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July 5, 2017

All About Toothpaste


Toothpaste: it's something most people use every day, but rarely give much thought to—except, perhaps, when choosing from the brands that line the drugstore shelf.

When facing that daunting shelf and presented with the dozens of products boasting different benefits (“whiter teeth,” “fresher breath,” “prevent gum disease,” etc.) you may start to ask yourself some important questions, like:

  • Is there a difference between types of toothpaste?

  • What is your toothpaste made of?

  • Does it really do what it promises on the box?

To answer those questions, let's take a closer look inside the tube.

Active Ingredients

The dentally-driven have been pursuing means to keep teeth healthy and bright for centuries. As early as the era of the ancient Egyptians, tooth-cleaning substances have been recorded. Though unlike today’s specially formulated branded toothpastes, early mixtures contained ingredients like crushed bones, pumice, and ashes. Most modern toothpastes, meanwhile, utilize three key active ingredients to clean teeth and prevent decay: abrasives, detergents, and fluoride.

  • Abrasives help remove surface deposits and stains from teeth and make the mechanical action of brushing more effective. They typically include gentle cleaning and polishing agents like hydrated silica or alumina, calcium carbonate, or dicalcium phosphate.

  • Detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate help break up and dissolve substances that would normally be hard to wash away. If you brush your teeth vigorously, detergents tend to produce a type of bubbly foam in your mouth.

  • Fluoride is the vital tooth-protective ingredient in toothpaste. Whether it shows up as sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, or sodium monofluorophosphate (MFP), fluoride has conclusively proven to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.

Specialty Ingredients

Besides these active ingredients, most toothpastes contain preservatives, binders, and flavorings. These extra ingredients prevent the toothpaste from drying out, separating, or tasting awful. Additionally, specialty toothpastes have ingredients designed for achieving specific purposes (those benefits some brands may call out on the box).

  • Whitening toothpastes generally contain special abrasives or enzymes designed to remove stains on tooth surfaces. Whether or not these toothpastes will work depends on why the teeth aren't white in the first place. If it's an extrinsic (surface) stain, whitening toothpastes can be effective. But intrinsic (internal) discoloration may require professional teeth whitening.

  • Toothpastes for sensitive teeth often include ingredients like potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which can block sensations of pain. Teeth may become sensitive when dentin (the material within the tooth, which is normally covered by the enamel or gums) becomes exposed in the mouth. These ingredients can make brushing less painful, but it may take a few weeks to really notice the effects.

Choosing A Toothpaste

The most important aspect of selecting a toothpaste brand is making sure it has the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance on the label. This seal lets you know that the toothpaste contains fluoride and that the manufacturer’s claims about the toothpaste have been independently tested and verified. Past the ADA seal, pick a toothpaste that best reflects the benefits which will serve your oral and dental hygiene goals.

Importance of Oral Hygiene

No matter what toothpaste you go with, remember that at the end of the day it’s not the paste or the brush that keeps the mouth healthy; it’s the hands that holds them. In other words—for teeth to stay healthy and beautiful—how you brush and how often you brush are just as important as the type of toothpaste you brush with. So read up on the proper practices of oral hygiene and contact Antelope Creek Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with one of our family dentists now!

June 23, 2017

Guide to Dental Anxiety

If you get a little bit nervous when your dental visit date approaches, you are not alone. There are many people who for one reason or another fear seeing the dentist. Sometimes this is because they have had a bad and painful experience in the past. Sometimes it is because they have not been to see a dentist in a long time. While dental anxiety is perfectly normal, it is important for your dental and overall health that you get in to see a dentist regularly. Our fantastic dentists  Dr. Hedlund and Dr. Svoboda and their highly trained staff will able to help you overcome your fears.

What is Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety or phobia is a fear of seeing the dentist, and it can range from mild to crippling. Symptoms can include trouble sleeping the night before an appointment, increased nervousness while in the waiting room, feeling physically ill when thinking of a dental visit, panicking or hyperventilating when instruments are in your mouth during a visit, increasing anxiety at the sight of dental instruments, and feeling like crying when thinking of going to a dentist.


Overcoming Your Anxiety

Your relationship with your dentist should be one of complete trust. It may be a big step for you just to set up an appointment and show up. The next step is to talk to your dentist before any work is done. You might be surprised to learn about the various options available to you. Your dentist can explain what to expect during your visit, or can suggest sedation dentistry options. If there were a king of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide would be it.  This form of sedation dentistry is to most requested because it provides a relaxation effect. Nitrous Oxide is a very safe method that is a combination of oxygen mixed with nitrous and is inhaled through a small comfortable mask that fits over your nose, it is a very effective sedative agent.

Talk to Us About the Best Options for You

While your nervousness might make it difficult, getting in to see your dentist is vital to your dental and overall health. We offer various options such as Nitrous Oxide, TV with the option to use headphones, massage chairs and an incredible staff that will help ease your dental fears.  Dr. Hedlund, Dr. Svoboda and the staff will put in every effort to help you feel calmer and more comfortable during your visit. We would love to help you overcome your fears and help decrease your feelings of anxiety, call us today at 402-486-1200  or reserve an appointment to discuss what would be the best option for you. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you develop a beautiful, healthy smile!


June 14, 2017

What to do if you have a dental emergency? 

Emergencies of any kind can happen at any time, any place, and without any warning. They can even happen to dentists. Dr. Svoboda experienced a dental emergency while he was at the Kentucky Derby. He chipped his front tooth. He was unable to get into another dentist in Kentucky but Dr. Hedlund was able to repair it for him. 

                                  Dr. S Chipped tooth

Dental emergencies aren’t like other types of emergencies as they require specific attention and special treatment. But what happens when you have a dental emergency? What do you do? Are all dental emergencies handled the same? Let us help.


A toothache can be caused by a variety of problems, but the important thing to know is when you have a toothache, something isn’t right. The ideal solution to treating a toothache is getting to your dentist as soon as possible, so he’s able to diagnose the cause behind the pain and treat the problem. However, you can’t always get to your dentist right away. If this happens, you can rinse with warm salt water or apply some clove oil to help ease the pain. But whatever you do, do not crush up any pain reliever pill and put it directly on your tooth or gums. This can cause pain, burning of the gums, and more serious concerns.

