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Do you have dental anxiety? We can help!

October 26th, 2012

If you suffer from dental anxiety, a visit to our office might seem like a daunting prospect. Perhaps you had a bad experience in the past, but whatever the reason, please know that at our office, there is nothing to be afraid of. We understand you may be anxious about receiving dental treatments, and we’re here to help you have a comfortable, pain-free experience that will put your fears to rest.

You’re not alone!

A 1984 study that appeared in the Journal of the American Dental Association reported that up to 75% of all adults in the United States have some degree of dental anxiety. This includes five to ten percent whose dental anxiety is so severe that they try to avoid a dentist’s office at all costs.


If you experience dental anxiety, it is important to let our office know in advance, so we can provide you with the dental care you need with an added touch of TLC. We can assist by explaining behavioral techniques for relaxation, by administering nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or by prescribing a relaxing medication prior to your dental procedure.

Dr. Hannon gives Smiles for Life

October 16th, 2012

Dr. Laura Hannon has a lot of adults and children beaming, but for more reasons than you might think. During this past spring and summer, She provided teeth whitening services to patients at a greatly reduced price and then donated 100 percent of the proceeds to children who face disabilities, serious illness, lack of medical care or decreased educational opportunities. It is all part of the Crown Council’s annual Smiles for Life campaign.

“This year’s effort was a great success, and we want to thank everyone in the community who participated by purchasing whitening services from us during the campaign. We also appreciate Philips Oral Healthcare’s donation of all teeth whitening materials,” says Dr. Laura Hannon, a Crown Council dentist located in Portage . “While it’s rewarding to see the beautiful smiles of our patients after their teeth are whitened – it is even more fulfilling to see the smiles of the children whose lives are changed by these contributions.”

Dr. Hannon is honored to have participated in this yearly event held by the Smiles for Life Foundation. During the four-month campaign Dr. Hannon and her staff have raised $1820.00 for kids. Half of these funds were contributed to Portage YMCA for the children in the local community. The other half were contributed to humanitarian initiatives in the Dominican Republic, as well as over 500 various Crown Council approved children’s charities worldwide. These worthy organizations help kids with an emphasis on improving health, education and inner-city programs.

The Crown Council is an alliance of dedicated dentists throughout North America who are committed to excellence in their practice, to continuing education, and to promoting oral health. As a way to give back to their communities, they established the Smiles for Life Foundation in 1998. Since its creation, this charity has raised over $31 million for disadvantaged children, and that number continues to grow. Philips Oral Healthcare (makers of Zoom! teeth whitening and BriteSmile) has contributed tremendously to this program’s success by donating all whitening materials used during the campaign, totaling over $1 million in donations since the Smiles For Life program began.

“Smiles for Life is a big win for everyone involved,” explains Greg Anderson, director of the Crown Council and co-founder of Smiles for Life. “Patients enjoy a brighter smile at a discounted price, our member dentists feel the satisfaction of giving back to their community, and, best of all, children in need find their lives are a little better and brighter.”

For more information about Smiles for Life, visit their website or call us a call at Smile Brightly at 219-763-6646.

Teeth Grinding: Not Just a Bad Habit, But a Dental Concern

October 12th, 2012

Perhaps you don't even know you grind your teeth. Maybe a spouse or loved one woke you up in the middle of the night and made you aware of what was happening.

For many people, teeth grinding is a habit and a mechanical reflex; when they’re awakened and informed they were grinding their teeth, they have no recollection of it at all. According to the American Dental Association, this is the nightly situation for roughly ten percent of Americans. From young children to the elderly, teeth grinding, known in the dental community as bruxism, is a serious concern.

Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep have no idea they're doing it. In fact, when they wake up in the morning they feel no jaw pain and their teeth are fine: if it hadn’t been for someone telling them about it, the teeth grinding would have gone unnoticed.

There are other people, however, who wake up with jaw pain, shoulder and neck pain, and headaches. Teeth grinding can cause a host of dental complications. From cracked teeth and receding gums to a misaligned jaw, teeth grinding is not something to take lightly.

Preventive measures are the key to combating bruxism, and our office can set you on the path to a healthy and safe night sleep.

The Reasons for Teeth Grinding

There are many reasons for teeth grinding. For some people, it’s a habit they acquired when they were a child and never grew out of. On the other hand, some research claims that the condition is related to stress, anxiety, or some other type of psychiatric issue.

Still other studies point to everything from poor muscle control or over-eating before bed to gastro-esophageal issues. However, the root cause of the teeth grinding is less important than identifying preventive measures against it.

Common solutions to teeth grinding include:

• Wearing a protective nightguard
• Stress management techniques
• Medications and muscle relaxers

When you make an appointment at our office, we will assess your situation and determine what the best course of action is. Teeth grinding is a dental concern that can cause serious health issues down the road, so be sure to take preventive measures today.

Smile! October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 5th, 2012

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? For our staff that means only one thing: Reminding you that your teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting our office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the American Dental Association website as well, which provides pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Remember to:

• Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times per day
• Floss daily
• Rinse with mouthwash
• Chew sugar-free gum after eating

Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit to our office? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call to set up an appointment! We look forward to seeing you!

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