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Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


 


laughing man sitting on sofa at homeDr. Kenneth Egger of Mount Pleasant, MI, is a quality dental provider in the community who offers a wide selection of dental services. Although he provides general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, he finds that the following five dental services are the most popular:

  • Tooth-colored fillings. Fillings are for patients with areas of decay that have been spotted during evaluations. Because our fillings are tooth-colored and use composite resin bonding, they are difficult to spot in the smile. Tooth-colored fillings blend in and do not make it obvious that dental work was done.
  • Dental crowns. Dental crowns are also known as “caps.” They are placed over the tooth to help restore its structure and function. Dental crowns strengthen a tooth that has been damaged or to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.
  • Dental implants. Dental implants are one of the most popular procedures in our practice. This is because they offer a long-term solution for tooth loss. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and fuse with the bone over time. These help to create a strong foundation for a replacement tooth.
  • Periodontal treatment. Periodontal treatment is offered for patients who have gum disease. This condition is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal treatment helps to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar and can also help to prevent further damage to the smile.
  • Dental bridges. Dental bridges are a type of prosthetic tooth. They fill in the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are made from two crowns on either side of the gap, with a false tooth in the middle. The false tooth is attached to the crowns, and the entire bridge is permanently bonded to the adjacent teeth for support.

How do I learn more about the dentistry services available with Dr. Kenneth Egger?

If you live in the area of Mount Pleasant, MI, and want to work with an experienced dental provider, call 989-773-3560 to request an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Egger and his team.


Mixed race little patient showing her perfect toothy smile while sitting dentists chairWhile it is vital that you visit the dentist as recommended by the American Dental Association, it is also important that you take proper care of your smile between these appointments. Dr. Kenneth Egger of Mount Pleasant, MI, encourages you to follow specific recommendations to maintain a healthy smile all year long!

How can I take care of my smile between dental cleanings and examinations?

  • Brushing can remove food particles from the surfaces of the teeth and gums while also keeping plaque from forming. Plaque is a sticky substance that can contribute to the development of cavities and periodontal disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with fluoride toothpaste to brush after every meal, if possible.
  • Flossing at least once a day can remove food stuck between teeth that can result in the formation of tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Eating a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep teeth and gums healthy by providing the necessary nutrients. Avoid sugary foods and beverages and sticky candy that can cling to the teeth.
  • Limiting acidic foods and drinks. Acidic beverages like sports drinks, soda, and citrus juice can erode tooth enamel over time. If you consume acidic beverages, drink them through a straw to help limit contact with the teeth.
  • Visiting your dentist regularly. Dental cleanings and examinations can remove built-up plaque and tartar while also identifying potential problems. Be sure to schedule an appointment at least twice a year. Taking these steps can help you maintain a healthy smile between dental visits.
  • Avoiding tobacco use. Tobacco products can contribute to various oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth cancer. If you use tobacco products, talk to your dentist about ways to quit.

Learn more about caring for your smile!

These are just a few things you can do to take care of your smile between dental cleanings and examinations. For more information, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Egger and his team in Mount Pleasant, MI. Call 989-773-3560 to request a visit and get started caring for your smile for a lifetime!


Man in pain holding his cheek with hand, suffering from bad tooth acheMany of our patients at our little practice in Mount Pleasant have sensitive teeth. When they’re sipping the Daily Brew from Tim Hortons or biting into a cone at Doozie’s, the first bite or sip may be handled with care, as it can create discomfort when the hot or cold food or drink comes in contact with the teeth.

They have what would be classified as “sensitive teeth.”

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

There can be many causes behind tooth sensitivity, but they all involve enamel to some degree. In healthy teeth, enamel is the outer covering on the entire exposed portion of the tooth (the crown) above the gum line. Below the gumline, the tooth roots are not covered by enamel but by a layer called cementum. Throughout the entire tooth, the layer beneath the enamel/cementum is called the dentin.

Dentin isn’t meant to protect the teeth. It is less dense and there are small hollow canals throughout the dentin. The enamel has the job of keeping bacteria (and even hot or cold temperatures) from getting to the dentin. When the enamel or cementum thins or otherwise is compromised, the canals in the dentin allow heat and cold, or acidic foods, to come in contact with the nerves in the inner tooth. That’s where the unpleasant sensations come from.

