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Welcome Dr. Russ Posey

Windsor Family Dentistry is proud to announce the addition of our new associate dentist, Dr. Russ Posey, who will be joining us on July 2, 2015!

Dr. Posey brings more than 25 years of dental experience to our practice and he is eager to meet and treat the many families in the Windsor area. Dr. Posey has been married for 28 years to his wife, Lauri, and has four grown children, Tim, Lauren, Mallory and Kendall.

When Dr. Posey is not practicing dentistry he enjoys boating, hiking, biking and photography.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Dr. Posey to our practice! To schedule your next appointment at Windsor Family Dentistry, call (970) 686-1186 today!

It’s almost summer time!

Summer is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to schedule your kids for their dental cleanings, and any additional treatment they may need! It’s also a great time for the teenagers and young adults to have their wisdom teeth evaluated for removal. Call our office at 970-686-1186 to schedule an appointment today!


New patient special

Have you put off going to the dentist because you have no insurance? Well, we have a solution for you! For a limited time Windsor Family Dentistry is offering a new patient special! Our new patient special is for a standard cleaning, full mouth set of x-rays, comprehensive exam, and membership into our whitening for life program. With our whitening for life program you get FREE custom whitening trays, and a FREE tube of whitening gel every time you come in for your six month dental cleaning.

Call us today 970-686-1186 and ask us about our new patient special!


Don’t Let Halloween Spoils Spoil Your Child’s Dental Health!

The autumn leaves may have stopped falling for the most part, but the candy wrappers have only just begun to litter your carpet. Why? Because this year your child brought home a bigger Halloween haul than ever before, and getting chocolate stains on the living room couch should be the least of your worries. These high-in-sugar treats are infamous culprits for causing dental plaque to build up, leading to the formation of cavities and other serious conditions. Now is the time to implement a plan with your child that allows them to enjoy their treats while encouraging them to consider their dental and whole-body health. Here are a few tips from the Windsor Family Dentistry team:

1. Keep it in the Kitchen – The elation that comes with suddenly having enough candy to last until Easter will lead most kids to make a secret stash in their bedroom. Here, they can snack at will, including before meals and after brushing their teeth at night. To avoid these unhealthy habits, we recommend keeping the candy in a kitchen or pantry cabinet where you can supervise how much and when they indulge.

2. Donate it to a Cause – Many children, especially young ones, simply lose interest in their Halloween candy after a few weeks. If you know that your child has brought home more than they can eat in a timely fashion, consider donating it to Operation Gratitude. This is an organization that donates sweets to US troops by sending them in care packages. You can find their website here.

3. Be a Little Picky – Some Halloween candies are more dangerous for your child’s teeth than others. Sticky and chewy sweets like taffy, caramels, Butter Fingers and gummy candy leave a sugary, decay-causing residue on your teeth long after enjoying them. It may be a good idea to go through your child’s Halloween candy and reduce or eliminate these sorts of treats if their oral hygiene habits aren’t fully developed.

4. Make a Trade-Off – Eating an entire bucket of candy too quickly can be harmful to more than just your child’s teeth. Try rationing it out over a few weeks to a month by allowing them to eat a few pieces of candy if they finish their dinner or promise to floss afterward.

5. Set a Deadline – Rather than allowing your child to hoard their candy until its stale or Christmas rolls around, try setting a date at which they must throw the remaining portion away. If you aren’t carefully monitoring your child’s candy consumption, this is a good way of limiting their sugar intake.

Do you have any suggestions of your own? Let us know on the Windsor Family Dentistry Facebook page.

Trick or Treat Without the Sweets!

It’s approaching that time of year again when things begin to get a little spooky. Pumpkins take on fanged features while your neighbors set up their annual front-yard cemeteries and don the trees with spider webs. Best of all, the kids get so excited to dress up on Halloween night and trick-or-treat with the friends and family. Here at Windsor Family Dentistry, we get excited too (after all, we’re parents as well) but worry about the effects that high quantities of sugary candy will have on their dental health. While a little candy is perfectly fine, more and more parents are choosing to both limit the amount of candy their kids consume and replace their hand-outs with alternatives to sweets. Here are just a few of the many fun options that kids will love just as much as Halloween treats.

