Meet the Victores Dentistry mascot, Chacha! 🐾 Chacha is a 5 year old long haired German Shepard. Her favorite things are long walks, treats, toys, and belly rubs. Chacha is an affectionate, friendly, and loyal companion. ❤️Although Chacha will not be physically present at the dental office, she is still a supportive and valuable team member from afar.

Everyone should be flossing once per day. Flossing helps to remove food and plaque from areas your toothbrush is not able to reach. However, some people find traditional floss to be difficult to use. 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️If that describes you, there are some other options you can consider.

Water Flossers: Removes plaque and debris using a steady stream of water.

Pre-threaded floss: If you find the hardest part of flossing to be reaching all your teeth, this is a great option.

Soft Picks: If you have never tried these, they are worth a try. These are small disposable picks with rubbery bristles that fit between your teeth.

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The dentists' office may not be everyone’s favorite place to be, but at Victores Dentistry we strive to make it as calming an experience as possible. We offer some comfort items, including a cozy blanket, noise-canceling headphones, big-screen televisions in every patient room, and eye masks! Our office is even scented with essential oils using a diffuser! 🧘‍♀️ 😌

How often should you change your toothbrush or your electric toothbrush head? About every 3 months. You can remember to change it by using the changing seasons as a reminder.

These past few weeks, I have enjoyed watching my nephew, Nathan, and his team, the Wood Ducks, play baseball at West End Little League. As we move into the summer with more activities and summer camps coming up, something to keep in mind is what to do if a tooth is knocked out. Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are not re-implanted, however, if the tooth that was knocked out is an adult tooth, there is a chance that the tooth can be saved. However, you must act quickly! Teeth that have been re-implanted within 60 minutes tend to have a better prognosis.

1. You want to pick up the tooth by the crown of the tooth, not the root. Try not to touch, wash, or manipulate the root of the tooth.

2. Do NOT wash the tooth with soap and water. Do NOT wrap the tooth in a dry cloth.

3. If you can, try to reposition the tooth back into the socket. If you are not able to reposition the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in the cheek or in milk. It is important that the tooth stays moist.

4. Try to see a dentist or an endodontist as soon as possible after losing the tooth.

Things to keep in mind:

- The longer the tooth has been out of the socket, the worse the prognosis is.

- The tooth may need to be splinted and need a root canal.