Chipped Tooth

A fall, using your teeth as tools, a popcorn kernel. Almost anything can cause a chipped or broken tooth. If this happens, again, get to your dentist as soon as you can. Prior to visiting, rinse your mouth out to remove any lingering pieces of tooth. If you’re bleeding, place some gauze on the injured area and apply pressure.

Knocked Out Tooth

This is probably one of the scariest dental emergencies, especially if it’s a permanent tooth. Baby teeth, while absolutely important, are not as big of concern if lost prematurely. Just make sure to visit your child’s dentist to check for any damage. If a permanent tooth is lost, remain as calm as possible and follow the steps below.

1.   Check for any other serious injuries before proceeding with the tooth.

2.   Avoid touching the roots.

3.   Rinse it with water.

4.   Try to place it back in the socket.

5.   If you can’t, place it in a cup of milk or spit.

6.   Apply gauze to control bleeding.

7.   Get to a dentist as soon as possible.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately. We’ll work with you to get the problem taken care of quickly, comfortably, and correctly.


June 7, 2017 

Tooth Sensitivity

tooth sensitivityEvery person wants a beautiful smile, but dental care goes beyond helping teeth look good.

At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we're proud to provide expert, exceptional dental treatments to patients of all ages throughout the Lincoln, NE and Lancaster County area.

We believe everyone deserves a smile they feel proud of, and our family dentists and their highly trained staff work with you to customize a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your needs. While we provide care in the form of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry, there are many other aspects of dental care that we want to keep you aware of, for example—tooth sensitivity.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity is a surprisingly common problem, affecting more than a third of the US population at one point or another. Unlike normal tooth pain, which refers to the constant ache you might get from a cavity, tooth sensitivity usually occurs when teeth are exposed to certain stimuli like cold, heat, pressure, sweetness, or acidity.

The problem arises from the anatomy of the tooth. Beneath the hard out layer of a tooth (the enamel) is dentin, which makes up the majority of the tooth itself. Dentin contains nerves and tiny tubules that transmit messages down to the root of the tooth where the soft, fleshy dental pulp resides. If dentin is exposed directly to external stimuli without the protection of enamel, it can cause pain.

While enamel normally covers and protects dentin, it may be exposed for a number of reasons, such as:

●      Enamel only covers the upper surface of the tooth, so it doesn't extend below the tooth roots. If the gum line recedes low enough to expose the tooth roots, the dentin there may be vulnerable to external stimuli.

●      Acids from sodas, sports drinks, and certain foods can erode the surface of the enamel. The acids work to soften the outer layer of the enamel, and if you brush your teeth while the enamel is in this softened state it may wear down over time and expose dentin. To avoid this, always wait an hour or so after drinking anything acidic before brushing your teeth – or just avoid consuming sodas and sports drinks entirely.

●      Tooth decay can also be a problem. Naturally-occurring bacteria in the mouth can interact with the foods we eat to produce corrosive acids, which eat away at enamel. If the enamel wears down enough, it may expose the dentin, producing sensitivity.

●      Sometimes just having dental work done can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. For instance, because dental fillings interact directly with dentin, they may cause sensitivity for a few days while the tooth adjusts.

How to Treat Sensitive Teeth

For most patients, tooth sensitivity is a minor issue and can be dealt with at home. If you're experiencing minor tooth sensitivity, be careful about how you brush your teeth; try not to brush too aggressively, and don't brush the same area for too long. Make sure you're using a soft-bristled brush and proper technique, and always use fluoridated toothpaste, which builds the strength of your enamel. You may also want to consider using toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth, although it may take 4 to 6 weeks to feel its effects.

In some cases tooth sensitivity lasts long enough or gets intense enough to warrant professional treatment – and Antelope Creek Family Dentistry is here to assist. We can use a variety of treatments including concentrated fluoride varnishes, specially-formulated mouth rinses, or even bonding protective materials to the outside of the teeth. During your visit to our Lincoln, NE office we'll also examine your teeth to see if there is another underlying problem causing your tooth sensitivity. If there is, we'll form a treatment plan to get you back to optimal dental health.

Contact Your Lincoln, NE Family Dentist

While normally mild, tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects many people. If you've been struggling with this issue, Antelope Creek Family Dentistry is always happy to help. As a premier family dentist in Lincoln, NE, we've aided countless patients deal with everything from tooth sensitivity to comprehensive dental repairs. If you have any questions about tooth sensitivity, our office, or your dental health, we encourage you to call us at (402) 486-1200 or schedule an appointment with our Lincoln, NE office online. We're excited to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!


May 21, 2017

Recent Cosmetic Dentistry Case Studies

At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer services that not only improve our patients' oral health, but their happiness as well. A great smile leads to great confidence, so we put effort into helping people attain smiles that make them feel beautiful. Check out two of our recent case studies below featuring patients who've undergone dental crowns and dental implants procedures . . .


A forty year old patient was unhappy with the appearance of her teeth when she smiled. The teeth were crooked, worn, and chipped. In just two appointments we were able to give the patient the smile she always desired. Fantastic smile and a happy patient -- what more can we ask for?

case 1        case 2


Here is an example of a 20 year old female who was missing a tooth and was unhappy with her smile. With the placement of a dental implant and dental crown, she now has the beautiful smile she always wanted.

case 3        case 4


May 1, 2017 


Everybody gets dry mouth now and then. Sometimes temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or a normal reduction in saliva flow at night. However, if your dry mouth persists long past the norm, you may have a chronic condition known as xerostomia.

What is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia is a condition that develops when your salivary glands, which normally keep your mouth moist by secreting saliva, are not working properly.

A prolonged lack of saliva has significant implications. First, it causes bad breath or halitosis. Second, it can be harder to eat with a dry mouth. Tasting, chewing, Dogand swallowing may also become difficult. As a result, your nutrition could be negatively impacted. And third, a dry mouth creates ideal conditions for tooth decay to grow. This is harmful to your dental health. Saliva plays a key role in keeping decay-causing oral bacteria in check and neutralizing the acids these bacteria produce. It is this acid that erodes tooth enamel and starts the decaying process.

