John K. Drisdale, D.M.D.
March 15, 2018
One of the primary concerns of your general dentist is preventing tooth decay and gum disease. With an excellent oral hygiene routine at home and regular checkups and cleanings, you can keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy for years and years to come. Fighting tooth decay in Midland requires knowing what causes it — keep reading to learn more about why it occurs and what you need to do to stop it.
February 15, 2018
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are simply in a class of their own. They are the only treatment that restores both the root and crown of a tooth, and they actually fuse to the jawbone just like a natural tooth. However, if a patient’s jawbone is too thin or brittle to support implants as is, your dentist in Midland may need to strengthen it using a bone grafting procedure. Bone grafting is often the key to helping patients rebuild their smiles who would otherwise be ineligible for dental implants. Why would a person need it? How does it work? We answer these questions today.
January 18, 2018
Dentists deal with a number of issues that may not seem directly related to oral health at first, and some of them may surprise you. Take, for instance, how eating habits can impact the teeth. When disordered eating comes into play — like for patients who have bulimia or anorexia nervosa — the effects can really show up on their smile. Most dentists will deal with this throughout their careers, and your dentist in Midland knows how important it is to provide kind, compassionate care for patients dealing with disordered eating.
December 28, 2017
There’s a new study out in The Journal of Implantology this year that offers some encouraging news for women who have osteoporosis and are missing or on the brink of losing teeth. Dental implants, which are already well-known for their benefits to oral and overall health, may help preserve bone density for women with this bone disease who are also taking the class of medications called bisphosphonates. Keep reading to find out more about the study — and what it could mean for your oral health.
November 9, 2017
If you have dental insurance in Midland, that means you’re covered in the event something major goes wrong with your oral health, right? Unfortunately, that’s not exactly true. If you’re like many Americans, you will spend a considerable amount of money on dental insurance every month, only to find out it may not really do all that much for you when you need it most. Keep reading to learn how dental insurance and medical insurance differ — and what that means for you and your family.
November 5, 2017
It’s November, and we love this time of year — the leaves are falling and the air is starting to feel crisp here in our part of the state. Your dentist in Midland, Dr. Robert E. Christensen, also knows that November is a great time to check in and make sure your child’s smile is healthy going into the holiday season, when sweet treats and snacks abound. Keep reading for our top 3 fall smile tips to keep them grinning from ear to ear!
October 30, 2017
Osteoporosis is a disease that is associated with rapid bone loss and/or inadequate replacement of healthy bone tissue. The disease is most common in postmenopausal women but it can also occur in older men. People who have osteoporosis are at a higher risk of breaking or fracturing bones from a fall or — in the most severe cases — even from minor bumps and scrapes.
September 16, 2017
Does the very thought of visiting the dentist cause you anxiety? If so, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 15% of Americans suffer from dental-related fears and phobias. This can make scheduling appointments almost impossible as you become paralyzed with fear. Now, you can feel comfortable and relaxed during your appointments with sedation dentistry. With the use of oral conscious sedation and anti-anxiety premedication, your fears will fade away so you can enjoy your time in the dental office.
July 30, 2017
There’s a lot to learn about your oral health, but when it comes to decay, a cavity is a cavity, right? Not necessarily, says Dr. Robert Christensen, your dentist in Midland. There are actually three different types of cavities, and each one requires a slightly different treatment method. Keep reading to find out about cavities!
June 5, 2017
It’s no secret that men often ignore their health — like maybe forgetting about a worrisome lump, or putting off a visit to the doctor for a chronic ache. Perhaps as a result of this reluctance to seek medical attention, males are also more likely to die from stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer than women. It’s time to reverse the trend, and during Men’s Health Month in June, your dentist in Midland is working to raise awareness of the importance of monitoring oral health as an indicator for overall health. What are the connections? Dr. Robert E. Christensen has more information in this week’s blog post.