October 8th, 2018
Don't throw your money away by missing out on valuable dental care before the end of 2018. Call now!
Don't throw your money away by missing out on valuable dental care before the end of 2018. Call now!
We want to thank you for your trust! Refer friends and family during the month of October for your chance to win a Fire Pit and S'mores Kit just in time for Fall! Remember you can refer people to BOTH the east and west Wichita offices!
We want to thank you for your trust! Refer friends and family during the month of September for your chance to win a portable movie screen, projector, and speakers for an amazing indoor or outdoor home theater experience. Remember you can refer people to BOTH the east and west Wichita offices!
Have you been thinking about Invisalign® for yourself or your teen? There's no time like the present! Take $500 off Invisalign® with free whitening when you begin Invisalign® treatment at Wichita Family Dental on September 20th (east location) or 21st (west location). Want more info about Invisalign®? Check out our info page. Ready to take the plunge? Call 316-630-9339 or book online to reserve your spot for Invisalign Day! Space is limited. Call today!
We want to thank you for your trust! Refer friends and family during the month of August for your chance to win a remote-controlled cooler that plays music via Bluetooth and keeps contents cold for up to three days. Remember you can refer people to BOTH the east and west Wichita offices!
We want to thank you for your trust! Refer friends and family during the month of July for your chance to win two Pathfinder Inflatable Paddle Boards. Remember you can refer people to BOTH the east and west Wichita offices!
1. Bad Breath
If you think you have bad breath even after brushing regularly, it may be a sign of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and eventually tooth loss or other serious oral health conditions. See your dentist to rule out gingivitis if you experience chronic bad breath.
2. Dry Mouth
While dry mouth may be caused by many prescription drugs or even aging, sudden onset dry mouth with no discernible explanation may be a sign of bacteria or disease in the mouth. You should see your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause and treatment of chronic dry mouth.
Frequent headaches, especially those that occur in the morning, may be a sign of grinding your teeth at night. These chronic headaches can be relieved by getting a custom mouthguard to wear while you sleep, called a nightguard, from your Wichita Family Dental doctor.
4. Metallic Taste in Mouth
A metallic taste in the mouth that is similar to chewing on coins can be a sign of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. It may also be associated with bad breath. If you experience this distinct taste, see your Wichita Family Dental doctor as soon as you can to rule out oral health conditions.
5. Changes of Color in the Mouth
Before you brush your teeth each day, make sure you note the colors in your mouth. Check your cheeks, your tongue, and the area underneath your tongue for any discoloration. There should be no lumps or significant differences. If you do notice a difference, schedule an appointment with your Wichita Family Dental doctor as soon as possible.
June is Men's Health Month. Check out this infographic about the startling differences between men's and women's health and 5 healthy habits you can adopt to bridge the gap and change the stats. Call our office today to schedule your preventive appointment!
We want to thank you for your trust! Refer friends and family during the month of June for your chance to win a Crazy Kart XL - a high-powered drift cart made for kids and adults. Remember you can refer people to BOTH the east and west Wichita offices!
Engage at Every Age: May 2018
For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
At Wichita Family Dental, we seek to educate patients of every age about the benefits of good oral health. As we age, our mouths change. It can be more difficult for older patients to recognize oral health issues as the nerves may shrink and teeth may become less sensitive. We are at a higher risk of gum disease, dry mouth, and oral cancer as we age. In addition, oral health issues can be indicative of other chronic health conditions, so regular visits to the dentist are essential for older patients.
Here are our tips for maintaining oral health as you age:
Have you been thinking about dentures? At Wichita Family Dental, we offer both complete and immediate dentures. Complete dentures are for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Immediate dentures are for patients who still have some natural teeth. Both complete and immediate dentures can be completed in just one day. Our immediate dentures require approximately 5 hours for imaging, creation, and placement while complete dentures require approximately 8 hours. Those who get immediate dentures will return to the office after 6 months for realignment to make sure the fit is perfect. Wichita Family Dental also offers flippers, or partial dentures. These can be completed in one day as well.