Possible Causes

There are several possible causes for xerostomia, including:

  • Medications — Medications are responsible for a major amount of dry mouth cases. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are more than 500 medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) that cause dry mouth. The medications with the highest correlation to dry mouth are antihistamines (for allergies), diuretics (which drain excess fluid), and antidepressants. Chemotherapy drugs can also cause dry mouth.
  • Radiation Therapy — Radiation of the head and neck can damage salivary glands—sometimes permanently, causing a dry mouth condition to develop. Radiation to treat cancer in other parts of the body, however, will not lead to dry mouth.
  • Disease — Some systemic (general body) diseases can also cause dry mouth. Sjögren's syndrome, for example, is an autoimmune disease characterized by the body attacking its own moisture-producing glands in the eyes and mouth. Other diseases known to produce dry mouth include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS.
  • Nerve Damage — Trauma to the head and neck can damage the nerves involved in the production of saliva, thus causing dry mouth as well.

Getting Relief

If you suffer from dry mouth and are taking any medication regularly, it's possible that your physician can suggest either a substitute or adjust the dosage of your medication to relieve your dry mouth symptoms. If this is not possible, or has already been tried without success, here are some other ways you can counteract dry mouth:

  • Sip Fluids Frequently — This is particularly helpful during meals. Make sure what you drink does not contain sugar and isn't acidic, as these will both increase your risk of tooth decay. All sodas (including diet sodas) should be avoided, as they are acidic and cause harm to the tooth surface.
  • Chew Sugarless Gum — This will help stimulate saliva flow. Choose a type of gum that contains xylitol, a natural sugar substitute that can help protect against tooth decay.
  • Avoid Drying/Irritating Foods and Beverages — These include toast, crackers, very salty foods, spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks.
  • Don't Smoke — Smoking can dry out the mouth and increase your risk of gum disease.
  • Use a Humidifier — Running a cool-mist humidifier at night can be soothing to people suffering with dry mouth.
  • Use Saliva Stimulants/Substitutes — There are prescription and over-the-counter products that can either stimulate saliva or act as a substitute oral fluid. Our Lincoln, NE family dentists can give you some recommendations during your next appointment.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene — Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste; this will remove bacterial plaque and add minerals to strengthen your teeth. Don't forget to floss!
  • Maintain Regular Dental Exams/Cleanings — If you have dry mouth, it's especially important that you maintain regularly scheduled visits with your Lincoln, NE family dentistry. Please be sure to let us know what medications you are taking at the time of your appointment, particularly if there have been any changes recently. We will do our best to help relieve any dry-mouth symptoms you are experiencing.

Contact Your Lincoln, NE Family Dentistry

Xerostomia can be treated. Contact our Lincoln, NE family dentistry today to learn how you can alleviate your dry mouth symptoms and to schedule your next visit with one of our skilled family dentists.


May 5, 2017

National Physical Fitness Month Awareness 

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month:  a great time to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. Did you know, what’s good for your general health is good for your teeth and gums?

Physical exercise affects are heart, lungs, muscles and teeth and gums. When you are going to exercise don’t forget that your mouth is connected to your whole body for all around benefits of regular exercise. A study by the journal of dentistry concluded that physical activity adds to better oral health conditions and lowers your risk for periodontal disease. Health enhancing behavior is a combination of physical fitness and good oral health behavior. In addition to your regular routine exercise, include regular dental checkup with us here at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry.

Your dental health deserves to be the best and you can achieve optimum health by caring for your body and your teeth and gums through increased physical activity. Check with your physician before embarking on a new exercise regimen please contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment for a complete and thorough examination of your teeth and gums. We look forward to hearing from you! 


April 7, 2017


White, Red, & Blue Mouth Guards On A Table

Family dentists often stress the importance of protecting your teeth from the harm of internal decay and disease. However, it is just as important to protect your teeth from external force and trauma—everything from teeth grinding to obtaining an injury during a sporting event. 

For best protective measures in these types of situations, your Lancaster County family dentists recommend the use of mouthguards.

About Mouthguards

Mouthguards protect the teeth, jaw, and the soft tissues of the tongue, lips, and cheek lining. 

Types of Mouthguards

Mouthguards can be classified into two main categories:

  • Sports Mouthguards – used to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as football, basketball, hockey, boxing, karate, or any other activity where you may be hit in the mouth. 
  • Nightguards – used by patients who grind or clench their teeth at night; these nocturnal mouthguards protect the teeth and bite during your sleep.

Sports Mouthguards

Whenever you engage in intensive, potentially dangerous physical activity, it is important that you wear the right protection. For football players that means a helmet. For soccer players that means shin guards. For skateboarders that means elbow pads. But for all these activities, and many others, the quintessential protective accessory is the sports mouthguard. According to the American Dental association, 30% of all dental injuries are sports related. By engaging in physical activity without a sports mouthguard, you are at risk for:

  • Broken Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Fractured Jaws
  • Concussions
  • Broken Braces/Brackets
  • Root Damage to Teeth


Research shows that up to 1/3 of the population exhibits teeth grinding/clenching (typically at night while sleeping). When teeth grinding/clenching becomes chronic it can cause permanent damage to your teeth. Over time it wears down the surface of the teeth, which then leaves the soft dentin beneath the enamel exposed and vulnerable. As a result, you could experience:

  • Chipped Teeth 
  • Tooth Flattening
  • Cracked Enamel
  • Tooth Loss
  • Gum Recession
  • Damaged Fillings

Additionally, grinding/clenching the teeth at night can cause you to wake up with headaches, tooth pain, and a sore jaw. Never fear though; nightguards can alleviate pain, protect teeth from harmful long-term effects, and offer immediate relief to sleep stress.

Get Your Mouthguard Today

Antelope Creek Family Dentistry wants to help protect your teeth from harm and pain whenever possible. If you need a sports mouthguard for protection during physical activity, or a nightguard to treat teeth grinding and clenching, please contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment with your Lancaster County family dentistry today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!





