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Dear Friends and Family.

It is with a heavy heart that we would like to inform you of the leaving of Dr Jensen from our practice. Over the past few years her constantly smiling face has been a welcome addition to our Griswold Dental Family. She will be moving on to practice that is closer to her home (she drives almost 45 minutes to be here).

In her own words:

What a journey it has been over my last three years here! I feel very fortunate to have gained my experiences, knowledge, and relationships here at Griswold Dental Associates. I would like to thank everyone who played a role in contributing to my growth professionally and personally. Thank you for my wonderful Griswold Dental memories. Leaving this practice has been bitterswe...

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Do your teeth chatter in the pool? Do your lips turn blue? Do your teeth become more sensitive?

Almost everyone enjoys a nice cool dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day. Pool safety is a nationwide concern, but how about your oral health safety from the chemicals in the pool.

Have you ever noticed that after swimming in a pool, your teeth became more sensitive? What about after an entire summer of swimming in the pool?

Experts at the College of Dentistry at New York University are trying to increase awareness for a very important issue about private swimming pools. They are reporting that pools that are not properly maintained can cause loss and erosion of tooth enamel.

Dr. Jahangiri notes, "Maintenance by a professional pool se...

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month so we decided to share some fun Dentistry facts that we hope you and your kids will enjoy!

  • Did you know that Dophins have teeth but they cannot chew Dolphins do not have any jaw muscles to chew with; they only use their teeth to grab onto things.

  • An elephants tooth can weigh over 6 pounds!!!

  • In a lifetime, the average person will produce 25,000 quarts of saliva. That is enough spit to fill 2 SWIMMING POOLS!!!

  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 FEET WIDE!!!

  • Our tongue is the only muscle in our body that is not attached at both ends.

  • 50% of people report that a smile is the first thing they notice about someone.

Let Griswold Dental Associates help keep your smile healthy and bright!!!

For more fun facts, see the links for our sources below!

http://www.sdds.org/KIDS_ADA_FlossyBuck-activitysheets10.pdf

http://www.nea.org/grants/National-Childrens-Dental-Health-Month.htm

A lot of our patients have experienced the benefits of our one day crowns at Griswold Dental Associates. This blog is for those patients who need a crown, may need one in the future, or even those who are interested in learning about the new technologies that we have at GDA.

Griswold Dental has been treating patients with CEREC one day crowns for almost 5 years. A recent update to our previous CEREC system has brought us to CEREC Omni cam. The benefits of our latest upgrade include the following:

- Full color scans of your mouth which allows us to better distinguish between tooth structure and gum tissue.

- No powder spray is needed prior to scanning your mouth. This previous powder spray was cold and would stick h...

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With the end of the year approaching, some people are opting to wait until the New Year for insurance benefits to renew.

For some, there won’t be an issue. For others however, that simple filling or crown may require more treatment if the decay is left to grow. Below are some images that show the stages of tooth decay.

For those who decide to wait and the decay is left to grow, Root Canal Therapy may be needed. In the above picture you can see that once the pulp becomes infected, an abscess can form. Usually at this point, a toothache has already occurred. Once the root canal is completed, a post and core buildup and a crown are indicated to put the tooth back together.

This is why we tell patients that once the decay is th...

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This year as Griswold Dental Associates becomes Tooth Fairy Academy, we would like to write about some fun and historical facts about teeth and the Tooth Fairy!

Did you know that…

The Vikings used to pay their children a “tooth fee.” They would then string the teeth on necklaces because the Vikings believed that the teeth would give them strength in battle.

Centuries ago in Europe, baby teeth were buried in the ground after they fell out of the child’s mouth. Usually the teeth were buried in a garden or somewhere near the child’s home. It was believed that by burying the tooth, it allowed the permanent tooth to grow in its place. The other historical reason for burying the teeth was that it was b...

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With Halloween and Trick-or-treating around the corner, here are some helpful hints to remember this holiday season.

Top 5 Worst Candies for Your Dental Health:

  1. Gummy Bears and Fruit Gummies – Very sticky and high in sugar
  2. Starburst Chews – Very sticky and high in sugar as well
  3. Tootsie Rolls – Sticky and chewy! Can even pull out your dental work when you bite into them!
  4. Gobstoppers and Jawbreakers – Take so long to eat, which can leave your teeth exposed to prolonged high concentrations of sugar and acids! You can break your teeth when you bite them too!
  5. Blow Pops – Take so long to eat as well, and they have sugary gum on the inside!

Now keep in mind, we are not condemning any particular brands, but simply identifying these types of candies. You can eat candy, but just as everything else in life – everything in moderation!

In terms of your dental health, the worst candies are chewy and sticky. They get stuck in the crevices of teeth, which makes it nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away. Sour candies are highly acidic and can wear away tooth enamel. Dental professionals do recommend that you brush your teeth after consuming sugary foods, but for sour candies, we recommend waiting at ...

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The truth is, this varies on an individual basis, but there are some guidelines. The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) has some recommendations to aid in the process. Typically, if you see your General Dentist regularly, we can coordinate a good time for you to see the orthodontist. Ask your GDA professional if you have any questions, or if you think an orthodontic consult would be needed. Below are some guidelines from the AAO:

When to see an orthodontist

If you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of
    proportion to the rest of the face)
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

(AAO, http://www.mylifemysmile.org/why-orthodontic-treatment/)

For more information on this subject, please check out the American Association of Orthodontists&rs...

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We all are looking for tips to stay healthy this season. Medical professionals do recommend the Flu Shot as a first defense, but here are 6 tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the flu:

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. (CDC,http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm)

Hopefully, following these helpful tips with keep you healthy during this cold and flu season. And don’t forget, if you don’t have a tissue to cough or sneeze into, cough into your elbow and not your hand! For more helpful information, check out these links below from Real Simple:

http://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/cold-flu-allergies/skip-getting-sick-in-three-steps-00000000023275/index.html

http://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/cold-flu-allergies/stay-healthy-...

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Most of us love new products. A new way to do the same old thing better, faster and more efficiently. Or is it?

http://mashable.com/2013/10/03/blizzident-3d-toothbrush/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Does everything have to be faster to be better? Is faster easier?

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