When Is the Best Time to Go to the Dentist?

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It may be our passion and profession, but we understand that for most people, going to the dentist can feel like a giant chore. It's important to not let those feelings get in the way of consistent dental care. At Vacendak, we wholeheartedly…

Nervous Nail Biting

An onychophagist, or more commonly a “nail biter,” is a person who habitually bites his or her fingernails. Nail biting is a common oral habit among children and young adults, and is the most common of the typical nervous habits such as…

Dental Care Tips for Caregivers of the Disabled or Elderly

Caregiving for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One You may have an elderly parent, spouse or friend who has difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own. How can you help? Two things are critical: Help them keep their mouth clean with…

The Toothbrush: a History

The toothbrush of today comes in various different colors, shapes, sizes, styles, and power options (if you are buying an electric variant) so choosing the right one can be hard to do when we are inundated with so many choices at the checkout…

The Best Waiting-Room Music for Your Mind

Music can change how we perceive time and how we react to anxiety-inducing situations; the right music can be a total difference-maker in terms of the overall experience for patients in waiting rooms across the country. Exactly how big is…

Amalgam vs. Composite: A Tale of Two Fillings

Dental patients in need of a filling face the choice between an amalgam metallic alloy or composite resin filling. These filling classes are often referred to as “silver” and “white” because of the distinctive color variation. There…

Easter Candy Alternatives

It's the time of year when the weather starts to warm up and grocery store aisles turn pastel in time for Easter. While many parents prepare Easter baskets for their children with marshmallow chicks, chocolate bunnies, and jellybeans, there…

Making Dental Appointments Easy for Kids

Here are our additions to these great tips from the Delta Dental Tooth Fairy: 1) Make their first trip to the dentist around their first birthday.  Kids who get used to dental visits as young toddlers have an easier time than kids who…

When should children have their first dental visit?

According to a 2009 study, most children in the U.S. don't see a dentist until they over two years old.  This is far later than recommended by medical and dental professionals.  The study found that the average age of children's first dental…

Chemotherapy and Dental Care

Cancer sucks.  Sadly, 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer, there are some things you should know about how cancer treatment can affect dental health. Chemotherapy…