April 4, 2017

Traeger grill contest


February 24, 2017

Tooth Decay Prevention

child 2At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we work hard to provide high-quality dental care to families. Our experienced family dentists and their highly-trained staff want to make every patient feel at home in our Lincoln office

Our mission is to help people develop beautiful, healthy smiles—and that means taking an active stance on tooth decay prevention. This month, in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we'd like to highlight the causes of tooth decay and how you can prevent it.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Your mouth is a dynamically balanced ecosystem filled with living bacteria—both the good and the bad kind. While many types of bacteria benefit your teeth and mouth, others break down the sugars and carbohydrates in food and turn them into acids that eat away at tooth enamel and cause decay. What dental professionals want is to keep those harmful bacteria in check, allowing the beneficial bacteria and other biological factors like saliva to strengthen and clean your teeth.

A Common, But Preventable Problem

Tooth decay is one of the most common human diseases, second only to the common cold! Today it affects more than 25% of children between the ages of two and five in the United States, as well as 50% of children between the ages of twelve and fifteen. Without effective treatment tooth decay can lead to pain, tooth loss, and sometimes even worse illnesses. Thankfully, tooth decay is highly preventable.

What Can You Do?

There is no single "magic bullet" to stop tooth decay, but using a combination of preventive techniques can keep tooth decay at bay. At the most basic level, a consistent routine of brushing and flossing your teeth at home combined with regular cleanings at a dentist’s office can help prevent decay. But that's just the beginning of the prevention process. In addition to these basic elements, it's important that you watch your:

  • Diet: Foods that are high in sugar or acids can eat away at tooth enamel, and colored drinks like soda and coffee can stain teeth. It's important to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet in order to ensure proper dental health.
  • Brushing Technique: While brushing your teeth is important, equally is important is how you brush your teeth, especially while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Make sure you cover all areas, including uneven surfaces, and utilize our family dentists’ recommended best practices for brushing and flossing your teeth.
  • Supplementary Treatments: Treatments like dentals sealants can also help prevent tooth decay.

Contact Your Lincoln, NE Family Dentistry Today

If you have any questions about preventing tooth decay, we'd be happy to answer them. Feel free to call our Lincoln, NE office at (402) 486-1200, or reach out to us via our contact page. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you develop a beautiful, healthy smile!




January 20, 2017

Conquering Canker Sores


Canker sores can be uncomfortable, annoying, and downright painful. They can even make talking and eating awkward. Is there anything you can do to fight back? Antelope Creek Family Dentistry can provide information about the common causes and treatments—so you can conquer those pesky canker sores!

What Are Canker Sores?

A canker sore is not quite the same things as a cold sore. A canker sore is actually a small ulcer that is found on the inside of the mouth. It is not contagious like the cold sore.Canker sores often appear on the inside of the lip, but they can also develop on the tongue, throat, or inside of your cheeks. They are usually white or gray, and they sometimes have a red edge or border around the outside.Most people will only develop simple canker sores, which emerge three or four times per year, and last roughly about a week. Those who are between 10 and 20 years old are more susceptible to canker sores, but people of any age can get them.A complex canker sore can be a sign of some other more serious health problems, so it is important to discuss your canker sores with your dentist.

What Causes Canker Sores?

Although scientists are unsure of the exact cause of canker sores, there could be some foods we are eating and not aware of that could be triggers for canker sores. For example, they may appear after eating larger amounts of certain acidic fruits and vegetables like lemons, oranges, or tomatoes. Often times it is not uncommon for a canker sore to appear after a dental visit from the stretching, pulling and irritation on gum tissue. If that occurs after you visits let us know so we are aware of it. Braces or dentures that do not fit properly can also cause canker sores. Other causes may include: Stress, hormonal changes, food allergies, mouth injuries, viral infections or vitamin deficiencies.

Each person’s triggers are slightly different, so consider what you ate before the canker sore appeared. If you are prone to canker sores, you may want to limit your consumption of your trigger foods—whether they are salty, acidic, or spicy. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush to avoid gum irritation as well.

Treating Canker Sores

Although most canker sores will disappear on their own within about a week, there are certain things that you can do to help them go away faster or deal with the symptoms. Try mouthwash twice per day. The mouthwash will likely hurt at first, but it will help reduce pain. If the canker sore becomes pain full you could always try applying numbing gel to the area (such as oragel) or taking pain killers (such as ibuprofen or tylenol) to help alleviate the pain. In some situations, your dentist may prescribe: Antimicrobial mouth rinse, Prescription mouthwash or Corticosteroid ointment. If you think your braces or dentures are the cause of your canker sores, then Antelope Creek Family Dentistry may have a solution for you. We can recommend an adjustment or a different dental health solution that may work better for you. Even if your canker sores aren’t associated with dentures or braces, we can help you find a solution to conquer your canker sores! Call us today at 402-486-1200, we would be glad to help you!



December 30th, 2016 

New Years Resolution Ideas

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment. Understanding the benefits of your particular resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.

Improving your homecare oral health habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove bacterial plaque. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouth rinses also helps to improve your oral health.

Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking.


Improving Your Smile

There are several smile-improving techniques that you can use while you brush and floss. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep (intrinsic) or surface (extrinsic) stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) for at-home use, administered by a dentist at the dental office or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use. Tooth whitening products are typically categorized into two major groups: Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices) and peroxide-containing bleaching agents.


Clear Aligners or Braces

Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems clear aligners not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth. Traditional metal wires or the newer option we have here in the office is Clear Correct. Clear Correct is the clear and simple alternative to dental braces. It’s a series of clear, custom made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them. Pain and discomfort are easily avoided and the best part is they are removable and practically invisible.


Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.


Quit Using Tobacco Products

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Routine Dental Visits to see either Dr. Hedlund or Dr. Svoboda

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 3-6 months with our dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.

Don’t delay, contact us today 402-486-1200 to set up an appointment to start improving your overall health for the New Year. We look forward to hearing from you!


December 9th, 2016


As Christmas quickly approaches, many of us are found guilty of waiting till the last minute to complete our holiday shopping. Although we continue to remind ourselves “we’ll start our Christmas shopping earlier next year,” most of us end up in same situation as the year before scrambling around to find the remaining items on your shopping list.

But have no fear! Your dental friends here at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry are here to help. To make your life easier (and to give you time to bake any last-minute Christmas cookies), we’ve put a list together teeth-oriented gift ideas that everyone can relate to. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want the perfect smile?!


Getting your teeth professionally whitened is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the world today. Who wouldn’t want a perfectly whitened smile?

