Dental Emergencies: First Response

Even if you practice proper dental hygiene, dental emergencies may occur. Dr. Holsteen and our team stress the importance of knowing what to do in these situations. There are things you can do at home to relieve discomfort and to minimize damage before you come in to our office. Toothache If you are suffering from… Read more »

What Causes Bad Breath?

Do you worry about having bad breath, or halitosis? You are not alone; a quick look at the well-stocked shelves of gum and mints in your local stores will confirm that fresh breath is in high demand. While no one wants to have bad breath, just trying to cover it up may not be the… Read more »

How Often Should You See the Dentist?

There’s an old joke that goes like this, “When is the best time to see the dentist?” The answer is obvious! “2:30 (tooth hurt-y!), of course!” That joke is a groaner and is most certainly not true. In order to guard against having to see the dentist because your tooth is “hurt-y,” it’s extra important… Read more »

Invisalign®: A Straighter Smile At Any Age

January is a month of setting goals: a fresh start, the beginning of a brand new year. Why not include a brand new smile? Although many people associate braces and orthodontic care with pre-teen to teenage years, you can get a straighter, healthier smile at any age! Afraid of “brace-face”? Don’t worry – we have… Read more »

A Winter-White Smile for the New Year

A new year is here and, for many, that means making New Year’s Resolutions. Might we suggest one that won’t be forgotten by Valentine’s Day? Resolve to get a whiter smile! At Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry, we have a lot of options to help you achieve your smile goals in 2018. The first step is… Read more »

How to Take Care of Your Mouth While You Are Sick

Winter is here! Unfortunately, this means cold and flu season is coming, right on its heels. Here are some mouth care tips that should be followed when you or your family are feeling under the weather. First, there are some oral hygiene issues to attend to. Cleaning your mouth is especially important while you are… Read more »

Holiday Meals and Your Teeth

The holidays are here, and with them come delicious holiday meals. Here are some things you may find on the menu, and why they are a great option for your oral health. Turkey: Turkey and other protein-packed foods are a very good source of phosphorus. Phosphorus is an essential mineral primarily used for growth and… Read more »

Things You Can Do for Bleeding Gums

Ignored bleeding gums today could be a grave issue in your future. While bleeding gums sometimes don’t mean much at all, they’re frequently a sign that gums and chompers are suffering from periodontal disease, a condition that can cause lost teeth and major destruction to your jawbone and gums. We want your oral cavity to… Read more »

How are Dentures Made?

You’ve probably heard that George Washington had wooden false teeth, but that’s actually not true! Washington certainly had oral problems, and he did wear dentures, but they were fashioned from lead, human teeth and animal parts. Nowadays, we don’t fashion false teeth from wood or from lead. Instead, false teeth are made from more modern… Read more »

Protect and Help Your Smile With Sports Dentistry

Sports dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with the prevention and treatment of dental injuries and oral diseases related to exercise and sports. Many people have never heard of sports dentistry, especially because the most common branches of dentistry include general and family dentistry, preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry…. Read more »