Dentures at Wichita Family Dental are of the highest quality. We offer heat injected dentures which have a 15% tighter fit than cold pour dentures. They are less porous, have a smoother appearance, and are 100% customizable. Your teeth can be made in a wide variety of shapes and colors. You will love your new smile!
At Wichita Family Dental, we also offer same-day denture repair and realignment. We are happy to realign or repair dentures for all patients – including those who had their dentures placed at other offices. If you damage your denture, please call us to schedule an appointment for repair as soon as possible. DO NOT use superglue to repair it yourself as you will permanently damage the denture.
Get Outdoors at Every Age
Enter our May referral contest to win a Camping Escape gift set including a 4-person tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 hiking backpacks, and a camping cooler. Get out and engage at every age!
Older Americans Month 2018. (2018). Retrieved April 20, 2018, from https://oam.acl.gov/2018/materials.html
A groundbreaking gum recession treatment in Wichita, KS
Wichita Family Dental is excited to announce the introduction of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique at our practice. The doctors at Wichita Family Dental are Pinhole® Academy certified to perform this breakthrough procedure to treat gum recession. Read more about it below and then book your free consultation at 316-630-9339.
What is Gum Recession?
Gum recession is the loss of tissue along the gumline due to periodontal diseases, insufficient dental care, aging, tobacco use, teeth grinding and clenching, and abrasive teeth brushing habits. When the gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed which may lead to a buildup of bacteria and tooth decay. Untreated gum recession may result in tooth loss and severe health complications. The first sign of gum recession is often tooth sensitivity. Healthy gums are an important part of keeping your mouth healthy, so detecting and treating gum recession early is equally essential.
What is the traditional option for Gum Recession?
Traditional treatment for gum recession involves grafting gum tissue from your palate to cover the exposed root. It requires multiple incisions and sutures which can result in pain and a long recovery period.
What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a groundbreaking and minimally invasive treatment for gum recession. It is incision and suture free. During the procedure, your Wichita Family Dental doctor will use a needle to make small hole in your existing gum tissue. Through this ‘pinhole,’ a special instrument will be used to loosen, expand, and slide the tissue down to cover the exposed root structure of your tooth. There are no grafts, sutures, or incisions, so the treatment has a faster recovery time than grafting. It creates natural and long-lasting cosmetic results and patients have reported experiencing minimal discomfort and swelling. Most pinholes heal within 24 hours. Most importantly, it instantly reduces the risk of tooth decay as a result of gum recession.
The Top 5 Benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) in the News
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique has been featured on “The Doctors Show,” “Dr. Steve Show,” “ABC,” “NBC,” and over 240 other stations in the United States and Canada. Only a Pinhole® Academy certified dentist can offer this technique. The doctors at Wichita Family Dental are Pinhole® Academy certified.
April is National Stress Awareness Month
We get it. A visit to the dentist is not something that most people look forward to. But at Wichita Family Dental, we want to do our part to change how patients perceive a visit to our dental office.
There are many reasons why people fear the dentist, and we don’t take it personally. Some patients have had negative past experiences at the dentist. Many patients fear needles, anticipate pain, or simply feel embarrassed. Whatever your reason, we want to assure you that Wichita Family Dental has a trusted record of easing dental anxiety and providing patients with a positive, personable, and comfortable approach to their individual and unique oral healthcare needs.
As highly trained healthcare professionals, the doctors and clinical staff and Wichita Family Dental are experts at treating patients who experience dental anxiety with compassion and understanding. There are many safe and comfortable techniques that aid in reducing a patient's stress. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, here are our tips for staying calm:
Great dental office if you are fearful of dental work!
I went to get a filling done due to my old filling falling out. I'm a BIG BABY CHICKEN when it comes to the dentist, but they didn't judge or laugh. Felt no pain during the entire appointment.