This method is much more expensive than in-house whitening kits you can purchase that use a low-bleach concentration to whiten teeth. But thankfully during the holiday season Antelope Creek Family Dentistry offers our custom whitening tray kits at a discounted price.

This brings me to my next point – home whitening kits. Obviously professional whitening is pretty expensive, and even with a discount it might be more than you intended to spend on someone for Christmas. Another option we offer to those looking to whiten their smile – just in time for the holiday – is home whitening kits. Antelope Creek Family Dentistry has a 10 day professional teeth whitening home kits that make great gifts.


Sonicare Toothbrushes – are incredibly effective, gentle, and fun to use. They offer an entire range of products from adult electric toothbrushes to kid electric toothbrushes which feature Bluetooth connectivity and a free app! The app itself is great fun for kids, and Sonicare also features fun stickers and other decorations so kids can personalize their toothbrush. A few people on my team give them to their family members every year for Christmas, and they always get a great response.

Travel Size Products – Travel size floss, toothbrushes, and toothpaste come in handy all the time. Whether you’re going on the road to visit family, flying out for a business trip or vacation, or just looking for a way to conveniently take care of your teeth at work or school, you can never have enough travel size dental products. They’re inexpensive, useful, and practical.

Colgate Wisps – These portable, disposable toothbrushes don’t require water or toothpaste. They’re perfect for your child to take to school, and they’re great for travel, too.

Mouthguards – Have a young athlete on your Christmas list? They’d probably love a new custom mouthguard. We offer custom mouthguards in team colors, and we can think up plenty of other cool ideas, too. Mouth guards are essential for kids who play contact sports, and they make a great gift.

With some of these gift ideas, you and your family will have a wonderful and cavity-free holiday season. From everyone here at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and the best of luck as you embark on your last-minute Christmas shopping. __________________________________________________________________________

November 18, 2016

Do you have troubles flossing?  Check out the Waterpik. It might be a better solution for you.


 Water picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wires or brackets. 

When you use a water pick, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums, which helps promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. While water picks are an excellent addition to your daily fight against gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Dr. Louis Hedlund and Dr. Josh Svoboda and our team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing every day.

If you have sensitive teeth or gums and find it uncomfortable to floss daily, water picks are a good alternative to reduce discomfort while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics sometimes prefer water picks to flossing because they don't cause bleeding of the gums, which can be a problem with floss. If you have a permanent bridge, crowns, implants or other dental restoration, you may find that a water pick helps you keep the area around the restorations clean.

So how do you choose the right water pick?

Water picks are available for home or portable use. The home versions tend to be larger and use standard electrical outlets, while portable models use batteries. Aside from the size difference, they work in the same manner, both using pulsating water streams. A more crucial difference between water picks is the ability to adjust the pressure. Most home models will let you choose from several pressure settings, depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. Most portable models have only one pressure setting. If you want to use mouthwash or a dental rinse in your water pick, check the label first; some models suggest using water only.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about water picks, or ask Dr. Louis Hedlund and Dr. Josh Svoboda during your next visit!

Click on the link below to learn more about waterpiks.


October 14, 2016 

Halloween Candy Tips

Halloween is right around the corner and your kids might be ready to indulge in all the sweet treats. For parents it can become an oral health nightmare. We have some tips to prevent your child from getting creepy cavities this year. We want you to be mindful of these different kind of candies.


The Worst Types of Candies

          *  Sticky Candies

  ·  Sticky, chewy candies get stuck in the pits and grooves of our teeth, where it is impossible for saliva to wash the sugars away. The longer the candy remains stuck in the teeth the greater risk for cavities to develop. We recommend brushing your teeth after consumption of sticky and chewy candies. If a toothbrush is not handy swoosh with some water to help wash away the sugar.

          *  Sour Candies

·   Sour candies and gummy worms Acid is bad for your teeth because it wears down tooth enamel. Sour candy and gummy worms are acidic so it is best to wait at least 30 minutes to an hour to brush. The action of brushing right after eating or drinking something acidic can actually spread the acid across more tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive damage on the tooth enamel.

          *  Lollipops

·   Frequent exposure increases the chance for harm for your teeth. Sucking on candies for a long period of time continually coats the teeth with more sugar. If you just throw a piece down the hatch and then brush right away after, your chances of getting a cavity are less minimal.


The Best Types of Candies

          *  Dark Chocolate

·   There is a compound in dark chocolate that helps harden tooth decay. Also, compounds in cocoa beans have an antibacterial effects in them that help fight plaque.

          *  Sugarless Gum and Sugar Free Candies

·   Sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth so choosing an option with no sugar is the best for your teeth. But, sugar free candies can also be acidic so you have to be mindful of the amount you consume.

          *  Candy Bars with Nuts

·    Candy bars with nuts can break up the stickiness and it’s the stickiness that increases the chance for a cavity, so having nuts can break up the badness of the sticky parts of the candy. Also, nuts can help break down the biofilm on your teeth.


Do Your Part: When Trick-or-Treaters visit your home, pass out the better types of candies listed above.

  Allow your children to enjoy a few pieces of candy, but only after they’ve eaten a nutritious meal. Chewing during a meal stimulates saliva, which helps to cleanse the teeth and protect against cavities.

  No matter what the season is we all need to brush two minutes, twice a day and floss once daily. It is especially important to brush before bedtime. Otherwise, sugars will linger on teeth all night long and increase the risk for cavities to develop. 


October 5th, 2016

  Deep Dental Cleaning vs Regular Cleaning 

When can your dentist refuse to clean your teeth?  When they’re trying to protect your health.

Imagine this scenario: You’re at home, brushing your teeth, during your normal routine.  Maybe you floss every day, maybe you don’t.  When brushing, you notice your teeth seem to look a little longer.  Maybe they seem farther apart, or have shifted a little.  Maybe you’ve been chewing a lot of gum because your spouse tells you your breath is bad, even after brushing.  Maybe you notice a little blood on your brush, on the floss, or in the sink.  Maybe it’s more than a little.  Maybe you feel some tenderness in your gums, or notice redness or swelling.  You decide maybe it’s time to go in for a dental check-up.


Your dentist or hygienist completes an exam, and reviews your x-rays.  They probe around your gums, and there’s a good chance you feel like jumping out of the chair.  Then they tell you something maybe you’ve never heard before, or maybe you heard it mentioned in previous visits but didn’t think it mattered. You have gum disease.  Periodontitis, to be precise.  


