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October Is National Dental Hygiene Month!

Morning procedure This month we are focusing on helping patients achieve better oral health. Practicing an excellent oral hygiene routine can improve the overall aesthetic, quality, and function of your smile. At Bay City Smiles in Bay City, MI, Dr. Daryle Mahnke focuses on educating his patients on the tools necessary to maintain optimal oral health and providing a range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services. Dr. Mahnke understands the benefits of developing and maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine and shares that with patients in hopes they will take charge of their oral health. Practicing an excellent oral hygiene routine can help patients avoid complex dental issues and keep their smile bright and healthy.

Tips For Improving Your Oral Hygiene Routine

  • Make sure you are using the appropriate toothbrush for your teeth. If brushing your teeth is uncomfortable, try switching your toothbrush to a soft-bristled, medium bristled, hard bristled, or electric toothbrush. Also make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every few months because the bristle can wear out, making your toothbrush less effective. When brushing the teeth, make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes day, twice a day to properly remove plaque and debris from the mouth.
  • Incorporate flossing into your dental hygiene routine. Flossing can help remove debris hiding between the teeth, reduce your chance of developing gum disease, and prevent tartar buildup. If you aren’t sure if you are flossing correctly, feel free to schedule a preventive care exam and discuss any questions you may have with Dr. Mahnke.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash to help remove excess debris and fight against plaque buildup. Find an ADA approved mouthwash to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine.
  • Schedule biannual routine preventive care visits to Bay City Smiles. Dr. Mahnke recommends patients visit his office at least twice a year to receive a professional dental cleaning and a comprehensive exam. Comprehensive exams allow Dr. Mahnke to thoroughly examine the teeth, mouth, gums, and jaw to check for any signs of dysfunction. Depending on his findings, Dr. Mahnke can provide a personalized treatment plan to improve the quality and function of your smile.

Schedule An Appointment

General dentist Dr. Mahnke will work with you to improve your smile. If you haven’t scheduled a preventive care visit, contact Bay City Smiles in Bay City, MI. Patients can contact our office to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.

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Halitosis

Have you noticed that you have been experiencing persistent bad breath?

You may be suffering from halitosis. Halitosis is persistent bad breath that is not eliminated by practicing proper oral hygiene. Halitosis is a treatable condition with the help of an experienced dentist. It is important to get your mouth checked if you are noticing signs of halitosis. Often, Halitosis is an indicator of a more complex dental problem.

If you want to explore your treatment options, visit Bay City Smiles in Bay City, MI. Dr. Daryle Mahnke offers comprehensive dental exams to determine the underlying cause of your halitosis. Dr. Mahnke is a highly trained, compassionate dentist, who is committed to providing exceptional dental care. Dr. Mahnke will address the cause of your halitosis and provide the appropriate dental treatment.

Halitosis

In order to maintain healthy teeth and minimize your chance of developing complex dental problems, it is important to follow a proper oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day and visiting Dr. Mahnke at least twice a year for preventive care visits can help keep your smile beautiful and functional. At Bay City Smiles, we understand dental problems do arise, and we offer a broad range of treatments depending on your dental condition. Halitosis can be caused by any of these dental conditions:

  • Gum Disease: Gum disease affects the gum tissue. Over time, the gums recede from the teeth, which create deep pockets surrounding the teeth. Bacteria can form in the pockets surrounding the teeth, which can cause the teeth to shift, bleeding, bad breath, and tooth loss. For some patients, gum disease presents little to no symptoms. It is important for patients to visit Bay City Smiles regularly to maintain the health of their teeth.
  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay happens when bacteria break down the tooth enamel and leaves the tooth susceptible to toothaches, tooth loss, infection, and bad breath. Dr. Mahnke may suggest a professional dental cleaning to get rid of any harmful bacteria before providing a more detailed dental treatment.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Dry mouth can be caused by factors like dehydration, tobacco use or medication. Dry mouth is an easily treatable condition. You can speak with your doctor or Dr. Mahnke to determine the best solution for you.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to explore your treatment options for halitosis; visit Bay City Smiles. General dentist Dr. Mahnke will create a personalized treatment plan for your smile. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 989.684.0873

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Smoking and Oral Health

Happy patient Smoking can affect many aspects of your overall health, so it is no surprise that it can have adverse effects on your oral health. Smoking can cause bad breath, tooth discoloration, increase your risk of developing gum disease, and oral cancer. Quitting smoking is a necessary preventative measure that can have tremendous results on your oral health. We understand that quitting smoking can be difficult, but it important to think about how you can improve your oral health and minimize your risks of developing serious dental problems in the future. Dr. Daryle Mahnke can work with you to correct a smile that has been damaged by smoking. At Bay City Smiles, Dr. Mahnke offers a range of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments to improve the quality and aesthetic of your smile. It is important to note, to maintain the quality of your dental treatment, it is necessary to quit smoking.