Causes behind Your Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be traced to these causes in most patients:

  • Tooth decay
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root

The common issue in those causes is lack of enamel. If decay breaks down the enamel…if a fractured tooth exposes the enamel…if enamel has thinned with age or prior dietary issues…these reasons all allow temperature sensations to reach the dentin and the nerves within.

What to Do?

Dr. Egger can recommend desensitizing toothpaste, or we can use a fluoride gel in office to strengthen your enamel. You may need a crown or an inlay or bonding to protect an exposed area. A gum graft could be needed to cover receding gums. Or if decay has invaded the tooth interior, a root canal is the only way to stop the pain.

Is it time for your next exam? Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to schedule your appointment.


Beautiful Woman In Bathrobe Brushing Teeth Using Electric ToothbrushWhen you’re at Meijer cruising down the dental care aisle, it’s kind of mind boggling the number of choices in every category, but particularly toothpaste. When we were kids (at least if you’re over 50), it seems there were only one or two offerings from the few toothpaste companies out there.

Regular and mint.

Today, you could get lost in the aisle. That’s a good thing for choice, but it can be confusing when it comes to knowing what information is important in those choices. Dr. Egger tells his patients to look for two things: fluoride and the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Just what is that ADA thing? Let’s get into that in this pre-Easter bunny blog.

What is the ADA?

The American Dental Association was founded in 1859 when dental care probably wasn’t at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Twenty-six dentists were meeting in Niagara Falls, New York and decided dentistry needed a professional society. The goal was to promote high professional standards and support scientific research in dentistry.

The ADA waited awhile to publish information for the public. Its first dental education pamphlet was released in 1908. It recommended brushing teeth at least twice daily, flossing regularly, and twice-yearly dentist visits. Some things never change.

About the Seal

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is backed by science. Every product that receives the ADA Seal has been scientifically evaluated by independent experts to be safe and effective. In many cases, getting the ADA Seal means a manufacturer has to meet higher standards than are required by law. If a product doesn’t meet these standards, there is no middle ground — it will not receive the Seal of Acceptance.

More than Toothpaste

The ADA puts its seal on way more than just toothpaste and toothbrushes. It also puts its Seal of Acceptance on power toothbrushes, water flossers, whitening strips, even specialty toothpastes to prevent enamel erosion from dietary acids. You’ll find the ADA Seal on water filters in the kitchen and mouthguards for sports.

If you’re here now, you may have seen our past blogs where Dr. Egger recommended the new electric toothbrushes that have received ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Now you’re an expert on the ADA and choosing the right toothpaste and other dental products. If it’s time for your next checkup with us, call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560.


Sinus pain, sinusitis. Sad man holding his nose, black and white photo with red sore zoneA Michigan winter can be tough on the sinuses. The combination of lots of germs hanging around with outdoor cold and indoor dry heat can lead to sinus infections. But it’s not right that your inflamed sinuses also lead to bad breath. That’s a double whammy!

It’s true. A sinus infection and its corresponding drainage in the back of your throat will invariably cause bad breath.

Since we dealt with teenage halitosis in this month’s first blog, let’s get into more of the stench in the second, along with (more importantly for those around you) what you can do about it.

What are sinus infections?

Sinus infections occur when fluid builds up in your sinuses. Germs grow. Colds, allergies, smoking, a weak immune system, and structural problems in the sinuses can all cause sinus infections. Symptoms include a runny/stuffy nose, facial pain or pressure, headaches, postnasal drip, sore throat, cough, and bad breath.

How do sinus infections make rancid breath?

Mucus is the enemy here. The mucus dwelling in infected sinuses smells bad. Infected mucus drips out of the sinuses and down the back of the throat. There it meets the air you exhale, and the odor from the infection transfers to your breath.

How do you treat a sinus infection?

Acute sinus infections last less than four weeks, and most of them clear up on their own as your body’s immune system beats up on the invaders. Chronic sinusitis can be an ongoing thing for those unfortunate few. Antihistamine tablets, nose sprays, acetaminophen, and throat lozenges can all help get you through it. Don’t use nasal decongestants for longer than five days, though. A neti pot is good, as is a humidifier. If your sinus infection symptoms last for more than 10 days, it’s time to get to a doctor. He or she may prescribe antibiotics to kill the stubborn bacteria.

What can you do to lessen your bad breath during a sinus infection?