  1. Glow Sticks – These can be a big hit on Halloween night for kids of all ages and help to make kids more visible to vehicles at night.
  1. Temporary Halloween Tattoos – Nothing improves a witch costume like a bat tattoo on one’s cheek.
  1. Plastic Fangs – These are fun for all ages and are especially popular with little boys.
  1. Spider Rings – These are great for little kids who love to play dress-up.
  1. Mini Flashlights – These make great handouts after dark for safety reasons and can be relatively inexpensive if purchased in bulk.
  1. Bouncy Balls – These are tons of fun even after Halloween night and come in every color imaginable.
  1. Bottled Juice and Water – All that running from one house to the next is bound to make kids thirsty, and if they don’t want it, you sure will!
  1. Loose Change – This may seem unusual, but younger kids especially will love finding a quarter or two hidden in their spoils.
  1. Fun Key Chains – These can be glitter balls, skeletons or an assortment of other fun items found at your local party store.
  1. Coloring Books – These can be purchased at your local party store or made at home by printing and stapling coloring pictures found online.

Happy Halloween from Windsor Family Dentistry!

Hungry? Improve Your Smile with These 8 Healthy Foods!

Regular brushing and flossing may be helpful for keeping your teeth bacteria and plaque free, but they can hardly take the credit for your oral health as a whole. In fact, numerous factors such as how much water you drink, your sugar consumption and even genetics can impact whether your teeth stay strong and resistant to decay. Recently, dental researchers have been investigating the effects of certain foods whose contents have shown to be beneficial to your oral health. Pretty neat, huh? Like always, your friends here at Windsor Family Dentistry want to help you stay in the know about the best strategies for perfecting your smile.

Cheese and other dairy: Diary products are a great source of calcium, which is essential for keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Many cheeses also contain casein, a type of protein which research suggests plays a significant role in repairing tooth enamel.

Leafy Greens: Leafy vegetables such as cabbage, chard and spinach are loaded with vitamins (magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C) that play an important role in keeping your whole body healthy, especially your mouth!

Apples, carrots and celery: Fruits and vegetables that are naturally high in fiber physically scrub your teeth as you chew them. This process removes plaque and food particulates, leaving you with a freshly-brushed feeling.

Water: Water is essential for keeping up your body’s production of saliva. This contains enzymes that help to dissolve food, remove bacteria and strengthen your teeth. Saliva is made up of 90% water, so if you want to stay cavity-free stay hydrated.

Sugarless gum: Sugarless gum can help to clean your teeth and prevent decay by stimulating your mouth to produce more saliva. Saliva is your body’s natural way of dissolving lodged food particles and strengthening your tooth’s enamel with calcium and phosphate.

Green and black teas: Green and black tea both contain polyphenols, which have been shown to slow the growth of cavity-causing bacteria on your teeth. They also help to prevent bad breath!

Cranberries: Like teas, cranberries contain polyphenols. These are compounds which may help to prevent plaque from forming on your teeth by discouraging bacteria from clumping together.

Raisins: Unlike candies, raisins are naturally sweet and don’t contain sucrose or table sugar. These sweeteners cause plaque to build up by allowing bacteria to stick to your teeth. Additionally, raisins contain phytochemicals, which may kill cavity-causing plaque bacteria.


Tricks for Eliminating Bad Breath

If you’re like most people, bad breath is probably a deal breaker for you. Let’s be honest, bad breath may be forgivable with dogs, but when it comes to people it can be a major turn off. We all have that one coworker or classmate who you would love to talk with if it weren’t that each of their words came with a sampling of Eau de Manure. Is this you? Don’t worry! Your friends at Windsor Family Dentistry have got you covered with these simple tricks that’ll have your breath smelling fresh in no time!

1. Brush your teeth properly
We know it sounds obvious, but brushing your teeth regularly (at lease twice a day) is actually one of the best things you can do to eliminate bad breath. The real trick here is making sure that your brushing technique is up to speed. A good thing to remember is to try and angle your brush toward your gum line, where plaque buildup is most common.

