Toys For Tots 2017

Once again Dater Dentistry has chosen to become involved in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program for the 2017 holiday season. Their mission is to collect new, unwrapped toystoys-for-tots-2017 during the months of October, November and Decembe

Nov 29th, 2017
Tips for Switching Dentists When You Move

When moving—especially to a new state—there are many different things (aside from your own possessions) you’ll have to transition as you settle in your new location. One of those items is choosing a new dentist in your new town. By using online resources,

Nov 6th, 2017
Fluoride Treatments in the Dental Office

Dental caries or tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that cause a clear sticky filmdental-fluoride-treatment called plaque that collects around the teeth and gums. Teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay without good oral hygiene and regular denta

Aug 29th, 2017
The Dangers of Oral Piercings

Body piercing is a very popular way people express themselves today. Individuals may think oral piercing and tongue splitting are great ways to express their individuality, but they can be detrimental to your health. The health of your mouth and overall

Jul 29th, 2017
7 Common Myths About Dental Care

There are plenty of myths about dental care. These myths are spread like wildfire leaving many misinformed about their dental health. Some myths about dental care can lead to fewer routine visits which can have negative long term effects on your health. Wh

Jun 29th, 2017
6 Summer Treats to Avoid to Prevent Tooth Decay

As summer picks up, there are plenty of yummy summer treats that make their debut again. Although these treats are all okay in moderation, over indulging in summer treats can cause some substantial tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to understand what

Jun 3rd, 2017
Recognizing Tooth Pain Caused by Allergies

As allergy season is in full swing, many people suffer from common symptoms. These range from itchy eyes, to a runny or stuffy nose. However, there are many other symptoms that aren’t as common but are also associated with allergies. One of those symptoms

May 30th, 2017
5 Natural Toothache Remedies to Relieve Pain

When you experience tooth pain, it can feel like it’s never ending. Even if you’ve scheduled an emergency appointment to remedy the pain, the few days you might need to wait can seem much longer with persistent pain. While waiting for your next dental appo

Apr 29th, 2017
Getting Your Child Ready to Visit the Dentist

Bring your child to the dentist after their first teeth have erupted at approximate 24-36 months, unless a problem is suspected. The primary goal of the first visit is to let them become familiar with the surroundings and meet Dr. Dater and his staff.

Apr 2nd, 2017
Dr. Dater Providing Dental Care In Alaska as Navy Reservist

Dr. Dater is currently participating in a joint services exercise with the Air Force, Army, Marines, Canadian Forces and the Navy to deliver care to remote villages in Alaska. It is called Arctic Care 2017. As a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves De

Mar 30th, 2017
Easy Ways to Stop Thumb Sucking in Your Children

Thumb sucking is a common habit that often starts in infanthood, but without proper action and guidance, it can last far too long, and create long-lasting physical damages your child’s jaw and tooth alignment. Plus, the germ factor of sucking on one’s thum

Mar 29th, 2017
Mouth Rinse Choices-Which is the Right One?

There are numerous options of mouth rinses available so how do you choose the right one?Mouth-rinses Options include anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis, fluoride-containing and breath-freshening which claim to help protect your teeth and gums. Here is some inf

Mar 29th, 2017
Top 4 Reasons for Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can be persistent and debilitating. At times it can feel like the pain came out of nowhere and will never end. There are many different things that cause tooth pain to occur. Here are the top 4 reasons for tooth pain so that you can narrow down

Mar 23rd, 2017
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Maintaining proper oral hygiene not only includes flossing, brushing daily, and regular dental checkups, but also making sure you change your toothbrush on a regular basis. There are a variety of factors that go into the deterioration of a toothbrush.

Mar 17th, 2017
Porcelain Veneers vs. Full Crowns - What’s the Difference?

There are a plethora of modern options when fixing damaged, discolored or gapped teeth. When deciding how to customize a patient’s smile, a dentist will go through a series of evaluations of the patient's current health to decide which option will best fit

Mar 16th, 2017
Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Toothpaste

There are a variety of toothpastes that you can choose from, however each have a different purpose depending on your needs. Although the primary purpose of toothpaste is to clean your teeth, there’s also secondary purposes that vary between each toothpaste

Mar 2nd, 2017
The Effects of Soda on Your Teeth

Excessive soda drinking can have a variety of negative effects on your overall health. Specifically though, the biggest risk of drinking soda are the negative effects it can have on your teeth. Soda is extremely acidic and non-diet sodas are loaded with su

Mar 1st, 2017
Healthy Dental Tips For The Whole Family

Having healthy dental habits are important for every member of your family. Be sure to start positive dental habits at a young age in your children and help them continue those habits throughout each stage through adolescence. Follow the five healthy denta

Jan 29th, 2017
How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Now that we are several weeks into 2017, it’s time to check how earnestly you’re following your new year’s resolutions. If you didn’t make any resolutions for 2017, take a look at this recent post, New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Smile for some ideas—

Jan 20th, 2017
When to Start Flossing Baby Teeth?