Good oral hygiene is your best defense. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, and floss once daily. Be sure to brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue. Mouthwash is a good idea too.

No one’s going to want to be around you when you’re sick anyway, which is just as well, as your breath will clear up when your sinus infection does.

Now that we’ve covered bad breath for the New Year, there’s no reason anyone should come up to you and say, “Uh, you could use a mint, know what I mean Vern?”

If it’s time to book your regular exam and cleaning with Dr. Egger and our team. Give us a call at (989) 773-3560.


girl covers her mouth with her handsIt’s not easy being a teenager. Acne. Cliques at school. Difficult teachers. Essays. Calculus.

And that occasional rancid breath.

Yes, if you have a teenager in your household, odds are you’ve gotten a whiff of, how shall we say, less than pleasant breath here in little old Mt. Pleasant. Everyone thinks it’s their teenager being a lazy brusher, but bad breath is common in teens.

Let’s get into that in this first blog of a New Year.

Why your teenager has bad breath

First off, bad breath is anything but unusual, in everyone. A meta-analysis of various research found the worldwide prevalence of halitosis to be 31.8%. That means a third of the people bopping around this world have yucky breath. Still, next to an acne breakout, having bad breath is just as terrifying for a self-conscious teen.

Here are some causes.

  • Poor oral hygiene — OK, you did guess this one. If your teen’s room looks like Hurricane Hugo blew through, he or she may not also be so attentive in oral hygiene. Bacteria in our mouths are always there, and they feast on leftover food and drinks. When they consume the sugars in these, the waste products they leave behind make for bad breath. That’s why brushing twice a day for two minutes is so important, along with flossing once. This attentive brushing and flossing remove the bacteria/plaque that is sticking to your teeth and making sour breath.
  • Food choices — Sugary sodas and starchy snack foods can lead to some seriously offensive breath. The bad-breath bacteria named above love sugar and starches more than anything. This means those Doritos and Dr. Pepper combos are keeping that bacteria in hog heaven.
  • Braces and retainers — Want to make the perfect trap for food and bacteria? Put a retainer or braces on your teenager’s teeth. While doing their good work moving and then keeping the teeth in place, orthodontic stuff can make it very difficult to clean the teeth adequately. Floss threaders or water irrigators can help get the job done.
  • Early gum disease — In some teens, their bad breath is a sign of worse things to come in his or her oral health. That’s because their lack of good home hygiene has allowed plaque and tartar to take up permanent residence on their teeth, and now they are pushing up under the gum line. That’s the beginning of gum disease. Bad breath is one of the first warning signs of gum disease. That’s another reason to be sure to keep your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Egger and our hygienists — we can spot the early signs of gum irritation and alert the authorities, well, alert your teenager to what’s going on.

OK, so now you know your teenager’s bad breath isn’t the Lone Ranger. But it’s not a given. Some extra guidance on maintenance habits and seeing us twice every year can keep their bad breath to a minimum.

Is it time for your next appointment? Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to schedule your appointment.


At Dr. Egger’s, our goal is to give our patients from Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding areas healthy teeth and gums that they can smile about. But if there’s one thing that would turn anyone’s smile upside down, it’s leaving dental insurance money on the table to watch it expire at year’s end. That’s why we encourage you to schedule an appointment soon to get the most out of your dental insurance benefits before the year ends. 

Remember, your dental insurance is different from your health insurance. Here’s how it differs and why you need to use your benefits before the year’s end. 

Yearly maximum 

Dental insurance is usually far more limited in scope than regular health insurance. Most plans have a yearly maximum that the company will pay for your dental work within one full year. The average amount is usually $1,000 per year, per person. After you reach that amount, you have to pay for everything. If you have unused benefits, these won’t rollover into next year, so you should take advantage of them before 2021 ends. 

Deductible 

It’s not a large amount, but to initiate any dental insurance coverage, you first need to pay your deductible. In most plans this is $50. So, if you’ve already had something done this year, say the first of your twice-yearly exams and cleanings, you’ve met your deductible. Having something done before the end of the year saves you from paying that $50 again. 

You’re paying for it 

Dental insurance isn’t like your regular health insurance, which is open ended. Dental insurance is basically intended to be used for things you usually need to do to your teeth. Health insurance is really more, well, insurance in case of large expenses such as surgeries. Because dental insurance maxes out at such a low amount, it is foolish not to use it, at least for your two cleanings and exams. 