Your dentist shows you the x-rays that reveal the progression of bone loss, and the buildup of calculus. They show you the size of the pockets between your gums and teeth, where the bacteria collect and cause chronic and systemic infection and inflammation immune response.  They explain a common treatment procedure, called scaling and root planing.  They explain the difference between a deep dental cleaning vs a regular cleaning.  A deep cleaning is a treatment procedure that requires anesthesia and several follow up visits to make sure the infection has been cleared and your gums are healing.


Okay, you say.  I’ll come back and do that another day.  Can you just clean my teeth so I can be on my way?  Then your dentist says something you never thought you’d hear: I’m sorry, but no.

What is Periodontitis?

When will your dentist refuse to clean your teeth?  When they are trying to preserve your health.  This isn’t going to sound nice, but we’re going to explain periodontitis as clearly as possible.  


Periodontitis is a chronic infection.  Periodontitis is a disease.  Bacteria have collected in the pockets and spaces below the gum line, around calculus (plaque) that has built up, usually due to infrequent flossing and inadequate oral hygiene.  The bacteria secrete acids that dissolve the bone tissue that connect your teeth and jawbone.  


Left untreated, this chronic infection can and will progress.  You will lose your teeth, and your jaw bone will continue to suffer bone loss that can’t be recovered or restored.  We aren’t trying to scare you, we’re just stating the facts.  Periodontitis is, quite literally, a symptom of your body destroying itself in a desperate attempt to fight off a chronic infection.   This is not an upsell, this is a diagnosis and a sign of serious oral health issues in the near future.


Like any healthcare professionals, dentistry has a standard of care, which regulates what kind of treatment we can provide based on the condition of a person’s oral health.  Periodontitis is considered a big red flag when it comes to oral health.  A chronic and systemic infection in any other area of the body should be treated and addressed immediately – the mouth is no different.  

The Difference: Deep Dental Cleaning vs Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning, which focuses at and above the gum line, may disturb the colonies of bacteria, releasing them into your bloodstream and into the rest of your body.  A regular cleaning polishes your teeth, and a deep cleaning removes the bacteria colonies from your mouth.  That’s why there’s really no comparison between a deep dental cleaning vs regular cleaning.  


So no, we cannot clean your teeth when you have untreated periodontitis.  It’s against our ethical and professional standards.  It’s with your best interests at heart.  Maybe this makes you angry – this is a very common response from patients who receive this diagnosis.  Maybe we’ve frightened you.  It’s not our intent to use scare tactics when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.  


But nearly half of all adults in the United States over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.  Gum disease is a huge public health issue, with widespread impacts on health issues such as heart disease, COPD, other inflammatory diseases, diabetes, and pregnancy.  

So what should you do?   Get mad, get a second opinion, but whatever you do, take action.  Gum disease is treatable, curable, and most importantly, preventable.  If you have dental insurance, chances are deep cleaning treatment is covered.  If you are pregnant, seek treatment right away – gum disease is linked to preterm birth and babies with low birthweight.  If you are having trouble making ends meet, Illinois has expanded healthcare coverage for adults including for pregnant people – check and see if you qualify.  Make a plan. Ask us how we can help you.  


Patients who have had their periodontitis treated at our office have repeatedly told us how much better they feel overall after their treatment.  Not just their mouth, but their whole body.  It’s amazing how hard your body can work to fight off systemic infection, and what a toll it can take on your energy levels and overall health.  Patients who have come back for follow up maintenance visits and regular cleanings post-treatment report that brushing and flossing is easier, and isn’t painful anymore.  Their partners are happy to kiss them again because their chronic bad breath has gone away.  Most importantly, our patients are able to keep their natural teeth for years to come.  


Who knew the health of your mouth and indeed your whole body could rest on your dentist telling you “no?”


Click on the video below for more information


Sepetember 22nd, 2016

  Daily Use Of Dental Floss, YES or NO?

Recently, an AP research study was released indicating that the daily use of dental floss has limited evidence for effectiveness at reducing the risk of decay.  At ACFD, we will continue to recommend daily interdental care, whether it be flossing, proxabrushes, toothpicks or waterpik.  For more information check out this article (link included) from the Huffington Post “Sorry Haters, but you can’t stop flossing your teeth just yet” or one of the other links provided that encourage you to continue the practice of daily flossing.


August 24th, 2016

 Hazards of Chewing Tobacco

Chewing Tobacco is associated with many oral health problems.  Here are a list of health concerns you should be aware of:

  • Chewing Tobacco can cause cancer in the mouth, esophagus (the passage that connects the throat to the stomach and pancreas
  • Chewing tobacco can cause many diseases of the mouth. For example, gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), tooth decay and sometimes even tooth loss
  • It can cause white or gray patches inside the mouth (leukoplakia) that can lead to cancer. We commonly see this. At each hygiene visit both Dr. Hedlund and Dr. Svoboda perform an oral cancer screening to check for this. It is very important to have your mouth screened regularly to check for oral cancer.
  • Tobacco also may increase the risk for death from heart disease and stroke
  • Tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction
  • It could also cause nicotine poisoning in children if they get into it

Below is a photo of different oral conditions that we commonly find in individuals who chew tobacco. 



August 10th, 2016

The Early History of Orthodontic Treatment

Today, orthodontic treatment is a normal part of life. Whether you go for traditional metal braces or more innovative forms of treatment like clear braces, straightening your teeth has become a common practice. But it wasn’t always that way.

Modern braces weren’t officially invented until the 1700s. However, people have been experimenting with the concept of orthodontic treatment for much longer. As far back 400 B.C., aspirational orthodontists have been tinkering with the idea of moving teeth to improve smiles and fix jaws, beginning in Egypt.


Over the years archaeologists have found the mummified remains of many different cultures affirming the early practice of orthodontic treatment. For example, in Egypt mummies have been discovered with bands and cords wrapped around their teeth (which researchers believe demonstrates and early attempt at closing gaps between teeth).

These cords were made from animal intestines called “catgut” and ran along the mummies’ teeth in the same pattern that the archwire of modern braces do. 


