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Why are mouth guards important?

Mouth guards are an important piece of equipment for summer sports. A mouth guard is a piece of soft plastic or laminate device that prevents injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw. One third of all dental injuries can be attributed to sports, according to the American Dental Association. Using a mouth guard can prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year.


Many painful injuries can occur when a mouth guard is not used, such as chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, root damage to teeth, fractured jaws, and concussions. Any athlete can be at risk for an oral injury and any oral injury is preventable by simply using a mouth guard.


Collision sports such as football, hockey and rugby require the use of a mouth guard, because the risk of injury is high. What many people don’t realize is many low contact sports such as soccer, baseball and basketball still have the risk of injury to teeth and mouth. It is best to wear a mouth guard any time sports are being played to avoid injuries to the teeth and mouth.


Seventy five percent of injuries in high school athletes occurred when mouth guards were not worn and forty percent of those occurred during baseball and basketball. A mouth guard is essential for all athletes! If you have any questions or need more information, give us a call today!




Bellevue Family Dentistry is the Proud Sponsor of the Bay City Ice Bears Mouth Guards

We are proud to sponsor the Bay City Ice Bears girls hockey team's mouth guards! The whole team was given the option to come into the office to be fitted with a Pro-Form Mouth Guard!


Pro-Form mouth guards are recommended for both pro and amateur athletes because they offer the highest level of protection, retention, comfort, and fit. Pro-Form Mouth Guards also don't interfere with speech or breathing while being worn. Pro-Form mouth guards have the advantage over boil-and-bite types of mouthguards because of the superior fit and retention. 


Dr. Bob & Dr. Sara were included in the team photo and featured in the ad below-no worries, both doctors still have all their teeth! :D




Check out these 5 Dental Health Apps to help make tooth brushing a fun activity for both you and your kids!

Disney Magic Timer by Oral-B

Brushing is more exciting when you can do it with characters from your favorite movies. Scan any Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages product to reveal characters like Olaf, Darth Vader, Belle, Cinderella, and many others. Collect a new digital sticker after each successful two minutes of brushing; track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar.

  • Encourages kids to brush for two minutes twice daily.

  • Shows proper technique.

  • Rewards for daily brushing.

Price: free

Ages: 4+

Available: iTunes store and Google Play

Toothsavers Brushing Game Offered by Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives

Good brushing habits can be an adventure. In this app, an evil sorceress has cast a wicked spell, leaving everyone’s mouths to rot and be overrun by cavities. Kids have two minutes to brush and scrub away the spell for each of the kingdom’s quirky inhabitants. For every few days your kids brush, they’ll unlock a new Toothsaver to brush with. Brush for 30 days and they’ll have the chance to defeat the evil sorceress herself!

  • Encourages kids to brush for two minutes twice daily.

  • Kids can practice brushing on fun characters.

  • Rewards for daily brushing.

  • Parents can designate daily brushing time and monitor progress.

Price: free

Ages: 4+

Available: iTunes store and Google Play

Brush DJ

This app makes brushing fun even for older children. Play two minutes of music from your

Price: free

Ages: 4+

Available: iTunes store and Google Play

devices, cloud, or streaming services. Kids can choose the color of the screen and timer to match their toothbrush, bathroom, or they can just pick their favorite color combinations.

My Teeth All Inclusive

Learn to brush teeth while imitating one of four different characters. Kids get to choose the character and parents get to choose the brushing sequence for the character to follow. Kids enjoy listening to music and watching the timer count down three minutes while they brush.

  • Encourages kids to brush for three minutes twice daily.

  • Shows proper technique.

  • No need for in-app purchases.

Price: $1.99

Ages: 4+

Available: iTunes

My Bright Smile By Colgate-Palmolive Company

The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® program is now an educational app. Kids learn to brush twice and floss daily by playing five games, including “Visit the Dentist,” “Swipe the Sweets” and “Brush the Teeth.” There’s even a two-minute song that will help keep your kids brushing until every tooth is cleaned.

  • Encourages kids to brush for two minutes twice daily.

  • Teaches kids about healthy eating.

  • Encourages proper technique.

Price: free

Ages: 4+

Available: iTunes and Google Play

August is Children's Dental Health month at BFD!

BFD's First ever Food Drive benefitting De Pere Christian Outreach Food Pantry

We are so excited to announce our first ever Food Drive benefitting De Pere Christian Outreach's Food Pantry! The idea came to us as a suggestion from our ever thoughtful Candace. She heard at church one day that many people don't think of donating non-perishable food items during the summer months. Unfortunately, there is an even greater need for food donations this time of year.  The needs is due to children being out of school, therefore reduced or free lunch programs are put on hold. Low-income families are struggling to keep food on the table, so now is a perfect time to donate!


If you bring a non-perishable food item to Bellevue Family Dentistry between now and August 15th, you will receive a free gift compliments of Bellevue Family Dentistry! 

With a new school year quickly approaching we will be taking the month of August to discuss Children’s Dental Health! Make sure to make your child’s back to school dental appointments quick, before appointments fill up!


  1. Be a role model.  Kids like to imitate those around them, so be a good role model and demonstrate good oral health habits for them. Brush and floss with your kids, rather than sending them into the bathroom on their own. Instead of treating is as a chore, make it part of the daily routine.

  2. Teach them. Show kids under the age of 3 how to use a rice-size amount of toothpaste. Once kids are able to understand how to spit, rather than swallow the paste, they can use a pea-size amount. When teeth have grown to touch each other, kids can floss and rinse with mouthwash daily.

