Smile, it’s a new year

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times In the last few days the extreme cold temperature of the northeast has frozen pipes, chilled the soul and made people with sensitive teeth frown. When even smiling in the cold is too much for the teeth it’s a real concern. So many times we are asked what can be done. This month I am going to go over some tips to help keep those winter smiles. It’s...

Being smart about your smile during the holidays

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times With the rush of the holidays, it can be easy to forget to maintain good dental health — but bad choices now could lead to problems in the new year. Here’s a few fairly simple tips to keep you and your family smiling well into 2018:

Your rights and responsibilities as a patient

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times In just a few days I will be representing the state of Pennsylvania at the annual meeting of the American Dental Association.  As a member dentist I subscribe to a code of ethics. Whatever the future of our healthcare holds, we cannot lose sight of ethical care.  The American Dental Association also has a patient’s bill of rights. This...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...