More examples of ancient attempts at orthodontics can be found all over the globe. In Rome, for instance, remains of teeth bound with gold wire (documented as “ligature wire”—a small elastic wire that affixes brackets to archwire) have been uncovered.

Additionally, texts from the famous Roman philosopher Aulus Cornelius Celsus describe the first recorded orthodontic treatment of applying finger pressure to teeth to move them slowly. Not exactly today’s technologically advanced clear braces, but a sign of forward thinking nonetheless.


Screen-Shot-2016-08-10-at-11.08.22-AM.pngIn the 18th Century orthodontics took its first great leap forward, becoming more practiced science than theory. French dentist Pierre Fauchard published his book on teeth-straightening methods “The Surgical Dentist” in 1728, thus crediting him with the invention of modern orthodontics. 

One method he became well known for was the utilization of a device called the “Bandeau.” This tool was a horseshoe-shaped piece of iron that Fauchard used to help expand the oral arch of his orthodontic patients and, ergo, help straighten their teeth. 

Later that same century another French dentist by the name of Louis Bourdet (official dentist to the king of France) wrote a follow-up to Fauchard’s book called: “The Dentist’s Art.” Bourdet built on Fauchard’s techniques by perfecting the Bandeau. Bourdet later became the first dental professional to recommend extracting a patient’s premolar teeth in order to improve jaw growth and prevent teeth from crowding each other. 

Then & Now

In the centuries since Fauchard and Bourdet, orthodontic treatment has come a long way. Antelope Creek Family Dentistry loves helping patients straighten their teeth with innovative clear braces treatment. To learn more about clear braces and begin your journey toward a more beautiful smile, contact our Lincoln, NE office today!


July 21st, 2016 

Sports are right around the corner, here are a few tips to keep in mind

1.                  Be mindful of sports drinks

Many researchers feel that sports drinks are the main cause for tooth erosion for a number of reasons. Athletes drink these beverages to remain hydrated, sipping them frequently during exercise to maintain energy. Instead of drinking down a sports drink many athletes often times take frequent sips during their workouts, exposing their teeth to harmful levels of acidity and sugar. Unfortunately, this increases the time that teeth are exposed to the acidity and high sugar content of sports drinks, leaving the teeth vulnerable to decay.

                                    What should you do?

·         Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Brushing immediately after drinking sports drinks can cause serious corrosion of dentin, the layer below tooth enamel.

·         Try diluting sports drinks with water or taking sips of water in between sips of sports drinks.

·         If possible, drink with a straw or in one sitting.

·         Chew sugar free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of sports drink 

2.                  Make sure you stay hydrated during sports or activity

Because dehydration is a common issue among athletes, having a dry mouth and decreased salivary flow makes teeth more prone to tooth decay. Saliva helps to protect teeth by diluting other liquids on the surface. Without the proper amount of saliva in your mouth, your teeth are unable to protect themselves against harmful bacteria.  Stay hydrated during sports or activities to aide in salivary flow and to help the mouth stay moist.

3.                  Prevent sports related injuries

The most common sports related injury that occurs is broken teeth. We see so many injuries at our practice that could have easily been avoided by just wearing a sports guard to protect the teeth. Tooth injuries can be minor, such as a small chip, or they can be more extreme involving root canals or loss of the tooth. We encourage all of our patients who are involved in sporting events, young or old, to be wearing one.

The process of getting one is easy. We take one impression of your top teeth and then make it right here in our office to custom fit your teeth. You can usually have it in just a few days. We even have colors to choose from to make it fun! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your teeth, because this set is the only set you get!!


June 30th, 2016

Encouraging Kids to Brush

pic 3For many kids, brushing teeth and practicing good oral hygiene isn’t as much fun as playing in the park or watching Saturday cartoons. That’s why it’s often difficult to get children into a regular routine of thorough brushing and flossing.

Never fear—from your local Lincoln family dentists—here are some great ways you can make oral hygiene fun and encourage your children to get in the habit of brushing and flossing every single day!

Provide Fun Tools

There are many fun toothbrushes and toothpastes designed to appeal to children. Allow your children to pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpastes and they’ll be more likely to want to use them.

Set a Good Example

Children often mimic their parents, so set a good example by brushing and flossing regularly, and make a point of doing it alongside your child. You’ll be spending quality time with your kids while taking care of your pearly whites at the same time!

Use a Rewards System

You can create a dental care incentive system for your children—if they brush their teeth everyday for a month, reward them with some sort of prize, like a trip to the park or extra playtime before bed. Make this even more fun for your children by allowing them to track their progress with an activity, like putting stickers on a chart. 

Visit Your Local Family Dentists Regularly

While practicing good oral hygiene at home is important for your children and their overall dental health, it is also important to regularly take them to visit a family dentist. The dental specialists at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry can provide many services, from traditional cleanings and tooth decay prevention to dental fillings, to keep smiles looking their best. Book an appointment today at our Lincoln, Nebraska practice and begin encouraging your children to practice good oral hygiene habits at home! 


June 23rd, 2016

Teeth Are Not Tools

Recently a patient called with a broken tooth. When asked what caused the tooth to break, the reply was something we hear far too often.  Unfortunately, the tooth broke because the patient was using their teeth to open a package.  In this situation, the tooth was restored with a filling, however it could have been much worse. Frequently the tooth will require more extensive and expensive treatment such as root canal therapy and a crown restoration. With this in mind, the dental team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry would like to take this opportunity to remind our patients that “TEETH ARE NOT TOOLS!”

Teeth are meant to grind up food for eating and help you pronounce words when speaking.  Your teeth should never be used as a scissors, can opener or wire cutters. Their purpose is not to open, rip or chomp down on foreign objects.  Teeth can easily be broken if used to turn a soda cap, or as our patient experienced, opening a package.  In some cases, TMJ issues have developed because of these bad habits. Avoid eating/chewing on items that are extremely hard such as ice, popcorn kernels, candy, etc. In addition, don’t use your teeth as a third hand, holding pins or nails, not only can you damage your teeth but you might choke. 