2. Floss your teeth
Sorry to say it, but tooth brushes are not 100% effective at removing odor and decay-causing plaque from your teeth. Flossing just once a day can do this, along with dislodging any remaining bits of food that get caught between your teeth. You wouldn’t want to go around smelling like your last meal, would you?

3. Drink water
Staying hydrated is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep your breath from stinking. When you drink water you replenish the salivary glands in your mouth. Saliva plays a huge role in dissolving food and keeping odorous bacteria at bay. When in doubt, end the drought!

4. Avoid stinky foods
While a few of the culinary culprits notorious for causing foul breath are well known (garlic, onions etc…), some may surprise you. Meats, and other foods which are easily caught in your teeth, can leave a lingering stench if not removed. Although it should never be used as a replacement for flossing, a tooth pick can be the perfect fix for freshening up after that New York strip.

5. See us regularly!
Here’s a no-brainer! If you suffer from chronic bad breath, your friends at Windsor Family Dentistry want to help you! Tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral conditions can cause your breath to take on an unpleasant odor. Call us today if you have any questions!

5 Signs that You May not be Brushing Correctly

Do you have an A+ in brushing? The chances are high that you could do an even better job at cleaning your smile if you adjusted your technique. Brushing your teeth effectively is an important habit that can takes years to perfect. In fact, a recent study by Sweetish Dental Journal found that nine in ten people aren’t brushing correctly. Brushing twice a day simply isn’t enough to stop decay if you don’t have the right technique for removing the plaque and food caught between and at the base of your teeth. Here at Windsor Family Dental, we are always happy to provide you with advice and tips for how you can be brushing better! Here are a few signature signs that you might want to come visit us for a crash course.

1. You floss after brushing: This common habit often gets overlooked, but can have an impact on your oral health. Waiting to floss your teeth until after you’ve brushed can take away some of the effectiveness of the fluoride in your toothpaste, which can’t reach spaces in your teeth that are blocked by plaque and food particles.

2. You brush with a death grip: While it may feel like brushing harder will make your teeth cleaner, this pesky habit can actually erode the enamel on your teeth and your soft gum tissue. You don’t need excessive pressure to clean your teeth effectively. Dr. Ingersoll and our staff recommend holding your toothbrush lightly between three or four fingers and guiding it at a 45 degree angle up and down along your gum line when cleaning the sides. This will remove any plaque at the base of your teeth while not causing any irritation or erosion.

3. Your bristles aren’t “soft”: When you go to pick out a new toothbrush, you will have the opportunity to choose from soft, medium, and hard nylon bristles. For the vast majority of people, a soft bristled brush will be the safest and most comfortably variety. Depending on how vigorously you brush and the hardness of your teeth, medium or hard bristles can actually damage your gum tissue and your tooth’s protective enamel. If you have deep ridges in your teeth or areas where your gum line has receded lower than normal, you may be using a tooth brush that’s too hard.

4. You’re using the wrong brush size: Not all mouths are the same size or shape. Some people have it easy with plenty of space between and around their teeth. Others have smaller mouths where it might be a little harder to clean hard-to-reach places. For this reason it’s essential that you are using a tooth brush with a head that’s the right size and shape for your mouth. If you look carefully when picking out a brush, you’ll notice that there is a great variety in the sizes, shapes and textures offered. Make sure that you are able to easily access all surfaces of your teeth with your brush.

5. You aren’t asking us for advice: Dr. Ingersoll and our staff here at Windsor Family Dental are highly savvy when it comes to brushing like a pro. Next time you come visit us, ask us to give you a quick lesson on how best to clean each of your teeth. We can provide you with expert angles, optimal brushing motions and maybe even a free tooth brush!

Brighten Up! 5 Tips for Whiter Teeth

Beautiful white teeth can be seen everywhere you look, from the actors on television to your colleagues at work. White teeth convey an esthetic of cleanliness and health, and this trend is set to accelerate in the future. This is because more and more people are taking advantage of new whitening treatments now recommended at most dental practices, including us here at Windsor Family Dentistry! So, are your teeth as pearly white as you would like? You can achieve a glowing smile by following these easy whitening tips!

