Dr. Jensen’s take on sparkling water


In today's fast-paced world there are countless choices to pick from to wet your whistle. 

A new trendy beverage that is gaining in popularity is sparkling waters and seltzers. 

From a dental perspective, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your beverage of choice:   

Added sugar 
Any drinks consumed between meals that contain sugar will put you at risk to develop cavities. Read nutrition labels and keep your eyes peeled for any added sugar. 

The main difference between seltzer water/sparkling water and tap water is carbonation.  When a beverage is carbonated it becomes acidic.  This acidity can cause enamel erosion.  Once you lose enamel it doesn't come back. 

So, is sparkling water just as good as regular tap or bottled water?
At the end of the day regular tap water or bottled water is the best thing for your teeth.  But if you need a little something more to spice things up, seltzer water is significantly better for your teeth than soda or juice. 

Dr. Jensen says that like all things in life, take everything in moderation.

If you're family is due for a cleaning or dental checkup, give Rogue River Family Dental a call at 616-866-7720! 

Dr. Jensen’s top 5 tips to maintaining a healthy smile

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Many people dislike going to the dentist and don’t put enough time and energy into taking good care of their teeth and overall oral health. At Rogue River Family Dental in Rockford, Dr. Chas Jensen and his team wants to work with you to achieve a healthy smile every step of the way.  

Here are Dr. Jensen’s top five tips to maintaining a healthy smile:   

1.    Keeping regular check-ups and cleanings
I don’t just want to see you when you have a problem.  Our team at Rogue River Family Dental wants to see you and your family every six months for regular cleanings and check-ups.  Think of it as preventative maintenance on your vehicle, only in regards to your smile!  Millions of Americans don’t see the dentist regularly enough, and are putting themselves at risk of more serious problems later in life.  Schedule an appointment with me today by calling 616-866-7720. 

2.    Flossing frequently enough
I like to tell my patients to try and floss at least once a day (check out some of my tips here!).  Floss removes particles of food that get stuck between your teeth causing decay, plaque buildup and gum disease.  Make flossing easy by leaving it out in a place you will use it every day, or bring floss with you to work or leave it in your car.  The easier it is to access, the more often you will floss!     

3.    Limiting soda or sugary drinks
Soft drinks are highly acidic and can erode the enamel on your teeth.   I encourage my patients to stick to water or unsweetened tea if possible.  If you really must have a can of pop, drink it in one sitting.  Sipping on a sugary beverage all day is the worst thing you can do to your teeth (learn more on sugary drinks here).  Brush or use mouthwash afterward drinking soda to minimize the negative effects.  

4.    Getting yourself a new toothbrush
Rinse your toothbrush when you are through with it and get yourself a new one every three to four months.  An old toothbrush can be a breeding ground for germs and worn out bristles don’t clean your teeth very well.  Never keep your toothbrush too close to someone else’s either as this is an easy way to spread germs.  If you really want to make me smile, get yourself an electric toothbrush (check out my top recommendations)!  

5.    Paying attention to warning signs
As your dentist, I want nothing but the best for your family’s oral health.  Listening to your dentist’s recommendations and taking them seriously is important and will save you from more serious issues in the future.  If you are experiencing any pain, bleeding gums, bad breath or dry mouth I want to see you and can help. 

If you are looking for a new dentist in Rockford, Michigan, give Dr. Jensen a call at 616-866-7720.  We look forward to getting to know your entire family!   

What to do when your child loses a tooth


As a parent it’s bound to happen – your child runs up to you and says they have lost a tooth.  If it’s a baby tooth, there is no need to worry.  If it’s a permanent tooth, check out our blog post about what to do when you unexpectedly lose a tooth due to trauma or decay.

Here’s what you need to know about baby teeth:

Your child has 20 baby teeth, and these typically come out in the same order they came in.  This means your kids will most likely lose their lower center teeth first.  Children will lose their first teeth around the age of 6, but baby teeth can start coming out anywhere between the ages of 4 to 7.  The earlier your child had their first teeth come in the earlier they will start coming out. 

Your kiddo will likely be excited about losing their first tooth – especially if you have discussed the tooth fairy with them already!  Be sure to talk with your children about their baby teeth coming out – it shouldn’t hurt and they won’t feel hardly any pain. 

Encourage your children to wiggle loose teeth but not too much so teeth don’t come out prematurely.  Have your little one gargle with some warm water if there's bleeding.  You can also try having them bite on a clean towel, a piece of gauze or some paper towel.  And not to worry, the majority of bleeding should stop within an hour.

Let your child know not to brush too hard on the spot where a tooth recently came out.  It will likely be tender for a little while and may start bleeding again with harsh brushing.    

Adult teeth will start to come in within a few weeks of a baby tooth coming out.  You will notice they look a bit bigger, don’t look as white and have more pronounced ridges. 

Remember to teach your children good brushing and flossing habits throughout this process. After all, they will have these new adult teeth for the rest of their lives and it’s important to take good care of them.  

Call Rogue River Family Dental to schedule your next cleaning for your little one at 616-866-7720. 

Six best foods for your teeth  


You have all heard about the many foods that are bad for your teeth – soda, energy drinks, candy and sweets. But what about the many foods that are good for your teeth and overall oral health? 

