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March 15, 2018

A Custom Made Mouthguard for Better Protection

A custom made mouthguard is the best way to keep you and your family safe all year round, but especially now that spring is just around the corner. Once Mother Nature has decided to warm things up everyone wants to spend more time outside playing sports. Some play Little League while others ride with a mountain biking group once a month. Whatever you play, Dr. David Schaefer recommends a custom made mouth protector to keep you on the field and out of the hospital.

All sports, whether recreational or professional should include a custom made mouth protector with the rest of the uniform. A mouthguard is just as important as a helmet and kneepads whether you enjoy racquetball three times a week or can’t wait to hit the water on your wakeboard. Whatever sport you play, a custom made mouth protector is the only way to go if you want to protect your mouth against oral injuries.

There are three types of mouth protectors available:

1. Conventional
2. Boil and Bite
3. Custom Made

Conventional or standard mouth protectors offer users a one size all approach to mouth protection. Because they are the same for everyone, they can be bulky and useless, especially when they are left in the locker. Conventional mouth protectors are uncomfortable and make it impossible to talk or even breathe making athletes less likely to wear it.

Boil and Bite mouthguards will give you a bit more protection than a conventional one, but not much. These are used by placing in hot water before putting in your mouth and biting down. Boil and Bite mouthguards can be just as uncomfortable as standard mouth protectors and unfortunately don’t give you the same protection as a custom made mouth protector from your Dentist in Independence.

Custom Made mouthguards are made to fit your teeth and no one else’s. Dr. Schaefer will make an impression of your teeth before making a mouth protector that will fit like a glove. Custom made mouthguards are comfortable, thin, and provide the best protection against mouth injuries.

This spring keep you and your family safe with a custom made mouthguard. You’ll be glad you did.

Call or click for a custom made mouthguard appointment today.

February 15, 2018

Cosmetic Dental Bonding a More Affordable Option

Cosmetic dental bonding could be just what you need if you have cracks, chips, or broken teeth. Bonding also works for teeth that are too long, too short, or teeth that cannot be lightened with traditional teeth whitening treatments. If you have a small gap between your teeth that has made you unhappy for years, cosmetic dental bonding can make you smile again by filling that space.

Dr. David Schaefer has been providing patients with 21st century cosmetic dentistry procedures for decades and can do the same for you.

When you schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental bonding consultation with Dr. Schaefer, your teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay or gum disease. If you have either, those will need to be treated before any type of cosmetic dentistry treatment can take place.

Once your mouth has been given the heads up and is healthy enough for cosmetic dental bonding, a shade or resin will be chosen to match the rest of your teeth. The resin is a strong material that can be molded and shaped to give you a beautiful smile.

After Dr. Schaefer has chosen a shade, he will etch the surfaces of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. This helps the bond adhere to the tooth. After a solution or conditioning liquid is applied, Dr. Schaefer will work his magic by applying resin. After he is satisfied, the bonding material will be cured with a laser or light to harden the resin before final shaping and polishing.

Cosmetic dental bonding is much more affordable than cosmetic dental crowns or porcelain veneers. However, the procedure will not last as long as either of the above mentioned treatments and will need to be retouched from time to time. Cosmetic dental bonding is also more apt to staining.

Of course, you need to look after your restorations with regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental checkups.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dental bonding, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today.

January 15, 2018

Ignoring Bleeding Gums Could Lead to Serious Complications

Bleeding gums is a sure sign that something is going on with your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, it isn’t a good sign. In fact, bleeding, red, and swollen gums could cause serious problems. If left untreated, bleeding gums could make your teeth fall out.

According to Dr. David Schaefer, ignoring bleeding gums can make the problems worse.

There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis, which is reversible and periodontal disease, which is not. Of course, you can control periodontitis, but the problem could have been avoided all together had you scheduled an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for a deep cleaning.

What is a Deep Cleaning?

