A Week to Celebrate Mothers

WE ARE ECSTATIC TO HAVE this week to celebrate all the wonderful mothers out there! They fed us, clothed us, read books to us and raised us. But most importantly, they LOVE us! We’d like to return the favor and show all our mothers some love this Mother’s Day.

 

What We Love About Our Moms
From Dr. Jessica: “I love that when I look at my hands I see my mom’s same fingers.  My momma is so artistic and creative – I love that I have her hands and have her creative spirit!”

From Breana: “My mother taught me to love, she was an excellent role model for compassion and confidence. She is why I nurture as much as I do.” 

From Sarah: “I love that my mother always has my best interest at heart.” 

From Shelly: “One thing I love about my mom is her giving and caring heart. A mother’s love is irreplaceable!” 

From Heidi: “My mother is the most loving, adventuresome, silly, intelligent person I know. I’m just trying to be the best version of myself — like she has always encouraged me to be.”

From Jennifer: “I think that the thing I find most inspiring about my mother’s life was her desire to live. Despite being diagnosed with a fast-acting terminal illness she became our personal miracle and lived a long and full life bringing myself and two younger siblings into the world as well. She left behind a legacy of compassion and leadership that not only affect her children, but everyone who knew her.”

 

From the Mothers on Our Team… What Do You Love Most About Being a Mom?

From Breana: “Words can’t describe what I love most about being a Mother…”

From Azita: “One thing I love about being a mom is the cuddles and the smiles I get from my son. Those little smiles wipe away all the stuff from the day.”  

 

 

Mothers, We Appreciate You!

Whether your mom lives near or far, show her how grateful you are for her this Mother’s Day Season. To all you moms out there, THANK YOU!

Have any great stories about your awesome mom? Post it in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

May brings an exciting new announcement at Alaska Premier Dental Group! Let me fill you in on some history to set up the good news…

We are lucky to have many talented patients. One of those patients is Tracey Pilch. This blog isn’t over how talented she is, but is focused more on her heart and her aptitude to give. Several months ago, Tracey approached us with an altruistic idea. She proposed donating several pieces of art for the sole purpose of raising money for people that cannot afford the treatment they want or need. Tracey shared with me a personal story of not always being able to afford the dental treatment she needed and wanted:

“I very well understand the need for dentistry and it’s value. I also understand it can be unaffordable for some people… I think that the ability to smile is so closely connected to our wellness and I feel strongly about total wellness… Feeling good comes through our smile. I think everyone should be able to smile.”

We will be featuring 3 different art pieces a month and will be reserving all of the funds raised to help existing patients get the treatment they need/want but are not able to afford.

If you have a willing heart, and love excellent artwork please take part in this exciting new venture.

 

Bidding starts at $75, see our Facebook Event to bid online or come in to the following locations to see specific Tracey Pilch Originals.

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Original piece available to view Upstairs in our Anchorage location.

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Original piece available to view Downstairs in our Anchorage location.

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Original Piece available to view in our Wasilla location.

 

Sneak Peak: June brings Salmon!!

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Summer Summertime Stains

Summer time is a time for relaxing, sipping on sweet drinks, and enjoying some awesome BBQ while camping. However, it can also be a time for sugar to wreak havoc on your teeth.

Citrus
Why is it harmful?
The sweet citrus fruits in your drink are acidic and erode the enamel on your teeth, leading to decay and softening in the inner layer of your tooth.

What Can You Do?
Make sure to drink your citrus drinks with a straw positioned at the back of your mouth. Having water after your drink and chewing sugarless gum can reduce remaining acid as well. Additionally, drinking while eating a meal will help reduce the effects of enamel erosion.

BBQ
Why is it harmful?
Nothing tastes better than a juicy rack of ribs smothered in BBQ sauce, but the sauce and other condiments used for BBQ are actually loaded with sugars that can cause bacteria to build up, leading to extensive tooth decay

What Can You Do?
The best thing to do is moderate your condiments and not go over board on the sauces. Additionally, brushing your teeth after a sugary meal and flossing can make a significant difference in your oral health.

Camping
Why is it harmful?
Often times when people are camping, they let hygiene slide a little and skip the nighttime tooth brushing. This is the most critical time to brush, especially after the s’mores and BBQ sugar you just consumed. Skipping brushing creates a breeding ground for bacteria in your mouth and your teeth are not able to get the rest and recovery they need to remineralize over night.

What Can You Do?
This one is simple, just brush those teeth of yours, followed by a flossing. Fluoride is a wise choice as well. This will all take you about three minutes, and you will be thankful when you wake up without fire breath in the morning.

So have fun with your summer festivities, food, and beverages while following our three oral health suggestions. If you have any questions, or think you are in need of a good cleaning after reading our blog, give us a call today at 337-1322.

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Fun Dental Facts

It is time for some fun. Dentistry isn’t all serious all the time. We are going to mix it up with some fun facts and interesting findings!

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Regardless of this fact – please continue to open bottle with bottle openers.
  • According to a recent survey done by Time Magazine, 59% of Americans would rather have a dental appointment than be sitting next to someone talking on a cell phone. What about you?
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth. The snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth What on earth??
  • Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual – it is true and not just some Hollywood movie plot!

What fun things do you know about teeth?

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Staying Active This Summer

We aren’t only concerned about our patient’s oral health, but their overall health as well. Regular physical activity increases your life span and helps prevent disease and illness. Luckily, the beautiful weather and scenery our state provides us in the summer, offers us a multitude of fun recreational activities to choose from. So, here are a few ideas if you are looking to stay active this summer.

