Cosmetic Dentistry in Milwaukee: You Can Buy Whitening Lights, But Do They Work?

cosmetic dentistry in milwaukeeIn a quest to be our best self, many people often turn to over-the-counter whitening products. Because our patients frequently ask us about these products, we decided to go undercover for an investigation of whitening strips, pens and lights – an inside view of one facet of cosmetic dentistry in Milwaukee and across the nation. The first installment of our investigation was about whitening strips and the second researched whitening pens. This third and last one is about whitening lights.

We were very surprised to learn that one local drugstore carried tooth whitening light systems. All these systems used some sort of light, which the product literature indicated would speed the whitening process. Basically, you apply a whitening solution to your teeth and then place the curved light over the solution and bite down. The systems range in cost from $44 to $300.

Study after study has concluded that the use of light activator sources with in-office bleaching treatment of vital teeth did not increase the efficacy of bleaching or accelerate the bleaching. Light is basically superfluous in professional whitening systems, which leads us to conclude that at-home systems would not be effective either.

You may notice a slightly whiter shade after you whiten with a light and whitening gel but studies indicate that the lightening is a result of dehydration of the tooth structure and once the structure re-hydrates, the color will rebound to the previous shade.

For more information on Getting the Right White, download our free ebook of the same name. And, if you want to schedule an appointment with a dentist who keeps up-to-date on whitening products, click here.

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Are Comfort and Wellness Linked? Bolsters Provide Both

are comfort and wellness linked?DeWan Dental Wellness regularly offers patients a menu of bolsters, warm neck wraps, eye pillows, and music. These items are relaxing and they certainly help ease anxiety. But are they pampering or part of a ritual designed to enhance your health? Are comfort and wellness linked? Indeed, research shows that healthy rituals, specifically bolsters, definitely increase the body’s relaxation response, which can improve health.

Benefits of bolsters

According to the website, Yoga Art and Science, placing a bolster crosswise beneath your knees when you are reclining has many benefits including:

  • Allowing thighs and hamstrings to soften.
  • Taking weight off the pelvis, allowing it to rest level.
  • Enabling hips to release.
  • Helping settle the lumbar spine and release the lower back.

And, according to the website The Healthy Living Lounge, just lying back, breathing, and propping your legs up on a bolster are important steps to trigger a relaxation response in the body and to release fatigue, anxiety, and stress.

For those who need that extra relaxation during their dentist visits, DeWan Dental Wellness regularly uses bolsters in our practice. Our bolsters feature:

  • 100% memory foam
  • Ergonomic D-shape design
  • Ample and cushy support

To see a dentist who believes relaxation, comfort, and wellness are indeed linked and are keys to successful dental treatment, make an appointment here.

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Behind the Scenes of East Side Milwaukee’s Own Tomato Romp!

East Side Milwaukee’s North Avenue is probably best known for events such as the upcoming Tomato Romp on September 12 or the Summer Soulstice music festival in June. The events seem so casual but behind the scenes is a whole lot of planning and management by the Eastside Business Improvement District (BID). 

The Eastside BID is a quasi-governmental organization established by local property owners to develop, manage, and promote the district and its 100 local businesses in, you guessed it, Eastside Milwaukee. The group’s services include marketing, events, litter maintenance, graffiti removal, landscaping, holiday lighting, business recruitment, and economic development.

Jim Plaistad is the amazing executive director of the organization. Because I serve on the North Avenue Architectural Review Board, I’ve had a front row seat to his operating principles and am continually impressed with his finesse and grace. 

An example of the BID’s vision is the recent study it conducted to determine the future needs of the neighborhood. You may have seen the recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which outlined the study and its conclusion that the east side needs more office space.

The BID Board meets monthly and includes these wonderful volunteers.

We are so grateful to these folks and all the folks who continue to operate businesses and shop and eat and keep their teeth healthy on the terrific east side.

If you’ve partaken in a few too many tomatoes and are concerned about the effects of the acidity on your teeth you can book your appointment at DeWan Dental Wellness here.

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Common Dental Issues for Kids Addressed Through Literature

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Books can help the whole family understand common dental issues for kids like maintaining good dental health and preparing for dental visits. And they can have fun along the way. These four books are available right now at Boswell Books on Downer Avenue, which may inspire a child you know.


Tooth Trouble by Jane Clarke

This book tells the story of a walrus named Wilbur. Poor Wilbur has a tusk that hurts. His mother and friends tell him that he needs to go to the dentist but Wilbur just does not want to go. It isn’t until Wilbur talks to Grandpa that he finally changes his mind. This cute book has a happy ending that will put your child’s mind at ease for their trip to the dentist. Recommended for kids in kindergarten to second grade.


Brush your Teeth Please by Leslie Mcguire and Jean Pidgeon

What child can resist imitating a chimp brushing its teeth back and forth? I don’t know anyone who can resist the charm of a shark that flosses every day! Youngsters will have lots of fun learning about proper dental hygiene in this delightful pop-up book.


Mrs. Watson Wants your Teeth by Alison McGhee

You shouldn’t have to protect your teeth from your 1st grade teacher! Fear takes over as a second grader spreads the rumor that Mrs. Watson, the 1st grade teacher, is an alien that takes baby teeth. On top of that, the outstanding illustrations will keep kiddos laughing every turn of the page.


Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins

Maisy’s friend Charley has a wobbly tooth! He’s going to the dentist for the first time, and he’s a little nervous. Luckily, Maisy, Tallulah, Eddie, and Cyril are happy to accompany their toothy friend to the dentist’s office, where they make some fun discoveries: a twirly chair that goes up and down, a special cup to spit in, and a proper tooth-brushing demonstration. Charley gets an x-ray, a smiley button, and a book to take home, but what will happen with his wobbly tooth?

Do some reading of your own with our free ebook Getting the Right White, a look at the highly popular tooth whitening services and products in the dental health industry. Also schedule an appointment with a Milwaukee dentist who’s well-versed in common dental issues for kids and adults.

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When Two Teeth Touch: Flossing Alternatives for Kids

flossing alternativesFlossing a young child’s teeth can feel like a slippery game of Cat’s Cradle. But flossing gets rid of bacteria and plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and gum disease. So caregivers will want to choose some flossing alternatives to build a lifetime of healthy habits. 

When to start

According to Parents website and the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing is only necessary when your child has two teeth that touch, usually around age 2.

Parents offers this advice on flossing readiness: “To tell whether your child needs to floss, try this simple test: If you can’t see a space or see the gums between a pair of teeth, slide a piece of floss between them. If it sticks a little you know the teeth are touching and it’s time to floss.”

When to floss solo

When your child starts to learn cursive (around second or third grade), they’re probably skilled enough to floss solo. But supervision is probably still necessary until around age 10 or 11.

Flossing alternatives

  • Pick up some kid-friendly individual flossers.
  • Certain (sugar free) chewing gum can help flush out the bacteria and food particles in a pinch.
  • Bubbles from an electric toothbrush also can cleanse between teeth.
  • Make flossing and brushing a family event!

For more helpful hints on dental care, download our free ebook Ten Secrets to Dental Health. To see a dentist who can show your little one the ropes of proper flossing, make an appointment here.

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