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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.


It’s interesting, sort of. (Well, not really to Dr. Egger…) Most people probably pay more attention to the regular maintenance of their cars than they do to the maintenance of their teeth. Considering that healthy teeth are an important component of everyday life, and you can take I-Ride instead of your car, if need be, that makes no sense.

Well, if you want healthy teeth, it doesn’t take much. All you need is a consistent brushing and flossing regimen and that’s pretty much it. Let’s make sure you know what you should be doing.

What is the proper way of brushing my teeth?

Your teeth need to be brushed at least twice a day, but not more than three times. Use a soft-bristled brush (bristles that are too stiff can damage your tooth enamel and make your gums recede) and use gentle pressure. You should brush for around two minutes, 30 seconds per quarter of your mouth. That can seem like an eternity if you’re a cursory brusher, but that’s the time recommended. Here’s how to brush teeth properly:

  1. Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Using small, circular strokes, gently brush the teeth while making sure that the bristles are also touching the gums. Use overlapping circles to cover all the tooth surfaces.
  2. When brushing, make sure the inner, outer, and biting surfaces of the teeth are included.
  3. Using the tip of the brush, clean the inner portion of your front teeth.
  4. It is important to brush the tongue as well to remove existing bacteria and to freshen up your breath. And don’t miss the roof of your mouth.

Electric toothbrushes are great, and if they get you to brush better (for instance, they all have a built-in timer for two minutes) they’d be a good investment. Use a toothpaste with fluoride.  

What is the correct way of flossing my teeth?

Flossing has two purposes. It removes food debris and plaque from between the teeth, and it stimulates the gums. Floss once daily. Follow these steps to properly floss your teeth:

  1. Use a piece around 18 inches long. Wrap the thread around your middle fingers and leave 2 inches of thread in between your fingers.
  2. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently insert the floss in between each tooth and clean the area following a sawing motion.
  3. Hold the floss in a “C” shape on each tooth as well as under the gumline. Move the thread up and down to clean every side of the tooth.

If you want more convenience, you can purchase floss holders. Mint or cinnamon flavors make no difference, but if they make you floss more often, then go for it!

There. That wasn’t so hard, now was it? And you don’t need to watch for a coupon for a discount or hope they don’t put the oil plug back in crooked. 

Practice this hygiene routine and come see Dr. Egger twice each year for professional cleanings and checkups. Call (989) 773-3560 for an appointment.


In Dr. Egger’s first February blog we addressed some issues with tooth enamel. Despite being the hardest tissue in the human body (yes, it’s harder than bone), tooth enamel can still be broken down. That’s what the acids secreted by bacteria in plaque do, they begin to demineralize the enamel. That means the acids are pulling calcium and various phosphates out of the tooth enamel, which weakens it in that spot. Now the acids can penetrate the enamel; this is tooth decay, and you have a cavity.

So, the goal is to protect your tooth enamel, so that it can keep on protecting your teeth. That’s what good home hygiene does by brushing and flossing away plaque that builds up on your teeth during the day. The bacteria in plaque eat the bits and pieces of food that remain in your mouth and they then excrete acids. Brushing and flossing removes this, but if you don’t brush or don’t do a good job, the plaque remains along with its accompanying acids and potential to begin the process of tooth decay.

Fluoride is the best way to protect your enamel and keep it strong. Fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, and where it occurs naturally in foods and water help to push calcium and phosphates back into the enamel, known as remineralization, and this keeps the enamel in tip-top fighting shape, ready to take on all bacteria on the teeth.

In February’s first blog we also talked about toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim they can rebuild lost enamel. That’s a bunch of hooey. Enamel isn’t living tissue, so it can’t regrow. Once enamel is lost, it is lost for good. We all lose enamel over our lifetimes of chewing and biting. It just naturally thins. But there are a couple things you can do with the foods you eat and drink to minimize this thinning.

You are what you eat and drink

You want to preserve your enamel, and you can help on this front with what you eat and drink. There are various foods and drinks to watch out for. Carbonated sodas have lots of acid in them. Sweets don’t have acid, but they are loved by bacteria that love the sugars.