According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, "childhood tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood illness in America." However, by implementing proper brushing and flossing into your child’s daily routine, as well as regular checkups you can

Jan 5th, 2017
5 Dental Tips for Winter Months

With colder temperatures looming ahead, prepping your home, tires, and winter clothing shouldn’t be the only things you focus on when winter is about to arrive. Maintaining a healthy mouth and smile are an essential part of your health to think about ahead

Dec 29th, 2016
Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush: How to Choose

If you ask most dentists their opinion on which kind of toothbrush you should be using, the most common answer is whichever toothbrush you're more likely to use regularly. If you're considering buying a loved one an electric toothbrush for Christmas, you m

Dec 29th, 2016
News Year's Resolutions for a Better Smile

When the new year rolls around, the most popular resolutions tend to be the most drastic and challenging to accomplish. The best (and most realistic) changes to make are small ones that will still make a significant impact on your life. Keeping a better de

Dec 16th, 2016
Christmas Foods to Avoid with Braces

People often treat the holidays as an ongoing "cheat day" for their diets. However, if you're wearing braces, you might have to ignore the holiday cheat days everyone else is partaking in, and stick to the general rules of wearing braces. While eating extr

Dec 6th, 2016
Eat This Not That: Thanksgiving Edition

Between Halloween and the Christmas season, our teeth take a beating with the sugary snacks we tend to indulge in for the season. However, Thanksgiving can be a healthy break between those two sugar-filled holidays, if you do it right. We made a guide belo

Nov 29th, 2016
How to Reduce Sugar in Your Favorite Fall Drinks

As fall sets in, we get to see the leaves change color, experience a drop in weather temperature, and get the chance to break out our favorite boots and flannels. And when it comes to our favorite fall beverages, we get a wealth of all things sugar and pum

Nov 20th, 2016
6 Common Dental Problems & How to Fix Them

Whether you have issues with sensitive teeth or have experienced some trauma leaving you with chipped teeth, you're not alone in your dental woes. Most people experience several different dental issues throughout their lifetime. Here are some of the most c

Nov 20th, 2016
5 Ways to Avoid Cavities this Fall and Winter

Once summer is over, many of us tend to forget about maintaining a health diet. As cold weather starts to set in, it's common to start reaching for heavier and sweeter foods. While an expanding waistline frequently stereotypes fall and winter months, your

Nov 2nd, 2016
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Everyone knows what it feels like to have bad breath. Most cases of bad breath occur after a good night’s sleep or a meal with moderate to heavy garlic or onion contents. In some cases, however, people may find that they have bad breath no matter how often

Oct 29th, 2016
5 Tips to Having a Healthy Halloween for Your Child's Teeth

With fall setting in, and holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in our midst, it’s exciting to have all the school parties, trick-or-treating, and special family meals quickly approaching. With all of those events though, often comes cand

Oct 29th, 2016
Guide to Take-Home Teeth Whitening

While many of us have tried whitening our teeth through a new toothpaste or using white strips, nothing compares to professional grade whitening trays and solutions. To achieve noticeable and fast results, the best route is to whiten your teeth with whiten

Oct 16th, 2016
4 Tips for Packing Healthy School Lunches

While you can ensure that your child is eating nutritious food and taking care of their teeth at home, it’s hard to make sure that they’re doing the same thing at school. Here are some tips to packing healthy school lunches for your child.

Oct 5th, 2016
How to Protect a Previously Chipped Tooth

Once you’ve chipped a tooth, it's common to be self-conscious of that chipped tooth, even after it’s bonded. If your chipped tooth suffered an exposed nerve, you probably still remember the shooting pain in sharp detail. Above all else though, you fear it

Sep 29th, 2016
Help! My Child Knocked Out His Tooth

Whether your child has knocked out an adult tooth or a baby tooth, your first instinct is likely to panic. Take a deep breath—your child is probably going to be hysterical, or at least distraught, when they come to you with a bloody mouth and tooth in hand

