Dentist - Bloomington

4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

812-332-2000

There are many ways to protect your child’s growing smile from decay.Dental Sealants

As parents, we all worry about our children developing cavities. Not only is it an expense that we would rather not face but no child wants to sit in a dental chair dealing with the scary sounds of a drill. However, our Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, is here to tell you that there is yet one more thing you can do to protect your child’s smile from cavities and it’s called dental sealants.

What are dental sealants and what do they do?

This special, oral-friendly plastic coating is placed over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to help seal it and keep food and bacteria from getting trapped. Sealants are only placed on your child’s molars because, as you can see, the chewing surfaces of the molars have a lot of nooks and crannies where food and bacteria can easily hide. Even kids who maintain great oral hygiene can’t always get all the bacteria out of these crevices. This is where dental sealants come in. By sealing these crevices we reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities in more susceptible areas of their smiles.

How are dental sealants placed?

When your child comes in to visit their Bloomington dentist for their six-month cleaning, we will also be able to place sealants. This procedure is completely painless and only takes a few minutes to complete. We will start by painting the tops of these back teeth with the clear plastic sealant. Once the sealant is applied a dental laser safely hardens the sealant into place.

Do all kids need sealants?

Getting dental sealants is a choice between you and your child. As you can see, dental sealants certainly offer another great way to protect teeth and prevent decay. Of course, sealants should not be a replacement for good brushing and flossing. Your child’s oral routine should stay the same regardless of the preventive care they get from us. At-home care is just as important between routine dental visits; however, sealants can be a great option for kids who are at a high risk for developing cavities, but even kids with healthy smiles may be able to benefit.

Are you ready to find out if your child is a good candidate for dental sealants? If so, it’s time to schedule their routine checkup (if you haven’t already) and let our Bloomington, IN, general dentist know that you are interested in dental sealants for your child.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been considering whitening your teeth but aren't sure if you want to deal with hassle of painting on a whitening solution for teeth whiteningweeks or applying tiny strips to your teeth? Professional teeth whitening offers a better alternative. Gentle dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker of Bloomington, IN, discusses why whitening is so important and explains how the process works.

A dull smile has social implications

Like it or not, we're judged on the condition of our smiles. Dull, yellow teeth tend to be viewed unfavorably by many people and can even affect your social and business life. In fact, people with whiter smiles received higher scores for social competence and intellectual ability in a study published in the British Dental Journal in 2007. Luckily, it's easy to improve your appearance with teeth whitening treatment.

Teeth whitening is safe and effective

Whitening bleaches out stains that dull teeth. The treatment is very effective in treating stains that darken the enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth. Stains in enamel tend to occur if you use products that contain tobacco or regularly eat or drink darkly pigmented foods or beverages. Yellowing can also be a natural consequence of aging.

Teeth whitening gets rid of stains by bleaching them. Hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent dentist's use, is highly concentrated, yet very safe and effective. When you visit our Bloomington office for professional whitening, you'll see an impressive transformation in an hour or less.

Over-the-counter whitening kits aren't always easy to use. The one-size-fits-all trays may not fit your mouth well, which may expose your gums to the hydrogen peroxide, causing tooth sensitivity. Before your professional whitening session begins, a protective gel will be applied to your gums to protect them. Your lips and cheeks will also be lifted off your teeth with retractors to avoid damage to these sensitive tissues.

You play an important role in the success of your treatment. Although you'll probably see a three- to eight-shade difference in your teeth, your smile will become dull again if you continue to smoke or drink or eat darkly colored foods and beverages. If you avoid or limit these substances, your smile may stay white for two or three years or longer.

Keep your smile sparkling with professional teeth whitening. Call Dr. Baker of Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000 to schedule an appointment.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
March 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

If you have looked into choosing the best dentist for you, you may have come across the term “family dentistry”. This important branch of family dentistrydentistry helps families with members of all ages keep their appointments, records and dental procedures organized and in the same place. Find out if a family dentist is the best choice for you with Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN.

What is a family dentist? 
Family dentists have the same training and education as other dentists, but accept patients in all age groups, from babies cutting their very first teeth to elderly individuals. Family dentists can also have continuing education in other branches of dentistry, such as restoration dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics. However, the family dentistry title simply means that they accept patients of all ages.

How can choosing a family dentist help me? 
Family dentists are an important asset in the world of dentistry. The ability to schedule all of your family’s dental appointments at the same practice helps cut down on extra trips to the dentist for parents and children, eliminating the need to take extra days off work or school. You can also schedule your and your children’s routine examinations and cleanings on the same day, arrive together and leave together. Additionally, your entire family’s dental records will be in one place, making tracking down files or x-rays for other medical professionals easier and less complicated.

Family Dentistry in Bloomington, IN
Routine dental appointments will keep your and your children’s smiles healthy and clean and help prevent instances of tooth decay and gum disease. Children and adults should see their dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings. This allows dentists to catch problems early in their most treatable stages. This benefits the tooth in the long run since, if left untreated, tooth decay and gum disease can result in tooth loss, which comes with its own array of side effects.

For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. Lisa Baker at her practice in Bloomington, IN. Call (812) 332-2000 to speak with a friendly associate about scheduling your or your family member’s appointment with Dr. Baker today!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Discover the magic behind these clear orthodontic aligners and whether they might be the best way to straighten your smile.

Besides the fact that misaligned and crooked teeth can be rather embarrassing they can also affect your oral health. Did you know that invisalignteeth that are crooked or misaligned can be more difficult to clean and are prone to decay and gum disease? Of course, if you are an adult you might be thinking, “What can I possibly do about it now?” With Invisalign, our Bloomington, IN family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, can get your smile back on track.

What dental problems do you want to fix?

Many people assume that Invisalign can only address small orthodontic issues, but you would be surprised how many moderate-to-severe problems Invisalign can actually treat. Invisalign is a great way to address gaps between teeth, crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. Of course, more advanced problems that require complex tooth movements or shifting jaws will require a more traditional orthodontic approach.

What is your age?

Most adults think they are too old for braces, but this simply isn’t true. Okay, let us rephrase this: most adults don’t want to wear braces when they get older. We understand, which is why these clear aligners can be such a great option. No one will notice these aligners and you can get a straighter smile. This treatment is perfect for older teens and adults, but children and younger teens aren’t the best candidates for Invisalign since their teeth are still growing.

Are you ready to get a straight smile?

While many people want to fix crooked teeth or finally close of those spaces between teeth there are some people who just can’t fathom going through the process of wearing braces. That’s okay; some people just aren’t right for braces. Of course, if you are ready to wear your aligners as often as you need to and you are ready to clean them and maintain, and visit our Bloomington dentist for routine checkups then Invisalign might be right for you. Invisalign easily fits in your lifestyle and makes it easy for even those with busy schedules to straighten their smiles on their time.

If it’s time you got Invisalign in Bloomington, IN, what are you waiting for? Call our dental office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker to see if Invisalign is the ideal option for you.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
November 01, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Families

Good oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease. 
 
The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:
 

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums.  Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. 
   

2. Snacking & Tooth Decay

Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy.  That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.
 
Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. 
 

3. Fluoride

Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask [Name of Practice] about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit. 
 

4. Check ups

Regular visits to your [location] dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year.  A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow.  [Name of Practice] can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment. 
 
If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.




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