We love these Colgate ads! Floss, Floss, Floss :)

By: staff, On: June 24, 2014, Posted In: Dental Hygiene,General Dental Questions,New Patient

Colgate ad

Anyone see the other edits before seeing the food in between the teeth?!

Women Snore Too!

By: staff, On: September 18, 2012, Posted In: Dental Hygiene,General Dental Questions,New Patient



For years we have known sleep apnea to be predominantly common in males rather than females. Therefore the common belief has been that the sleep breathing disorder affects mostly men and a small percentage of women. However, when a recent Swedish report released a medical finding showing the frequency of sleep apnea in women was much higher than what we thought, many were surprised by the data.

The research team working on the study randomly sampled 400 out of 10,000 women with ages ranging from 20 to 70. The results quantified that 50% of women scored within at least the mild range of sleep apnea! This new data containing the sleep apnea frequency found in women has gained the attention of many in the sleep industry.

The study was led by Karl A. Franklin, MD, PhD, from the Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences at Umeå University in Sweden. The report also indicated that within the group of women with sleep apnea, 20% percent had moderate sleep apnea and 6% had severe sleep apnea. The research further concluded that the age bracket distribution was not equal, nor was the distribution within the varying weight ranges.

Evidence from the report showed that sleep apnea was related to age, obesity and hypertension but not to daytime sleepiness. From the overall sampling, 84% of the obese women, between the ages of 50-70, had some form of sleep apnea. In addition, 80% of the women with high blood pressure, between the ages of 55-70, were also found to have sleep apnea – either mild, moderate, or severe.

The women’s sleep study was published August 16 in the European Respiratory Journal. Information was unavailable regarding funding and possible conflicts of interest. Regardless of the source, the reality is, women have been overlooked as sleep apnea sufferers for too long.

With snoring as the number one sign for sleep apnea, this led us to another related thought. Does the problem in acknowledging women as sleep apnea sufferers, lie partially within the female population?

When was the last time you asked a female if she possibly snored at night? You might as well go ahead and ask about her weight. Very few women openly admit to snoring and that’s a huge problem. It’s like admitting to passing gas, owning serious pushup bras, or even worse – admitting to their real age!

When women do admit to snoring it’s always sugar coated and almost apologetic. I once heard a woman answering the snoring question like this: “Oh yes, sorry. I do snore but not terribly. I snore gently.” WHAT? Was that a desperate effort to retain a sense of dignity and a lady-like image?

Why do several women feel the same way about answering a snoring question, especially since we know snoring can be the alarm to a much bigger health problem such as sleep apnea? We know snoring KILLS so why do we still tip toe around the discussion? The question is not, “Do you sound like a dying warthog at night?” It is, DO YOU SNORE?

If you’re wondering what snoring has to do with sleep apnea, take a look at our Do You Snore blog: http://sleeptest.com/blog/do-you-snore.html.

We know that sleep apnea sufferers experience repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, causing multiple awakenings. What many of us are still unaware of is that the pauses in breath lower the saturation of oxygen in your blood. This can result in high blood pressure and an increased risk of many heart-related diseases. In addition, sleep awakenings cause acute surges in blood pressure and heart rate, further increasing stress on the heart.

In people with sleep apnea, the cardiac rest achieved in normal and proper sleep is not possible. This is the most alarming component of sleep apnea, since it can lead to complications such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, dementia, high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, and many other health issues.

If you have a loved one who experiences any sleep apnea symptoms such as snoring, gasping for air during sleep, daytime fatigue, or has already been diagnosed with sleep apnea but is possibly CPAP intolerant, please call our office immediately for a consultation with a doctor. Within a few minutes you could be on your way to helping a friend or family member and possibly even saving a life.


September Newsletter

By: staff, On: September 12, 2012, Posted In: Dental Hygiene,General Dental Questions,New Patient

Fall is upon us and with it brings the chaos of getting kids ready to head back to school. There are school supplies to be purchased, outfits to be selected, and anxieties to be calmed. The list shouldn’t end there. A great start to the school year should also include a good night’s rest for the whole family.

We encourage you to examine your family’s sleep health and look for possible sleep breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea. Snoring and daytime fatigue are a couple of common symptoms of sleep apnea that should not be taken lightly.

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft palate collapses and restricts the airway. Breathing through this collapsed airway creates a vibration sound known as snoring. This resulting sound can keep the members in your house from getting the proper night sleep their bodies need.

Snoring is more than just a nuisance. It can be an alarm to the more severe health ramifications associated with sleep apnea such as hypertension, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, chronic depression, dementia, and sudden death.

