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Limited time Offer for NEW Cardholders! Pay over time with CareCredit

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Get the CareCredit credit card that helps fit care into your budget, and a special offer that supports a healthy smile.Between now and July 31, 2019, get a free Philips Sonicare Essence+ electric toothbrush when you complete these steps (in any order)For new CareCredit cardholders.1.Open a new CareCredit credit card account.*2.Use your new card to make a single or multiple purchases totaling $200 or more.3.Register your purchase by July 31, 2019.• Online at carecredit.com/promotions with code SMILE• By mail to: Offer # SMILE P.O. Box 540003 El Paso, TX 88554-0003Call 574-271-9910 and schedule an appointment today!
Ask for details or call (866) 893-7364. Valid 5/1 through 7/31/19.

Closed for Memorial Day Weekend 2019

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Hey all!

                    Here's a quick note to let you know Dr. Stangebye                          and staff will be out of the office to celebrate the                            holiday weekend. Our office will be closed on                             Friday May 24th through Monday May 27th.

                    If you don't currently have an appointment                                    scheduled, but need to see the doctor before the                            weekend, please call us immediately to get on the                          schedule. Otherwise, Dr. Stangebye will be happy to                      see your smile when he is back next Tuesday May                          28th!

                    Thanks for your understanding!

                    Your Dental Family at Advance DentalRequest an Appointmentor call our office today to learn more
574-271-9910

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

In the United States alone every hour of every day someone loses their life to oral or oropharyngeal cancer. It is the cancer of the mouth and upper throat. Only forty percent of patients diagnosed will live longer than five years. Patients often end up suffering from facial disfigurement or trouble talking and eating. Its fatality is directly linked to its late-stage diagnosis. Dentists are often the first to identify oral cancer symptoms in patients, which is why offering oral cancer screenings is crucial. Early detection and prevention are key.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Dentists should provide their patients with information on the symptoms and indicators of oral cancer. If a patient has an abnormality in their mouth that does not improve or disappear after two to three weeks, they need to see a dental professional immediately. Urge your patients to perform self-checks and be vigilant of symptoms, such as:
Sores or ulcers that do not heal with four…

Multiple Sclerosis and Oral Health

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Multiple Sclerosis and Oral Health Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a lifelong disease that affects your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It causes problems with muscle control, balance, and vision, along with other every day body functions. Motor function and coordination are heavily affected, with muscle weakness and spasticity making everyday tasks like holding a toothbrush near impossible. Problems with coordination and fatigue also make it difficult to keep up with proper dental care. All of these complications result in MS patients being at a higher risk for dental diseases. The disease itself affects the teeth and gums on a biochemical level, along with the medications used for treatment.

The Relationship Between Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Oral Health
There is a cause and effect relationship between MS and dental health. One of the main characteristics and symptoms of MS is heightened levels of inflammation. This happens as a result of the immune system deter…

The Dangers of Soda

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The Dangers of Soda Over the last few years, the consumption of soda by kids, teens, and young adults has increased dramatically. These days it seems like everybody prefers to drink things that are sugary and acidic. What is important to realize is that these drinks offer no benefits to oral health (or health in general). According to reports the average person drinks around 16 ounces of soda a day which equates to 53 gallons of soda a year. Consuming 53 gallons of liquids filled with acids and sugar will repeatedly expose teeth to sugar, fueling decay.

Harmfulness of Soda on your Teeth
Soda harms teeth by directly exposing them to acid and by feeding acid-producing bacteria. Erosion occurs when acid breaks down tooth enamel, leaving the sensitive dentin layer with less protection. This makes teeth more sensitive to hot and cold, resulting in frequent toothaches. The sugars in soda also allow bacteria to multiply and produce acid as their waste product. This acid gets trapped in plaque…

Some of our Staff's Favorite Holiday Recipes!

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We wanted to share a few of our staff's favorite Holiday recipes.We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Melissa makes this special treat each year!

....and this one too!

This is one of Sara's favorites!

Angela's family loves this cranberry sauce recipe!



Sue saves this one especially for Thanksgiving!


Megan makes this one every Christmas with her kids!

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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National Safe Toys and Gifts Month
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. During their first winter, many children will receive teething toys and children with special needs may continue to enjoy them as their second set of teeth come in. There are many safe options available, but parents and other gift-givers may not be aware of how to use them and keep them clean.

The Teething Process
Babies’ first teeth usually start coming in when they are about six months old. Dentists recommend that biannual checkups begin at this point. For the most part, the front bottom teeth come in first, followed by the front upper teeth, with the last of the twenty baby teeth erupting by the time the child is three. Particularly during the early months, children’s gums will be sore and they will seek relief by biting down on whatever objects are available.

Maintenance
Besides cleanliness and choking hazards, the other issues with toy selection are chemical composition and intended use. Children oft…