Dental Blog

  • February 8, 2018

    Check out this article on National Children’s Dental Health Month written by our own Dr. Shelley Shearer

    http://www.nkytribune.com/2018/02/dental-health-february-is-the-month-to-aquaint-kids-early-with-the-dentist-here-are-some-tips-to-start/


    Five Facts About Valentine’s Day You May Not Know


    1. Americans love sugar.
    According to the National Confectioners Association, over eight billion candy hearts are made each year. We don’t mind our patients eating some sugar. Just don’t forget to floss and brush after consuming your sweet gifts.

    2. Forget the Flowers and Chocolates.
    Experiential gifts are on the rise. Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but in 2017, 40% of consumers told the National Retail Federation they wanted an "experience gift" for Valentine’s Day such as tickets to a concert or a trip to an outdoor activity instead of the traditional chocolates and flowers.

    3. "Wearing your heart on your sleeve" is more than just a phrase.
    In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

    4. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.
    The first Valentine's Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868. Yes, the same ones who developed the Cadbury bunny.

    5. It's the second most popular holiday for greetings cards.
    According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular greeting card–giving reason. Number one? Christmas.


    Is it time for your children’s check up? Call Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month at 859-647-7068


     

  • February 1, 2018

    http://www.nkytribune.com/2018/02/dental-health-february-is-the-month-to-aquaint-kids-early-with-the-dentist-here-are-some-tips-to-start/

    This month you can show affection for your kids with a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates and you can also demonstrate love for your little ones as you celebrate National Children’s Dental Month together.

    It’s not that chocolate is a totally bad thing. But parents have a responsibility to teach their children to brush and floss right away after candy is consumed. Look to your dentist to provide some words of wisdom that will get kids on the right track early.  Here are some basic tips:

    • Let your little ones watch you brush and floss. Chances are they’ll want to imitate you.  That’s when you present them with a present—their very own kid’s tooth brush;
    • Play dentist with your child. They can count your teeth; you count theirs. Some dentists will allow well-behaved children to sit next to you during your regular visit. This allays their fears and lets them understand that visiting the dentist is an easy, routine procedure;
    • Let them sit on your lap during their first dental visit. Not only can mom or dad  promise to have a special prize awaiting for good behavior; many dentists have their own rewards such as popular stickers or a treasure chest from which a child can select a coveted prize;
    • Ask the dentist for a tour. Some dentists have special names for their instruments and even create games that kids will enjoy during the examination. Introducing them to all the components of an exam helps the child ease into the process;
    • Think about distractions. Cartoons and headsets have become standard at many practices. One office paints girls’ fingernails during the exam (and boys upon request).

    The looming question is when to schedule a child’s first dental exam. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a visit as soon as the first tooth is fully visible. Others see it wise to wait until the age of one or two so that the dentist can ensure the teeth are coming in properly, the child’s bite is satisfactory and there are no problems with the jaw bone. Baby teeth are important. They help in chewing, aid in speech development, save space for the permanent teeth to appear and produce a beautiful smile for those proud-parent photos.

    X-rays normally start around the age of five. Ages six-12 fall into the prevention stage. Sealant, a plastic resin, bonds to the chewing surfaces and provides cavity protection.

    This Valentine’s Day you can shower love upon your child not only with toys and a candy valentine, but with a fun and important visit to the dentist as you celebrate National Children’s Dental Month together. Who knows? It might be the start of a new family tradition.

     

    Dr. Shelley Shearer is a graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School and Founder of Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Florence.

  • January 9, 2018

    http://www.nkytribune.com/2018/01/dental-health-top-reasons-that-dental-implants-may-be-right-choice-for-you-worth-your-time-and-money/

    Experienced tooth decay, disease or lost teeth due to an accident? Rather than opting right away for dentures, think about the possibility of dental implants.

    Basically, a dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth.

    First there’s the post, which looks like a screw. It’s made of titanium and fits into the jaw bone like a tooth root. Then what’s known as the abutment is attached to the post and the visible part, the crown, bridge or denture, is permanently attached to the abutment. The result is a beautiful, natural looking smile. With regular home care and dental checkups, dental implants may last a lifetime.

     

    New technology such as digital imagery, 3D CAD/CAM software, ceramic restoration, milling machines and computer tomography help dentists work with precision and most importantly, provide the ability to show you exactly what your smile would look like before you even opt for dental implants.

    Here are eight reasons why dental implants can be the best option:

    1. Implants don’t slide. Ever talk to a friend with dentures and think you just saw their pearly whites shift to one side? Chances are you were right. Denture wearers complain often of poor fit, sliding, sores in the mouth, facial changes and unpleasant food restrictions.

    2. Implants don’t move into toothless spaces. Those with missing teeth find that existing teeth use their own squatter’s rights to take over empty spaces on the gum. The result is shifting, over-crowded teeth that are hard to clean and often unsightly enough to put an orthodontist on speed dial.

    3. Implants strengthen your jawbone. Few people realize how deeply-rooted teeth help to secure the jawbone. Removing roots as teeth are pulled and putting nothing in its place makes the jawbone weaker and more fragile.

