Most of us are used to the idea of just popping into the local grocery store or pharmacy to replenish our usual brand of toothpaste, mouthwash and floss when we know we’re running low on supplies. But what if re-stocking that old familiar brand isn’t really helping you as much as when you were younger? As we grow older and our teeth and gums age along with us, sometimes those old familiar products are worth switching out – often with a prescription from your dentist. But how do you know when you should opt for something new? Let’s take a look.

  • Do you Have Sensitive Teeth or Gum Disease? If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity due to a receding gum line, you might benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste. Such toothpastes have higher levels of fluoride and can help lessen sensitivity and protect exposed tooth structure no longer protected by enamel or gum tissue. Typically your dentist would recommend prescription toothpaste for you if you have significant recession, or if you have recently been in for scaling and root planing.
  • Do You Get a Lot of Cavities, or Drink from An Unfluoridated Water Supply? If you get your drinking water from a well, or any other unfluoridated source, prescription toothpastes can be helpful. They’re also worth considering simply if you’re prone to decay. Excessive cavities can be a drain on your wallet, and the overall health of your mouth. Ask if there are ways (other than frequent visits to the office for repair) you can proactively fight your battle with cavity-prone teeth.
  • Do You Suffer from Dry Mouth? Most over the counter (OTC) remedies for dry mouth are effective for the majority of people. However, if you’ve been using an OTC solution for some time, and are experiencing limited relief, you might want to ask your dentist if there are other options. You should also ask your family doctor help you get to the root of the problem – which could be indicative of any number of benign or more serious concerns. 
  • Are Frequent Mouth Sores a Problem? Elderly patients and those undergoing treatment for some diseases, such as cancer, can develop mouth sores. It’s not necessary to endure this pain for days and weeks on end, so ask your dentist or physician for a prescription mouth gel like Gelclair®. Such gels work by forming a barrier that protects the nerve endings and shields them from overstimulation that can result in pain.
  • Do You Suffer From Persistent Halitosis? Many people don’t know this, but there are prescription mouthwashes that can be used to help combat persistent halitosis. As with dry mouth, however, it’s important to understand why you have bad breath. If you do not have gum disease and feel otherwise healthy, there could be more serious reasons for your halitosis.

For the overwhelming majority of us, over-the-counter toothpastes, mouth washes and other dental hygiene products will do the trick just fine. Just know that your options don’t stop there and speak with Dr. Gooch, Dr. Kice-Briggs, or Dr. Harden if you have any concerns.


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Get to know Whitney! She first joined the team as a Dental Assistant in February 2012, then went to Dental Hygiene school at Concorde Career College in Kansas City, MO and is now one of our Registered Dental Hygienist

Here are 5 things you should know about Whitney

1) What's one thing you couldn't live without? My nephews, chapstick, and St. Louis Cardinals 

2) Favorite movie: The Notebook       Favorite Television show: Friends

3) What "lesson from mom" do you still live by today? "Treat others how you would want to be treated" and "Life is too short to be anything but happy."  

4) What is your favorite thing to do?  Make people laugh..either with me or at me and of course hug whoever will let me!

5) What do you love about your job: I love interacting with patients. I love being able to deliver quality dental care to my patients while getting to know them and their families.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your 6 month check-up and cleaning, make sure to call our office at 660-665-1901! 

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RECENT STUDIES SHOW nearly half of all adults have some degree of gum disease. Although some periodontal treatments can be invasive or ineffective, The Perio Tray® by Perio Protect® is a simple treatment that reaches where your toothbrush, floss and mouthrinse can’t.

Perio Protect Treats Gum Disease Between Visits

Perio Protect is a comprehensive periodontal treatment approach that combines professional cleanings with effective, at-home treatment. The Perio Tray is similar to a mouthguard but it has a special sealing system to deliver medication below the gum line. You simply put the medication in the tray and wear it for a few minutes a day between office visits—it’s that easy.

Not only is this approach easy to use, it treats the bacteria causing your gum disease in a comfortable way, minimizing the need for surgery and antibiotics.

Click on the video below to learn more.

Better Results Than Office Visits Alone

Bacteria reproduce quickly under the gums, making it difficult to control between office visits. Research shows that when professional cleanings are combined with Perio Tray delivery of hydrogen peroxide gel, patients get better results than the cleanings alone. The Perio Tray is designed specifically to combat bacteria and supplement in-office treatment, helping you keep gum disease under control.

We Want To Protect Your Smile’s Foundation

Caring for your gums is crucial to your oral and overall health. If you have any questions about how Perio Protect can benefit you, give us a call at 660-665-1901 to set an appointment or reach out to us on social media! We’d love to answer any questions you might have.

Thank you for placing your trust in our practice. We love our patients!

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Get to know Robin! She is our Hygiene Scheduling Coordinator and joined the team in March 2016. 

Here are 5 things you should know about Robin:

1) Favorite Movie: Funny-Stepbrothers        Classic-Dirty Dancing

2) Dream Vacation: My dream vacation would be to go to Tahiti and stay in a little hut over the water.

3) What super power would you choose: If I could choose any super power it would be super speed. There is never enough time in the day to get everything done. If I could speed through laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc. there would be more family time.

4) What inspires you: My son. Ty is the most determined and driven 10 year old I have ever met. Whether it is in school, on the basketball court or on the baseball field he gives 110% all of the time. He doesn't stop and that determination inspires me to keep going when I want to give up.

5) What do you love about your job: I love getting to know people and seeing those same people every few months. We learn about their families, vacations, and jobs. We don't see them as 'patients' but more as friends. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your 6 month check-up and cleaning, make sure to call our office at 660-665-1901 and ask for Robin! 

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