How to protect your child’s teeth during sports

Picture this: a middle school baseball player is up for bat. The first pitch is thrown. Strike. The second pitch is thrown. A solid hit. Except, not to the outfield, but rather the face. Blood appears immediately and the coach runs out to assess the injury. The pitcher runs up to apologize, while the catcher searches the ground for the teeth that have been knocked out. You watch helplessly from the stands wondering what happened… Or, if you’re like me, you’re already on the field holding your

When your child plays sports, you might often worry about broken bones or sprained ankles. Well, their teeth are equally as important to worry about! Tripping over a hurdle or a basketball off the backboard to the face could chip or even knock out a tooth.

But, parents! Do not fret. I have a solution.

Mouthguards & helmets: for more than just football.  

Yes, yes, I know. Safety–a child’s least favorite word. Trust me, I have twin daughters… I know how hard it is to get them to wear anything that doesn’t look “cool.” My solution? Try showing them these photos from sports related injuries and see what they have to say…

Trigger warning: blood ahead.

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The facts:

  • According to, 60% of sports-related injuries occur during practice, rather than during games.
  • This year 5 million teeth will be knocked out of children while they play sports
  • It is estimated that helmets save one life each day and prevent one head injury every four minutes (Colgate).
Protect your kids and their precious teeth!
Your friend,
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ

Happy Smile, Happy Life

Going to the dentist can be an investment. Sometimes a pricey one, but that’s not to say it’s not an investment. Whether we like it or not, we are judged by our appearance and our smile has the ability to influence how people think of us. And whether we admit it or not, we care what people think of us. 

Now as a doctor, you should know that I do a lot of research before I share things with you–and I share them with good intention. In a recent study by Invisalign, researchers found that American’s believe straight teeth are directly correlated with success. The study found that “those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.” They are also considered 58% more likely to be wealthy and successful.
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The reason that I share this is to show
that there is confidence that comes with being proud of your smile.

Are you proud of your smile?

If yes, then I am very happy for you- my job is complete. (Other than the regular check-ups and cleanings… Let’s not forget about those!) You are comfortable. So walk your walk and be confident in your gorgeous smile.

If no, then let’s talk about your options

I want to make sure that you’re comfortable in your smile. If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile. Whether it be crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, dentures, Invisalign, 6-Month Smiles (my favorite service right now because it doesn’t take very long at all), or even whitening, we can tailor a treatment plan that meets your smile and budget needs. 

DD8D7CB6-1068-4D90-9438-E5D25337D944.JPGWe work with your insurance company up front to see what they will cover.  What about what’s left over?  What if I don’t have insurance?  Well, that’s why have CareCredit, a no interest financing service for dental procedures (if paid within 12 months).

I’m here to make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and successful. Let’s do this.

If you have more questions, please feel free to call our office at 928-774-9554 or

Your friend,
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ

New Year’s Resolutions – Dental Edition

January 1 means a new year, new adventures, and new promises. Often, you read about people’s promises to be a healthier, happier you. “I’m going to exercise every single day for the next year” or “I’m cutting sweets out of my diet this year.” Let’s be real— these aren’t realistic.

As a dentist, I hardly ever hear resolutions to improving oral hygiene (disappointing)! So here are 4 realistic and obtainable New Year’s Resolutions that you can easily implement to increase your health and happiness this year.

Use mouthwash

Did you know that even after brushing, there sometimes is extra gunk that sticks around in your mouth? Using mouthwash is a perfect way to give your mouth a rinse, loosen up and repel that gunk, and freshen up!

Pro Tips:

  • Use alcohol-FREE mouthwash
  • Bottles range between $3-6


Pick up an electric toothbrush 

The key to effective oral hygiene is effective use of the right toothbrush. When people come into my office, I can tell when they use an electric toothbrush compared to a manual brush, because their teeth are almost always cleaner! An electric toothbrush is not only more fun to use, it’s easier, and can minimize or eliminate staining of teeth.

Pro Tips:

  • You can pick up an electric brush for under $10
  • Replace the heads every three months
  • Great idea for children— kids love new toys
  • Fantastic for elderly— easier to hold and use


Brush your tongue

You’re already in your mouth brushing your teeth anyway… why not brush your tongue too? Brushing your tongue can save you from awkward bad breath encounters and get rid of the bacteria that builds up on it.

