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By Robert J Carpenter DDS
July 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneMake sure that your daily oral routine is enough to prevent cavities and other problems.

A healthy smile shows. Luckily, anyone can practice simple, everyday measures that are designed to keep your smile feeling and looking its best. Our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist, Dr. Robert Carpenter, understands that life gets hectic sometimes, but maintaining good oral health should always be a top priority if you want to keep that smile for the rest of your life. How do you keep your smile healthy? Here’s how:

Brush Twice a Day

You would be surprised to discover just how many people don’t brush more than once a day; however, if you really want to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup, then you need to brush first thing in the morning and again at night right before bedtime. This is the only way to keep plaque buildup down. Set a timer for 2 minutes and make sure you are brushing for at least that long.

Don’t Forget to Floss

You need to floss once a day to thoroughly remove plaque and food from between teeth. While a toothbrush is great for cleaning front, back, and chewing surfaces of teeth it won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth. This is a job for floss! Make sure to use a generous amount of floss each and every time (usually about 18 inches of floss). Wind it tightly around your fingers and gently move the floss back and forth between each tooth, sliding it up and down against the tooth to remove plaque. Remember to use a clean section of floss for each tooth.

Consider a Mouthwash

While there are some mouthwashes out there that only mask bad breath but don’t treat the source, our Sun Prairie general dentist can provide you with a proper mouth rinse that can reduce oral bacteria and plaque. This can be particularly helpful for children, teens, and adults who are at an increased risk for cavities and gum disease.

Avoid Sugar

As you already know, sugar negatively impacts the health of your smile and the more you consume the worse it can get. Those who eat a lot of sugar put themselves at a high risk for decay. To protect teeth from cavities stay away from sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and desserts. While sugar in moderation isn’t a bad thing, if you are someone who has an intense sweet tooth you could be doing your smile a great disservice.

Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. These are easy, everyday things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning, or if you just have questions about the dentistry we offer here in Sun Prairie, WI, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
March 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Find out why you should turn to a family dentist to give your family’s smiles the care they need.family dentist

Feel like all you do is run from one thing to the next? From dropping the kids off at school, heading to work, taking the kids to after-school activities and then running errands your days can often seem very jam-packed. Of course, even during these hectic times, it’s important that you still remember to visit our Sun Prairie, WI, family dentist, Dr. R.J. Carpenter, every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Why choose a family dentist? Here’s why!

A Full Range of Dental Services

We know that every member of your family has different needs and concerns, which is why we offer an exhaustive list of dental services. Everything from routine and preventive dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatment options are at your fingertips when you walk through our doors. There is nothing we can’t offer you.

It’s Convenient

We know that you already run around day in and day out providing and caring for your family. Visiting our Sun Prairie dentist shouldn’t feel like yet another difficult task to complete. We can work with your busy schedule to make sure that every member of your family gets the care they need whenever they need it. In fact, since we can treat everyone in your family, from infants to seniors, we can schedule routine cleanings for the whole family on the same day. Now, that’s convenient!

Treatment is Tailored to Individual Needs

Your children might require orthodontic treatment while you or your partner might need to restore a tooth or replace a missing tooth. We know that your specific dental needs are unique and that what your children require won’t be the same as what an adult needs to maintain a healthy smile. Luckily, we provide individualized care to ensure that everyone gets the unique dental treatment they deserve.

Dental Care You Can Trust

Another wonderful benefit of choosing a family dentist is that no one outgrows their dentist. This means that once we establish rapport and really get to know each other you can rest assured that the care you receive from us will always be the best. Plus, bringing your child in to our office early on instills good oral health habits and gets them comfortable with visiting the dentist and maintaining good hygiene.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, that will provide you and your family with the dental care they deserve then call our office today to schedule your next visit with Dr. Carpenter.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

If there were ever a dental treatment in serious need of a public relations makeover, the root canal would be it. Long associated with root canalenormous levels of pain and trauma, root canals are actually fairly similar to dental fillings in terms of the actual procedure and levels of discomfort before and after treatment. For people suffering from the pain of a severely decayed, infected or damaged tooth, a root canal is actually a tool that dentists use to relieve pain, and prevent permanent nerve and tissue damage in the pulp (the soft tissue inside of each tooth). Dr. Robert Carpenter, a family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, offers root canal therapy for both adult and pediatric patients.

