Oral Cancer Awareness Month | April

Bubbles for Oral Cancer Awareness

Time to Blow Bubbles for Oral Cancer Awareness!

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Health Centered Dentistry is raising awareness by blowing bubbles! We have joined Care Credit, My Social Practice, Benco Dental, and Dental Intelligence in their national campaign to raise funds for Oral Cancer Cause (OCC). This amazing non-profit foundation helps patients currently in treatment for oral cancer receive financial support for their every day expenses. They also “create public awareness about the incidence of oral cancer and the necessity of oral cancer exams for early diagnosis and successful treatment.”

Our goal is to raise $500 for this foundation and the patients they support by one bubble at a time.

For every bubble blown, the doctors will donate $5 to OCC. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Grab some gum and blow the biggest bubble you can.
  2. Take a photo or video of your bubble.
  3. Post it to social media, tag our practice, and include the hashtag: #thebubblechallenge.

No social media? No problem.

If you don’t have social media, but would still like to blow a bubble, let us take a photo/video of you and share it on our social media. Each bubble blown and shared will be a contribution of $5 to OCC.

If you’d like to contribute directly to our goal for OCC, you can click HERE and donate through the online fundraiser.

Oral Cancer is a quick and silent killer as it is usually discovered late in its development, and kills over 9,700 people in the US every year! We’re very excited to participate in this campaign to help raise awareness of Oral Cancer and its the people – and their families – who suffer from it. Please help us support our neighbors suffering from oral cancer retain some sense of normalcy by providing for their daily financial needs. Thank you for your kind hearts and support!

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Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Call 907-276-4537 to schedule your little one’s appointment today!

Here at Health Centered Dentistry we are very excited to do our part to raise awareness about the importance of good dental health for the smallest in our community. The overall health of our children and quality of life is linked to the level of wellness within their mouth. From birth, the environment within their mouth contributes to their development as the mouth is the gateway to the body.

Dental Care by Age

0-2 years old: It may seem weird to think about dental care when your littlest ones have no teeth, but good home care starts with the baby’s gums! Use a soft, damp rag to rub the baby’s gums a couple times a day. This action not only creates a clean mouth, but it also helps the baby become accustomed to cleaning their mouth. Once teeth begin to appear, there are a variety of baby toothbrush options that will help them become comfortable with brushing. The most important part is that the brush is EXTRA soft. Anything harder than that can inadvertently damage their developing teeth.

3-8 years old: As soon as teeth appear, the good habits of brushing and flossing should be included in their daily routine. Dr. Clint Henrie and Dr. Kent Marchant recommend brushing with a soft toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride-free toothpaste for two minutes in the morning and at night; and floss at least once with regular floss or with a hand-held flosser.

As the child grows older and their skills begin to develop, they become more confident in themselves and will want to brush their teeth on their own. This is great and we encourage their independence! We also strongly recommend their parents or guardians assist them with brushing their teeth at least once a day until the child is 6-7 years old. Around this age, the child’s dexterity skills have advanced enough that they can reach all the surfaces of their teeth.

A Family Affair

Parents and guardians should take an active role in taking care of their children’s teeth to help the stage for a happy and healthy life for their loved ones. Our providers are always willing to answer questions and help teach you and your children techniques for good dental home care. Call or email us today to schedule your child’s bi-annual cleaning and exam at 907-276-4537 or info@hcdentistry.com.


Your Dental Health Care Team at Health Centered Dentistry

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You’ve always heard that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Brush and floss every day, and see the dentist for good oral health. But did you know that your oral health could directly affect your overall health? And the road goes both ways—problems with your overall health show signs in your mouth, too.

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Bite. Crack. Ouch!

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Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth.

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A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Dental crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth – but better. Crowns restore broken and badly decayed or discolored teeth. Crowns also top off dental implants and build dental bridges.

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