dental care should include, please contact us. It’s what we’re here for.

2. Make it Fun

Do you like listening to music? Play it while you brush! Using your phone or a radio, crank up the tunes to make for yourself a unique-but-productive experience. If you’ve got children or a spouse whom could use some better dental care habits, invite them to brush along. Find a few favorite songs, roughly 2-3 minutes long, and hold one another accountable to keep brushing before the song ends. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the time will pass, and no doubt: the kids will race you.

3. Accountability

It’s one thing to make a goal and play some music, but it’s quite another to stick with it over the matter of months. It takes weeks, and often months, to develop a habit, and usually longer if it’s one we do not enjoy. Find a friend or family member whom you can share your goals with. Make a sticker chart or weekly incentives such as a healthy lunch with friends or a monthly movie night with family. Have the kids make a sticker chart to keep track of progress. Most importantly, be sure to always have a dental appointment on the calendar to stay on top of preventative care. After your appointment, make a new goal sheet!

Cedar Lake Dental looks forward to serving you and the smiles of those you love. Make your appointment today!

filed under: General Dental



Getting Your Child Ready for Their First Dental Visit

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Taking your children to the dentist to maintain healthy teeth and gums is necessary for good oral development and preventing cavities and other health issues. From a kid’s perspective, going to the dentist can be scary, especially if it’s their first visit where the dental office is unfamiliar and the people there are all strangers. Here are some recommendations from Cedar Lake Dental to help your child prepare for their first dental visit to make it a little less scary!

Prepare For A Bit Of Fussing

Some children will fuss very easily over any unfamiliar situation. This is to be expected and we understand that no matter how much we try to make our children comfortable, sometimes they will become stressed regardless. Our advice is to stay calm and don’t let yourself get flustered. Your kids will pick up on your feelings, and it’s important that they recognize that their mom or dad are feeling OK, and eventually they might realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of. Even if your kid fusses the entire time, it’s OK, just keep your cool and maybe next time will be better!

Avoid Bribery

It’s not recommended to bribe your children to behave well at the dentist. If you do, you will potentially aggravate their apprehension about the visit, and it might make your child wonder why they are being bribed in the first place. (Is there something I should be worried about? Is this going to be an unpleasant experience?) Giving your kiddos a sugary treat might send the wrong message too, it’s best to give lots of love and praise after a good dental visit!

Emphasize Good Oral Hygiene

If your kiddo is one year old, it’s a bit early to talk to them about oral hygiene! But if your kiddo is a bit older and understands, then as early as possible, start talking to them about brushing and flossing. The earlier you instill good, healthy habits, the more likely they will be to adhere to them throughout childhood, and thus throughout the rest of their life.

Are you ready for a dental check-up for your little one? Call Cedar Lake Dental today for a kid-friendly dental appointment!

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5 Tips for a More Organized Bathroom

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Opening your medicine cabinet only to have its contents come tumbling out is not a great way to start the day. With the many bathroom products out there today, it’s easy to feel as if they are overrunning your personal space. While the easy solution is to throw everything away, you don’t have to get rid of your expensive products!


Follow these five tips for a more organized bathroom:

Clean out that medicine cabinet.

Prescriptions and vitamins sometimes take up residence in our cabinets far beyond their expiration dates. Set aside about thirty minutes to check those dates and make sure expired medications are not cluttering up your cabinet.

Use your bathroom walls to free up counter space.

If your counters are an endless array of products, you will love this easy do it yourself project. By using hanging baskets as storage, you eliminate countertop clutter!

Organize your bathroom drawers with baskets.

You can pick up small plastic containers or baskets at your local dollar store and use them as drawer organizers. Doing so will make your products easy to find so that you are not having to spend any extra time digging around.

Incorporate mason jars into your bathroom decor.

Another do it yourself project that is simple and fun! Mounting mason jars to a board attached to your wall provides extra space for items, such as cotton balls, Q-tips, and toothbrushes.

Find the easy tutorial here.

Repurpose a shoe organizer.

These organizers have many uses beyond keeping pairs of shoes together. Hang one over your bathroom door or cabinet and fill with hair products, supplies, and other small toiletries. It is amazing how much space this one small addition saves!

Do you have a favorite way of keeping your bathroom organized? Let us know at your next appointment!

filed under: General Dental


Get Beautiful Teeth with Six Month Smiles

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Having beautiful, straight teeth no longer takes years of wearing metal braces. Fortunately, those days are long gone! Now, you can have the smile you’ve been after in just half a year by following the Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment plan.

How Does The Six Month Smiles System Work?

The gentle process of Six Month Smiles technique utilizes modern dental technology to comfortably and safely move teeth with clear adult braces. The braces are hardly visible in comparison to their metal counterparts, which we no longer see as commonly as before. Six Month Smiles is a comfortable solution to teeth straightening as it uses a low-force method to realign the teeth to the desired appearance.

What Are The Benefits?

Six Month Smiles’ greatest benefit is the treatment plan’s short duration period. It is also a more affordable option than traditional metal braces or other alignment therapies. Due to the clear nature of the braces, they are barely visible. Opting for braces is the more conservative and least invasive approach for a tooth straightening solution.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Six Month Smiles?

Anyone 16 years of age or older requiring a minor change in the cosmetic appearance of their teeth. Examples of changes include a gap between the teeth and crooked or overlapping teeth. If you are wanting to change these cosmetic issues, Six Month Smiles is the right fit for you.

It’s true. You really can get beautiful teeth with Six Month Smiles!

Contact us today to discuss whether or not this treatment option is right for you!

filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry, Six Month Smiles



Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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Losing a tooth can be a devastating and traumatic experience. Fortunately, there are options such as dental implants that can help you to regain optimal function of a normal bite and a confident smile once again!

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Perio.org defines an implant as “an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.”

Dental implants are the best long-lasting solution for missing teeth. They provide confidence, improved chewing, and are the next-best-thing to natural teeth. Other benefits include:

  • Dental implants match your other natural teeth
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime
  • Dental implants can help you speak more clearly without slurring, as can happen with dentures
  • You don’t have to worry about dental implants falling out
  • With missing teeth, your face can age dramatically. Dental implants help retain your youthful facial features

Dental Implant Technology

In recent years, there have been vast improvements in dental implant technology. The titanium implant fuses to your jaw bone, creating a very stable structure for the crown that attaches to the post. Dental implants can also be used for denture stabilization, too: With dental implants acting as the stabilizers, the dentures attach and create a much better fit.

When losing and not replacing a tooth, you may eventually experience bone loss in that particular area of the mouth. This can lead to additional problems over time, such as: Shifting of adjacent teeth as well as an unexpected change in facial structure. Since dental implants are generally fused to the jaw bone, they not only help to stabilize the area, but also stimulate bone growth to prevent loss over time.

Dr. Copeland may suggest dental implants to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. In either case, modern dental technology has allowed patients to enjoy a lifetime of great oral health, function of the mouth, and appearance.

If you feel unsure or concerned about the best option to replace your missing tooth or teeth, be sure to speak with Dr. Copeland about the latest implant technology and how it can work for you!

Call Cedar Lake Dental for a dental implant consultation today, or request your appointment online!



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