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    Last updated 8 months ago

    And the proud winner of our Cuddly Critter Contest is our adorable patient, Grace. She is giving a good home to Wanda the "Wise" Walrus and her calves.  When asked what she would name them, her "wise" brother suggested "Walrus, walrus and walrus".   Wanda and her calves will definitely be loved by this family!    Thank you for being a great patient, Grace.  


    Last updated 9 months ago

    A very blessed Thanksgiving to your family from all of us at Tate Family Dentistry.   We are thankful for each of you!


    Last updated 9 months ago

    Drs. John Michael and Tyler Tate use dental x-rays to detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults. The doctors will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide when and how often x-rays are needed.

    If you are a new patient, Drs. John Michael and Tyler Tate will acquire X-rays to determine the present status of your oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. This set of X-rays will be used to help them detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth. If a previous dentist has any radiographs of you, our doctors may ask you for electronic copies of them. Our office staff will be happy to assist you in getting the previous x-rays forwarded to our office.  

    Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body's exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonably Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and may be used when it will not interfere with acquisition of the dental radiograph. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children.

    Are you Pregnant?  Make sure to tell our staff. During your pregnancy, you may need to have X-rays taken as part of your treatment plan for a dental disease. Use of the leaded apron and thyroid collar will protect you and your fetus from radiation exposure. Dental X-rays do not need to be delayed if you are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.


    Last updated 10 months ago

    Halloween is here, which for most children means bags of free candy and easy access to all kinds of sweets. It's also a pretty tempting holiday for adults. Here are 5 ways everyone can stay mouth healthy during Halloween and every day.

    Stay away from things that stick.

    Besides how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, also take longer to get washed away by saliva.

    Chew gum that has the ADA seal.

    Instead of candy, consider gum. Studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.

    Avoid beverages with added sugar.

    When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased. Drinking optimally fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

    Think twice before picking hard candies.

    Besides how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in developing cavities. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

    Try and eat candy with meals.

    We know candy can be hard to resist, especially after all that hard work trick or treating for it! If you can, try and eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. That's because saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

    By making wise choices, you can still enjoy those Halloween goodies while keeping your mouth healthy for  a lifetime!


    Last updated 10 months ago

    Miss Avery (the daughter of our dental assistant, Kristy) made a visit to the office today.  She decided that Tate Family Dentistry is such a great place, she will come here for dental checkups.....once she has teeth.

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