A dental hygiene visit – It’s not just a cleaning

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s easy to think that the regular twice yearly visit with the dental hygienist is just a cleaning.   We sometimes forget to share all the things that are occurring during that regular appointment. This visit, the most important aspect of preventive dentistry, is a complete inspection of the oral cavity. I decided to share just some of the...

Sports dental safety: it’s always an option

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times While summer has just begun it’s time to think about mouth guards for dental safety. Athletic mouth guards are not just for football and hockey. Many sports such as gymnastics, skating, martial arts, basketball just to name a few can put a smile in harm’s way. Mouth protectors can cushion a blow and help protect the teeth as well as reduce...

A little summer sun can make your teeth healthier

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Here comes the sun, or at least we hope so. After days of dreary and unseasonably chilly weather the giant glowing orb of happiness appeared outside my window. This amazing event occurred just as I was reading a dental journal and discovered the results of some new research.

The dentist’s guide to Easter candy

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times As many of the folks who read my column know, I am not in favor of denying our children the occasional sweet treat. Holidays are special and to steal a chocolate bunny out of the hands of child is just no fun. However, in light of the supersized world we live in and the prevalence of 4 and 5 pound packages of jelly beans, I felt obligated to say...

Invest in your child’s future by caring for their teeth

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Let’s start from the beginning, that’s right great teeth start from great care of our kids. We have seen decades of dental disease declining in kids who receive routine preventive care and early intervention of dental problems. For most people taking our kids to the dentist twice a year is just want we do. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always...

Happy 2017 – let’s make it a healthy year.

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times With each passing year one thing is undeniable, we are a year older.  Let’s be a year wiser too. With the advent of great preventive care and good oral hygiene we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people who get to middle age with little or no need for extensive dentistry. Let’s not get complacent, teeth are like a classic car,...

How to handle hazardous holiday goodies

Here’s what to do when the joy of the season bites back By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s that time of year again, we run around, stressing over the perfect gift for that special someone. Then we bake. We eat plenty of holiday treats, sometimes those delicious morsels, bite us back. The Holiday Guide to Dental Emergencies. Infection – If you have pain, redness...

Just the facts, please

By Stephanie McGann, Columnist, The Times It’s the Wild Wild West out there. No I don’t mean politics. Today’s Wild West is the internet, full of great information, supposition, opinion, marketing and malicious intent. As health care providers it’s our job to know when something is based on solid science or just someone’s opinion or anecdotal evidence. Worse yet, when information on the internet...

Flossing story misses the point

Common sense — and science — still make a case for flossing By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Recently the Associated Press reported a story that there were no studies available on the efficacy of flossing. Suddenly dentists were asked by patients if this means they really don’t have to floss. I want to take this opportunity to voice my opinion on this latest news story. It’s...

Parents’ guide to summer dental health

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Summer is here and if your kids are like mine, they would rather sleep, eat, stare at their video screens and repeat.  Without regular prodding things that are more normal in their routine seem to fall by the wayside. Keep oral hygiene a priority; I know as a mom I get a much-needed break from the early AM roller coaster of getting kids out the...