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By Knutson Family Dentistry
March 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile is easier than ever, thanks to a range of effective cosmetic dentistry options. Your Vermillion general dentists, Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen can help you choose the perfect option for your smile.

Transforming your smile with cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry treatments can improve the appearance of your smile, repair damage and restore missing teeth. Common cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Teeth Whitening: Over-the-counter whiteners aren't always strong enough to get rid of stains that dull your teeth. After a teeth whitening session, your teeth may be three to eight shades lighter. Whitening only takes about an hour and offers impressive results.
  • Bonding: Bonding involves adding flexible composite resin to your teeth to repair chips and cracks, lengthen short teeth, close gaps, cover discolorations or improve the shape. The bonding material is hardened with a curing light and becomes just as strong as your natural tooth enamel.
  • Veneers: Veneers are tooth-shaped plastic or porcelain shells cemented to the fronts of teeth. The wafer-thin restorations conceal discolorations, imperfections and minor damage and can also be used to extend the length or appearance of your teeth.
  • Dental Implants: Is your smile a little less full these days due to tooth loss? Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile and offer the only way to completely restore missing teeth. Implants serve as synthetic roots and are attached to dental crowns that restore the top parts of your teeth. Your new implants bond to your jawbone and become just as strong as your natural tooth roots.
  • Clear Aligners: Clear aligners offer a subtle way to straighten your smile. The removable aligners are custom-designed for you and fit snugly over your top and bottom teeth. Aligners are removed when you eat, brush and floss and are usually worn for about 22 hours per day. You'll receive a series of aligners and will wear each set in the series for two weeks.

Enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Call your general dentists in Vermillion Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, or Dr. Brandon Jensen, at (605) 857-8008 to schedule your appointment.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
January 18, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   tobacco   smoking  

Young woman breaking a cigaretteWhile the current percentage of Americans who smoke cigarettes is the lowest it’s been in decades, those who continue the habit remain at risk for heart and lung disease. Additionally, while we know smoking is also bad for our oral health, most don’t understand just how bad it is…

More Than Just Stained Teeth
 

From its seemingly mild side effects (bad breath, tooth discoloration, buildup of plaque and tartar), to the more sinister (increased risk of oral cancer, loss of bone within the jaw, gum disease and any number of resulting complications) – tobacco is indeed an oral health risk.

Tobacco can cause serious health issues by breaking down the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Because of this breakdown, the use of tobacco makes smokers much more susceptible to infection and diseases. In fact, 90% of people who have cancer of the mouth, throat, or gums admit to using tobacco in some form. 

Cigarettes, cigars and pipes aren’t the only culprits; smokeless tobacco can be just as detrimental to oral health, if not worse. In fact, there are twenty-eight chemicals found in chewing tobacco alone that are proven to increase the risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Chewing tobacco and snuff contain higher levels of nicotine than those found in cigarettes and other tobacco products, making it exposes the roots, and ultimately makes teeth more susceptible to decay. 

Help is Just Next Door
 

The only way to help eliminate these risks is to never start using tobacco products or to quit if you do. In fact, simply reducing tobacco use is proven to help lower your risks. If you feel that it is time to reduce your risk of cancer, gum disease, infection and other oral complications, your dentist or doctor can help you create a plan to help you quit using tobacco, along with prescribing certain medicines or programs to help you kick the habit. Free cessation assistance is available by calling the SD QuitLine at 1-866-737-8487 or visit www.sdquitline.com. These resources can increase your chances of quitting for good.

Remember, it is never too late to quit. If you’re interested in getting help to quit, let us know the next time you’re in for an appointment.

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By Knutson Family Dentistry
November 04, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

Do you brush twice a day or after meals? Floss every night? If so, you're doing great things for your oral health. However, all that hard dental cleaningswork doesn't mean you can skip your regular dental cleanings. After all, twice-yearly exams with the general dentists here at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, are key to making sure that your dental hygiene is on track and your mouth is healthy in every aspect.

Read on to learn why it's so important to have regular dental cleanings with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen:

Cavity Prevention

Diligent brushing is a great way to keep your teeth clean and tartar at bay, but plaque can still build up on your teeth, despite your best at-home efforts. Fortunately, the special tools our dentists use can fully remove the sticky film that can lead to tooth decay and the formation of cavities.

Whitening

Brushing frequently with a whitening toothpaste can certainly help with removing stains from coffee, tea or wine, but a professional dental cleaning can take whitening to the next level. The high-powered polishing you receive in the dental chair is key in keeping your teeth bright and white.