Root Canal Therapy in Sun Prairie, WI

Bacterial infections and inflammation in the pulp tissue inside a tooth are the most common reason for a root canal. In addition to clearing away bacteria, the procedure also allows a dentist to remove any damaged or dead pulp tissue. The American Association of Endodontists recommends scheduling an appointment with a dentist for the following symptoms and dental problems:

  • Tooth pain
  • Trauma
  • Persistent hot or cold sensitivity
  • Swelling

The main causes of soft tissue damage and infection in a tooth are:

  • Cracked or dislodged teeth
  • Untreated tooth decay

Despite its reputation, root canal therapy not only helps to alleviate the pain that usually accompanies severe tooth decay and infections, it is also a means to save and preserve an otherwise healthy tooth from extraction. Contrary to popular belief, extractions are generally one of the most traumatic dental procedures. A root canal in comparison involves creating a small opening in the tooth to clear out bacteria and damaged tissue, followed by cosmetic bonding to seal the tooth, just like with a dental filling.

Find a Family Dentist in Sun Prairie, WI

For more information about the benefits of root canal therapy, and to set your mind at ease if you or a family member needs root canal therapy, contact the office of Dr. Carpenter by calling (608) 837-5527 to schedule an appointment today.

GrandpaKnowsBestHowKristiYamaguchiManagesHerKidsOralHealth

When Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi wanted to help her kids develop good oral health habits, the gold-medal-winner made good use of a family connection: Her father Jim Yamaguchi is a practicing dentist in the San Francisco Bay area who treats her entire brood. As she said in a recent interview, when she suspects the kids may be spending a little less effort on oral hygiene than they should, she playfully admonishes them: “You've got to brush your teeth better than that. Papa-san is going to know!”

Not all kids are lucky enough to have a grandpa who's a dentist — but every child can learn how to help take care of his or her oral health with age-appropriate techniques, plus plenty of parental guidance and encouragement. What's the best way to help your kids develop good oral hygiene routines? We're glad you asked!

Through babyhood and the toddler years, parents have the main responsibility for keeping kids' teeth clean. But as they begin to put away pacifiers and cease sucking thumbs — around ages 2 to 4 — children can also begin to help with their own oral hygiene routine. By then, kids will probably be used to the feel of gentle brushing, and may be eager to try it themselves.

A soft-bristled brush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste is all they need to get started… along with a good dose of parental patience. Show them how to wiggle the brush back and forth from the gum line, and all around the upper and lower teeth, both in front and in back. At first, they will probably need plenty of help. But after the age of 6 or so, as their manual dexterity increases, so will their ability to get the job done.

You'll still have to check their work periodically — but you can also teach them how to do it on their own: Have your child run his or her tongue over the tooth surfaces. If they feel smooth and silky, they're probably clean too. If not… try, try again. This test is a good guideline to brushing effectiveness — but if you want to know for sure, use a temporary dye called a disclosing tablet (available at many drugstores) to reveal unseen buildups of plaque bacteria.

What else can you do to give your children the best chance at keeping a healthy mouth and sparkly teeth? Set a positive example! Make sure you (and your kids) eat a healthy diet, get moderate exercise, limit between-meal treats — and visit the dentist regularly. The encouragement you'll get after having a good dental checkup will make you feel like a gold medalist — even if the praise isn't coming from grandpa.

If you would like more information on how to help your child develop good oral health habits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dentistry & Oral Health For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
November 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  
HowtoInstillGoodOralHealthHabitsinChildren

Habits — both good and bad — often begin at an early age. They can be defined as recurring, mostly unconscious patterns of behavior, which are acquired by frequent repetition. Wouldn't it be nice if you could start your children off with good, healthy ones? When it comes to oral health, you can!

Practicing good oral hygiene is actually one of the easier habits to instill. The time to start is when your baby's teeth first begin to appear. To clean them, wipe gently with a clean, damp washcloth. Starting at age 2, when more teeth have appeared, you should establish a brushing routine using just a smear of fluoride toothpaste.

In the toddler years, a child-size soft toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste will do the trick. By this time, they should have also put away their pacifiers and stopped sucking thumbs. Continual thumb-sucking past this age can lead to later problems with tooth and jaw development.

Kids soon get used to the feel of gentle brushing, and gradually begin taking over the job. However, they may need help until they're 6 or older, and have gained more manual dexterity. Don't forget to show them how to wiggle the brush back and forth along the gum line, as well as across the biting surfaces of the teeth.

You'll have to periodically confirm whether they did a good tooth-brushing job — but you can also teach them to check their own work. There are over-the-counter products that identify bacterial plaque by turning it a bright color, making it easy for you and your children to see how efficiently they have removed plaque. Another less precise way is to just have them run their tongue over their teeth: If the teeth feel nice and smooth, they're probably clean too. If not, it's back to the sink...

Eating healthy foods, getting moderate exercise, and avoiding sugary snacks between meals are a few more beneficial habits you can foster in your children. As parents, you can set a positive example by doing these things yourselves. The professionals in our office are ready to help you learn, practice and promote these healthy habits.

If you would like more information about instilling good oral health habits in your children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”



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