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5 Gifts that will Give Your Grad a Stunning Smile

May 6, 2024

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You know someone about to graduate high school or college. Gifting them something that helps them look their best for photos and interviews is a great idea! With cosmetic dentistry, that something can be their smile. Sound promising? Keep reading to learn more about five popular treatment options.


How Gum Disease Can Impact Your Mental Wellness

March 4, 2024

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patient with anxious facial expression

When it comes to oral health, our focus tends to be on our teeth, but let’s not forget about our gums. They play a crucial role in keeping our smiles healthy and attractive. However, gum disease is quite common, affecting about half of adults over 30 years old. This condition doesn’t just affect our mouths; it could also have implications for our mental health. Let’s delve deeper into this intriguing connection with insights from your periodontist.


What Are Some Little-Known Facts About Dental Implants?

February 13, 2024

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Dental implant

If you’re looking for a way to replace missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution. After all, they look and function just like real teeth and can even prevent or reverse bone loss in the jaws. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about them floating around that may not paint an accurate picture. Here’s a brief list of little-known dental implant facts to clear up confusion and set you up to make an informed decision.


Veneer Variety: The Diverse Materials of Dental Veneers

December 15, 2023

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A woman smiling with her new dental veneers

When it comes to enhancing your smile with dental veneers, porcelain is often the go-to material. This is an excellent material known for its durability and natural appearance. However, did you know that there are alternative materials available that may better fit your needs or your budget?

Continue reading to learn more about dental veneers and the various materials they can be crafted from.


This Halloween, Don’t Let the Thought of Visiting the Dentist Scare You

October 12, 2023

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Being scared is part of the fun of Halloween, but a fear of the dentist is decidedly less enjoyable. Over three-quarters of adults have some form of dental fear or anxiety, and as a result, many of them don’t visit the dentist’s office nearly as often as they should. Below is a quick look at the reasons why you should get your dental fears under control – as well as why visiting the dentist isn’t as frightening as you might think it is!


When Can You Get Dentures After Having Teeth Pulled?

August 9, 2023

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person with dentures smiling

Are you currently recovering from a tooth extraction or planning for one? Various factors such as decay, trauma, or overcrowding can necessitate this procedure. If you’re experiencing gaps in your smile due to missing teeth, the concept of rejuvenating it with dentures could be quite appealing. Given that dentures are a widely used solution, you may be curious about the timeline for obtaining them after your teeth have been extracted. Continue reading to explore the timing for acquiring dentures following a tooth extraction.


A Closer Look at the Lifespan of Dental Bridges

June 2, 2023

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a closeup of a dental bridge

Did you know that roughly 170 million Americans have at least one missing tooth? This makes tooth loss a pretty widespread issue—but no one should have to live without a complete set of beautiful and functional pearly whites! This is where tooth replacement solutions such as dental bridges come into play—they’re quite capable of restoring lost teeth, but are they considered a permanent solution? Keep reading to learn more from your trusted dentist about dental bridges and their expected lifespans, along with some tips for keeping your bridge intact for as long as possible.


What to Expect If You Haven’t Visited Your Dentist in a While

April 1, 2023

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If you’re a busy person, at times it might seem impossible to keep track of everything going on in your life, and there’s a good chance that despite your best efforts, things might slip through the cracks and become afterthoughts or forgotten about entirely! Unfortunately, something that people often neglect is routine dental care—and though it might not always seem like a huge deal, skipping out on these routine visits can spell bad news for your oral health. But you also shouldn’t fret about visiting your dentist if you haven’t gone in a while; at the end of the day, they still want to help your smile to look and feel its best! With that said, here’s what you should keep in mind if you find yourself finally heading back to your dentist’s office after an extended hiatus.


6 Questions to Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Appointment

February 6, 2023

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Every six months, you should visit your dentist for preventive care. During these visits, your smile will be thoroughly cleaned to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Additionally, your dentist will perform a thorough checkup to ensure that you don’t have any oral health problems developing. These biannual visits offer the perfect opportunity to ask your dentist questions regarding your grin. Read on to learn six questions to ask your dentist at your next appointment.


5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Mouth During the Winter

December 16, 2022

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Woman in sweater smiling during the winter

As the weather gets colder, it’s not uncommon to experience oral health issues such as tooth sensitivity, chapped lips, and dry mouth. Do you often struggle with these problems during the winter? If so, being proactive about taking care of your smile can help. Below are 5 useful tips from your dentist that can help you protect your mouth while you’re waiting for spring to arrive.

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