Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

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While hearing about a dentist providing Botox or Juvéderm may sound odd at first, Dr. Louis Malcmacher in his article on the American Academy of Facial Esthetics website brings to light the myths and truths that show that a dentist may be one of your best choices for a Botox or Juvéderm provider.

Botox Myth #1: Only Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons should do Botox.

According to the article, even if Botox is provided in a Dermatologist’s or Plastic Surgeon’s office, it is usually administered by a nurse or physician’s assistant. According to Dr. Malcmacher, most of the nurses he has talked to told him “…that their training was completely on ...

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Preventing Gum Disease

healthy gums vs gums with periodontal disease [gum] disease will afflict 3 out of 4 adults after age 35, and it’s their major cause of tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the supporting soft and hard tissue surrounding the teeth. In the early stages, it’s called gingivitis which is characterized by redness, swelling, tenderness and bleeding. At this point the symptoms can be alleviated and the tissue returned to normal by daily flossing and brushing. If the process is allowed to continue, it advances to periodontitis, which is characterized by the loss of the tissue attachment to the teeth, a downward migration ...

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That Pill Might Make your Mouth Ill

Your medicine cabinet may hold the answer to some of your oral health problems. Drugs that improve the health of one part of your body may have a detrimental effect on your mouth. For example, more than 400 medications produce dry mouth or xerostomia, which can be damaging to the gum tissue. Other drugs may cause gingival (gum) enlargement, which means the gums become swollen and "grow over" the teeth. Medications with sugar as a main ingredient, such as over-the-counter cough drops and syrups, may increase plaque as well as enhance the ability of plaque to adhere to your teeth. I n addition, ...

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Joplin Dentist Survives Wilderness Encounter by the Skin of His Teeth

Dr. Kivett hunting with a deer and Bigfoot photo shopped into the background

For Dr. Gregory B. Kivett Jr., it seemed like just another successful hunting trip. “I had just taken down a beautiful 8 point buck with my bow. It was a clean hit, he only took a couple steps before falling right over.” Dr. Kivett and his friend Bill (who has asked us not to use his real name) walked over to the buck. Dr. Kivett decided to take a picture with his prize. “I was pumped, you can tell in the picture how happy I was. I had no idea what was about to happen, that’s for sure.”

Unbeknownst to Bill and Dr. Kivett, they were not alone in the forest ...

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Drink Water and Save Your Teeth

Regular cleanings and check-ups with your dentist while brushing twice daily and flossing once daily will go a long way in reducing cavities but even this is sometimes not enough to stop cavities. Cutting out added sugars is another step that can help reduce costly and painful cavities. To help cut our added sugars, check the label on your foods. The higher up sugar is on the ingredients, the higher the concentration of added sugar and the worse the food is for your teeth. Don’t like to take time reading labels? Then just follow this one easy tip, only drink water and you will probably cut out a large percentage ...

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Free Toothbrushes For Your Child's Class

Did you know childhood cavities are the #1 most common childhood disease in the United States and results in countless hours of missed class time? Educating our children and getting them excited about proper dental hygiene is one powerful tool to help protect our kids from the pain and discomfort of cavities.

February is Children's Dental Health Month and so we are offering to come and give a short 30 minute lesson to classrooms that invite us over. As part of the lesson, we will provide free toothbrushes and children toothpaste. If you want us to come by talk to your child's teacher and let us know. If you want, we ...

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February Children's Dental Health Month Give Away

sonicare toothbrush

February is Children's Dental Health Month. Here are some facts about why children's oral health is so important:

  • Cavities are the most common health issue for children in the United States
  • Dental disease is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than allergies for children
  • Issues with oral health can lead to malnourishment, bacterial infections, required emergency surgery and even death.
  • Tooth decay can cause pain which leads to problems in eating, speaking and learning.
  • Dental disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, poor pregnancy outcomes and dementia.

To celebrate this important month we are going to give away 2 children's Sonicare toothbrushes. To enter,

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