Sleep Apnea in Children

You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night—sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but in rare cases can also affect children. Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill, dentists at Dupont Family Dentistry in Fort Wayne care about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can treat sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea & Its Effects

Sleep apnea occurs when breathing becomes shallow or pauses completely while you’re asleep. It can be caused by your tongue or tonsils being too large and blocking your airway, the collapse of soft tissues in the back of the throat, or by your brain not sending the proper signals to keep breathing while you sleep. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology

Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill in Fort Wayne are experienced and trusted providers of veneer treatments. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Services

Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right—just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false—and Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill at Dupont Family Dentistry are here to tell you the truth. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

Smile: It’s Good for You!

Your smile is more powerful than you may know. Scientists have studied many aspects of smiling, such as how it affects your brain, your health, and your overall experience of life. Even the situation you’re in and the people around you are influenced by your smile. The findings may surprise you. Or, if you’re someone who smiles often, they may just confirm what you already know. Fort Wayne dentists Dr. Dave Diehl and Dr. Jason Hemphill in love a good smile and wants to help you smile more—to let them convince you to smile more and to maintain that smile with a healthy dental routine, keep reading!

Read more ›

Posted in Dental News Tagged with:

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth! The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Safety

It’s no secret that our community loves sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths—at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Fort Wayne dentists Dr. Dave Diehl and Dr. Jason Hemphill want you to know how to keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on to learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile!

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health Tagged with:

Dental Insurance FAQ: the Basics

At Dupont Family Dentistry, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Fort Wayne dentists Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill want every patient to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance.

Read more ›

Posted in Patient Care Tagged with:

Diet Soda & Dental Health: What You Need to Know

In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to hear the truth among all the other health-conscious noise. People are frequently misinformed and misled about the health benefits of trends such as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Fort Wayne dentists Dr. David Diehl and Dr. Jason Hemphill would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda.

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health Tagged with:

How Dental Nightguards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Fort Wayne for protection during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill have helped many Fort Wayne residents improve their quality of life with nightguards. Our team at Dupont Family Dentistry invites you to come visit us today to find out more. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Patient Care

Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all that has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done? You need some soft food recipes!

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist when we were kids. Depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work -and milkshakes will only get you so far.

Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill for their recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Dupont Family Dentistry in Fort Wayne can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services. Here are some soft food recipes that will treat your mouth and your body well. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming to achieve everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.
Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The volume of oil usually doubles in size due to the collection of saliva and toxins from the mouth during this process. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth.

Does oil pulling really work?

The jury is still out on oil pulling. Some dentists favor the practice more than others. Beyond anecdotal evidence and some preliminary studies, there’s no absolute proof that oil pulling does what it claims to do. However, this doesn’t mean it’s all a lie. In fact, coconut oil does contain vitamins and antimicrobials that might make a good addition to many of your personal hygiene routines. Still, for the most desirable results, your best bet is to make an appointment with your Fort Wayne dentist and receive a full, personalized dental care plan.

Should I try oil pulling?

Taking an active role in your own well-being is certainly important, but nothing replaces the experience and wisdom of a licensed dentist. Fort Wayne residents are encouraged to make an appointment at Dupont Family Dentistry for a consultation and to discuss dental care options with our dentists.

At-home health regimes can have a very positive effect, so you may want to try oil pulling for yourself. You may or may not get the results you were hoping for, but it likely won’t hurt. For optimum oral health, the recommendation remains to brush your teeth twice daily, floss or clean between the teeth once daily, and visit your dentist twice a year. Be sure you try oil pulling in addition to these recommendations … not in place of them!

If you suspect you have a real problem with gum disease, bad breath, or other health concerns, do not rely on oil pulling to fix these issues. Contact Dupont Family Dentistry  today for an appointment to discuss all your ideas and desires for a healthier smile.

Sources
http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/03/how-dental-professionals-can-respond-to-oil-pulling-patients.html
http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oil-pulling
http://fashionista.com/2014/03/oil-pulling
http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/unconventional-dentistry

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News

Contact Us





Do not include sensitive personal, financial, or other confidential information (social security, account number, login, passwords, etc.).