Dentist in Kenosha, WI
Todd A. Armstrong D.D.S., S.C.
7910 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 694-7672
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By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Good oral hygiene habits help your teeth and gums stay healthy. If you skimp on your oral hygiene, you are likely to develop cavities, gum disease, and other problems. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist should all be part of your daily oral health routine. Dr. Todd A. Armstrong is an experienced dentist located in Kenosha, WI. Here are his tips for keeping good oral hygiene habits.

Commit to Brushing

You should be brushing twice every day, in the morning and before you go to bed, with a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. Angled toothbrushes are often easier to use and help to remove the plaque from your teeth and gum line. Using small, circular motions, keep brushing for a full two minutes.

Floss Daily

You will soon notice if you skip flossing because your gums will be red and sore. If they begin to bleed, this could be the first sign of gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. Spending a couple of minutes each day flossing can make a big difference to the health of your teeth and gums. If you find it tricky to use dental floss, try using dental picks or a water flosser instead.

Visit Your Dentist

A six-month dental check-up enables your dentist to recognize oral health problems in their earliest stages. This means that they can be easily treated before they get out of control. Your Kenosha dentist can also give your teeth a professional cleaning every twelve months.

Signs of Dental Problems

Kenosha residents who are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should visit Dr. Armstrong immediately.

  • Gums that bleed regularly when you brush or floss
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Gums that are bright red or purple
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain in your teeth or gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or moving teeth

Treating symptoms as soon as possible can help you to protect the health of your teeth and prevent tooth loss.

If you live in or around Kenosha and you’re looking for a dentist you can rely on, call Dr. Armstrong on (262) 694-7672.

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
November 18, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Have you been struggling with tooth pain lately? We know that this issue can be debilitating to your daily life, but fortunately, there is a simple and effective procedure that can save your smile—root canal therapy. Here at Dr. Todd A. Armstrong's office in Kenosha, WI, we offer a wide range of dental services, including root canal therapy to relieve your dental pain.

More about root canal treatment

There are many reasons why you might need a root canal to save your smile. Severe dental decay, trauma, and other causes can all damage the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the dental pulp. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply are contained, and when the pulp is damaged or bruised, inflammation and fluid can build up inside your tooth, causing pressure and pain.

A root canal works by removing the diseased and infected pulp tissue from inside your tooth. Root canal treatment begins when your dentist administers a local anesthetic to your tooth and makes a small opening in the surface of the tooth. The infected tissue is then drawn out through this opening, and a sedative material is placed inside the tooth. This material gets rid of the infection and fluid, allowing your tooth to calm down.

After your pain is gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. Finally, your dentist seals the tooth with a permanent filling, and your root canal is complete!

Need dental work? Give us a call

A tooth-saving procedure, root canal treatment is effective, quick, and requires little to no downtime. To learn more about root canal therapy, talk with an expert—call Dr. Todd A. Armstrong in Kenosha, WI, today by dialing (262) 694-7672.

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
April 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health

If you make time each morning and evening to brush and floss your teeth, you may wonder why you need to pile onto your busy schedule professional cleaningswith dental checkups with Dr. Todd Armstrong. But by making time to visit your Kenosha, WI dentist twice a year for a cleaning, you're not only enhancing the diligent work you're doing at home, you're also preventing major problems from developing. Dr. Armstrong goes into more detail below.

Why are professional cleanings so important?

Simply put, dental professionals know what they're doing! Our assistants, hygienists, and dentist here in Kenosha are experts at their jobs; diagnosing and treating dental issues is what we do all day, every day. For example, plaque - the sticky, bacteria-filled film that develops on teeth - turns into tartar in a very short amount of time and can wreak havoc on not only your enamel but your gums as well. Unfortunately, even the most high-tech toothbrush can't remove tartar at home, but our hygienists use professional-grade tools and techniques to clear the tartar away. We also routinely take X-rays that can help Dr. Armstrong identify decay or gum disease that is developing between the teeth; otherwise, it might go untreated until it becomes painful or difficult to manage. It's skills and procedures like this that make visiting your dentist twice a year worth your time!

What happens at a professional cleaning?

If it's been a while since you visited your Kenosha dentist, you might not remember how a typical appointment goes. After checking in with our friendly front desk staff, you'll be taken to the exam area, where one of our hygienists will begin the process of cleaning and polishing your teeth. You may have X-rays taken first; this depends on when they were taken last. After your cleaning, Dr. Armstrong will come in to examine your teeth and discuss any upcoming procedures you may need.

Don't wait any longer. To schedule a cleaning with your Kenosha, WI dental team, contact us today!

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
December 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Are you wondering why you should choose a family dentist?family dentist

Parents certainly know busy schedules. It can be difficult to pencil one more thing in. Of course, your child’s oral health is important and does require regular professional care. From the office of our Kenosha, WI, family dentist, Dr. Todd Armstrong, find out why choosing a family dentist may be a boon for your entire family.

Our Kenosha general dentist provides your entire family with all of the dental services they could possibly need under one roof. A family dentist is able to provide a variety of treatment options to cater to all of your specific and often-changing needs.

Whether you are looking for a dentist for your child’s growing smile or you need root canal therapy to get rid of a nasty infection, we offer everything that you require to prevent and/or treat you or your child’s dental problems.

We also know the challenges of trying to schedule a dental appointment, particularly if everyone in your family is already pretty busy. Why schedule multiple appointments throughout the year and run to different dental offices when you can schedule all of your appointments in our office?

Reduce the amount of traveling and time you spend just trying to make sure your family gets the proper dental care they need. We will work with you to guarantee that everyone in your family gets the dentistry they need even on the same day so you don’t have to worry about rearranging your schedule.

Plus, it’s important that you have a dentist who knows your family and their individual health needs inside and out. Since we will be working with every member of your family for the long term you can rely on getting quality, individualized care based on everyone’s unique needs. Does your child have a severe phobia of the dentist and require sedation dentistry? Are you allergic to latex? These are important things that we will know so that you get safe dental care every time you come into our office.

If you need to schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family, don’t hesitate to call our Kenosha, WI, family dental office today. We are ready to work with your busy schedule to make sure that your whole family maintains healthy mouths.

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
December 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping up with your teeth can prove more difficult than simply brushing them every day. Fortunately, your dentist can help you learn the oral hygienebest oral hygiene habits to keep your mouth healthy and clean. Learn more about keeping up with good oral hygiene habits with Dr. Todd Armstrong in Kenosha, WI.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits and Tips by your Kenosha, WI dentist
There are three main tasks in a healthy, effective oral care routine, including:

  • Brushing: Brushing your teeth twice a day will get the brunt of left behind food particles, bacteria, and plaque off of your teeth and other oral tissues. However, brushing is only as good as the technique used. Use short, back and forth motions and a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean all of the surfaces and oral tissues in the mouth. Brushing your teeth more vigorously will not clean your teeth any better and will only damage your oral tissues. Brush gently for at least two minutes each brushing session.
  • Flossing: Flossing is the second half of your daily oral care routine. Flossing between each tooth at least once a day will remove any plaque and bacteria from the areas of the teeth which your toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. Use a strand of floss long enough to wrap around each of your forefingers and move down the strand as you floss to cut down on spreading bacteria from tooth to tooth. Use a new strand of floss for each fourth of your mouth. Floss gently between the teeth and extend your reach up and underneath the gumline.
  • Dental Check-Ups: Seeing your dentist every six months helps keep your teeth free from dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Having regular examinations allows your dentist to treat these problems early on and ensure they do not become worse over time.

For more information on keeping the best oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Armstrong in Kenosha, WI. Call (262) 694-7672 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Armstrong today!