The Effects of Smoking on your Oral health

Smoking can cause these symptoms:

  • Discolored
  • Bleeding gums
  • Plaque build up
  • Tooth decay
  • Dry mouth

In extreme cases, smoking can lead to gum disease and oral cancer, which may require the need for complex dental treatment. At Bay City Smiles we help patients maintain their beautiful smiles and make the best decision regarding their oral health. The best thing you can do is quit smoking entirely to help improve your oral health. General dentist Dr. Mahnke will work with you to help address any issues regarding your oral health. We advise patients to visit our Bay City dental office at least twice a year to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. It is important for patients to get their teeth and gums checked regularly to ensure that no complex dental issues are developing. Smokers should take into consideration that they may be more prone to certain dental problems so they should take extra measure to improve their oral health.

Other measures smokers can take to improve their oral health:

  • Maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year
  • Be aware of the signs of oral cancer and gum disease

Schedule an Appointment at Bay City Smiles

Dr. Mahnke is an experienced dentist in Bay City, MI, who is dedicated to providing patient focused dental care. Dr. Mahnke is trained is trained in all aspects of dentistry and offers a wide range of services to each of our patients. If you want to schedule an appointment at Bay City Smiles, you can schedule an appointment online or call 989.684.0873

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FAQS: Gum Health

Teeth whitening, Bay City, MI The health of your gums is important to the overall health of your teeth. Most patients neglect their gums in their oral hygiene routine, which can lead to complex dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Bay City dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke strives to provide patients with the information they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. At Bay City Smiles, we offer a full range of service to help prevent and treat gum disease. We understand that your oral health is important, and make great strides to provide personalized, comprehensive dental treatment to help improve your smile.

Gum Health

What is gum disease? Gum disease is an infection of the connective tissue surrounding your teeth. It can cause dental issues like missing teeth and halitosis, so it is important to get your teeth checked regularly by Dr. Mahnke to help catch signs of gum disease early and develop a treatment to help restore the health of your teeth.

What are the symptoms of gum disease? The symptoms of gum disease can vary. For some patients, they may not exhibit any symptoms of gums disease, which is why it is important to visit our Bay City dental office for preventive care visits to determine if you have developed gum disease. Other patients, do exhibit signs of gum disease, which can range from:

  • Swollen gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Change in the fit of dentures

What causes gum disease? Gum disease can develop over time and some patients don’t even realize it. It is important to know how gum disease can develop so that you can limit your risk.  Gum disease can possibly develop due to factors like smoking, genetics, improper oral hygiene, and certain medications. Practicing an excellent oral hygiene routine can minimize your chances of developing gum disease. Once plaque develops, it can wreak havoc on your oral health and cause gingivitis, which can lead to more advanced stages of gum disease.

How do I treat gum disease? Dr. Mahnke offers a variety of dental service to treat gum disease.  Depending on the severity or the progression of your gum disease, Dr. Mahnke offers a number of dental services:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Flap surgery
  • Bone grafts
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Guided tissue regenerations
  • Bone surgery

Schedule A Consultation

Looking for an experienced dentist in Bay City, MI? Feel free to visit Bay City Smiles. Dr. Mahnke would be happy to thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and gums and determine what treatment is right for you. You can schedule an appointment online or call 989.272.2478

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A Quick and Easy Guide for Your Nightly Dental Routine

Teeth whitening, Bay City, MI Dr. Daryle Mahnke of Bay City Smiles is an experienced dentist in Bay City, MI. Dr. Mahnke is dedicated to giving patients high quality, comprehensive dental care. At Bay City Smiles, we encourage patients to develop a proper at-home oral hygiene routine to maintain optimal oral health.It is important for patients to develop, maintain, and execute a proper oral hygiene routine to avoid the development of complex dental issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If you do notice symptoms of complex dental issues or have not visited the dentist for a biannual routine preventive care visit, come visit Bay City Smiles. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or call 989.272.2478

A Guide to Nighttime Dental Care

We know you’re probably thinking that brushing and flossing your teeth at night doesn’t really matter. Well, sorry to break it you, but you’re wrong. Throughout the day food particles, debris, and bacteria circulate in your mouth. If the particle and debris aren’t properly removed from the mouth, over time, it can start to stick to your teeth which cause dental issues like plaque and decay. It is important to remove the bacteria in your mouth before you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning. General dentist Dr. Mahnke recommends that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.

A) Make sure you brush at night! It’s important to remove the bacteria that accumulates n your mouth throughout the day. Some patients prefer to brush right after dinner, while others prefer to brush right before bed. it doesn’t matter what time you brush, just as long as you brush correctly before retiring for the evening.

B) Use mouthwash! Look for ADA approved mouthwash to use. Mouthwash helps strengthen the teeth and kid rid of any excess debris in the mouth.