In this newsletter,you will find recent articles on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea. This information will give you a description of what an apneic event looks like and show you how sleep deprivation is creating a public health epidemic. Please find us on Facebook to follow our blog for more articles! http://www.facebook.com/wilhoitefamilydental

If you or someone you know suffers from anysymptoms, please call us immediately for a sleep consultation. We look forward to hearingfrom you soon so that we may find you or a loved one some relief.


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Why do we do xrays and how safe are they?

By: staff, On: April 16, 2012, Posted In: Dental Hygiene,General Dental Questions,New Patient

Our patients’ health and safety are our first priority.  Recently a “study” was published and released to the media that discussed the safety of xrays.  The “study” stated that the xrays they were speaking of were xrays of the past, not the present.  Today we use faster speeds of film and a shorter cone head to reduce the amount of radiation.  For the last 7 years we have offered digital xrays which have very little radiation and are supported by the American Dental Association as the safest form of dental radiography.

For most patients we recommend bitewing xrays once a year.  This is the only way that we are able to look in between the teeth for decay, bone levels, interproximal crown margins, etc.   

**This bitewing was taken during a routine cleaning appointment:

*The patient requested to wait at his year appointment and so at 18 months we took this radiograph:

If we could have taken the bitewing at one year as recommended we would have found a smaller cavity and probably treated it with a filling.  Due to how deep the cavity was, the tooth needed a RCT and Crown which more than quadrupled the cost of needed treatment. 

If you have any concerns feel free to ask Dr Wilhoite or a team member and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Need a lift from the Winter Blahs?

By: staff, On: January 26, 2012, Posted In: Dental Hygiene,General Dental Questions


We are fast approaching the middle of our dark and dreary Indiana winter….do you have the Winter Blahs yet?? We have something that will “whiten” up your day – Tooth Whitening!

At Wilhoite Family Dental we create custom trays for each patient. A whitening gel is placed in a tray that fits over your teeth. The fit of the tray is critical to success of treatment. Impressions are made by your dentist, Assistant, or Hygienist. Accurate models of your teeth are obtained from which custom fitting whitening trays can be made.

Tooth Whitening is such an easy way to give your smile the boost that it needs but there are many myths out there that may make you hesitate….Here are the myths and the truth about tooth whitening:


Myth: “Does Whitening Harm the Enamel on the Teeth?”

Truth: Whitening is very safe and studies show that the enamel strength is not affected. As the active ingredient in the gel, carbamide peroxide, is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and bleaches the colored substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth is made lighter and whiter. Fillings, Crowns, and Bonding will not lighten.


Myth: “Is Laser Whitening better than Custom Tray Whitening?”

Truth: Studies do not support that Laser is better than Custom Tray Whitening. Laser can be an expensive procedure and results usually only last 6 months to 1 year then the procedure may have to be repeated. Custom Tray Whitening is less expensive and easier to maintain. After the initial whitening (4-6 weeks) is completed, the trays can be reused every 3-6 months to maintain your whitened smile.


Myth: “Custom Tray Tooth Whitening is Expensive.”

Truth: Not when you are a patient at Wilhoite Family Dental! We are offering our existing patients 50% of Whitening or if you refer a friend it is free! Follow this link: Patient Appreciation Offer , print the offer and make an appointment today to “whiten” your day and get rid of the Winter Blahs!

Fluoride Varnish

By: staff, On: October 12, 2011, Posted In: Dental Hygiene

At your next dental cleaning your hygienist may recommend applying Fluoride Varnish to your teeth at the end of the appointment. What is Fluoride Varnish and why are they recommending it for you?

Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated Fluoride applied by a Dentist, Hygienist, or Assistant. It has been widely used in Europe and Canada for many years and is now replacing Fluoride gel in American dental offices. Varnish is being used in dental offices for tooth sensitivity and studies now support that it also prevents cavities and remineralizes (strengthens) the tooth surfaces.

Fluoride varnish is recommended for both children and adults. It is used for cavity prevention and desensitizing and has been used for many years on children.  Research is supporting that for adults it should be used for the same reasons, but also for enamel demineralization (strengthening), preventing cavities around fillings, crowns and bridges, dry mouth, and recession areas.

Application is very easy! A small amount of air may be used to dry the tooth surface. A little brush is used to apply the tooth colored varnish to the teeth and at the gumline. The varnish begins to set on contact with the teeth. It is safe for all ages. Fluoride varnish will last at least 4 hours after application. Patients are instructed to not brush for a certain amount of time after application and avoid hot and/or sticky foods.

