Portage Lakes Dentistry and Steven F. Boden, DDS really care about their dental patients' oral health. On this page we will post blogs, resources, and new information that will hopefully help our patients and everyone in our community with their dental and oral health. Please check back often as new blogs will be posted regularly!

Brushing Your Teeth Properly: A Guide from Your Portage Dentist



Using the proper technique while brushing is key to keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. A majority of dental professionals recommend holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brushing in small circles – ensuring you’re hitting the gum line and removing stubborn plaque. You should also make sure you’re reaching all of your teeth and gums – especially those in the back that tend to be havens for plaque when not sufficiently cleaned.

Common Misconceptions About Root Canals from Your Dentist in Portage

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As your dentist in Portage, one of the dental services that we provide with the most misconceptions surrounding it is root canals. There is even a phrase people use when they are dreading a situation or task – “I’d rather have a root canal.” This implies that having a root canal is something scary and dreadful. This idea is reaffirmed by false information people find online and inflated horror stories that are passed around. At Portage Lakes Dentistry, Steven F. Boden has years of experience in making sure that root canals are only as unpleasant as having a cavity filled. In this post, we will look at some of the misconceptions about root canals we hear in our office.

Four Reasons to Have Your Teeth Cleaned by Your Portage Dentist

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It’s important to have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months, or if you have gum disease, even more often as recommended by your Portage dentist. In this post, we will look at four of the reasons why you should have your teeth cleaned on a schedule.

Foods and Beverages that Can Cause Tooth Discoloration

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Don’t worry, if you drink though a straw and brush, rinse, or chew gum after having these foods or drinks, you can help curb staining. If you need an extra boost, Portage Lakes Dentistry offers professional teeth whitening in Kalamazoo to our patients.

Dental Services Available from Your Portage Dentist, Steven F. Boden DDS

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General Cleaning

Regular dental cleanings from your Portage dentist are the key to oral health. Even with proper brushing and flossing at home, plaque and tarter build up which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease which is even shown to negatively impact your overall health. 

Children’s Dentistry

It’s no secret that most children do not enjoy seeing their dentist, especially at first. Our staff is experienced and trained in working with children and making them feel comfortable while in our care. 

Alternatives to Flossing: A Guide from Your Portage Dentist

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As every dentist (and patient) probably knows, most people do not floss often enough. The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends flossing at least once a day. This is incredibly important, as brushing does not remove all plaque from your teeth. Not to mention, food and other debris lodge themselves in between your teeth and in your gums which causes plaque. Flossing is a tried and true way to help you prevent plaque from hardening into calculus or tarter which causes gum disease. Please keep in mind that prevention is always easier and less costly than treatment. While traditional flossing is recommended, in this post we will look at three alternatives that have gotten more popular over the years. 

The Importance of Children’s Dentistry in Portage from Portage Lakes Dentistry

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Most parents know that it’s not easy getting their young children to practice dental hygiene. Trying to get your child to brush and floss can often result in tantrums and tears. It’s so important to instill in them the importance of brushing and flossing at a very young age. Turning dental hygiene into a habit is not only a necessary part of limiting conflicts during brushing time, but it also means that they’re more prepared to have better habits as they get older and more independent.

Flossing is Essential to Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

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It may be surprising to learn that nearly 30 percent of adults who see a dentist are not honest about how often they floss. Of the 30 percent who lie about their flossing habits, over 30 percent say they prefer doing unpleasant chores over flossing their teeth. We believe that part of the reason for this aversion to flossing is that children are not taught its absolute importance at a young age like they are with brushing. It’s seen as much less necessary, and therefore a waste of time. 

High Amounts of Stress can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

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According to the American Psychological Association (APA), most Americans experience stress levels that are considered unhealthy. Typically when people think of the effects high levels of stress can have on their health, they think of their cardiovascular system, not their oral health. However, high levels of stress can cause mild to severe problems in the mouth, teeth, and gums. In this post, we will look at some common oral health problems that come from high levels of stress. 

How to Prevent the Most Common Dental Problems

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Taking care of your oral health, particularly teeth and gums, is more important to oral health than many people may realize. Health problems and issues of the mouth can and often will cause or lead to problems elsewhere in the body. In fact, research has shown a very strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease. In this post, we will look at a couple common oral health problems and what you can do to prevent them and protect your overall health. 

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