C) Don’t forget to floss. Flossing removes bacteria and debris that is between the teeth. If left unclean, the debris between the teeth can turn into plaque. Plaque can only be removed by a skilled dental professional.

D) Visit Bay City Smiles biannually. At Bay City Smiles, Dr. Mahnke and his team specialize in restorative, preventive, and implant dentistry. Preventive care is an important part of any dental practice, so Dr. Mahnke believes in educating patients on the importance of visiting his Bay City dental office at least twice a year to check the mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of dysfunction.

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What to Know About Dental Implants

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.02.59 AMBay City, MI restorative dentist Dr. Daryl Mahnke offers his patients dental implants because they are the gold standard in missing tooth replacement. Dental implants provide a full range of oral health benefits and help patients to enjoy beautiful and healthy smiles.

What are dental implants?
Simply, dental implants are a tiny titanium screw. The screw is surgically implanted into your jaw and acts as a prosthetic tooth providing a long lasting treatment for missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?

Look and feel like natural teeth
Replaces root structure for stable oral foundation
Promotes bone regeneration
No special maintenance
Highly durable

What is the dental implant process?
For most patients, the dental implant procedure will take place in two procedures. The first of which will be the surgical implantation of the titanium screw into the jaw. At this time a temporary restoration may be placed for ease of chewing and speaking. The implant will take up to six months to heal. Once healed, the second procedure can take place. The second part of the dental implant treatment is the attachment of the abutment and replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Your restoration will be permanently secured for a lifetime of beautiful and functional smiles!
Are dental implants painful?
It is often surprising to our patients how comfortable the implant procedure is. Most of our patients say that it is no more painful than having g a tooth extracted. Though you may experience some swelling or discomfort following the procedures, symptoms should subside with a few days.
Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your health, appearance, and quality of life. Dental implants allow patients to enjoy years of beautiful smiles that they feel confident in sharing and using. While the upfront expense may be more expensive than other options, dental implants rarely need additional servicing or replacement. Dr. Mahnke offers patients payment options through CareCredit.
Can I use dental implants to replace more than one missing tooth?
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. Implants can support a denture or bridge helping to permanently secure the restoration for a stable bite and confident smile.

Schedule A Consultation

Dr. Mahnke will conduct a thorough oral health exam to determine your eligibility for dental implants. Together, you will build a treatment plan that will address your cosmetic and oral health concerns and that fits your budget and lifestyle. Our compassionate dental care team can help you maximize your insurance benefits and get you on the road back to oral health. Contact our Bay City dentist office or schedule a visit online.

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Women’s Oral Health

Patient Being Examined By DentistDid you know that women could be more susceptible to gum disease during certain stages of life? While gum disease affects patients of all ages and genders, women tend to be more prone to developing gum disease during substantial hormonal shifts. Hormonal changes can affect the health of your teeth and gums, and it is important to stay proactive to maintain your oral health. Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke provides personalized and comprehensive oral health care for all stages of life.

Women’s Oral Health & Systemic Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that spreads through your gums with the potential of infecting your blood stream. Once in your bloodstream, gum disease has been linked to a range of serious systemic health problems. Recent studies suggest that women are more susceptible to the adversary effects of untreated gum disease and should take preventative measures to maintain their oral health.

Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Inflammation
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory problems
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis

Gum health is too often overlooked but is a key player in your overall health. Your gums help to build a stable oral foundation for your beautiful smile. Twice daily brushing, thorough flossing, and biannual dental cleanings and checkups can help maintain the health of your teeth and gums. A healthy diet and oral hygiene are your best defense against gum disease at any stage of life.

Staying proactive with your oral health care during hormonal changes can help prevent the development of complex oral health concerns such as gum disease. If you or your children are pubescent, pregnant, or going through menopause it could be a good idea to schedule a dental check-up. Preventive care is the best way to keep your gums, teeth, and body healthy.

Schedule A Consultation

Biannual visits to our Bay City, MI dentist office can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful. Every visit will include a thorough oral health exam and Dr. Daryle Mahnke will examine your teeth, gums and neck area. Enjoy the benefits of your best oral health and schedule a consultation with Dr.Mahnke.

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Teeth Whitening Smile Makeover

Teeth whitening, Bay City, MIWhite, bright, and healthy smiles can improve your quality of life. For a quick smile boost cosmetic teeth whitening can take years off your smile and improve your confidence. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke offers the convenience of professional grade take home whitening kits. Whether you have a big event coming up or just want to improve your smile, our Bay City, MI dentist office has a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to achieve your goals.

Professional Take Home Teeth Whitening Bay City, MI

Take home teeth whitening kits are ideal for gradual and natural looking results. Over a few weeks you will wear custom fit whitening trays that will slowly whiten stained teeth. This allows for subtle changes that will brighten and rejuvenate your smile. At home kits allow patients to use the whitening trays at their convenience in the comfort of their own home.

