What Is the Relationship Between Chewing Gum and Saliva?

What is the relationship between chewing gum and saliva? As many people have probably discovered in their early adolescence, chewing gum creates saliva, and not just a small amount but lots of it. Although it can seem quite unsettling at first, this can be extremely beneficial for your mouth. The reason chewing gum can benefit… Read more »

Facts on Your Toothbrush

How many times have you heard that brushing and flossing are important to your oral health? Had you heard that you should brush your teeth twice every day for two minutes at a time or that it’s best to start brushing in a different part of your mouth each time? However, while brushing properly is… Read more »

Have You Cracked a Molar? Here’s What to Do

Sometimes people chew on hard foods or use their teeth as tools and hear a loud “CRACK!” or “CRUNCH!” in the back of their mouth. This often means they have cracked one of their molars, especially if the tooth is extremely painful and sensitive. If you have experienced this situation recently, then our dental team… Read more »

Complications from a Missing Tooth Can Be Addressed by a Bridge

If you’ve lost a tooth to damage, decay, or extraction, it can have an adverse effect on your oral health and function. At first, the missing tooth might only impede your ability to chew food. If it was prevalent in your smile, it can also affect your self-esteem or cause you to slur your speech…. Read more »

The Holidays: How They Affect Your Teeth

The holidays are a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends, and lots and lots of sugary treats. While these treats may taste good, they can be harmful and damaging to your teeth and gums. So what can you do to keep your mouth healthy during the holidays? There are some foods that you… Read more »

What You Should Know About Inlays and Onlays

Have you ever heard of dental inlays and onlays? What do you know about the benefits of these treatments? Briefly, these treatments are especially useful because they can be used to repair damage that a crown or filling isn’t the best option for. But there is more to them than that. At times, a dental… Read more »

Handy Tips for Preventing Cavities from Halloween Candy

Halloween is known for the mass consumption of candy, chocolates, confections and other assorted treats. All of these sugary treats can easily promote cavities and tooth decay. This is even more likely if you already have a suspect cavity or a questionable filling. The sticky confections can get trapped in the natural contours of tooth… Read more »

Good Oral Hygiene Requires Attention to Several Different Aspects

Issues with gum disease and cavities are often directly related to an inattentive or inconsistent oral hygiene routine. This can have a profound negative impact on your oral health and your overall quality of life. To aid in this endeavor, Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva offers these key aspects to consider to maintain good oral… Read more »

Should you Consider an Inlay or Onlay for Your Tooth?

Have you ever bitten into something only to hear something crack in your mouth? Similarly, have you ever lost just a piece of your tooth? Naturally, if this happens you may wonder about what your options are. For instance, you may have heard about dental crowns and fillings—which could both be viable options—but have you… Read more »

Is Your Smile Summer Ready?

At Shakopee Dental in Shakopee, Minnesota, Dr. Jelinek and Dr. Silva are happy to boost your smile this summer with a professional exam and cleaning. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), patients who receive routine dental checkups every six months benefit from improved oral health. Our dental exams and cleanings are the perfect complement to your… Read more »