We are always striving to provide excellent dental treatment for our patients and Fluoride Varnish is one more step towards healthy mouths for everyone!

Are 35% of your teeth surfaces dirty?

By: staff, On: August 31, 2011, Posted In: Dental Hygiene

You brush your teeth 2 times a day and maybe even use a mouthrinse….so why floss? 

It is impossible to reach between your teeth while brushing thus leaving plaque in those areas.  Brushing only cleans 65% of teeth surfaces, leaving 35% dirty!   Millions of bacteria hide out in the plaque and produce an acid that eats thru the enamel causing cavities and irritates the gum causing gingivitis.  That plaque then is pushed below the gumline and the acid from the bacteria eats the bone around your teeth, a.k.a. periodontal disease. 

There are so many different options to clean between your teeth:

Unwaxed floss:  Best kind of floss to use, easy to use for tight teeth but breaks or frays easy

Waxed floss:  basic floss with a coating of wax – won’t break as easy, but sometimes harder to use with tight contacts.

Polytetrafluoro-ethylene floss:  better known by name brands such as Glide.  Synthetic fibers make it easier to use in tight contacts.

Dental Tape:  flat ribbon floss – More effective than traditional floss for cleaning between teeth that are not tightly spaced

Superfloss:  yarn like floss with stiff ends.  Best floss to use to clean under bridges, around implants and braces and some crowns.


Floss Threader:  small plastic “needle” used to thread basic floss to clean similar to Superfloss.

Floss holder:  “y” shaped plastic holder  that holds floss between two prongs.  Makes it easier for those that have a hard time flossing with fingers/hands.

Floss picks:  disposable plastic flosser – a convienent way to floss – can break with tight contacts.

Wedge stimulator:  plastic or wooden triangle shaped “toothpick”.  Used like a toothpick to clean and stimulate gums, but make of a safer material.

Interproximal brush:  handle with a small brush on end to clean like like basic floss and Superfloss

Irrigation device (Waterpik):  Motorized instrument that uses a pulsated stream of water to clean between teeth – Good to use with bridges, braces, and implants.  Flushes food and plaque debris.

With any of the flossing choices:  never “snap” the floss between your teeth, gently hug each tooth and use an up and down motion on each tooth.  Always be careful not to injure the gums.  For more information or question:  feel free to leave a comment or ask at your next dental appointment.

Erin Scott, LDH

Pregnancy and Oral Care

By: staff, On: August 8, 2011, Posted In: Dental Hygiene

Seems like lately we have had a lot of patients who are pregnant for the first time and they have a lot of good questions and concerns about the effects of pregnancy on their mouths, and if they should come to the dentist.   With all of the study’s that show a strong link with periodontal disease and low birth weight babies and pre term deliveries, yes you should go to the dentist.  The American Academy of Periodontology  recommendation is below:

  • Dental care is part of ensuring a healthy pregnancy. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) advises pregnant women to seek typical preventive oral health care including periodontal evaluation, teeth cleaning, and any necessary restorative treatment. AAP suggests that scaling and root planing be performed early in the second trimester and that infection or abscess should be treated at any time during the pregnancy.
  • Professional oral health intervention may be undertaken at any time during pregnancy. However, the period between week 14 and week 20 is considered ideal.17 The first trimester is a delicate time when a significant amount of development is occurring and the third trimester may present comfort issues for pregnant patients.
  • ·          The final trimester of pregnancy may pose difficulties in positioning and comfort for the patient. Vena caval compression is a risk.18 Patients receiving care in the third trimester should be situated on their left side and repositioned often to increase comfort and reduce risk of vena caval compression.18 Emergency dental procedures should be performed at any point during the pregnancy, however.

 Most patients are concerned with getting x-rays during pregnancy.  If you have been getting your regular 6 month cleanings, then you do not have to get x-rays.  If you haven’t been to a dentist for a few years then the dentist may want to get some x-rays or if you are having a toothache, but don’t worry,  a lead apron (or 2 lead aprons) will be placed over you and over the baby, and even better than that digital x-rays use very little radiation, both of these methods are safe

The most common oral related problem we see with pregnancy is “pregnancy gingivitis”.  Bleeding gums is very common during pregnancy and even after delivery because of the change in hormones. Many patients stop flossing because of the bleeding, but you should continue to brush and floss and keep your mouth as clean as possible.   Once the baby is here and the hormones go back to normal the bleeding will stop.   A very low percentage of women may develop a “pregnancy tumor” or “pyogenic  granuloma”,  these are small tumors on the gum tissue, and although they look bad they are not cancerous and they usually shrink and go away after the baby is delivered,  some have to be removed but it’s is very rare.

