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8 of the Worst Foods (& Drinks) for Your Teeth


We’re all well aware that soda pop and sugary drinks can have a negative impact on our teeth, but what you might find surprising is some of the other foods that can do just as much damage. For example, did you know that eating dried fruit and carbs such as bread can also be bad for your teeth? Some surprising, some not, here are the top contenders for “worst food for your mouth”:

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Preventative Maintenance for Your Smile


I’m sure you’ve heard this before: You should see your dentist twice a year.

Some of you may switch that around to think  you should see your dentist once every two years. Some of you just hate seeing a dentist or are afraid it’s going to hurt, and stretch it out longer. So here are a couple of things to think about. If you come to our clinic for regular checkups, you’ll find we’re pretty good people to know. It’s also the best way to make sure these trips don’t hurt.

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Don’t Stress It; Your Mouth Will Thank You


According to the annual Stress in America Report (American Psychological Association) for 2014, the majority of Americans are living with stress levels higher than what is believed to be healthy. Top stress factors in 2014 include financial concerns (64% report it is a significant source), work, the economy, family responsibilities, and personal health concerns.

Most of us aware of the many of the potential negative effects stress can have on our minds and bodies including anxiety disorders, panic attacks, fatigue, irritability, and the overall feeling of not being healthy, but not nearly as many understand that stress can also effect oral health in the mouth, gums, and teeth. The three most common problems created from stress include:

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Between a Tooth and a Soft Place: The Easy Decision to Start Flossing


Chances are, when you go in for a dental check-up or teeth cleaning, you get asked if you have been flossing regularly. While you may find this to be an annoyance, we ask because flossing is extremely important to maintaining a healthy mouth, and many people skip this step when taking care of their teeth.

Brushing is absolutely part of a healthy mouth, but if you brush and don’t floss, it’s the equivalent of only washing 65% of your body. The rest is still dirty.

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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: The Answer is Clear

Invisalign vs Braces

Did you know that 74% of American adults are affected by crooked or misaligned teeth? If you fall into that percentage, there’s no reason you need to stay there. Now, there are more options available than ever.

Invisalign is an alternative option for those that do not want to deal with the traditional braces. After coming up with a plan with your dentist, you begin to wear a clear, BPA-free plastic aligner that is changed every two weeks. There are many benefits to this alternative option:

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Halonen Offers KöR Whitening for Stubborn Stains

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A growing number of dentists across the country have come to depend on a relatively new whitening process, and now the process is available in Battle Creek.

Halonen Family Dentistry is offering the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. Invented by tooth whitening expert Dr. Rod Kurthy, the KöR system gives a radiantly white yet natural appearing smile. It's so effective that it's the only system recognized in the world that will even whiten tetracycline (dark) stained teeth, long thought impossible.

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