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Posts for: May, 2015

By Franklin Dental
May 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

May 19, 2015
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How are Diabetes and Gum Disease Connected?  

It seems like an odd combination, doesn't it? It's known that gum disease, which is an infection of the gums, can also be linked to strokes and heart disease. But diabetes? Many people don’t think to associate diabetes and gum disease, however, they are linked. Obviously, gum disease doesn't cause diabetes, nor vice versa, but they do cause complications with each other. In this two-part blog series we will be looking at the connection between the two and how to tell if you have the symptoms.

Let's take a look at the signs of gum disease first.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. You may also hear it referred to as periodontal disease. There are two different forms of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis- produces swollen gums that bleed easily when the teeth are brushed. Because gingivitis usually doesn't cause pain, many people don't get the treatment they need. It can also cause bad breath and very red gums.
  • Periodontitis- the worse of the two, causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, causing gaps where bacteria can develop and damage the bone that supports the teeth. Gums can also shrink back from the teeth. This can make the teeth look longer. Teeth may become loose, fall out, or have to be extracted by a dentist.

It’s important to understand the symptoms of gum disease so you can get aid as soon as possible at the first sign of trouble. Here are some common questions to consider when evaluating if you may have gum disease.

  • Are your gums more red than normal?
  • Are they swollen?
  • Do your teeth feel loose?
  • Does it look like your gums are separating from your teeth?
  • Do you feel like you consistently have bad breath?


If you are experiencing these issues, or more, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible to ensure the problems do not get worse. Typically the longer you wait, the worse the problems get and the more other issues can develop.  

So how is diabetes linked to gum disease?

Now that we have established the symptoms of gum disease, let’s next examine how gum disease can be linked to diabetes.

Slower, or inefficient, circulation: Diabetes slows the circulation of the blood by causing blood cells to thicken. The body's ability to ward of infections is reduced because of the reduced ability to carry nutrients to the tissue, as well as move waste away. This, in turn, can increase the risk of infections. Which also leads too...

Lower healing factor: Because of the poor blood flow, the ability to heal wounds is also reduced. Any necessary oral treatments needed to treat infections, or any surgery that is needed, will see a longer healing time.

Thrush: Utilizing an antibiotic is typically a solid course of action when battling an infection. When a person has diabetes, they are more prone to see  fungus grow on their tongue (thrush). High sugar levels in the saliva is what this fungus utilizes, something people with diabetes typically have. This leads into...

A “burning” in the mouth: If your tongue or mouth feels like it's on fire, or if your tongue feels hot, it's probably a symptom of your thrush.

These are just a few of the things people with diabetes need to be concerned with when it comes to diabetes. There's even worse news for smokers: a person with diabetes who smokes is at a much higher risk to develop thrush or gum disease. This goes back to poor blood circulation and a hindered ability to heal damaged tissue.








When decay spreads to the tooth’s inner pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary to save it. It’s a common procedure: after removing all tissue from the pulp, the pulp chamber and root canals are filled with a special filling. The tooth is then sealed and a crown installed to protect the tooth from re-infection and/or fracture, possibly extending the tooth’s life for many years.

Sometimes, however, the tooth doesn’t respond and heal as expected: the number, size and shape of the patient’s root canals may have complicated the procedure; there may have been a delay before installing the final crown or restoration or the restoration didn’t seal the tooth as it should have, both occurrences giving rise to re-infection. It’s also possible for a second, separate occurrence of decay or injury to the tooth or crown to undo the effects of successful treatment.

It may be necessary in these cases to conduct a second root canal treatment, one that may be more complicated or challenging than the first one. For one thing, if the tooth has been covered by a crown or other restorative materials, these will most likely need to be removed beforehand. In cases where the root canal network and anatomy are challenging, it may require the expertise of an endodontist, a dental specialist in root canal treatments. Using advanced techniques with microscopic equipment, an endodontist can locate and fill unusually narrow or blocked root canals.

Because of these and other possible complications, a root canal retreatment may be more costly than a first-time procedure. Additionally, if you have dental insurance, your particular benefit package may or may not cover the full cost or impose limitations on repeated procedures within a certain length of time. The alternative to retreatment, though, is the removal of the tooth and replacement with a dental implant, bridge or partial denture with their own set of costs and considerations.

The complications and costs of a repeated procedure, though, may be well worth it, if it results in a longer life for the tooth. Preserving your natural tooth is in most cases the most desired outcome for maintaining a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment.”

May 05, 2015
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There are a variety of signs and symptoms that can lead a person to booking a dental appointment. While many would agree that preventative maintenance such as regular checkups and proper daily care is the best course of action, sometimes we can overlook or neglect things.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, consider visiting your dentist. Taking care of issues early can save you money, time, and possibly pain. Remember- dentistry isn’t expensive… NEGLECT IS!