Another issue is morning sickness and heart burn, these are troublesome because both cause erosion of enamel.    If you have morning sickness and you vomit, do NOT brush your teeth right after because you will burnish the acid into the enamel, instead of brushing, rinse your mouth with baking soda and water. (Baking soda is a base that will neutralize the acid )   If you have heart burn talk to your physician about taking medication to help.   During your vomiting or heartburn phase, use a toothpaste that helps with enamel erosion such as Pronamel by Sensodyne.   

Something that I hear a lot from mothers is, “My baby took the calcium from my teeth when I was pregnant.”  This is a myth.   People do get cavities during pregnancy but is caused by acid weakening the enamel if you have morning sickness, the sugary foods from our crazy cravings, and by just being too tired to brush and floss before you fall asleep.  If you keep a healthy diet and good oral care you shouldn’t get cavities during pregnancy.

Congratulations to all of our expecting patients!!!!   




2nd Quarter Newsletter!

By: staff, On: June 7, 2011, Posted In: General Dental Questions


From a rainy Spring to a hot Summer – Gotta love Indiana! There is much news to share with you in this newsletter – Team celebrations, check out our new blog, WE ARE GOING MOBILE & more…..

In an effort to continue providing our clients with further education of common dental topics we will be delivering an eNewsletter with useful dental information to help you make the best decisions about your dental health. For more information on dental related topics please see our website: http://wilhoitefamilydental.com/

Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. If you have a question you would like for us to address or would like to not receive these enewsletters please contact us at info@wilhoitefamilydental.com.





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Our winner for an AMC Gift Card & Concannon’s Bakery Gift Card is ROBERT LUTTON SR!


Thank you for each and every one of your referrals!

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Dr Oz recently had two shows about the safety of dental x-rays and the use of a thyroid collar. We are always concerned about the safety of our patients – each operatory has access to lead aprons and thyroid collars and we provide digital xrays which have more than 50% less radiation.

Always feel free to ask any of our very knowledgable team about any concerns you may have.

This article is a great source of dental xray information.


 Video for this quarter: Dr Wilhoite and his wife, Mary, danced in the Big Brother Big Sister Dance for Kids Sake – They did an awesome job!http://www.youtube.com/user/WilhoiteFamilyDental?feature=mhum

Oral Care for Cancer Patients.

By: staff, On: May 25, 2011, Posted In: Dental Hygiene

Oral Care for Chemotherapy and/or Head and Neck radiation Patients.


Chemotherapy and Head and neck radiation have a huge impact on your mouth!!!!!!

When you are diagnosed with cancer you have a lot of things to think about and what impact that the treatments will have on your teeth and mouth probably isn’t one of them.  The truth is that patients going through chemotherapy may have anywhere from slight mouth irritation to severe pain with life threatening consequences, depending on the drugs you are given.   The good news is that we can help you manage the complications and your oral health will go back to normal within a few weeks after completing chemotherapy.   If you are someone going through head and neck radiation you too may have mild to severe pain that we can help you manage.  The difference for you to know is that the radiation may destroy your salivary glands and they normally do not return to normal after your treatments have stopped and therefore lifelong management of your mouth and teeth is necessary.

If you are going through either chemotherapy or head and neck radiation please remember to visit the dentist before treatments begin.  All decay or infected teeth will need to be restored.  Ill fitting dentures and partials need to be adjusted.  Sometimes you are instructed not to wear dentures during treatment so that you don’t get sore spots and sometime they will never fit again due to tissue changes and dry mouth.  If you are going through head and neck radiation treatments you should have fluoride trays made and instructions on wearing them before treatment starts to help prevent decay. Both treatments may cause oral mucocitis, which is very sore, inflamed tissue that may require pain medicine, mouth washes and possibly stopping treatments until it heals.  After chemotherapy almost everything in the mouth goes back to normal.  After radiation, you usually end up with dry mouth (xerostomia), which causes decay, difficulty swallowing, not being able to wear dentures, and discomfort.  Lifelong fluoride and regular dental visits are essential.  Extractions after bone has had radiation should only be done if there is no other way to save a tooth.   Your dentist and dental hygienist should be able to help you manage all problems you may encounter, from pain management to fungal infections, to nutrition.  Dentist should work closely with your oncologist.

There are so many things to remember before starting either treatment that we have developed a power point to help patients understand what to do before, during and after treatments.  We started this  blog to help answer any questions you may have and so that you can share your experiences and help others while they go through their cancer treatments.     
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