James J. Kalina DDS Blog

Dentist in Mankato Explores Smarter Candy Choices

October 3, 2018

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A spilled bucket of Halloween candy.Halloween is just around the corner, which means you and your child are likely about to eat a whole lot more candy than usual. While indulging in sweets every once in a while is not going to make your teeth fall out overnight, Halloween allows for quite the slippery slope. Instead of succumbing to the sugar rush, taking note of the best and worst candies for your teeth this year can make a difference come 2019.

To learn which candy is safer than others from a dentist in Mankato, keep reading!


Restore Your Smile With All-on-4 Dental Implants in Mankato

September 3, 2018

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An older couple smiling outside.Our teeth play a large role in our daily life and can often be seen as a symbol of health and beauty. When our teeth are missing, it can affect more than our self-confidence. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat, drink, talk and stay healthy. Often times, people think removable dentures are the solution. The sad reality is they are often only the start of even more problems; continued and extensive loss of bone, denture sores, difficulty chewing, poor esthetics, and more. Consider All-on-4 dental implants in Mankato.



Guidance from Your Family Dentist: How to Floss Your Child’s Teeth

July 3, 2018

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boy flossing teethOur experience tells us that flossing is the hardest good oral hygiene habit to adopt. Few will argue the benefits of flossing:  prevent bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Yet the adult who consistently flosses on a daily basis is often the exception rather than the rule. The reasons (or for us excuses) are many and varied. However, we believe it is less to do with the hassles of flossing and more to due with the habits instilled in us as children.

Parenting is no easy feat and we celebrate when children come in with established brushing habits. Unfortunately, there is a misplaced assumption that flossing should come “later”.  Seeing 3 and 4-year-olds come in with cavities between several back teeth is proof that flossing is as important for kids as it is for adults.

Here are some tips from your family dentist in Mankato that will help you turn your little one into a lifelong flosser.


Your Dentist Lists 4 Ways to Keep Up With Your Teeth This Summer

June 17, 2018

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smiling woman in sunhatSummer! It’s the time of year when you plan awesome road trips to your favorite tourist destinations, get away for a weekend or two at the lake, and enjoy all the warmth and glory of summer sunshine. Unfortunately, it’s also the season when lots of people reach for lemonade, sports drinks, soda, and other sugary beverages in order to cool down. And let’s not forget about all the outdoor activities that could result in a dental disaster. How can you make sure that summertime treats and outdoor fun don’t ruin your teeth? Here are a few tips from your dentist in Mankato.


3 Tips For Living With Invisalign in Mankato

May 15, 2018

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placing invisalign in casePatients who need orthodontic treatment often choose Invisalign in Mankato because it is discreet and convenient. It is ideal for many adults who want to enjoy straighter, healthier teeth without dealing with the hassle and discomfort that come with traditional metal braces. However, to get the most out of Invisalign and make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible, it is important that you follow a few simple guidelines.


Dental Implants in Mankato May Improve Your Overall Health

April 5, 2018

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dental consultationEveryone wants to have a complete, attractive smile, which is why many people focus so much on the cosmetic benefits of replacing missing teeth. But the advantages of filling in those gaps go so much further! Not only can dental implants in Mankato improve your appearance and boost your confidence, but they can also deliver significant benefits for your overall health.


Choosing the Perfect Toothbrush: 4 Tips From Your Family Dentist

January 13, 2018

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row of toothbrushesToothbrushes have been around for hundreds of years, but as humans have learned more and more about dental care, the tools we use to maintain our smiles have evolved. Modern toothbrushes offer all sorts of features, and the huge variety of available options may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. How can you choose the tooth cleaning tool that’s right for you? Here are four handy tips from your family dentist.


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!


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