Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage is an experienced practice you can trust to help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile. Read more ›

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Your Anchorage dentists, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen at Health Centered Dentistry know that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

The Power of Ozone in Dentistry

Oxygen is essential for your cellular health and does good for your body overall. For that reason, it can be harnessed to improve your dental experience. Some dental offices use oxygen therapy to create a calm environment during preventative visits, and also to treat acute dental issues. Read more ›

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Get Your Beauty Sleep Back with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to ever catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many Anchorage residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen want you to know you are not alone, there is a solution, and we want to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at Health Centered Dentistry is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!

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Is it ever too late for dental work?

Let’s be honest. If you are like most Anchorage folks, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. In fact, one in three Americans avoids going to the dentist regularly.

After a while, that time spent away from Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen’s chair adds up, and so does the cost of dental work.

You start to feel and even see that your teeth are not in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums, deep, dark stains, perhaps even loose, clearly decaying teeth. Either way, by the time you get to this point you are probably wondering – is it too late to see the dentist?

Here’s what Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen have to say when it comes to oral health: Read more ›

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5 Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

For many Anchorage residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist!  Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Health Centered Dentistry we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry. Read more ›

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HPV and Oral Cancer: What you need to know

We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Anchorage, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Health Centered Dentistry a call.

What is HPV?

Human papilloma virus refers to a family of nearly 200 strains that infect the epithelial cells of skin and mucous membranes, such as the inside of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, throat, vulva, vagina, cervix, penis (through the urethral opening), and the anus. HPV is transmitted primarily through sexual contact (oral and genital) and it is one of the most common viruses in the country. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 Americans will have an HPV infection at some point. However, 99% of HPV infections are cleared up by your immune system without any symptoms or any indication that you were ever infected.

HPV and Oral Cancer

While most of us know HPV as the sexually transmitted infection responsible for genital warts, that represents only a few strains of the virus (usually HPV6 and 11), which are low-risk. What most Anchorage folks don’t know is that HPV is also responsible for causing cervical cancer (HPV16 and 18) and oral cancer. In fact, HPV 16 is now considered the leading cause of oral cancer in America. Tobacco use and alcohol consumptions are also major risk factors, but they do not have as much of a proven causative effect on the development of oral cancer as human papilloma virus.

HPV and Dental Health

If you are worried about getting oral cancer, don’t fret! We at Health Centered Dentistry have the expertise and the technology to identify any areas of concern, track problems, and make sure that diagnosis happens as early as possible. If you would like to come in for an oral cancer screening from Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen, give us a call today!

Sources

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/hpv-virus-information-about-human-papillomavirus

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/hpv/

http://www.cdc.gov/sTd/stats12/figures/47.htm

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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Anchorage resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen depend on your input for optimum dental health. We at Health Centered Dentistry like to go above and beyond for our Anchorage patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Anchorage resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Read more ›

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To Be or Not To Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Common Sweeteners

Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Anchorage in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen want you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Health Centered Dentistry.

The Big Five Sugar Substitutes

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Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Body Approach to Oral Health

True or false: the human body is made of many unique parts that work together and affect each other.

True.

True or false: dentists only treat oral health and do not consider other parts of the body.

False.

It is well documented in the scientific and healthcare communities that oral health is closely linked to wellness throughout the body. Certainly, a diet high in sugar will ruin both your teeth and your nutrition. Some illnesses lower your immune system and increase your risk of infection in the mouth. And plaque in the mouth can be an indicator of plaque on your arteries. Harmful bacteria in high levels in the mouth can travel through your blood stream and negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. And a good look at your teeth placement could ease regular jaw pain and headaches! Read more ›

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Sleep Apnea in Children

You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but can also, in rare cases affect children. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen, dentists at Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage care about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea & Its Effects

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