    4. Implants approve appearance. Since the jawbone won’t deteriorate with implants that means your face won’t acquire that sunken look that adds years to your appearance.

    5. Implants boost confidence. Having a permanent smile that doesn’t roll around or bring discomfort is certainly a mood booster, bringing a sense of confidence whether at work, home or play. Some patients boast of clearer speech and breathing with implants.

    6. Implants are durable. While implants have been around for some time, technology continues to improve, making long-lasting teeth that, with regular dental care, will remain white and last a lifetime.

    7. Implants can’t be lost. How many times did Aunt Harriet or Uncle Joe complain about misplacing their dentures? The durability of dental implants cannot be overstated.

    8. Implants aid in bone stimulation and growth. Luckily, titanium is a substance that easily fuses with the jawbone and tightly anchors each replacement tooth. Without root structure from natural teeth, the jawbone can actually shrink unless there is a replacement in each tooth space.

    Are implants worth your time and money? With so many benefits, implants are at least worth some investigation. Few things beat a healthy new smile and the ability to chew corn on the cob

     

  • December 5, 2017

    http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/257494

    Holiday parties. Family get togethers. ‘Tis the season for looking your best. That includes your teeth. It’s time to work on your best smile possible.

    Since the season is often so busy, many people rush toward home remedies such as using baking soda on teeth. While it is effective in wiping away stains on coffee cups, baking soda can dangerously erode the enamel that protects your teeth.

    For some quick and safer whitening consider Crest 3D whitening tooth paste. Along with Whitening Strips you can get your teeth two or three shades lighter.

    Of course nothing beats the trays dentists use for maximum whitening, especially when someone has a history of stained teeth from drinking tea, coffee and red wine. We make an impression of your teeth in the office and then create the custom trays from those impressions. You pour a special solution into the trays and wear them on your teeth for a couple of hours a day for two weeks in the privacy of your own home. It is not recommended for those with crowns or multiple fillings.

    Want to speed up the process? Take a quick trip to the dental office and use the state-of-the-art zoom whitening device. You put the impression made especially for you in your mouth, it is filled with solution, and you place your mouth on the device for an hour and a half. We have movies you can watch to make the time pass. Younger people can see their smile brighten three of four shades brighter; older patients can expect two to three shades brighter.

    Your new smile can be maintained for a while with the whitening toothpaste and whitening strips.

    This may be the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, especially if you are eager to see quick results for that upcoming New Year’s Eve party.

    Dr. Shelley Shearer is a graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School and Founder of Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Florence

  • November 15, 2017

    Holiday parties. Family get togethers. ‘Tis the season for looking your best. That includes your teeth. It’s time to work on your best smile possible.

    Since the season is often so busy, many people rush toward home remedies such as using baking soda on teeth. While it is effective in wiping away stains on coffee cups, baking soda can dangerously erode the enamel that protects your teeth.

    For some quick and safer whitening consider Crest 3D whitening tooth paste. Along with Whitening Strips you can get your teeth two or three shades lighter.

    Of course nothing beats the trays dentists use for maximum whitening, especially when someone has a history of stained teeth from drinking tea, coffee and red wine. We make an impression of your teeth in the office and then create the custom trays from those impressions. You pour a special solution into the trays and wear them on your teeth for a couple of hours a day for two weeks in the privacy of your own home. It is not recommended for those with crowns or multiple fillings.

    Want to speed up the process? Take a quick trip to the dental office and use the state-of-the-art zoom whitening device. You put the impression made especially for you in your mouth, it is filled with solution, and you place your mouth on the device for an hour and a half. We have movies you can watch to make the time pass. Younger people can see their smile brighten three of four shades brighter; older patients can expect two to three shades brighter.

    Your new smile can be maintained for a while with the whitening toothpaste and whitening strips.

    This may be the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, especially if you are eager to see quick results for that upcoming New Year’s Eve party.

     

    Dr. Shelley Shearer is a graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School and Founder of Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Florence.

  • October 22, 2017

    Experienced tooth decay, disease or lost teeth due to an accident? Rather than opting right away for dentures, think about the possibility of dental implants. Basically, a dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. First there’s the post, which looks like a screw. It’s made of titanium and fits into the jaw bone like a tooth root. Then what’s known as the abutment is attached to the post and the visible part, the crown, bridge or denture, is permanently attached to the abutment.  The result is a beautiful, natural looking smile. With regular home care and dental checkups, dental implants may last a lifetime.

    New technology such as digital imagery, 3D CAD/CAM software, ceramic restoration, milling machines and computer tomography help dentists work with precision and most importantly, provide the ability to show you exactly what your smile would look like before you even opt for dental implants.

