Radiographs as a Diagnostic Tool in Dentistry

on January 8, 2018

Although some people dislike the idea of ‘x-rays’ at the dentist, radiographs are one of the key diagnostic tools for determining someone’s overall oral health. This month’s blog will investigate the different types of radiographs that are taken, why they take them, and the importance of them for diagnosing oral disease.

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Winter Meeting

on December 21, 2017

Wisconsin Dental Study Club’s Winter Meeting

As the end of the year rolls around, it was once again time for the Stephens Dentistry Holiday Festivities. While we do like together and celebrate the end of the year as an office, we also like to incorporate a continuing education lecture into our plans. This year we decided we would go to the Wisconsin Dental Club’s gathering which is hosted at the Grand Geneva Hotel, for a two day lecture course focused on strengthening our dental practice.

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What is a Periodontist?

on November 8, 2017

Sometimes the medical referral system can be really confusing. That is doubly true for dentistry. Between an endodontist, oral surgeon, prosthodontist, periodontist; sometimes it can be mystifying as to who exactly a patient is being sent to. While an oral surgeon or endodontist (‘root canal specialist’) may be better understood, sometimes patients wonder what exactly a periodontist does.

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What Are The Benefits Of Having Veneers?

on October 5, 2017

Every day, whether it’s in real life or on TV, we are constantly seeing people with porcelain veneers. So many people come in wanting a stark white smile that may not be possible with regular whitening, and the next option to make this possible would be porcelain veneers.

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Interesting Dental History

on September 7, 2017

Even though you come to one of the most cutting-edge dental offices around – dentistry has not always been as state of the art or pain-free as it is today! Below are some of the interesting teeth tidbits that allow people to catch a glimpse of what dentistry was like centuries ago.

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Clear Orthodontics: the Esthetic Approach for a Straighter, Healthier Smile

on July 5, 2017

When most people think of straightening their teeth; the first things that come to mind are metal brackets, rubber bands, and even headgear. While these traditional orthodontic tools are still very common, especially for teenagers, most adults would prefer a more subtle approach. This is where invisible orthodontic aligners come in. They provide an alternative approach to correcting misaligned teeth, without anyone being able to know you are wearing them.

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Healthy Oral Habits for Your Kids

on June 7, 2017

Everyday someone will come into our office and ask a question about their kid’s oral health. When should their first trip to the dentist be? Can they use fluoride toothpaste? Should I still be brushing their teeth? These are all great questions and can have varied answers depending on your child’s individual situation.

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Timing to Build a Habit

on May 9, 2017

How many of you have ever started a New Years Resolution great, only to have it fall apart two weeks later? Or start a fad diet for a few days before totally forgetting it existed?

Fortunately this is a common question that people have been pondering for decades. One of the first books published on this topic was from 1960, by a cosmetic surgeon named Dr. Maxwell Martz. He would focus on how long it took people to get used to a new nose or stop missing a ‘phantom limb’ after an amputation. He used these observations from his practice to determine that it took 21 days to build up a habit. His book sold 30 million copies and became the basis for many motivational speakers’ lectures on formation of good habits.

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

on April 10, 2017

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Stephens’ Dentistry would love to invite you in for a screening to prevent the disease. While smoking and alcohol are the biggest risk factors; a large segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, and nonsmoking individuals due to the prevalence of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 80% of the population will be affected by some strand of HPV. While 99% of these infections may be asymptomatic, there is a small chance a virus of this kind could result in oropharyngeal cancer.

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WaterPik® Water Flosser

on March 13, 2017

What is a Waterpik?

Recently there has been some exciting news. As of February 21st, 2017 the WaterPik water flosser was the first powered interdental cleaner to earn the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. While that may not seem like a big deal, the ADA is notoriously stingy to whom they bestow this approval. They require rigorous clinical studies, scientific data, and laboratory testing to meet the ADA’s requirements for safety and efficacy.

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