Dental Professional Highlight: Dr. Kelly Aten DMD

Dr. Aten is passionate about sharing dental tips for the entire family. Whether it's toothbrushing tips for toddlers or helping adults build better habits, her platform emphasizes simple, achievable oral health goals. Check her out on Instagram @DrKelly_A10 and keep reading for her top tips and products.

What is your favorite part about the Slate Electric Flosser? 

This is a great option for patients who have struggled with gingivitis (bleeding gums) or periodontitis (advanced gum disease with bone loss). The how-to videos make it easy to use proper technique with the Slate Flosser to remove all plaque and bacteria underneath the gum tissue!

If you could give one dental hygiene tip, what would it be?

Start your tooth brush on the gums and work your way down to the tooth. This will stimulate the gum tissue and also make sure you are cleaning the gumline which is a very commonly missed area.

What made you want to become a Dental professional?

I've always noticed how confident a beautiful smile can make someone act and feel and I wanted to be able to help people achieve this! Also I know this is cliche but I was always interested in STEM and had a creative side so this field seemed like "the perfect mix of art and science."

What is the hardest part about being a Dental Professional?

Building trust with our patients. There is lots of misinformation and negative stigmas around dentistry that make patients apprehensive to trust that we have their best interest at heart. By showing compassion and being personable we are able to overcome this barrier! Also it is a physically demanding profession! Trying to perform surgery on a tiny (sometimes moving) object is literally a pain in the back!

What do you wish your patients knew?

The best way to save money at the dentist is to actually go to the dentist! We spend our time evaluating your unique oral health needs and create recommendations to reduce dental disease. If you do end up having an issue (cavity, gum disease, etc.) these things are best caught early so we can do the most conservative and least expensive treatment for you.

What motivates you?

Helping people from an early age so we can break the cycle of early dental disease, negative experiences at the dentist, and dental trauma.

What is your favorite part about being a Dental Professional?

Helping people gain confidence in their dental health.

What is your favorite toothbrush?

I love Sonicare and Oral B electric toothbrushes. Both are great depending on the patient. I personally use Sonicare.

What is your favorite toothpaste?

I use a prescription strength Fluoridex. For over-the-counter toothpaste, I love Crest Gum Detoxify.

What is your favorite mouthwash?

ACT anti-cavity rinse (anything that contains fluoride and does not contain alcohol is great!)

Is there anything else you want people to know?

It's okay if you or your child get a cavity! You didn't fail as a parent and you didn't fail yourself. Please just find yourself a dentist you can trust who will wokr with you to prevent more disease and make recommendations for your unique mouth without making you feel judged. I promise we're out there!

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