Cleanings Every Six Months: Is Pepsodent to Blame?

After six months without a professional dental cleaning, many people admit their teeth feel pretty scary: A little dark, maybe even a little fuzzy. Dental experts tend to agree that six months is a good interval between cleanings, but how and when did six months become the pearly white rule?

According to one interesting source, Mark Burhenne DDS, on “Ask the Dentist,” it all started with Pepsodent. To encourage dentists to recommend its product, the company that manufactured Pepsodent featured the following line in its ad campaigns: “Visit your dentist every six months.”

Another idea, this time from the Dental Wellness Institute, indicates that the six month recommendation might be related to the gestation of tooth decay.  Decay caught early can prevent serious tooth damage, and when you take periodontal disease into account—which under the right conditions can start much sooner than six months—the case for more frequent cleanings becomes more convincing.

So how often should you have your teeth cleaned? The truth is that it varies, and that you’ll find the best answer by talking with your dentist and dental hygienist. Perhaps you could get away with a year, but perhaps you should have a cleaning every three or four months. Why? If you have periodontal disease, significant dental restorations, or chronic inflammatory disease such as heart disease or diabetes you’ll want to be checked more frequently.

For more quick and easy dental health tips, download our free e-book, 10 Secrets to Dental Health. And if you’d like to make an appointment with east side Milwaukee dentists who get their teeth cleaned every six months, make an appointment today.


Blankets Tame Nervous Chills

Is your body always at 98.6? Not really. Your temperature actually fluctuates a couple degrees throughout the day, rising in the morning and afternoon to keep you alert and falling in the evening to help you sleep. When you recline mid-day in our dental chair, your body is fooled into cooling like it’s time to relax. That’s why we offer cozy blankets with every visit.

“Our blankets help keep you warm, no question,” said Aliina, DeWan Dental Wellness clinic manager. “But I think it tames nervousness too, those chills you get when anxiety begins. If we can nip the chills, we can nip the nervousness.”

To see East Side Milwaukee dentists who want you warm and cozy and alert for the rest of your day, make an appointment now.




Scheduling for Triplets a Breeze at DeWan Dental Wellness

Scheduling multiple dental appointments for multiple children with multiple schedules is almost always a parenting challenge. But for Tanja Price, a long-time DeWan Dental Wellness patient and mother of triplets, it’s easy.

“I schedule appointments every time I am in the office,” she told us. “Having triplets can be tricky if I wait to schedule appointments. I would have to come in at separate times and/or dates. So, after our appointments, I go ahead and schedule the next appointment 6 months later. That way I don’t forget to schedule our next appointments, it is on my calendar and I can usually get all three kiddos checked out at once.”

And why did she choose DeWan Dental Wellness?

“First, the staff is wonderful!” she said. “They are warm and friendly. When you walk in, the receptionist welcomes you by name, it’s as though you’ve come to see an old friend. Second, the quality of care is top notch. Dr. Mike is great! He and his support staff are really dedicated to providing you with the best care and experience possible. Third, the location is convenient. It is in walking distance from where I work which makes getting to appointments hassle free.”

To encourage your children to care for their dental health, we invite you to download our free ebook, Open Up! Meet Your Tooth Buddies. And make an appointment today for yourself and all of your family members!


Braces Off for Back to School? Be Sure your Bite is Right First!

Everyone wants to get their braces off before school starts: there are impressions to make, friends to meet, and school photos to be taken. But before those braces come off, a quick visit with the dentist might be in order to double check your bite, or “occlusion.” Your teeth may be straight, but what might not be so visible is how they contact one another. You want to be sure your bite is right before you remove those braces!

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, occlusion is the relationship between your upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) teeth as they come into functional contact, such as when you bite, chew or close your jaws together. An ideal centric occlusion is when all the teeth are in proper contact with no crossbite, underbite or overbite.

“Orthodontics is a big commitment and no one wants to go back into them,” Mike said. “So I like to partner with the orthodontist and just make sure everything is where it should be. Sometimes one more month can make the difference in a lifelong healthy bite.”

To read more about occlusion, we invite you to download our free ebook, Understanding Occlusal Disease. And to make an appointment with East Side Milwaukee dentists who love a good bite, make an appointment today.


Millennials Cavity-free but not Problem-Free

Kayla and Ellen are two of the millennials of DeWan Dental Wellness.

Over the past year, the DeWan Dental Wellness team has undergone a big transition. Today we’re comprised of more millennials than boomers! From Ellen, our associate dentist, to our dental assistant, Kayla. And compared to the boomers, they are virtually cavity-free. How did that happen?

“My mom always was on my case about eating healthy and taking care of my teeth,” Kayla said. “She would always say, ‘You only get one set, and that’s it!’ So, it really scared me into a meticulous habit.”

Yes, but there has to more…

“Plus, she always got me the coolest toothbrushes,” Kayla added. “And she was also very good about getting me in for my regular cleanings and checkups.”

But cavity-free does not mean problem-free, and the American Dental Association has identified a number of dental issues that people in their 20s and 30s—the current age of millennials—should be aware of. These include increased sensitivity, teeth grinding, temporomandibular joint disorder and gum disease.

Dental check-ups still critical

According to Think Magazine, continued care is also still a must. Millennials grew up at the same time that our society began shifting away from drinking municipal tap water in favor of bottled water. The problem? Less fluoride. Without continual exposure to fluoride in the water, treatments provided by your dentist at regular check-ups become even more important.

If you’d like more tips, feel free to download our free e-book, 10 Secrets to Dental Health. And if you’d like to make an appointment with east side Milwaukee dentists who are skilled at caring for people of every generation, make an appointment today.