Author Archive | Mark E. Backhus, DDS

Dental Anxieties

If You Have Dental Anxieties…

We Can Help We recognize that when it comes to dental procedures, some of the most terrible things aren’t going on inside your mouth—but inside your head. Fear of the dentist’s chair is both normal and understandable. You may be among the 150 million Americans who avoid the dentist altogether. But, truly, it doesn’t have […]

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Healthy Children's Teeth

Take Care of Baby Teeth

Tooth decay is declining everywhere except among preschoolers. Proper care of your child’s first teeth is important to ensure the health of permanent teeth in later years. You won’t see a newborn’s teeth, but enamel and dentin are already forming in the jaw. Teething is just months away. Use a clean dry wash cloth to […]

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Healthy Gums

Guard Against Gum Disease

More than half of adult Americans have gum disease. Poor nutrition caused much of it, with neglect contributing a share. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease. Doctors suggest that bacteria from diseased gums moves into the blood and then to the heart, causing heart attacks and stroke. The saliva of people with gum […]

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Dental Emergency

In Case Of A Dental Emergency!

During any emergency it’s important to remain calm as you arrange for treatment, and be sure to follow these instructions in the the meantime. Toothache Rinse mouth vigorously with cool water. Floss to remove food that might be trapped between teeth. DON’T use heat or place aspirin ON the aching tooth or gum. Call us […]

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Healthy Baby Teeth

Lend Baby Teeth a Hand

Here today…gone too soon. Don’t neglect baby teeth because the health of their replacements is right beneath the surface. Caring for your child’s baby teeth lays a foundation for a lifetime of oral health, so teach good dental hygiene habits while the child is very young. Before the first teeth begin to surface, rub baby’s […]

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Healthy Teeth and Gums

Your Mouth and Gum Disease

“A Family Affair” Think of the great things you’ve passed along to your kids: sense of humor, charm, style, wit—why, the list could go on and on of course! Unfortunately, some of the things that get passed from parent to child aren’t that great. One is a predisposition towards periodontitis, or gum disease. Of the […]

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Bright White Teeth

A Brighter Smile With Teeth Whitening

You’ve lived this long, you’ve earned it… No doubt about it. We’re living longer, we’re living better. All that effort put into diet and exercise is paying off. And while you’re going through your paces on the treadmill, do consider another part of you that might need a bit of improvement: your smile. With age, one of the […]

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