Root planing and scaling is different to a regular cleaning. Regular dental cleanings focus on the surface of your teeth and in between your teeth just above your gum line. If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar under your gum line. If allowed to remain, that bacteria and impossible to remove tartar will infect your gums causing pockets to form between the gum and your teeth.

When you have your teeth cleaned every six months you know that normal scaling is part of the process, however, if you are showing signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may need a professional deep teeth cleaning, which involves both scaling and root planing.

Although some people have signs, gum disease can remain silent, as it can be painless. You may have gum disease if you experience any of these symptoms:

• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• A bad taste in the mouth
• Visible pus around your teeth and gums

Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if your bleeding gums are something more serious.

Call or click and take care of your bleeding gums today.

December 15, 2017

Your Teeth and Gums Don’t Have to Pay the Price

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent an emergency dental visit if you follow these tips from Dr. David Schaefer.

Below are a few things you should stay away from during the holidays to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Stay away from Hard Candy

Keep the canes on the tree and the hard butterscotch candies on the shelf at the store. Hard candies are a double-edged sword as they are loaded with sugar, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, and they can break or crack a tooth if you bite down.

Gummy Bears and Sticky Candy

Gummy bears, licorice, saltwater taffy and any other sticky candy can pull out your fillings and wreck havoc for dental sealants. According to Dr. Schaefer, sticky candy is also hard to remove and can stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth.

Pies, Cookies and Cakes Oh My!

Your Great Aunt Martha’s pecan pie may be as delicious as your own sugar cookies, but those delicious treats can cause problems for your teeth and gums. If you must indulge rinse after as starchy foods can get caught in the grooves and fissure at the back of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth will suffer for it.

Dried Fruit

That yummy dried fruit platter that arrives at your front door every year can cause issues with your teeth. Sticky figs, dates, and apricots are loaded with sugar, and just like gummy bears can stay on your teeth, even after brushing.

You don’t have to schedule an emergency dental visit with Dr. Schaefer if you watch what you eat and see your dentist twice a year.

Schedule your bi-annual dental appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.

November 15, 2017

Are Invisible Braces Better than Wires and Brackets?

Could invisible braces boost your self Esteem? Is your crooked smile making you self-conscious? Is your closed mouth smile preventing you from that promotion, if you are shaking your head up and down, maybe it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer for invisible braces.

Conventional braces have changed with dentists and orthodontists fitting patients with colored and clear wires and brackets, but are they really that much different than they were before?

According to Dr. David Schaefer, there are a few things to remember if you are considering conventional braces:

Tooth Decay

Old school wires and brackets can cause tooth decay. With Invisalign®, you remove your clear plastic aligners when you enjoy a meal and before you brush and floss. It is impossible to remove braces when you brush and floss. This can cause bacteria and food particles to collect under the wires and brackets leading to tooth decay. People who wear braces are in the high-risk category when it comes to dental caries.


Because your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t have to push and pull your clear plastic aligners, you will be more comfortable during your Invisalign® treatment. Although the discomfort will wear off after a month or so, wires and brackets will cause more discomfort than clear braces. Invisible braces are the comfortable way to a beautiful smile.

Oral Appliance Problems

Just like any other appliance, things can go wrong with conventional braces. Some of things that you may experience include:

• Broken Wires
• Broken Braces
• Loose Braces
• Loose Bands
• Wires That Stick Out

Although a spacer may be able to be repaired on the spot, loose or broken wires, loose bands, or broken brackets will take some time to repair. Although your dentist may be able to reattach the brackets and wires or reposition the braces, they may need to be replaced.

With Invisalign®, you never have to worry about broken wires or brackets as the clear plastic aligners are pliable and resistant to wear and tear.

More Time

Conventional braces can take up to two years to do what they are supposed to do. Invisalign® patients can expect to see results in as little as 6 months with the average Invisalign® patient enjoying a straighter smile in 12 to 18 months.


