HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITY

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITY

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay. It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime. So, how do you know if you have a cavity?

Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay.

  • Nothing (in the early stages)
  • A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
  • Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
  • Pain when biting down

The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms. Keeping your twice yearly (or more) visits with us will ensure we catch them in time. 

We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommendation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we find any tooth decay in the very early stages. Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan. 

As always, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and try to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet. These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities. Even better, your teeth will thank you for it!

You can request an appointment here. Our team at Dentistry by Design is here for you. Please call with any questions or concerns. (920) 854-5200

Proper Brushing DOs and DON’Ts

Mouth open or mouth closed?

After lunch or after dinner?

Flat or at an angle?

We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush a get to work, right?

Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites.

The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a world of alternate facts, truthiness, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a Toothbrush.” What’s even correct these days?!

Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with this handy FAQ (frequently asked questions) guide. We’ll keep it simple with some easy dos and don’ts of brushing. Let’s get to it!

Proper Brushing Habits

Don’t: Keep your brush flat
Do: Use a 45-degree angle when brushing Proper

Don’t: Use looooooooong strokes. No need to cover your whole mouth in one stroke!
Do: Use short, side to side strokes

Don’t: Brush with the force of a giant. This isn’t a strongman contest!
Do: Gently cover all areas. A gentle touch helps prevent wear and tear on your enamel

Don’t: Go one and done
Do: Brush at least twice a day, especially after eating or drinking something acidic (like citrus or soda)

Don’t: Be sentimental and use the same toothbrush for life
Do: Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. A trick to remember: switch out on the first day of each season

Don’t: Be average – the average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds
Do: Brush for a full 2 minutes. A helpful trick: say the alphabet while brushing a certain section, move to the next section after you hit Z.

Don’t: Keep your toothbrush in a closed container
Do: All your toothbrush to air dry

Don’t: Store your toothbrush on the sink counter where bathroom particles can get on it
Do: Store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet

 Don’t: Wield a tough-bristled brush
Do: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is much better for your tooth enamel

And there we have it! Some easy practices to keep that perfect smile. Remember: Brushing is only 4 minutes out of the day, so why not make it the BEST 4 minutes of your day!

Thank You for Your Toy Donations!

We at Dentistry by Design are so thankful to our wonderful patients, staff and everyone else who donated to this year’s Toys for Tots campaign! We were thrilled and honored to be a toy drop-off location this year. All the toys have been picked up and have been distributed to local children. Your generosity has made all of the difference this holiday season!

Thank you!

(Pictured: Dr. Sledge and Cora Sledge)

Open House To Meet New Sister Bay Owner

Introducing Dr. John Sledge, the new owner and primary dentist at Dentistry by Design Sister Bay!

Dr. Sledge recently purchased the Sister Bay practice from Dr. Paul Feit who had owned it since 2012.  The practice will continue to be named Dentistry by Design and the support staff that patients have come to know over the years will be staying on board with Dr. Sledge. Dr. Feit will also continue on in a part-time capacity. 

Dr. Sledge and his wife Cora would like to invite the community to an ‘Open House’ on Tuesday, September 25th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Sister Bay practice located at 2645 Bay Shore Drive.  During this time visitors will be able to meet Dr. Sledge and his wife, who have made Sister Bay their home, peruse the facility and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. 

“My wife and I are excited to set down roots and become a part of this great community!  We are looking forward to exploring the Peninsula more as full-time residents and enjoying the great restaurants, theaters and outdoor activities it has to offer.  We hope to forge long lasting relationships through the practice and also through our involvement in the community.” – Dr. Sledge.

Dr. Sledge hails from a small town in Southern Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.  In his 11 years of experience, he has worked in both public and private practice.  He most recently worked helping the underserved children of Green Bay while employed by the Oral Health Partnership.  

Dr. Paul Feit remains owner of both Dentistry by Design in Sturgeon Bay, which he co-owns with Dr. Gina Grenfell, and also Algoma.