Sep 23rd, 2016
Why Adult Braces Are Becoming So Popular

Braces aren’t just for middle and high schoolers anymore. In fact, these orthodontic procedures can be just as common for adults. If you’re wondering why adult braces are getting more popular, you don’t have to look too hard to find an answer. It’s all abo

Sep 1st, 2016
How to Avoid Dentures

Many are under the assumption that natural teeth never last for a lifetime and dentures are inevitable at some point in life—but that is simply not true. By taking proactive measures, and maintaining proper oral care, you can have confidence to keep your t

Sep 1st, 2016
The 6 Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard

People might wear a night guard for a number of different reasons, the most common is to protect their teeth from wearing down due to grinding or clenching, a condition called bruxism. Other reasons to wear a night guard include the reduction of jaw pain,

Aug 22nd, 2016
How to Get Rid of Stains on Your Teeth

Two Types of Teeth Stains coffee stains teeth Intrinsic stains are found on the innermost parts of your teeth. Potential causes of this kind of teeth staining range from genetic development to childhood antibiotic staining to normal and natural aging. Thes

Aug 11th, 2016
What Are Dental Implants and Why Are They Used?

Put simply, dental implants are replacements for tooth roots. These implants provide a strong foundation for either permanent or removable tooth or teeth replacements, which are made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants are a good option for those

Jul 30th, 2016
Why Do I Have White Spots on My Teeth?

Ever noticed a round, white spot on one of your teeth, specifically one of the front teeth? Well, you’re not alone. There are many people that develop these unwanted spots, but the important part is understanding what’s causing them.

Jul 29th, 2016
Why Invisalign is Better and Faster than Braces

Invisalign is the modern approach to correcting and straightening teeth, and it uses a series of custom-made aligners created specifically for the wearer. These aligners are trays made of smooth plastic that are worn over the teeth. They work by gently and

Jul 29th, 2016
Foods That May Stain Your Teeth

Have you been noticing that your pearly white smile is looking a little dull? Many types of food and drinks may cause your teeth to become discolored over time. Foods high in acid and those that contain tannins may be the culprits.

Jul 29th, 2016
4 Ways to Tell That You May Need a Root Canal

Tooth pain is incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes crippling, and sometimes sporadic and ignored. Most of us probably can’t tell the difference in what’s causing our tooth pain. We might always assume that it’s a normal toothache, when in reality it may be

Jun 29th, 2016
Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive to Hot & Cold?

We all know the flash of pain that you feel when something hot or cold hits and shocks your teeth. The wind might even hurt them. You might be using a sensitive toothpaste, like Sensodyne, but your teeth have still begun to hurt recently. I’ve heard people

Jun 20th, 2016
Why Do I Have a Loose Permanent Tooth as an Adult?

Experiencing the feeling of a loose tooth as an adult can not only be nerve racking but at times, embarrassing. Whether it was caused by an unforeseen event or is the result of poor dental hygiene, it is important that you address it to make sure that you

Jun 7th, 2016
Top Dental Tips for Expecting Mothers

You're pregnant - congratulations! There are many changes that expecting mothers have to make, and one of those is how they approach their dental care. I've put together a list of top dental tips to help guide you during your pregnancy months.

May 29th, 2016
The Impact of Stress on Your Dental Health & Teeth

Everyone deals with stress in their own, unique way, and for most that is through body language. And one of those - teeth grinding is one of the most commonly found acute physical responses to stress. Teeth grinding can be exercised consciously or uncons

May 29th, 2016
The Best Routine for Flossing Your Teeth With Braces

There are a lot adjustments people need to make when they get braces, and flossing is no exception. If you struggle flossing with your braces on, here are some simple steps to follow to make the process easier.

May 22nd, 2016
Bruxism and How it Effects your Teeth

Do you wake up with a sore jaw or headache? Or find yourself clenching your teeth during the day? You may be grinding your teeth which is called bruxism. Here is some information on this condition. Bruxism is the habit of clenching or grinding your teet

Apr 5th, 2016
Are You Allergic to Your Toothpaste?

It’s common to hear of someone being allergic to things like pollen, dust and pets, but toothpaste? Believe it or not there are thousands of Americans that may have some sort of sensitivity or allergy to certain toothpastes.

Mar 30th, 2016
Dental Floss: Doing Double Duty

Not only is dental floss a necessary item used in your daily dental hygiene routine but it can be used in a pinch for numerous other things. Dental floss is something you get from your dentist each time you get your teeth cleaned, usually every six months.

