Dr. Mark Haring, DDS, received his degree in Life Science and Chemistry at Indiana State, and then went to Dental School at Indiana University. He is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the International College of Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Society, and is a trustee at the Indiana Dental Association. He continues to stay current with new treatments and methods in modern dentistry, and routinely takes continuing education courses in his field.

Pregnancy And Oral Health

Are you pregnant or planning to add to your family soon? While this information may not currently apply to you, many of us have friends and loved ones who may be at this stage in their lives and could use this information. It is well known that pregnancy changes the shape and appearance of a woman’s body, but did you know that it also changes the state of a woman’s oral health as well? While we know there is plenty to do before the baby arrives, we want to share some helpful tips to ensure the mom-to-be doesn’t experience a dental issue or emergency during this busy time.

The Time Is Now!

Would you love to improve your smile but have been hesitant to mention your desires during your most recent visit? Or has it been some time since your last appointment and you are self-conscious about the amount of dental work you need? We never want our patients to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about visiting our office and expressing their feelings. We see patients every day who need dental treatments, and we never pass judgment. We offer a number of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic treatments that can transform your smile. Read on to learn more.

Importance Of Treating TMD

Do you frequently have pain or discomfort in your jaw? Have you recently received a diagnosis that you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD? You may be more familiar with the term TMJ, which stands for the temporomandibular joint, the two joints on either side of the head that connect the jaw to the skull. TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, the jaw, and the muscles in the face.

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

We always stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth for optimal oral health. Do you often notice signs of pink or red when you brush or floss your teeth? If so, you may be experiencing bleeding gums. While bleeding gums does not always mean there is an issue with your oral health, as it can happen on occasion from something as simple as food trapped between your teeth, if you experience bleeding gums frequently, it can be a warning of a significant issue. Continue reading to learn more about what may be causing your bleeding gums.

Screening for Oral Cancer

At Family Friendly Dentistry, we are passionate about the state of your oral health. This is one of the reasons we stress routine hygiene examinations for your entire family. During these appointments, we not only clean your teeth, but we also inspect for other conditions and diseases that can affect not only your oral health but your overall health as well. One condition in particular we inspect for is oral cancer. While not among the most common cancers diagnosed, it still affects more than 50,000 Americans each year and can cause great disruption to your daily life.

Two Treatments That Will Make You Smile

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your front teeth and would love to make an improvement? We always want our patients to be honest with us about their feelings. We offer a number of cosmetic and restorative treatments that can improve any flaws. For front teeth, we have two cosmetic treatments that are popular with patients. Either option can improve imperfections like severe staining, chips, cracks, and wear and tear. Continue reading to see if either choice will work for your needs.

Bad Dental Habits To Stop Today

At Family Friendly Dentistry, we do our best to ensure our patients have excellent oral health. Aside from treating our patients in our office, we also do our best to educate patients on how to properly care for their teeth at home. We often share the best practices to help develop a helpful oral health routine. Today, we want to take a few moments to discuss some dental habits that are harming your oral health. There are quite a few bad dental habits that can lead to discomfort as well as a dental emergency. These include:

Are You Concerned About Bad Breath?

Are you self-conscious about the smell of your breath? Are you someone who religiously carries mints or gum because you always want to have fresh breath? While it is very kind to want to have fresh breath when speaking closely with others, there are times when it is not possible, such as after a garlicky meal or a large cup of coffee. The problem arises when you experience frequent bad breath. This is a warning sign from your mouth that you may have a larger problem with your oral health. Continue reading to learn what your mouth is trying to tell you.

Meet a Valued Team Member — Jesah

At Friendly Family Dentistry, we believe our patients come first, and we offer unique and quality care to our patients of all ages. We pride ourselves on taking the finest possible care of our patients while maintaining a balanced approach to modern dentistry. We use state-of-the-art technology and treatment practices while staying true to the basic values of traditional dentistry. We love that each and every team member shares this philosophy and always provides our patients with the very best care and service. We wanted to take some time this month and share a little more about one of our team members — our dental assistant Jesah.

A Special Month For Dental Health

Did we recommend a root canal during your last visit to our office and you have been hesitant to schedule your appointment? There is no better time to schedule your visit than today! This month, we celebrate Root Canal Awareness Month. This time is dedicated to bring awareness to this tooth-saving treatment that is often thought of negatively thanks in part to movies and television. We know it can be a little nerve-racking to learn you need a root canal. We want to take some time this month to explain more about this treatment and the benefit it offers to your oral health. Read on to learn more.