The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar Accumulation

The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar Accumulation Preventive measures in dental treatment are intended to defend against the onset of disease. Patients of all ages benefit from preventive dental services that are designed to fend off periodontal disease, tooth sensitivity, cavities, and even oral infections. 
Routine exams and professional cleanings before bacteria buildup will ensure a lifetime of excellent dental health. Though plaque and tartar are two different things, they have similar properties and tartar forms as a result of plaque buildup. Both are harmful to the teeth and gums and can be prevented through a good oral care routine and regular visit to the dentist.
Risks Associated with Tooth Plaque
Plaque is a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth’s surface. Though there are good and bad bacteria in the mouth, plaque produces acids that attack tooth enamel, damage gums, and create cavities. Excessive plaque buildup may also lead to periodontal…

Everyone needs a little time off...

We are so lucky to live in the Michiana area! We've had some pretty HOT and  fantastic summer weather so far.  We truly hope everyone has been able to enjoy it. Whether it's been after work, on the weekends or by taking a little trip here or there. Here at Advance Dental, we too like to take some time off to enjoy Summer from time to time.
From Wednesday July 4th, 2018 to Sunday July 8th, 2018,our staff will be enjoying a long weekend with their friends and famillies.
If you are a current patient, and have a true dental emergency that occurs during this time or need to change an appointment that is scheduled on Monday, July 9th, please call our office to access our voicemail. You will then be routed to an after hours telephone number. 

We will not have access to our text messaging system
or email during this time. 

Stay safe and have a Happy 4th of July!
Your Dental Family at Advance Dental 574-271-9910 

Dental Care for Children

Dental Care for Children
Dental Care for Children
Even the smallest teeth need attention and care. Infants will start to teethe at about six months old, and many of the baby teeth will erupt above the gum line by the time the child is one year old. This is why the first dental appointment for your child should take place between their first and second birthdays. A child’s first dental appointment does not typically involve any treatment. Instead, this visit is a wellness check or "chair-ride" for the infant to discuss oral care during development and introduce oral care habits as a routine to keep up with throughout their life.

The First Appointment
At the appointment, you can hold your child in your arms while your dentist
examines his or her teeth and mouth. You should use this opportunity to discuss your child’s medical history and any issues you’re concerned about. Your dentist will review the child’s teething and tooth development to see that their growth is on track. Your d…

Celebrating 28 Years of Excellence in the Granger, Mishawaka & South Bend Indiana areas

Dr. Stangebye is celebrating 28 years of excellence this year!

Many of our patients have known Dr. Stangebye for a very long time. Some patients were even inherited from Dr. Nauss and have been with our dental family for the full 28 years. Our patients are considered part of our dental family. For those of you who have not been with us as long, here is a little history about our practice and Dr. Stangebye.  Dr. Stangebye was born and grew up in Hobart, Indiana. He graduated from River Forest High School in Hobart where he participated in football, wrestling, track and field and band. It was actually in band where he met the love of his life, Sue. He has also had an everlasting love for all things mechanical, especially airplanes and motorcycles. Following high school, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, specializing in Electrical Engineering. He then began pursuing his dental career at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He graduated from Indiana Universi…

Best Brushing Apps for Kids!

The Best Brushing Apps for Kids!
It's important to make brushing FUN, especially for kid's. With today's technology it's EASIER than ever. We'd like to give you some guidance on how to make your children's dental health even healthier!Let's be realistic. Many times it's a struggle to get a toothbrush IN your kid's mouth, and IF you can, it's even MORE difficult to get them to brush for two WHOLE minutes, TWICE a day. So, why not make it fun by letting them use their IPAD or tablet DURING brushing time?!?!Here are some of the best brushing apps for kids we've compiled for you!All you need to do is click on the link or links below, download them onto their electronic device and encourage them to use their apps during each brushing session.  It WILL help them brush a little better and a little longer, so here you go!
Best Brushing Apps for Kids!

Disney Magic Timer

Brush DJ

Aquafresh Brush Time

Brusheez Tooth Brushing Timer

As always, please feel free …

You Are What You Eat

Advance Dental - Dr. Ronald Stangebye

Nutrition and Oral Health: You are What You Eat If you’ve ever heard the expression, “you are what you eat,” there may be more truth to that than you think. Our mouth is a tool that keeps the machine, also known as our body, strong. In order to keep the mouth healthy, you need to give it what it needs, not what it craves, no matter how badly you want to reach for that slice of pizza. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from each of the five food groups, promotes healthy teeth and gums, while strengthening our immune system in the process. A balanced, well-rounded diet will also protect the teeth from decay and keep your dental health as well as your physical health in optimal shape.

Diet and Oral-Systemic Connection Foods that contain sugars of any kind contribute to tooth decay. Though almost all foods contain sugar, it’s important to avoid added sugars that are found in sports drinks, candy, and cookies. If foods don’t contain any nutritional …

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know an estimated 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States each year? That accounts for nearly 2.9% of all cancers!
Your dentist or dental hygienist is in the best position to detect oral cancer during your routine examinations.
At each routine examination you are given an oral cancer screening in our office. We are looking for anything abnormal that should not be present in your mouth. This could be a lump, lesions, red or white spots, sores or areas that bleed easily. If there is an area of concern, the rule of thumb is, if it does not resolve in about a two week time period it should be considered suspect and worthy of further examination or referral for biopsy. 
Early detection is essential to more successful treatment outcomes. 
It is important to be aware of your own body and be able to recognize any changes. Please let Dr. Stangebye know if you have any areas of concern in your mouth or notice something new or dif…