Can You Save Money by Skipping Dental Checkups?

Think skipping regular dental appointments will save you money in the long run?

Depends on how you want to spend your money. Skipping regular dental exams and cleanings could save you about $26.00 a month. This includes, cleaning, exam and x-rays, to help get rid of tartar buildup, prevent gum disease and keep the only set of teeth you have healthy. But, it will eventually cost you anywhere from nearly $200 – $2000 or more for the various types of treatment you may need once your gums and teeth deteriorate.

The chart below from the WDA, illustrates the cost of preventative care vs. treatment.
You decide, own your smile now or pay for costly treatment later.

Ready to schedule your appointment? Give us a call:

Sturgeon Bay: (920) 743-6976

Sister Bay: (920) 854-5200

 

Get Ready For Summer Checklist

It seems like this year, we have been waiting forever for summer to arrive and suddenly out of nowhere it is upon us. Are you ready for summer? We put together a handy list to make sure you have everything you need to have a fun, healthy and safe summer.

Got everything checked off? Don’t worry, we’ve linked to the local stores that carry the items you may need.  

  1. Flattering bathing suit
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Cool sunglasses
  4. Wide brimmed hat
  5. Fun Summer reading
  6. Toned arms and abs
  7. Beach towels
  8. Beach toys for the kids
  9. Great beach bag to carry it all in
  10. A healthy, white smile –

Look and feel your best at the beach and for all the upcoming summer events.
Plus a healthy, natural white smile looks great with a bit of a tan.
And with our new lower priced whitening special,
now is a great time to schedule your appointment:
Call Sturgeon Bay: (920) 743-6976 

Sister Bay: (920) 854-5200  

Average Monthly Cost of Dental Care

Here at Dentistry by Design, our philosophy is preventative dental care. Preventative care is far more affordable than waiting until after there is a problem. And it’s much easier. It’s as simple as brushing two times a day, flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. A professional cleaning will prevent tartar buildup and gum disease, which really helps keep serious dental problems at bay.

When looking at the average monthly cost of dental care, it is less than the average cost of your cell phone bill. And in many cases, is less than what you would be paying for dental insurance on a monthly basis. Read more about the importance of seeing your dentist before there is a problem in our blog. 

The WDA put together a great infographic: 

Average Monthly cost of Dental Care
 

Ready to save on dental care? Call to schedule your cleaning and checkup today!

Sturgeon Bay
(920) 743-6976

Sister Bay
(920) 854-5200 

8 Fun Things To Do With Kids on Spring Break in Door County

Sticking Around Door County For Spring Break This Year? 

Here are some fun things to do with the kids that are either in Door County or just a quick day trip away.

Door County: 
               

 Catch an Afternoon Movie –
Matinees all week at Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6:
http://www.sbcinema.com/spring-break-2014.html

Kids Story Time –
Free –
Various Door County Library Locations:
http://doorcountylibrary.org/storytimes

Door County YMCA –
Super Kids Fun Night – Friday the 21st
http://www.doorcountyymca.org/content/super-kids-fun-night

Day Trips: 
Fun things to do in a reasonable price range, just a short drive away.

Museums –
The Children’s Museum of Green Bay
Fun programs like, Superhero Spring Break and Pint Sized Picasso
http://www.gbchildrensmuseum.org/

Neville Public Museum –
Kids will love the Discovery Room and may even be fascinated by the “On the Edge of the Inland Sea” exhibit.
http://www.nevillepublicmuseum.org/exhibits

NEW Zoo In Green Bay –
Open all year round
http://newzoo.org/ 

The Building For Kids – Appleton Children’s Museum –
With fun exhibits like, The Story Tree, The Amazing Heart, Kids Town Dinner and The DaVinci Studio, there will be plenty to do and explore for the whole day.
http://www.buildingforkids.org 

Sticking around Door County this week? What are your plans for finding something fun to do with the kids?

How to Choose Toothpaste

Remember the last time you needed to pick up some toothpaste? You thought it would be a simple, in, out and done sort of task… until you got to the toothpaste isle and were hit with option overload. Just seeing all those options can be overwhelming and confusing. Whitening toothpaste, sensitive teeth, tartar control, “xtream clean”, “total clean”, “advance clean”. Do we need so many choices when it comes to toothpaste? Let’s break it down a bit. 

We can make this really simple for you; when it comes to toothpaste, there are two things to look for; fluoride and the ADA Seal of Acceptance. 

      • Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, helps prevent tooth decay and helps make teeth stronger. It protects your teeth from the acids that form on your teeth after eating. 
      • The ADA Seal of Acceptance assures you that the toothpaste has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness from independent, scientific experts.   

From there we can categorize all these choices by the type of toothpastes available that target specific issues.

Whitening Toothpaste There are toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth, usually by adding peroxide to the mix. While these toothpastes may help remove some surface stains, results will not be dramatic. Also, ingredients in these toothpastes may be a bit harsh on your teeth, mouth and gums for everyday use. 

Tartar Control – Plaque that isn’t removed with proper oral hygiene hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar can build up on your teeth and under your gums and can lead to gum disease. There are toothpastes available that help prevent tartar buildup on teeth. They may include additional chemical ingredients such as pyrophosphates and zinc citrate. Some may also contain an antibiotic called triclosan. We are aware of the concern and controversy about tirclosan in toothpaste and recommend that if you feel this is not right for you and your family, do not buy toothpaste with this ingredient. To help prevent tartar build up, a more natural option is zinc citrate.  But the best thing you can do to help prevent tartar buildup is to be sure to see your dentist for regular cleanings. 

Sensitive Teeth – Some people may have issues with sensitive teeth. If you have an issue with teeth sensitivity, talk to your dentist to see what he or she recommends. Often times it may help to switch to toothpaste that only has fluoride as the main ingredient. Some of the ingredients in whitening and tartar control toothpaste may be irritating for some people. There are also toothpastes specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These usually contain some kind of compound that blocks the pathways in the teeth that lead to the nerves.  Again, make sure the toothpaste you choose carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. 

Depending on the severity of the issue, your dentist may also recommend in office treatments such as fluoride gel or desensitizing agents applied to the sensitive areas of the teeth.    

Bottom Line –
In the end, we know all you really want to know is, will “xtream clean” be any better for your mouth than “total clean”? Probably not. When choosing a toothpaste, just look for these two things; fluoride and the ADA Seal of Acceptance, the rest is basically marketing. 

New to Dentistry by Design?
Now is a great time to meet us and take advantage of our
New Patient Special. 
Call today to schedule your appointment: 

Sturgeon Bay:
(920) 743-6976

Sister Bay: 
(920) 854-5200