Adding Whitening Toothpaste to Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Your smile says a lot about you, and a smile that has been dulled by aging or staining issues from dark foods, beverages or tobacco use can leave you feeling self-conscious in social situations. The source and depth of the stains on your teeth, will help to determine which the whitening products or procedures will… Read more »

How to Ease Dental Pain

Even when you practice proper oral hygiene, dental emergencies may arise from time to time. It is important that you know what to do to care for your tooth to ease pain and swelling. With any dental emergency, go to the dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring a dental issue can increase the risk of… Read more »

Dental Fillings: Your Post-Procedure Care

If your tooth has experienced damage by decay or injury, we suggest a dental filling to preserve your oral health. At , we offer both composite and silver amalgam fillings. Upon completing the procedure, we ask that you follow proper care instructions to preserve your new filling. – Know how long the filling takes to… Read more »

The 5 Pledges of an ADA Dentist

Dr. Swensen and Dr. Balkins are proud to be members of the American Dental Association. Our patients truly appreciate the patient-first promise that they and other ADA dentists made as part of the association’s code of ethics. When a dentist joins the ADA, he or she makes five pledges in the ADA Principles of Ethics… Read more »

When Children Lose Their Teeth

As you know, your children will eventually lose their teeth, but do you know when you should consider pulling their teeth? Similarly, when you should expect their teeth to come in? Generally, baby’s teeth start coming in when they are approximately six months old and they should have all twenty of their baby teeth when… Read more »

What Are Canker Sores?

Have you ever had a small, painful sore in your mouth or base of the gums? This is called a canker sore, or “aphthous ulcer”. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious, they stay inside the mouth, and usually goes away within a few days or weeks. They can show up on the inside… Read more »

Oral Health Care Items to Keep in Your First Aid Kit

Injuries and emergencies can happen in your mouth just like any other part of your body. At the same time, there are a few everyday oral healthcare related items you can keep in your first aid kit to help you manage oral emergencies quickly and easily. Waxed dental floss is very helpful for getting stuck… Read more »

Restore Your Smile with Dentures

What do new dentures feel like? Your new dentures may feel a little strange or loose for a few weeks. Over time, the muscles of the cheeks and tongue will learn to keep them in place. Minor irritation or soreness may occur, as well as an increase in saliva flow. This is normal and these… Read more »

All You Need to Know About Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is something that can keep you up at night, bother you during the day, and make eating difficult. It is extremely inconvenient and painful, and it needs to be treated right away. What are common symptoms of jaw pain? Some common symptoms of jaw pain include earaches, neck aches, toothaches, headaches, pain when… Read more »

All You Need to Know About the Best and Worst Christmas Foods for Your Smile

Before you dig into the endless amount of Christmas food stock piled on your kitchen table, remember that some of that food can be good but also bad for your smile. If you want a strong and successful oral health this Christmas, it’s important that you eat the good foods and do your best to… Read more »