Medina Family Dentistry Blog

What Does the Color of Your Teeth Say About You?

April 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 3:28 am
Man smiling

Do you like the color of your teeth? It is perfectly natural for teeth to become discolored over time from eating pigmented foods and aging. However, this is still something that many people find themselves self-conscious about. Have you ever thought about what the color of your teeth say about your lifestyle? Continue reading to learn more from a dentist in Medina about your tooth color and what you can do to brighten them up if you’re unhappy with it.


These Two Drinks Can Fight Against Cavities!

April 1, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 1:41 am
Green tea

You have probably been unfortunate enough to have a cavity or two before.  Proper oral hygiene and being careful about the foods that you eat can help to prevent them from happening in the future. But did you know that there are a few common beverages that may be able to protect you against tooth decay? Coffee and green tea have both been shown to protect your teeth against cavities. Continue reading in order to learn more about why this is the case as well as other benefits of the beverages.


How Smoking and Dry Mouth Affect Your Dental Health

March 17, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 5:59 am
Man smoking a cigarette

Smoking is a harmful habit, and it affects nearly every part of your entire body. Your mouth is no exception to that harsh truth. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of early disease and death in the United States. Quitting can be a challenge, but you will certainly see the benefits, like the prevention of dry mouth and related issues! Continue reading to learn about dry mouth, why saliva is so important, and what you can do to maintain adequate saliva production.


How Does Chronic Stress Affect Oral Health?

March 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 3:29 am
Woman with chronic stress

Have you been feeling particularly stressed out? There are all sorts of reasons why you could be feeling this way. After all, a lot has been going on recently. Whether you are busy at work or dealing with a situation in your personal life, it is difficult not to feel some level of anxiety from time to time. What many people don’t know is that stress has negative effects on oral health. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent this from occurring. Read on to learn about the effects of stress on your smile and how you can reduce anxiety.


5 Surprising Ways You’ve Been Flossing All Wrong

January 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 1:53 pm
A container of dental floss and a toothbrush laying on a black table

Statistics show that 61 percent of Americans say they have used their fingernails to remove food wedged in their teeth, another 21 percent have used cutlery to remove particles and 14 percent have used hair. Only 41 percent of Americans actually incorporate flossing into their daily dental care routine, but how many of them are doing it wrong? Here is a list of common flossing mistakes and how to correct them.


Can Nail Biting Really Damage Your Teeth?

January 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 1:47 pm
Man biting the tip of his fingernail

Chewing on the tips of your fingernails may be a comforting habit, but is one that can cause more damage than you may realize. Similar to chewing pencils or chomping down on ice, nail biting, also known as onychophagia, can put you at risk of chipping, breaking or fracturing your teeth. It can also cause damage to your gums. Keep reading to find out what makes people want to bite their nails, how it can affect your oral health and what you can do to break this harmful habit.


5 Important Questions to Ask Your Dentist

October 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 12:44 am
Woman with questions

When you go in for your regular dental appointments, they usually consist of a professional cleaning and checkup to ensure that your smile is in good shape. However, there is an educational aspect of your visits that many people don’t take advantage of. After all, who is better to ask questions about your teeth to than your dentist. Continue reading to learn some dental questions you should be asking when you go in for your next appointment.


Helping Your Teen Take Care of Their Teeth

February 25, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 9:51 pm

We have seen a lot of children grow up in our practice , and it is not uncommon for a child who has always been compliant with tooth brushing to suddenly rebel in their teenage years.  Although you are not brushing their teeth for them like you did when they are little, parents still play a critical part in making sure their child is taking care of their teeth. Here are some great tips.

It’s important for your teens to see their dentist twice a year!

Be a detective.  Is their toothbrush wet?  Is their toothpaste being used?  Is there used floss?  If you think they are scamming you, call them out on it and look at their teeth.  Do they smell clean? If their floss smells bad, that is because they are not properly cleaning and flossing their teeth.

Keep talking to them about healthy eating habits.  Once kids are independently mobile, monitoring what they eat and drink can be a challenge.  But keep the conversation going with them, and discourage them from eating high sugar snacks and drinking high sugar  and acidic drinks.

It is so important to have your teen see us twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam.  We can spot developing problems and talk to your child about their habits. Sometimes hearing this from someone other than their parents can be very beneficial.

Bigger kids can mean bigger challenges.  Stay persistent and continue to monitor them.  They may look like they don’t need you involved but they do more than ever.

First Visit to the Dentist

February 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 11:37 pm

Preparing your child for their first visit to the dentist is an important part of making the experience positive.   

Talk to them about what is going to happen, and be very positive and excited about it. Reading books or watching videos about their first dental visit is very helpful.  We have had parents recommend this PBS Daniel Tiger video  .  It does a great job in showing a child what to expect so they will be more confident during their visit.

Mom and Dad can prepare ahead too… fill out your new patient forms online ahead of time.  Our new patient forms can be found on our website.  Make a list of questions you may have. thumb sucking, pacifiers, teething…..all of these are areas of concern to parents, so please ask away!

When scheduling your child’s first appointment, find a time when your child is well rested and ready to cooperate.  Make sure they have had a light meal, so they are not hungry during their visit. Many parents have their child brush their teeth before leaving for their visit.  That’s great.  During your visit, Dr Milewski will check your child’s mouth for injuries, cavities or any other issues. And our hygienist will clean and polish your child’s teeth, and talk to them about how to brush and floss.

Setting the ground work ahead of time for your child’s first visit to the dentist is so important!  Well done, Mom and Dad, for taking the time to set your child up for success!

Can Porcelain Veneers Improve Your Smile? Find Out Here

January 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 6:22 am

Close up of beautiful smileDid you watch the Golden Globes red carpet this month and wonder, “how do all these celebrities have such perfect teeth!?”. For many, the answer may be porcelain veneers! Thin, porcelain sheaths that are bonded to the front of teeth, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of a person’s smile.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a movie star to get the beautiful smile of your dreams! Talk to a cosmetic dentist in Medina and keep reading below to learn more about whether porcelain veneers are the best solution to rejuvenate your smile.


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