Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile

Your mouth is a genius system made to work with every piece doing its part. If you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly; they can be dangerous! Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile.

Enter: dental implants. Thanks to improved technology, you can replace a single tooth or a whole row of them quickly and effectively. Dental implants can actually improve your overall oral health and are now considered the gold standard in modern tooth replacement technology.

Dr. Ochsner at Neighborhood Smiles Onalaska in Onalaska offers professional placement and restoration of dental implants, so let us tell you more about them and how they can help protect your greatest asset and secure your smile!

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Teeth have even more going on under the surface of your gums than above. What you see when you look at your teeth is the hard, white crown. (See, you knew you must be royalty!) Then, like a plant, the tooth has a long root extending down into the jawbone. Read more ›

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Oral Health Tips at Every Age

A few things are equally important for your oral health no matter your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials. And you won’t ever hear us say otherwise.

However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations at each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Neighborhood Smiles Onalaska shares what is especially important to know for your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to share!



From the moment your child enters the world, they are equipped with not one, but two sets of teeth to last their lifetime—even if you can’t quite see said teeth yet. Oral health and dental care are as important now as ever. Don’t wait to start good habits that will ensure a healthy, functioning smile for your newest family member.

  • Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a serious side effect of overexposure to the sugars in baby liquids. Use only breast milk or formula in your baby’s bottle (never juice or soda) and don’t let her fall asleep with the bottle in her mouth.
  • Wash your baby’s gums and budding teeth with a clean, wet towel every day.
  • Teething begins anywhere from 3-9 months. Teeth emerge in a consistent pattern: lower 2 front incisors; upper 2 front incisors and 2 more lower incisors; first set of molars; canines; then second molars.
  • The third set of molars, known as the wisdom teeth, are not a part of the baby teeth but will come in last among the adult teeth.
  • Thumb sucking and pacifiers serve their purpose but can increase your child’s risk of tooth decay, jaw misalignment, and an improper bite.
  • Bring your child in for her first dentist appointment as soon as her first tooth comes in.
  • Most states cover dental visits (as most do) for children on governmental support.


Though it can be overwhelming to stay on top of your child’s oral hygiene, kids have all the same dental needs as adults. Now is the impressionable age when good habits will really set in for the rest of their life.

  • From age 3 and up, fluoride toothpaste is a proven safe and important part of a child’s dental needs.
  • Kids should visit the dentist twice a year.
  • Consider fun Tooth Fairy traditions to celebrate your child’s growth as she loses her baby teeth and gains the adult set.
  • Sealants are helpful for preventing cavities (and cheaper, too!).
  • It’s important that kids wear mouth guards while playing sports.
  • Braces can be necessary, even on your child’s baby teeth. So, don’t be surprised if your dentist suggests them.
  • Proper nutrition is important to keep growing kids healthy, and make sugary treats a rare occasion to encourage strong bones and teeth and prevent cavities.
  • Older kids and teens start to become aware of their appearance and bad breath. These are extra good reasons to encourage healthy habits that build confidence.


No one is around anymore to remind you to brush your teeth or force/drive you to the dentist. And lots of your favorite vices in this age can wreak havoc on your teeth (the last set you’ll get!). Your teeth and mouth will serve you forever if you continue to prioritize your dental hygiene amongst everything else going on in life.

  • Beware that sugar, coffee, red wine, and nicotine increase tooth decay and stains.
  • Gum disease is very common among adults and can cause all sorts of complications with your health overall.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it’s healthy and important for pregnant and nursing women to see the dentist regularly. It can even prevent birth defects!
  • Adults are familiar with aches and pains all over their body. Always share what’s going on with your dentist as you might be surprised how connected your oral health is to the rest of your body.


The golden years should be about celebration and gratitude for all you’ve seen and done. Make dental care a joyful ritual and stay on top of your dentist visits as things just tend to get complicated with our own health as we age.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70% of adults over 65 have gum disease.
  • Many states have senior benefits that cover dental care.
  • Oral cancer becomes an issue for many people at this age.
  • Dry mouth (most often caused by prescription drugs) is very common and can lead to increased tooth decay.
  • Be sure to communicate with your dentist about your overall health because other health concerns (especially issues with your joints, heart, and diabetes) can affect your dental health and the care you need.
  • Dentures need just as much TLC as your natural teeth do, so don’t forget them in your daily routines.

What Does Your Mouth Need Today?

Dr. Ochsner treats mouths and teeth of every age throughout Onalaska. Call us today and make an appointment for a routine visit to clean and care for your teeth exactly as they need today.

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Is it Time to Straighten?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth.

In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. But people of all ages can get their teeth straightened—there is never a bad time! But there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Onalaska dentist, Dr. Ochsner, is a professional and local provider of orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn our tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth. Read more ›

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Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set. Read more ›

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Gum Disease – More Than Just Gums

Your Mouth: A Picture of Health

Did you know, when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true; your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Ochsner at Neighborhood Smiles Onalaska should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Onalaska in our office!

If you’re not taking care of the rest of your body, your gums will give it away. Hormones, sickness, stress, diet, smoking, prescription medicine, and more can all affect your gum health.

And that goes both ways. If you don’t take care of your gums, the consequences will stretch beyond just your mouth. Unhealthy gums can lead to an unhealthy heart, diabetes, pregnancy complications, memory problems, tooth decay, and more. Read more ›

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Fun Dental Facts…Did You Know?

Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up.

Neighborhood Smiles Onalaska in Onalaska treats our patients professionally and joyfully, because teeth are cool. Take Dr. Ochsner’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth.

Facts About People& Teeth

  • According to a survey by Time Magazine, 59% of people would rather visit the dentist than have to listen to one end of a cell-phone conversation.

Read more ›

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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right…just ONE.

Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false, and Dr. Ochsner at Neighborhood Smiles Onalaska is here to tell you the truth.

Dental Care in Colonial Times

It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led Washington down the path to becoming toothless.

Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life. And he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine at the time that contained mercury and ruined teeth. Read more ›

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Your Onalaska dentist, Dr. Ochsner at Neighborhood Smiles Onalaska knows that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

The Power of Ozone in Dentistry

Oxygen is essential for your cellular health and does good for your body overall. For that reason, it can be harnessed to improve your dental experience. Some dental offices use oxygen therapy to create a calm environment during preventative visits, and also to treat acute dental issues. Read more ›

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Lemon Juice – The Good, the Bad, & the Sour

In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read on to find out why people are talking about this, and what it means for your oral and overall health.

What is pH and why does it matter?

Drinking lemon juice (usually diluted in a glass of water or added to a cup of tea) is a beloved health tonic among fans of natural medicine. Potential benefits include lower cholesterol, lower inflammation in the body, and increased metabolism and energy. Lemon also contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C that boost your immune system. Read more ›

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Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Body Approach to Oral Health

True or false: the human body is made of many unique parts that work together and affect each other.


True or false: dentists only treat oral health and do not consider other parts of the body.


It is well documented in the scientific and healthcare communities that oral health is closely linked to wellness throughout the body. Certainly, a diet high in sugar will ruin both your teeth and your nutrition. Some illnesses lower your immune system and increase your risk of infection in the mouth. And plaque in the mouth can be an indicator of plaque on your arteries. Harmful bacteria in high levels in the mouth can travel through your blood stream and negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. And a good look at your teeth placement could ease regular jaw pain and headaches! Read more ›

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