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Five Tips and Techniques for Effectively Brushing Your Teeth

Pediatric Dentistry

1. Use the right toothbrush

For most people a soft toothbrush is the right choice. It cleans your teeth without damaging your gums or enamel. Oftentimes, stiffer bristles can cause damage especially for those who tend to brush more aggressively. You should always consult your dentist to see what kind of toothbrush is right for you. 

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Teeth Whitening in Battle Creek

It's seems as though the toothpaste aisle is getting bigger and bigger with more and more toothpaste options. This is not a bad thing, but it can definitely make deciding on which toothpaste to buy, a lot more difficult. In this post we will go over the common types of toothpaste and what you should be looking for.

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The Causes of TMD and How You Can Treat It at Home

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TMD sometimes is short for Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome or Disorder. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your temporal bones to your jaw and allows you to speak, eat, and yawn. TMD is known to cause excessive pain and discomfort and can last for long or short periods of time. There are many possible symptoms, including pain when you use your TMJ, lockjaw, clicking or popping in your TMJ when you open and close your mouth, and swelling. In this post we will look at the causes for TMD and how to treat it.

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Three Alternatives to Traditional Flossing are Becoming More Popular

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Let's be real, most people do not floss often enough. The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends flossing at least once a day. Brushing does not remove all plaque from your teeth. Food and other debris lodge themselves in between your teeth and in your gums which causes plaque. Flossing will help you prevent plaque from hardening into calculus or tarter which causes gum disease. Please keep in mind that prevention is always easier and less costly than treatment. Oral care is more than just brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist twice a year.

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Straighter Teeth and Healthier Smiles with Invisalign Clear Braces

Straight Teeth

Let's be honest, you're checking out our site because you want a more radiant, healthier smile... right? That's typically the reasoning behind visiting the website of a local dentist, at least. Well, one of the most proven ways to ensure that your smile becomes healthy – and stays healthy – is by ensuring that your teeth are straight. Properly aligned teeth aren't just a confidence booster, they have a measurable impact on your dental health. And, with Invisalign, these benefits can be reaped without the stigma or hassle of traditional metal braces. In this post, we're going to look at three of the major health benefits of straight teeth.

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Three Surprising Facts about Your Wisdom Teeth

Family Dentist

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are typically the last set of teeth to erupt in the mouth. Since, by this time, most patients' mouths are fully developed, wisdom teeth are often buried beneath the gums or blocked by bone. When this happens, discomfort may arise as the teeth can develop cystic growths. Naturally, when this occurs it is best to seek the advice of your dentist and, ultimately, decide whether or not extracting your wisdom teeth is the best option.

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What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

Emergency Dental Care

At one point or another, everyone has experienced a dental emergency. Whether it’s from a sports-related injury, an unfortunate eating accident or the result of poor dental hygiene, the results are the same: discomfort. When it happens, it can be tricky to determine whether it’s an emergency that requires immediate attention. By and large, any intense, ongoing pain necessitates a visit to your local dentist. Today, we’d like to go over some common dental emergencies and how you should respond if – or when – they happen to you.

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The Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants are one of the best solutions to missing or damaged teeth. Relatively low maintenance in comparison to other methods, implants offer a host of unique benefits that make them difficult to match in ease of use, appearance, comfortability and protection. While they may not be a required measure for everybody, it’s important to understand the advantages of all of the options that are available to you when it comes to your dental care. In this post, we’d like to discuss a few of the key benefits offered by dental implants.

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The Worst Halloween Treats for Children’s Teeth


With Halloween fast approaching, children across the country are already chomping at the bit, thinking about the piles of candy coming their way. Parents, however, should be careful about the amounts and types of candy that their children eat. Beyond simply preventing wild, candy-fueled misadventures and tantrums, it’s important to limit your child’s intake of certain candies in order to promote healthy oral hygiene. In this post, we’d like to look at five of the worst Halloween treats for your child’s dental health.

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Why You Should Choose Halonen Family Dentistry to be your Battle Creek Dentist


There are quite a few dentists in Battle Creek, what makes Halonen Family Dentistry exceptional? In this post, we’d like to take a moment to talk about what sets us apart. We’re going to look at a few of the qualities that define our practice and position us as the best dentist for you and your family. Beyond our service offerings – cosmetic dentistry, pediatric care, emergency care and more – we are defined by our philosophy of providing reliable, honest care. So, now, let’s take an honest look at what makes Halonen Family Dentistry special…

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