  3. Keep dental appointments. Keep a regular routine of visiting the dentist twice a year, and involve your children. By keeping your appointments, you make it a normal activity, and they will make it a ritual. Your child should have their first dental appointment within 6 months of their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first, and then twice a year after that.

  4. Talk. Talk to your kids about what they can expect at the dentist. At their dental visit, talk to your dentist about any concerns you have such as crowding, thumb sucking, losing teeth, mouth guards, and whatever else concerns you.

  5. Eat healthy foods. Avoiding sugary drinks and foods not only helps overall health, but it can create a discussion about cavities. When sugar is allowed to sit on your teeth, it can create decay, and we all want healthy, strong teeth to enjoy the things we love.

  6. Brush. Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes is recommended, yet not always achieved. Set a timer and use a tartar dye if desired to be sure all the teeth surfaces are reached and that brushing has happened long enough to be effective at removing plaque. There are apps available to make brushing and caring for your teeth fun.

  7. Consider Sealants. For heathy kids teeth, talk to your dentist about the option of having your child’s teeth sealed. Sealants can help prevent cavities and resulting fillings.

  8. Use Rewards. Let kids choose their own toothbrush (within reason) and consider a goal chart to track their progress on a foal that leads to a reward such as going to a movie, or taking a trip to the toy store.

  9. Don’t share germs. Don’t share utensils, sippy cups, bottles, pacifiers or other items with your kids or allow them to be shared with others. Bacteria in our mouths can be passed to each other and isn’t healthy. Be sure to sanitize all items that may be in your baby’s mouth to prevent bacterial infections such as thrush.



Bellevue Family Dentistry's Dental Savings Plan

Have you put off your dental treatment because of finances? Do you avoid the dentist because you don’t have dental insurance? Are you painfully aware of the problems in your mouth, but just can’t bring yourself to go into the dentist? Bellevue Family Dentistry’s Dental Savings Plan may be a good option for you. The Dental Savings Plan is only $25 to sign up, and you get 15% off all services for 12 months from the date of purchase. Services include cleanings, exams, x-rays and any dental treatment that we can provide in house.  This even includes bridges, crowns, and dentures.


The  $25 12-month Membership fee is due in full upon joining. Membership fee and discounted services cannot be financed through Care Credit.


Membership is effective the 1st of the month in which payment is received and terminates the last working day of the 12th month of your membership.  For example if you sign-up on February 2nd, 2018 Dental Savings Plan expires February 1st, 2019.


The renewal payment is due the beginning of the same month each year. Your Membership anniversary month is the month in which you originally joined.


Payments are due when services are rendered. Accepted payment forms are cash, check or credit card.


Membership rates may be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis.


The Bellevue Family Dentistry Discount Dental Program is a Membership Program; it is not a dental insurance plan and can only be used at Bellevue Family Dentistry.  It is nontransferable. It cannot be combined with any other dental insurance coverage. No additional courtesy savings will be applied.


If you have any questions, please call the office at (920)465-4477.




Everyone is dreaming of a Christmas of white

If you've been dreaming of not only a white Christmas, but a white smile as well, give us a call and learn how we can make your smile as white as snow! 




What makes you put off dental appointments?

At Bellevue Family Dentistry we have  strict "no yelling" policy. Bellevue Family Dentistry: No Yelling at you, even if it's been years!




Our No Yelling Guarantee

Over the years, I’ve had countless patients come up to me and tell me the reason they chose Bellevue Family Dentistry as their dental office was because of our “no yelling guarantee”. Our patients see just how different we are when it comes to our approach to care. We chose this slogan a long time ago to really drive home the fact that we will not embarrass, humiliate, shame, etc. you for the condition of your smile.

We understand the reason behind not going to the dentist for years and the eventual decline of your mouth is because of dental anxiety. According to the American Dental Association, 22% of adults cite Dental Anxiety as the reason for not going to the dentist. Dental Anxiety or fear steams from prior painful or negative experiences, feeling helpless or out of control in a dental situation, embarrassment about neglecting your teeth, or fear of being ridiculed about neglecting your teeth.

While we understand that dental anxiety can keep you from regular dental visits, we do not recommend missing your bi-yearly appointments. Skipping regular visits can leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. Tooth decay can affect your ability to chew and digest properly, affect your speech patterns and it could lead to heart disease.

One of the many services we offer to make you feel more at ease is our no yelling guarantee. We also offer a comfort menu with the option of a warm lavender towel for the end of your appointment, a heated massage chair, choice of headphones, with the music of your choice.

The Power of your Smile

It's been proven that more attractive people are perceived as being more intelligent, and more! Find out more facts in the video below!




The quality of your smile has a more direct effect on your personal and business relationships than any other part of your apprearance. Find out more truths in the video below!




The Truth about your Smile

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums. It is the beginning stage of gum disease, and coincidently the easiest to treat. Plaque is the direct cause of gingivitis.


Signs of gingivitis can be red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another indication of gum disease is gums that have pulled away from your teeth. Pockets can form between your teeth and gum, where plaque and food can collect. Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be a result, even at the early stages of gum disease.


Good oral hygiene is essential to preventing gingivitis, this includes flossing every day and regular professional cleanings. Professional cleanings are so important, because once plaque has built up and hardened on your teeth only a dentist or a hygienist has the tools to remove it.



Helpful hints to stop gingivitis before it starts include:


  • Proper brushing and flossing to remove plaque and debris and control plaque build up

  • Eating right to ensure proper nutrition for your jawbone and teeth

  • Avoiding all forms of Tobacco

  • Scheduling regular checkups with your dentist

Source: Colgate Oral Care Center 1/22/14

Robert Villwock, DDS  •  Sara Weber, DDS  •  1401 Kingston Terrace,  Green Bay, WI  54302  


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