Pro Tips:

  • Brush your tongue for at least 15 seconds


Avoid certain foods and drinks

Okay, so this one might be a little harder than the others— we all have our favorite foods and staying away from them can be hard! Avoiding these foods though can be the difference between a minor and a major dental visit.

Pro Tips:

  • Ice is for chilling, not for chewing – your teeth are vulnerable. Chewing ice can chip your teeth!
  • Too much coffee can kill you — okay, maybe not kill you, but it can stain your teeth, dry your mouth, and that sugar can eat away at your teeth.
  • Limit your sugary drinks — soda, alcohol, and sports drinks all contain incredible amounts of sugar. If you want to drink them, be sure to brush your teeth afterwards! It could save you from a pesky cavity.


So there you have it, folks—four New Year’s Resolutions you can easily adapt to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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Stay happy and healthy, friends!


Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ

Top 5 Tips to a Comfy Dentist Trip

Going to the dentist can be scary. Believe it or not, I know this— and I totally understand. At Alpine Smiles, we chat a lot about what we can do to make our patients feel more relaxed and comfortable in the chair. We want to make sure you feel calm and relaxed while in our presence. 
Here’s our top 5 tips to making your trip to the dentist as comfortable as possible. 
1. Bring a Pillow & Blanket
Or ask us for one! At Alpine Smiles, we offer soft chenille blankets, lumbar and neck pillows, and back massagers. We really want your time at the dentist to be a calm experience— so lay back, relax, and enjoy some quality entertainment… 
2. Watch a movie
Nothing is better than being distracted at the dentist office. Personally, I fall asleep in the dentist chair… But my husband and kiddos love watching their favorite movies in the chair. Lay back on your pillow, cuddle under your blanket, and enjoy your favorite action-adventure, romantic-comedy, or feel-good movie. 
3. Wear comfy clothes 
I know we always want to look our best, but trust me— if I could wear pajama’s to work I would. This is your (in)formal invitation to wear whatever makes you the most comfortable to our office— whether that be your PJs, sweatpants, or a full on suit. 
4. Get that face moving! 
Stretch that face and get your blood moving! You’re going to have your mouth wide open for a good chunk of time, so don’t let it get tired.  
5. Prescription Medication
Now this one is a bit more serious… If you have dental anxiety, we want to help. After chatting with me, I can prescribe a medication to help maintain calm, cool, and collected.
We’ll take you from this… 
To this…
I hope this blog was helpful in providing you a fun and informative way to make your time at the dentist more informative. If you have more questions, please feel free to call our office at 928-774-9554 or reach out on social media! 
Your friend, 
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ 

Meet Dr. Joedi Pasut, your dentist and friend

Hello friends!

My name is Dr. Joedi Pasut, but you can call me Joedi. I am a proud resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, and an even prouder wife and mother of two girls (TWINS!?). In 2006, after 7 years in Phoenix, my high school sweetheart husband and I realized that we needed to get out of the heat! Always being fond of the pines, we decided Flagstaff was the right place to raise our family. Best. Decision. Ever.

The view of the San Francisco Peaks right outside our dentist office, in Flagstaff, Arizona

Our family loves everything this wonderful community has to offer… whether it’s hiking Mt. Humphrey’s, camping in the neighboring city of Sedona, biking throughout the urban trails, or and playing with my daughters in the snow… We are always making fabulous memories.

So you may have noticed that my official title is Dr. Joedi Pasut… Well, that’s because I practice the best type of medicine– dentistry. I used to get a lot of, “Why on earth do you want to be a dentist?!” The answer is simple– I have always wanted to help people feel better about smiling. To pursue my dream, I went through A LOT of school… I earned an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and went on to dental school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. After receiving my doctorate in dental surgery degree, I continued my training and received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Michigan College of Dentistry.

If you have ever been to Flagstaff, you know that there is a certain vibe of inclusion and friendships. That’s the type of feeling that I try to bring into my business, Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry. I cherish the long-lasting relationships I have built with my patients. I enjoy getting to know my patients and all of their dental needs from a first checkup of two years old teeth, to fillings and regular cleaning visits for everyone. Our patients are friends and family.

We like to have fun in the office! This is from Halloween 2016. Aren’t we a fun bunch of ladies!?

I want to change how people feel about going to the dentist. My patients often express that they forget they are in a dental office. WHAT?! #Goals

Thanks for reading my first blog post! I plan to write one every month and cover topics about my experiences as a dentist and share some helpful tips on how you can enjoy your dental experiences as well.

Your friend,