Posts for: July, 2017

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How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.

Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”

How does she get her two young sons to do it?

Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”

As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:

Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!

Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.

The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.

Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.

For more information about oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read the interview with Mayim Bialik in the latest issue of Dear Doctor magazine.


When you care for your smile, you brighten your day and the day of those around you. With a healthy mouth, you also strengthen your dental proceduresoverall well-being and self-confidence. At The Smile Shack Family Dentistry, our Zanesville, OH, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Labishak, delivers the finest preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental procedures in the area, optimizing his patients' comfort, appearance and oral function. Here are some examples of the services he and his dedicated team provide to individuals of all ages.

Preventive care

Oral examinations, cleanings and X-rays form the cornerstone of preventive in-office care. Also called prophylactic care, these semi-annual visits to your cosmetic dentist in Zanesville ensure your teeth and gums are free from decay, gum disease and yes, even oral cancer.

Keeping with the American Dental Association's recommendations, Dr. Labishak checks the condition of restorations such as fillings, looks carefully at tooth alignment and bite and inspects for evidence of teeth grinding and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ). Plus, your hygienist carefully removes harmful plaque and tartar, warding off cavities and gum disease and leaving your teeth feeling exceptionally clean.

Restorative care

Even when we're vigilance about our oral health, things can still go wrong. So, Dr. Labishak provides:

  • Tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities
  • Crowns to support and protect heavily damaged teeth
  • Bridgework, dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Periodontal therapy to bring infected gums back to full health
  • Root canal therapy to remove diseased dental pulp and crown remaining tooth structure

At The Smile Shack, you can rely on prompt and compassionate emergency care, too. Always contact the office right away when faced with a pressing dental issue such as a broken or knocked out tooth, lost crown or throbbing toothache.

Cosmetic care

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile literally becomes you. In other words, a nice smile projects the real you to those around you. So your cosmetic dentist in Zanesville helps his patients achieve their most winning smiles with superior aesthetic services such as:

  • Composite resin bonding to remake defects such as gaps and cracks
  • In-office and take-home Zoom! whitening to erase years of dental stains
  • Porcelain veneers, individually crafted ceramic shells which disguise teeth marred by large chips, wide gaps and shape irregularities

When you consult with Dr. Labishak, you will discuss your health and cosmetic goals, formulating a treatment plan to optimize the appearance and health of your gums and teeth. You can have your very best smile for life!

Make an appointment

Learn more about making your smile last. Contact The Smile Shack today for an appointment with this outstanding dental team in Zanesville, OH. Call (740) 454-4112.


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Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”




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