HSAs and FSAs 

Your plan may not include dental insurance, so the above stuff doesn’t apply to you. But many plans now offer Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). HSAs are available only if you have a high-deductible health plan, as they allow you to pay for health items with pretax dollars. FSAs are set up by your employer, and most of them have funds that expire at the end of the year. That’s what’s important. As with your dental insurance if you don’t use your FSA funds you will lose them. So why not come in and have a tooth bonded, or maybe replace an amalgam filling with invisible composite resin, or just have your twice-yearly professional exam and cleaning, and pay for the service with your FSA dollars. Dr. Egger also wants you to know you can use your HSA account (if you have one) to pay for our services and treatments. 

So, while a trip to the dentist may not be high on your end-of-year party planning, it will pay off in getting the most out of your dental insurance and your FSA account. Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to schedule an appointment.


When it comes to birthdays, 50 is a definite milestone. It’s true for our health, as well. This seems to be a time when our bodies can start demanding more attention as issues such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis start to show themselves. Also, as women exit menopause changing hormone levels may need some attention. And that’s not to mention our eyes, with presbyopia making us reach for reading glasses and cataracts starting to cloud our vision. 

In other words, after 50 our bodies can need more attention. 

But that’s no time to forget your oral health. After all, you don’t want to join the 25 percent of Americans over the age of 65 who have no remaining teeth. Dr. Egger has some advice for our older patients from Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding areas.    

Don’t forget the fluoride 

Cavity prone years and fluoride seem to go together. But fluoride’s not just for kids — all human teeth need fluoride, whether age 9 or 90. Remember, fluoride is important for the remineralization of our teeth. This is the process where the teeth regain the minerals they need after they demineralize. Fluoride helps this process, which is important to ward off tooth decay. Older people have an increased risk for cavities versus those in middle age. This is especially true around old silver amalgam fillings that have been in place for some time. 

And don’t listen to the fluoride poisoning conspiracy nut jobs. Fluoride isn’t a plot to poison or brainwash you; it’s a method to strengthen the enamel in your teeth, and that’s a good thing. If you’ve gotten a couple cavities of late, we can even help strengthen your enamel with one of those tasty fluoride treatments you may remember from your youth. 

Dry mouth 

Old age and dry mouth aren’t necessarily linked, but some facets of aging can increase your risk for dry mouth. Taking regular medications or certain chronic conditions can increase your risk for dry mouth. And with dry mouth comes an increased risk for cavities and decay issues. If you wear dentures, dry mouth can affect the quality of their fit. 

So, what can you do? Use a “moisturizing” mouthwash or dry mouth spray. Chew sugar-free gum, as it encourages saliva production. You can use an “artificial saliva” product; these products have ingredients that closely mimic your real saliva. 

Mind your dentures 

If you have dentures, take care of them as diligently as you would natural teeth. Clean them with denture-specific toothpaste (regular toothpastes are too abrasive) and be sure you clean them every day. And don’t forget to use a soft toothbrush on your gums and tongue to remove any bacteria and food particles. 

Lastly, don’t overlook your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Egger and our team. These are the easiest way to ensure healthy teeth and gums heading into your golden years. Call us to make your next appointment, (989) 773-3560.


Toothaches are not unusual — everyone has a toothache to some degree at one time or another. And while most toothaches pass, if they worsen it’s time to see Dr. Egger. Sometimes, toothaches have nothing to do with your dental health, either. 

The key to heading off tooth pain is good home hygiene. Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once per day are basic requirements for your home care. Do a good job at home and odds are you won’t have many problems that we need to get involved with. 

You may feel pain when you touch a tooth or when you eat or drink foods that are hot, cold, sweet, or sour. This type of tooth sensitivity usually passes. Mild sensitivity can be caused by slightly receding gums or a worn-down tooth. Other times, such as tooth sensitivity in middle school-aged children, this sensitivity is fleeting as the tooth or teeth develop. Moderate to severe sensitivity, however, can point to a cavity in the tooth, a filling that has fallen out, or a crack. Severe sensitivity dictates a call to us. 

Dental reasons behind toothache 

The most common cause of a toothache is the presence of decay. In the early stages, the decay won’t be enough to affect the nerves, but it will as the decay progresses. 