The best dental experience I've EVER had! I had bad tooth pain that was causing ear problems and I knew something had to be done. I have a very real fear of sedation so I put off getting my teeth pulled but the staff heard me out and with some compassion, got me to get it over and done with. No more pain!
I have not been to a dentist in over 25 years. I was nervous and scared honestly. The great people here made me feel relaxed and were very thorough with everything. I ended up having some teeth removed and do not believe it could have gone any better than it did. I will continue to use them as my dentist and recommend that anyone looking should give them a try.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., one person dies EVERY HOUR from oral cancer, largely due to late detection. Check out this oral cancer info from the AAOMS and visit their website MyOMS.org. At Wichita Family Dental, your oral cancer screening is free as a part of your hygiene checkup.
In recognition of National Dentist Day, Wichita Family Dental thought it would be fun to help you get to know our doctors a little better. So, we asked them to answer some questions.
Name: Brett Begnoche
My favorite team is: Wichita State
My hidden talent is: I can spin a basketball on one finger.
My favorite food is: Seafood
My favorite movie is: Rocky
Who inspires you? My children
Name: Lauren Decker
My favorite team is: Oklahoma Sooners
My hidden talent is: I bake fantastic cookies.
My favorite food is: Lasagna
My favorite TV show is: This is Us
Who inspires you? My sisters
Name: Amy LeMaster
My favorite team is: Kansas City Chiefs
My hidden talent is: I play the piano.
My favorite food: Chipotle
My favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Who inspires you? My mother
Name: Michael McDaniel
My favorite team is: Kansas City Royals
My hidden talent is: I can cross one eye.
My favorite food is: Indian
My favorite TV show is: Arrested Development
Who inspires you? My wife
Name: Charles Pierson
My favorite book is: The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg
My favorite movie is: Forrest Gump
Help Wichita Family Dental Battle “Monster Mouth:” February 2018
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Wichita Family Dental would like to do our part by stressing the importance of promoting good oral health to the families and children within our community, and beyond.
Startling statistics from the Office of the Surgeon General (2018) have found that on average, American students miss approximately 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems. Yikes. This means that hundreds of thousands of school-aged children are missing out on valuable instruction time - especially in early grades where reading and math are the fundamental building blocks for future learning. What’s more alarming is the fact that a reported 17 million of those children go without dental care each year!
For the past 77 years, The American Dental Association (ADA) has been raising awareness for National Children’s Dental Month and the importance of children and adolescents developing and maintaining proper oral care from an early age. Not only has the program increased awareness in oral health care, but it has been successfully promoting healthy smiles for kids since 1941.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is recommended that children have their first dental exam no later than 1-year of age. During these early visits, it’s crucial for parents and caregivers to address and review any oral health concerns or habits ranging from tooth decay, sealants, thumb sucking, and easing a child's anxiety before and during dental visits.
Below are some healthy oral hygiene tips:
Pediatric Dental Visits Are Important.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has found that more than 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before 5-years of age.
Teach Your Kids the 2-2-2 Rule.
A simple way to keep your child's teeth healthy: visit your dentist TWO times a year; brush and floss TWO times a day for TWO whole minutes.
Fun Ways to Introduce the Dentist.
Add a couple books about the dentist to your bedtime reading. Here are some of our favorites:
Tricks to Get Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth:
Our dentists at Wichita Family Dental recommend the “tell, show, do” model:
Note: Both adults and children should follow these habits.
The Doctors at Wichita Family Dental agree that a child’s teeth should last a lifetime and that a healthy smile is essential to a child’s self-esteem. With a proper oral healthcare routine and a balanced diet, a child’s teeth can remain healthy and strong. If it’s time to plan a first visit to the dentist or return for a routine checkup and cleaning, our dentists are ready to get your child on the path towards a lifetime of excellent oral health. Request an appointment today and get your child off to a great start!
A Prize for the Whole Family!
To start National Children's Dental Health Month off right, enter our February referral contest to win a Family 4-Pack to Disney on Ice and a Jeep Wrangler Power Wheel for your little one(s)!