Our advice, keep your smile intact by using your teeth only for what they were designed to do, eating and speaking.  For additional information regarding this subject, please check out the links below: 


June 2nd, 2016

Importance of CPR Renewal

Here at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry we feel that it is important to renew our CPR certificate. Yesterday our team spent the afternoon renewing CPR. The importance for CPR certification renewal is because techniques keep on changing with all these updates supported by scientific studies and research. Healthcare professional are required to renew their CPR so we can update our skills, along with certificates to be sure that we are performing the CPR procedure in the most effective way possible. This is very important to our team that we update CPR every two years. Below you will see photos from our class yesterday. 

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May 26, 2016

April was oral cancer awareness month.   With April being over, it is still important for us to keep the message going all year long.  The oral cancer foundation estimates close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.  Historically, those most at risk are over the age of 40, with tobacco use and alcohol consumption increasing risk.  Data from the last 10 years, however, finds the fastest growing segment for new cases of oral cancer are non-smokers under the age of 50.  This is due to the rise in prevalence of the human papilloma virus, or HPV, which is a common sexually transmitted disease.  Most people have no symptoms with the virus and the body clears it on it's own.  Unfortunately, when it is not cleared, it can put people at risk for the development of oral cancer months or years down the road.  Early detection of oral cancer is key to successful treatment! 

Let your dentist or hygienist know if you notice any sores in your mouth, have had changes or difficulty with swallowing, or swelling or pain in the head and neck area.  You can also do regular self exams at home.  The information on the website is helpful and simple to follow.  They list six key intraoral and extraoral steps for self examination.  Check regularly and give us a call if you notice anything unusual.  You are worth taking the time to check! 


 May 13, 2016

Summer is almost here: Tips for a Bright, White Smile!

Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories are just around the corner for our patients at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry.

Everyone wants a glowing and radiant, white smile when the sun comes around, and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly whites healthy and beautiful over the summer! Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks, tea or dark colored juices. Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel, but they will also darken that fabulous smile you're working on! Another tip is to try and focus on brushing your teeth twice a day; everyone knows that when busy schedules start picking up, getting a good brushing session in tends to take the backseat. A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to rinse your mouth with water after any meal when you can't fully brush your teeth after. Your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!

The month of May, all of our teeth whitening products are 20% off, so be sure to take advantage of that special if you are interested in whitening your teeth. We have many different options for you to choose from.

And remember, whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip or just having fun in the backyard this summer, we want to hear all about it! Make sure to let us know what you're up to on our Facebook page. We also encourage you to post any photos from your adventures. Have a great summer!


April 18, 2016

6 Great Spring Gardening Tips

There is a certain skill behind creating and caring for the perfect spring garden that requires patience, love, and attention to detail. That hard work is what makes the finished product so rewarding and fulfilling. Whether you are planting your garden for the first time or have been watching tomatoes ripen every spring for as long as you can remember, getting your garden off to a solid start is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a successful garden.

Here is a quick list of 6 tips for great spring gardening.

Get your soil ready- Preparing your soil for a spring garden should be done as early as possible. The main process is tilling your garden area around 8 to 12 inches beneath the surface and removing any rocks or debris. The next major step is to add organic matter and fertilizer. One thing you want to avoid is tilling when your soil is too wet. The extra water will hinder plant growth

Weeding your yard - Weeding is the boring and tedious work of caring for a garden, but it must be done. Start early, and do a little at a time so you won’t tire yourself out.

Fertilize your garden with coffee grounds- During the winter, you may have moved some of your shrubs to indoor planters – now’s the time to move them back out again! Using coffee grounds to prep your soil is a great way to save a little money and be a bit more ‘green’ in the process. The grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that aids in vegetable and plant growth. Simply add them to your compost pile or directly into the soil itself.

Use cooking water on your plant- When watering your plants using left over cooking water is another great way to add a nutrient boost with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have boiled some pasta, vegetables, or potatoes. Just be sure to let the water cool down before you feed it to your plants.

Plant egg shells along with your vegetables- Throwing some eggshells in the same hole that you will be planting your vegetables in help your plants avoid “blossom end rot” which is often cause by a calcium deficiency. Just be sure to grind up the egg shells as much as possible.

Night Owl?-  The hardcore gardening enthusiasts agree that working at night will accelerate the growth of your plants. Just make sure you have the proper lighting so you don't wake up the next morning and regret your decision. 


March 31, 2016

We hear it all the time. Drinking water is very important for every part of your body. However, actually drinking enough water is easier said than done. It is recommended that we drink 8-10 cups of water each day. That can seem like a lot, but here are some ways to help you reach that goal. 

1.       Spend a little money and buy a good water bottle. Make it fun and colorful if that will help. This way, you can carry it with you all the time and you don’t have to spend money on bottled water. Having a water bottle that you like can make drinking water easier. 

2.       Flavor that water! There are so many things you can add to your water to make it taste more exciting, and be more visually appealing as well. Lemon, limes, cucumbers and strawberries are a few things you can use. You can even try freezing fruits and use them as ice cubes. Or, buy a water bottle that has a separate part to put the fruit in. The possibilities are endless!

3.       Come up with a way to keep track of how much you’re drinking. This way, you don’t have to drink all of you water at the end of the day to fit it in. You can buy a bottle that has times written on it so you know what you have to drink by each time of the day. A trick I learned from a co-worker is to determine how many bottles you need to drink and put rubber bands around the bottle. Each time you finish a bottle, take a rubber band off. This way you can easily keep track.

4.       Eat your water! There are a lot of foods that are full of water. Lettuce, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit and cucumbers, just to name a few. Not only are you getting some of your daily water intake, but you’re getting a healthy snack as well.

      5.       Set an alarm. Most people have their phone with them all the time. Set an alarm every few hours as a reminder to check yourself and allow time to catch up if you’re running behind on your goal.

 No matter how you do it, find a way to drink enough water. You’ll have more energy and feel better about yourself. Try some different things and see what works for you, then stick with it! 


March 3, 2016

Do you have sensitive teeth?

Are you tired of dealing with sensitive teeth? Tooth sensitivity is sometimes hard to predict. You can’t necessarily take medication to instantly take away the pain like you could if you felt a headache coming on. There are still some things you could do to help control the sensitivity. Here are some tips that could help you ease the sensitivity and pain with your teeth.

Use the right toothbrush: Find a toothbrush that is made for sensitive teeth or a brush that has the softest bristles possible. This will help you avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth and gums.  Here