Gum Disease Prevention

When you skip too many dental visits, plaque can start to creep up on your tooth and under the gums, potentially leading to extreme decay and the weakening of your jaw bone. In some cases, this may cause your teeth to become loose or even fall out. By visiting our office, your general dentist can recognize the signs of gum disease and intervene before gum disease becomes a major issue.

Total Body Health

When your teeth are unhealthy, your whole body can suffer. Dental cleanings help keep your mouth in good health, lowering your risk of conditions like heart disease. By examining your mouth on a regular basis, your general dentist can see any changes that might indicate other health problems and refer you for any needed medical care.

Need an Appointment? Give Us a Call

A full dental examination/cleaning generally takes under an hour, and the benefits are long-lasting. Call Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion at 605-857-8008 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, or Dr. Brandon Jensen.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

Dental CleaningWhat's one of life's highest priorities? Well, it's health, of course, including the well-being of your teeth and gums. At Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, professional dental cleanings help preserve your oral health. Dr. Richard Knutson and Dr. Matthew Knutson see this prophylactic service as one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your family.

Why are dental cleanings important?

When your dental hygienist cleans your teeth, she removes toxic substances called plaque and tartar. These biofilms form from leftover food particles caught between your teeth and under your gums. Even the most diligent of home brushers and flossers cannot remove them all, and consequently, bacteria grows, decaying teeth and irritating gums.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta states that nearly one-third of American adults have untreated cavities. Further, the CDC maintains that the number could decrease significantly with more dental care--specifically, exams and cleanings every six months.

Finally, what happens in your mouth affects your systemic health. Plaque and tartar irritate and degrade gum tissue, causing a worrisome problem called periodontitis. Even in its least severe form (gingivitis), periodontitis is linked to diseases and conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, arthritis, and more, says the American Dental Association (ADA). That's why the ADA wants you to see your dentist in Vermillion every six months for an examination and professional dental cleaning. Prevention really is the best cure.

Additional benefits

Besides removing harmful plaque and tartar, your dental hygienist performs several important services such as:

  • Counting your teeth, noting their alignment and any defects or possible health issues
  • Checking for oral cancer (a visual and tactile exam which your dentist will repeat with your dental examination)
  • Taking digital X-rays when needed
  • Looking for signs of periodontal disease (gum pockets which measure deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for gum disease)
  • Flossing and polishing your teeth
  • Showing you ways to improve your home care

You'll enjoy your cleaning

Is that really possible? Well, at Knutson Family Dentistry it is possible because our dentists, hygienists, assistants, and office staff are the best anywhere. They're highly skilled and have created a truly patient-centered environment that's comfortable and welcoming no matter what kind of dental care you need. In fact, even the treatment chairs provide heat and massage so you have a relaxed experience.

Call Knutson Family Dentistry today to speak to a team member and arrange your semi-annual cleaning and check-up in Vermillion, SD. Phone (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Caring for your smile is almost sure to be part of your daily routine. However, some oral hygiene routines may just not be enough to keeporal hygiene teeth decay and gum disease in check. A strong daily oral care routine will keep plaque and decay at bay for years to come. Does your daily dental care stand up to the test? Find out what you should do to effectively maintain your smile with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD.

What can I do daily to maintain my smile? 
According to the American Dental Association, every person, no matter their risk for teeth decay or gum disease, age, or any other factors, should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss between each tooth and behind the back of the last molars at least once. Additional recommendations by the ADA state that patients should see their dentist at least twice a year for routine dental examinations and cleanings.

How do regular dental examinations and cleanings benefit my teeth? 
These regular biannual visits will ensure that your dentist finds and treats minor conditions like cavities early, while they still require only minimally invasive techniques. If left untreated, decay may require a root canal or other more complex methods. Additionally, biannual cleanings remove all instances of plaque and tartar from the teeth, ensuring that you have a clean slate to continue keeping plaque off the teeth to prevent decay in the future. Cleanings are especially important since tartar, the substance plaque eventually hardens into, can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Vermillion, SD
You can keep your teeth healthy and clean in just minutes each day. A small sacrifice of five minutes in the morning and evening can save your teeth from serious dental problems. Coupled with regular visits to your dentist, you can keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay for a lifetime.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD. Call (605)-857-8008 to strengthen your fight against teeth decay and gum disease today!