Trail Running
Your run or walk will never get dull with the beautiful trails Alaska has to offer, such as the scenic coastal trail in Anchorage. There is also a plethora of fun summer running events, such as the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon or the Skinny Raven Pub Run that takes place every Tuesday. For a list of runs this summer visit http://bit.ly/1s3FU8A.

Mountain Climbing
You don’t have to summit Denali to enjoy a fun hike in Alaska. There are plenty of fun hikes practically in your backyard. Flat Top is a popular and enjoyable hike for experts as well as beginners. You can also try Bird Ridge, which offers an amazing view overlooking Turnagain Arm. More Anchorage hikes can be found at http://bit.ly/SLuCFQ.

Kayaking
There are also some beautiful lakes just within our city limits perfect for Kayaking, such as Jewel Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout. Eklutna Lake is also another kayaking venue, and while further out, the beautiful view is worth the drive. You can even schedule to have a bike waiting for you for your return trip. More kayaking spots can be found at http://bit.ly/1kYD8gV.

What are you favorite summer activities to partake in?

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3 Common Questions

We see lots of patients, and plenty of kids are included in that number. We love to see them as they grow and help to teach them about dental hygiene!  When it comes to oral care – most of the questions do come from parents as they are the ones who are “in the know” about teeth as they are already on their second set at this point!

When will my child get their first tooth?
The average time for the first teeth to make their appearance is between five and seven months of age, there is a wide range before and after this that can still be considered “normal.”

My child’s baby teeth have cavities. Why should they be filled if they’re just going to fall out in a few years?
Baby teeth hold space in the mouth for the incoming permanent teeth. If the baby teeth become decayed or are taken out too early, the permanent teeth often become crowded and will likely need braces to straighten in the future.

What are sealants and why are they done?
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces that help prevent bacteria and other debris from getting into the deep crevices on the teeth. Young children are prime candidates for preventative measures like sealants because in many cases, decay has not set in. Children’s teeth tend to benefit more from sealants because these pits and groves tend to be deeper and less calcified then they are in adults. This also helps prevent the new adult tooth from gaining problems from the baby tooth.

As always – questions are welcome – you never know until you know.

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Keep Brushing Fun

We know that brushing is important – but telling a kid that it is important doesn’t always get the job done. They just don’t understand long-term at this point in the game of life.  Especially toddlers who are just beginning to brush.

Here are a couple of things that you can do to try to keep things interesting!

  • Trade places with them and instead of you always brushing their teeth – why not let them brush yours?
  • Make sure you tell them how shiny their teeth look once they are done! What kid isn’t attracted to something that shines?
  • Play some music! Put on their favorite song and make them brush for the duration f that song.  This will allow for anywhere between two and a half minutes to almost four minutes.
  • Let them pick out their toothbrush on their own. If they like it – it might keep them excited.

These are just a few suggestions and we do realize that every kid is different, so have fun with the options!

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Oil Pulling – One Dentist Responds

The term “oil-pulling” has become such a popular thing – but what do some dentist’s think?  We went online and found an article that one dentist wrote concerning her point of view. Please note that we encourage everyone who has some questions to come in and speak with us, or their normal dentist.  As always you should consult a licensed dentist regarding your questions.

The practice itself is “pulling” or swishing oil through the teeth for an amount of time. This is supposed to go between the teeth and pick-up the bacteria that is between and around the teeth.  This does not replace the action of flossing, brushing, or using mouth wash.

“For the record, a regular oil-pulling routine should not replace routine dental visits and traditional at-home oral care. Oil pulling does not reverse the effects of tooth decay, and it’s important that patients are made fully aware of that. That being said, I do believe that it is a great supplemental therapy. The phrase “oil pulling” comes from the process of the oil being “worked” in the mouth by pulling, pushing, and sucking it through the teeth. This type of oral therapy isn’t new at all; it has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine dating back 3,000 years.” By Jessica T. Emery, DMD  Her article is found HERE

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Pregnancy and Teeth

Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is a must – it is not the time to stop doing what you do! There are just a couple of things that you want to keep in mind!

Morning sickness happens – we know! Be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth wash after vomiting. That way the acid doesn’t sit in your mouth and wear your teeth away. The toothpaste you currently use might give you the feeling that you are going to vomit – try switching to a bland toothpaste during this time.

Make sure your dentist knows you are pregnant so you do not have to get x-rays. They might not know you are pregnant from looking at you – so make sure you tell them, even if you haven’t told anyone else.

Don’t skip your dental checkup appointment. Exams are important because with all the changes in your body you are at an increased risk for periodontal disease and tender – or bleeding gums or gingivitis. If you feel it is more than an acceptable amount make please make sure you speak with your dentist.

Making sure that you keep your teeth healthy is still important during this exigent time in your life!

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Get A White Tooth!

Going to the dentist is something we should do to keep our teeth clean and healthy. When it happens that you need to get a filling – we start to dread the thought of ruining that perfect smile with a silver filling that everyone can see. Wait – didn’t you know? You have options!

Composite fillings are available more now than ever! You have a choice to get filled with a natural looking filler, that is also being paid for by most, if not all, dental insurance plans! You do have options!

There are more reasons than just the smile to choose the composite filling over the Amalgam (the previous visible, usually silver filling). The composite resin allows for a smaller hole to be drilled into the tooth to be filled. Before the entire area around the filling would need to be drilled. The composite is bonded to the tooth and supports the structure itself. It allows for the tooth to be strong during the everyday actions of chewing.

Be aware that there are some things to consider when you choose composite fillings:

– They do need to possibly be replaced in 7-10 years
– They may not be suitable for large dental fillings
– The color is still vulnerable to staining – they may not always look the same

As always, check with your dentist about what is your best option – we are happy to help answer any questions that you may have!

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