Mar 20th, 2016
When Should my Child's Teeth Come in? (Diagram)

Children's bodies grow so fast, and it's no different when it comes to their teeth especially within the first year of life. Knowing what to look for can help you identify early on if there are any issues that need to be addressed by a dentist. Keep in min

Mar 16th, 2016
How to Make Teeth Brushing More Fun For Your Kids

Let’s be honest - brushing your teeth is not necessarily the most thrilling activity of the day, especially for a young child. However, there are ways that you can make this important activity more fun in order to help get your kids on board with regularly

Feb 29th, 2016
Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth removal can occur at a broad range of ages, and is an important decision for every patient. Read through these tips to know when and why you should remove your wisdom teeth, as well as why you may not have to remove them at all.

Jan 29th, 2016
5 Ways to Protect Your Child's Teeth in the First Year

In the first year of life, babies are growing and developing at a rapid pace. One of those things that you will see a dramatic change in is their teeth. So how do you keep those pearly whites healthy while they’re still young? Follow these five rules of th

Jan 25th, 2016
How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Visiting the Dentist

It’s not uncommon for children to be hesitant and afraid of visiting the dentist. After all, typically they’re the only ones that get to stick tools and gadgets into their mouths, and the thought of someone else doing that can be scary at first. If your ch

Jan 19th, 2016
How to Brush Your Teeth When You Have Braces

Proper oral care is critical for everyone's health, but it's especially crucial for those who wear braces. Braces can fix an incorrect bite, straighten teeth, and give lifelong confidence. On average, patients wear braces for one to two years. Given this l

Dec 29th, 2015
6 Best & Worst Holiday Treats for Your Teeth

The fall and winter holiday seasons are the times when many people indulge in treats that they have been looking forward to all year. While many of these treats may evoke a nostalgic feeling, they aren’t always the best for our dental health...

Dec 4th, 2015
Fun Cold Weather Activities in Grand Rapids

Don’t let the cold weather keep you at home this winter. Check out all the fun things that GrandRapids has to offer. Shop at the Downtown Market Since the farmers markets are closed for the season the downtown market is an option for you. There are great

Nov 29th, 2015
Tips for Preventing Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is a buildup of bacteria that, over time, forms a sticky, colorless plaque along the surface of the teeth. Plaque that isn’t removed by regular brushing eventually hardens to form tartar, which can only be removed by a dental clea

Nov 10th, 2015
Why Cleaning Your Tongue is Important & the Proper Technique

Brushing your teeth is widely known and accepted as an important health and hygiene practice; As parents we demonstrate it and as doctors we preach it’s importance. However, what sometimes gets overshadowed by teeth cleaning is the practice of cleaning you

Oct 29th, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Canker Sores

Canker sores are small and painful ulcers that appear on the inside of your mouth, and can make basic activities such as talking and eating uncomfortable. Learn more about how to identify a canker sore and its causes, possible treatments and ways to preven

Oct 22nd, 2015
Worst Food for Your Teeth & Healthy Alternatives

We've been warned since childhood about the tooth-decaying threats of sugary-candy and soda pop. But certain foods (even fruit!) decay your teeth more quickly than you might realize. Take a look at the worst food for your teeth and healthy alternatives you

Oct 9th, 2015
Why Sugar-Free Foods & Drinks Are Harming Your Teeth

With the growing importance of eliminating obesity in America, many scientists and researchers have said that sugar-free foods and drinks are a healthy substitute for foods that are loaded with pure sugar. Although eating sugar-free foods may help prevent

Oct 7th, 2015
Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

A substantial amount of people experience anxiety, in varying severities, when it comes time to see the dentist. Whether you experience mild anxiety about visiting the dentist or severe fear, there are things you can do to lessen the negative feelings you

Sep 29th, 2015
How to Deal With Sensitive Teeth

If you suffer with teeth sensitivity from time-to-time or on a daily basis you’re not alone. You’re actually among thousands of people that experience some level of dental sensitivity when they’re eating, drinking, brushing or just simply going about their

Sep 12th, 2015
Grand Rapids: The Pioneer in Water Fluoridation

In 1945, the city of Grand Rapids was the first community in the United States to introduce fluoride to its drinking water as a means to prevent tooth decay. The introduction of fluoride into the water of communities has been identified as one of 10 public

Sep 7th, 2015
Why It's Important to Have a Dental Checkup Every 6 Months

It's not a new revelation that seeing a dentist for a routine teeth cleaning is important for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. During these visits, your dentist will examine your mouth to check for oral cancer, diabetes, and vitamin deficiencies,

Aug 29th, 2015
8 Treatment Options for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, is a condition in which the temporomandibular joint is injured causing facial muscle and nerve issues. This joint connects the jawbone to the skull, and when injured can lead to painful chewing, popping or clicking

