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April 28, 2015
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Top Characteristics of a Children's Dentist

A good, quality dentist can be difficult to come by. Most people would agree that they want to feel comfortable in a dentist's office. They'd like to be welcomed warmly, and have the trip be as quick and painless as possible. Now, try to find these qualities in a children's dentist, and you've got a new task altogether.

A dentist who works mainly with adults will most likely have an easier time communicating with their patients. Adults are simply more rational and mature, and their fears of procedures can be put to rest because of their ability control their emotions. Going to the dentist can be scary; it can be even scarier as a child. Here are some traits to look for in a top-notch children's dentist.

A Way with Words: A good children's dentist will be able to communicate effectively with the child. They will have the knowledge and ability to calm them down, subdue their fears, or make them laugh when appropriate. The dentist should be able to make the child feel comfortable most, if not all, of the time.  Good verbal communication is the key to success.

Patience and Understanding: As any parent will tell you, kids can be unreasonable, stubborn, or unwilling to cooperate from time to time. Asking them to let a stranger poke and prod in their mouth can trigger some of these responses. A good children's dentist will be willing and able to not only cope with their young patient's mood, but overcome it as well.

Informative: Any dentist can lecture you on good oral hygiene, but good oral habits start young. A children's dentist shouldn't preach, but encourage their young patients to brush regularly, floss every day, or to avoid sugars. The dentist and his team are in a unique position to educate your child, and as an expert, are situated perfectly to spread a healthy message.

Have the Right Tools: This goes beyond the normal tools they use when you're in the chair. A dentist should have a large variety of items for a child to play with while they sit in the waiting room. Children's books, Legos, building blocks, or board games are all great ways to let a child pass the time while they are in the waiting room. This can help the child relax, making their trip a more positive experience overall.

Look for these traits when searching for a children's dentist. It's important that their first experience with a dentist is an extremely positive one, and these tips can help!


By Franklin Dental
April 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

April 20, 2015
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Many people have this misconception if you don’t have dental insurance you can’t afford to go to the dentist, however, this ideal couldn’t be further from the truth. Dentistry isn’t expensive- neglect is. Yes, having dental insurance can help offset major procedures, however, that is not an excuse for letting your dental health deteriorate. If you’re still skeptical, here are four more reasons that you need to get into the dentist even if you don’t have health insurance.

The Longer You Wait, The Worse it Will Get:

Putting off going to the dentist is not only a bad idea for your mental health, it will end up costing you more money because the problems will get bigger and bigger. For example, if you lose a tooth and decide not to have the missing tooth replaced, there’s a very good chance that over time the rest of the surrounding teeth will shift and cause more pain and the bone of the jawline will start to deteriorate causing more issues. So in the long run, it will end up costing you much more money to have all these issues corrected than if you would have visited the dentist right away when the problem started.

Regular Check-ups & Preventative Measures Help:

A basic check-up or cleaning can do wonders for your basic dental health, and putting off a cleaning for an extended period of time can be detrimental to your teeth and gums. Even if you don’t have insurance, a regular cleaning every six months is very affordable and will be a great way to help protect against dental health decay.

Additionally, at your regular dental cleanings, talk to your dentist and get ideas of different ways to effectively protect your teeth from dental decay at home. You can also follow our blog, or Facebook or Twitter as we send out very helpful tips on dental health. All good dentists are firm believers in preventing dental problems before they even happen.

Dentists Are Affordable Even Without Insurance:

There is a stigma surrounding the dentist that every time you visit it will cost you an arm and a leg if you don’t have insurance. On the contrary, basic checkups and many basic procedures are still affordable without dental insurance. Unless you need total jaw and dental construction, there’s a good chance you will be able to afford the require procedures to keep your smile beautiful.

Your Dentist May Have Specials:

Many good dentists understand that many people do not have health insurance and have setup specific programs to help assist these patients in payment. For example, Franklin Dental, located in Franklin Wisconsin, offers  a 8% discount for patients with no insurance for most restorative procedures and 10% for senior citizens. 

