Dr. Katie and her hygienist, Marcy- volunteering for Angel Tree
Every Christmas there are children who go without because their families are struggling financially. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program has been running for more than 30 years to ensure that these children and their families can still have a joyful holiday season. The Salvation Army Indiana Division has been providing Christmas assistance to our community for generations. Dr. Katie and some of her staff have adopted Angels this holiday season in the spirit of giving back. She accepts toy donations all Holiday season and donates all additional gifts to Riley Hospital for Children.
Thank you to all my patients for helping with the Soles 4 Souls shoe charity drive. We beat last years goal and helped lots of wonderful people in need. I have been doing this shoe drive every year for ten years and I am very pleased with how generous my patients are.
Help your kids brush their teeth 2min2x – 2 minutes each time, 2 times a day – for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems. The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives recommends that you help or watch over your kids’ brushing until they’re 8. Children 2 or older should always use a fluoride toothpaste.
We’ve noticed that there seems to be a plethora of celebrities that have adopted the “Victoria Beckham Grin”. It’s unusual to see her flash her pearly whites. Is it because her life is so bad (we think not) or is it because she’s got a mouth full of fangs?
From what we understand it’s not the latter either. Some people just don’t like to expose their teeth to the rest of the world. Some people do it too much (Joan Rivers) for no reason.
Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there is bacteria present. More important than the amount of sugar you take is the frequency of it.
Probably the worst thing you can do to your teeth is to hold a soda and have a sip every few minutes during a long period of time; the same is true for snacking. It is recommended that if you want to have a snack or a soda or juice it is better to have it after food, as dessert or have it in one sitting. Eating or drinking something sweet during a long period of time creates a constant supply of sugar for bacteria that cause tooth decay!
We won’t brush your dogs teeth but that doesn’t mean we don’t want them to have healthy mouths! Dogs and other pets need to have their teeth brushed just like we do…regularly and correctly using the right toothpaste. If you make it fun for your dog it can be a great thing for both of you.
Toothpaste made for dogs can be very expensive. You can make your own toothpaste with items you probably have in your pantry at a fraction of the cost! Watch the video to learn more:
Yes! Everyone, no matter how well they brush and floss, will eventually need a deep cleaning!
More than four in five Americans have some level of gum disease, which can lead to eventual tooth loss if left untreated. Sometimes your dentist may prescribe a deep cleaning for your teeth which is usually performed by a periodontist. Usually this happens when there are visible signs of gum disease, such as swollen or red gums, dental pockets between teeth and gums and even mild cases of gum bleeding while brushing or flossing.
Dr. Katie is again doing a “Shoe Drive” for Soles 4 Souls! Last year we collected over 400 pairs of shoes and would like to beat that number this year. To do so, we’re giving you a $10 credit toward any service we provide for every pair of shoes you bring in!
Soles4Souls has a simple concept: we procure shoes and get them to those in need.
It’s not that we don’t love dogs, we just don’t work on them!
Every one of our staff has kids and we know how to take care of them.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit should be by 12 months of age.
Normally, the first visit consists of a thorough and complete oral examination, prophylaxis (cleaning and polishing of the teeth provided by one of our doctors), appropriate x-rays, fluoride application, oral hygiene instructions, treatment plan and parent consultation.
When selecting a dentist and corresponding dental practice based on a need for cosmetic dentistry procedures (teeth whitening, porcelain veneers) or restorative procedures (dental fillings, dental crowns), it is important to consider the following factors:
Find out how long the practice has been in operation.
Ask about the extent of the dentist’s training and clinical experience in performing the specific procedure you may require. For example, not all dentists are trained in specific cosmetic dentistry procedures.
In addition, certain procedures, such as an anterior porcelain veneer, may serve both an esthetic and functional need. A procedure that satisfies both needs might be the better option when compared with a standard functional restoration offering no esthetic benefit, but you will need to investigate which dentists have the training and experience to perform the procedure that best meets your needs.