Fruit juices, especially lemon juice, can be extremely acidic. Drinking too much juice can break down your enamel in two ways. First, the acid breaks down the enamel. Second, once you drink the juice, it softens your enamel just a bit, and then when you brush your teeth that adds extra abrasion, which also degrades your enamel.

One way you can lessen this is by drinking acidic beverages with a straw. This pushes the fluids to the back of the mouth and away from your teeth. Plus, after that glass of orange juice, rinse with some water and this will neutralize the acid.

Another helpful hint is to chew sugar-free gum. This boosts the production of saliva, which washes the teeth and contains minerals to strengthen the enamel. Plus, some brands contain xylitol, which counteracts the acid in foods and beverages.

Now you know — it’s better to take care of your enamel than to wait for some false promise from a toothpaste to rebuild it. That can’t happen. Plus, keeping your twice-yearly appointments with Dr. Egger and our team is equally important to keeping your enamel and teeth healthy and strong. Is it time for your next appointment? Call us at (989) 773-3560 to make your appointment.


Everyone knows that healthy tooth enamel is key to healthy teeth. But what if your enamel has thinned? Are you saddled with a lifetime of rotting teeth and dentures? In the last year or two, you’ve probably seen the ads claiming that this toothpaste or this mouthwash can actually regrow enamel that has degraded. Is this true?

Too good to be true.

Once enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. So, for our February blogs let’s get into the reality of why it’s so important to protect your enamel with good hygiene and twice-yearly visits to Dr. Egger and not put your faith in falsely hyped dental care products.

Enamel is tough, but not invincible.

Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body. That surprises most people. But it makes sense. Tooth enamel has the tough job of protecting the interior tissues of the teeth, where the blood vessels and nerves reside. That’s what decay does: it works its way through the enamel and into the dentin of the tooth. And when decay is left untreated, it can get through the dentin into the pulp of the tooth. Now there will be some serious pain, as the nerves in the tooth are exposed to the infection.

If you take care of your teeth with good home hygiene and twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Egger and our team, your enamel will hold up. But it will thin over time. A lifetime of chewing, biting, and eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages can wear away some of the enamel protecting your teeth. That’s why the teeth of older people start to look more and more yellow. Tooth enamel is actually translucent, so as it thins more and more of the dentin (the second layer of the tooth) shows through. And the dentin layer is yellow.

But the commercials say I can rebuild my enamel…

OK, so your enamel has thinned. You’ve squeezed lemon in your tea every day of your life and its acidic properties have broken down the enamel. But on TV you just saw an ad touting the ability of this toothpaste and that mouthwash to actually rebuild your enamel. So, no big deal about the degraded enamel, right?

Wrong. Tooth enamel is tough, but it’s not living tissue. Because of that it cannot regenerate. Yes, it seems commercials are playing hard and fast with the truth by saying you can rebuild your enamel. But if you listen closely to their claims, they skirt around the truth. They are basically saying they can “remineralize” the enamel, which is much different than rebuilding it.

Mineralization is key to healthy teeth. It is what prevents decay. Teeth are constantly gaining and losing calcium and phosphates in processes known as demineralization and remineralization. Acids in foods and secreted by bacteria draw out calcium and phosphates from the teeth — demineralization — and this leads to tooth decay. Toothpastes and mouthwashes with fluoride help to put those elements back into the enamel, which strengthens it. That’s why fluoride is so important in these products, and that’s why deceptive or outright misinformed claims made by “anti-fluoride” websites are so harmful for dental health.

In February’s second blog, we’ll get into this enamel issue a little more. Until then, if you need to make an appointment with Dr. Egger for your twice-yearly professional cleaning and exam, call us at (989) 773-3560.


Every day your toothbrush does hand-to-hand battle with that enemy of tooth enamel, plaque. It’s a thankless job that, like in the movie Groundhog Day (whose namesake is just a couple days away, by the way), starts over again the next morning.

And what do you do to say thanks to your trusty toothbrush? Stick him away wet in a dark drawer, don’t allow him to do his job properly, and keep him in the fight long past his retirement date.

Yes, you overlook your toothbrush.

But you need to give your bristled pal some love. After all, your toothbrush is the best way to head off all of the horrors of gingivitis, periodontitis, and the like.

Dr. Egger, being Mt. Pleasant’s plaque-fighting superhero, would like to remind you of some things about your toothbrush.