1. Try It: Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables. Crunchy foods like apples and carrots have a natural abrasiveness that helps to remove plaque and other staining substances. These natural tooth brushes not only give your teeth the illusion of being whiter, but are healthy for you as well!

2. Do It: Regular Flossing. Do you floss regularly? You’ll be surprised how much this simple task can help to brighten your smile. When food particles get caught between your teeth they can leave behind stains and discoloring decay. Remember, flossing once a day keeps the decay at bay!

3. Try It: Avoid Staining Foods. We’ve all heard about how tobacco products can leave unsightly staining on our teeth, but did you know that the same could occur when you eat certain foods? Darkly colored beverages and foods like berries, beets, soysauce, coffee and red wine can leave your teeth looking dingy if consumed frequently. To avoid this, try rinsing your mouth with water after enjoying these foods.

4. Do It: Bleaching Treatments. Looking for a quick and easy solution for a brilliant smile? Here at Windsor Family Dentistry we offer dental “bleaching”, a very popular treatment that can deliver fast, beautiful results. We two different approaches: a light-activated whitening treatment that takes place in our office and takes roughly an hour, and a take-home whitening kit that uses a gel and customized tray. Ask us about our whitening treatments during your next visit, and we will be happy to help you decide which method is best suited for you.

5. Try It: Say Cheese! Research suggests that eating cheese may actually help to strengthen your enamel, the outermost and hardest layer of your teeth. It’s a milk protein called casein at work here, along with calcium and phosphate, which help to re-mineralize your teeth and give you a stronger and healthier smile.

Have a question about how you can brighten your smile? Call us today and ask us about our solutions in cosmetic dentistry!

Kick-Start a Healthy Summer with These Brushing Tips!

Do you rush the brush? You’re not alone. It’s easy to let our brushing quality slacken when trudging through our morning and evening routines. Who really wants to commit full brainpower to anything when they’ve either just rolled out of bed or retired from a long day at work? Few, that’s who.

Even when we manage to brush our teeth regularly, why does the dentist continue to find cavities? It may be that you’re technique, toothbrush or timing isn’t doing all it takes to keep your smile in top condition.

So what’s the trick? How can we make brushing our teeth an easy, and even enjoyable process, while still ensuring that our teeth remain clean and decay-free? Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Ingersoll and the staff here at Windsor Family Dentistry:

Successful Strokes: When you brush your teeth use short, gentle strokes contacting all surfaces, including the backside of your molars. Position your brush at a 45° angle against your gum line to ensure that you remove any plaque buildup along the base of your tooth.

Go Electric! Electric toothbrushes have been praised for years for their effectiveness at removing plaque and maintaining gum health. Most varieties utilize either a spinning mechanism or vibration to do the muscle work of brushing for you. All you need to do is guide the device gently over your teeth, carefully angling it to clean all the nooks and crannies where plaque likes to hide out.

Change It Up: It is recommended for optimal oral health that you change your toothbrush every three months. Doing so ensures that the bristles can effectively clean hard-to-reach places such as between your teeth and along the gum line. If you notice your brush’s bristles getting spread out or bent, it’s time for a new one. Also, it’s always a good idea to swap out your brush with a new one when you get sick.

Hard Teeth, Soft Brush: When at the store, you’ll probably have the option of choosing soft, medium or hard bristle toothbrushes. For normal use, it’s wisest to choose a soft brush. Firmer bristles can lead to gum recession and wear down the enamel on your teeth.

When in Doubt, Time It Out: Toothbrush timers aren’t just for kids anymore! It’s always a good idea to brush for at least two minutes, three if you can. In doing so you exponentially increase your chances of brushing all surfaces of your teeth, preventing the buildup of decay-causing tartar.

Have a question about your brushing habits? Give us a call today, and let the experts at Windsor Family Dentistry show you how to brush like a champion!