    Here are eight reasons why dental implants can be the best option:

    1. Implants don’t slide. Ever talk to a friend with dentures and think you just saw their pearly whites shift to one side?  Chances are you were right. Denture wearers complain often of poor fit, sliding, sores in the mouth, facial changes and unpleasant food restrictions.
    2. Implants don’t move into toothless spaces. Those with missing teeth find that existing teeth use their own squatter’s rights to take over empty spaces on the gum. The result is shifting, over-crowded teeth that are hard to clean and often unsightly enough to put an orthodontist on speed dial.
    3. Implants strengthen your jawbone. Few people realize how deeply-rooted teeth help to secure the jawbone. Removing roots as teeth are pulled and putting nothing in its place makes the jawbone weaker and more fragile.
    4. Implants approve appearance. Since the jawbone won’t deteriorate with implants that means your face won’t acquire that sunken look that adds years to your appearance.
    5. Implants boost confidence. Having a permanent smile that doesn’t roll around or bring discomfort is certainly a mood booster, bringing a sense of confidence whether at work, home or play. Some patients boast of clearer speech and breathing with implants.
    6. Implants are durable. While implants have been around for some time, technology continues to improve, making long-lasting teeth that, with regular dental care, will remain white and last a lifetime.
    7. Implants can’t be lost. How many times did Aunt Harriet or Uncle Joe complain about misplacing their dentures? The durability of dental implants cannot be overstated.
    8. Implants aid in bone stimulation and growth. Luckily, titanium is a substance that easily fuses with the jawbone and tightly anchors each replacement tooth. Without root structure from natural teeth, the jawbone can actually shrink unless there is a replacement in each tooth space.

    Are implants worth your time and money? With so many benefits, implants are at least worth some investigation. Few things beat a healthy new smile and the ability to chew corn on the cob.

     Dr. Shelley Shearer is a graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School and Founder of Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Florence.

  • September 12, 2017
  • August 22, 2017

    http://www.nkytribune.com/2017/10/dr-shelley-shearer-here-are-some-suggestions-for-tooth-friendly-alternatives-for-your-halloween-fun/

    As we look forward to all those miniature super heroes ringing our doorbells October 31, it’s time to consider what we drop into their bags that night.

    There’s no question that excessive sugar can do harm to children’s teeth. As a dentist, I am often asked to rate the “safest” treats to distribute Halloween night. That is a tough one. Chewy candy, for instance, enables the bacteria in the mouth to burn the sugar, thus creating acid that dissolves tooth enamel. Then there’s the question of caramels. Be prepared for the delicious candy to adhere to teeth and worse, orthodontics.

    Certainly an alternative can be hard candy if you suck on it and not crush it with your teeth, right? Wrong. The yummy sour candy and traditional suckers can create even more acid build up leading to decaying tooth enamel. Creamy chocolate can at least dissolve quicker than other candies. Dark chocolate usually contains less sugar than milk chocolate and provides the bonus of anti-oxidants.
    Still, no matter which candy is distributed, some immediate tooth brushing and flossing should be in the cards. There’s a reason that November 1 is National Tooth Brush Day.

    How about considering some tooth-friendly alternatives to distribute this year?

    • Glow sticks or glow necklaces are both fun and make little ones easier to spot crossing the street
    • A small bottle of water can quench the trick-or-treater’s thirst and wash away the sugar that they inevitably consume during their journey
    • Sugar-free gum actually stimulates saliva production which helps prevent cavities
    • How about a goody bag filled with dollar store trinkets such as spider rings, bouncy balls, glowing buttons or orange bracelets?
    • Stickers are always fun no matter what the season
    • Last, think about some Halloween-themed items they can actually use at school—pencils, orange rulers, erasures in the shapes of Frankenstein or pumpkins, or miniature notebooks to write their thoughts with their new pencil

    Making a conscious effort to maintain our children’s teeth is a win for the whole community.

  • August 12, 2017

    http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/251684

    The three dentists at Shearer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Florence are preparing to take on new roles August 22 when they become “tooth fairies” for local moms.

    “In honor of National Tooth Fairy Day we thought we’d turn the tables on the moms who are so often the family tooth fairy and give them a special day as their kids return to school,” explains Shelley Shearer, D.M.D., founder of the dental firm.

    For those who make a dental appointment for the August 22 National Tooth Fairy Day, the practice will offer free mimosas and food by the bite, relaxing music, and several drawings for free Botox, teeth whitening and other giveaways.

    Along with Dr. Shearer, the other “tooth fairies” are Lupe Rojas, D.D.S and Pam Walden, D.M.D. When they combine their various areas of expertise they are able to accommodate just about every aspect of dentistry, many that some dental offices no longer offer such as pediatrics, cosmetics, root canals, extractions, IV sedation, sleep appliances and implants. Combined with the practice’s more than 20 other female staff members, it is one of the largest all-female dental offices in the Tri-State.

    “Most of us at our practice are mothers so we understand the joys and stress of family life,” reveals Dr. Shearer. “Holding this Mom Makeover Day allows us to give back to the community that has been so supportive of us for many years.”

    Appointments for any services will be taken until the day’s schedule fills. To make an appointment for the August 22 Shearer Mom Makeover Day phone (859) 647-7068. The practice is located at 1335 Hansel Drive in Florence.