Flenniken Dentistry Blog

Root Canals: Separating Myth and Fact

August 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:06 pm
Woman smiling after learning facts about root canal therapy

Did you know that millions of root canals are performed each year? 15 million, to be exact! So, if you have a decayed, fractured, or otherwise damaged tooth that needs root canal therapy, you’re not alone. The good news is that this tooth-saving treatment isn’t anywhere near as scary as its reputation makes it out to be. So, if you’re feeling a bit apprehensive, keep reading to learn four facts about root canal therapy.


The Facts About Teeth Whitening Products (Should You Use Them?)

August 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 9:06 pm
Smile before and after using teeth whitening products

If you’ve ever had to purchase oral care products before, you likely saw several teeth whitening products in the same aisle. If you have tooth stains, yellow or darkened teeth, or similar cosmetic imperfections, you may have considered purchasing these products to see if they can work for you. The fact of the matter is many of them make tall promises they can’t deliver on. Read on to learn the facts on what to avoid and how to actually whiten your smile (and keep it that way!)


Do I Have to Be in Pain to Receive a Root Canal?

June 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 9:48 pm
Patient at the dentist receiving a root canal.

Your natural teeth are the best possible option when it comes to biting, chewing, talking and more; that said, modern dentistry often prioritizes a conservative approach, meaning that if it’s possible, your dentist will do everything they can to preserve your pearly whites. Root canal therapy is one treatment option that allows them to do this, and despite what you might’ve heard about this procedure, it’s actually one of the best possible methods of salvaging a compromised tooth. However, is it only used in dire and painful circumstances? Keep reading to learn more about root canal therapy and why you don’t always have to be in pain to receive it.


3 Reasons Seniors in Assisted Living Need Dental Care

May 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 1:09 pm
senior in assisted living in Carlisle

Do you have a close relative who is in assisted living? Although they may be getting the help they need for a quality life, it’s also important that they receive preventive dental care. Certain oral issues like tooth decay and gum disease can lead to more serious conditions, such as infection and heart attacks if left untreated. Read on to learn three essential reasons why a dentist for seniors in assisted living is necessary for their overall health!


How Safe is Cosmetic Dentistry?

April 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 8:30 am
Question mark made of toothpaste, next to fake tooth and toothbrush

Let’s say you’re considering getting cosmetic dental work done for the first time. Maybe those early Easter chocolates have finally caught up with you, or you’re thinking of fixing some smile issues you’ve had for a while. Whatever the case, there’s one question you’ll probably ask when making this decision: “Is cosmetic dentistry safe?”

Thankfully, the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!” As proof, here are four common cosmetic dental treatments and why they’re safe for patients.


How Dental Technology Makes Your Veneers Look Flawless

March 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:54 pm
Image of porcelain veneers being placed on teeth.

Porcelain veneers are among the most popular and effective cosmetic treatment options available! They’re flexible, versatile, and able to address a number of aesthetic issues including chipped and fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, staining and discoloration, and more. Veneers have been around for a while now, but they’ve become one of the premier cosmetic treatment options today thanks to constant advancements in dental technology. Keep reading to learn more about how porcelain veneers have evolved over the years and the incredible difference that modern dental technology makes throughout the process.


4 Things Your Dentist Would Never Put in Their Mouth

March 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 9:26 pm
man biting on fingernails in Carlisle

Maintaining a proper dental hygiene and visiting your dentist at least twice a year are two of the best ways to practice preventive dentistry! However, another major factor for preserving healthy teeth is to know which items to keep away from your smile. Doing so will both save you time and money from needing serious dental treatments in the future. Read on to learn four things your dentist would never put in their mouth and the risks they could bring.


Debating the Merits of Flossing Versus the Waterpik

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 6:11 pm
woman using Waterpik

Hamburgers or hot dogs? The mountains or the beach? Saturdays or Sundays?

Some decisions are easier than others. When it comes to cleaning in between teeth, dental floss and a Waterpik water flosser each have their own merits. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of dental floss, plus the benefits and drawbacks of the Waterpik, so that you can make the best choice for your oral health.


Will Invisalign Change the Way I Talk?

September 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 4:34 pm
woman holding invisalign

James Earl Jones, Nicole Kidman, and Bruce Willis each overcame stuttering problems in their youth to become superstars. Olympic champion Michael Phelps didn’t let his lisp stop him from reaching legendary status.

One of the main benefits of wearing Invisalign is that it is unnoticeable to most people, but this could be overshadowed if it ends up changing the way you speak. Keep reading to learn what to expect when speaking with Invisalign.


Getting Off-Track With Your Invisalign Timeline? Here Are 4 Tips to Help

August 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:15 pm
Female dentist holding Invisalign tray

When Invisalign was introduced in the late 1990s, the teeth-straightening industry was forever changed. In a fraction of the time, their innovative clear aligners effectively guided teeth into the desired location while simultaneously providing patients with virtually undetectable treatment. So, it’s not surprising that Invisalign has helped over 5 million people achieve their dream smile. However, patients need to be aware that their timeline can be extended if the trays are not worn properly. If your teeth aren’t where they should be in this stage of your Invisalign treatment, then read on for four tips!

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