Bleeding/Sore Gums -Brushing too hard can cause your gums to be sore, but it could also indicate larger issues like gingivitis or gum disease. Watch for your gums bleeding regularly; if so, consult your dentist.

Sensitive Teeth -If drinking a cold drink makes you cringe, you may have sensitive teeth. An exposed root, worn enamel, or gum disease can be the culprits of this. There are options to help elevate this pain and make your teeth much more comfortable.

Bad Breath – What you eat is very important for this condition. Using mouthwash, flossing, and brushing your mouth fully- including your tongue, can help with this issue. If these dental care methods fail, talk to your dentist and they can provide alternative solutions.

Discolored Teeth – Drinking coffee, tea, or smoking can stain your teeth, but medication and injury can also discolor them. In this day and age, there are amazing whitening techniques available at the dentist to help restore your smile to its sparkling beauty.

Mouth is Dry – Saliva works to help prevent tooth decay by breaking down food and washing it away. Certain medications may inadvertently prevent this, however, if you are experiencing dry mouth talk with both your doctor and your dentist to find the best solution for you.

Mouth Sores – This is caused by irritation from braces, the edges of a broken tooth, or even dentures. It can be common to see cold sores, canker sores, and leukoplakia if this problem arises. It’s best to check with your experience dentist to see what they would recommend to help solve this problem before it gets worse.

Infection From an Oral Piercing – Your mouth has mountains of bacteria in it, and introducing an open wound with a mouth piercing can be dangerous. Pain, swelling, or red streaks are signs to look out for. A common ailment of an oral piercing is a fractured tooth- so be thoughtful before you sparkle your tongue with jewelry!

Toothaches – Cavities are the obvious culprit in this case, but gum disease is another problem that causes this symptom. A dentist should be consulted right away because the longer you wait the worse and more costly it will become to solve the problem. There is nothing worse than having to bare the pain of an uncomfortable tooth.

Jaw Popping/Clicking – This can be a hard one to diagnose because of the variety of issues that cause it. Arthritis, TMD, or gingivitis are all candidates. Modern Botox techniques can help solve some of these problems along with other innovative dental techniques.  

Broken or Cracked Teeth – Grinding or brittle teeth can cause a crack or broken tooth. You may not see it all of the time, but you'll feel it. Pain while chewing is a sign of this problem.

Many dental problems can be either solved immediately or prevented if caught at a 6-month checkup and with proper dental care. Staying on top of your dental health will not only save you time and money but also lots of discomfort and pain. If you don’t have a 6-month checkup scheduled, make sure to take the time to do that now and if you are experiencing any of these problems, please contact us so we can help solve your pain.


May 01, 2015
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One of the most common questions regarding dental implants is, “How much do dental implants cost?” Many people want to know exactly what kind of financial commitment they will be getting into before even starting. In this blog, we are going to explain what to expect when thinking about doing a dental implant procedure.

It can be nearly impossible to put an exact price on how much dental implants will cost until an initial consultation is conducted. Each and every person’s mouth is different and at different stages of dental health, so it’s not possible to give a price until a consultation and x-rays are performed. Once the consultation is conducted, the dentist will be able to give you a “roadmap’ of what needs to be done to get your mouth ready for a dental implant. At this point he or she should be able to give you more information on pricing for the procedures.

There are three major things to keep in mind when shopping for and pricing out dental implants:

Don't Wait: If you are in need of a dental implant procedure, don't hesitate. The longer you wait, the more likely your costs will go up. As an example, let's say you lose a tooth and want to get it replaced. Instead of taking care of the issue right away, you wait. With the missing tooth and an open space, the bone around the missing tooth deteriorates and will require extensive repair before an implant can be placed. If treated right away, this would have not required additional treatments and the cost would be much lower.

If you don’t want to wait, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation to see what the best path to success is for you. After the consultation, we can give you a much better idea on pricing and scheduling. Schedule your free consultation now.

Price Shopping is the Wrong Mindset: In this day and age it’s very common to shop for a product or service solely based on price, however, when it comes to your health this is the exact opposite mindset you should be in. Instead, be looking for the most qualified professional to help you with a successful procedure. Additionally, be cautious of the “teeth in a day” promotions. It is almost impossible to receive a dental implant in a day and if you do it can be rushed and not successful. Cutting corners puts you at risk, and similar to the above point, may cost you more in the long run.

Dental Implants are an Investment:

Instead of thinking that you are simply filling in a missing tooth in your mouth, view dental implants as an investment in both your dental and mental health. There are so many benefits to getting dental implants and your personal happiness and health cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

Getting dental implants is a big step in the right direction for improving your dental health. It’s important to educate yourself and find a dentist that is an expert at dental implants. The exact price of dental implants again varies, however, scheduling your free consultation is the first step to finding out pricing specific to your procedure. Schedule your free consultation now.


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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