Here are some other reasons for toothaches: 

  •     Either an injury or issues with the nerves in the pulp of the tooth, resulting from trauma to the tooth or from night grinding (bruxism).
  •     An impacted tooth. This occurs most often with wisdom teeth that have rolled sideways into the adjacent molars, rather than erupting through the gum surface.
  •     An infection. This could be of the tooth or of the gum tissue around it. There will be a red, swollen, painful bump near or on the side of the sore tooth and chewing will probably shoot pain down into your jaw.

It’s not always dental 

Sometimes, toothaches can be a sign of more ominous health problems that have nothing to do with your dental health. 

  •     Diseases such as diabetes will cause toothaches.
  •     Nerve-related diseases such as trigeminal neuralgia.
  •     Alcohol or drug abuse.
  •     Certain vitamin deficiencies, particularly vitamin B1.
  •     Viral infections such as shingles.
  •     A heart attack, cluster headache, or sinus infection can send pain down into the teeth and jaw.

If you have anything beyond mild sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it’s wise to call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 as decay could have invaded your tooth.


It can be tempting to discount the role of professional cleanings and exams in the daily life of your teeth. After all, how much better a job can we do at Dr. Egger’s than you already do at home, right? So, what’s the big deal missing your regular appointments for a couple years? 

Hmm. That’s the road to gum disease that you just turned down. 

And no, that’s not a scare tactic, that’s reality. Here’s what we do during our twice-yearly cleanings and exams with Dr. Egger and our team, along with why they are so important to maintaining a relatively carefree dental life. 

What’s the point? 

Professional cleanings have a couple components that we’ll get to in a bit. But first, the frequency — why twice a year? That is about the time it takes plaque to turn into tartar to a degree that it needs to be removed. And only professional dental hygienists and dentists can remove tartar. 

Here’s the process. Plaque is the sticky film that builds up on your teeth during the day. It has plenty of bacteria in it. But plaque is no match for your toothbrush and dental floss. Brushing twice daily and flossing once is usually all it takes to get rid of the day’s plaque and keep your teeth and gums happy. 

But if you neglect your brushing and flossing, or do just a cursory job, that plaque stays on your teeth. If left to its own devices, it works its way down under the gums and begins irritating them. This is called gingivitis. Plus, plaque eventually calcifies and becomes tartar. Tartar can only be chipped away with dental picks at a dentist’s office. If you leave the tartar there, it also heads under your gumline. Now you’re in big trouble as you have the beginnings of gum disease. Your gums pull away from the tartar and form pockets that harbor lots of bacteria. Those bacteria attack the tooth roots and the gums. You can see where this is heading — decay, infection, and tooth loss. 

Or you could keep your twice-yearly appointments 

At your regular appointments at Dr. Egger’s we first perform a dental exam. This is what we check: 

  •     Diagnostic dental X-rays. X-rays are crucial in detecting decay, possible tumors, cysts, and bone loss in the patient. X-rays also show Dr. Egger the position of each tooth and its root.
  •     Oral cancer screening. Dr. Egger will check your gums, tissues, throat, tongue, lips, face, and neck for any signs of oral cancer.
  •     Evaluation of gum disease. He checks the gums as well as the bone surrounding the teeth for signs of periodontal disease.
  •     Examination of dental decay. Every tooth surface will be examined for decay.
  •     Examination of existing dental restorations. Your existing dental restorations — fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, etc. — will be checked for stability and wear.

Now, for the cleaning, called dental prophylaxis just to be fancy! This is what your hygienist will do:

  •   Calculus (tartar) removal. Plaque that has hardened into tartar is the first priority. It is commonly found above and below the gumline and can’t be removed by tooth brushing alone. Special dental instruments are needed to completely remove tartar, breaking the bond it has formed on the tooth surface.
  •   Plaque removal. With the tartar banished to the vacuum tube, it’s time to de-plaque your teeth. Plaque is a nearly invisible, sticky substance that forms on the teeth.
  •   Teeth polishing. This final step polishes the teeth, while removing any last plaque remnants. We use an extra gritty polishing compound that scrubs away stains on your enamel and makes your teeth pearly white.

See? That’s a lot of stuff. And it’s all necessary to keep your teeth happy and smiling away. Is it time to make your twice-yearly appointment with Dr. Egger and our team? Call us at (989) 773-3560, and please remember our office is closed on Fridays in the summer months.