Even if you choose clear brackets and clear wires your braces will show. Every time you smile people will see your conventional wires and brackets. Invisalign® uses a series of between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible. Nobody will know you are wearing your invisible braces unless you tell them.

If you would like more information regarding clear braces, call or click and schedule a no obligation Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.

Just think, this time next year you could have the smile of your dreams. Call or click now.

October 15, 2017

Teeth Whitening Can Do Wonders for your Smile

Teeth Whitening can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades, and if you are one of those people who would rather not smile, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if tooth whitening is the best solution for your stained or yellowed smile.

According to Dr. Schaefer, not all people are good candidates for professional teeth whitening. If you have stained teeth that have been restored or severe intrinsic or interior staining, tooth whitening may not be your best option. If Dr. Schaefer doesn’t recommend teeth whitening there are other cosmetic dental solutions such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding or dental implants.

If you are a good candidate for tooth whitening, Dr. Schaefer will fit you with custom-made whitening trays that you will take home and use with a whitening gel that your dentist has prescribed. According to your teeth-whitening plan, you may wear your new whitening trays at night, or for thirty minutes each day. Because the trays are made to fit your teeth, the gel will penetrate into the tooth more deeply, unlike those pastes, strips, and gels that you find at your local pharmacy. If you are diligent about wearing your trays according to Dr. Schaefer’s instructions, you will see results in as little as two weeks.

Dr. Schaefer may recommend other cosmetic dental procedures, such as crowns or veneers. If the two of you agree, your teeth will be whitened first so that the new cosmetic dental restorations can match the rest of your smile.

It is important to remember that if you have dental restorations, such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, tooth colored fillings or cosmetic dental bonding, tooth whitening will not work.

If you would like more information regarding teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic dental treatment, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.

September 15, 2017

Porcelain Veneers or Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Porcelain Veneers and dental bonding are two cosmetic dental procedures offered by Dr. David Schaefer; however, unless you are a dentist yourself, you probably don’t know which procedure would be best for you. Thankfully, Dr. Schaffer does.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are custom made to fit over the top of your teeth. Because a portion of the tooth needs to be removed to allow for the dental veneer, porcelain veneers are permanent, and depending on how unsightly your teeth are after the enamel removal, may require temporary veneers while your permanent porcelain veneers are being made.

Porcelain veneers can last a decade or more if you practice good oral hygiene. Veneers look just like natural teeth and can give you a beautiful smile.

You may be a good fit for porcelain veneers if you have chipped, cracked, or misshaped teeth or if you have stained teeth that cannot be brightened with professional tooth whitening.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic Dental Bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be completed in a single dental appointment and unlike porcelain veneers does not require removal of the enamel.

Dental bonding is used for chips and cracks, and for teeth that are too long or too short. Dental bonding is also used to cover stains.

During your cosmetic dental bonding appointment, Dr Schaefer will prepare the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. He will roughen up the tooth before coating with a liquid that will allow the cosmetic dental resin to bond to the tooth. Dr. Schaefer will mold the materials for a natural look before using a laser or light to permanently bond the material to your teeth. Once the tooth or teeth have been bonded, Dr. Schaefer will polish and buff.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding can last for years as long as you brush and floss, and see your dentist regularly, however, it may need to be touched up from time to time.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding is more affordable than porcelain veneers, however, it really is up to you, and your dentist to decide what procedure is best for your needs.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.

You will be amazed at the results, call or click now.

August 15, 2017

Dental Checkups for Kids and Teens

If your kids have started school, or about to, and you neglected, or just plain forgot about dental checkups for your kids, call Dr. David Schaefer and schedule a dental exam for your children and your teens. Regular dental checkups, Dr. Schaefer recommends twice a year for healthy children and teens will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Scheduling regular checkups can also help Dr. Schaefer keep any eye on your kids and teens bite. If a problem is detected, your kids or teens may be referred to an orthodontist for a further evaluation.

