Teaching Your Kids to Brush and Floss

As a parent, you will have numerous opportunities to teach your children valuable skills and each one will yield priceless memories. Your child’s first step, your child’s first word, your child’s first bike ride, your child’s first unassisted brushing and flossing session…Well, maybe that last one won’t be as memorable, but Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen wants to remind all Anchorage parents that good oral hygiene  habits begin in childhood. So, today, we at Health Centered Dentistry would like to take this opportunity give you some tips on teaching your kids to brush and floss.

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Meet Kathleen Sopp, RDH

Kathleen Sopp

Introducing Kathleen, Sopp, RDH!

Kathleen Sopp, RDH, has been such a delight to work with ever since she started as a hygienist with Health Centered Dentistry in 2013! She has proven herself a leader amongst her peers through her drive to positively improve – not only herself but her surroundings, too. She is a problem solver and a friend to all those she meets. We are blessed to have her on our team!

We asked Kathleen a few questions to learn more about her and her family.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: My favorite thing about my career is the people. As a dental hygienist, I not only get to help people achieve and maintain healthier smiles and bodies, but I really get to know so many of my patients as friends. I love being able to support them not only in health but also being able to be a part of their dreams, achievements and life trials.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: I work hard because I always want to do my best for my patients, my team and myself. I love working for Health Centered Dentistry because the standard is so high. I am always supported in my efforts to be able to provide the best care and latest knowledge.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

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Meet Adrian Mattes, RDH!

Introducing Adrian Mattes, RDH

Adrian Mattes, RDH has been with Health Centered Dentistry as a hygienist since 2014 and has been a valued team member ever since. She is eager to help her patients and her team members achieve their best. She has a passion for life that inspires and motivates others to go for their dreams. We’re so lucky to have her at HCD.

We asked Adrian a few questions to get to know her better.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Getting to know my patients, and helping them achieve their dental health goals.

YogaQ: What motivates you to work hard?
A: My desire to grow and constantly improve.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Gaining my personal independence and inner peace. 

Q: Who is your hero?
A: My mom who taught me forgiveness and generosity. 

Q: What are your hobbies?

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Anchorage, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Health Centered Dentistry we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Anchorage, so here are a few tips from Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Do You Have Chapped or Cracked Lips?

If you have dry lips that are chapped, peeling, and/or cracked, you probably already know about it. However, here are some telltale signs: Read more ›

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Meet Dr. Michael Madsen!

 

Dr. Michael Madsen has become a wonderful addition to the team at Health Centered Dentistry!

His patients rave about his compassion and his detailed attention to their needs. He has become a beloved doctor by his patients and his team. We’re SO glad to have him on board! We spoke with him and his wonderful wife, Liz, to learn more about him, and here’s what they had to say.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: I really enjoy talking to so many different people. Everyone has a story and I love to be able to help them and be a part of it.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: I work hard to play hard.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Besides my family and becoming a dentist, I would probably say finishing a couple full Ironman Races.

Q: Who is your hero?

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Meet Dr. Clint Henrie!

Dr. Clint Henrie is the life blood of Health Centered Dentistry.

Dr. Clint Henrie’s compassion for his patients and team members is only surpassed by his dedication to quality work. He has worked with HCD since 2008 and is known for his wittiness and charismatic attitude. We spoke with him and his amazing wife, Heidi (who is also a fill-in hygienist at our office!), to learn more about him.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Dr. Henrie started out as an art major. He loves the opportunity to be creative in his work and be able to focus on the details as he works with his hands. He also enjoys helping his patients to have a great experience at the dental office.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: My wife and kids are his main motivation. Having a second family of patients and staff that rely on him for their health and well being also keeps him motivated. He wants to help his staff reach their goals and support their families.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Completing a two year service mission in Chile and my family.

Q: Who is your hero?

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Meet Dr. Kent Marchant!

Dr. Kent Marchant is full of excitement for all things dental!

Dr. Kent Marchant continually encourages the team to stay curious about dentistry and new technology. Under his leadership, same-day dentistry (CEREC) in our practice has taken off! It has also given him the opportunity to train other dentists on CEREC’s benefits to the patient and the office. We recently asked Melanie, his beautiful wife, to answer a few questions to help us get to know him better.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: From my perspective, I think he really likes taking someone that has been afraid of the dentist and making them enjoy it. He loves the advancement in technology. He loves implants and CEREC crowns. He just loves his job.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: I think he gets his work ethic from his dad. He was always taught to work.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: His family and the fact that he got his family to Alaska.

Q: Who is your hero?

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Meet Dr. Greg Bragiel!

Dr. Greg Bragiel has been with Health Centered Dentistry for more than 20 years.

He was instrumental working with Dr. Miller and Dr. Walsh in setting the standard in Alaska for safe amalgam removal. His patients appreciate his vast knowledge on whole body health and his empathetic chair-side manner.

We asked him and his lovely wife, MaryBeth, to answer a few questions so we could gain a more personal insight to one of our favorite doctors.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Helping people by figuring out what they need, especially when they have health issues.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: I want to do my best. That’s what God calls all of us to do, no matter what we are doing.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

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When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in Anchorage have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Drs. Henrie, Marchant, Bragiel, and Madsen would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.

Wait, what? Toothaches that have nothing to do with teeth? Yes– as anyone at Health Centered Dentistry will tell you –it is possible and it does happen. That being said, most toothaches are tooth-related.

How can a toothache not come from your tooth?

Your mouth is a complex organ that contains a number of different types of tissue, nerves, and microorganisms. While run of the mill dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease are responsible for the majority of toothaches, there are many other conditions that can cause localized pain in one of more teeth –and some of them have nothing to do with your teeth. Here are a few examples:

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Teeth_GrindingHeadaches in Anchorage are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen would like you to know that bruxism, (or teeth grinding) is a common condition that Anchorage residents rarely know they have. At Health Centered Dentistry, we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.

Bruxism & Headaches

You may not be aware of it, but everyone clenches and grinds their teeth at some point, to some degree. It’s a natural reaction to stress. During the day, you might catch yourself doing it and consciously stop, but during the night you are unaware of it and will naturally grind much harder. Unfortunately, some people in Anchorage have such problems with bruxism that they may experience: Read more ›

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