Toothbrush care

A dry toothbrush is a ready toothbrush, ready to fight plaque. Damp toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs, fungus, and bacteria. If allowed free reign they continue to build up to levels that would scare a biologist. But when your toothbrush dries between uses, almost all of those germs go and sleep with the fishes. When you’re finished brushing, let tap water run through the bristles, then store the toothbrush in an upright position so that the air can dry it out.

And, while Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you may want to keep your toothbrush and that of your partner from hooking up. It’s not that we’re haters, it’s just that cold and flu viruses can jump from one toothbrush to another, if they’re touching while in the drawer. A toothbrush holder will keep them separate. Let them send Valentines to each other if need be.

How often to change your toothbrush

Some people keep using their toothbrush until the bristles are flattened like an armadillo on a Texas highway. Bad idea. Dr. Egger wants you to change your toothbrush every three months. Studies have shown that after three months of normal use, toothbrushes are no longer nearly as effective at removing plaque. This is because the bristles become bent and they break down, losing their effectiveness when getting into the tough spots.

And if you’ve just recovered from a serious cold, flu, or mouth infection be sure to change your toothbrush. The germs can lay low, hiding in the bristles, waiting a chance to re-infect you.

How long should I brush?

If you’re a slacker brusher, this may seem like an eternity, but you really need to spend two minutes brushing twice each day. To make it easier, think just 30 seconds for each quarter. Make sure to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, the pockets down along your upper gums. Two minutes. Set the timer on your phone.

See how easy that was to treat your toothbrush with some respect? Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to schedule your next cleaning.


Ah the Internet, that breeding ground for whackos to spread lies, innuendo, and various conspiracy theories.

Fluoride has its fair share. When it first debuted in public water supplies in the 40s, it was decried by the John Birch Society as a Communist conspiracy to control our minds. Interestingly enough, the first municipal test of fluoride was done just about 85 miles from little old Mt. Pleasant in Grand Rapids. Nearly eighty years later, there are more technologically advanced crackpots, now with unfortunate websites, fomenting false information about fluoride poisoning.

But Dr. Egger and his team are big fans of fluoride for its role in preventing tooth decay. Here’s some information to set the record straight about this ubiquitous dental mineral.

What is it and how does fluoride protect your teeth?

Your mouth is like a busy mine with minerals coming and going all the time. Demineralization and remineralization are the terms for the processes where your tooth enamel adds and loses necessary minerals. Demineralization is the problem. Minerals are lost from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids, formed from the bacteria in plaque and sugars in the mouth, attack the enamel. Fortunately, when you eat foods and drink water, minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate remineralize the teeth. The balance is what’s important. Too much demineralization without remineralization results in tooth decay.

Another thing the anti-fluoride groups don’t mention is that fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water, like it or not. It helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth enamel more resistant to those acids from bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride also has the cool effect of reversing early cases of decay. For kids under 6, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth. This makes the teeth resistant to the assault of acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also speeds remineralization and disrupts acid production in the mouth.

Some stats

Despite the rumors about fluoride poisoning us, research shows its benefits. A Cochran review published in 2015 found that when fluoride was introduced into the water supply of a municipality:

  • Children had 35% fewer decayed, missing, or filled baby teeth.
  • There was a 15% increase in children with no decay in their baby teeth.
  • The proportion of children with no decay in their permanent teeth rose by 14%.

Sounds like the benefits of fluoride far outweigh possible poisoning, which occurs only with massive levels of fluoride that aren’t really attainable in the real world (unless you eat fluoride like candy!).

When is fluoride the most beneficial?

It was originally thought that only children benefit from fluoride, but new research shows that topical fluoride from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments are important to help adult teeth fight decay. For children, it’s long been known that children between 6 months and 16 years need fluoride to help build their teeth.

Fluoride at Dr. Egger’s

 At Dr. Egger’s practice, we provide our younger patients with fluoride varnishes or gel mouthpiece treatments to help strengthen their enamel. We can also do this for adults on request, which is a good idea if you don’t have the strongest enamel in the world (and have had many cavities to show for it).

Is it time for your next exam and professional cleaning? Call us at (989) 773-3560 to make your appointment.