According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups for kids and teens can also detect any other oral abnormities. If you follow the Schaefer Dental Blog, you will know that oral cancer can be caught and even cured if detected early on.During the checkup, your kids and teens teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is present, Schaefer Dental may recommend root planing and scaling. If cavities are present, a simple filling may be all that is needed, however, if the cavity is too deep and has damaged the pulp root canal therapy may be necessary. Scheduling twice-yearly dental appointments with Schaefer Dental can help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease.

If your child or teen has been complaining about oral pain, but is cavity and gum disease free, it may have something to do with his or her bite. Dr. Schaefer and his team will be able to determine if your children or teens require orthodontic treatment.

Scheduling regular dental appointments with Schaefer Dental is a necessary part of life, and if you haven’t made your checkups, call or click. Schaefer Dental can determine if your kids and teens have dental problems and get them back on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

Call or click now.

July 15, 2017

An Oral Cancer Screening Can Save your Life

If you cannot remember the last time you had an oral cancer screening, it is time to call and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer. Dr. Schaefer and his team will give you a complete and thorough dental checkup that will not only detect tooth decay and gum disease, but can also alert your attending physicians if there is anything unusual about your mouth, including your teeth, gums, neck, tongue, and throat.

When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer and his team for an oral cancer screening your tongue, throat, the roof of your mouths and your gums will be examined to check for anything unusual.

According to the American Dental Association, an astonishing 75 percent of all neck and head cancers start in the oral cavity. With early detection, you have a much better chance of survival.

Although there is no conclusive evidence, scientist believes that certain factors could increase your risk of any type of oral cancer. You may be in the high-risk category if you:

  • Use any type of tobacco including pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco cigarettes and a Hookah pipe
  • A heavy alcohol drinker
  • Have been diagnosed with oral cancer in the past
  • A history of sun exposure, which increases lip cancer risk

Signs that you may have Oral Cancer include:

  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Sores that bleed
  • Lumps or growths in your mouth
  • A lump or growth on your cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Loose teeth
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Teeth pain
  • Jaw stiffness or pain
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • Persistent sore throat

Oral cancer can develop on your:

  • Gums
  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • Cheeks
  • Roof of your mouth
  • Floor of your mouth

If you would like more information regarding an oral cancer screening, or would like to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. David Schaefer and his team, call or click.

Early detection really can save your life. Call or click now.

June 15, 2017

Oral Hygiene More than Brushing and Flossing

Oral hygiene is imperative if you want to maintain your overall health. According to the Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental, practicing good oral hygiene can actually keep your heart healthy.

Although the jury is still out, researchers are beginning to see a link between gum disease and other health problems including stroke, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.

Brushing twice and flossing once each day is just part of good oral hygiene, however, good oral hygiene is much more than brushing and flossing.

What is Plaque?

Your dentist explains that bacteria cause tooth decay and gingivitis and lives in your mouth. Plaque, that layer of film that everyone has on their teeth, will eventually eat away at the enamel on your teeth causing cavities and gum disease.

What causes Plaque?

Your mouth is loaded with bacteria, both good and bad. The foods you eat will cause bacteria buildup in your mouth producing acids. Sugary and starchy foods are notorious for plaque accumulation. The substances that are produced by plaque will irritate your gums. If left untreated, plaque accumulation will cause gum recession forming pockets in between your teeth and gums. If you do not see a dentist for gum disease, the bone that surrounds your teeth could be destroyed, which will cause tooth loss.

How to Remove Plaque

The best way to get rid of your plaque is to brush and floss every day. Use a soft bristled brush and a good fluoride antimicrobial toothpaste that has been recommended by the American Dental Association, this will help with tooth decay. Floss first and brush second to remove all of the debris. Watch your diet as certain foods can cause plaque accumulation. Use a mouth rinse and schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.

Oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, and if you cannot remember the last time that you saw your dentist, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental today today.

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