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Posts for: February, 2017

By Franklin Dental
February 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Franklin Dental
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implantation is fast becoming one of the most common procedures performed in dentist offices across the country. This is due in part to the fact that over half of Americans have one or more missing teeth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Dental implants are considered to be the most effective way to replace a tooth. Think about the many advantages of implants in advance of your dentist appointment with Dr. John Olsen at Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI.

Natural Feel and Look
Unlike dentures which fit over the gum line, are sometimes uncomfortable and have a more artificial appearance, dental implants are very natural looking. An individual crown is crafted by a technician and placed on top of the implant, which makes it look just you’re your other teeth. Implants also feel more natural in your mouth when you’re chewing your food, brushing and talking. 

Keeps Your Mouth Healthy
The bone in your jaw is what keeps your teeth anchored in place. The longer a tooth is missing from that bone, the less the bone is needed and eventually, it starts to weaken. Dental implants by your Franklin dentist will help keep the bone tissue in your mouth healthy and useful for many years.

No Embarrassment and Long Lasting Results
Some patients are hesitant to get partial dentures, flippers and similar devices because they're afraid of the potential embarrassment. With dental implants, only you and your dentist will know that you have a replacement tooth. They are permanent, non-removable and will last for decades. You can reasonably expect your dental implants to remain rooted as long as your other teeth. Just maintain regular yearly dentist checkups and floss regularly to reduce the chance of gum disease, which is the main threat to an implant.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are revolutionary, restorative treatment for people who have weakened, infected or missing teeth. Your Franklin, WI, dentist can evaluate your case to see if you're a good candidate. Call (414) 425-7050 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Olsen.

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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