Aug 12th, 2015
10 Summer Activities for Families in Grand Rapids

Having the kids home for the summer adds a whole other layer to your daily schedule; on top of work and other daily duties, you now have to find time to keep the kids busy during the day. Luckily, Grand Rapids is full of activities for all members of the f

Jul 29th, 2015
6 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

We’ve all been there before: you’re standing a few feet away from someone really important, having an excellent and insightful conversation, but all you’re thinking about is if your breath smells okay. With a thousand things running through your mind at an

Jul 29th, 2015
5 Questions to Ask when Looking for a New Dentist

Whether you’re dissatisfied with previous dental services or simply moving, choosing a new dental office can be a more complex process than one may think. If you’re like many, you’ve most likely had a maximum of one or two dentists throughout your lifetime

Jul 9th, 2015
Top 5 Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a cancer of the lips and mouth that will not go away on it’s own if not treated. Common symptoms of oral cancer include swelling of the inner lining of the mouth, bumps, unexplained bleeding and numbness. Like most cancers, everyone is natur

Jul 9th, 2015
5 People Who Are Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have come a long way in the last 30 years and now provide a solution for people experiencing a large array of dental issues or abnormalities. Are you wondering if veneers are a good option for you? Here are five types of people who would

Jul 3rd, 2015
Foods to Avoid to Maintain Healthy Tooth Enamel

We all know common food items to avoid in order to maintain healthy teeth: sugary candies, soda and fruit juices all contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel, ultimately causing unwanted cavities. However, a multitude of common “healthy” foods also belong

Jun 29th, 2015
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

As a dental professional, Dr. Dater is one of the first people who will screen for oral cancer and identify it in a patients’ mouth. You, the patient, should also watch for any changes in your mouth so you can be proactive in getting suspicious areas looke

Jun 15th, 2015
Top Excuses Why People Do Not Floss Their Teeth

As a dental office, we find that patients don't always floss as often as they should. Over the years, we've uncovered a handful of reasons why people do not floss their teeth. Here are top reasons we have found with tips for why these reasons should not st

May 13th, 2015
The Link Between Oral Health and Total Health

Taking care of your teeth and gums every day will only have a good effect on your oral and overall health. Brushing and flossing daily can help prevent tooth decay, enamel erosion, and gum disease. However, research has shown that bad oral health can lead

Apr 14th, 2015
Steps to A Child's Healthy Smile

Parents are a child’s first teachers and play a significant role in maintaining their child’s overall health. Parents are encouraged to begin good oral health practices with their infant children and continue to be role models throughout childhood...

Mar 20th, 2015
Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth will always be a key ingredient to good oral health. It's important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to prevent cavities, gum disease, and the calcification of minerals on your teeth. Choosing a toothbrush that will thoroughly c

Feb 10th, 2015
8 Tips to Maintaining a Healthy, White Smile

The trick to maintaining a healthy, white smile has to do with a lot more than just brushing your teeth two times a day. Your daily habits and diet also play a large role in the condition of your smile. Here are eight ways that you can maintain a sparkling

Jan 5th, 2015
Invisalign vs. Braces for Straightening My Teeth

There are usually a few options for orthodontic treatment. Braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular choices when it comes to straightening teeth, fixing bite problems, and correcting tooth spacing. However, there are significant differences betwee

Nov 4th, 2014
The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

Halloween is iconic for pumpkins, crazy costumes, trick-or-treating, and of course, candy. Because there is never a candy deficiency around Halloween, it is important to be aware of the lasting negative effects Halloween candy can have on your teeth. Below

Oct 28th, 2014
Healthy Halloween Candy Alternatives

Although Halloween candy can be very tasty, the usual candy corn, chocolate bars, and chewy treats have lasting negative effects on your teeth, causing tooth decay and deterioration of tooth enamel. Because of the heavy intake of candy around Halloween,

Oct 14th, 2014
Dr. Dater Volunteers Dental Services Locally and Abroad

Dr. Dater provides dental services in Rockford, Michigan and is always interested and willing to volunteer and provide dental assistance to organizations that strive to serve those individuals who need help obtaining dental care. There are numerous organi

Aug 20th, 2014
What’s the Difference Between Dental Sealants & Dental Fillings?

It is not uncommon to talk to encounter a patient that is confused about the differences between dental sealants and dental fillings. Frequent questions include what are they made of, when do you use one over the other, how long do they last, and so on. If

Jan 27th, 2014