If you’re still not convinced that you can afford dental care even if you don’t have insurance, I’d encourage you to take some time and call (414.425.7050) the experts at Franklin Dental. They can help talk you through your particular case and explain all the options. A lack of insurance should not equate to a lack of dental health. You are still able to get the basic care you need to remain confident about your smile.

April 16, 2015
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There’s a deceptive growing trend among franchise dental offices offering “Teeth in a Day” and if you've been shopping around for a dental procedure to fix or replace a broken or rotted tooth, there’s a good chance you’re seen this offer. The simple fact is that this is not physically possible and definitely not safe. In this blog we outline the dangers of this deceptive offer.

In many of these cases, the franchise dental offices are referring to dental implants. Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace a missing tooth. The titanium screw can be outfitted with a variety of dental prosthetics, making the tooth indistinguishable from the real thing. Once placed, your hygiene process does not have to change with a dental implant, meaning you can brush and floss like you always have. Eating and other daily activities also remain unaltered. Essentially, dental implants provide you with a ton of value when performed correctly by a quality dentist.


The fact is, there is no way to know how long it will take to place a dental implant in a patient because every single patient is different and has different needs to fulfill in order to have a successful dental implant placement. It is not until after a consultation and x-rays are taken that a dentist can create a custom and specific plan of action for your individual mouth.


For the vast majority of dental implant patients there are a number of preparatory tasks that need to be performed in order to ensure the dental implant will successfully bond with the jawline, gums and other teeth. If these preparatory tasks are rushed or skipped, there’s a good chance the dental implant will not last. This can cause future problems, more expenses and pain.


So the plain and simple facts are that trying to rush into getting a “Tooth in a Day” is just not safe and there is a good chance it will not be successful. The dental implant procedure is complex, and needs an ample amount of time and planning on your part, as well as the dentist.


Remember, dental implants are an investment in your dental health and smile so it’s very important that you take your time, find the right dentist and get the best plan of action for success. Trust me, it will be well worth the wait to do it the correct way than rush into it and run into lots of problems, complications and failures.


The key is to find an experienced and highly qualified dentist who can help guide you through the process. Once you have your initial consultation, this qualified expert can fully explain the best strategy for your specific need to make sure the procedure is a success.


Lastly, keep in mind that the longer you wait to get a dental implant, the harder they are to place and the more complicated the procedure can get. So if you are in need of dental implants I would highly suggest scheduling a free consultation with the Dr. John, the dental implant expert here in Milwaukee.


April 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Invisalign aligns crooked teeth without hassle, discomfort, or conspicuous hardware.

If you're considering braces to straighten your teeth, the thick wires laced through dark metal brackets might be holding you back. InvisalignOr perhaps you already had braces earlier in life and recall the frequent visits to the orthodontist to tighten those wires. Fortunately, you now have alternatives. Invisalign provides people with a comfortable, low-maintenance way of straightening their teeth without sacrificing their appearance.

How does Invisalign work?

Using 3D imaging, you will be given a series of Invisalign trays that are made to the exact specifications of your mouth. These trays, called aligners, are made of a clear, flexible plastic material and fit precisely against your teeth. As your teeth adjust into their proper position, you will change out your aligner for the next one in the series. This process usually takes between nine and fifteen months, with only a few visits to your dentist in between for checkups.

What sets Invisalign apart?

Traditionally, braces have been bulky, metallic appliances that call attention to themselves. Invisalign, however, lives up to its name - the clear aligners are barely noticeable. Many patients report that other people have no idea they're wearing braces. The trays can easily be removed so you can enjoy foods like popcorn, hard candy and apples. There's also no pointed wires or brackets to poke and irritate your gum or cheek tissue.

Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth much more easily than with conventional braces. For best results, however, Dr. Olsen will advise you to wear them as much as possible in the meantime, ideally between 20 and 22 hours per day.

If your teeth could benefit from Invisalign, contact the dental team at Franklin Dental to learn more about smoothing out your smile.

Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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