Secrets of Our Dental Hygienists

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Brea, one of our dental hygienists, discussing one of her favorite subjects — teeth! — with a patient.

While flossing and brushing twice a day are the first steps to keeping your teeth healthy, the DeWan Dental Wellness hygienists are your next best defense for preventing and treating dental problems. They take your x-rays, clean your teeth, discuss your dental health, take your blood pressure, screen for oral cancers, teach you how to care for your teeth and much more. You can bet that that our hygienists have a lot of insight to share! Here are some of their words of wisdom:

pH Matters

Beyond the obvious dangers of too many sweets, did you know that what you eat can affect your oral health? Bacteria and inflammation thrive in an acidic environment, so choose or at least finish a meal with alkalized food. For acid, think tomatoes and oranges. Examples of alkalized foods are pineapple, cheese, nuts and cucumbers.

Small changes = big benefits

“There’s always room for improvement even in the most healthy mouth,” said Brea, one of our dental hygienists. “Sometimes just angling your toothbrush in a new way can remove even more plaque. Small changes equal big benefits. And I love it when people return to us and tell us that our advice worked!”

Your kids are braver than you think

“Parents are usually pleasantly surprised by their child’s response to dental treatment,” said Michelle, also a rock-star hygienist. “And most kids are proud to come back to the clinic by themselves.”

Of course our awesome prize box filled with princess crowns and whoopee cushions might be quite the motivator.

Baby teeth matter

Tooth decay is an epidemic for American children. And if problems on baby teeth are not treated, those same problems get transferred to adult teeth.

“It’s my number one concern,” said Brea. “I’ve made it my mission to teach parents how to care for their children’s teeth.”

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Halloween Candy Advice from a Dentist: Choose Chocolate

unnamedPost-Halloween candy buy-back programs are cute, and we absolutely agree with the concept. But it seems like a lot of bother, especially after you spend untold hours creating costumes and herding young ones into the cold autumn night. So we’ll give you one word of Halloween advice: Chocolate.

Dissolving Candies are Best
According to experts at Colgate and the ADA, the best sweet treats dissolve easily and don’t produce residue that sticks to tooth enamel. Sticky candies like gummy worms and suckers are especially bad because they cling to teeth and provide sugars for bacteria to feed on, which can lead to tooth decay. With that in mind, it’s best to let our kids (and ourselves) nosh on chocolate or other classic candies that disintegrate quickly.

Follow it up with Water
Keep the water flowing after you or your kids eat sweets. It may be hard to brush in the middle of a trick-or-treat marathon, but swishing with water will help keep the bacteria at bay.


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us at DeWan Dental Wellness! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Baby Tooth Extraction: Helpful Tips for Easy Healing

dreamstime_xs_25736624Sometimes a baby tooth needs a little help letting go and needs to be extracted to let the adult tooth come through. It’s usually a much more straightforward procedure than extracting an adult tooth because the roots are embedded in tissue and not bone. But the socket can still be tender for several days afterward. Here are some tips to help a child through the process. Note that these tips can be equally useful for adult recovery!

  • Limit hot foods for several hours until the numbness wears off
  • Keep food choices soft for the first 24 hours. Good choices are yogurt, pudding, pureed soups and, my favorite, ice cream.
  • Avoid brushing the extraction site after the procedure. Rinsing with warm salt water may help with healing and keeping the area clean.
  • Brush the other teeth. Use positive reinforcement to keep the child keep brushing, maybe even offering a small reward. Allow the child to brush the other areas of his/her mouth a little at a time if necessary.

The sensitivity from an extraction should fade within a few days. If it doesn’t, you may want to follow up with your dentist. Do the best you can to encourage your child to keep his or her mouth clean.

Author: Mike DeWan, DDS


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Our Magical Prize Box: DeWan Dental Wellness Toy of the Week

colorformsIf you have a child in your life, you’ve probably seen the movie “Frozen” at least one hundred times. So it’s no surprise that our “Frozen” Colorform fun pack made it to the top of the list for most popular prize of the week.

Our prize box features way more than just Colorforms, though. There is something in that magical box for all children! This week, one of our adorable toddler patients wore a Batman costume throughout his entire visit. And what do you think he found in our awesome prize box before he left? A Batman action figure! The smile on his face was priceless.

Our front office manager, Amy, works miracles all day, but the most important thing she does is keep our prize box stocked with amazing toys. She has a blast shopping for the great gifts children can choose at the end of their visits.


For more about your dental health, including quick and easy tips, download our free ebook 10 Secrets to Dental Health. Or, come in to see us! If you’re looking for a dentist in Milwaukee who cares about your comfort and overall health, make an appointment now.

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Common Dental Issues for Kids: Ensuring the Right Nutrition

Common_dental_issues_for_kids_little_girl.jpgIn celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, we’re posting a series of blogs on topics such as common dental issues for kids and why dentists fill baby teeth.

When it comes to common dental issues for kids, there’s more to great dental health than brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. What’s also important is what children eat and drink. Here are some food facts from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.

Nutrition = strong teeth

If children have poor diets, their teeth may struggle to develop. Children need protein, vitamins, and minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous, to build strong teeth and resist tooth decay and gum disease.

Cheese and vegetables = best snacks

Snacks, served no more than three times a day, should contribute to children’s overall nutrition and development. Some healthy snacks are:

  • Cheese
  • Vegetables
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter, and
  • Chocolate milk

Cheeses such as aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, and Monterey jack stimulate the flow of saliva, clear the mouth of food debris, and act as a buffer to neutralize acids that attack teeth.

Sugar = sugar

Sugars are essentially the same, whether natural or processed, to cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. All types of sugars can play a role in tooth decay.

Another issue with sugar involves food that takes a while to consume. A child who licks a lollipop every few minutes or slowly sips juice flirts with a high risk of tooth decay. Such long-lasting snacks create an acid attack on teeth for the entire time they are in the mouth.

Cooked starches can lead to cavities just as sugars can. In fact, breads, crackers, pasta, pretzels, and potato chips frequently take longer to clear the mouth than sugars. So the decay risk may last even longer.

Food with sugar or starch is safer for teeth if it is eaten with a meal, not as a snack.

To teach the children in your life about the role of their teeth, download our free ebook Tooth Buddies. And to schedule an appointment with an East Side Milwaukee dental office that has the best prize box in the nation, make an appointment here.

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