Fillings: Know the difference between Alloy and Composite

Fillings are one of the many restorative options available for your teeth. Depending on your oral status and if decay is present, your dentist might recommend a filling as a restorative option. There are a few fillings we place here in the office called; composite and amalgam/ or alloy fillings. Amalgam fillings are silver in […]

Periodontal Disease: Don’t Wait Until it Hurts

Categories: Oral Health

You’ve probably heard of the term gum disease before. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease, which is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Treating gum disease in the early stages is very important and can help prevent tooth loss. Inflammation and infection in your mouth […]

Preventing Decay

Categories: Oral Health

Did you know you can protect the chewing surface of your tooth with sealants?  The chewing surface of your tooth has indentations called pits and fissure.  These pits and fissure collect food and bacteria making them more prone to tooth decay.  Your toothbrush bristles can’t reach into the grooves eventually this results in tooth decay.  […]

Why Doesn’t My Insurance Pay for This?

Categories: Dental Insurance

This has come up a lot in our office lately; I hope this will answer some of your questions. Having dental coverage can make it easier to get the dental care you need. But, it’s important to understand that most dental benefit plans do not cover all dental procedures. This blog can help you understand […]

Bedtime Ideas for Littles

Let’s chat about the struggles of our children not wanting to brush their teeth before bedtime. In our household it used to be a constant battle. We as parents are burnt out at the end of the day and when it comes to brushing, it’s easy to not follow through and it is the last […]

November 2017 – Sleep

Few things are as misunderstood as sleep. Some new studies have helped us understand it better and I wanted to share some of the more recent findings. For physical, mental, and emotional health, there is nothing better than deep reparative sleep. Here is the problem; all sleep medications are in the sedative hypnotic family, this […]

August 2017 – Summer Fun

Summertime means longer days, camping, movies, school/church camps, concerts/symphonies in the park along with many outdoor activities, vacations, stay-cations and honeydew lists.  When the Montana fair comes to town we know school is right around the corner. This time of year can bring about new beginnings. For some people it can mean retirement, empty nesters, […]

July 2017 – Invisalign

Invisalign are clear aligners (clear plastic trays), also known as clear-aligner treatment, that are orthodontic devices that use incremental transparent aligners to adjust teeth as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a multi step process to getting the straight teeth you have always dreamed of! At Grand Avenue Dental Care we use a […]

May 2017 – Oil Pulling….”Pulling your Leg!”

Categories: Oral Health

This is a misunderstood topic for the general public and extremely frustrating topic for dental professionals. I recently was on a social media site..ahem… Facebook, and noticed comments on oil pulling being a miracle cure, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! While studies have shown coconut oil reduces the bacterial load in a person’s […]

April 2017 – Oral Cancer

Spring at last! Now into April, two important topics take the spotlight in dentistry. The first topic is oral cancer. Early detection and treatment is key to increasing survival. Do you know the signs? Some Signs and symptoms of oral cancer difficulty chewing or swallowing ear pain difficulty moving the jaw or tongue hoarseness numbness […]