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Todd P. Briscoe, DDS
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To floss or not to floss … - That is the question that was raised last week by news reporters & radio announcers.  When the subject came up at our weekly team meeting, all 3 hygienists had very strong opinions that the report was WRONG!  So we started researching and found that the American Dental Association had prepared... Read More... The post To floss or not to floss appeared first on Todd P. Briscoe DDS.

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How to Vacation with Braces - Help keep them smiling while traveling Traveling with a family member who is in braces can present a challenge. Try to be prepared with your own “orthodontic emergency kit”.                        We suggest you pack some (or all) of the following: Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners Travel toothbrush A mini bottle of mouth rinse Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth Remember to avoid the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation: Chewing Gum! Chewy, sticky, or gummy food Apples, pears, and other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming) Bagels and hard rolls Hard candies, cookies or pretzels All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews – this includes candy with peanuts Follow these tips and you can focus on having a good vacation! Please call Dr. Briscoe if you have any ques

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Children’s Dental Health Month - February is National Children s Dental Health Month! Our office is sponsoring a coloring contest. Download the attached form, color it, put your name and contact information on it and return it to our office. Then your name will be entered in a drawing for a Gift Certificate to Sky Zone. Copy and paste the following link in your browser: http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Public%20Programs/Files/NCDHM/NCDHM2016_Coloring_Sheet_English.pdf?la=en Official Rules: must be under the age of 18 years of age must not be affiliated with another dental office By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or its independent judging agency which are final and binding in all respects. Contest Dates: Contest begins on Tuesday February 9, 2016 and the last date for turn in is March 3, 2016 ENTRY GUIDELINES: All entries submitted may not be obscene or indecent; cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, profane or pornographic, violent or derogatory of an

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Christmas Tree Contest! - Vote for your favorite Tree email us your vote info@BriscoeDentistry.com or send it in via our FaceBook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Todd-P-Briscoe-DDS-PC/154495307916107 A Joyful Christmas Let it Snow!  Crazy Cat Tree  Giving Christmas the Red Carpet Treatment Candy Cane Tree  A Very Minion Christmas  A Tree of Hope  A Merry Little Christmas

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Christmas Charity - This year our team has chosen to partner with a local charity called Hope Alive.    They provide programs and resource materials to help families work through loss, grief, anxiety, depression, marital and family issues.  We will collect items for them thru the month of December.  Here is their Wish List:   Tissues                Bicycles                Bath towels / wash cloths                Lamps                Light bulbs                9v batteries                                    Shampoo, conditioner, mousse               Liquid hand soap, body wash          Dish soap           Murphy’s oil soap       Laundry detergent   Dryer sheets                Disinfectant wipes               Dusting spray                Paper towels                Toilet paper       

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The Nightly Grind – Battling Bruxism While You Sleep - As the holidays approach, so can major stress. I mean, really, we are all stressed enough as it is, so the stress of preparing for the holidays can put us right over the top. I often see more patients in these high-stress times than ever. Why? Bruxism. What is Bruxism? Bruxism is just a fancy word for clenching and grinding of teeth. And if you have a tendency to clench, you do it more in times of stress. Of course, there are other reasons people clench and grind, but stress is a big one. If your stress is off the charts, call my Fort Wayne dental office. You may want a nightguard to protect your teeth! Do I Really Grind my Teeth? Many people who grind and clench their teeth don’t realize that they do it. Often it takes a broken tooth, an observer, or a dentist to realize it is happening. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from bruxism: Worn, chipped, broken teeth Flattened tooth surfaces Exposure of tooth layers and loss of enamel Tooth sensitivity Jaw pain H

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Dos and Don’ts of Denture Care - Many of our patients experience tooth loss, and while dentures can provide a solid solution for missing teeth, there’s still a maintenance routine that needs to be done to extend the life of dentures and protect overall oral health. At my Fort Wayne dental office we want all of our patients to get the most out of their dentures, so we’re here to talk about the dos and don’ts of proper denture care. Why is Proper Care Important ? Not only does proper denture care protect your investment in a tooth replacement option, but it also helps keep your mouth and any remaining teeth healthy. If dentures are not well taken care of, it could lead to an uncomfortable fit and even some serious oral health concerns. When a proper denture care routine isn’t followed, plaque particles can collect and lead to chronic bad breath, gum disease, and tooth loss of any remaining teeth. How to Extend the Life of Your Denture There are some common dos and don’ts of denture care that can either prolon

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Healthier Mouth, Healthier You - We’re always talking to our patients about the importance of a proper oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting my dental office in Fort Wayne regularly.  But did you know these guidelines can do more than just ensure a healthy mouth? They can also provide insight to other whole-body problems. The Mouth/Body Connection Many systemic diseases (whole-body diseases) have oral manifestations and often first show signs in the mouth. Some of these overall health problems are incredibly serious, such as: Heart disease Pancreatic cancer Leukemia Diabetes Notice Any of These Signs? If you see any of these symptoms, it’s important to call your Fort Wayne dentist as soon as possible. Early detection is key for the most successful treatment, so don’t wait. Serious signs include: Swollen, red, or bleeding gums Gums that have pulled away from teeth Chronic bad breath Ulcers Steps to Better Health In addition to a proper, at-home hygiene routine and regul

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Not Sleeping Well? It May Be Your Mouth. - Everyone wants a good night s rest. But not everyone gets it. In fact, some people have nighttime habits and disorders that harm both their health and their teeth! Two of the primary sleep disorders we see at our Fort Wayne dental practice are snoring or sleep apnea and bruxism (clenching and grinding). Protect your health by keeping an eye on yourself for these signs and symptoms: Bruxism (Grinding and Clenching) Sore jaws or teeth, especially during times of stress Headache or facial soreness Worn, flattened, or shortened teeth Chips, cracks, or hairline fractures Chips at the gumline that may look and feel like gum recession Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet food and drink Unexplained earaches Sores on the inside of your cheek or ridges on the sides of your tongue Gum disease Snoring/ Sleep Apnea Frequent silences during sleep due to breaks in breathing (apnea) Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs Loud snoring Sudden awakenings to restart breathing o

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Kiss a Donkey to Relieve a Toothache & Other Old School Dental Care - At my dental office in Fort Wayne, we’re always sure to stay up to date on technology and advancements in dental care. And our patients are pretty lucky to be living in a time when dentists have access to this kind of training. Did you know that there were no dental schools in the United states until 1840? And that in the middle ages, your dentist was just as likely to cut your hair as pull your teeth? Here s a quick look back: Dentistry in the Middle Ages People in the middle ages might have had healthier teeth than ours. But not because of quality professional care! The reason people actually had good teeth came from a combination of a diet very low in sugar and refined foods and high in calcium, and pretty decent personal oral hygiene. There were all kinds of tooth powders and pastes and even whitening rinses! When it came to routine dental care, things were quite different. A dental practitioner was most likely a barber surgeon who performed all sorts of procedures including cut
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