Dr. Mahnke will custom design whitening trays to fit your teeth. These custom fit trays will allow for more even distribution of the whitening gel. The well fitted trays also reduce exposure to your gums and other soft tissues reducing gum irritation.

Feel good about your smile, ask Dr. Mahnke how teeth whitening can improve your smile. Professional grade teeth whitening offers superior results and less side effects than over the counter options. Many patients will experience some tooth sensitivity after treatment which normally subsides within a few days. Our professional grade whitening gels reduce gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.

Schedule A Consultation

Cosmetic dental care improve your oral health and your smile aesthetics. Dr. Mahnke will help you build a personalized dental treatment plan that will address your oral health concerns and cosmetic goals. Schedule a consultation with our Bay City dentist office to find out which cosmetic procedures can improve your smile. You can call our office or schedule an appointment with our convenient online form.

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Fight The Flu

Man blowing noseFebruary is prime time for developing a cold or the flu. Did you know that your oral health can help you prevent and recover from getting sick? The oral – body connection has shown to have a substantial impact on our overall well being and health. Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke offers some advice on how to beat the flu this winter by taking care of your gums and teeth.

Take Care of Your Body So it can Take Care of Germs

  • Always brush twice a day and floss once even if you do not feel well. Keeping germs and bacteria at bay will help prevent tooth decay.
  • Stay hydrated, drink lots of water so your body can fight germs. Staying hydrated will also help avoid dry mouth which can lead to tooth decay.
  • If the stomach flu hits you, try not to brush your teeth right after vomiting. Instead, try swishing with 1 tsp. Baking soda and water to rinse away the acid.
  • Avoid sugary beverages and lozenges.

Take Care of Your Toothbrush So it Can Take Care Of You

  • Keep your germs to yourself and never share a toothbrush, especially during flu season.
  • Store your toothbrush at least 6 ft away from the toilet.
  • Make Sure you keep your toothbrush upright and let it dry in the open air. Keeping your brush in a closed space can allow for bacteria to grow in the bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush after you feel better to avoid the spread of germs.

Our Bay City dentist office wants our patients to keep healthy and maintain their oral health this winter. Schedule your preventative care dentist office visit for a professional dental cleaning for a fresh and clean smile. Our family dentists offer a full range of cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry and state of the art dental technology so you and your whole family can enjoy their optimal oral health.

Schedule A Consultation

Visits to our Bay City dentist office include an extensive and thorough oral health exam. Your oral health can improve your quality of life and can help keep you healthy. Dr. Mahnke screens for cavities and plaque build up and looks beyond the teeth to examine your entire mouth, neck, and face for signs of malocclusion, oral cancer and gum disease. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help Dr. Mahnke catch these serious dental health concerns early for conservative dental treatments.

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Men More Likely To Get Oral Cancer

Close Up Of A Mature Man Smiling At The CameraDid you know that men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women? Oral cancer is found in 40,000 people a year. Adult men are less likely to visit a dentist regularly, so oral cancer may not be caught until its later stages. Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke wants you to know the signs and risk factors for oral cancer so you can catch it early and treat it effectively.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  • Risk Factor: Gender. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer
    What I Can Do: Go to the dentist at least twice a year. Everyone should get screened for oral cancer at regularly scheduled dentist office visits. Men and women should visit the dentist at least twice a year for oral health exams. The earlier you are diagnosed, the better treatment options may be available.
  • Risk Factor: Age. Risk for oral cancer greatly increases after age 44. The median age of diagnosis is dropping due to HPV related oral cancers being found in men in their 20s.
    What I Can Do: Many adults stop going to the dentist as they age. It is important to continue being proactive in your oral health. Make sure you maintain a healthy diet and your regular oral hygiene routine and visit our Bay City dentist office twice a year . You can also perform at home oral checks of your own tongue, gums and cheeks. If you notice a sore, rough patch, or discoloration that persists, schedule your appointment with Dr. Mahnke.
  • Risk Factor: Smoking. Chewing. Vaping. Any form of tobacco use increases your risk of developing oral cancer.
    What I Can Do: The best thing you can do if you smoke is to quit. Tobacco consumption will increase your risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, gum disease, and cardiovascular disease. Do not put yourself and those around you at further risk, quit smoking, vaping or chewing so you may enjoy your optimal oral health.

Schedule An Oral Cancer Exam Bay City

Every visit to our Bay City dentist office includes an extensive and thorough oral health exam. Dr. Mahnke screens not only for cavities and plaque build up, but looks beyond the teeth to examine your entire mouth for signs of oral cancer and gum disease. Gum disease and oral cancer are best treated if caught early. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help Dr. Mahnke catch these serious dental health concerns early for conservative dental treatments.

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