At Wichita Family Dental, we believe in helping our patients obtain and maintain a beautiful smile AND keeping them educated on the preventative measures that will ensure those smiles remain happy and healthy for years to come.
As we start out 2018, Wichita Family Dental couldn’t think of a better resolution than keeping your smile in tip-top condition. Below, our family has come up with five easy resolutions that will keep you smiling well into the next New Year!
1.) Treat yourself: Go and buy that shiny new toothbrush you’ve been unconsciously **putting off** dreaming about. Not sure what to buy? Here are our tips for picking out the correct toothbrush:
Soft Bristles: Our Hygienists agree that soft-bristled brushes are best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth and along the gum line.
Comfort: Size and shape are personal preference. Pick whichever is most comfortable for you. Our Hygienists note that the best toothbrush is the one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth with ease.
Regular versus powered brushes: Regular toothbrushes get the job done just fine and have been around for centuries. On the other hand, powered toothbrushes are fun and may remove more plaque. Powered brushes can also make brushing easier. Again, we recommend you choose whichever is comfortable for you and fits your budget.
BONUS TIP: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
2.) Be the Boss of Floss. The American Dental Association (2016) states that cleaning between the teeth with floss and other interdental tools is an important oral hygiene practice. This daily habit, in conjunction with regular cleanings and tooth brushing, has been shown to disrupt and remove plaque (Manchir, 2016). Need to work on your flossing technique? Below are some quick tips.
- Wind 18” of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 1”- 2” length between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
- Keep a 1” – 2” length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
- Gently guide floss between teeth by using a zigzag motion. Gently wrap the floss around the side of the tooth.
- Slide floss up and down against tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.
3.) Remember: 2x a day for 2 minutes. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Need some brushing up (pun intended)? Below are some quick tips for getting the most out of your brushing.
Find the right toothpaste. The brand should be ADA approved and address your particular oral challenges. These include but aren’t limited to bad breath, teeth whitening, and tooth sensitivity. You might also pay special attention to tartar control and fluoride. The ADA has found that the active ingredient ‘pyrophosphate’ in tartar control toothpaste reduces the buildup of tartar by 36%. The ADA also notes that fluoride is key to a healthy smile. It speeds up the growth of the new surface by bringing calcium and phosphate ions together and it is also preferentially incorporated into the re-mineralized surface.
Time yourself when you brush your teeth. The simple act of brushing for 2 minutes, 2 times a day is what preserves your teeth and keeps them strong. Do your kids find brushing tedious? Download a brushing app! Try Brush DJ which plays songs from your personally selected playlist for exactly two minutes. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Don’t neglect your gums. The ADA has found that more than 75% of American Adults have some degree of gum disease. With that being said, only 60% of adults have any significant knowledge about the problem. Flossing frequently and gently brushing your teeth on a regular basis will help to remove anything that can irritate your gums and cause bad breath.
4.) A Soda a Day Keeps the Dentist… Busy. So kick the sugary beverages and snacks and choose healthier options for you and your family. Need a little help getting healthy? Enter our January referral contest to win 2 weeks of meal delivery services from Hello Fresh, a Nutribullet Balance AND a 30-day membership to Optilife with a Fit Body Consultation.
5.) Keep on top of your regularly scheduled and recommended appointments. Schedule an appointment with one of your favorite Wichita Family Dental Hygienists today. Call our office at 316-630-9339 or book online.
** Don’t forget to discuss whitening/Invisalign treatments with your doctor or hygienist and inquire about any current promotions.
Dr. Pierson, Dr. Begnoche, Dr. LeMaster and their team of experienced dental professionals would like to welcome you to the Wichita Family Dental blog! We hope to provide you with a small glimpse into our practice and what you can expect during your visit. Please check back often for descriptions of the comprehensive dental care we provide, updates on promotions and events at our office, and important and interesting information about your oral health. You can also view the biographies of our doctors and learn what sets our practice apart.
Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff – we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!
We look forward to taking care of all of your dental needs. Welcome to our family!