James J. Kalina DDS Blog

Child’s First Dental Visit? See a Family Dentist in Mankato!

December 27, 2017

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child visiting dentistAs a baby, your little one probably has more pictures than you know what to do with. There are many milestones to capture: a first tooth, a first step, and a first birthday have all been documented. Your family dentist in Mankato, Dr. James Kalina, would like to recommend another first that we think is definitely worth taking a picture—your child’s first dentist appointment!

Your child’s very first dental visit marks the beginning of a lifetime of good oral health. Now THAT is a milestone to document! Read on to learn more about this most important visit for your child.


Your Family Dentist Warns Against Using Teething Numbing Gels!

November 22, 2017

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baby mother smiling happy When your infant gets a random fever, and won’t stop fussing it can be frustrating. When these random fits strike, it feels like there’s nothing that can help your little one feel better. Unfortunately, these hysterical episodes can be caused by your child’s teeth erupting.

Babies must go through a period of teething to allow their teeth to burst through their gums. There are many different practices that people try to help their child get through this painful period in their lives.  Dr. James Kalina is here to help you dispel what works, what’s a myth, and explain the safest practices for your baby.


An Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life!

October 26, 2017

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dental exam dentist Did you know that nearly 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year?  The disease kills roughly one person every hour, 24 hours a day! These are appalling statistics, but guess what? When caught early, oral cancer has an amazing survival rate. That’s why your dental team completes oral evaluations during each regular dental appointment, including an oral cancer screening. Early detection is the key to survival!


Straighten Teeth Minus the Shifting with Porcelain Veneers!

September 9, 2017

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young woman smiling straight teethDid you have braces as a child? When braces are mentioned, do you flashback to the painful memories of soft tissue sores from your metal brackets? Don’t even mention the exhausting dental hygiene routine that your parents made you keep up.  But to make matters worse, you never wore your retainer!

As you’ve matured, you’ve realized how much a straight smile can do for you and wish to correct it for good. There are many patients just like you who want to improve their smiles as adults, but don’t want to deal with braces. That’s why your cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Kalina, offers an alternative option for patients that want a straighter smile: porcelain veneers.


First Impressions…..What Does Your Smile Say About You? Consider Veneers in Mankato!

August 13, 2017

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Porcelain veneers in Mankato are stain-resistant! When you smile or laugh, it’s become second nature for one of your hands to come up and cover your teeth. In most pictures, you tend to give a toothless, cheeky smile or avoid taking them all together. You know the kind of smile where the photographer peeks around the camera and says, “Come on! Give us a real smile!” You shouldn’t have to hide your teeth because you’re less than confident about how your smile looks, especially if you choose to visit the office of Dr. James Kalina. Dr. Kalina can fix even the most severe flaws in our patient’s smiles with porcelain veneers in Mankato! With extensive experience in the dental field, our office understands how important it is to have a beautiful, healthy smile. We can’t wait to help restore your confidence!


One Less Thing to Stress About: Teeth Grinding in Mankato

June 30, 2017

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We treat teeth grinding in Mankato with stress relieving therapies and orthotic splints. You spent the night carefully planning your very busy day and are ready to go before you go to bed. You wake up to the alarm the next morning and groan with that nagging headache and sore jaws. “Oh, no! Not  AGAIN! Not TODAY!” You know you won’t be as productive and this adds even more stress to your day.

That heading and jaw pain could be a symptom of nighttime teeth grinding.  But try not to stress yourself too much—stress can actually aggravate your bruxism (teeth grinding). Dr. James Kalina, your thorough dental professional, is here to help you better understand what may be causing your teeth grinding in Mankato. He can offer solutions to relieve the symptoms of teeth grinding – head, mouth, and jaw pain.


Reasons for Regular Visits with Your Dentist in Mankato

April 28, 2017

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Visiting your dentist in Mankato is one of the best ways to prevent dental disease. You have likely heard this (and perhaps said it?) before. The problem with dental disease is that by the time it hurts, the damage can be quite severe. And the more damage done, the more extensive (and costly) the treatment needed to correct it. Delay in intervention can also result in loss of some treatment options.



Would You Like to Change Your Smile?

March 28, 2017

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Cosmetic dentist in Mankato places porcelain veneersAre you dissatisfied with how one or more of your teeth appear? Are some teeth dark or chipped? Does an old dental crown show an obvious dark line by your gums? Do you have a “gummy” smile?  Do you have too much space between your teeth?  Are your teeth crooked and crowded?  If you said yes to one even all of these questions, Dr. James Kalina, your cosmetic dentist in Mankato, can help. In fact, a smile makeover can be easier than you might imagine. Read here about Dr. Kalina remake smiles for a look that’s beautiful and uniquely yours.



What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

February 15, 2017

There are many potential causes for tooth sensitivity

You drink a cup of hot tea or eat a dish of ice cream, and suddenly, a tooth hurts–really hurts. Most of us experience sensitive teeth occasionally, and it’s often nothing serious. Other times, it indicates an oral health problem. James J. Kalina DDS in Mankato tells patients about tooth sensitivity and how to know it needs treatment from your dentist.


Common Questions about Invisalign in Mankato

January 23, 2017

Invisalign clear aligners from Mankato dentist, James Kalina DDS, are today’s easy, quick and discreet way to straighten crooked smiles. Read about them here.

No one wants to have crooked teeth. But, not everyone is willing to undergo the necessary orthodontic treatment to a achieve healthy, straight smile. For adults especially, reluctance can disappear with clear acrylic aligners from Invisalign dentist, Dr. James Kalina in Mankato. Removable and comfortable, Invisalign aligners change smiles. But, don’t take our word for it. Here are answers to common questions about this inventive orthodontic treatment.


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