June 13th, 2018
Our month of creating the healthy habit of drinking water has been extended! In the previous blog post we had mentioned that it could take 18 days to 8.5 months to change a habit. In dental school, we were taught 21 days. Just 21 days to change a habit. But science is proving that wrong and so is our office staff! Just take a guess at which employee here is the worst water drinker… if you guessed Dr. Dorociak… your right! He runs off Starbucks Pike’s Place. Therefore, we are taking another month to get everyone on the water train.
Water is ESSENTIAL. And sipping water is one of the best things you could be doing for your oral cavity. Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest things you could be doing for your mouth. Fluoride aids in helping prevent decay. It also helps fight dry mouth. Most people don’t understand that dry mouth can cause rampant problems. To keep everything under control you want a neutral pH. When your mouth is dry it is at a more acidic state. Then you add acidic food and drinks… causing the decay process. Sipping on water will flush out residual food debris and cavity causing bacteria, keeping your mouth clean.
It’s calorie free! You know on the holidays when someone bakes a big ‘ol pie or dozens of yummy cookies and you think, “oh goodness, the calories!” Whelp… water is calorie-free… so drink up!!! Studies have shown that drinking water can help you lose weight. If you quit drinking beverages with all the added sugars and chemicals, naturally the weight will drop. So grab a big glass of water today and join us in our challenge.
April 25th, 2018
You may have heard that it takes 21 days to change a habit. Well... science has now shown that as FALSE. It can take a person anywhere from 18 days to 8.5 months to change a habit. Having healthy habits will set a foundation for your overall health. Making sure you are diligent in making healthy choices can come with some work but over time they become habitual! Like brushing your teeth. For most people brushing your teeth is a habit. You can't go to work in the morning without brushing and surely cannot go to bed without brushing. It's just a habit and for most a habit that was instilled when you were a child. So over the course of years... it is now a habit.
There are certain things that you can do to help with your overall health that need to be habitual. Creating these habits should be a priority. Over the course of the next few months our office is going to do a healthy habits challenge. We will keep you posted on what we are doing and if anyone would like to take part in it you are welcome to jump on board!
The healthy habit for our first month is WATER! We are challenging ourselves to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water. Water needs to be considered essential for everyone! Because, hello first worlds problems... we take for granted to access we have to water, we do not realize how important it is. According to experts, water is ranked second only to oxygen as essential for life. It makes up 75% of our body. A person can survive about two months without food, but only a few days without water.
Water is the most abundant ingredient in the human body through all phases of growth and development. Every system in your body depends on water to function. So jump on board with us for phase one of our healthy habits challenge!!!! We will keep you posted through social media as well.
April 18th, 2018
A typical day at our office includes multiple hygienists working hard to get everyone that nice white smile, educating and preventing gum disease. Dr. Dorociak starts his day by performing procedures to ensure patients have a healthy oral cavity. But there is never a dull moment at this office! Last week one of our patients brought in a snake. Yes. A. Snake... to the dental office!
It made our day! He told us all about what the little fella eats and how it gets along with his other pets in the house. What an interesting afternoon! Moments like this actually happen pretty often here! We love to have fun in this office!!!! Thanks Captain Brian!
April 4th, 2018
Whitening. Most people actually do not know where to start. And if you don't have the dental knowledge it can be a bit overwhelming with all the options out there. Over the counter whitening stripes, whitening pens, whitening stations set up in the mall, custom whitening trays, and even whitening in the tanning bed while you tan! Too many options can make you feel like you may be making a wrong decision. We are here to help.
We offer 3 types of whitening here at the office. Custom trays, to-go trays, and in-house whitening. Custom trays are trays there are made to fit your teeth only. An alginate impression is taken so a model can be made. The custom trays are then made on your model. You will receive bleaching material and your unique custom fitting trays when you leave. Instructions to bleach will be gone over at time of delivery and any questions you have can be answered. How long you need to bleach will vary from person to person and will be gone over with you individually.
To-go trays are trays that are universal and can fit anyone. They are quick and easy! Our system comes with 10 pre-filled trays and instructions. The trays contain a stripe that when applied to your tooth sticks and holds the bleaching material in place. They make great gifts because an alginate impression doesn't have to be taken.
Another option is in-house bleaching. This is our go to for people that have a major event coming up and need to whiten ASAP! It isn't done often because typically people plan those major events out but if it is one thing that fell off your radar then we are here to help. Your teeth are isolated and bleaching material is set on by an assistant. A light is placed near the solution to activate it and start the bleaching process. When you leave you will be given toothpaste that will help with any possible sensitivity that you may have.
If you have any further questions about whitening do not hesitate to call or ask your hygienist when you are in for your routine care. After a dental cleaning is a great time to bleach! Call (941)924-1100 if you want to set up an appointment to discuss whitening or have any questions.