Check out the list below that Dr. Jensen has compiled of foods that are good for you and your mouth!  

Yogurt is high in calcium and protein – it’s not just good for your overall digestive health, but good for your teeth too.  The probiotics in yogurt benefit your gums by pushing out bacteria that can cause cavities.  Dr. Jensen’s favorite yogurt is a plain Greek yogurt with some fruit or nuts added in. 

Milk and Cheese
Like yogurt, both milk and cheeses are high in calcium and protein too.  Eating cheese can raise the pH in your mouth and lower the risk for tooth decay.  The amount of chewing needed to digest cheese increases saliva in your mouth which is good too.   Dr. Jensen drinks a glass of milk every night with his dinner.   

Everyone has heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  There might just be some truth to that when it comes to your oral health! Fruits such as apples can be a good alternative to eating sweets and can cure cravings too.  They are packed with fiber and water and also produce saliva in your mouth that rinses away bacteria and food particles.  Eating an apple isn’t as effective as brushing your teeth, but it can tide you over until you have a chance to brush!

Celery and Carrots 
Like an apple, celery and carrots can act somewhat like a toothbrush!  The fibrous texture can scrape away food particles and bacteria.  Both are a great source of vitamin A and C and antioxidants that are good for your gums too.  Dr. Jensen packs bags of carrots and celery slices as snacks when he’s on the go.    

Almonds are an excellent source of protein and calcium and are low in sugar too.  Try a small serving of almonds as a snack, or mix them in your favorite salad or stir fry.  Dr. Jensen snacks on almonds quite regularly – they are a great snack when paired with a glass of wine!  

If you’re looking for something to drink that won’t harm your teeth, Dr. Jensen always recommends sticking to water or unsweetened tea.  Both are the best options for your teeth with the exception of a glass of milk.  

Give us a call at 616-866-7720 to schedule your next cleaning! 

A Holiday Message from Dr. Jensen

Happy Holidays from Rogue River Family Dental! 

The holiday season is upon us and I hope that you and your family are enjoying some time together. I hope you’re brushing and flossing regularly too!  

I wanted to reach out to each and every one of you to share thanks for your continued patronage and for allowing us to look after your oral health.  This past year has been a whirlwind for me and for Rogue River Family Dental.  I celebrated my first year with the practice in October, got married to my wife Heather in November, and added a new puppy, Blue, to our family too (you might see him around the office from time to time).  

I am thankful for all of your positive feedback and referrals to friends and family this past year.  It means the world to me and my team.   

New technology and office updates
As most of you have already noticed, there have been some enhancements around the office including new paint and flooring in most rooms with hopes of making your visit as comfortable as possible.  

But what I am most excited about is the recent addition of digital x-ray and camera equipment! 

Our investment in this new technology will allow my team to provide you with better dental care in hopes of keeping a closer eye on any changes in your oral health.  This new digital x-ray equipment makes images available immediately – meaning quicker dental appointments and faster access to results and next steps.  Digital x-rays also use 70 percent less radiation than conventional, so it’s a much safer and more effective method for your entire family.
The gift that keeps on giving
If you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift for a friend or family member, we are selling Sonicare electric toothbrushes for $35 (It’s free if you successfully refer a new patient!).  Stop by the office or grab one at your next appointment – this is the same toothbrush I use every day.

And if you have an HSA insurance plan, this is a great time of year to use your remaining 2017 dental benefits. We can help you use those funds to purchase a toothbrush, schedule a cleaning or whitening treatment, and more.  

I look forward to seeing you and your family very soon for your upcoming cleanings.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime at 616-866-7720 or visit online at rogueriverdentistry.com.
From my family to yours, I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful holiday season! 

Chas Jensen DDS

Flossing 101


What is the Right Way to Floss?

Flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, Dr. Jensen recommends flossing every day!

Try the following techniques:

  • Start with about 18 inches, wind most of the floss around each middle finger and leave an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Hold the floss tight between your thumbs and index fingers and slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise your gums!
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth

What type of floss to use:

Any floss is better than no floss!  But there really are only two types of floss:

  • Nylon floss
  • Single filament floss

Nylon floss is available waxed and un-waxed, and comes a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points.

Single filament floss is a little more expensive, but slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces and is virtually shred-resistant.

Both are great choices, and now-a-days there are many different products, flavors and flossing tools available in your local grocery or pharmacy.

Keep floss handy, visible, and ready to use in order to make using it on a regular basis harder to pass up. 

Dr. Jensen likes to keep some in his car, in the office and at home.  You never know when you’ll get something stuck between your teeth – and there’s nothing more annoying that not being able to get it out!

We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment, and we’ll send you home with a new toothbrush AND some floss.  Give us a call at 616-866-7720 to schedule your next cleaning!

Dr. Jensen on FOX-17 talking summer sports, protecting your teeth

Dr. Jensen on FOX-17

Dr. Jensen was back on FOX-17 this morning talking with health reporter Erica Francis about mouth guards and how to protect your kid's teeth during summer play.  She visited the office and was even fit for her own mouth guard.  

Check out the story on FOX-17's website

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